Orthomolecular Medicine

The safe and effective use of nutrients, enzymes, hormones and other naturally occurring molecules is essential to assure a reasonable standard of care in medical practice. Founded on the science of molecular biochemistry, orthomolecular medicine establishes that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also their biochemical environment. The metabolic pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • and more ...

Orthomolecular medicine, as conceptualized by double-Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting molecular imbalances on the basis of individual biochemistry. The term “orthomolecular” meaning “correct molecule” was first used by Linus Pauling in his seminal article, Orthomolecular Psychiatry, published in the journal Science in 1968.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there adverse effects to 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. Our pracitioner will evaluate each case individually and prescribe nutrients and dosages suitable to their patient.

How effective is orthomolecular therapy?

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.