Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine

Orthomolecular medicine prevents and treats diseases by providing optimal amounts of substances that are normally present in the body and brain. This means we can maintain ideal health and treat illness through proper diet with the supplemental addition of vitamins, minerals, essential fats, hormones and amino acids. In over 80 years of use, orthomolecular medicine has been proven to be safe and effective. It enhances the body’s natural healing power to fight chronic illnesses.
The term “Orthomolecular” means the right or correct molecule and was coined by Linus Pauling in 1968. It is often used interchangeably with nutritional therapy. Nutritional therapy should be the first choice for treatment and prevention of disease. Pharmaceutical drugs should only be employed once lifestyle changes and nutritional therapy have failed to effect changes.
Vitamins in small doses will prevent deficiency diseases such as beri-beri and scurvy. Sufficient amounts of vitamin are assumed to be found in a well-balanced diet. Vitamins in optimum [mega] doses can be used to prevent and treat a variety of conditions not considered to be vitamin deficiency diseases. Effective doses are often tens or hundreds of times higher than the official RDA. At these levels vitamins act more like drugs, having therapeutic effects, but with minimal to no adverse effects.
Much vitamin research has used inadequate, low doses, and failed to report clinical success. Investigators over the past 80 years using vitamins in high doses have consistently reported excellent results. In the 1940s Frederick Klenner was curing multiple sclerosis and polio with mega doses of vitamin C, and William Kaufman was curing arthritis with large doses of niacin and other vitamins. In the 1950s Wilfrid and Evan Shute were curing a variety of cardiovascular diseases with vitamin E, and Abram Hoffer was using niacin to cure schizophrenia, psychosis and depression. In the 1960s Robert Cathcart cured influenza, pneumonia and hepatitis with high doses of viamin C. In the 1970s Hugh Riordan developed protocols to cure cancer with vitamin C. Recently Atsuo Yanagisawa has shown that radiation sickness can be treated with vitamin C therapy.
As vitamins cannot be patented, drug companies have little interest in conducting clinical research into vitamin therapy. In fact, they often disseminate contradictory and disparaging information about vitamin therapies, as they feel threatened by the potential vitamin successes.


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