About Orthomolecular Medicine
A good idea of a great mind.
Linus Pauling, the two-times Nobel Prize laureate, was the founder and pioneer of orthomolecular medicine (ortho = right, good; molecule = structural unit of substances).
He defined the operating principle as follows:
“Orthomolecular medicine is the preservation of good health by varying the concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for health.”
This simply means that the body must be supplied every day with an adequate amount of micronutrients, such as vitamins, trace elements and minerals, in order to maintain its performance capability and resistance and be protected against disease.
Research in the field of orthomolecular nutritional medicine has led to many new findings in recent years. For example, it was shown that the onset and course of a disease can be influenced not only by vitamins, trace elements and minerals, but also by phytonutrients, essential fatty acids and probiotics. It could also be demonstrated that these micronutrients play a crucial role in active health protection and orthomolecular nutritional medicine.
Orthomolecular nutritional medicine is recognized in the USA as an official therapy and is used alongside orthodox medicine.