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Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular Medicine –What happened to all the doctor’s that made house calls and really cared ?

Not many Americans have heard of orthomolecular medicine. But we've all heard about the problems that modern medicine has. What used to be a medical establishment filled with doctors that made house calls, understood the value of traditional wisdom, and worked with each individual in their own best interests has been transformed.

Now, profit-driven pharmaceutical companies ply doctors with gifts to encourage them to write prescriptions for drugs that aren't adequately tested or drugs with an array of health compromising side effects wherein more drugs are needed to cope with the side effects; resident doctors work 36 hour shift yet never see any patient for more than seven minutes; and the best interests of the patient are suborned to the financial interests of the hospital or medical practice they are visiting.

No longer are patient's problems looked at from the perspective of healing -- in fact, the word healing is no longer a part of the modern medical lexicon. It's been replaced by treating, implying from the most basic level that problems are permanent, but symptoms can be quashed with the right drugs. No one claims to be able to heal anyone anymore.

Except, that is, alternative medical practitioners -- chief among them, practitioners of orthomolecular and Integrative medicine.

What is Orthomolecular Medicine?

Orthomolecular medicine is based on a very simple notion: garbage in, garbage out. It's fundamental precept is that the human body evolved to be healthy and functional, and if we give it the ingredients it needs to correct itself, it will.  By discerning what ingredients are missing through a combination of examining symptoms and looking at behavior, orthomolecular medicine generates a list of things to cut back on, things to avoid entirely, and things to add -- sometimes in large quantity -- to correct your body's fundamental malfunction.

The cutbacks are usually dietary, and the additions can be dietary or in the form of targeted nutraceuticals -- megadoses of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, cofactors, and other nutrients and supplementary food items. These targeted nutraceuticals put your body in a position to heal itself of a myriad of disease both minor -- such as food allergies, constipation, and asthma -- and major, such as heart disease and chronic depression.

The medical establishment will tell you to your face that there is no cure for asthma, and that the best thing you can do for depression is to take Prozac for the rest of your life.  Orthomolecular medics know better.   If you're concerned that mainstream medicine just isn’t on the right path, know that contemporary medicine and orthomolecular medics and healers can give you answers and a path for healing rather than just a lifetime diagnosis.

In Wellness,
Dr. Rashel
Intergrative Medicine-For a Healthier, Longer Life