Orthomolecular Medicine was a termed coined by Linus Pauling, winner of two Nobel prizes. Orthomolecular Medicine is basically using substances naturally occurring in the body (such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, (co)enzymes, amino acids, etc.) in pharmacological large doses. The belief is by supplying the body with large amounts of nutrients, one can enhance healing or cure a wide range of diseases. Not to forget simply optimizing ones health
Origins of Orthomolecular Medicine
Orthomolecular Medicine could be said to have started back in 1757 when Dr. Lind realized the connection of lack of Vitamin C, caused sailors to come down with scurvy and attendant weak bones changes, bleeding skin, weakness and cloudy thoughts. Once oranges were introduced to the sailor’s diet all of this went away within a few days or weeks Thus, disease was proven to be treated with Vitamins contained in the citrus fruits.
Degenerative Disease and Orthomolecular Medicine
Possibly provide some protection against degenerative disease, accelerated ageing, cancer, and for maintaining or acquiring optimum health. Also, diets can be tailored to have an anti-inflammatory effect Everything from blueberries, almonds and many other natural substances and their concentrates in juices, vitamin pills and the like may act to prevent some cancers, it’s just too complicated to know and proof scientifically at this point. However, one general mechanism may be to prevent or capture free radicals by these anti-oxidants. Thus preventing mutations to the DNA , RNA and other cell replications systems. Yet there is so much to learn still. Cancer causes and prevention cannot be isolated to one single cause or lack of a nutrient. The body and its processes work in an orchestra of events and processes. We at Infinity Life Center seek to optimize overall health and this includes the work espoused by Orthomolecular medicine advocates.
Clinical nutrition refers to both the practice of using food to maintain health and the therapeutic use of food to treat illness. You are what you eat.
The profession of clinical nutrition is well developed as traditional clinical nutrition can be used to educate and enhance patient’s health. Some basics such as proper protein intake, fresh fruits and vegetable are stables within clinical nutritionist and dieticians curriculum. . These basics form the broader ground work, before advanced therapies geared at specific disease states and preventive interventions are indicated.
It is noted in some of the scientific research that many medical conditions can be treated with food and nutritional supplements as they can by other means, with fewer complications and side effects. We do not believe some of the deadlier diseases such as cancers can be treated with clinical nutrition alone. However, certainly such illness as diabetes can be treated by a nutritional approach first. Nutritional therapies serve many times supportive or complimentary role to traditional treatments with predictable results as in the case of cancer.
Many fields come together at Infinity Life Center
In the above example of scurvy treated with simply eating oranges or limes which brings in the Vitamin C to reverse the disease state. Orthomolecular medicine seeks to bring this to the next level in advanced nutritional therapeutics. All of this is in line with our philosophy of optimizing your health and well-being at Infinity Life Center by drawing from many fields.