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Principles of Orthomolecular Medicine.   by Dr David S. Dyer, NMD


Definition of Orthomolecular Medicine.

Orthomolecular medicine is defined as providing the optimum molecular constitution, especially the optimum concentration of substances that are normally present in the human body, for the purposes of preserving health and treating disease. In the words of Linus Pauling, PhD. it is “the preservation of good health and the treatment of disease by varying the concentration in the human body of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for health. The adjective orthomolecular is used to express the idea of the right molecules in the right concentration.”

The Evolution of Orthomolecular Medicine.

Studies of large doses of vitamins benefiting patients with heart disease, infections and mental illness actually began in the 1940’s.

In 1954 the first double blind study was published with evidence that vitamins B3 and C helped patients with acute schizophrenia. The medical establishment dismissed this study because the prevailing belief at the time was that vitamins only prevented deficiency diseases such as scurvy and pellagra.
(Hoffer & Osmond)

During the 1960’s Linus Pauling, PhD. developed the rational for vitamin therapy. Dr. Pauling published an article in the journal Science: Orthomolecular Psychiatry: Varying the concentration of substances normally found in the human body may control mental illness. In this paper he coined the term “Orthomolecular Medicine” which means, “to straighten out molecules.”

Today we see that the work of Dr. Pauling continues with health practitioners around the world. The growth of this type of preventive medicine is greater outside the United States. Medical doctors in Europe and the Far East use this modality to prevent and treat many different diseases.

Brief History of Linus Pauling, PhD (1901 – 1994)

Linus Pauling was regarded by many of his peers as the 20th century’s most brilliant scientist, after Albert Einstein. Pauling’s interest included chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, peace and humanitarian concerns. He was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1954 for Chemistry and again in 1962 for Peace. He was a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the United States government. In 1949 he and his colleagues published a paper in Science that announced the discovery of the cause of sickle-cell anemia, the first disease to be described as a molecular disease. This paper heralded the era of molecular medicine. By the late 1950’s, Pauling had become increasingly interested in the role of enzymes in brain function. He became especially fascinated with vitamin C in the 1960’s and quickly recognized that the intake of this vitamin and, consequently, its concentration in the body, significantly influences health and disease. In 1968 he published his article titled Orthomolecular Psychiatry and coins the term Orthomolecular Medicine. This article established a connection between a deficiency of vitamin C and other nutrients with mental illnesses. Linus Pauling continued his research on vitamin C and other nutrients and their relationship with optimum health and the treating of various diseases until his death in 1994. Pauling stated, “orthomolecular medicine is not alternative medicine; rather, it should be considered as an adjunct to appropriate conventional medicine.”

The practice of Orthomolecular Medicine.

Orthomolecular medicine, also known as anti-aging medicine, is meant to create an ecological environment on the cellular level, to provide cells with optimal levels of nutrients for the production of energy and the overcoming of modern diseases. Introducing beneficial elements like minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, essential fatty acids and hormones is actually practicing orthomolecular medicine. It can also be the removal of harmful elements from the body through the use of chelation therapy. The most important principle of treatment is the commandment from our first Naturopath, Hippocrates; “First of all: do no harm.”

Treatment risks are considerably lower than the risks involved with conventional treatment of the same disease, and the orthomolecular treatments are often more effective, especially long term. Instead of chasing symptoms the orthomolecular practitioner looks for the cause of the disease. Remove the cause and the symptom will go away, not to return as another symptom. In the 21st century the cut, burn and poison treatment of life style diseases like cancer, diabetes, arteriosclerosis and many others should become obsolete. These practices will be replaced by orthomolecular medicine that will establish a beneficial cellular environment in our bodies. To practice orthomolecular medicine you must learn how to utilize naturally occurring elements rather than synthetic drugs. The human body is an organism that is capable of healing itself by recreating cells, tissues and organs. The body must have the raw elements needed in order to do this. Orthomolecular medicine should be developed so that we learn more about the ultimate treatment protocols, and to administer the correct nutrients that will provide our cells with the ability to identify and fight disease. Orthomolecular medicine can help our body achieve and maintain homeostasis for optimal health.

Orthomolecular medicine is based on solid scientific knowledge and medical research that provides us with significant support from the fields of: Nutrition, Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology, Endocrinology, Toxicology, and Gastroenterology.
It is used in the treatment and prevention of various health challenges such as: hypertension, depression, low blood sugar, mood swings, menstrual cramps, panic-anxiety, seizures and much more.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison.

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