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Nutritional Medicine Today
35th Annual International Conference

April 27 - 30, 2006
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver, Canada

Nutritional Medicine Today is an annual international conference hosted by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) and the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (JOM).

A four-day event with five sessions feature "current orthomolecular approaches to optimize immunological, neurological, cardiovascular and endocrine function"

Feature Speakers include internationally known leading pioneers in Orthomolecular Medicine:

  • Jack Challem
  • Harold Foster, PhD
  • Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD
  • Ron Hunninghake, MD
  • Christian Issels, ND
  • Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD
  • Erik T. Paterson, MD
  • Katherine Raymer, MD, ND
  • Andrew W. Saul, PhD
  • Gert Schuitemaker, D Pharm
  • Alex Vasquez, DC, ND
  • William Walsh, PhD
  • Bradford Weeks, MD

For more information about the event, contact: The International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine
16 Florence Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M2N 1E9
Phone: (416) 733-2117 or

Click HERE to see information about past conference and the 2005 Orthomolecular Hall Of Fame Inductees


Kathleen Doheny, The New York Times, Tues, Sept.13, 2005

"High doses of vitamin C administered intravenously can fight cancer -- at least in the laboratory, researchers report.

"(The study) examined the body's absorption of the nutrient and found that while oral intake does reach a saturation point, when you give doses intravenously they go through the roof in the blood and then they are cleared, said lead researcher Dr. Mark Levine (chief of the molecular and clinical nutrition section and senior staff physician, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases). According to Levine, a 10 gram dose (10,000 milligrams) of vitamin C given intravenously produces bloodstream concentrations more than 25-fold higher than concentrations achieved from the same oral dose.

"Some antibiotics are poorly absorbed when given orally but fight infections effectively when given intravenously, and Levine and his team thought that might be the case with vitamin C and cancer. Working with cell lines in the laboratory, they used high doses of vitamin C that could only be achieved by IV administration.

At the highest concentration of ascorbic acid, if given intravenously, they don't touch normal cells and they kill lots of cancer cells. We don't know why, Levine said."

(Editorís note: Yes, this is certainly good news, although it is not really "news" to most Doctor Yourself Newsletter readers. It is rather an official confirmation, one that has, finally, gotten the attention of the media. Even FOX news picked it up. As Gomer Pyle said, "Goll-y!")


Commentary by Bill Sardi

"With a growing body of evidence mounting, National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers recently conceded that intravenous vitamin C may be an effective treatment for cancer. Last year the same researchers reported a similar study but the news media failed to publish it.

"The latest study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, confirms the work of Nobel-Prize winner Linus Pauling who conducted cancer research in the 1970s with vitamin C. Dr. Pauling's studies were discredited at the time by poorly conducted research studies at the Mayo Clinic.

"NIH researchers made no mention of their earlier study in 2004 which showed that oral-dose vitamin C can achieve three times greater blood concentration than previously thought possible, a fact which negates the current Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin C. NIH researchers refuse to issue a retraction of their earlier flawed research which mistakenly claimed humans cannot benefit from high-dose oral vitamin C supplements."

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Qi Chen, Michael Graham Espey , Murali C. Krishna, James B. Mitchell, Christopher P. Corpe, Garry R. Buettner, Emily Shacter, and Mark Levine. Pharmacologic ascorbic acid concentrations selectively kill cancer cells: Action as a pro-drug to deliver hydrogen peroxide to tissues. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 10.1073/pnas.0506390102

"Extracellular but not intracellular ascorbate mediated cell death, which occurred by apoptosis and pyknosis/necrosis . . . (T)hese data indicate that ascorbate at concentrations achieved only by i.v. administration may be a pro-drug for formation of H2O2, and that blood can be a delivery system of the pro-drug to tissues. These findings give plausibility to i.v. ascorbic acid in cancer treatment..."

This News release was provided by DOCTOR YOURSELF News (Vol. 5 , No. 13 for October, 2005)


In Memory of Hugh D. Riordan M.D. 1932 - 2005

Friday, January 7, 2005

Dr. Hugh Desaix Riordan, founder and president of The Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning International and pioneer in orthomolecular approaches to medicine died Friday January 7, 2005. Along with other pioneers in orthomolecular medicine, Dr. Riordan emphasized the link between nutrition and health decades before such a concept became mainstream. He believed in treating the whole person, mind, body, and spirit and invited patients to become "co-learners", to get involved in determining the underlying causes of their illness.

He often referred to the orthomolecular approach as "Therapeutic Nutrition Based Upon Biochemical Individuality". He found that working together and helping co-learners discover their own unique biochemical needs, set a foundation for treating devastating illness. Dr. Roirdan offered hope to thousands of individuals who had reached a dead end with conventional medicine.

Dr. Riordan was a recipient of the Outstanding Orthomolecular Physician of the Year award for 2002. He was the past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, and board member for International Schizophrenia Foundation. He was involved with the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Dr. Riordan was a charismatic speaker who spoke on health and nutrition worldwide. As friend and admirer of Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. Riordan carried on the research legacy investigating the use of orthomolecular doses of vitamin C for chronic illness, especially Cancer.

He published hundreds of articles in scientific literature. Just hours before his passing he had completed the third volume in the book series Medical Mavericks. On a pad next to his fax machine, he had written the words:

"What we learn from these superb observers and orthomolecular doers can literally change our lives for the better. That is why Medical Mavericks, volume three, has been written."

As Dr. Riordan requested, a draft copy of the book Medical Mavericks volume three has been made available for download/viewing through this website.

Dr. Riordan was a mentor, supporter, colleague, friend and dedicated physician to so many individuals. He loved music, art, sports, vitamin C and his family and friends most of all. He contributed in many aspects to the scientific community and the community of Wichita, Kansas in which he lived. His extraordinary ability to think differently and pioneer revolutionary approaches to health and wellbeing is something unique and irreplaceable. Dr. Riordan had a magnificent talent for leadership and empowerment that reflects only a fraction of his true brilliance. He inspired us to do better and to do more for others, ourselves and the community.

Visit Dr. Riordan's Memorial webpage to submit your thoughts and memories or to read what others have to say about Dr. Hugh D. Riordan.


April 5, 2004

Dear Colleagues; I am very pleased to inform you that our non-profit organization, Orthomolecular Medical Nutrition & Associate, was officially recognized by the Japanese Government They recognized the importance and the necessity of educating nutritional approaches. We can spread the idea and the policy of Orthomolecular Nutritional Medicine widely in Japan. I wish you and we could have a mutual assistance in order to spread the activity all over the world.

With best regards,

Masatoshi Kaneko


A Very Successful
34th Annual International Conference
Nutritional Medicine Today

May 12 - 15, 2005
Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel
Ottawa, Canada

The conference hosted by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM), the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (JOM), and the International Schizophrenia Foundation (ISF), highlighted three days of presentations by 19 internationally known speakers and research scientists. Educational topics focused on current orthomolecular approaches to optimize neurological, cardiovascular and immunological function.

Of these presenters were:

Hyla Cass, MD Jonathan Prousky, ND Carolyn Dean, MD, ND
Sephen Lawson William Grant, PhD Jeanne Drisko, MD
Kent MacLeod, BSc Phm Andrew Saul Julia Ross, MA
Thomas Krampff Gert Schuitemaker, PhD Michael Janson, MD
John Hoffer, MD, PhD Julia Ross, MA Parris Kidd, PhD
Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD Patrick Holford Richard Kunin, MD
Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD

In addition to the educational presentations, the conference featured exhibitors from twenty of North America's leading manufacturers and suppliers of nutritional products and services.

Saturday evening May 14th, The International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) and the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (JOM) inducted eight new members to the Orthomolecular Hall Of Fame. The Orthomolecular Hall Of Fame was established to recognize those pioneers that have made lifelong contributions to the advancements of nutritional research and treating illnesses with substances found natural to the human body.

2005 Hall Of Fame Inductees

Max Gerson
Albert Szent-Gyorgi
Cornelius Moerman
Frederick Klenner
Josef Issels
Emanuel Cheraskin
David Horrobin
Hugh Riordan

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