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. His therapy has been discredited as ineffective and unsafe.[2]

Early life

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

Nieper's fascination for science and medicine came long before he was a doctor. Coming from a family with an extensive background in medicine, Hans Nieper would eventually follow in the family footsteps and become a doctor himself.[3]

Nieper's father was the grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Wahrendorff, founder of the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospitals, and son of Dr. Herbert Nieper, who was the Chief Surgeon at the hospital in Goslar, which was later named after him. Nieper's parents were both doctors, and married in 1925. Shortly after marriage, they both began to work at the Wahrendorff Psychiatric Hospital.[3]


Born in Germany in 1928, Nieper was educated at Johann Gutenberg University and the University of Freiburg 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. He was also a president of the private club German Society of Oncology, which conducting research of alternative medicine in oncology.[4]

Nieper was among the first researchers to work with lithium orotate.[1] 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.[5] However, there is no evidence from reputable clinical trials for the success of the "Nieper Regime" for treating multiple sclerosis utilizing Calcium AEP.[6] The "Nieper Therapy" approach to cancer also uses Calcium AEP, along with selenium.[7] It is based in part around Nieper's belief 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.[8][9] Like his friends Dean Burk and Ernst T. Krebs jr., Nieper was an outspoken opponent of fluoridation.[10]

He died at the age of 70 from a stroke.[11]

See also


  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. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b Nieper, H., & Alexander, A. (1999). The curious man: The life and works of Dr. Hans Nieper. Garden City Park, N.Y.: Avery.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Bowling, Allen C. (2006). Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis (2nd ed.). Demos Medical Publishing, LLC. p. 231. ISBN 1-932603-54-9.
  7. ^ Division of the Federal Register, United States (2006). Code of Federal Regulations. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration. p. 141.
  8. ^ Hoffman, Edward Jack (1999). Cancer and the search for selective biochemical inhibitors. CRC Press. p. 278. ISBN 0-8493-9118-0.
  9. ^ Hoffman, Edward J. (2007). Cancer and the Search for Selective Biochemical Inhibitors (2nd, revised ed.). CRC Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-1-4200-4593-2.
  10. ^ s. P.Meiers: Zur Toxizität von Fluorverbindungen mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Onkogenese. Verlag für Medizin. Heidelberg, 1984
  11. ^ "Great Losses To Our Field (Hans Nieper and Ben Iverson)". www.padrak.com. Retrieved 4 September 2019.