Stephan Dorlandt is an 18 year veteran of the natural products industry. He has owned a health food store, performed over 10,000 live blood cell consultations as a clinical nutritionist, and he currently owns and operates a dietary supplement company. His products are sold by practitioners (MD’s, chiropractors) and health food stores. Stephan’s writing has appeared in Clinical Psychiatry News, Erboristeria Domani, Neurology Today, and Natural Products Marketplace. His first book, “DR GOURD: What Bitter Melon Can Do For You,” was published in March, 2010.

Stephan graduated with a BA degree from Florida State University, in 1976. After college, he worked two years as a high school teacher. Then he relocated to the West Coast, where, in his own words, he “stumbled into the medical field.”

“At that time — in Los Angeles — it was easy to get a temporary job in the medical field if you could speak Spanish. Since I needed a job, and I spoke Spanish fairly well, I took advantage of the opportunity. I didn’t know it at the time, but that ‘twist of fate’ turned into my life’s career.” Stephan proceeded to work in the medical field for 10 years. He worked in a variety of positions, including Medical Assistant, Surgical Technician, and Biofeedback therapist.

In the early 1990’s, Stephan became interested in Alternative Medicine for treatment of AIDS and substance abuse – the two biggest health challenges of the time – because traditional medicine was failing.

In 1992, he opened a health food store in Hollywood, California. Being the epicenter for AIDS at that time, Hollywood “was one of the best places one could be to learn about underground and esoteric natural medicines.”

Many of the products Stephan found to be effective (e.g., bitter melon) were not offered by natural products suppliers. Therefore, he began manufacturing his own line of products.

Stephan lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife Leonore, a practicing neurologist. They have one daughter, Dasha, who attends Chapman University. Stephan is a competitive tennis player, and dabbles as an ethnic chef.

To find out more about Stephan or “Bitter Melon”, visit

his website at astral-natural.com