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Niacin: The Real Story (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Abram Hoffer , Andrew W. Saul , Harold D. Foster

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Niacin (vitamin B3) is a small molecule-made of only 14 atoms-smaller even than the simplest sugar.But this one molecule has profound effects on health: it plays a role in more than 500 reactions in the body. Many illnesses are caused by too little niacin, and many illnesses can be cured with mega doses of niacin. The authors of "Niacin: The Real Story" are advocates of orthomolecular (nutrition-based) medicine, support an approach to wellness that involves substances that naturally occur in the human body, such as niacin. This book makes the case for the widespread use of niacin for the prevention and treatment of health problems. "Niacin: The Real Story" is for people who want to learn more about niacin and its wonderful healing properties.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Niacin, a B Vitamin, Can Help to Restore and Maintain Health 15 mars 2012
Par Robert Sealey - Publié sur
Niacin: The Real Story
By A Hoffer, PhD, MD, A Saul, PhD and H Foster, PhD, 2012, Basic Health, CA

Abram Hoffer, Andrew Saul and Harold Foster wrote Niacin: The Real Story to let the public know that niacin (vitamin B3) has a broad spectrum of healing properties. Decades of research, references and recoveries taught Dr. Hoffer that niacin therapy can help patients who have deficiencies or metabolic disorders which can cause or contribute to mental, cardiovascular, arthritic and other illnesses.

Abram Hoffer was a PhD-MD student in the 1930s and 1940s, when vitamins had only just been discovered. In those years, as soon as doctors learned that nutritional supplements could help, physicians began to prescribe vitamins. Abram Hoffer read their research papers and progress reports. He remembered them.

Meanwhile, year after year, pharmaceutical manufacturers synthesized hundreds of compounds, researched their efficacy and promoted their use in medicine. Prescription drug-making became the most profitable industry in history. Marketing campaigns taught health professionals how and when to prescribe a growing list of pills which affect the human body in many ways, while claiming that the benefits of synthetic chemicals offset their risks and side effects. Drug sales skyrocketed. Of course medications work. Prescription drugs do save lives. However, as the years passed, many health professionals focused on medications and never learned the therapeutic effects of vitamins.

Years of careful reading taught Abram Hoffer that vitamins can help to restore and maintain health, especially when patients have nutritional deficiencies or metabolic disorders. After he became a biochemist, researcher, physician (in 1949) and then a psychiatrist, Dr. Hoffer spent 60 years diagnosing patients and complementing other treatments with vitamins, while researching, developing and writing about orthomolecular medicine as a restorative dimension of care. His original research encouraged him to prescribe health-restoring doses of vitamins. He and his colleague Humphry Osmond performed the first double-blind placebo-controlled scientific experiments in psychiatry and discovered that an optimum dose of niacin helped 75% of patients recover from acute schizophrenia. To educate the public, Abram Hoffer wrote prolifically about vitamins, research and clinical applications. For decades, Dr. Hoffer helped patients recover while mainstream medical professionals dismissed restorative care. Believing that vitamins could not possibly help, they ignored Dr. Hoffer's research and recovery reports. Their closed-minded attitudes withheld vitamin regimens from trusting patients.

Dr. Hoffer often prescribed niacin with other vitamins, minerals and amino acids. He encouraged patients to eat nutritious diets and eliminate trigger foods. He taught many doctors how to complement other treatments with vitamins and modify doses based on each patient's diagnosis, progress and biochemical individuality. Knowing that factors such as biochemical individuality and food allergies and sensitivities can also affect patients' health whether they suffer from deficiencies, disorders or diseases, Abram Hoffer and his orthomolecular colleagues diagnosed carefully and customized vitamin treatment programs. Thousands of patients recovered.

Abram Hoffer died in 2009 at age 91. His legacy left the world more than 35 books and hundreds of articles, reviews and editorials which explain that optimal doses of vitamin B3 (niacin and/or niacinamide), can complement other treatments, including prescription medications. Niacin: The Real Story, his last book, outlines Dr. Hoffer's research, discoveries and clinical recommendations. His references and recovery stories support his concept that vitamin therapy can help to restore health. Adventures in Psychiatry: The Scientific Memoirs of Dr. Abram Hoffer, (2005), details his research, progress and success using vitamins to treat schizophrenia. How to Live with Schizophrenia (1966), written by Hoffer and Osmond for patients and families, still reads fresh and clear today.

Hoffer, Saul and Foster's 2012 book explains what niacin is, how niacin therapy began, how niacin works, why we need more niacin, how to take niacin and why niacin is safe. The only cautionary note concerns niacin's harmless and noticeable but short-lived flush effect. After one week, patients who take niacin every day will flush much less. Abram Hoffer learned about the flush by taking niacin himself, for 55 years! During his 60-year career, Dr. Hoffer prescribed niacin to thousands of patients. His finding? Niacin helped patients recover, feel better and live longer. This book provides research reports, references and recovery stories which justify the clinical use of niacin for mental illness and cardiovascular problems and niacinamide for arthritis. A long chapter outlines how patients with 25 other health problems can also respond to vitamin B3 therapy.

If you or a loved one has a chronic health problem, you can read this book to understand how niacin could help you. Thanks to Abram Hoffer and his
co-authors, Niacin: The Real Story encourages patients, families, caregivers and even health professionals to learn that niacin has a broad spectrum of wonderful healing properties. Depending on each patient's diagnosis and diet, optimum doses of niacin can complement other treatments and help patients recover, safely and effectively.

Review by Robert Sealey, BSc, CA
Author of Finding Care for Depression, Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Niacin is a very important nutrient 2 janvier 2012
Par D. R. Schryer - Publié sur
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Regrettably most of the orthodox medical establishment pays little attention to the importance of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients except to advise that we should all eat a "good balanced diet" -- which few Americans actually do. Fortunately a few maverick doctors, including Dr. Hoffer and his coauthors, have studied the importance of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients and come to realize that deficiency of one or more of these is the leading cause of many modern ailments. In this book Dr. Hoffer discusses in detail the importance for health of the essential vitamin niacin. This is a book well worth reading -- including by members of the orthodox medical establishment. If everyone got enough of each of various essential nutrients there would be much less need for the pharmaceutical drugs which are widely prescribed to treat the symptoms of modern ailments but whose known side effects are currently the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Niacin the real story 12 mai 2012
Par Gedalya - Publié sur
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I found out about this book by Dr. Mercola and I bought it right away. B3 is a water soluble vitamin yet very hard to get from your food intake. It's been well known to increase the HDL while lowering the LDL's and Triglycerides. Some other great benefits for which I started taking Niacin for is Arthritis. It really works great. The flush is hard to take and very intense but it starts to go away after a week compared to the strength it showed in the first week. If you have low HDL,s, Arthritis, Mentally unstable, trigeminal neuralgia this Vitamin is a key ingredient you might be lacking. This book is great and informative.
Also I must recommend The Miracle of MSM the natural solution for pain. Which is also a great book about another great product which works amazingly.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 NIACIN'S MIRACULOUS PROPERTIES 29 septembre 2013
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I bought this book more out of curiosity than out of any idea that niacin could make a difference in my life. After reading through the refreshing prose for a while, I was inspired to try some instant niacin myself. The proof, after all, is in the pudding. Was I surprised!

On 600 mg instant niacin a day:

(a) I could suddenly sleep well 7 hours a night (I was taking 300 micrograms melatonin at night which I no longer needed);
(b) Besides going as red as a beet when I took my first two 100 mg tablets, I noticed an immediate boost in mood; yes, niacin often makes me feel high. (I am someone who never drinks or takes drugs.)
(c) My joint pains and muscle pains, which I had for years, went away overnight, almost completely.
(d) I had so much more energy, which remains steady through each day (I was taking carnitine, which I no longer need.)
(e) I had a very unpleasant, painful, protruding pile which had lasted for more than a month, before I began taking niacin. Within 3 days my pile had shrunk, I could hardly feel any lump and the muscle tone in that area felt much better. I haven't had any problems with piles in the 6 months I have been taking niacin, no matter how much I push.
(f) On a gram of slow release niacin, taken in addition to the 600 mg fast niacin a day, my LDL dropped from 5.6 to 3.0 in two weeks. My HDL went from 1.31 to 1.68.

The book is not merely about the many benefits of niacin, but is the story of niacin, of how Dr. Hoffer first came to use it on many of his patients. It is also, in a very real sense, the story of Dr. Hoffer himself, and what a wonderful, inspiring story it is!

According to this book, about 50% of all people in the world can benefit from taking niacin every day. I am clearly one of them. Curiously, the opposite seems to be true for my wife: for one, it aggravated her piles overnight, causing them to flare up painfully, and she experienced no subjective benefits. It is therefore a question of each person must try for himself / herself and closely monitor what they experience. There is a bit of jargon that apparently explains this: under-methylation (me); over-methylation (my wife.)

The only downsides I experienced (I do not see the itching, burning sensation on the skin and the hot flashes which sometimes arise, as such) is that it seemed to aggravate my sinusitis. However, I was able to counteract this effect effectively with curcumin and msm. Further, if taken directly before switching off the light at night, I tended to experienced arythmias (irregular heart beat) while waiting to fall asleep or on waking during the night. So now I take 200 mg about an hour before I switch off the night light, which makes all the difference.

One area the book does not effectively or safely address, which is a bit of a bummer, is clear directions on the use of slow niacin. Reading this book, one can be forgiven for thinking that it would be safe to take 3 grams of slow release niacin a day, instead of 3 grams of fast release niacin, although this book almost exclusively recommends the latter. However, it is in fact quite unsafe to take 3 grams of slow release niacin a day, for every 500 mg of slow release niacin is the equivalent of 1 gram of fast niacin in its effect on the liver. Thus, if you want to substitute slow release niacin for 3 grams of instant niacin, you should take no more than 1.5 grams of slow release niacin a day. This does not mean you will experience exactly the same effect/ benefit if you do. In my case, I find that a gram of slow release niacin (which is the equivalent of two grams of fast niacin) and up to a gram of fast niacin a day produces the best synergy of benefits in me, with each enhancing the other.

This book also recommends inositol hexanicotinate (it says you need to take twice as much as the instant niacin to get the same benefit). I guess the good doctor and Andrew Saul speak from their experience. However, I haven't found this product to be effective at all, and there is mounting evidence that inositol hexanicotinate is not very bio-available.

Besides for these few complaints about the value of this book, I highly recommend it, even if you are not wondering how effective niacin might be for you, and whether you should take it or not. it is written in refreshing, easy to follow, non-jargon prose and if you read it, you will know more about niacin than most medical doctors do.

For lowering cholesterol, 1.5 grams of slow release niacin a day is best, or take a gram of slow release niacin and up to a gram of fast release niacin per day. If you are thinking primarily of your cholesterol, "Cholesterol Control Without Diet! The Niacin Solution" by Dr. William B Parsons Jr. would be more up your alley. However, the latter is not nearly as exciting a read as the current read.

I highly recommend "Niacin - The Real Story".

102 internautes sur 117 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 did I buy the same book as these other reviewers? 2 octobre 2012
Par Lily White - Publié sur
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straight up, I never write reviews but looking at these other reviews that have been written I have to genuinely wonder if we read the same book. for starters I love NIACIN and would love to hear more about it. secondly, these doctors are endlessly thanked and applauded by me for all of their research on this incredible supplement....BUT the editor for this book MUST BE TAKEN OUT BACK AND SHOT.


I have read the exact same story in 4 different places, sometimes back to back. does that mean that it was pasted twice and they forgot to erase one of them?

and what is happens repeatedly with different stories that you will read over and over. sometimes nearly the exact words.

and because I do not want to miss out on the interesting bits I have to read every word.

this book has 228 pages but with a real editor it would be 100 pages or less.

there are a few pages of really GREAT information, but the rest is like hanging out at the nursing home with your grandma who is suffering incredible dementia, only there will be no jello served at this party!

I am giving it 3 stars because I respect these doctors work and am grateful for the several pages that is informative from true pioneers.
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