By Ethan A. Huff
A disease is not something you “catch,” as is popularly believed, but rather something you develop as a result of nutrient deficiency. This is the philosophy behind orthomolecular medicine, or the application of high-dose nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease, as well as the subject of a powerful book entitled Putting It All Together: The New Orthomolecular Nutrition.
Written by Dr. Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., and Morton Walker, D.P.M., Putting It All Together provides vast insight into how a lack of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, probiotics and many other nutrients is the basis behind virtually every known physical and mental illness. And the only way to correct these problems, as explained by the book, is to provide the body with these nutrients in therapeutic doses, which are typically far higher than official government dietary recommendations.
“The orthomolecular concept is a simple one, using optimal nutrition to combat, heal and prevent physical and mental illness,” reads a summary of the book’s contents. “Orthomolecular nutrition is based on diets and food supplements of essential vitamins and minerals specifically selected to solve individual problems and needs. Its overall aim is promoting optimal health and longevity for everyone.”