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What Is Orthomolecular Medicine?

Many people start applying the concepts of orthomolecular medicine after researching it on their own, and begin taking supplements without a doctor's advice (which is rarely a good idea). Orthomolecular medicine or therapy is therefore nothing more than the use or administration of the right molecules in the right amounts. It seems that some of the patients who are at the highest risk emotionally to the promoters of orthomolecular medicine and similar treatments are those who are most likely to suffer the unwanted effects of excess levels of vitamins and antioxidants.

For example, Vitamins C and B12 are widely used in orthomolecular medicine. Use of high doses of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, e.g. to boost the vitality, for the prevention within the scope of anti-ageing of amateur and professional athletes, for additive cancer therapy.

The original substance was vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid or nicotinamide), and the therapy was termed "megavitamin therapy." Later the treatment regimen was expanded to include other vitamins, minerals, hormones, and diets, any of which may be combined with conventional drug therapy and electroshock treatments.

This is known as mega-vitamin therapy and is a large component of orthomolecular medicine. He and his colleague Dr. Humphrey Osmond co-founded orthomolecular medicine in Canada in the 1950s while researching schizophrenia, developing an adrenochrome theory and customizing restorative regimens for psychotic patients.

Recent developments in nutritional research in an area called nutrigenomics demonstrate that dietary change can potentially prevent disease on a genetic level (disease-causing genes can be turned off” by use of the appropriate nutrients, a possible explanation for the means by which, for example, only certain women having the breast cancer gene” will develop cancer), and that genetic testing can be used to create truly individualized nutritional supplementation programs.

Vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, and coenzyme Q10 are among the many nutrients that have been shown to contribute positively to health and longevity at doses much higher than the RDA. Dr. Linus Pauling, a two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, coined the term orthomolecular” to express the idea that the right amounts of specific molecules can correct disordered thoughts and emotions.

In 2009, the National Health Expenditure Accounts estimated that the US expenditure in healthcare was $2.5 trillion, although an independent study claimed that the amount reached was $2.8 trillion.1 This represents 17.3% of our gross national product, more than double the percentage of the gross national product spent by any other nation on healthcare.2 Seventy-eight percent of our healthcare costs are aimed at treating the 133 million Americans who have chronic diseases.

1995 Dr. Riordan and colleagues publish their protocol for intravenous vitamin C treatment of cancer. And with it, for the first time since 1997, the Linus Pauling Institute will enter into a fresh academic calendar without the leadership of its now emeritus director, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dr. Balz Frei.

This nutritional approach helps maintain good health, improve health through proper diet, and cure and treat illness. Reversing this process or slowing it down is one goal of orthomolecular therapy, along with treatment of health problems. Many diseases are caused by the body's lack of micronutrients like vitamins, trace elements and amino acids.

The digestive system of a low thyroid patient has poor motility and slow stool transit which cause constipation and inefficient nutrient absorption.38 In low thyroid patients, core body temperatures are often so low that digestive enzymes do not reach the reaction threshold to enable efficient food breakdown.

Orthomolecular medicine defines itself by questioning two common medical assumptions: that a well-balanced diet will provide us all the required nutrients; and that we are all generally alike in the amount of nutrients we need, typified by the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) rating system.

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