Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine


"Founded on the science of molecular biochemistry, orthomolecular medicine establishes that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also their biochemical environment."

The metabolic 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.

Orthomolecular medicine, as conceptualized by double-Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, aims to restore the
optimum environment of the body by correcting molecular imbalances on the basis of individual biochemistry.
The term "orthomolecular" meaning "correct molecule" was first used by Linus Pauling in his seminal article,
Orthomolecular Psychiatry, published in the journal Science in 1968.

The purpose of the Society is to further the advancement of orthomolecular medicine throughout Canada,
to raise awareness of this ethical, cost effective practice of health care and to unite those dedicated to the
practice of orthomolecular medicine.