46th Annual International Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference

In-Hospital Vitamin C Deficiency and High-Dose Vitamin C Therapy

L. John Hoffer, MD, PhD

This presentation will compare and contrast two important aspects of vitamin C nutrition and therapy. The first is dietary vitamin C insufficiency and deficiency, an uncommon although not rare condition among Canadians in general, but which appears to affect more than half of patients being treated in acute-care hospitals. Dietary vitamin C insufficiency is easy to treat and prevent, but is almost universally ignored. I will consider the medical implications of in-hospital hypovitaminosis C and the potential benefits of preventing and treating it. High-dose vitamin C therapy requires intravenous administration. It is complex, somewhat costly, controversial, and requires certain precautions. I will discuss recent developments and prospects for high-dose intravenous vitamin C therapy, especially in patients suffering from severe infections.


Leonard John Hoffer, MD, PhD, trained in medicine and internal medicine at McGill University in Montreal. He then obtained a PhD in nutrition from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed fellowships in nutritional support (Harvard Medical School) and biochemistry (Brandeis University). He is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University, an investigator in the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, and Senior Physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, where he serves on the nutritional support team. In addition to his clinical research on vitamin C deficiency and high-dose vitamin C therapy, he has authored chapters on human starvation and nutritional support in well-known textbooks, including upcoming chapters in Scientific American Nutrition and Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.



Dr. Rogers Prize Lecture

Optimal Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention: A Clinical Perspective on Laboratory Diagnostics

Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD

As the links between poor nutrition and the onset and progression of chronic diseases becomes clear, the potential of optimal nutrition to modify the trajectory of declining health with age is receiving welcome attention. Historically, nutritional guidelines have been based on defining minimal intakes of essential nutrients for a general population. However, to support health, promote recovery from illness, and maintain functionality, optimal nutrition is required, which is less well defined. This talk will explore biomarkers and other tools currently at the disposal of the clinician to personalize nutritional intakes using laboratory and other testing methods.


Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, is an immunologist, cell biologist and orthomolecular nutritionist with a deep interest in the scientific evidence for nutrition and health. She regularly gives seminars for both professional and lay audiences, and has become known for her ability to take complex nutritional research and translate it into concise, evidence-based guidelines for the safe, effective use of nutritional supplements. She is formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Director of a cancer research laboratory at The Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Burford-Mason is the author of the best-selling book Eat Well, Age Better. Her new book The Healthy Brain will be published by HarperCollins Canada in the Fall of 2017.



Towards a Unified Theory of Chronic Illness

Ron Hunninghake, MD

The failure of the acute care medical model; A tsunami of chronic illness has led to an explosive growth in medical costs; Universal expressions of frustration is coming from both patients and practitioners; Objective reductionism ignores the personal, subjective nature of chronic illness; The antibiotic model, “one ill, one pill” that heralded modern medicine, is failing; Identifying and addressing the root causes of all chronic illness; Oxidative stress is the root cause of chronic illness; Oxidative stress disrupts core physiologic processes; Diagnosis demands a systemic, ecological perspective; Treatment is personalized and participatory; Prevention is still the best medicine; Redox Medicine – an emerging understanding of chronic illness; Redox Reserve; Redox Injury; Redox Signaling; Redox Repair; Redox Balance


Ron Hunninghake, MD, served his medical internship at Wichita’s Wesley Medical Center in 1979 and completed his residency at the Smoky Hill Family Practice Program in Salina, Kansas in 1982. He joined the Riordan Clinic in 1989 as its Medical Director. In addition to his full-time practice as a holistic medical doctor at the Riordan Clinic, Dr. Ron has made multiple trips to Japan, Spain, Ecuador, Columbia, New Zealand, Canada and South Korea to lecture on The Riordan IVC Protocol for Cancer. He has presented more than 400 lectures, including at the OMT, dealing with all facets of nutrition, lifestyle, and optimal health. He has co-authored three books on subjects including inflammation, energy-boosting supplements, and how to stop pre-diabetes.



Orthomolecular Psychiatry in Japan

Osamu Mizukami, MD

Starting from Dr. Hoffer, our leaders have left us with great the Medical Concept of Orthomolecular. Introduced by Doctors in Japan, I had an opportunity to succeed Dr. Abe’s work of Orthomolecular in the field of Psychiatry. It has been a very exciting work in helping the patients, which has been strongly appreciated by the parents. In the meantime, we see various new treatment plans and from Schizophrenia, I have looked into applying the same concept in the field of Autism and even from this field, focus into Neurotransmitters, Brain Mapping technologies have emerged and it was very interesting to incorporate these fields into the treatment of Psychiatry and Autism. In this Lecture, besides all new technologies and treatment methods, I would like to confirm and reiterate that Orthomolecular stands as indispensable basic protocol in treating the patients.


Osamu Mizukami, MD, is the President of Japanese Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, and the 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 pioneering integrative internist in Japan. He received a PhD from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and a DPH from Loma Linda University. Dr Mizukami started using high-dose IV vitamin C 40 years ago and began to practice orthomolecular psychiatry in 2007. He has published 15 books including Create Health, and High-Dose IV Vitamin C for Cancer Patients.



Phytochemicals in the Treatment of ADHD

James Greenblatt, MD

ADHD is the most common neuropsychiatric disorder in childhood. There are dramatic increases in both diagnosis and stimulant use, with stimulant uses in the United States 4-20 times higher than other countries around the globe. Untreated adults with ADHD are twice as likely to be separated or divorced, have increased incidence of car accidents, as well as anxiety and depression. Untreated ADHD adults also are more likely to use tobacco and drugs. This presentation will review the extensive psychiatric literature on OPC’s (oligoprocyanidins) in the treatment of ADHD in children and adults. OPCs are complex flavanols found in grape seeds, pine bark, blueberries, green tea, red wine among other colored fruits and vegetables. We will discuss the research on OPC’s and ADHD, specifically OPC’s role in oxidation, inflammation, neurotransmitter metabolism and the integrity of the blood-brain barrier.


James Greenblatt, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer of Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Greenblatt has been treating patients with complex psychiatric disorders since 1988. He received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He maintains a private practice in Waltham, Massachusetts. Dr. Greenblatt is Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an orthomolecular treatment center in Boston, Massachusetts and is Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry as well as the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.



Annual Abram Hoffer Memorial Lecture

Distinct Characteristics of Hematological Parameters in Psychiatric Disorders

Toru Mizoguchi, MD

In Orthomolecular Medicine, using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of Mental Disorders alone is regarded as a poor diagnostic method for any psychiatric disorder. Possible links of nutritional status and metabolism with many disorders including psychiatric disorders can be well evaluated using hematological parameters. Several important parameters in psychiatric disorders, such as the relationship with AST / ALT and pyridoxine deficiency, LDH and niacin deficiency will be discussed and summarized in this lecture.


Toru Mizoguchi, MD, graduated in 1990 from Fukushima Medical University, then worked at Yokohama City University Hospital, National Cardiovascular Center. Since 2000, he has incorporated orthomolecular medicine into his practice, having many improved cases for intractable diseases. In 2003, Japan’s first orthomolecular medicine specialized clinic “Shinjuku Mizoguchi Clinic” was established. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Mizoguchi lectures for patients and physicians. With his teacher, Dr. Masatoshi Kaneko, was a leader in introducing orthomolecular medicine in to Japan. Today, over 1,300 medical institutions include orthomolecular treatment.



Childhood Absence Epilepsy: Putative Complementary Diet and Orthomolecular Treatment Options

Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, MA

This presentation will briefly review the different types of epilepsy and highlight the clinical aspects of childhood absence epilepsy, including diagnosis, comorbidity, and the efficacy of anti-seizure medication. Putative dietary approaches will be discussed – i.e., ketogenic diet, modified Atkins diet, and the Paleolithic ketogenic diet – that have a similar efficacy (and perhaps better) when compared to anti-seizure medication. There will also be a discussion of gamma-aminobutyric acid and phosphatidylcholine, and why they should complement anti-seizure medication as first-line integrative treatment. Several patient cases will be described to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of these complementary treatments.


Dr. Jonathan Prousky, ND, MSc, MA, has focused his clinical practice on the optimization of mental and neurological health with nutrition, lifestyle counselling, and botanical (plant-based) medicines for almost two decades. He graduated from Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA) with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Following graduation, he furthered his clinical training by completing a Family Practice Residency sponsored by the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, Oregon). In 2008, he obtained a Master of Science degree in International Primary Health Care from the University of London (London, UK). In 2016, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University (Fredericton, NB). At the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, Ontario), Dr. Prousky’s primary responsibility is the delivery of safe and effective naturopathic medical care in the role of Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer. He has published numerous papers and texts pertaining to clinical nutrition and mental health.



The Clinical Approach to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement: Errors in Modern Thyroid Endocrinology

Jeffrey Dach, MD

Relying on TSH test to monitor treatment- TSH suppression may be needed for adequate treatment; Relying on T4 monotherapy as sole form of thyroid medication –  Desiccated thyroid better choice shorter half life-makes NDT safer Combined T3 and T4 more robust for poor converters; Ignoring thyroid needs of pregnant women with anti-thyroid antibodies and subclinical hypothyroidism; The Thyroid Nodule Epidemic- Turn Off the Ultrasound Machines; Ignoring Adrenal Fatigue … Patients who are low thyroid yet cannot tolerate thyroid pills.


Jeffrey Dach, MD, was trained in clinical medicine working as emergency room physician in Illinois. He is specialty board-certified in diagnostic and interventional radiology with 25 years experience serving the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida. After retiring from radiology in 2004, Dr. Dach returned to clinical medicine and founded TrueMedMD, a clinic in Davie, Florida specializing in bioidentical hormones, and natural thyroid. Dr. Dach is author of two books, Natural Medicine 101 and Bioidentical Hormones 101, available free online. Jeffrey Dach serves on the editorial board for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and publishes a monthly free newletter at www.jeffreydachmd.com



Bioidentical Hormones: The Foundational Molecules Of Women’s Emotions

Phyllis Bronson, PhD

Estrogen stability issues; Critical importance of progesterone with some new expansion; Addressing “unselfish genomics” and how rising FSH and LH accelerate aging and the connection to  women’s moods.


Phyllis Bronson, PhD holds a doctorate in biochemistry. Her ongoing research is focused on the science behind bioidentical molecules and ongoing work on mood and emotion. Dr. Bronson works with women who have hormone-based mood disorders, utilizing her original research, along with her medical partner, Chris Martinez, MD. She lives in Aspen, Colorado, and is President of Biochemical Consulting and The Biochemical Research Foundation.



Evan Shute Memorial Lecture

Controversies in Nutrition – Plant Based Reversal of Heart Disease

Joel Kahn, MD

Plant based heart therapy history; Ornish; Esselstyn; Fuhrman; Why Low Fat Works; The Environment and Animals Matter


Joel Kahn, MD, serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and is the founder of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity. He is the author of 3 bestselling books and The Whole Heart Solution is now a public TV special. He writes for the Huffington Post and other media sites. He was voted the Sexiest Male Vegan over 50 by PETA.org in 2016. He owns GreenSpace Cafe in Ferndale, MI, the largest plant based restaurant and bar between the coasts. He can be found online at www.drjoelkahn.com



Evan Shute Memorial Lecture

Controversies in Nutrition – Evidence-Based Integrative Cardiology

Jack Wolfson, DO

The making of a holistic cardiologist; Advanced cardiac testing – inflammation, oxidation, metals, nutrient, omega 3; Evidence-based cardiovascular supplements for lipids, hypertension, heart failure and heart rhythm; Case Studies


Jack Wolfson, DO, is a board-certified cardiologist who grew tired of patients failing to truly get well (while sometimes feeling worse) using pharmaceuticals and procedures. As a result, he opened Wolfson Integrative Cardiology where he now uses in-depth testing and targeted nutrition to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. He treats the whole person, getting to the cause of the issue, instead of treating only the symptoms. Dr. Wolfson offers practical solutions for heart health in person at his office in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller, The Paleo Cardiologist.



Give The Body What it Needs and Take Away What it Doesn’t

Heather Wolfson, DC

Chiropractic, autonomic function, and cardiovascular health; Heal the Environment, Heal Heart disease; Harness the power of the sun for heart health; Case studies


Heather Wolfson, DC, is a chiropractic physician who provides chiropractic and nutritional care to adults and children. She is an incredible mom who home-birthed her two sons, Noah and Brody, and is raising the children in a holistic fashion that includes breast feeding, co-sleeping, and chemical-free living. Dr. Heather is a native of Arizona, loves the outdoors, and is active in animal rights and environmental safety.