What is Orthomolecular Therapy?
Orthomolecular treatments are defined as the practice of providing the brain and the body with the best possible biochemical environment so that they can function at an optimal level, especially with those substances used by the body naturally such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other essential molecules. Vitamins and minerals are administered according to the individual needs of patients. Diet, low blood sugar, allergies, and thyroid problems are also addressed and considered important for the success of the therapy. If an individual is undertaking pharmaceutical treatment, orthomolecular therapy can support that the body by addressing nutrient deficiencies that can be created by some medications.
How Can a Person Receive Orthomolecular Therapy?
A physician should always be consulted when addressing serious medical problems. Contact information for practitioners practicing Orthomolecular medicine can be found through the Find a Practitioner (linked?) bar. Supplements, diet and all other therapies should be regulated to suit the needs of the individual patient. If your physician is not familiar with an orthomolecular therapy, the ISF can help direct them to other physicians who can consult. In addition, the ISF can provide literature for physicians.
Are there Adverse Effects of Orthomolecular Therapy?
Supplement therapies are very safe. A small percentage of people may experience some discomfort when taking certain nutrients. Determining the right dosage and form of supplementation is important. A pracitioner will evaluate each case individually and prescribe nutrients and dosages suitable to their patient.
How Effective is Orthomolecular Treatment?
In the treatment of schizophrenia, the American Schizophrenia Association Committee on Therapy, reported an 80 percent recovery rate based on a follow-up study of 1,500 patients. Other physicians report a recovery rate of more than 75 percent and considerably higher rates in children. Orthomolecular treatment is based in clinical nutrition, and supports the body’s natural function. The approach has been found highly effective in treating many disorders including depression, bi-polar (manic depressive disorder), alcoholism and addiction, arthritis, heart and circulatory problems, behavioural and learning difficulties in children and problems associated with aging, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s.