The Hall of Fame was set up in 2004 by the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) to honour pioneers in orthomolecular medicine, which Patrick Holford called ‘optimum nutrition’ when he founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in the UK in 1984, giving birth to the profession of nutritional therapy.
“It is a tremendous honour,” said Patrick. “The Hall of Fame contains all the true pioneers who influenced my work in this field, including Dr Roger Williams, discoverer of folic acid and pantothenic acid (B5), Sir Hugh Sinclair, who put omega 3 fats on the map, David Horrobin, who championed omega 6 fats, and many other great scientists and humanitarians such as Professor Bruce Ames and Dr Jeffrey Bland, who continues to lead the ‘functional medicine’ movement, and of course my three mentors, Drs Abram Hoffer, Carl Pfeiffer and Linus Pauling, who was the patron of our Institute in London.”
“Whilst modern medicine continues to push toxic and relatively ineffective pharmaceutical drugs as the mainstay of treatment, I know there is a better and safer way of both preventing and treating most of today’s physical and mental health issues, namely orthomolecular medicine. Unlike the great scientists in the Hall of Fame whose research discoveries have provided the solutions to so many diseases, my work has been about waking up the public to this fact and making orthomolecular medicine available to all,’ said Holford.
According to Steven Carter, the director of ISOM, “Patrick’s work has literally reached millions, saving and transforming lives. He is a brilliant communicator. It is for that reason we wish to honour him by adding him to the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame as a living pioneer.”