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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