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CURRICULUM VITAE 2021 (partial)


  • Private practice of orthomolecular-health-medicine, (general medical-psychiatry, focus on nutrition, toxicology, physiology) 1963-2021
  • Columnist: "Putting Nutrition First." The New Fillmore (monthly circulation). San Francisco. 1986-1999 (over 150 articles published)
  • Society for Orthomolecular Health-Medicine, President 1994-2021
    Professional continuing education society for licensed health professionals. (CME category I accredited by California Medical Association)
  • Autism Research Institute, Board of Directors 1991-2021
  • National Health Federation, Board of Directors 1993-2021
  • National Health Federation, Board Vice-chairman 1994-2021
  • Editorial Board, Alternative Medicine Magazine 1995-2021
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (Toronto) 1982-2021
  • Ola Loa, LLC (Health products), Director of Research 2000-2021
  • Mayor’s Council on Homelessness (San Francisco) 2004-2021
  • Inducted into the Orthomolecular Hall of Fame 2008
  • Honorary Board Member, The Future of Medicine Foundation 2021


  • Society for Orthomolecular Health-Medicine (San Francisco)


  • American Medical Association (1963-1995)
  • California Medical Association (1963-1995)
  • San Francisco Medical Society (1963-1995)
  • American Psychiatric Association (Life member)
  • San Francisco Academy of Hypnosis (President, 1970)
  • Co-Founder, Past President, Orthomolecular Medical Society (1976)


  • Valedictorian, North High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1949.
  • B.S., University of Minnesota, 1953.
  • M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School, 1955.
  • Intern (rotating), Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY 1955-56.
  • Resident, New York Hospital, Payne Whitney Clinic 1956-59.
  • NIH Special Fellow (neurophysiology), Stanford University Medical Center, Department of Neurology, 1962-63.


  • Instructor in psychiatry, Cornell University School of Medicine, 1959.
  • Captain, U.S., Army Medical Corps,
  • 121st Evacuation Hospital (Korea) and Valley Forge Army Hospital (Pennsylvania), 1959-1961.
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (P), 1962.
  • Consultant, Stanford University, Department of Psychology,
  • graduate practicum in behavior therapy, 1963-64.
  • Lecturer in hypnosis, University of California Medical School, Langley Porter
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute, 1968-71.
  • President, San Francisco Academy of Hypnosis, 1970
  • President, Steppingstone, San Francisco Women’s Recovery Home, 1971.
  • President, Orthomolecular Medical Society, 1979-82.
  • Consultant, State of California, Napa State Hospital,
  • Orthomolecular Treatment Project, 1978-1980
  • President, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (Toronto) 1993-1996
  • Founding President, Society for Orthomolecular Health-Medicine (California) 1994-2021
  • International Board of Advanced Longevity Medicine. Treasurer. 1998- 2002
  • Board Member, The National Health Federation


  1. EEG Studies in Animal Hypnosis. Am J Clin Hypnosis, April, 1964.
  2. An Operational Approach to Hypnosis in Psychotherapy. Presented at American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 1966.
  3. The Mental Tune-up in Operational Hypnotherapy. Presented at American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, 1969.
  4. Action of Aspirin in Preventing the Niacin Flush. Presented at Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry (LasVegas), 1974.
  5. Manganese and Niacin in Treatment of Tardive Dyskinesia. Ibid.
  6. The Optimal Carbohydrate Diet. Presented at Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry (Miami) 1975.
  7. Food as Psychotherapy. Presented at Academy of Orthomolecular Psychiatry (Denver) 1976.
  8. The Action of Aspirin in Preventing the Niacin Flush and its Relevance to the Antischizophrenic Action of Megadose Niacin. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 5,2:89-100, 1976
  9. Ketosis and the Optimal Carbohydrate Diet: A Basic Factor in Orthomolecular Psychiatry. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 5,3: 203-211. 1976.
  10. Orthomolecular Psychiatry. University of California Medical School, Pathophysiology of Disease, 1979.
  11. The Orthocarbohydrate Diet in Treatment of Childhood Learning Disorders. California Association for Neurologically Handicapped Children (SF) 1980.
  12. MEGANUTRITI0N. McGraw Hill, NY, 1980. (book)
  13. MEGANUTRITION FOR WOMEN. McGraw Hill, NY, 1983. (book)
  14. Chronic Arsenic Poisoning. Western Journal of Medicine, 139: 714. 1983.
  15. Meganutrition and the Immune Response in Cancer. Presented at Livingston Clinic Symposium, 1984.
  16. Alternative Medicine. Is it Good Medicine? Bulletin of San Francisco Medical Society. September, 1984.
  17. Orthomolecular Treatment of Mental Retardation. President's Committee on Mental Retardation and Mental Illness, 1985.
  18. Progress in Orthomolecular Psychiatry. (Chapter) In: Roots of Molecular Medicine, Ed. R. Huemer. W. Freeman, Palo Alto, 1986.
  19. Orthomolecular Principles in Treatment of Persons with Mental Retardation and Mental Illness. (Chapter) In: Mental Retardation and Mental Health. Ed. J. A. Stark, F. J. Menaloscino, M. H. Albarelli, V. C. Gray. Springer Verlag, NY, 1988.
  20. Snake Oil. Western Journal of Medicine, 151, 2: 208. August, 1989.
  21. Van Gogh: Meniere's Disease? Porphyria. JAMA. 265:723. (1991)
  22. Carnitine: a common deficiency. Presented at International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, (Vancouver, BC) April, 1994.
  23. Copper, Maligned Mineral. Presented at Klaire Laboratories symposium (Sorrento, Italy), September, 1994.
  24. Antioxidants, Nature's Megavitamins. Ibid.
  25. Copper and the Aging Process. Presented at the American College of Advancement in Medicine (Colorado Springs). November 1995.
  26. The ABCDE-F of Fluoridation. Presented at Loma Linda University, Post-graduate convention, School of Public Health, March 1996.
  27. Autism to Alzheimers: mechanisms in common? Bradford Foundation Seminar, Mallorca, Spain. June, 1996.
  28. Coumadin Increases Cancer Survival. Townsend Letter for Doctors, October, 1997.
  29. Autism Treatment: An Orthomolecular Overview. Autism Research Institute DAN! Conference, San Diego, September, 1997.
  30. Orthomolecular Health-Medicine: Putting Nutrition First. John Muir Hospital CME conference, Walnut Creek, CA, October, 1997.
  31. Homocysteine, a major factor in aging. Presented at the International College for Advanced Longevity Medicine, Reno, NV. October, 1998.
  32. Homocysteine: a Major Ager. Nevada Association of Homeopathic Physicians, Las Vegas, November 1998.
  33. Orthomolecular Medicine and Homeopathy. Nevada Association of Homeopathic Physicians, April, 1999.
  34. Ischemia and apoptosis in autism. Autism Research Institute DAN! Conference, Cherry Hill, NJ, October 1999.
  35. Ischemia-induced apoptosis in neuro-developmental disorders. International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, Vancouver, B.C., April, 2000.
  36. Health Medicine, a physiological strategy for medical practice. Society for Orthomolecular Health-Medicine, San Francisco, February, 2001
  37. Practical Orthomolecular Approach to Healthy Longevity. Chapter in: The Advanced Guide to Longevity Medicine. Ed. Ghen M. Impakt, Green Bay, WI 2001
  38. Advances in Coagulation Research and Treatment. Nevada Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine Association, Las Vegas, October 2001
  39. Nutrient Therapy for Ischemic Disease. American College for Advancement in Medicine, Nashville, TN, May, 2001
  40. Nutrition is Circulation: Circulation is Nutrition. Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine, San Francisco, February 2002
  41. Functional and Genetic testing of Vascular Disease. Homeopathic and Integrative Medicine Association, Incline Village, Nevada, October 2002.
  42. MTHFR mutation, a common cause of folic acid deficiency symptoms. Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine, San Francisco, March 2003
  43. Listen to Your Body Low Carb Diet. Ola Loa, LLC (www.ololoa.com), San Francisco, 2004.
  44. Digestion-Energy: Strategies for orthomolecular health medicine. Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine, San Francisco, February 2004.
  45. Carnitine Deficiency, a link to MTHFR mutation. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. (In process).
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ola Loa's cofounder Richard A. Kunin, M.D, on 2/23/2021. Dr. Kunin was an author, researcher, lecturer, and pioneer in the fields of hypnosis and nutrition oriented medicine. He also developed the formulas for our Ola Loa products which have helped to improve the lives of so many. His loss is truly immeasurable.

The National Health Federation dedicated its Spring 2021 issue of Health Freedom News magazine to Dr. Kunin. A condensed version of the publication can be viewed HERE.