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Longevity Medicine Review is dedicated to providing medical practitioners, clinicians, nutritionists, along with other interested parties, concise reviews & analysis of the latest in longevity science research.

The articles contained in Longevity Medicine Review are thoroughly researched and referenced to assure factual accuracy. The editorial staff has extensive experience in anti-aging research and longevity medicine, and the team invests the time and effort necessary to review the latest scientific research in the field and share the highlights on the Longevity Medicine Review website.

John Morgenthaler, Publisher

John Morgenthaler, Publisher

John Morgenthaler has been active in the field of nutritional medicine since 1986 when he launched a business that assisted AIDS groups in sourcing hard-to-get, experimental treatments. One of those treatments was DHEA, which did not become an over-the-counter nutritional supplement until 1995.

In 1990, John teamed up with Ward Dean, M.D. to create the book Smart Drugs & Nutrients, which became an international bestseller.  The book shocked and offended people on both sides of the "drugs versus nutrients" divide because it did not take sides. The book discussed many pharmacological tools that are effective and particularly safe, and discussed many beneficial nutrients that have solid science behind them. The tension between these two camps was so strong that health food stores initially refused to carry the book.

The controversy put John in the limelight.  He appeared on the Today Show, Larry King Live, 20/20, and Phil Donahue, and was interviewed in Time, Newsweek, Playboy, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Details, and Cosmopolitan.

It was this book that launched Smart Publications, John’s publishing company, which to this day remains neutral and unbiased in the “drugs versus nutrients” debate. 

Over the next few years John co-authored several other books including Smart Drugs II, Stop the FDA, Better Sex Through Chemistry, Natural Hormone Replacement for Women over 45 with Jonathan Wright, M.D., and GHB: The Natural Mood Enhancer.  He has also published articles in respected alternative medicine journals such as the Townsend Letter

In 1995, John co-founded a nutritional supplement company and in three years built it up to a $4 million per year operation before selling his shares.

Since then, John and his team of editors and researchers at Smart Publications have dedicated themselves to reviewing, interpreting, publishing, and disseminating the latest discoveries and breakthroughs in nutrition and medical science.  His two monthly newsletters, Smart Publications Health & Wellness Update, and Longevity Medicine Review, both have an impressive track record in regards to alerting the public and practitioners to both the benefits and possible dangers of pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements, as well as to the larger issues that surround the healthcare industry.

John, through Smart Publications, was one of the first to promote the use of bio-identical hormones for women over 45 in place of the much more dangerous synthetic analogs.

However, he is quick to add that he is not all about good news – the negative scientific results are just as important. For instance, John was the first to widely announce the dangers of saw palmetto and the possible negative effects of high doses of alpha tocopheral (a vitamin E isomer), beta carotene (a vitamin A), and riboflavin (B2). 

Today, John travels the world looking for breakthrough nutraceuticals and anti-aging therapies.  He also continues to publish cutting-edge nutrition and medical science books and periodicals.  The most recent book from Smart Publications, released in 2007, is The Eggplant Cancer Cure: A Treatment for Skin Cancer and New Hope for Other Cancers from Nature's Pharmacy By Dr. Bill E. Cham.

John and his family reside in Petaluma, California.  He keeps fit by surfing, hiking, playing tennis, snowboarding, and trying to keep up with his three young boys… and, of course, by sticking to a good diet and his extensive regimen of health enhancing nutrients, bio-identical hormones, and smart drugs.

Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT

Lara Pizzorno, MDiv, MA, LMT

A member of the American Medical Writers Association with 25+ years of experience writing for physicians and the public, Lara is Editor of Longevity Medicine Review as well as Senior Medical Editor for SaluGenecists, Inc. Recent publications include: Your Bones (Praktikos, April 2011), contributing author to the Textbook of Functional Medicine, (IFM, 2006), articles for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal (Innovisions Communications, Inc., 2005 through present), and Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier, 2005, e-dition through present); lead author of Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients (Elsevier, 2002); co-author of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods (Scribner’s, 2005); and editor, The World's Healthiest Foods Essential Guide for the healthiest way of eating (George Mateljan Foundation, 2006 through present).

In addition to reviewing the latest in longevity research for clinicians, Lara summarizes health & nutrition research for the Textbook of Natural Medicine e-dition, The World's Healthiest Foods (www.whfoods.org), and Dr. Joseph Pizzorno's blog as WebMD's Integrative Medicine & Wellness Expert.

Lara graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Wheaton College (Norton, MA, 1970), received her Master's in Religious Studies with Honors from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT, 1973), Master's in Literature from the University of Washington (Seattle, 1986), and has been a licensed massage therapist since 1986. Avocations include Pilates, motorcycling, organic gardening, healthy cooking.