What is Orthomolecular Medicine?

"You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency," Dr. Linus Pauling, the only person in history who was awarded two unshared Nobel prizes. "Orthomolecular Medicine is the achievement and preservation of the best health and the prevention and treatment of disease by varying concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the human body and are required for health."

"...varying concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the human body..." This means correcting the chemical imbalance that is causing illness and disease today through substances found in nature and not pharmaceutical drugs.


"Ortho" means "correct" or "right" and a "molecule" is "the smallest particle of a substance that retains all the properties of the substance and is composed of one or more atoms". So "orthomolecular" means "correct molecule", and the correct molecules that are being referred to are nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, etc.

Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine is the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body, quite often in megadoses exceeding the "normal" recommended daily dosage. The purpose is to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances and/or deficiencies.

Organic Materials

It's important to stress that this is not referring to the use of the artificial inorganic chemically produced vitamins that are so popular in stores nowadays. This refers to natural organic supplements "normally found in the body". Organic matter is something that has been derived from living things, and contains carbon, or is carbon-bond.

Orthomolecular Psychiatry

Orthomolecular psychiatry is simply the use of "the right molecules in the right amounts" to help prevent and treat mental and emotional disorders such as ADHD, alcoholism, Alzheimer's Disease, anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, drug addiction, hyperactivity, retardation, schizophrenia, and senility. This provides the optimal molecular environment for the mind.

Bodily Needs

Nutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, co-enzymes, antioxidants, phytochemicals, etc. are absolutely required in order for the body to function properly. Minerals are largely obtained from the foods we eat, and the mineral content of our foods depends upon the mineral content of the soil that it's grown in. So if our soils are depleted of minerals from the use of chemicals, so are our foods, and so are our bodies in turn. If our processed machine-made food is inorganic, that doesn't supply the body with what it needs either. If the body doesn't receive all of the proper raw materials that it needs, health problems and degenerative diseases are sure to follow. Many of the "foods" we buy in the grocery store today are severely lacking in nutrients and/or they contain harmful contaminants.

A natural organic body requires natural organic things. "Let food be your medicine, let medicine be your food." - Hippocrates

Individual Biochemistry

Biochemical individual is a main principle of orthomolecular medicine. This principle was elucidated by Roger J. Williams, Ph.D. This principle is quite simple: every living organism is unique! Furthermore, each individual requires different relative amounts of nutrients for his or her satisfaction and optimal level of health. The government sets a minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) which is supposed to be adequate for all individuals. However, many may need to exceed the RDA as well as the recommended 2,000 calorie diet in order to prevent severe deficiency disease. Thus, RDA values are not perfect guidelines for everyone. Several studies have proven the existence of biochemical individuality. For example, studies of guinea pigs showed a twentyfold variation in their requirement for vitamin C. A study conducted with human subjects revealed that children have varying needs for vitamin B6.
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Using Natural Medicine to Treat and Cure Illnesses and Diseases

Depression, Bipolar, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, High Cholesterol, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, Diabetes...

There is a natural cure for every ailment, illness and disease. Natural cures are much safer, less expensive, and more effective than their prescription meds counterpart. Natural cures are based on decades of scientific research and not theory. You rarely hear about natural cures because of the two Ps in the pharmaceutical industry: If it can't be Patented or if you can't make a Profit from it, it's not medicine.

There is a scientific field dedicated to natural medicine. It's called Orthomolecular Medicine, which was conceptualized by the only person in history to have won two unshared Nobel prizes and regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time: Linus Pauling. Dr. Pauling was also the first scientist in history to have won a Nobel Prize for a body of work, rather than a specific discovery. He was also endowed with 48 Honary Doctorate degrees from various universities.

"In fact, it was Dr. Linus Pauling's work with the structure of molecules and the reactions of molecules within the body that created the basis for modern medicine today," Dr. Abram Hoffer.

Preventing Illnesses and Diseases with Orthomolecular Substances

Dr. Pauling is the author and co-author of several books, including How to Live Longer And Feel Better and Vitamin C & Cancer: Discovery, Recovery, Controversy.

Examples of Orthomolecular Substances

The various vitamins related substances:

  • Choline
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid
  • DOPA
  • Amino acids, such as phenylalanine [and L-tryptophan]
  • Essential minerals
  • Eessential fats
  • The macronutrients
  • Insulin,
  • Glucose

Mental Disorders as Molecular Disease

In this video, Dr. Pauling discusses phenylalanine. L-phenylalanine, an essential amino acid that is converted into L-tyrosine, another one of the DNA-encoded amino acids. L-tyrosine in turn is converted into L-DOPA, which is further converted into dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline) (the latter three are known as the catecholamines). Low levels of dopamine in the brain has been associated with Parkinson's Disease, addiction and depression. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that must be obtained from food or food supplements.

Narrator: Well, what are the broader implications of this concept of yours of molecular disease? Do you envisage, for example, a kind of new medicine which will be based more fundamentally on chemotherapy for example?

Dr. Pauling: Yes, I would say so.

I think that we shall be able to get a more thorough understanding of the nature of disease in general by investigating the molecules that make up the human body including the abnormal molecules and that this understanding will permit disease to be attacked, the problem of disease to be attacked, in a more straight-forward manner, such that new methods of therapy will be developed. For example, we are working now on a disease called phenylketonuria. Phenylketonuria is a disease that involves a bad gene. Normal human beings have inherited two genes from their parents that manufacture an enzyme, a special protein in the liver that catalyzes the oxidation of an amino acid, phenylalanine, to form another amino acid, tyrosine. Now, we ingest, we eat food containing phenylalanine all the time. An ordinary protein is about five percent phenylalanine.

So that everybody gets a lot of phenylalanine into his body by way of eating proteon [proteins]. He has to eat protein to build up his body. This phenylalanine is in large part converted into another substance by the action of the enzyme in the liver. One person in eighty has only one good gene for this enzyme and then he has one bad gene, the result of a genetic mutation. A bad gene that will not manufacture a good enzyme.

These people, we have been studying the activity of the liver of these people. We give them some phenylalanine, and then we take a sample of blood and determine what has happened to that phenylalanine in the course of one or two or three hours, and we find that normal individuals are able to destroy, to change the phenylalanine to tyrosine twice as fast as these people, one in eighty, who are the carriers of one bad gene.

Treating Heart Disease with Orthomolecular Medicine


According to one of the world's most highly regarded scientists , we human beings no longer have to fear premature death or heart attack caused by progressive cardiovascular disease (CVD), undergo heart by-pass surgery or angioplasty, or suffer the chest pain of Angina Pectoris.

The medicinal substances involved are not drugs. The two primary ingredients of the Linus Pauling invention are both required in some daily amount for life itself. The great benefit comes from taking these two completely non-toxic substances in amounts much larger than one normally consumes in the diet.

Linus Pauling did not make this claim lightly, although he made it without fanfare. Pauling waited until after careful experiments at his institute confirmed the Lp(a)/vitamin C connection.

The details of this amazing discovery, its suppression by medical authorities, elements of the United States government and other governments, and the mainstream press, are described on these web pages. You can also view a Linus Pauling lecture on video tape. Pauling explains how you can return your cardiovascular health, safely, without surgery.

Thanks to medical science, it is now possible for cardiovascular disease patients to live a more healthful future; free of pain and symptoms of their former cardiovascular illness. An extraordinary claim. A claim unknown to most doctors, but one those suffering severe disease can verify for themselves in a few weeks...
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Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry. Believing that drugs and psychoanalysis were not always the best course of treatment for a variety of mental illnesses, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer began an extensive program of research into the causes and treatment of mental illness, and in 1973 opened the Brain Bio Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Here, with a team of scientists, he found that many psychological problems can be traced to biochemical imbalances in the body. With these patients, he achieved unprecedented success in treating a wide range of mental problems by adjusting diet and providing specific nutritional supplements for those conditions where deficiences exist. This book documents his approach.

Each year, thousands of people are diagnosed as schizophrenic; many more suffer from depression, anxiety, and phobias.

Dr. Pfeiffer's methods of treatment presented in Nutrition and Mental Illness are a valuable adjunct to traditional therapies, and can bring hope of real wellness to many of those who suffer.

"A proper biochemical balance is necessary to mental as well as physical health. In Nutrition and Mental Illness, Pfeiffer details how deficiencies (and excesses) of various nutrients can lead to imbalances that result in mood swings, manic-depressive states, schizophrenia and antisocial behavior. Pfeiffer also explains how these conditions are treated with nutrients rather than drugs; he calls the latter 'a door that leads nowhere."

"For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect." — Pfeiffer's Law, Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., PhD.

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.--(Business Wire)--ACAM, the American College for Advancement in Medicine, is pleased
to announce that it will present Ishwarlal Jialal, M.D., Ph.D., with the Linus Pauling Award for notable achievement in the field of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jialal will receive the award at the ACAM Spring 2008 Conference in Orlando, FL, on April 11, 2008. Dr. Jialal is Robert E. Stowell Endowed Chair in Experimental Pathology and the Director of the Laboratory for Atherosclerosis and Metabolic Research, Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis.

"We are pleased to recognize Dr. Jialal's extensive and
ground-breaking research with Vitamin E and vascular disease," said Jeanne Drisko, M.D., the association's president.

Linus Pauling, Ph.D., was arguably one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. He described the nature of the chemical bond, leading to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA. He is the only person to have won two unshared Nobel Prizes. He was later fascinated by vitamin C and the use of high-dose nutrients in the treatment of diseases, including cold and flu viruses, cancer, and heart disease, and he coined the term 'orthomolecular medicine' to describe the use of correct molecular balance to treat and prevent disease with dietary supplements. He founded the Linus Pauling Institute, which continues his biomedical research legacy.

The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) is a not-for-profit medical society dedicated to educating physicians and other health care professionals on the latest findings and emerging procedures in preventive/nutritional medicine. ACAM's goals are to improve skills, knowledge and diagnostic procedures as they relate to complementary and alternative medicine, to support research, and to
develop awareness of alternative methods of medical treatment.

Celebrating more than a quarter century of service, ACAM
represents more than 1,000 physicians in 30 countries. ACAM is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to serving the educational needs of the health professions. For more information, please visit www.acam.org

Subodh Jain
January 1, 2008

Nutrients are the chemical components of diet and are essential to life and health. Nutrients are classed as either macronutrients or micronutrients:

macronutrients are carbohydrates (sugars and starches), fats (including essential fatty acids), proteins (including essential amino acids), and fiber

micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that cannot be manufactured in the body, and so must be eaten daily.

If micronutritents are absent or too low, illness results. Scurvy, for example, is a disease resulting from lack of vitamin C. It used to be the curse of sailors who had to make long trips at sea with no access to fresh fruit or vegetables. Once the connection between scurvy and fresh fruit had been made, and the sailors issued lime juice to drink, scurvy virtually disappeared.

Nutritional therapists assess nutritional status and functional capacity. They recognize that each person’s needs are unique, depending on a number of factors, from inherited strengths and weaknesses to the influence of diet, lifestyle and environment. Nutritional therapists work with clients with chronic health problems and provide advice on disease prevention and control.

The nutritional therapist will take a comprehensive client history and may use biochemical and other types of clinical assessment to formulate a treatment plan. In addition to dietary and nutritional advice, recommendations may include guidance on natural detoxification, methods to support digestion and absorption, procedures to promote colon health, and also the avoidance of ingestion or inhalation of allergens or toxins.

Nutritional therapy is a holistic discipline; nutrition as the key to good health is the all-embracing fundamental principle used since the time of the famous Greek doctor and founder of western medicine, Hippocrates, to help people of all ages to stay at their personal peak of energy and vitality. Today, new insights of food scientists play a significant role in the practice of nutritional therapy as preventative medicine.

Micronutrients have only been identified extensively and researched since 1913 when an American biochemist, Elmer McCollum, discovered the first vitamin, vitamin A. Their use in treatment has now become a major, and rapidly growing, therapy in its own right throughout the world. Another nutritional therapy is megavitamin therapy, established by the Nobel prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling in the United States. He believed that schizophrenia and other mental problems were the consequence of vitamin deficiency and originally called his therapy "orthomolecular psychiatry."

The therapeutic prescription of nutrients is known as nutritional therapy, and practitioners specializing in it are nutritional therapists. Nutrients prescribed in this way are called "dietary" or "food supplements," and they come in the form of tablets, capsules, powders, or liquids. Nutrients may sometimes also be injected for greater effect, but in most countries only conventional medical doctors may do this.

Nutritional therapists should:

* be able to get on well with clients from a wide range of backgrounds

* be able to gain clients' confidence

* have a logical approach to problem solving

* be able to maintain an emotional distance from clients' problems

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"It is time for the general acceptance of the concept that even in some terminal cases, our bodies can be given essential building blocks [oxygen, electrolytes, minerals, enzymes, amino acids] to repair and reconstitute every living cell within a span of 11 months." --Everett L. Storey, inventor of CellFood, inventor of the water-splitting technology that made the hydrogen bomb possible, the Scientist Albert Einstein called "a genius."