(NaturalNews) 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."
Orthomolecular nutrition in the prevention, treatment of disease
Dr. Linus Pauling, the two-time Nobel Prize winner whose work with high-dose vitamin C has helped thousands overcome chronic disease, was a huge advocate of orthomolecular medicine. The father of molecular biology, Dr. Pauling understood that nutrition is the number one factor in disease formation, and mainly that a lack of vital nutrients leads to ill health. By taking in high doses of bioavailable nutrients, sick individuals can attain true healing at the molecular level.
"You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency," once stated Dr. Pauling.
Many mainstream physicians today are still in the dark about this truth, or are willfully ignorant of its validity. But it was perhaps even worse back in Dr. Pauling's day, when the medical profession and society at large were fully entrenched in the pharmaceutical approach to coping with disease -- today, many more physicians and lay people have an understanding about the vital role that nutrition plays in maintaining good health.
Stop counting calories and start identifying nutrients
Still, a true understanding of how everything we put into our bodies affects our entire physiology is lost on many people. The counting-calories approach to everyday living has completely blinded certain segments of society, which fail to recognize how human biology and its interaction with nutrition sets the stage for whether or not disease can take hold.
"This book is based on the science and art of healing with nutrition therapy," wrote one Amazon.com reviewer of the book. "Yes, while it can be argued that if you eat properly you don't need supplements; very few people have a perfect diet. [The author] believes that what we put in our mouth is what creates our health or lack of, including mental health."
Niacin, for instance, which is also known as vitamin B3, is highlighted in the book as being integral for cholesterol regulation, thyroid hormone production and brain function. The other B vitamins, along with vitamins A, C and D, are also mentioned, as are calcium, magnesium and zinc, all of which constitute the fundamentals of orthomolecular nutrition.
"This book is one of the best books on why you benefit from Vitamin C, E, the B's and niacin... that I have read," wrote another commenter. "I keep it on my desk, and refer to it frequently."