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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.

Product Details

  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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123 of 128 people found the following review helpful
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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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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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91 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars did I buy the same book as these other reviewers? October 2, 2012
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straight up, I never write reviews but looking at these other reviews that have been written I have to genuinely wonder if we read the same book. for starters I love NIACIN and would love to hear more about it. secondly, these doctors are endlessly thanked and applauded by me for all of their research on this incredible supplement....BUT the editor for this book MUST BE TAKEN OUT BACK AND SHOT.


I have read the exact same story in 4 different places, sometimes back to back. does that mean that it was pasted twice and they forgot to erase one of them?

and what is happens repeatedly with different stories that you will read over and over. sometimes nearly the exact words.

and because I do not want to miss out on the interesting bits I have to read every word.

this book has 228 pages but with a real editor it would be 100 pages or less.

there are a few pages of really GREAT information, but the rest is like hanging out at the nursing home with your grandma who is suffering incredible dementia, only there will be no jello served at this party!

I am giving it 3 stars because I respect these doctors work and am grateful for the several pages that is informative from true pioneers.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By fcc1
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I was surprised and fascinated by the experiences relating mental health treatments and success achieved using Niacin to mitigate the symptoms. I have been taking plain niacin for about a year to improve my blood lipids, and have found it to be much more effective than the Statins I had taken over the last 15 years.
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Niacin has become an important part of my overall health regimen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A keeper!
Great book. Everyone should read if they have health concerns.
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Excellent book on niacin. It will help in many areas of your health.
Published 1 month ago by M. Hatalovsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening Book for those with High Cholesterol!
Interesting information. I haven't read it completely, but I will. What I've read so far has opened my eyes to how much the pharmacies and Doctors don't know, or if they do, they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janet Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, buy this book.
Probably the best book I have ever read on nutrition. Very detailed with a lot of information useful to the practitioner and the patient.
Published 1 month ago by Staff of Life Nutrition Consulting
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everyone should read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressively researched information.
Having long been a skeptic regarding vitamin therapy, I started this book with severe misgivings. After observing the quantity and duration of research on this topic, especially as... Read more
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Abram Hoffer has kept on researching and communicating what he has learned to his colleages and to the general public. Read more
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