Hans Alfred Nieper

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Hans Alfred Nieper
Alfred Hans Nieper
Born May 23,1928
Died 1998
Nationality German
Citizenship German
Education Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, University of Hamburg
Occupation Physician
Known for Orthomolecular Research
Medical career
Profession Doctor
Field Oncology, Orthomolecular
Institutions Silbersee Hospital
Specialism applying physics to medical concepts

Hans Alfred Nieper (1928–1998) was a well-known controversial German orthomolecular physician.[1][2] He is best known for his treatments of cancer and multiple sclerosis, although his foundational work with substances that he believed would increase the availability of minerals to the body, what he called "mineral transporters", has also been utilized in treating such conditions as alcoholism and liver damage, among others.[2]

Early Life[edit]

Dr. Hans Nieper was born in Hanover, Germany on May 23, 1928.

Dr. Nieper’s fascination for science and medicine came long before he was a world-renowned doctor. Coming from a family with an extensive background in medicine, there was never a doubt that Hans Nieper would eventually follow in the family footsteps, and become a doctor himself.[3]

Dr. Nieper’s father, was the grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Wahrendorff, founder of the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospitals, and son of Dr. Herbert Nieper, one of the most reputed suregons of his time. Grandfather Nieper served as Chief Surgeon at the hospital in Goslar, and the clinical complex is now named “Dr. Herbert Nieper Hospital.”[4]

Dr. Nieper’s parents were both doctors, and married in 1925. Shortly after marriage, they both began to work at the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Nieper spent most of his time at the Wahrendorff Hospital growing up. It was a perfect environment for a curious boy, and Dr. Nieper was granted complete intellectual freedom from his parents. [5]

Before Dr. Nieper could talk, he was surrounded by stimulated conversations about the nature of the mind, the relationship between biology and mentality, and the validity of orthodox medicine. As Dr. Nieper matured, he was encouraged to participate in these debates, and to ask question and raise points on his own. These early years taught Dr. Nieper to think analytically, to question orthodox assumptions, and to explore ideas and thoughts without fear of censure or ridicule. [6]


Born in Germany in 1928, Nieper was educated at Johann Gutenberg University and the University of Freiberg before earning his medical degree at the University of Hamburg. During his career, he served as director for the Department of Medicine at Silbersee Hospital in Hanover and for the German Society for Medical Tumour Treatment.[7]

According to Bryan Rosner, et al., in 2007's The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments, Nieper "was known for his expertise in applying the advanced principles of physics to medical concepts."[2] He was among the first researchers to work with lithium orotate,[1][2] which he believed could significantly reduce the recurrence of cancer.[8] Nieper also patented, along with Franz Kohler, Calcium 2-aminoethylphosphate (Calcium AEP), which he believed could be helpful in combating such diseases as juvenile diabetes, gastritis, ulcer, thyroiditis, Myocarditis and Hodgkin's Disease.[9] However, there is no evidence from reputable clinical trials for the success of the "Nieper Regime" for treating multiple sclerosis utilizing Calcium AEP.[10] The "Nieper Therapy" approach to cancer also uses Calcium AEP, along with selenium.[11] It is based in part around Nieper's observation that cancer is rarer among sharks than other fish and his theory that the lower blood-sodium level of sharks may be the reason; it places among its primary goals the reduction of that sodium in cancer patients.[12][13]

Nieper also noted that 92% of his cancer patients and 75% of his MS patients lived above geopathic stress lines, giving credence to the existence of "Hartmann lines".

Although Nieper was a controversial figure,[1] 2008's Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide indicates that he "achieved a great reputation as a natural healer."[8] Nieper advocated the health benefits of beta-carotene, recommending raw cabbage and carrot juice for cancer patients.[14][15]

Coast to Coast AM had a guest on November 20, 2010 report that Nieper was poisoned.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Lerner, Michael (1996). Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer. MIT Press. p. 600. ISBN 0-262-62104-5. Hans Nieper is a controversial German alternative cancer therapist who receives mixed reviews from American cancer patients who visit him. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rosner, Bryan; Julie Byers; James Schaller; Michael Huckleberry (2007). The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments: Defeat Lyme Disease with the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine. BioMed Publishing Group. p. 270. ISBN 0-9763797-1-6. 
  3. ^ Nieper, H., & Alexander, A. (1999). The curious man: The life and works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  4. ^ Nieper, H., & Alexander, A. (1999). The curious man: The life and works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  5. ^ Nieper, H., & Alexander, A. (1999). The curious man: The life and works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  6. ^ Nieper, H., & Alexander, A. (1999). The curious man: The life and works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  7. ^ Emeka, Mauris L. (2002). Fear Cancer No More: Preventive and Healing Information Everyone Should Know. Health Research Books. p. 94. ISBN 0-9640125-6-1. 
  8. ^ a b Chamberlain, Jonathan (2008). Cancer: The Complete Recovery Guide. Blacksmith Books. p. 282. ISBN 0-9545960-1-3. 
  9. ^ Zerden, Sheldon; Richard Passwater; Abram Hoffer (2004). The Best of Health: The 100 Best Health Books. Warren H. Green Inc. p. 179. ISBN 0-87527-537-0. 
  10. ^ Bowling, Allen C. (2006). Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis (2nd ed.). Demos Medical Publishing, LLC. p. 231. ISBN 1-932603-54-9. 
  11. ^ Division of the Federal Register, United States (2006). Code of Federal Regulations. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. p. 141. 
  12. ^ Hoffman, Edward Jack (1999). Cancer and the search for selective biochemical inhibitors. CRC Press. p. 278. ISBN 0-8493-9118-0. 
  13. ^ Hoffman, Edward J. (2007). Cancer and the Search for Selective Biochemical Inhibitors (2nd, revised ed.). CRC Press. p. 199. ISBN 1-4200-4593-8. 
  14. ^ Atkins, Robert C.; Sheila Buff (2001). Dr. Atkins' Age-defying Diet: A Powerful New Dietary Defense Against Aging. Macmillan. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0-312-97701-8. 
  15. ^ Balch, Phyllis A. (2006). Prescription for Nutritional Healing (4th ed.). Avery. p. 284. ISBN 1-58333-236-7.