Conceived of by two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, PhD, orthomolecular medicine seeks to restore balance to the body. Coined by Dr. Pauling in 1968, after the Greek word for “correct,” orthomolecular refers to fixing one’s biochemistry deficiencies by re-introducing vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and other natural substances to a person.
It involves treating patients on the molecular level. In essence, the body is food transformed. Food is made up of molecules. The body is made up of molecules. The primary concept behind orthomolecular medicine relates to the individual’s biochemical make up.
While genetics play an important role in how people develop and their likelihood to contract diseases, biochemical abnormalities may also cause physical and psychological illnesses, including schizophrenia.
Over the past nearly 45 years, orthomolecular medicine has garnered support from members of the medical community. Since 1994, the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine has served as an association of practitioners who follow this theory when treating patients. The biggest organization of its type, the International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine consists of regional bodies throughout Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Australia.
About the Author:
A former Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service, William Leach MD FAAFP ABAM directs an addiction and family medicine clinic in North Florida. Throughout his career, Dr. Leach has garnered experience in and practiced orthomolecular medicine.