Dr. Royal Lee

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Dr. Royal Lee, DDS (1895 – 1967) was a maverick in the field of nutrition who provided healthcare professionals with the tools to determine and treat nutritional deficits.

Dr. Lee was the recipient of many awards, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s highest award, which appointed him Fellow in 1942.

Early Life

Dr. Lee’s family emigrated from Norway in 1845 and settled in the Milwaukee area. It was here that Dr. Lee’s great intellect and mechanical genius first began to manifest itself.

While in high school, he convinced the principal to allow him to teach an advanced physics course. Completing formal training as a dentist at the age of 24 at Marquette University, he focused on the connection between dental caries and improper nutrition.

Catalyn and Standard Process, Inc

Dr. Lee became interested in nutrition at a very young age. By age 16, he had catalogued most of the nutritional references in print at that time.

The events leading to his discovery of Catalyn are quite profound. In 1929, his mother came down with a strange flu, and was diagnosed with a bad heart. She was given six months to live.

When Dr. Lee heard about the prognosis given his mother, he went to immediate work on what would later be known as Catalyn. He brought her this potent vitamin and quickly she began to improve. In fact, she lived for another 12 years (into her 80’s ).

His great love for his family, as well as his love for humanity in general, motivated him to discover other whole-food supplements, and eventually led to the founding of Standard Process, Inc..


Around 1937, Dr. Lee conceived the Endocardiograph (an earlier prototype of what is now known as the Acoustic CardioGraph), a tool for graphing heart sounds and a means for measuring nutritional status.

Previously, most nutritionally-minded healthcare providers had depended on the stethoscope for a reading of the heart. Dr. Lee realized how subjective this technique could be, this motivated him to invent the Endocardiograph. This tool provided the practitioner an accurate and detailed recording for evaluation.

See More: The Lee Foundation

Vitamin News

Vitamin News

This book covers Dr. Royal Lee's personal selection of peer-reviewed articles from 1933 to 1956 that used real, whole foods in their research. Most of the public today fail to realize that this early research had two common denominators: 1. The use of whole foods for vitamin studies instead of synthetic chemical byproducts and 2. the observations of the researchers were empirical - not based on animal studies later dictated by the FDA and the pharmaceutical companies. These articles offer a wide range of topics Dr. Lee thought were necessary for the practitioner to understand to help them be able to apply nutrition in their practice. All missing articles have now been recovered and included in this new version, plus for the first time, a complete index and table of contents. You'll find the peer references surprising and wonder how it got lost.

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