orthomolecular therapy

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An approach to the treatment of mental disorders based on the doctrine that every disorder can be alleviated with a specific chemical substance. The approach was developed by the Nobel prizewinning US chemist Linus (Carl) Pauling (1901–94). Also called megavitamin therapy, orthomolecular psychiatry, vitamin therapy. [From Greek orthos right + English molecular]

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