Friday, 14 June 2013

Scientist involved in Noni Research Dr. Ralph Heinicke

Dr. Ralph Heinicke

Spokesperson and Consultant
Tahitian Noni International

Country of Origin

Education and Professional ExperienceDr. Ralph Heinicke graduated from Cornell University in 1936 with a special interest in plant physiology. After completing his studies in Electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. He lived in Hawaii from 1950 to 1986, doing research for the Dole Pineapple Company, the Pineapple Research Institute, and the University of Hawaii. The first step in his discovery of the active ingredients of the Morinda citrifolia fruit was in his work at the Dole Pineapple Company. He was commissioned to find medicinal uses for an enzyme which was prevalent in pineapple, bromelain.
Dr. Heinicke published articles in several scientific journals detailing the findings of his research. Since about 1972, Dr. Heinicke had been attempting to identify the unknown ingredient in bromelain, which he believed was actually responsible for the encouraging results of his clinical work. After many years of research, he eventually identified this ingredient as a new alkaloid to which he gave the name "Xeronine." In December 1981, he patented Xeronine as a new alkaloid.
Because he was convinced of the potential benefits as a result of his research, Dr. Heinicke set out to find a food source that was high in Proxeronine that could be used as a food supplement. Living in Hawaii, he had heard of the many claims that had been made about the M. citrifolia plant, so he chose the fruit of this plant as the subject of his search for a Xeronine supplement. He discovered that this plant not only contains enormous amounts of Proxeronine, but that it also contains the enzyme that helps change Proxeronine into Xeronine, called Proxeroninase. Dr. Heinicke has spent most of his life studying M. citrifolia and the nature of its healthful properties, including Xeronine and Proxeronine. He is the world's leading expert on M. citrifolia.

Charles Tolson

Analytical Chemist and Laboratories Manager
B.S. in Chemistry, Brigham Young University. Graduate Studies in Environmental Science and Law, Duke University and Utah Valley State College.
West BJ, Tolson CB, Vest RG, Jensen S, Lundell TG.  Mineral variability among 177 commercial noni juices.  International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 2006 Nov-Dec;57(7):556-8.

Dr. Mian Ying Wang

Tahitian Noni International

Country of OriginPeople’s Republic of China
Education and Professional ExperienceA native of the People's Republic of China, Dr. Wang received her M.D. in 1968 from Henan Medical University, Zhengzhou, Henan, and P.R. China. She studied Advanced Basic Sciences of Medicine at Qinghai Medical University, Xining, Qinghai, P.R.China. She then received her MS in Pharmacology and Chemistry, Henan Medical University, Zhengzhou, Henan, P.R.China.
Dr. Wang has done considerable work studying cancerous tumors and how anticancer drugs affect them. She has also studied chemical and hormonal carcinogenesis and cancer prevention (at the initiation stage of cancer development on the molecular level).
In China, Dr. Wang served as a general surgeon; attending physician, Qinghai Medical University; assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemistry, Henan Medical University; and associate professor and Professor, Head, Department of Cell Biology, Center of medical laboratory, Henan Medical University.
In the U.S., Dr. Wang has been a Visiting Scientist at Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Galveston, Texas; Research Associate at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, UTMB, Galveston, Texas; Research Associate, Department of Clinical Investigation, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, and Visiting Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine at Rockford, Illinois.
Mian-Ying Wang, M.D. & M.S., is currently at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine at Rockford, Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Mian Ying has received several awards for her outstanding research within her field.
She has produced over 45 publications found in scientific and medical journals in order to further research related to cancer, nutrition, and noni.
Link to Noni ResearchShe has conducted research on cancer prevention and Morinda citrifolia.

Dr. Johannes Westendorf

Spokesperson and Consultant
Tahitian Noni International

Country of OriginGermany
Education and Professional Experience
Dr. Johannes Westendorf obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1975, with a thesis about the action of fluorine on mineralization and prophylaxis.  Immediately after, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Pharmacology at the University Medical School in Hamburg.  He later worked at the University’s Toxicological Department founded by Professor Hans Marquardt, who was acting director, as he continued his studies and research in pharmacology.
Now, Dr. Westendorf works as a full-time professor on toxicology and pharmacology in the Medical School at a German University.  Originally, a German author wrote a book about TAHITIAN NONI® Juice and asked Dr. Westendorf to perform toxicological tests on the juice.  This book attracted the attention of Tahitian Noni International, who approached Dr. Westendorf and asked him to do further research on TAHITIAN NONI® Juice.  He worked as a consultant while the company applied for the Novel Food Approval in the EU, which was received in May 2003.
Working as a toxicologist and pharmacologist on noni juice, Dr. Westendorf was surprised to learn that the juice did not show any signs of toxicity, although he did find it to contain a variety of beneficial effects for the human body.  After a study in London where 96 human volunteers showed that amounts of 750 ml of  noni juice per day over a period of four weeks did not show any side effects, the Scientific Committee of the EU stated that TAHITIAN NONI® Juice is safe for human consumption.  This study proved the safety of consumption, even in large amounts.
The Novel Food Approval catalyzed extensive studies of the beneficial effects of noni, many which involve Dr. Westendorf.  One of the main fields of research which Dr. Westendorf is currently participating in involves the hormone-like action of compounds present in noni leaves and noni fruit.
In 2003, Dr. Westendorf started an epidemiological survey on noni users.  They have obtained an excellent overview of why people take noni and which benefits they experience.
Link to Noni Research
Dr. Westendorf has conducted research in the field of: basic cancer research, side reaction of cytostatic drugs, and design of non carcinogenic antitumor agents, natural compounds with genotoxic properties (example anthraquinones), natural and industrial compounds acting as hormones, environmental toxicology.
Noni Motivation
(Along with the many reported benefits of noni users) "I too have found significant beneficial effects in my own health. I feel that the noni plant is really fascinating and it will keep me and many other scientists busy for several years."
Location/ HometownGermany

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