Orthomolecular Medicine

What is orthomolecular medicine?

“Orthomolecular medicine is the maintenance of health and the treatment of
diseases by altering the concentration of substances in the human body that are normally present and necessary for health.”

This was stated by the Nobel laureate and founder of orthomolecular medicine, Prof. Dr. Linus Pauling (1901 – 1994). His concept, which he developed in 1968, is based on the assumption that no human being lives in such a perfect environment, where he can get approximately 45 vital nutrients in the correct amount and proportion to each other in the organism.

Orthomolecular medicine uses only substances that are physiologically present in our body and is based on the concept given above – human body needs the vital nutrients essential to the impeccable functioning of all cells and organs, in the right amount and composition, in order to ensure optimal health protection. Nutrients or vital substances are vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and essential amino and fatty acids. In order to stay healthy and to protect the body from diseases, the need for these vital substances must be covered, as otherwise different metabolic functions will no longer run optimally or will run in an inadequate way. This in turn results in insufficient and faulty organ functions, which can lead over time to serious illnesses of all kinds. It has been scientifically proven that the so called civilization diseases and metabolic diseases can be often linked to a nutrient deficiency.

Needless to say, a healthy, vital diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is the first step in the application of orthomolecular medicine. By means of a healthy diet, we are already providing our body with a high level of vital substances that ensure smooth function of all organs and a strong immune system. Healthy diet is the first and most important step in taking care of your health.

However, healthy diet is no longer sufficient in today’s world, although from the point of view of conventional medicine, “healthy diet” should cover the natural need for vitamins and minerals. This is not the case with orthomolecular medicine, because one has to consider some of the changes that have occurred in the course of industrialization which took place in recent decades.

According to statistics, fruit and vegetables have shown a steady decline in vitamin and minerals over the past 20 years (up to 70%, depending on the type!).

Reasons for tihs are:

  • over-fertilized, leached and acidified soils, pesticides, spray poisons, polishing materials, harvest in immature condition, long storage, long transport routes, especially for tropical fruits 
  • Industrialization of food (e.g., rice, sugar, salt, white bread, etc.)

On the one hand, the “healthy diet” with fruits and vegetables from the supermarket (instead of self-cultivation) already creates a considerable deficit of micronutrients and additionally puts pressure on our bodies due to excessive pesticide residues that can be found in these foods. In addition, our consumption of vital substances has increased as a result of our often unfavourable lifestyle and eating habits (stress, hectic, anger, worry, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine, processed products, etc.).

The supplementation of vitamins and minerals as preventive health protection measure is generally recommended.

Application of orthomolecular medicine

Orthomolecular medicine can be used in a variety of conditions. It is both preventive and supportive for chronic and acute diseases.

These include, for example:

  • Increased need for nutrients (for example, during pregnancy) 
  • General nutritional deficiency 
  • Cardiovascular diseases 
  • Infections (for example, influenza infections) 
  • Arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries due to sedimentation) 
  • Rheumatism 
  • Metabolic diseases 
  • Skin diseases 
  • Diseases of the digestive system 
  • Strengthening the immune system 
  • Detoxification and discharge of heavy metals