Dr. David Minkoff’s Health Blog

Optimum Health Report #339

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One of the great physicians of the last 75 years was Dr. Abram Hoffer. He pioneered the use of vitamins and minerals as therapy. He stated that there was always a natural substance that could do better than any drug for some body condition. He wrote prolifically and published many articles on using natural substances. He called this Orthomolecular medicine. He recently died after over 90 years of a full life.

Here are my favorite Hoffer quotes:

“Drugs make a well person sick. Why would they make a sick person well?”

“The worst fate that can befall the critics of orthomolecular medicine is that they will never, ever use vitamins.”

“No amount of evidence will persuade someone who is not listening.”

“Double-blind clinical trials are for the birds.”

“How much longer will society permit doctors the luxury of doing nothing, especially when the suggested treatments are safe, economical and, in the opinion of doctors who follow the treatments, so effective. The medical establishment should be ashamed of itself, and owes the American people an apology.”

“Anyone who wishes to become familiar with orthomolecular medicine may do so by simply beginning with a whole-foods, sugar-free diet, and a few vitamins.”

“Sugar is the original addiction.”

“Niacin is probably not quite as safe as water, but pretty close to it.”

“If I told patients a funny story and they did not laugh, they needed more niacin.”

“Patients ask me, ‘How dangerous is niacin therapy?’ I answer them, ‘You are going to live a lot longer. Is that a problem for you?’”

“There have been no deaths ever from niacin. The LD 50 (the dosage that would kill half of those taking it) for dogs is 6,000 milligrams per kilogram body weight. That is equivalent to half a pound of niacin per day for a human. No human takes 225,000 milligrams of niacin a day. They would be nauseous long before reaching a harmful dose.”

“Niacin is not liver toxic. Niacin therapy increases liver function tests. But this elevation means that the liver is active. It does not indicate an underlying liver pathology.”

“I have treated 5,000 schizophrenic patients with niacin. The first was a 12-year-old boy in 1960. To get the boy to take it, his father crushed the niacin tablet and spread it into a jam sandwich. That boy is now a research physician.”

“The treatment that worked in 1960 is still working today. That treatment is called orthomolecular medicine. Orthomolecular medicine restores natural metabolism with nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, in optimum quantities.”

“For schizophrenics, the natural recovery rate is 50%. With orthomolecular medicine, the recovery rate is 90%. With drugs, it is 10%. If you use just drugs, you won’t get well.”

(Abram Hoffer authored more than two dozen books and nearly 600 research reports, reviews and editorials. Niacin: The Real Story, his final book, was published posthumously in 2012. You can learn more about niacin therapy by doing a site search for “Hoffer niacin” at http://www.doctoryourself.com.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff, MD

Patient Testimonial

“When I first came to Dr. Minkoff, I was physically exhausted all of the time and had trouble dragging my body around and doing even simple things. I had numerous tests and was always told “your test results are negative” or “you are in great shape for your age”, leaving me wondering why I felt so lousy. Dr. Minkoff identified 5 problems immediately and we set about handling them. My 75 year old body is now really in great shape for my age and I am enjoying life and looking forward to the future. Many, many thanks!”
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“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the entire staff at LifeWorks for saving my life and helping my family restore their health. My son and I were diagnosed with Lyme disease after 11 years of decline. This disease was uprooting our family. We began IV therapyHOCATTMAS MAT and Rozone and within about 3 weeks, we noticed a difference in our demeanor and energy levels. The pain in my knees and legs improved as well as back and hip pain that I had suffered with every morning for years.

When Otozone was added, I noticed clearing in my sinuses, improvement in memory, and clearer thoughts. Early weeks at the clinic were overwhelming – trying to collect enough specimens at ‘just the right time’, keeping up with the crazy schedules, wondering what was going on in the IV room, getting all your supplements crammed into one day, and trying to figure out how to eat “Paleo”. You quickly figure out just ‘do your best” and “take it one day at a time”. And everything gets easier as you begin to feel increasingly better.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.