orthomolecular medicine


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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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Since the beginning of orthomolecular medicine, we have seen a phenomenal expansion of nutritional supply companies, and nearly all of them became tremendously effective in marketing.
Linus Pauling coined the term "orthomolecular medicine" describing the optimum nutritional supplementation a person requires.
He was a charismatic speaker who spoke on health and nutrition worldwide and Last year he was awarded the world leadership award in Orthomolecular Medicine. As a friend and admirer of Dr.
Abram Hoffer, M.D., writes in Orthomolecular Medicine for Physicians (Keats Publishing) that protein imbalances can be responsible for gastric disease:
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While studies on orthomolecular medicine for the treatment of cancer are often inconclusive, investigations for preventing cancer through healthy diets, lifestyles, and nutritional supplementation can leave little doubt of their effectiveness.
When I first began studying nutrition and orthomolecular medicine in the 1970s, vitamin D was not considered to be one of the nutrients with great therapeutic potential.
Gerson received was induction into the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine's Hall of Fame in 2005.
In 1990, Riordan, et al, reported in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine that after infusing 30 grams of IAA twice per week, the metastatic lesions in the lung and liver of a man with primary renal cell carcinoma disappeared in a matter of weeks.
As psychiatrists and mental health clinicians, we understand how to utilize concepts of functional medicine and orthomolecular medicine. We can provide objective personalized treatment to alleviate the pain and anguish of mental illness.
He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.
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