THE ORTHO-M PRINCIPLE
The Right Molecules for Living Well
People forget about the molecules of life. We take our chemistry
for granted until we get sick. Then we hope for a quick fix by using
prescription molecules; there are thousands of life-saving medications. We
tend to forget that over millennia of evolution, nature adapted the human body
to use essential molecules, taken as nutrients.
In the 1950’s,
psychiatrist Dr. Abram Hoffer and his colleagues wondered how schizophrenics
could normalize their brain function. Dr. Hoffer and Dr. Osmond researched the
biochemistry of schizophrenia, developed an adrenochrome hypothesis and
proposed a restorative treatment using an optimum dose of natural molecules.
To test their theory, the doctors did the first double blind experiments in
psychiatry, using vitamins B3 (niacin) and C (ascorbic acid). Even difficult
patients recovered and went back to work!
remained skeptical and their patients stayed at home. For over 50 years, Dr.
Hoffer continued his life’s work - helping thousands of patients live well! He
developed the ORTHO-M principle of orthomolecular medicine by applying the
life science of biochemistry to the art of psychiatry. He was fascinated to
learn that vitamins, trace minerals, amino acids, energy and enzyme co-factors
can treat a range of illnesses which involve biochemical imbalances.
Dr. Hoffer wrote Vitamin B3 and Schizophrenia to explain his
research methods and share clinical success stories. He treated schizophrenics
with daily divided doses: 3,000 mg of vitamin B3 with 3,000 mg. of vitamin C.
Many recovered. The book Finding
Care for Depression - Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders has a chapter
by Dr. Hoffer which explains that the lethal dose of vitamin B3 would be
300,000 mg. There is no lethal dose for vitamin C.
Dr. Hoffer does not
claim to have all the answers for schizophrenia, blue moods like depression,
anxiety, bipolar manic-depression, attention deficits or autistic spectrum
disorders. When his patients get sick, Dr. Abram Hoffer encourages them to
take therapeutic molecules. He tailors individual regimens of vital amines
with other molecules to moderate their symptoms. His expert knowledge and
clinical experience helps many patients recover and live well. For reasons of
biochemical individuality, each patient responds best to a customized regimen:
different supplements for different individuals, depending on their diagnosis,
history, medical condition and genetics.
Since vitamins are part of a
nutritious diet, few psychiatrists prescribe vital amines. Family doctors know
about supplements because they routinely treat biochemical disorders like
diabetes. Type 1 diabetics can maintain normal blood sugar levels as long as
they get a daily dose of insulin, eat low-sugar diets and exercise regularly.
Diabetics use the principle of restorative biochemistry by taking insulin
supplements to keep well.
In his practice as an orthomolecular
psychiatrist, Dr. Hoffer does not object to psychiatric medications. He knows
how to prescribe low doses of drugs along with optimal supplement regimens. He
helps patients restore normal brain function and live well. His patients have
fewer problems with negative side effects than patients who take higher doses
of powerful medications.
In May 2001, Dr. Hoffer received a standing
ovation from 300 people attending a fund raiser for the Canadian Schizophrenia
Foundation, in Toronto. He won an award of excellence for helping patients
restore their destinies. FOR•OM Friends of Restorative Orthomolecular Medicine
may not understand restorative biochemistry as well as Abram Hoffer, but they
heard the proof that his ORTHO-M principle works when many happy families
clapped to show their appreciation. Well done Dr. Hoffer!
by R Sealey,
author of Finding Care
for Depression - Mental Episodes & Brain Disorders
FOROM : Friends of Restorative Orthomolecular Medicine (a network of
friends: patients, survivors, consumers, family and caregivers - people who
want to live well with depression, bipolar, anxiety, schizophrenia, autistic
and attention deficit disorders)
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