Orthomolecules are primary in medical diagnosis and treatment. 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 cancer, atherosclerosis, schizophrenia and depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors.
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.
The purpose of the Society is to further the advancement of orthomolecular medicine, to raise awareness of this ethical, cost effective practice of health care and to unite those dedicated to the practice of orthomolecular medicine.