NUTRITION: MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE
The subject of nutrition is massively wide and deep. There is so much to knowand so many seemingly contradictory theories on the subject of nutrition andits relationship with human physiology and mental function. Most people,even (or perhaps especially) when partly informed by means of articles on thesubject in magazines, etc., find they are confused. The purpose of this site is toprovide a clear explanation of the basic principles of nutrition and its effectupon your health.
2500 years ago, Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine", said to his students, "Letthy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food". Moses Maimonides, thegreat 12th century physician, repeated the Hippocratic statement when he said, "Noillness which can be treated by diet should be treated by any other means". Inessence, Hippocrates and Maimonides were insisting that their students practice
.This type of medical therapy is being used by doctors today, but only by aminority. It is more likely to be applied by nutritionists who have studied thespecialist subject of nutrition in depth. There is little training in nutrition at medicalschools and unless a doctor has pursued the study of nutrition out of choice, he orshe is unlikely to be sufficiently informed to advise about optimum nutrition.In 1968 one of the great minds of this century, twice Nobel prize winner LinusPauling, coined the term
"Orthomolecular" is, literally,"pertaining to the right molecule". Pauling proposed that by giving the body theright molecules (optimum nutrition) most disease would be eradicated. This Website is based on Pauling's premise that
"Optimum nutrition is the medicine of thefuture".
Ortho vs. Toxic Medicine
Orthomolecular doctors and nutritionists believe that the treatment of infectiousand degenerative diseases should be a matter of varying the concentration of "rightmolecules" (i.e. vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes,hormones, etc.) which are present in the body. The optimum nutritional micro-environment of every cell in the body is vital to achieve or restore optimal health;deficiencies in this environment cause the body to be more susceptible to diseaseand degeneration.The list of necessary nutrients is the same for every human being, but the relativeamounts needed by each individual are as distinctly different as the shape of