is a British nutritionist
/nutritional therapist and author. He appears regularly on television and radio in the UK and abroad. He has 34 books in print in 24 languages. His work promotes a wide variety of alternative medical approaches such as orthomolecular medicine
, many of which are considered pseudoscientific
by mainstream science and medicine.
Holford is also a major proponent of a low Glycemic Load diet as ideal for weight control, diabetes, heart disease and cancer prevention. Holford proposes that many chronic diseases are better treated with diet and supplements than with pharmaceutical drugs and that modern medicine has become too dependent on pharmaceutical drugs.
Holford's claims about HIV
are not in line with modern medical thought, and have been criticised for putting people in danger and damaging public health.
Holford obtained a BSc in experimental psychology
from the University of York
in 1979.Holford, Patrick.
howtoquit.co.uk. Accessed 29 May 2009., Ben Goldacre
, The Guardian
, 6 Januaryu 2007, retrieved 25 May 2010 As a psychology student, he became interested in the biochemistry of mental health problems. His research brought him in contact with Dr Carl Pfeiffer and Dr Abram Hoffer
, both of whom claimed success in treating mental illness
with nutritional therapy.... Read More