ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE HALL OF FAME: 2005
Hall of Fame 2005
Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame Inductees for 2005
by Andrew W. Saul, Master of Ceremonies and Contributing Editor, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
Chateau Lauier Hotel,
Welcome to the 2nd Annual Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame induction banquet, what some call the "Orthomolecular Oscars."
A 159-year-old man was being interviewed on TV and was asked a predictable question: "How did you manage to live for so long?"
He answered, "I never, ever, argue with anyone."
The interviewer did not believe this, and pressed him about it. "Surely there was something else that you did: lifestyle, diet, exercise, or vitamins!"
The old man listened, and then said, "Maybe you're right."
Abram Hoffer writes, "The history of medicine is a history of conflict. We should be making awards for infamy, but the list would be too long and thus no one would stand out."
Tonight we honor the mavericks of medicine. We have here tonight a confluence of two schools of orthomolecular medicine: the megavitamin approach and the dietary approach. They both work, they are both orthomolecular, and together form a unified field of nutritional medicine.
MAX GERSON, M.D.
When Max Gerson, M.D., testified before the U.S. Senate on July 1, 2, and 3, 1946, he likely had high hopes of acceptance of his nutritional protocol for cancer. No such luck. In 1958, he published all the how-to-do-it details in A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases. He died the next year. All of Max Gerson's brothers and sisters had died in the Holocaust.
Dr. Gerson's daughter Charlotte, here with us tonight, is a strikingly healthy octogenarian who practices what her father preached. "I cancelled my health insurance when I was 34 years old," she says. "I'm always telling women: 'Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry about finding a lump in your breast?' But if you eat healthy, that's what happens. Living in this manner, you don't risk cancer."
She is in
a position to know, having seen her father's work at close range for so many
years. I asked
Possibly the most moving Gerson testimonial comes from a child, named Stephanie, who was diagnosed with widespread cancer in the kidney, lungs, and heart before she was even six years old. After conventional treatment had been tried and had failed, she (and her parents as well) embarked on the Gerson program. Asked what she thought of the diet, the girl responded quite frankly: "The food? At first I thought it was kind of weird. But after, like, a week, it started tasting better." Stephanie, who had been given six months to live, was very much alive over two years later and shown horseback riding, ‘on the road to recovery’ to the point that her doctors were ‘astounded.’"
Dr. Gerson saved lives and his methods still do. To say that such a message is somewhat controversial is understatement akin to saying that the Beatles somewhat influenced popular music, or that Citizen Kane was a pretty good movie.
Many years ago, I watched a video tape of a Gerson patients’ “reunion.” On stage were people from all walks of life, and most were advanced in age. One after the other they spoke of the cancer they were diagnosed with three, ten, or twenty years ago. All were recovered. Dr. Gerson was the reason. You cannot watch such an event and fail to be moved.
JOSEF M. ISSELS, M.D.
The following quotations are from www.Issels.com :
"Josef M. Issels, MD, has
become internationally known for his remarkable rate of complete long-term
remissions of "incurable cancers" in patients who had exhausted all
standard treatments . . . After completion of the Issels Treatment, these
patients remained cancer free for up to 50 years, leading normal healthy
lives. The Issels Treatment also significantly reduced the incidence of
recurrent cancer after surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, thereby
considerably improving cure rates. . . In 1951 Dr. Issels founded the first
"The Issels Treatment is based on the concept that malignant tumors do not develop in a healthy body with intact defense and repair functions. They present in a specific internal environment which promotes their growth. This environment develops over a period of time due to multiple causes and conditions which persist and remain chronically active even after removal of the tumor (by surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy). Treating the tumor alone is not treating the condition that is producing it: the underlying cancer disease. Consequently, there is a high rate of relapse. . . cancer is considered a systemic disease from the onset and the tumor as its late stage symptom. . . Even in an advanced state of malignant disease an immune reaction with complete tumor remission can be reached.
"Dr. Issels reported in
"Immunotherapy in Progressive Metastatic
Cancer, A Fifteen Year Survival Follow-up," Clinical Trials Journal (
It has been said that more people live off cancer than die from it. The Issels Therapy can help put a stop to this travesty. Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Issels 91-year life, this knowledge is readily available for all who need it.
CORNELIS MOERMAN, M.D.
For over sixty years, cancer treatment and research has been almost entirely restricted to cut, zap and drug: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Billions and billions of dollars have been expended investigating every cure BUT a nutritional one.
Where is the real incentive to cure the disease, anyway? Business is good. It is now pretty much an open secret that more people live off cancer than die from it. The big money is to be made in disease, not in health. Dr. Moerman guaranteed his own ostracism when he dedicated his life to find out why patients lived, and what could be done to be sure they did. Then he went and did it.
It is said that we are known by our enemies. If that is so, Dr Moerman has been honored above all.
Union Against Quackery at an antiquackery symposium
Here is what they appear to be so upset about:
"The Moerman diet consisted of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, non-refined cereals, leguminous plants and dairy-products. Moerman also recommended supplemental vitamins and minerals. Moerman, a doctor who practiced nearly 50 years, organized support in the parliament. The late Linus Pauling praised him. . . Moerman received 30 out of a maximum 37 points in the scoring system used for rating quackiness."
One anti-orthomolecular website decries Dr. Moerman's dietary treatment for cancer in part because it is a lactovegetarian diet, with supplements of vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, iodine, and selenium, and which prohibited all meats, alcohol, artificial colorings, cheeses with high fat and salt content, margarine, hydrogenated oils, sugar, salt, white flour, and tobacco.
Good heavens! We can't have people eating like that, now can we!
EMANUEL CHERASKIN, M.D., D.M.D.
“Health is the fastest growing failing business in western civilization.”
(Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D. in Human Health and Homeostasis)
Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D., devoted more than 50 years of his life to natural health practice, research, and education. In doing so, he has greatly elevated all the healing professions. It is because of Dr. Cheraskin's speeches, scientific papers, and books that so many, many people have been encouraged to learn about and take vitamins, and improve their diet, and thereby improve their lives. We will always be indebted to this great man.
I recently spoke with Mrs. Carol Cheraskin, who so very much wanted to attend this awards banquet. Carol described to me how Dr. Cheraskin was so generous with his time. "He would spend forty-five minutes or more on the phone with a person that he knew he'd likely never hear from again, just to teach them what they needed to know."
She also spoke, not only of Dr. Cheraskin's work, but of her 50-year love affair with her husband. She, in her eighties, sounded to me just like a head-over-heels-in-love teenager.
I think the best remembrance we can offer Dr. Cheraskin is to personally read his work and then redouble our efforts to share his knowledge with a public that so sorely needs it. I am custodian of the Cheraskin Archive for that express purpose.
"If you ask different questions," said Dr. Cheraskin, "you'll get different answers." Spoken like a true maverick, doctor.
FREDERICK R. KLENNER, M.D.
I raised my kids all the way into college without either of them ever having a single dose of an antibiotic, not even once.
I have Dr. Frederick R. Klenner to thank for it.
A student came up to me one day after lecture and placed a slim paperback into my hands, saying “You have to read this!” The little book was Lendon Smith’s Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C: The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, M.D.. It is a digest of Dr. Klenner’s 27 published and unpublished medical papers, some dating from the 1940’s. Since much of Klenner’s work was published in regional medical journals, his articles previously had been hard to come by. Consequently, the antibiotic and antiviral effects of megadoses of vitamin C have been largely unknown to the health professions. Dr. Klenner’s 40 years of experience successfully treating pneumonia, herpes, mononucleosis, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, childhood illnesses, fevers, encephalitis, polio, and over 20 other diseases... all with vitamin C... is even less well known to the general public. Patients and orthodox physicians typically are amazed when they learn that Klenner employed 350 to 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day, per kilogram patient body weight. One can only speculate how much suffering might have been avoided if doctors in the 1950's had listened to this man.
Frederick R. Klenner gave large doses to over 300 pregnant women and reported
virtually no complications in any of the pregnancies or deliveries (Irwin
Stone, The Healing Factor, chapter 28).
Indeed, hospital nurses around
Specifically, Klenner gave: 4,000 milligrams during the first trimester, 6,000 mg during the second, and 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day - or even 15,000 mg - throughout their third trimester. This was his routine prescription for healthy women. He would respond to any sickness with daily vitamin C injections totaling many times that.
And this, in the late 1940's!
Over a nearly 40 year practice, Klenner (and
previous animal studies) rigorously ascertained the safety and effectiveness
of vitamin C during pregnancy. Specifically, there were no miscarriages in
this entire group of 300 women. There
were no postpartum hemorrhages at all. There was no cardiac distress and
there were no toxic manifestations (Stone, p. 191). Among Klenner's patients were the Fultz
quintuplets, who, at the time, were the only quints
in the southeastern
Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner said, "If you want results, use adequate ascorbic acid.” Don't send a boy to do a man's job.
ALBERT SZENT-GYORGI, Ph.D.
Dr Hoffer has said that Albert Szent-Gyorgi "was a good friend of Pauling's. They got alone really well, and he supported orthomolecular concepts." Dr Hoffer praised Dr Szent Gyorgi in a 1989 paper (Hoffer A: The discovery of vitamin C: Albert Szent-Gyorgi, M.D. Ph.D. 1893-1986. J Orthomolecular Med 4:24-26, 1989.)
And with good reason. Albert Szent Gyorgi won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion processes, with special reference to vitamin C."
I cannot possibly top the Nobel presentation lecture:
Excerpts from The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1937 Presentation Speech by Professor E. Hammarsten, the Royal Caroline Institute, on December 10, 1937.
"Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Ladies and Gentlemen.
"The magnificent series of Szent-Györgyi's discoveries commenced in 1933. They were carried out and pursued with extraordinary rapidity and precision. His clear vision for essentials" (aided him in) his isolation of ascorbic acid and of his identification of it with the so-termed vitamin C - a feat that was justly hailed with enthusiasm. . . (Vitamins) cooperate in the oxidation chain and are catalysts, illustrating the way in which these vitamins act in the organism (along with) other enzymes, and oxidizable and reducible substances: Szent-Györgyi's flavonoles, termed vitamin P.
"Professor Albert von Szent-Györgyi: You never swerved from your unyielding purpose to study the primary and fundamental processes of biological oxidation. . . The pace set by you and your co-workers was astonishing, and your results were fundamentally new and highly important. In the midst of fervent research work with most promising aspects you are the discoverer and idealist to the mind of Alfred Nobel."
(Excerpted from Nobel Lectures, Physiology or Medicine 1922-1941, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1965.)
DAVID HORROBIN, M.D., Ph.D.
The following is condensed from Patricia Kane's article in the Townsend Letter, July, 2003:
"Dr. David Horrobin was an
Oxford scholar, with two medical degrees and also a doctorate in
neuroscience. David was a fellow of Magdalen
College where he taught medicine to students alongside the father of the
field of essential fatty acids, Dr. Hugh Sinclair. After further research on EFA's at the
"David was the founder and editor of two medical journals: Medical Hypothesis, and Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. David wrote and edited numerous books and hundreds of scientific publications. . . He had a unique combination of enthusiasm and tenacity; humility and friendliness with remarkable creativity; a huge depth of knowledge and striking analytical power."
Peter Lapinskas writes: "David Horrobin was a prolific research scientist whose work was wide-ranging but was primarily concerned with the use of fatty acids in the treatment of disease. He had 939 publications, with a further 114 patents in which he is a named inventor, bringing the grand total to 1053. From his first publication in 1964 through to his death, this is equivalent of one publication every two weeks for 39 years - a prodigious achievement."
Dr. Hoffer writes: "Orthomolecular Pioneers are men and women of vision who are not happy with the results they have seen when they used all the standard methods of treatment they had been taught when in medical school. And, they have the initiative to try to remedy the situation. David Horrobin was that kind of a person. Luckily for schizophrenic patients, he became dissatisfied with the results of treatment that modern psychiatry provides.
"I first heard him when, as a young scientist at a meeting of the Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation in Montreal, he asked me a question from the floor concerning the observation I had made that schizophrenic patients given niacin did not as a rule flush as severely as did patients who were not schizophrenic. No one else had ever referred to that observation.
"A few years later I learned that he was very interested in the role of the essential fatty acids. He wrote one of the major pioneer books on this topic. And because of his interest and drive, he persuaded many universities to test out his ideas that these fatty acids are indeed helpful. But unlike so many mono-idea scientists, he realized that more than one biochemical system was involved. His interests were wide ranging. He also was very frustrated by the slow pace of research and by the exclusive use of the double-blind method. He was very critical of multimillion treatment trials, pointing out that these were needed when the compound being tested had very little efficacy. As a result, the BMJ wrote very unpleasant and critical obituary of him. BMJ was immediately besieged by many letters of protest from his colleagues all over the world. We need more scientists like David."
HUGH D. RIORDAN, M.D.
"Hugh wrote the NY Times May 1, 2003: "Based upon its own data, our government and a responsible publication like the New York Times should be screaming that then nutrient intake of American is so low in so many that it a nation scandal and a public health menace”.
I was just talking with Hugh on the phone that final morning. He telephoned me, and my answering machine initially picked up the call saying, "No one is available to take your call. Please leave a message." Hugh said, "I'd like to speak to No One, since No One is available to take my call!" I picked up and said, "Hi, Hugh; This is No One," and we laughed.
He then said that he'd just that morning put up his new book, Medical Mavericks III, for free reading at his orthomolecular.org website, and he wanted me to take a look at it. We also discussed our new Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (now in full operation), in which he'd taken a personal and guiding interest.
I told Hugh I was lately remembering his lighthearted, inspirational words from the close of the 2003 Toronto Nutritional Medicine Today conference, which were, "Roses are red; Violets are blue; Orthomolecular is good for you." I said to Hugh, "I think I have a sequel for you, doctor:
“Roses are red;
You’ve all heard it said;
Orthomolecular's for you;
You heard that from Hugh!”
We laughed some more. He then mentioned that he wrote limericks in high school, but "They were," he said with a grin I could detect even over the phone, "Not for publication."
But what Hugh did publish was his research, an indelible contribution to medicine that will stand for all time.
Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )
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