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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Max Gerson was honored by the ISOM with his induction in 2005 into the Orthomolecular Medicine Hall of Fame in Ottawa, Canada.
Paul Jaconello was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy and of the International Board of Metal Toxicology.
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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.
The Eurpora Institute offers a variety of therapies to their patients including: hyperthermia, immunomodulation, orthomolecular medicine, detoxification and treatments for cancer.
He has completed extensive training in integrative, functional, and orthomolecular medicine as well as in German Biological Medicine, neural therapy, and multiple energy-psychology disciplines.
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.
In 1991, Linus Pauling, PhD, two-time Nobel prize winner and orthomolecular medicine proponent, concluded that cardiovascular disease is related to ascorbic acid deficiency.
Andrew Saul is Assistant Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service.