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On the Orthomolecular Environment of the Mind: Orthomolecular Theory
LINUS PAULING
Am J Psychiatry 1974;131:1251-1257.
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Director, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, 2700 Sand Hill Rd., Menlo Park, Calif. 94025

1974, The American Psychiatric Association

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The author defines orthomolecular psychiatry as the achievement and preservation of good mental health by the provision of the optimum molecular environment for the mind, especially the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human body, such as the vitamins. He states that there is sound evidence for the theory that increased intake of such vitamins as ascorbic acid, niacin, pyridoxine, and cyanocobalamin is useful in treating schizophrenia. The negative conclusions of APA Task Force Report 7, Megavitamin and Orthomolecular Therapy in Psychiatry, he says, result not only from faulty arguments and from a bias against megavitamin therapy but also from a failure to deal fully with orthomolecular therapy in psychiatry. Three psychiatrists comment on Dr. Pauling's presentation.

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