A reader in the business of Nutritional Anti-Aging Stress Relief, Martin Hodes, Boca Raton, Florida sent me a reprint of an article discussing some basic AIDS research from 1983! In it an article in American Health, May-June 1983 by Jeffrey Laurence, M.D. at Rockefeller University reviews his experience with AIDS. His research led him to investigate if anything would block the viruses suppression of the immune system. About his results with L-alanine, vitamin C and vitamin E he says
"put...these in high enough doses in a test tube and they block the suppressor factor so that cells have a normal immune response." (emphasis his). Dosage to attain this Laurence states "The vitamin C equivalent in man of the dose that works in the test tube is 10 to 20 grams a day". Then he adds "...far too toxic"!
Of course, as we well know, 10 to 20 grams per day is not an unreasonable dose for most anyone and anything but toxic! So where have the studies been to try this? Why hasn't everyone with HIV or AIDS been told to take large doses of C on the chance that it may help and certainly won't hurt? I don't have satisfactory answers to these questions, but you now have the information to make a decision yourself.
If you have AIDS or know someone you can refer, we want to help. Also, we need your experience with Vitamin C to educate others. Please contact us via the experiences form or directly via the e-mail link at the bottom of the page. Thank you.