Hans Alfred Nieper

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Hans Alfred Nieper
Born23 May 1928
Died21 October 1998 (aged 70)
EducationAlbert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, University of Hamburg
Known forAlternative medicine
Medical career
FieldAlternative medicine
InstitutionsSilbersee Hospital

Hans Alfred Herbert Eugen Nieper (23 May 1928 – 21 October 1998) was a controversial German alternative medicine practitioner who devised "Nieper Therapy".[1][2] He is best known for his claims to be able to treat cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other serious diseases. In 1986 an FDA release discredited his therapy as ineffective and unsafe. There is, however, no record official record of this FDA release. [2]

Family Background and Early life[edit]

Hans Nieper was born in Hanover, Germany on May 23, 1928. His parents - who were both physicians - were Ferdinand Nieper (b. 1887) and Margarete Krauss (b.1898).[3][unreliable source?] They were married in 1925. Shortly after getting married, Hans' parents began working at the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospital (now known as de:Klinikum Wahrendorff) at Sehnde-Ilten, near Hanover.[4][non-primary source needed]

Hans' fascination with science and medicine came long before he was a physician. Coming from a family with an extensive background in medicine, Hans eventually followed in the family footsteps and became a physician himself.[4][non-primary source needed]

Hans' father Ferdinand Nieper was a son of Herbert Nieper (1848-1939),[5][unreliable source?] who was the Chief Surgeon at the hospital in Goslar, which was renamed the Dr.-Herbert-Nieper-Krankenhaus[6] in his honor. In 1879 Hans' grandfather Dr. Herbert Nieper married Karla Marie Johanne Elisabeth Wahrendorff (b. August 21, 1859), who was a daughter of Ferdinand Wahrendorff (1826-1898),[7][unreliable source?] founder of the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospital.

As a child and adolescent, Hans spent most of his time at the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospital. His parents granted him complete intellectual freedom. As he matured, Hans' parents encouraged him to participate in stimulating conversations about the nature of the mind, the relationship between biology and mentality, and the validity of orthodox medicine, and to ask questions and raise points on his own. These experiences in Hans' early years taught him to think analytically, to question orthodox assumptions, and to explore ideas and thoughts without fear of censure or ridicule.[4][non-primary source needed]

Career and Discoveries[edit]

Hans Nieper was educated at the 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 of the Department of Medicine at the Paracelsus-Klinik am Silbersee (Paracelsus Silbersee Hospital) in Hanover-Langenhagen, and as Director of the German Society for Medical Tumour Treatment.[8]

Nieper was among the first researchers to work with lithium orotate.[1] Nieper and biochemist Dr. Franz Josef Köhler (1909-1984)[9][10] patented Calcium AEP (Calcium 2-aminoethylphosphate), which they believed could be helpful in combating such diseases as juvenile diabetes, gastritis, ulcer, thyroiditis, Myocarditis and Hodgkin's Disease.[11] However, there is no evidence from reputable clinical trials for the success of the "Nieper Regime" for treating multiple sclerosis utilizing Calcium AEP.[12] The "Nieper Therapy" approach to cancer also uses Calcium AEP, along with selenium.[13] It is based in part upon Nieper's belief that cancer is rarer among sharks than other fish, and upon his theory that the lower blood-sodium level of sharks may be the reason. "Nieper Therapy" places among its primary goals the reduction of that sodium in cancer patients.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 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 FDA Press Office (15 August 1986). "Alert Issued on Nieper Therapies". Quackwatch.
  3. ^ Her full name was Margarete Friederike Anne Viktoria Krauss.
  4. ^ a b c Nieper, H.; Alexander, A. (1999). The Curious Man: The Life and Works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  5. ^ His full name was Herbert Otto Wilhelm August Nieper (1848 - May 23, 1939).
  6. ^ The Dr.-Herbert-Nieper-Krankenhaus is now a privately-owned hospital of the Asklepios Harzkliniken group, serving the greater Harz region.
  7. ^ His full name was August Ernst Ferdinand Leonhard Theodor Wahrendorff (February 20, 1826 - March 21, 1898). On October 5, 1854 he married Friederike Amalie Juliane Charlotte Sophie von Jeinsen (1826 - May 13, 1898).
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Dr. Franz Josef Köhler (October 2, 1909 - September 22, 1984) was a German biochemist and inventor. He was the originator of "aspartate therapy" and of various organ-protecting chemical solutions, which he promoted and sold through his company Dr. Franz Köhler Chemie GmbH. He founded this company in 1959 in Alsbach-Hahnlein, DE, Germany.
  10. ^ Biography of Dr. Franz Josef Köhler (1909-1984), and History of Dr. Franz Köhler Chemie GmbH
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ Bowling, Allen C. (2006). Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis (2nd ed.). Demos Medical Publishing, LLC. p. 231. ISBN 1-932603-54-9.
  13. ^ Division of the Federal Register, United States (2006). Code of Federal Regulations. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. p. 141.
  14. ^ Hoffman, Edward Jack (1999). Cancer and the search for selective biochemical inhibitors. CRC Press. p. 278. ISBN 0-8493-9118-0.
  15. ^ Hoffman, Edward J. (2007). Cancer and the Search for Selective Biochemical Inhibitors (2nd, revised ed.). CRC Press. p. 199. ISBN 1-4200-4593-8.