Roy Mankovitz: Rocket Scientist and Health Strategist

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A graduate of Columbia’s Department of Electrical Engineering, Roy Mankovitz has pursued successful careers in such wide-ranging fields as rocket science, lawyer, inventor, entrepreneur, and, most recently, natural health strategist.

He started his career in the field of rocket science at Rocketdyne, developing engine control systems for unmanned spacecraft, and then moved to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he directed advanced technical studies in spacecraft attitude control systems, power systems, celestial sensors, and on-board computers. He designed computer simulations for propulsive soft-landing Mars vehicles and ion engine powered deep space probes, and authored many computer programs and technical papers in the field of rocket science.

With an uncanny instinct for spotting viable business opportunities, he founded and sold companies in a variety of fields. He is a named inventor on more than 60 patents, including many as part of the R & D team for Gemstar-TV Guide. Roy joined Gemstar in 1991, and assisted in taking the company public a few years later. He was instrumental in the launch of their first product, called VCR Plus. The early version of VCR Plus was a handset that purchasers used to punch in the appropriate code for each selected show, which was published in TV listings. Roy saw immediately the advantage of having the system built into consumer electronic products and as their Intellectual Property Counsel, embarked on a licensing program with manufacturers to include Gemstar’s technology, which they now do.

His next product idea for Gemstar was an on-screen television guide which is widely licensed and incorporated into most TVs and cable boxes under the TV Guide brand. Roy retired from Gemstar in 1998, continuing to consult for other public and private technology-based companies. He recently sold the last of his electronics patents to a consortium funded by a variety of Fortune 500 companies, which allowed him to concentrate on what, for the last 20 years, has been his hobby and his passion—ways to prevent illness and remain healthy.

He is the author of a recently completed and soon to be published book, A Rocket Scientist’s Blueprint for Health, an exposition of his theories on health developed by applying a variety of engineering-based techniques to the prevention and reversal of illness. The book describes a blueprint for health based on using nature as the template for bringing our lifestyle into alignment with our evolutionary heritage. The premise is that if we do so, our bodies will return to and stay at the pinnacle of health, regardless of our former illnesses.

The overall blueprint includes a diet plan, detoxification program, and suggested changes in lifestyle. Roy’s Blueprint diet plan, based on our 2.5 million year evolutionary heritage, consists of animal proteins and fat, sweet fruit, mineral-rich water, and soil-based nutrients. In the section on detoxification, soil elements play an important role in ridding the body of toxins, as does sauna therapy, iodine, salt, herbs and fiber.

The book also describes some of Roy’s patents for healthy living include the “Officizer,” a leg-press-leg-extension exerciser that attaches to an office swivel chair and allows one to exercise while working. He holds patents on brassiere designs that minimizes restriction of lymph flow, a factor that may influence breast cancer.

He also holds a patent for a non-toxic plant-based sunscreen, and has funded research at UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Cellular Biology in support of his theory that cyanins provide protection against skin cancer.

Roy is director of Montecito Wellness LLC, which is dedicated to research in illness prevention. He is a Certified Nutritional Consultant; a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and is on the advisory board of several health related organizations including the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit educational resource for scientific validation of ancestral wisdom on nutrition, agriculture, and health. To get a copy of his book, e-mail

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