Dr. Theodore Hersh
Antioxidant Expert with "Blind Ambition"
As an antioxidant expert, Dr. Theodore Hersh (known affectionately
as "Dr. Ted"), utilized over 30-years of medical training and experience
specializing in gastroenterology to discover the breakthrough that
formed the basis of Thione International and the Thione Complex:
A specific combination of antioxidants present in almost every cell
of the body that work synergistically to help boost the immune system
and build up the body's antioxidant defenses against free radical related
damage to the body.
Dr. Ted, also serving as Thione's Chairman, was stunned to discover
that not one product on the consumer or healthcare market contained
this critical combination. From this revelation the Thione Complex
was created along with a company devoted to developing health and
skin care products that utilize and aide the body's natural defense
Born in Mexico City, Dr. Ted's professional journey began at Harvard
University followed by medical school at Columbia University and
postgraduate training at Mount Sinai Hospital, the Mayo Clinic,
and Harvard Medical School's Division at Boston City Hospital. After
two years of private practice in Mexico, he returned to the U.S.
to continue his career in research and academia at such esteemed
institutions as Yale University, Baylor College of Medicine and
Brown University. Dr. Ted joined Emory University as a Professor
of Medicine in 1973 and continued there until becoming Professor
of Medicine, Emeritus in 1996. For twenty-three years he served
as Chairperson of Emory's Institutional Review Board for clinical
Making all of these accomplishments even more amazing is the fact
that Dr. Ted is almost completely blind. In 1980, he was diagnosed
with Retinitis Pigmentosa - a progressive, degenerative eye condition.
This diagnosis first led to a loss of peripheral vision, followed
by impaired night vision before resulting in blindness.
Dr. Ted's life altering diagnosis only increased his compassion
for the medical profession and its community of patients. For seven
years he continued his practice and teachings until, with his vision
growing worse, he examined his last patient. He continued to serve
as an administrator at the Emory Clinic for another eight years,
when, with only 10% of his central vision present, he retired at
the age of 62. To nobody's surprise, retirement couldn't keep Dr.
Ted from his desire to make a difference. Although his sight was
dwindling, his vision was never clearer.
Drawing on his clinical and academic experience, he utilized the
eyesight of his wife Rebecca and together began conducting antioxidant
research. It was through this research that Dr. Ted developed applications
for the Thione Complex and founded Thione International. He
continues to develop further uses for the Complex and has numerous
patents and formulations under development.
Dr. Ted, a distinguished clinician, medical innovator and educator,
has received awards including the Noble Foundation Award
from the Mayo Foundation and Premier Physician Award from
the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. However, it is not
awards, money or prestige that spurs Dr. Hersh forward. It is through
the desire to help others overcome the same obstacles he's faced
in his own life that Dr. Hersh and Thione International operate.