The term ‘orthomolecular’ was coined by Nobelprice winner professor Linus Pauling. Orthos is derived from Greek and means ‘correct, straight or healthy’. Molecular refers to molecules. In other words, orthomolecular means as much as ‘getting the molecules right’ or making sure the molecules are healthy.
For me, orthomolecular medicine was the foundation from which I built with cPNI to come to a complete integrative way of healing. An orthomolecular practitioner has the goal to supply all these cells that make up a human being with proper nutrients, so they can function correctly (again).
Back to health
This isn’t as easy as it sounds. Through time we have gotten pretty far off course when it comes to the circumstances our body was originally designed for. We eat too much, too often and/or the wrong things. We move too little, not at all or the wrong way. We often have stressful lives and ingest toxins in all different shapes, forms and manners. And that has sometimes been going on for generations. It shouldn’t surprise us that we get ill that way. Often we do not even know where our complaints came from. Orthomolecular medicine can help you get back to health.
To be healthy we need the right nutrients. Our body has been built with these nutrients and uses them in a wide spectrum of processes. Nutrients are divided in macro-nutrients (like proteins, fatty acids and carbohydrates) and micro-nutrients (like vitamines, minerals and trace elements). Not only do we need these nutrients, we need them in the right ratios. The latter often proves to be a problem. Then there are anit-nutrients, substances that work against proper nutrition. In orthomolecular medicine getting our nutrition up to speed has major priority.
Without excercise there cannot be good health. Too much or the wrong kind of exercise also interferes with health, though. The right excercise in the right amount and intensity (which can differ from person to person) is an important part of orthomolecular therapy.
Not only the circumstances in which we live have changed dramatically and are clashing with the circumstances for which we were ‘designed’. Personal circumstaces can also cause health problems. Becoming aware of stress causing factors can prove to be an important part of an orthomolecular treatment.
Supplements and fytotherapeutics
The use of supplements and fytotherapy is never an aim as such, but often it is primarily necessary to break vicious cycles, solves deficiencies and reinstate the bodily balances. If we look at vitamine D, for instance, we can safely say that it is practically impossible for our body to produce suffient amounts itself in our current society, where being indoors has become the norm. The orthomolecular therapist will help you create a good foundation on which you can build your health.