In a surprising turn of events, an independent jury of international CAM experts decided to split the first Dr. Rogers Prize for Excellence in Complementary and Alternative Medicine between two recipients. Dr. Alastair Cunningham of Toronto, Ontario and Dr. Abram Hoffer of Victoria, BC were selected to receive the honour and shared the $250,000 Dr. Rogers Prize. The presentations were made at a gala award ceremony on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown.
Dr. Cunningham’s pioneering work was the important role of the mind and its effect on the immune system, particularly in cancer patients. In the face of extreme skepticism, he started teaching psychological and spiritual approaches to patients and documenting the effects. The first class was in his living room. 25 years later, his program known as The Healing Journey or Wellspring, has helped thousands of cancer patients and their families in Canada and around the world.
Dr. Hoffer’s groundbreaking work was in establishing the paradigm of orthomolecular medicine. He was one of the first to advance and establish the critical value of proper nutrition, minerals and vitamins in health and wellness and the elimination of toxic foods in treating disease. His stubborn pursuit of non-toxic orthomolecular approaches to mental and physical disorders has helped thousands of patients with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to cancer.
Many thanks to the 2007 Advisors and Jurors.
International jurors were chosen to allow the Canadian experts to compete for the Prize.
|Dr. James Samuel Gordon
|Dr. Andrew Weil