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In 1969 Linus Pauling coined the word "Orthomolecular" to denote the use of naturally occurring substances, particularly nutrients, in maintaining health and treating disease. At that time mega dose niacin therapy for schizophrenia and dietary treatment of "hypoglycemia were the major focus of the movement. Since then Orthomolecular psychiatry and medicine have emerged as a distinct and important specialty area in medical practice.
In the meantime, other medical movements have sprung up out of the public demand for Hope in the face of a worsening epidemic of cancer, heart attacks and mental illness and in response to the outcry against adverse effects of modern medical treatments and invasive diagnostic and intensive care procedures. Alternative therapies have come forward to fill the vacuum left by modern Medicine, which failed to provide effective treatments for the major epidemic diseases and in protest against Medicine's over-reliance on pharmacology, for the drug treatments seem to have fostered the epidemic of drug-dependence which is the major epidemic of our time. The public majority were ready for a new medicine based on nontoxic, non-invasive, "natural" medicines to go with the re-discovered "natural foods".
Doctors and Scientists after many years of research and clinical experience showed that given the lifestyles and environmental conditions of most people today, a person would be able to significantly improve their sense of well being if they knew the nutritional condition of their organs as well as the levels of minerals and pH in their body. They knew that understanding and addressing any deficiencies or excesses of specific minerals would lead to improved overall nutritional health, and that having a proper balance of minerals and a balanced pH level would allow specific organs to work more efficiently.
"Balance" in this case, means that from a cellular standpoint, the body has a "balance" of specific elements required for healthy, nutritional life.
The secret to proper function and vitality is nutritional balance-the proper levels of essential nutrients combined with the proper levels of other components in the diet.
Minerals are an integral part of that balance and of a healthy body. They promote the activity of enzymes and hormones and assure the healthy operation of most of the body's reactions. Minerals act as catalysts, helping healthy cellular reactions to occur. Without specific minerals functioning in balance and in sequence with other minerals, the nutrients will not be able to catalyze the reactions of the other components in diet and nutrition (i.e., enzymes, amino acids, proteins, peptides, hormones, oxidative reactions, metabolism, etc.). It creates a domino effect: If the first one, two or three dominos are missing, or not functioning properly, the entire chain cannot react completely.
Research studies have identified the specific minerals that function as a team (or sequence) in each of the organ territories. Organ functionality and organ nutritional health can be determined by knowing this sequencing. In the case of the heart, for example, sequencing identifies the ten specific nutrients (minerals) functioning within the heart and determines whether they are in "balance."
The goal is to have a balance in all dietary nutritional intakes (whether it is from the food a person eats or the supplements taken), together with a balance in the lifestyle you live. Often, a person cannot do anything about the toxins and contaminants in the environment, but they can do something about their nutrition. It may take great daily discipline, but the rewards will be in extra energy, a feeling of well-being, and the confidence for a longer, nutritionally healthy life.
Minerals are important - they are "windows" to the proper functioning of cells. Virtually every function of the human body is dependent on the presence of minerals. Minerals ensure that vitamins, proteins, hormones, amino acids, and enzymes are absorbed efficiently and quickly into the body. Organs rely on minerals to help cleanse, repair, and rejuvenate the body. They are necessary for good health, to resist disease, and to promote a long, healthy life. Minerals assist with oxygen transportation, blood clotting, the formation of blood and bone, and regulating muscle tone. They support the immune system and produce energy. All components must be functioning properly so that the entire chain can react completely and effectively.
There are 12 macro-minerals in the human body - Calcium, Copper, Chromium, Iron, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, and Zinc. Seven of those macro-minerals (Calcium, Chlorine, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Sulfur) are considered predominant minerals. All others, even though they are essential to life, are needed in only small amounts and are called trace minerals. For example, iron is considered a trace mineral because only a small amount of iron is needed for most people, but is critical for the transportation of oxygen in the body.
Minerals can only be supplied by food intake or supplementation. The body does not and cannot manufacture minerals (nor, for that matter, most vitamins).
Research studies show that many people are not meeting their mineral needs through diet alone. The belief that a person can get all the minerals, vitamins, and necessary nutrients from the diet is no longer true. The consumption of fast and refined foods, tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, along with the lack of exercise, can contribute to mineral depletion and deficiencies. A person simply cannot get full nutritional value from the food purchased today at supermarkets because of mineral-depleted soils and chemical additives and preservatives. Knowing about any potential imbalance is important for one's nutritional health.
In order for the body to function correctly, it makes sense that a person needs to maintain a proper chemical balance of minerals (as well as all other nutrients required by the body). Determining a healthy "balance" means that, from a cellular standpoint, there are no deficiencies and no excesses in dietary functions. If one mineral is out of balance, all mineral levels could be affected-starting a chain reaction.
The ratio of minerals, compared to one another, is also important. For example, scientific evidence shows that too much Zinc can deplete the body of its proper Copper level; excessive Calcium intake can affect Magnesium absorption, and so on. A proper balance of minerals in the body is critical.
The millions of cells in the human body enable numerous processes to occur, such as tissue renewal, resisting bacteria, nutrient assimilation, and elimination of waste. Blood cells carry oxygen and the fundamental elements necessary for life.