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Orthomolecular medicine

An approach to therapy whose centerpiece is megavitamin therapy. Orthomolecular medicine encompasses hair analysis, orthomolecular nutrition (a form of megavitamin therapy), and orthomolecular psychiatry. Linus Carl Pauling, Ph.D. (1901-1994), coined the word “orthomolecular.” The prefix “ortho-“ means “straight,” and the implicit meaning of “orthomolecular” is “to straighten (correct) concentrations of specific molecules.” The primary principle of orthomolecular medicine is that nutrition is the foremost consideration in diagnosis and treatment. Its purported focus is “normalizing” the “balance” of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and “similar” substances in the body.
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