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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. More than a decade before Pauling gave his support to the notion that mental illness might be due to a vitamin deficiency, psychiatrist Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) was promoting the idea that vitamin C and niacin supplements could be used to effectively treat schizophrenia.
2. : These folks look to Linus Pauling in his quack period as their Founding Father, which is somewhat ironic since they define orthomolecular medicine as "the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body." Pauling is mostly known in the popular media for his belief in the miraculous power of vitamin C megasupplementation and his belief that vitamin C could prevent and cure cancer.
This has prompted renewed interest in the use of vitamin C as a cancer treatment. Copyright © 2018 Dr. Peter H. Lauda Orthomolecular Medicine. 16. Wenzel KG, Pataracchia RJ: The earth's gift to Medicine: Minerals in health and Disease. 21 Riordon's organization cite figures from this period as founders of their movement, 22 although the word "orthomolecular" was coined by Linus Pauling only in 1967.
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.
Over the next three weeks, we will focus on the years that Pauling spent at the University of California, San Diego, the institution where he began his experimental work in orthomolecular medicine. Abram Hoffer and Linus Pauling at the symposium, Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer Treatment," Tulsa, Oklahoma, November 1992.
Pauling also spoke to medical and psychiatry students about vitamin C and his newly developing concept of orthomolecular medicine
. Reversing this process or slowing it down is one goal of orthomolecular therapy, along with treatment of health problems. Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
The Nutrition, Food Science & Public Health Conference is held during May 14-16 at Tokyo, Japan. I have the support of remarkable friends and scientists and all of us working together will eventually overhaul medicine back to its interest in nutrition and in nutrients.
While the US RDA for vitamin C was recently raised (for men from 60 mg to its current 90 mg, and for women from 45 mg to 75 mg, and somewhat more for smokers), even higher doses have greater health benefits. Disillusioned after years of failed doctor-patient relationships and determined to avoid short cuts, I read about orthomolecular health professionals who apply the life science of biochemistry to the art of medicine.
The orthomolecular research initially done on nutrition in relation to mental health has expanded over the years to all areas of health care from cardiovascular disease to cancer, from AIDS to Alzheimer's. He drew a clear distinction between the minimal amount of the vitamin to prevent death by scurvy, and the optimal amount for the best of health.
More than 45 types of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, and essential fatty acids are necessary for a person to be healthy and their organs to function properly. Many mood and behaviour disorder patients do not eat three meals a day and their diet is invariably carbohydrate dominant.
The effect of nutritional status on the ontogeny of mucosal IgA responses has been examined in cross-sectional studies of children in Papua New Guinea (Clancy et al., 1987; Cripps et al., 1991, 2008). 21 Their effects on health were disappointing, though, and in the 1950s and 1960s, nutrition was de-emphasised in standard medical curricula.