Dr. Alexander Schauss, Ph.D., FACN


AIBMR Life Sciences, Inc.

Puyallup, WA

Member of Science and Research Advisory Board for TMR

Articles by Dr. Schauss On Trace Minerals

  • Electrolytes
    Electrolytes are the charged substances that result when a salt is dissolved in solution. The importance of Sodium, Chloride, Potassium, and Magnesium is discussed.
  • Minerals and Human Health
    The rationale for optimal and balanced trace elements levels.
  • Boron
    Boron is a light trace element that is turning out to be essential to human health and behavior.
  • Manganese
    Only recently has it been discovered that manganese is vital to human health, hence it is considered by many an essential trace mineral.
  • Chromium
    Is chromium deficiency associated with atherosclerosis?
  • Selenium
    Selenium was only officially recognized as an essential trace element for human health in 1990.


Alexander G. Schauss, PhD, FACN, is the Senior Director of Natural and Medicinal Products Research, at AIBMR Life Sciences, in Puyallup, Washington, USA.

Dr. Schauss has held a number of academic positions, including Clinical Professor of Natural Products Research and Adjunct Research Professor of Botanical Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon; Senior Director of the Southwest College Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona; Associate Professor of Research at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Tempe, Arizona; Director, Institute for Biosocial Research, City University, Seattle; and, Lecturer in Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Bastyr University in Seattle.

He has been a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) Advisory Council (AMPAC); a member of the Ad Hoc Developmental Planning Committee of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS); a reviewer of botanical standards and information monographs for the U.S. Pharmacopoeia Convention (USP); and, a reviewer for the International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, maintained through an interagency partnership with the Food and Nutrition Information Center, National Agricultural Library, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements.

In 1985, Dr. Schauss was appointed to represent the United States as a voting member to the WHO Study Group on Health Promotion based on the recommendation of the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Hafdan Mahler, which led to his confirmation as the United States representative by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Schauss has studied nutrition and botanical medicine for over 35 years. He is a Member of the American Society of Nutrition, the Society for Experimental Biology in Medicine, the Society for Food Science and Technology, a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition (FACN), an Emeritus Member of the New York Academy of Sciences, former Chairman of the Food Policy Council of the National Council for Public Health Policy, an Honorary Founding Member of the British Society of Nutritional Medicine, and Emeritus Executive Director of the American Preventive Medical Association. He is also a member of the: American Chemical Society, International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, International Society for Horticultural Science, International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, and an Associate Member of the Society of Toxicology.

In 2005, Dr. Schauss received the Linus Pauling Lecture Award “for contributions to the medical sciences” from the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.

He earned his undergraduate, graduate (summa cum laude), and doctoral degrees at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque and, California Coast University in Santa Ana, respectively. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of New Mexico, the University of Washington at Seattle, University of Washington at Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, in addition to continuing education studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and California State University – Fullerton.

Besides having chaired and served on Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) Self-affirmation expert panels, Dr. Schauss has chaired the Safety Subcommittee of the Compliance and Labeling Integrity Committee (ComPLI) of the Natural Products Association since 1992, the nation’s largest natural products trade association, founded in 1935. ComPLI oversees the association’s GMP certification program and its TruLabel Program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding quality and purity standards for products sold by the over 10,000 members of the association. In 1996 he was an official NGO member of the US FDA delegation to the Codex Meeting on Special Nutritionals held in Bonn, Germany.

He is the author or a co-author of some 150 papers that have appeared in a diverse range of scientific journals, including: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Renal Failure, Food and Chemical Toxicology, International Journal of Neurology, Journal of Applied Nutrition, Nutrition Research, Biological Trace Element Research, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, International Journal of Integrative Medicine, Nutrition & Health, and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. In addition, he has contributed to numerous edited works, including a number of chapters in each edition of the Textbook of Natural Medicine (Elsevier Science).

Two papers in which he is the senior author and published in 2006 in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, were selected in 2007 as among the “top 5 medical studies of 2006” in fruit and berry research.

From 1979 through 1992 he served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Biosocial and Medical Research. A strong believer in the peer-review process, he continues to serve on numerous editorial boards and/or as a reviewer for scientific journals.

He is an author or co-author of 19 books, including: Obesity: Why Are Men Getting Pregnant? (Basic Health); Acai: A Remarkable Antioxidant-Rich Palm Fruit from the Amazon (Biosocial Publications); Minerals, Trace Elements and Human Health, 4th Edition (Life Sciences Press); Feed My Brain (Biosocial Publications); Mulberry Leaf: Herbal Support for Diabetes (Pacific Wellness); Cat’s Claw: Uncaria tomentosa (McGraw Hill); Nutrition and Behavior (McGraw Hill); Anorexia and Bulimia (McGraw Hill); Zinc and Eating Disorders (Keats); Eating for A's (Simon & Schuster); Nutrition and Behavior (Keats); Nutrition and Criminal Behavior (Brain Shuppan); Diet, Crime and Delinquency (Parker House and Life Sciences Press); and, Orthomolecular Treatment of Criminal Offenders (Parker House).

As lead scientist, Dr. Schauss has been a part of the AIBMR Life Sciences team for 29 years. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the wide-range of services provided by this internationally respected consulting, CRO and R&D firm that during the period of 2003-2007 worked on projects in over 40 countries.