Orthomolecular medicine is a new medical paradigm developed by Linus Pauling and others.
He defines it as follows: “Orthomolecular Medicine is the preservation of health and the treatment of disease by the provision of the optimum concentration of substances that are normally present in the human body and are required for life.” The major emphasis on nutrients and nutrition sets orthomolecular medicine apart from most other medical paradigms. The dosages of nutrients used therapeutically distinguishes orthomolecular medicine from nutrition.
Orthomolecular medicine uses mega doses of vitamins to treat diseases. Conditions treated include cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and several behavioral disorders. Orthomolecular therapies have been used in veterinary medicine since the 1970s when Dr. Wendell Belfield began using mega doses of vitamin C in animals.
In common with other nutritional modalities, orthomolecular medicine is concerned about correcting nutritional deficiencies in order to restore health. In addition, orthomolecular medicine’s use of mega doses of vitamins and other nutrients leads to the concept of “super nutrition”. The idea is to create a perfect nutritional environment for cells in order to maximize health. Super nutrition is a more natural and less expensive means to address many chronic diseases.