Evan Shute Memorial Lecture: Controversies in Nutrition

Linus Pauling famously gave Orthomolecular Medicine its name. Decades before he did so, employing the “right” or “correct” molecule was already underway. Vitamins were used clinically almost immediately following their isolation in the first half of the 20th century. Very high doses characterize the landmark work of Drs. Frederick R. Klenner and Robert F. Cathcart III. This presentation will highlight a number of lesser known pioneers of nutrition therapy, including Drs. Wilfrid and Evan Shute (vitamin E); Claus Washington Jungeblut (vitamin C); William J. McCormick (vitamin C), William Kaufman (niacinamide); Ruth Flinn Harrell (thiamine); and even William Griffin “Bill W.” Wilson, the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous and a patient of Dr. Abram Hoffer. Orthomolecular medicine, Dr. Hoffer said, is the medicine of the 21st century. It was a long time in coming, and is a fascinating story.