Many illnesses are linked to molecular imbalances caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. According to the pivotal book, Orthomolecular Nutrition, New Lifestyle for Super Good Health by Abram Hoffer, Ph.D., M.D. and Morton Walker D.P.M., there are about 45 nutrients that our bodies require in optimum quantities.

Orthomolecular science allows individuals to identify natural imbalances in their biochemical makeup and use vitamins and minerals to correct the imbalance. Literally translated, “orthomolecular” means “right molecule” and what is exactly right will differ for every individual. An orthomolecular practitioner can help determine the appropriate level of vitamins and minerals to optimize your health.

Orthomolecular practitioners often use much higher than RDA-level doses of nutrients. Current RDA/DRI recommendations are too low for many, perhaps most, persons. 

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 30, 2007. Doctors Say, Raise the RDAs Now.

Saul AW. Vitamin dependency. [Editorial] J Orthomolecular Med, 2004. Vol 19, No 2, p 67-70.

Even a “good” or “balanced” diet fails to supply adequate amounts of many nutrients.

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, November 2, 2007. Study Shows Vitamin “Pill-Poppers” Are Healthier.

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, May 23, 2005 MOST DIETS NEED SUPPLEMENTATION – Even “Good” Ones.

Saul AW. Can vitamin supplements take the place of a bad diet? J Orthomolecular Med, 2003. Vol 18, No 3 and 4, p 213-216.

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Free access to full-text nutrition therapy papers from the Journal or Orthomolecular Medicine is available online at

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 29, 2008. JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE NOW ONLINE.