Orthomolecular therapy can help people, and clearly animals as well, to stay healthy and energetic, and it can be a support in the treatment of disorders. Chronic patients especially benefit from this type of therapy. In orthomolecular therapy the emphasis is on nutrition and supplements, which are prescribed as medicine. We also consider the patient’s living conditions. Advice on exercise and behaviour is just as important as advice on nutrition, and often has an even greater impact on the recovery process than feeding.
This approach can be successful for the treatment of a wide range of disorders such as gastrointestinal complaints, itching and skin complaints, overweight and joint problems and diabetes. It can also be a good approach for complaints in the mouth cavity like dental tartar, diseased gums or bad breath. But orthomolecular therapy can also be a good support for arthrosis, problems with an overactive immune system like atopy, and certain allergies.
Bas Peeters is one of the few veterinary surgeons to have trained as an orthomolecular therapist and to use this discipline in their practice. He is currently studying for a qualification in human psychoneuroimmunology. This science deals with the links between our immune system, our emotions and our behaviour. It is fascinating to translate this approach for application in our veterinary practice, using it as an aid in medical problems with animals. Thus far there is no orthomolecular training on offer specifically for vets. But interest is growing.
Bas Peeters has been actively interested in healthy nutrition for people and animals for 35 years. He takes part in endurance sports and is fascinated by the effects of movement on the behaviour and health of people and animals. He has amassed a good deal of expertise and insight into keeping domestic animals healthy with the right feeding and the necessary complements, advice on exercise and behaviour. That is feasible even in a big city like Amsterdam.