orthomolecular medicine


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orthomolecular medicine

a system for the prevention and treatment of disease based on the theory that each person's biochemical environment is genetically determined and specific to the individual. Therapy is provided by supplementation with substances naturally present in the body, such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids, in amounts that are optimized for each individual to correct nutritional deficiencies and the resulting biochemical abnormalities.

orthomolecular medicine

A term coined by Linus Pauling for the administration of the exact amount of a substance (e.g., a vitamin or mineral) needed to maintain health; this contrasts with the megavitamin therapy, in which excess vitamins are administered without trying to quantify the amount of vitamin needed. Proponents of orthomolecular medicine advocate its use for ageing, AIDS, alcoholism, allergies, arthritis, depression, hyperactivity, hypoglycaemia, learning disabilities, substance abuse and other conditions.

meg·a·vi·ta·min ther·a·py

(meg'ā-vī'tă-min thār'ă-pē)
Large doses of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that are used as medications to treat physical and psychiatric illnesses.
Synonym(s): orthomolecular medicine.
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In 2002, after having taught courses at other schools of higher education, Olszewer founded and still presides over Sao Paulo's School of Orthomolecular Medicine called FAPES, where thousands of doctors from Brazil and South American countries have enrolled in postgraduate courses in nutrition, chelation, hydrotherapy, sports medicine, you name it.
This article is reprinted courtesy of Orthomolecular Medicine News Service.
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Hoffer has spent the past five decades conducting research related to the practice of orthomolecular medicine, which emphasizes the use of nutrients in optimum doses for the treatment of a wide range of diseases.
Pauling's influence as scientific discoverer, dedicated humanitarian, crusader against the testing of nuclear weapons, defender of civil liberties, and prominent researcher in orthomolecular medicine, vitamin C, nutrition and health.
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