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Orthomolecular medicine is a form of vitamin woo based on nutritional supplements The name was picked by Linus Pauling , in his Vitamin C quack period , to mean "the right molecules." He hypothesized that "substances that are normally present in the human body" are therefore good, so high doses will treat disease. And with it, for the first time since 1997, the Linus Pauling Institute will enter into a fresh academic calendar without the leadership of its now emeritus director, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dr. Balz Frei. Orthomolecular medicine restores the body to optimum health by correcting deficiencies and imbalances in an individual's biochemistry.
As a result of this research, Pauling developed a cocktail of vitamins, which he put into a single dose that he called the Linus Pauling Super Pill." The Institute considered marketing the pill to raise additional funds, but that plan fell through and the Pauling Super Pill was relegated to a formula in a filing cabinet.
The short answer is that vitamin C supplementation has some interesting benefits and some downsides, but Linus Pauling over-hyped that particular nutrient. I give my critics full credit for having delayed the full introduction of orthomolecular medicine into the medical world and for having denied life, health and happiness for innumerable patients.
Dr. Hoffer was involved in the formation of the Journal of
Medicine and has published over 600 reports and articles as well as 30 books. It takes into account individual nutritional needs on the basis of age, sex, activity, stress and the presence of disease.
Orthomolecular medicine is not a mega-vitamin therapy" which uses the scattering principle. There are many treatment options available: nutrition, Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, western herbs, orthomolecular medicine and psychology. 1970 Dr. Pauling publishes Vitamin C and the Common Cold and Dr. Williams publishes Nutrition Against Disease.
The institute later became the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. Much of the research into nutrition has focused on the minimum requirements of nutrients to avoid overt deficiency diseases. It is also important to note that orthomolecular medicine is not a cure for the treatment of all diseases, but they can be an important prerequisite for good health and the treatment of disease.
Orthomolecular therapy (from 'ortho' meaning 'right') places its focus on providing optimal levels of nutrients and substances that are normally present in the body in order to either prevent the development of disease or to treat disease once it has occurred.
Other sources include copper tea pots, copper sulphate treated jacuzzi's or swimming pools, drinking water, prenatal vitamins, and copper IUD's. It should be noted that blood tests do not always give an accurate picture of nutritional status and most orthomolecular practitioners recommend titration of doses to suit the patient.
By changing the diet, omitting unnecessary food and targeted taking mega doses (high doses) of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and fatty acids, can the imbalances that led to the disease, correct. Orthomolecular medicine is the restoration and maintenance of health through the administration of adequate amounts of substances that are normally present in the body.
Other diseases attract this, too: Matthias Rath pushed this bullshit to AIDS patients in South Africa , killing several. If you went to an orthomolecularist with a specific complaint, he or she would start by giving you a physical exam and taking your medical history, including an extensive discussion of your diet and lifestyle, as well as your symptoms.
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