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Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone: Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians [Kindle Edition]

Abram Hoffer
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Recently, interest in nutritional medicine and how to use it properly has increased enormously and many people are already taking supplemental vitamins in larger than standard dietary doses. Orthomolecular medicine believes that the basis for health is good nutrition. It relies on nutrients and normal ( ortho ) constituents of the body, administered in optimum amounts, as the main treatments. Decades of use demonstrates that megavitamin therapy works. This book, written by two leading experts with more than eighty years of experience between them, explains the basics of orthomolecular nutrition: simple rules for eating a healthier diet and effective nutritional supplementation. Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are explored in detail, including information on the clinical research as well as safe supplement doses. As you'll see, orthomolecular medicine has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, arthritis, psychoses and behavioural problems, autoimmune diseases and even cancer. Whether you are exploring orthomolecular medicine for the first time or you are a practitioner wanting to deepen your knowledge, this book can enlighten and inform you. What you will discover is that nutritional treatment is effective, free of side effects and inexpensive. Once you overcome the old assumption that anything cheap and safe cannot possibly be effective, health awaits you.

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"Drs. Abram Hoffer and Andrew W. Saul are experts in the field of nutrition, and Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone is an authoritative guide to the use of megavitamin treatments for a wide range of conditions. The authors state unequivocally that "restoring health must be done nutritionally, not pharmacologically." What this book does very well is to make nutrition and its effects on health understandable. If the government is serious about making health care affordable for everyone, they need look no further than this book."
(Townsend Letter for Doctors)

About the Author

Abram Hoffer graduated with a B.S. in agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan in 1938. He also has a Master’s Degree in agricultural chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry. He got his M.D. from the University of Toronto in 1949 and completed psychiatric training in 1954. His early work let to the use of vitamin B3 in treating schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions and he demonstrated the effectiveness of niacin as an anti-cholesterol treatment.

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191 of 197 people found the following review helpful
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Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone
Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians
by Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, FRCP(C) and Andrew Saul, PhD,
2008, Basic Health Publications Inc., CA, 375 pages [...]

Megavitamin therapeutics? Whazzat? Do vital amines have health-restoring capabilities? In this book, two highly-qualified authors, Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD and Andrew Saul, PhD explain how orthomolecular medicine can help people feel better and live longer. In Part One, Dr. Hoffer (biochemist, physician and psychiatrist-retired) and Dr. Saul (health educator) teach us that: (1) vitamins and minerals are important to human health; (2) nutritional deficiencies can cause health problems; (3) many patients can restore their health by taking supplements; and (4) healing with nutrients only happens if each patient receives optimal doses (much higher than anti-starvation levels). After introducing the concepts of nutritional deficiencies and dependencies and biochemical individuality, the authors outline the healing capabilities of vitamins, starting with B-3, an essential nutrient which has three names: nicotinic acid, niacin and niacinamide. Then Hoffer and Saul explain how orthomolecular doctors treat chronic illnesses and maintain health by prescribing regimens of vitamins A, B, C, D and E with trace minerals and other nutrients.

Part Two details safe, effective and restorative orthomolecular treatments for nine health problems:
(1) gastrointestinal disorders, (2) cardiovascular disease, (3) arthritis, (4) cancer, (5) the aging brain,
(6) psychiatric and behavioral disorders, (7) epilepsy and Huntington's disease,
(8) allergies, infections, toxic reactions, trauma, lupus and multiple sclerosis and (9) skin problems.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! April 12, 2009
ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE FOR EVERYONE is an updated and expanded edition of Dr. Abram Hoffer's long out of print classic, ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE FOR PHYSICIANS. The original book was created as a nutritional reference guide for doctors. This new addition is intended as a reference guide for anyone interested in natural health care, including open-minded physicians.

Dr. Hoffer and Dr. Andrew Saul take us through the research and rationale behind megavitamin therapy and share with us the results of many case studies. This fascinating book provides us with much detailed information, yet remains highly readable. This is a great book! This is an important book!

ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE FOR EVERYONE should be in every home, and on every physician's desk. Buy it, read it, refer to it and tell your friends about it! It's fantastic!
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important alternative idea to conventional medicine February 25, 2009
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I've found Hoffer and Saul's book, "Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone" to be a fascinating read. As a scientist interested in the topic of nutrition, their analysis of vitamin therapies intrigued me. Especially, as I had already learned much of how conventional medicine (negatively) views megadose vitamins, and nutrition as a solution to disease cures.

The authors rationally point out that we humans are tied very strictly, evolutionarily, to vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids in the Earth's early environment. Thus, our ancestors' food intake has strongly controlled and influenced our genetic makeup today. Drs. Hoffer and Saul also correctly mention the difference between our ancient ancestors' intake of raw nutritious foods versus today's context of post-industrial food processing with loss of nutrients. A significant amount of food in the market today is sold to make companies profitable for their stockholders rather than to have any value related to nutrition. Indeed, government dietary recommendations are thought to be politically tied to lobbying by major food manufacturers (see Marion Nestle "Food Politics" for more detail). Nutrition suffers much in our day due to decreased nutrients stripped away during the manufacturing process, and owing this the authors make the case that vitamin supplementation is therefore a necessity.

My only concern in the book is that the authors fail to discuss problems with the 1994 U.S. law "Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act", commonly referred to as 'DSHEA'. This law, a result of intense lobbying by supplement companies, led to free market availability of dietary supplements -- the good part. The bad part is there is very little oversight in the quality manufacture of dietary supplements in the United States.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! August 10, 2009
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This book is very informative and can give you a clear picture on how different vitamins and minerals work. It also suggested the maximum safty dose you can try, side effect which may occur etc..

Very good book,good guide, highly recommended!

winnie huie
Hong Kong
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4.0 out of 5 stars Orthomolecular Medicine for everyone. May 10, 2013
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This is a highly enlightment book, well researched, but not necessarily specific on dosage and duration of time to injest the Megavitamin therapies. I believe that the researchers/writers left room for speculation on how much you should take, and for how long according to your particular ailment or distress. Which makes for some safe thinking and or commitments. After all, if they had been more specific orientated according to dosage, the Medical establishment would crucify them if someone gets sicker or dies from their recommendations.

Overall, the book is a winner. I gave it 4-stars because of the lack of specifics. Each individual reading this book will be able to meke up their own minds about the dosage and duration of same. This is good. From speculation comes critical thought derived from actual trials and experiments. Which can at some point become a standard to live by.

Buy the book, and explore the possibilities of natural healing. I have undertaken some of the suggestions and must say, I believe that the megadosage works. But proceed with caution, since mega dosages can at some point become toxic. When that happens, just decrease the dosage slowly down to nothing. Vitamin E remains in the tissues for months. Some nutrients just get washed out of your system if the body no longer need them. Read and learn. YOU MUST be in contact with your own body and mind. Afterall you are the Master of that body. That body is all that you really own.

One more thought. Orthomolecular Medicine is researched and written by MDs and PhDs. Which makes for a good mix. Some Medical Doctors look down on this type of thinking. Mine does. That's ok, I have my own mind to look and judge for myself. Allopathic Medicine very seldomly accepts or agrees to any form of alternate cures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A excellent book for your vita-nutrient library.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Johansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Been on psych meds for about 15 years and got ...
Been on psych meds for about 15 years and got off of them and used Niacin and vitamins to control my psychosis without any side effects and cost. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GrannyT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well put together wealth of knowledge. Bless you in the name of Linus Pauling!
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Published 1 month ago by Cecilia Villa
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses out on a number of vitamins and minerals. ...
Misses out on a number of vitamins and minerals. Also doesn't cover a number of common metabolic conditions......point in case Uricemia
Published 2 months ago by Abbas Shirazi
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand
Very interesting and make a lot of sense. Easy to understand.
Published 3 months ago by Mom At Home
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitamins at Orthomolecular levels is a much different animal!!
Read this book about Niacin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. When you take vitamins at orthomolecular doses it almost has effects similar to a drug. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gman
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book for getting a heads up about the trusty behind medican.
Published 4 months ago by Cowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars not an evolutionist but great insight to the health and body people...
not an evolutionist but great insight to the health and body people need to try to understand. Will be a great resource in my library.
Published 4 months ago by judi
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