Orthomolecular medicine is the field of medicine that uses
high-dose vitamins to treat chronic diseases. It promotes improving health and treating
disease by using the optimum concentration of substances normally present in the body.
Increasing the intake of such nutrients to levels well above those usually associated with
preventing overt deficiency disease may have health benefits for some people. There is at
least preliminary evidence that orthomolecular remedies may be effective in treating AIDS;
brochial asthma; cancer; cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and stroke; lymphedema;
and mental and neurological disorders.
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