On Saturday, May 1, Dr. Harold Foster was inducted in the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame at the 39th Annual Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conference in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Foster, along with fellow inductees Casimir Funk and Dr. Bruce Ames, joined other great contributors to the world of medicine such as Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Frederick Klenner, and Thomas L. Cleave. The award was accepted by JP Lafleur on behalf of Dr. Foster.
Below is an excerpt out of the Hall of Fame introduction write up.
Dr. Foster became one of the giants in orthomolecular medicine, with boundless enthusiasm, a prolific gift of writing, and was a researcher who made unique contributions in our understanding of health and disease. Harry's soaring scientific mind combined his expertise in geography, epidemiology and orthomolecular medicine to create new insights into nutritional medicine. He had a gift for synthesizing diverse, seemingly unrelated phenomena and showing us the orthomolecular whole.
A fixture at many of the Orthomolecular Medicine Today Conferences, Harry's eagerly anticipated presentations were always fresh and original as he explored the complex relationships between genetic inheritance, health and the "nutritional geographies" of the world. He also conducted many groundbreaking studies of selenium in AIDS therapy in Africa - A low tech, but surprisingly effective approach which large pharmaceutical companies ignored in favour of expensive western therapies which, in the end, few Africans would be able to afford.
Harry's accomplishments as a writer, researcher and educator are many and cover a broad range, including serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine for fifteen years, and on the board of directors for the International Schizophrenia Foundation for thirteen years.