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Niacin: The Real Story [Kindle Edition]

Abram Hoffer , Andrew W. Saul , Harold D. Foster
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Book Description

Niacin (vitamin B3) is a small molecule-made of only 14 atoms-smaller even than the simplest sugar.But this one molecule has profound effects on health: it plays a role in more than 500 reactions in the body. Many illnesses are caused by too little niacin, and many illnesses can be cured with mega doses of niacin. The authors of "Niacin: The Real Story" are advocates of orthomolecular (nutrition-based) medicine, support an approach to wellness that involves substances that naturally occur in the human body, such as niacin. This book makes the case for the widespread use of niacin for the prevention and treatment of health problems. "Niacin: The Real Story" is for people who want to learn more about niacin and its wonderful healing properties.

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Dr. Andrew Saul's new book, Niacin: The Real Story is co-written with Abram Hoffer M.D., Ph.D., who published over 600 reports and articles as well as 30 books. Dr. Hoffer's early work led to the use of niacin for schizophrenia and as an cholesterol treatment and successfully treated many thousands of patients with high doses of niacin. The authors present some very compelling evidence to support treating most psychotic disorders as a vitamin B3 deficiency. Considering it is very inexpensive and has virtually no dangerous side effects, niacin would certainly be worth a consideration for anyone who has a family member with this mental health challenge. I highly recommend picking up this book and learning more about its use.
Dr. Joseph Mercola)

Niacin: The Real Story
is a classic. (Dr. Richard Passwater)

About the Author

Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., has published over 600 reports and articles as well as thirty books. His early work led to the use of niacin for schizophrenia and as an anticholesterol treatment. He died in 2009 at the age of ninety-one.

Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., is the author of Doctor Yourself and Fire Your Doctor! With Dr. Hoffer, he co-wrote Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone and The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism. He has published over 170 reviews and editorials. His non-commercial, natural healing website is

Harold D. Foster, Ph.D., worked as a geomorphologist, professor of medical geography, and consultant to the U.N. in disaster planning. He authored or edited over 300 publications, which focused on reducing disaster losses or identifying the causes of chronic degenerative and infectious diseases. He died in 2009.

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  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Health Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0074NDA1W
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Niacin: The Real Story
By A Hoffer, PhD, MD, A Saul, PhD and H Foster, PhD, 2012, Basic Health, CA

Abram Hoffer, Andrew Saul and Harold Foster wrote Niacin: The Real Story to let the public know that niacin (vitamin B3) has a broad spectrum of healing properties. Decades of research, references and recoveries taught Dr. Hoffer that niacin therapy can help patients who have deficiencies or metabolic disorders which can cause or contribute to mental, cardiovascular, arthritic and other illnesses.

Abram Hoffer was a PhD-MD student in the 1930s and 1940s, when vitamins had only just been discovered. In those years, as soon as doctors learned that nutritional supplements could help, physicians began to prescribe vitamins. Abram Hoffer read their research papers and progress reports. He remembered them.

Meanwhile, year after year, pharmaceutical manufacturers synthesized hundreds of compounds, researched their efficacy and promoted their use in medicine. Prescription drug-making became the most profitable industry in history. Marketing campaigns taught health professionals how and when to prescribe a growing list of pills which affect the human body in many ways, while claiming that the benefits of synthetic chemicals offset their risks and side effects. Drug sales skyrocketed. Of course medications work. Prescription drugs do save lives. However, as the years passed, many health professionals focused on medications and never learned the therapeutic effects of vitamins.

Years of careful reading taught Abram Hoffer that vitamins can help to restore and maintain health, especially when patients have nutritional deficiencies or metabolic disorders. After he became a biochemist, researcher, physician (in 1949) and then a psychiatrist, Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Niacin the real story May 11, 2012
By Gedalya
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I found out about this book by Dr. Mercola and I bought it right away. B3 is a water soluble vitamin yet very hard to get from your food intake. It's been well known to increase the HDL while lowering the LDL's and Triglycerides. Some other great benefits for which I started taking Niacin for is Arthritis. It really works great. The flush is hard to take and very intense but it starts to go away after a week compared to the strength it showed in the first week. If you have low HDL,s, Arthritis, Mentally unstable, trigeminal neuralgia this Vitamin is a key ingredient you might be lacking. This book is great and informative.
Also I must recommend The Miracle of MSM the natural solution for pain. Which is also a great book about another great product which works amazingly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Niacin is a very important nutrient January 1, 2012
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Regrettably most of the orthodox medical establishment pays little attention to the importance of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients except to advise that we should all eat a "good balanced diet" -- which few Americans actually do. Fortunately a few maverick doctors, including Dr. Hoffer and his coauthors, have studied the importance of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients and come to realize that deficiency of one or more of these is the leading cause of many modern ailments. In this book Dr. Hoffer discusses in detail the importance for health of the essential vitamin niacin. This is a book well worth reading -- including by members of the orthodox medical establishment. If everyone got enough of each of various essential nutrients there would be much less need for the pharmaceutical drugs which are widely prescribed to treat the symptoms of modern ailments but whose known side effects are currently the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NIACIN'S MIRACULOUS PROPERTIES September 29, 2013
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I bought this book more out of curiosity than out of any idea that niacin could make a difference in my life. After reading through the refreshing prose for a while, I was inspired to try some instant niacin myself. The proof, after all, is in the pudding. Was I surprised!

On 600 mg instant niacin a day:

(a) I could suddenly sleep well 7 hours a night (I was taking 300 micrograms melatonin at night which I no longer needed);
(b) Besides going as red as a beet when I took my first two 100 mg tablets, I noticed an immediate boost in mood; yes, niacin often makes me feel high. (I am someone who never drinks or takes drugs.)
(c) My joint pains and muscle pains, which I had for years, went away overnight, almost completely.
(d) I had so much more energy, which remains steady through each day (I was taking carnitine, which I no longer need.)
(e) I had a very unpleasant, painful, protruding pile which had lasted for more than a month, before I began taking niacin. Within 3 days my pile had shrunk, I could hardly feel any lump and the muscle tone in that area felt much better. I haven't had any problems with piles in the 6 months I have been taking niacin, no matter how much I push.
(f) On a gram of slow release niacin, taken in addition to the 600 mg fast niacin a day, my LDL dropped from 5.6 to 3.0 in two weeks. My HDL went from 1.31 to 1.68.

The book is not merely about the many benefits of niacin, but is the story of niacin, of how Dr. Hoffer first came to use it on many of his patients. It is also, in a very real sense, the story of Dr. Hoffer himself, and what a wonderful, inspiring story it is!

According to this book, about 50% of all people in the world can benefit from taking niacin every day. I am clearly one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is very important for a basic reasons, ...
This book is very important for a basic reasons, e.g. your health. Well written with numerous reference sources to check-out.
Published 5 days ago by Jararaje
5.0 out of 5 stars I love dr Andrew Saul and i love Niacin
I love dr Andrew Saul and i love Niacin!! the book is informative and i trust what in it is valid because i trust Dr Saul.
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500 mg`s everyday for me wish i had known about niacin many years ago
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all was as expected and good information.
Published 19 days ago by GERALD A SCHELIN
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Informative. Easy to read. References check out. Easy to apply the principle(s) and the instructions.
Published 2 months ago by Jackie Tomassi
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It's an ok read. You can get most of the info on the Internet for free.
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Published 2 months ago by Skully
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good overview of the use of Niacin and easy to ...
This is a good overview of the use of Niacin and easy to read. If you are in the medical field you will find this lacking in detail, however, the references will give you further... Read more
Published 2 months ago by V. Jones
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Niacin is awesome. Never thought of myself as depressed but I do notice how easily I smile and laugh with some niacin 4 x per day. Read more
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