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O.M.D. Oriental Medicine Doctor
Obesity overweight to the point where serious health problems due to excess weight are likely to result. Obesity is determined by a Body Mass Index (BMI), defined as your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared (BMI = kg/m2), of 30 or above.
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacity. The higher the ORAC value, the higher the antioxidant properties.
Orthomolecular Medicine (orthomolecular nutritional medicine, orthomolecular therapy) - approach to therapy whose centerpiece is megavitamin therapy. Orthomolecular medicine encompasses hair analysis, orthomolecular nutrition (a form of megavitamin therapy), and orthomolecular psychiatry. Linus Carl Pauling, Ph.D. (1901-1994), coined the word "orthomolecular." The prefix "ortho-" means "straight," and the implicit meaning of "orthomolecular" is "to straighten (correct) concentrations of specific molecules." The primary principle of orthomolecular medicine is that nutrition is the foremost consideration in diagnosis and treatment. Its purported focus is "normalizing" the "balance".
Osteopathic Medicine a system of therapy that emphasizes normal body mechanics and manipulation to correct faulty body structures. Osteopathic physicians provide comprehensive medical care.
Osteoporosis condition in which there is improper mineralization of bones causing the bones to be weak and easily fractured.
Otitis Media middle ear infection.
Oxidative Therapy supplies oxygen to the body for its potential therapeutic benefit. The two most widely known types of oxidative therapy are hydrogen peroxide therapy and ozone therapy.
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