Abram Hoffer

Abram Hoffer (1917–2009) was a Canadian biochemist, physician, and psychiatrist known for his treatment of schizophrenia with megavitamin therapy and other nutritional interventions. He later expanded his methods to the treatment of alcohol and other addictions and was involved in studies of LSD as an experimental therapy for alcoholism. He found that high-dose niacin can be used to treat high cholesterol and other chronic conditions.

Putting It All Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition

The orthomolecular concept is a simple one, using optimal nutrition to combat, heal and prevent physical and mental illness. Orthomolecular nutrition is based on diets and food supplements of essential vitamins and minerals specifically selected to solve individual problems and needs.

The Psychedelic Pioneers

The story of The Psychedelic Pioneers is part leading edge medical research and part utopian idealism. Three gifted psychiatrists, in combination with an extraordinarily powerful drug, resulted in one of the most fascinating and controversial periods in Canadian history.

Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone: Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians

Recently, interest in nutritional medicine, and how to use it properly, has increased enormously, and many people are already taking supplemental vitamins in larger than standard dietary doses. Orthomolecular medicine believes that the basis for health is good nutrition.

Modern medicine is not scientific, it is full of prejudice, illogic and susceptible to advertising.


Hofmann’s Potion—Albert Hofmann LSD Documentary

By the mid-1950s, LSD research was being published in medical and academic journals all over the world. It showed potential benefits in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction, and other mental illnesses. This film explores those potential benefits, and the researchers who explored them.

Orthomolecular Treatment for Schizophrenia

Orthomolecular medicine can be effective in the treatment of schizophrenia, a mental disorder often treated with drugs. Deficiency often plays a major role in the onset of this condition. Thus, nutritional supplementation is integral to Dr. Hoffers approach to schizophrenia.


Dr Abram Hoffer

Dr Hoffer talks about addiction, niacin, AA, Bill W. and more.

The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism: Orthomolecular Treatment of Addictions

The Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism can help those who suffer from alcohol addiction, their friends and loved ones, and those in the relevant helping professions. Its central message: optimally-nourished individuals do not get addicted.


IFM Interview: Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Jeffrey Bland

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) founder Dr. Jeffrey Bland interviewed Dr. Abram Hoffer shortly before Hoffer's death in May 2009.

Hospitals and Health: Your Orthomolecular Guide to a Shorter, Safer Hospital Stay

This book looks at how hospital care got on the wrong track, from historical and economic perspectives. It then offers suggestions for minimizing the risks of a hospital stay and ways to improve your on experience.


Timothy Leary