Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What is Orthomolecular Oncology?

Orthomolecular medicine involves the treatment of disease with natural substances, endemic to the body, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other biological response modifiers. These are often used in enormous doses, to a drug-like intensity. But as they are not drugs, toxicity is largely avoided, and the body can respond in a more positive way. (A classic example of orthomolecular medicine is the treatment of diabetes with insulin). The practice of orthomolecular oncology was started over 25 years ago by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr Abram Hoffer. Inspired by some encouraging results in his work with nutrition in schizophrenia, and wanting to do more than just give spiritual counsel to his terminal cancer patients, he began to prescribe large doses of vitamins and minerals for them. To his surprise, these terminal cancer patients lived four times as long as expected, and a small percentage were cured.(1) In a Scottish study - the Vale of Leven Study, - inspired by Dr Pauling, similar results were produced with just 10 grams of oral vitamin C daily, after all conventional treatment had been abandoned. In this study 10% of terminal patients were actually cured.(2) Continue Reading >>

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