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.
- Vitamin C
- Coenzyme Q10
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin E
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamins & Minerals
- Vitamin B6
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. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n10.shtml
Saul AW. Vitamin dependency. [Editorial] J Orthomolecular Med, 2004. Vol 19, No 2, p 67-70. http://www.doctoryourself.com/dependency.html
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. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n11.shtml
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, May 23, 2005 MOST DIETS NEED SUPPLEMENTATION – Even “Good” Ones. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n03.shtml
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. http://www.doctoryourself.com/replace.htm
For more information:
Free access to full-text nutrition therapy papers from the Journal or Orthomolecular Medicine is available online at http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/index.shtml
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, February 29, 2008. JOURNAL OF ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE NOW ONLINE. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v04n03.shtml