Dr. rer. nat. / Dr. med. Abram Hoffer: Niacin: The Real Story: Learn about the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin
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. Hoffer spent 60 years diagnosing patients and complementing other treatments with vitamins, while researching, developing and writing about orthomolecular medicine as a restorative dimension of care. His original research encouraged him to prescribe health-restoring doses of vitamins. He and his colleague Humphry Osmond performed the first double-blind placebo-controlled scientific experiments in psychiatry and discovered that an optimum dose of niacin helped 75% of patients recover from acute schizophrenia. To educate the public, Abram Hoffer wrote prolifically about vitamins, research and clinical applications. For decades, Dr. Hoffer helped patients recover while mainstream medical professionals dismissed restorative care. Believing that vitamins could not possibly help, they ignored Dr. Hoffer’s research and recovery reports. Their closed-minded attitudes withheld vitamin regimens from trusting patients.
Dr. Hoffer often prescribed niacin with other vitamins, minerals and amino acids. He encouraged patients to eat nutritious diets and eliminate trigger foods. He taught many doctors how to complement other treatments with vitamins and modify doses based on each patient’s diagnosis, progress and biochemical individuality. Knowing that factors such as biochemical individuality and food allergies and sensitivities can also affect patients‘ health whether they suffer from deficiencies, disorders or diseases, Abram Hoffer and his orthomolecular colleagues diagnosed carefully and customized vitamin treatment programs. Thousands of patients recovered.
Abram Hoffer died in 2009 at age 91. His legacy left the world more than 35 books and hundreds of articles, reviews and editorials which explain that optimal doses of vitamin B3 (niacin and/or niacinamide), can complement other treatments, including prescription medications. Niacin: The Real Story, his last book, outlines Dr. Hoffer’s research, discoveries and clinical recommendations. His references and recovery stories support his concept that vitamin therapy can help to restore health. Adventures in Psychiatry: The Scientific Memoirs of Dr. Abram Hoffer, (2005), details his research, progress and success using vitamins to treat schizophrenia. How to Live with Schizophrenia (1966), written by Hoffer and Osmond for patients and families, still reads fresh and clear today.
Hoffer, Saul and Foster’s 2012 book explains what niacin is, how niacin therapy began, how niacin works, why we need more niacin, how to take niacin and why niacin is safe. The only cautionary note concerns niacin’s harmless and noticeable but short-lived flush effect. After one week, patients who take niacin every day will flush much less. Abram Hoffer learned about the flush by taking niacin himself, for 55 years! During his 60-year career, Dr. Hoffer prescribed niacin to thousands of patients. His finding? Niacin helped patients recover, feel better and live longer. This book provides research reports, references and recovery stories which justify the clinical use of niacin for mental illness and cardiovascular problems and niacinamide for arthritis. A long chapter outlines how patients with 25 other health problems can also respond to vitamin B3 therapy.
If you or a loved one has a chronic health problem, you can read this book to understand how niacin could help you. Thanks to Abram Hoffer and his
co-authors, Niacin: The Real Story encourages patients, families, caregivers and even health professionals to learn that niacin has a broad spectrum of wonderful healing properties. Depending on each patient’s diagnosis and diet, optimum doses of niacin can complement other treatments and help patients recover, safely and effectively.