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Medical Definition of Orthomolecular medicine

Orthomolecular medicine:1. A term coined by the chemist Linus Pauling in a paper published in the journal Science in 1968. A key concept in Orthomolecular Medicine is that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also to their biochemical milieu. Biochemical pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as atherosclerosis, cancer, schizophrenia or depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors of the illness. The aim is to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on individual biochemistry, using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements and fatty acids.

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