Pioneer in Orthomolecular Health Recognized with Largest Award for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Toronto, Ontario — Dr. Abram Hoffer, 90, of Victoria has won the inaugural Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for his work using nutrition and vitamins to treat and prevent disease. The $250,000 award, funded by the Vancouver-based philanthropic Hecht Foundation, is the first award of its kind in Canada, and the largest in the world. The award will be shared with co-winner Dr. Alastair Cunningham of Toronto. Dr. Hoffer was selected from 57 nominees accepted after a nationwide call earlier this year.

Dr. Hoffer’s groundbreaking research found that replenishing vitamins and minerals in the body would help restore health. He was one of the first to use proper nutrition, minerals and vitamins and the elimination of toxic foods when treating disease. This approach is now known as orthomolecular medicine. Dr. Hoffer has successfully treated thousands of patients with this orthomolecular approach, including those with mental and physical disorders ranging from schizophrenia to cancer.

“This award will draw attention to the important work and results we are seeing in the field of orthomolecular medicine,” said Steven Carter of Orthomolecular Health. “Canada is a leader in CAM, which is evidenced by the tremendous talent and success stories we’ve seen through the Dr. Rogers Prize award process.”

Dr. Hoffer was inspired to explore orthomolecular medicine while working as research director for Saskatchewan’s public health department in 1950, where half of the patients in that province’s three large hospitals were schizophrenic. While his idea that nutrition, including the proper balance of minerals and vitamins as the basis for good health is now considered mainstream, that was not the case when he first started is work in the 1960’s.

About the Dr. Rogers Prize
The Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine is named for Dr. Roger Rogers, a UBC Clinical Associate Professor emeritus who is also a recognized Canadian leader in CAM. Dr. Rogers began offering alternative treatments in Vancouver in the mid-1970s and later co-founded the Centre for Integrated Healing, now known as InspireHealth, to help cancer patients who have had limited or no success with traditional medical treatments. The presentations were made at a gala award ceremony last week in Vancouver. This is the inaugural year for the Dr. Rogers Prize, which is to be awarded biennially to individuals who make a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of CAM in Canada. The Prize is sponsored by the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, a Vancouver-based philanthropic organization.

About Orthomolecular Health
The purpose of Orthomolecular Health is to further the advancement of orthomolecular medicine throughout Canada and the world and to raise awareness of this rapidly growing and cost effective practice of health care. The group serves to educate health professionals and the public of the benefits and practice of orthomolecular medicine. The awareness work being done by Orthomolecular Health is made possible through a grant from Allan Markin, a Calgary based business person and philanthropist.

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