In Memoriam: Catherine and Sophie Gontard

Long-time ISOM supporters and regular delegates at Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference for 20 years, Catherine Gontard and her daughter, Sophie, died in an apartment fire June 3, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. Catherine was a holistic dentist, hygienist and nutritional consultant, who closely followed the work of Dr. Abram Hoffer. She was an inspiration who loved her patients, often recommending they use vitamin C and niacin. They are survived by Catherine’s husband, Jean-Pierre Gontard, father of Sophie, sister Noemi and brother Patrick.

We will miss the Gontards’ warm friendship, enthusiasm, and smiling countenances at the OMT Conferences.


At OMT in April 2017, Toronto                At OMT in April 2014, Vancouver


14th Annual Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame

The International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine presented the 14th Annual Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame awards at a reception, dinner, and induction program held on Saturday, April 29.
Congratulations to the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame inductees, who join a prestigious group of clinicians, researchers and advocates, for their accomplishments in advancing orthomolecular medicine.

 Osamu Mizukami (b. 1948)

Osamu Mizukami, MD, PhD, is a leading pioneer in Orthomolecular Medicine in Japan. He is the President of the Japanese Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, and the Chief Physician and Director of Health Promotion Clinic in Tokyo. He graduated from the Hirosaki University School of Medicine in 1973, and since then he has worked as a integrative internist in Japan. He received a PhD from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and a DPH from Loma Linda University.

Forty years ago, following the work of Linus Pauling, Dr Mizukami started using high-dose IV vitamin C in his clinic, and soon became one of the leading Orthomolecular oncologists in Japan.

In 2007, he began to practice orthomolecular psychiatry and Dr Hiroyuki Abe transferred all of his psychiatry and autism patients over to him. He has incorporated neurotransmitter and Brain Mapping technologies into his treatment approach, with exciting results.

He has published fifteen books, including Create Health, and High-Dose IV Vitamin C for Cancer Patients. As a leading advocate and physcian in Japan, Dr Mizukami knows orthomolecular medicine stands as an indispensable basic protocol in treating patients.


Stephen Lawson (b. 1951)

Stephen Lawson was born in Pennsylvania and raised in a small seacoast town north of Boston. As a child, he spent summers at an Audubon day camp and on the Maine coast near the tidal pools that inspired Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist. A graduate of Stanford University, Steve joined the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in 1977 and worked with Linus Pauling on several projects.

As co-director of the Laboratory for Research in Gene Regulation (1986-1992), Steve developed two-dimensional gel electrophoresis technology for protein profiling to better understand cancer metastasis using a mouse melanoma model and biopsies of human ovarian carcinomas. He is an author or co-author of papers published in Journal of Virology, Carcinogenesis, Gynecologic Oncology, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nutrition Research, Journal of Applied Nutrition, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and Journal of Anesthesia History, among others.

From 1988 to 1991, Steve served as executive assistant to the president, Emile Zuckerkandl, and, in 1991, as executive officer. In 1993 he was appointed chief executive officer and grappled with financial, legal, zoning, and other critical issues facing the Institute. He organized the move of the Institute to Oregon State University in 1996 and then served as LPI’s administrative officer and editor of the research newsletter.

Steve served on the steering and art committees for OSU’s Linus Pauling Science Center and was involved in LPI’s fund-raising and strategic, long-term planning. He served on the Select Advisory Committee for the Linus Pauling Exhibition, which was seen by millions of people worldwide over six years. He often gives lectures on orthomolecular medicine and Linus Pauling to graduate students and civic groups. Steve annotated and added an afterword to the 20th anniversary edition of Linus Pauling’s bestseller How to Live Longer and Feel Better and contributed a preface and appendix to the new 21st Century Edition of Cancer and Vitamin C by Ewan Cameron and Linus Pauling. He currently holds a courtesy appointment as an assistant professor in OSU’s Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Since Linus Pauling’s death in 1994, Steve has regularly attended the Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference, bringing exciting updates from the LPI and facilitating the participation of many LPI faculty as speakers at OMT. Steve has been an indefatigabel spokesman for Orthomolecular Medicine.


James M. Greenblatt (b. 1957)

Jim started medical school at George Washington University in 1980. Frustrated with the lack of training in nutrition, he organized the first elective on alternative medicine in any medical school in the US. The course was titled “The Evolution of the Biomedical Model”; he invited speakers to teach medical students about nutrition, acupuncture, mindfulness, yoga, even orthomolecular psychiatry to help students understand the importance integrative medicine.

After receiving his medical degree, Jim completed a year of Pediatric training and two years of adult psychiatry. He then went on to a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. In Boston, he founded his first Integrative Medicine clinic, Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, which provided patient-centered, orthomolecular and integrative care for children and adults, which attracted patients from all around the world seeking help for mental illness.

In 2006, at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference in Toronto, Jim escaped the maze of pharmaceutical displays to find a small exhibit in the back of the hall and shook hands with Steven Carter. This meeting started a long-term relationship with ISOM and provided Jim with a community to support his passion not only to treat patients but to educate clinicians. He has since taught dozens of CME courses with the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine.

Jim is the author of Answers to Anorexia, The Breakthrough Depression Solution and Answers to Binge Eating and Nutritional Lithium: The Cinderella Story. Jim’s book, Finally Focused, to be published in May 2017, describes the integrative treatment of ADHD. He is also the editor of Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention, a professional textbook.

Jim began seeing patients suffering from mental illness 30 years ago. Fifteen years ago, Jim became the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts, one of the first healthcare centers in the country to provide a full continuum of care for patients with eating disorders. Every year Jim teaches Psychiatric residents at Harvard University, Tufts University, Dartmouth College, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Massachusetts. Jim starts all lectures with the same question: How many of you know what Pellagra is? Rarely does anyone know the answer, so Jim then begins talking about the story of pellagra, orthomolecular medicine and Dr. Abram Hoffer.


Jonathan E. Prousky (b. 1969)

Jonathan Prousky received his undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto (physical and health education), and his N.D. (naturopathic doctor) degree from Bastyr University. He also obtained Masters degrees from the University of London (primary health care) and Yorkville University (counselling psychology). He has been in private practice for almost two decades, and has primarily focussed his clinical practice on the evaluation and management of mental health with integrative orthomolecular and botanical (plant-based) medicines.

Jonathan is the current Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON), and has been employed at the college since 2000. While his primary role is to oversee the health care provided to patients, and monitor best practices and the medical procedures used at the college and the college’s clinics, he has been a spirited lecturer, professor, and mentor to many students and interns for almost 17 years.

In 2009 Jonathan sereved as the spokesperson for the Canada-wide Orthomolecular Health Campaign, giving dozens of televion, radio and print interviews and particpating in other publicity engagements. With the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, he presented several medical seminars in orthomolecular treatment for mental disorders. He has lectured extensively on mental health and other topics throughout North America to medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, other health care providers and patients at numerous medical conferences and health fairs.

Following the death of Abram Hoffer, Jonathan assumed the editorship of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine He was the first naturopathic doctor to receive the “Orthomolecular Doctor of the Year” award in 2010.

Jonathan is the author of Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment (2006), Naturopathic Nutrition (2006), Hoffer & Prousky on Anxiety (2009), the Vitamin Cure for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (2010), and the Textbook of Integrative Clinical Nutrition (2012). He has over 50 publications in peer reviewed medical journals from the complementary and alternative discipline.

L–R: Jonathan Prousky; Stephen Lawson; Jim Greenblatt; Osamu Mizukami



Congratulations! The World’s First Orthomolecular Restaurant Opens in Tokyo   

The ISOM is pleased to announce the opening of the first Orthomolecular Restaurant in Tokyo in May 2017.

ISOM President, Dr, Atsuo Yanagisawa, and a team of doctors and nutritionists are advisors to the chefs who prepare the food, based on orthomolecular concepts and practices. All food on the menu at Igakukai Kitchen is organic, locally grown, and prepared with optimum nutrition and absorption in mind.

The Restaurant also features monthly seminars and workshops on various topics related to food and nutrition.

In the last week of May, the Restaurant welcomed over 500 guests, including over 100 from the media, 120 doctors and staff, and the public.

In the months leading up to the 2018 Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference in Tokyo, April 27th to 29th, Igakukai Kitchen will help to familiarize people in Tokyo with the principles of Orthomolecular Medicine through delicious, nutritious and beautiful meals.



First Integrative Medicine Conference in Philippines

The 1st International Scientific Workshop on Integrative Medical Therapies was held in Manila, Philippines on June 16 -17. More than 120 doctors from Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and other countries attended the workshop. Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa and Dr. Thomas Levy were the main speakers at the event. It was also very exciting to hear Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, a former Secretary of Health, present on integrative medicine. )

The 2018 Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference in Tokyo was announced, and many of the attendees were very excited and promised to join the conference next year.


L–R: Tom Levy, MD; Homer Lim, MD (Conference Director); Atsuo Yanagisawa, MD, ISOM President