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BioNativus (Latin for ‘Life by Nature’) is a mineral-based nutritional dietary supplement company that specializes in alternative medicine solutions for natural healthcare professionals. Our foundation product, Trace Mineral Drop Complex™, is harvested in harmony with nature from Utah’s inland sea, The Great Salt Lake. The BioNativus extensive product line has the benefit of over 30 years of experience in the industry. Doctors and healthcare professionals report dramatic results with Attention Deficit Disorder, Restless Legs Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue, nutrient assimilation, bone and joint ailments and overall general health.

Our story begins with the trapped sea water of the Great Lake Bonneville, which stretched far beyond the valleys of what is now known as Utah. This sea water spilled into the neighboring states of Nevada, Idaho and Wyoming as well. Years of cataclysmic forces in nature reduced this great body of water to the boundaries of what is now The Great Salt Lake. Early Native Americans like the Shoshone long revered the lake for its healing properties. Tribal members made long journeys to bathe in its curative waters and gained joint and muscle relief in the many warm therapeutic mineral springs that feed the lake.

Today The Great Salt Lake is fed by snow shed from thousands of square miles including the rugged and mineral laden Rocky Mountains, its beautiful forests and high mountain valleys. Waters like the Bear, Logan, Weber, Ogden and Jordan Rivers, and countless springs like the refreshing Locomotive Springs daily replenish the mineral-rich water of nature’s creation. These waters become phytonutrient rich traveling hundreds of miles through verdant meadows, grasslands and thick extensive marshes prior to entering The Great Salt Lake.

In 1968 Hartley Anderson heard Dr. Crane of California expound the virtues of sea water for orthopedic conditions. Hartley thought that we live near a huge inland sea and wondered if it would be as beneficial as ocean water. He offered The Great Salt Lake inland sea water to a neighbor suffering from crippling arthritis. Much to Hartley’s joy his neighbor did indeed experience relief.

In the ensuing years thousands of experimentation and research hours from many cultures and continents have verified the most significant and unique ionic trace mineral and ionic plant source mineral products in the world. Ionic trace minerals have been referenced in the myriad published works of leading research nutritionists like the internationally known medical researcher Dr. Mildred Seelig, M.D. and the respected cardiologist, Dr. Stephen Sinatra.

In 1997 BioNativus introduced its products to doctors, health care professionals and nutritionally-concerned individuals after many years of planning and preparation. BioNativus offers a unique opportunity to make a mineral enriching difference in countless lives. It is a privilege to provide quality products with conscientious attention to delivery and customer service.

John D. Shepherd, president and owner of Bio Nativus, has served on several natural medicine boards and in advisory capacities to many natural medical teaching colleges in North America. He is involved in state and national natural health legislation and consults with industry manufacturers in providing doctors and consumers with alternative medicine solutions and natural health care remedies. Previous to starting BioNativus, John served as the psychometrist and lead career counselor at Weber State University. He practiced as a marriage and family counselor in the states of California and Virginia. In business, he has been a management consultant, motivational speaker and been the executive officer of several nutritional manufacturing companies as well as a Midwest marketing and publishing company. Bio Nativus is pleased to offer a well-trained sales staff and administrative team with a commitment to quality products and excellent customer service.


We believe that healthcare professionals provide the most reliable and trusted delivery system for nutritional dietary supplements. BioNativus will provide alternative medicine solutions and natural health therapies with the highest quality minerals, ionic trace minerals and nutritional dietary supplements. We stand behind our products and support our customers in their efforts to achieve optimal health results.