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Important Quotes from the Late Abram Hoffer, Ph.D., M.D
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Dr. Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) was born in Southern Saskatchewan Canada. He received his PhD at the University of Minnesota and Medical degree at the University of Toronto. The one quote I feel that sums up Dr. Abram Hoffer’s philosophy on naturopathic medicine is the following; “[highlight=#ffff00]the body is composed of innumerable molecules developed over billions of years by the toughest test of all: survival. We are finely tuned organisms, with a dizzying number of different compounds and reactions. To think that one can insert a strange molecule that has never before been there, and hope to correct some malfunction, is the height of folly.”[/highlight]

• “Modern medicine is not scientific; it is full of prejudice, illogic, and susceptible to advertising. Doctors are not taught to reason. They are programmed to believe in whatever their medical schools teach them. And over the past 20 years, the drug companies with their enormous wealth have taken medicine over and now control its research, what is taught, and the information released to the public.”

• “It is wrong to consider any disease solely genetic, for genes do not operate in a vacuum.”

• “All attacks on supplement safety are really attacks on supplement efficacy.”

• “No one dies from vitamins.”

• “They (Allopathic physicians) believe that food supplements should remain under prescription control as are antibiotics or other potent medication.”

• “Why do they (Allopathic physicians) hold this erroneous belief? Because physicians are trained to recognize deficiency diseases, and they are taught that in modern society the majority of people are not suffering from any deficiency.”

• “Dr. Hoffer quotes from Richard O. Brennan, Chairman of the board of trustees, the International Academy of Preventative Medicine “Most of the food in America today will support life but it will not sustain health.”

• “Physicians enter practice trained in the germ theory of disease, they look for illness arising from that cause and not from the lack of vitamin and mineral nutrition, and therefore, they take for granted that people should not need any more minerals and vitamins.”

• “Doctors treat crises and tend not to prevent them.”

• “The question is why we need double blinds, which never initiate anything and merely consumes tons of money and time and do very little to further progress in medicine.”

• “Those who demand double blinds (double blind studies) are simply using this procedure as a weapon against this particular treatment.”

• “They (double blind studies) are based upon unacceptable mathematical theory; they diminish the effectiveness of two important variables in any therapeutic situation, the faith of the patient and the doctor in the therapy; they are ethically questionable; they cannot be used for composing small heterogeneous groups; they have not led to the development of any useful new therapies in psychiatry.”

• “Double blinds are for the birds. I have been opposed to double-blinds for decades, even though my colleagues and I were the first psychiatrists to do them, starting in 1952. I consider them a license to kill. They are a dangerous fashion. There is no evidence that anecdotal information is any less accurate then clinical information. Devotees see everything filtered through their beliefs. If we abolish anecdotes, guess what will happen to medicine? It will die from sheer boredom.”

• “The basic treatment for mental disease in Orthomolecular medicine is the overcoming of the effects of poor nutrition with corrective nutritional therapy. Yet the measure of ignorance of many medical critics of this care is that they hardly ever take nutritional histories of their patients.”

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