Orthomolecular Medicine

Dr. Steger uses Naturopathic and Orthomolecular medicine in his overall approach to help all of his patients heal the body and mind.  Orthomolecular medicine aims to restore the optimum environment of the body by correcting imbalances or deficiencies based on one’s on individual biochemistry, and using substances natural to the body such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, sub atomic particles and fatty acids. Naturopathic medicine uses all the above and more. The key concept in orthomolecular medicine is that genetic factors affect not only the physical characteristics of individuals, but also their biochemical makeup. Biochemical pathways of the body have significant genetic variability and diseases such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer and depression are associated with specific biochemical abnormalities which are causal or contributing factors to those illnesses.

Orthomolecular medicine describes the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of substances which are natural to the body. It seeks to understand the bio-chemical individuality of a person, the current state of their immune system and the natural substances that will enhance and restore the vitality of their body. Traditional testing and symptom assessment can diagnose many conditions, and protocols developed within both traditional and alternative medicine can alleviate many of the symptoms. This one-size fits all approach has been the driving force of 20th century Allopathic medicine.  It works well for avoiding the disasters of acute symptoms, but often falls short of correcting the underlying conditions.  Allopathic medcine can help many issues like High blood pressure, High cholesterol,  avoid cardiac and renal failure, but they do not address the slow deterioration of the endothelial cells that keep the blood vessels flexible and help to maintain normal pressure. Orthomolecular medicine, through an understanding of the molecular chemistry of the body, and advanced state of the art testing, can determine, on an individual basis, what a body is lacking. With this understanding the proper amounts of natural substances, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, trace elements, and fatty acids can be used to help the immune system repair and restore the body to health. In cases where the disease process has caused irreversible damage, orthomolecular medicine can not only be used to halt or slow the progression of disease it can also be used to ameliorate debilitating symptoms without the additional side effects that may be caused by prescription drugs. The science of orthomolecular medicine will address any and all toxic conditions that prevent the immune system from functioning, and use the proper doses of natural substances to aid the body in detoxifying and eliminating these harmful substances.  The human cell knows all too well exactly what it needs to heal the body at any given moment. Only when the proper nutrition is available to the cell cannot it truly perform its job correctly.

The basics of good health always start at the cellular level. Health is cells, tissues, and organs without residual wastes which come from eating unhealthy foods for many years.  Health is self-maintaining and self-regulating through appropriate food and drink, balance between movement and rest, restoration through sleeping and waking, regeneration through respiration, heathy evacuation a proper relationship with nature and the environment, love of self, others and life force intelligence.  Unhealthy thought process will only result in negative energy which in itself will harm the entire frame work and cause rapid deterioration of the organs and mind.

We are born to live a long and healthy life, however most will die prematurely of disease caused by poor lifestyle habits and toxic accumulations. Toxins interfere with health by preventing the normal bodily functions of assimilation, circulation and elimination.  Most Americans are on an accelerated aging highway.  Aging is the premature depletion of matter through corrosion of cell and tissues, caused by acidic toxins. We can always improve upon our current level of health , our longevity and our quality of life through a lifestyle modification program using appropriate diet, nutritional supplements,  exercise, detoxification, and drainage.  This is truly the key to good health.

Yours in good health !

Dr. Jimmy Steger