Orthomolecular MedicineBeyond the Multivitamin
“Ortho–molecules are primary in medical diagnosis and treatment. The safe and effective use of
nutrients, enzymes, hormones and other naturally occurring molecules is essential to assure a
reasonable standard of care in medical practice.” (source: www.csom.ca)
What is orthomolecular medicine?
The word “orthomolecular” means “correct-molecule”. Orthomolecular medicine , as conceptualized by double-Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry, using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids.” (source: www.orthomed.org)
Because genetic individuality combines with the evironment to determine biochemical function, many diseases or imbalances can be mitigated and/or avoided by stabilizing one’s biochemistry.
Why does Dr. Macart practice orthomolecular medicine?
Ever since she met Dr. Hoffer, also a pioneer in orthomolecular medicine, Dr. Macart has understood that correcting biochemistry is important for recovery. He said to her that “no human disease has ever been proven to be a deficiency of some man-made pharmaceutical.” With his training in biochemistry and psychiatry, he believed that natural and recognizable substances were more healing than drugs.
What does an orthomolecular protocol look like?
Orthomolecular protocols vary and are selected specifically for the individual. It may change as you change to best support your recovery and to prevent disease. In some cases, an orthomolecular program is complemented by pharmaceutical medications. Many successful programs involve diet and lifestyle modifications to maximize positive results.
What kinds of conditions respond to orthomolecular medicine?
attention deficit disorder
obsessive compulsive disorder
seasonal affective disorder