The human body is rebuilt daily with specific materials. If these are not received, the body breaks down. At this disease junction, many will reach for a prescription. These do have merit and are at times needed, however, they contain no building material for the body.
Orthomolecular medicine is the condition specific application of individual nutrients to assist the body with disease reversal.
Reflective of this school of thought are the statements below which are historically attributed to these noted authors.
If we could give the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
Dr. Hippocrates of Cos, Physician 460BC-380BC The Father of Medicine, Namesake of the Hippocratic Oath (A code of ethics for doctors, which is still used in many medical schools today). Influencer of many of the first recorded medical manuscripts, including anatomy, clinical subjects, diseases of women and children, prognosis, surgery and medical ethics.
No disease that can be treated by diet, should be treated any other way.
Rabbi, Dr. Moshe ben Maimon, Physician 1135 - 1204 Doctor to the Grand Vizier Alfadhil, and Sultan Saladin of Egypt.
Adequate food is the cradle of normal resistance, the playground of normal immunity, the workshop of good health and the laboratory of long life.
Dr. Charles Horace Mayo, MD 1865 - 1939 Co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota and the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Graduate School, University of Minnesota.
The work of the doctor will, in the future, be ever more that of an educator, and ever less that of a man who treats ailments.
Lord Thomas Jeeves Horder, MD 1871 - 1955 Physician to King Edward VIII, King George VI, the Prince of Wales, and Extra Physician to HM the Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Mr X has a lack of Vitamin C and contracts a cold. The cold leads to pneumonia. Mr X dies and his body is taken to the mortuary, not with the diagnosis "lack of Vitamin C", but with the diagnosis "pneumonia". This does not matter for him anymore, but matters for the rest of mankind, which is mislead in its thinking and judgement about vitamins.
Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, PhD 1893 - 1986 Nobel Laureate for the discovery of Vitamin C.
The patient should get large doses of Vitamin C in all pathological conditions, while the physician ponders the diagnosis.
Dr. Fred R. Klenner, MD 1907 - 1984 Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Biology, Doctorate Degree in Physiology.
For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.
Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, PhD. MD 1908 -1988 Chair - Pharmacology Department, Emory University Princeton University Brain-Bio Center, One of the originators of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Founder, Pfeiffer Treatment Center
Ortho means right - the right molecules in the right amounts. Orthomolecular medicine is the use of the right molecules or "orthomolecular substances" that are normally present in the human body, in the amounts that lead to the best of health and the greatest decrease in disease. It is the most effective prevention in the treatment of disease.
Dr. Linus Pauling, PhD, 1901 - 1994 Two-time Nobel Laureate.
Proper eating of all types of foods does more to correct the problems than therapy with medication.
Dr. Lendon Smith, MD 1921 - 2001 Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Oregon Health Sciences University - Portland, Oregon.
In the 1950's the Schute brothers said Vitamin E worked against heart disease and cerebrovascular disease. They were greeted with laughter. A couple of years ago, The Harvard School of Public Health showed that just 100 IU of Vitamin E per day decreased the death rate by 40%. How many Americans would have been saved in the intervening 35 years had Harvard taken a responsible position and said, "We are skeptical of these claims but let's look at them"? But they wouldn't do that, it didn't fit their paradigm. So Vitamin E was totally destroyed by the establishment. Think of the cost of those decisions.
Dr. Linus Pauling, PhD 1901 - 1994 Two time Nobel Laureate, speaking about Dr. Wilfrid Shute, MD and Dr. Evan Shute, MD.
I have learned in my own practice that certain disorders which on the surface appear to be allergies, can be treated successfuly with nutrition.
In such situations, the aim of orthomolecular pediatrics is to raise the child's resistance to all forms of stress - heat, cold, anger, viruses, bacteria and pollutants - through improvement of the defense mechanisms of the body.
Certainly, building up the body nutritionally is one of the most significant ways to deal with the stresses of life.
Dr. Hugh Powers, MD Author - Food Power: Nutrition and Your Child's Behavior
Orthomolecular treatment does not lend itself to rapid drug-like control of symptoms, but, patients get well to a degree not seen by tranquilizer therapists who believe orthomolecular therapists are prone to exaggeration. Those who've see the results are astonished.
Dr. Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD 1917 - 2009 Founder and Editor - Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Director of Psychiatric Research - Saskatchewan Department of Public Health, Faculty - College of Medicine - University of Saskatchewan, Doctorate of Biochemistry, Masters Degree in Agricultural chemistry, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with "Great Distinction".
Today were moving away from being completely focused on preventing disease and toward looking at what it takes to achieve and maintain wellness.. I think that patient care will improve enormously.
Dr. Alfred P. Fishman, MD Professor of Medicine Emeritus - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
One of the great myths about natural medicines is that they are not scientific. The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses, there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery.
Dr. Michael T. Murray, ND Faculty and Board of Trustees Member - Bastyr University - Seattle, Washington, Director of Product Development - Natural Factors, Author of 30 health - related books which have sold over 2 million copies.
If you want to produce coronary artery disease in monkeys, all you have to do is feed them an average hospital diet.
It only takes two months of a healthy lifestyle to reverse heart disease. Cardiologists call me up and ask, "What did you do?"
Why do I take supplements? It's a compromise. I eat out all too often and seldom manage to work in the eight to nine cups of green vegetables a day that would provide me with the nutrients I need.
Dr. William Castelli, MD Director (30 years) - Framingham Heart Study, Medical Director - Framingham Cardiovascular Center - Framingham, Massachusetts
I take a multivitamin because of evidence that a sizeable proportion of the U.S. population is not getting enough folate, Vitamin B-6 or Vitamin A in their diets. The dosage is safe, the cost is minimal, so why not cover the bases? The amounts that seem to be protective in those studies are not achievable by diet. You need supplements.
Dr. Walter Willett, MD, PhD Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition - Harvard University School of Public Health - Boston, Massachusetts.
I only started taking these antioxidants in the last year after my professional research into artherosclerosis and diabetes made me begin to recognize that oxidation in the cells is a major problem. The doses were based on my own research and a review of the literature. The evidence was so persuasive that I changed my thinking about supplements.
Dr. James W. Anderson, MD Chief, Metabolic - Endocrine Section - Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition - University of Kentucky at Lexington.
I've been taking calcium supplements for about 10 years, and since I have access to bone-density testing, I know my bone density is excellent. In fact, it's above average for a 20-year old woman.. and I'm postmenopausal.
Dr. Sydney Bonnick, MD Osteoporosis Services - Cooper Clinic - Dallas, Texas.
Amazingly, Vitamin C has actually already been documented in the medical literature to have readily and consistently cured both acute polio and acute hepatitis, two viral diseases still considered by modern medicine to be incurable.
Dr. Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD Associate Professor - Capital University of Integrative Medicine - Washington, DC, University of Denver College of Law, Tulane University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University - Biology.
What is going on in the mind can be influenced by the nutrients and chemicals going into it. You can't get anywhere with a patient with psychiatric symptomatology if their brain is hungry, starved, or poisoned.
Professor Ian Brighthope, M.D., M.B.B.S., D.Ag.Sci, FACNEM, FACHM President of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine; which he held for 25 years, past chairman of the Australian College of Herbal Medicine, and a Founding Director of the Swinburne Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
How effective has your treatment been?
Disease can be cured by the proper use of correct foods.
Dr. Henry G. Bieler, MD 1894 - 1975 Author of Food Is Your Best Medicine.