CSOM Canadian Society For Orthomolecular Medicine

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While classic deficiency diseases were very uncommon in industrialized countries, there were a large number of individuals suffering from insufficiency of nutrients, which were contributing to ill health. On July 26, the Institute was renamed the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine (LPISM). The Research Advisory Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health reviewed pertinent scientific data through 1979 and agreed that megavitamin therapy was ineffective and could be harmful.

Undaunted, Pauling continued to push his interests in developing orthomolecular medicine at Stanford and, in May 1973, proposed that the university consider building a new laboratory dedicated to the topic. In the years that followed, Pauling published many research papers and books detailing his findings in the field of orthomolecular medicine until his death in 1994.

1995 Dr. Riordan and colleagues publish their protocol for intravenous vitamin C treatment of cancer. Together, the duo would tackle Pauling's latest research quest: an exploration of orthomolecular medicine. Within orthomolecular medicine, the body is stimulated to heal itself by means of native substances, vitamins, minerals and other natural substances.

People benefit from dietary supplements because of genetic physiological and biochemical variation, exposure to environmental contaminants, free radical damage from normal metabolism, exposure to ultraviolet light or ozone, and specific medical conditions.

And with it, for the first time since 1997, the Linus Pauling Institute will enter into a fresh academic calendar without the leadership of its now emeritus director, OSU Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dr. Balz Frei. Orthomolecular medicine restores the body to optimum health by correcting deficiencies and imbalances in an individual's biochemistry.

Founded in 1973 as the Institute for Orthomolecular Medicine, and renamed the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine a year later, the Institute struggled for much of its history in California, hamstrung in part by the intense controversy that it's founder and namesake generated through his bold proclamations about vitamin C.

Pauling wanted to help people with his research on vitamin C, and in 1974 he opened a small outpatient clinic which was run by John Francis Frank" Catchpool, a doctor whom Pauling had met in 1959 while visiting Albert Schweitzer's medical hospital in Africa Unlike Schweitzer's venture, the Institute's clinic was immediately beset with major problems - liability was too high and funding was too low.

Megavitamin and megamineral therapy in childhood Canadian Medical Association Journal 143:1009­1013, 1990, reaffirmed April 2000 and March 2004. Orthomolecular medicine, as conceptualized by Pauling and established through the pioneering leadership of Abram Hoffer, aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting molecular imbalances on the basis of individual biochemistry.

Now called megavitamin therapy, this is the use of large doses of vitamins to improve physical and mental health. For example, many orthomolecular practitioners believe that large doses of vitamin E can prevent or even treat cardiovascular disease. Around this time, Pauling also began broadening his theory of orthomolecular medicine to include the whole body, not just the mind.

With Dr. Slagle's book as a professional guide, I slowly tested the B vitamins 1, 2, 5, 6 and 12, vitamin D and the antioxidant vitamins C and E. Guided by other books and two doctors, I am taking mitochondrial supplements l-carnitine with ribose and co-enzyme Q-10 and the trace minerals chromium and selenium.