By PF Louis(NaturalNews) Orthomolecular medicine uses high doses of supplements instead of pharmaceutical drugs as its medicine. Originally, this model was used for psychiatric purposes.During the 1950s, the world renowned and Nobel prize winning biochemist, Linus Pauling, had been looking into the molecular events around disease. The word orthomolecular expressed the notion of "the right molecules in the right concentration."A couple of psychiatrists, Abram Hoffer and Humphry Osmond, began successfully treating schizophrenics with mega-doses of niacin or vitamin B3. Thus the recognition of balancing molecular nutrients in the brain was the origin of molecular psychiatry, which also led to orthomolecular medicine for physical ailments.