JERRY McLAUGHLIN, Ph.D. received his Degree in Pharmacognosy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. For the next 34 years he served as a Professor of Pharmacognosy at University of Michigan, University of Washington, Seattle and Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. In 1999, Dr. McLaughlin became the Vice President of Research and Development/Quality Assurance and Chief Scientific Officer of Nature’s Sunshine Products located in Spanish Fork, Utah. He can be contacted by phone 801-798-4161 and fax 801-798-4108.

Dr. McLaughlin has made over 300 scientific presentations and his work is chronicled in over 330 refereed publications, supported by nearly 80 different grants and contracts.

He is best known for his research with natural medicinal products. He describes his type or work as “grind and find” research in which he grinds up a plant and tries to find its bioactive components. The methods of his brine shrimp lethality bioassay, first published in 1982, have now been cited over 1,000 times in the scientific literature.

Dr. McLaughlin’s most important work lies in his contributions to our knowledge concerning the Annonaceous acetogenins. Following his observations in 1982 that the North American paw paw tree was potently bioactive, his group identified some 50 acetogenins in its seeds and bark with antitumor and pesticidal properties. The acetogenins not only selectively inhibit cancer cells, but they also thwart multiple drug resistant tumor cells.

Paw paw is now in capsule form as a supplement and over the past 1½ years some of the 100 cancer patients who have been taking the product have experienced lowered tumor antigen count, shrinkage of tumors and more energy.

Dr. McLaughlin will speak on Paw Paw & Cancer.


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