The Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame was established in 2004 by the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine to honour the pioneers and leaders in Orthomolecular Medicine. Today, there are over seventy-five people in the Hall of Fame – physicians, researchers, professors and advocates – each having made a significant contribution to the foundation and growth of Orthomolecular Medicine around the world. These remarkable people make up the rich history and broad range of interest and experience in Orthomolecular Medicine.
Every year, members of the Hall of Fame nominate others whom they consider worthy of inclusion. The submissions are reviewed and voted on by Hall of Fame members; those with the most votes are chosen to be inducted at the following year’s ceremony, which takes place at the Annual Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference.
Nina Mikirova, PhD
b. 1948, Moscow
Nina Mikirova, PhD, graduated from Moscow State University with a Doctorate in physics and mathematics. She also earned a MS degree in statistics and had academic training in biochemistry in the United States. Dr. Mikirova worked for 15 years as the Senior Researcher Chief at the Institute of Bio-Medical Problems in Russia, specializing in the understanding of the physical processes of solar activity and their effects on Earth, as well as in space.
In 1997 Dr. Mikirova joined the Riordan Clinic. At that time the Riordan Clinic concentrated on nontoxic, adjunctive cancer care. The foundation of this project is RECNAC (Research Encompassing Novel Approaches to Cancer, or CANCER spelled backwards) with the goal to reverse the growing trends of cancer by identifying nontoxic adjunctive treatment modalities in the care of cancer patients. The team went on to make many discoveries regarding the use of intermittent high-dose IVC and conducted clinical trials demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of continuous IVC.
Dr. Mikirova has published more than 50 papers in the area of nutrients as biological response modifiers and 50 articles in the area of bio-medical aspects of solar radiation. Her areas of research focus include: the effect of high dosage intravenous vitamin C on inflammation, cytokines, angiogenesis and viral infection; potential of using high dose intermittent and continuous IVC as the adjuvant therapy to treat cancer; effect of nutrients on the levels of progenitor and stem cells in circulation; energy metabolism and functioning of mitochondria in cancer and normal cells; effects of micronutrient supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors; and effectiveness of chelation therapy in clearing toxic heavy metals from the body.
She is a 2014 recipient of the Riordan Clinic’s Pearl Maker award, which recognizes individuals for their actions to further the mission of stimulating an epidemic of health, worldwide.
Dr. Mikirova has been invited to to lecture on The Riordan IVC Protocol for Cancer at many prestigious international medical meetings, including in Germany, England, Japan, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Morocco, Colombia and Algeria. She has authored and co-authored many papers published in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
For her dedicated, pioneering research in Orthomolecular Medicine and Oncology, we are pleased to welcome Nina Mikirova into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.
Bo H. Jonsson, MD, PhD
b.1950 Uppsala, Sweden
Bo H. Jonsson was born and grew up in Uppsala, Sweden. There were no other physicians in his family. He first studied medicine at Lund University and later moved to Stockholm and continued at Karolinska Institutet where he graduated as an MD. His professor during the course in psychiatry was Lennart Wetterberg who published a paper on kryptopyrrole in Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry in 1972. During the 1990s Jonsson participated in stress research and eventually wrote his dissertation on the psychophysiology of functional dyspepsia.
That vitamins and other nutrients can affect health was something Jonsson read about in the early 1970s, but nothing of this was taught in medical school. Having worked as a physician for forty years, mostly as psychiatrist, Jonsson found it fruitful to combine all kinds of knowledge in the work with patients. Instead of just considering symptoms and medication he wanted to integrate evolutionary and holistic dimensions, comprising genetics, somatic health, psychosocial and cultural factors, lifestyle including diet, supplements, physical activity, sleep, stress management, toxins and other environmental aspects.
Most of the time Jonsson has worked clinically with patients, but he is still affiliated with the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet. He is President of the Swedish Society for Orthomolecular Medicine which, with Karin Munsterhjelm and other colleagues, he founded in 2008. Together with Andrew W Saul, PhD, in 2012 he published The Vitamin Cure for Depression: How to Prevent and Treat Depression Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation (which is also translated to Spanish). Jonsson has presented at numerous conferences including at the Annual International Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference. His latest scientific paper in 2018 showed a full response from niacin in a patient with bipolar disorder.
For his pioneering work in Orthomolecular Medicine and Psychiatry in Sweden, we are pleased to welcome Bo Jonsson into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame.