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The medical profession does not put much value on any specific individual's personal experience with some treatment as scientific.  While it is true that controlled studies remove individual anomalies and give a more reliable view of the normal or general, it is ironic that anecdotal evidence is scoffed at while treating individuals is what medicine is all about!

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In Pauling's book, How to Live Longer and Feel Better, he quotes Joshua Rabach's personal experience with vitamin C and gum health.  I reprint that here:

    I was introduced to vitamin C in 1966 by a dentist-not my regular dentist, but a new man whom I had consulted in desperation.  The cause of my desperation was $900 (remember this was 1966, Ed.), the fee a periodontist wanted to get my gums in "better" shape...The periodontistís prognosis was really grim.  Bad enough that the fee would be $900; worse, he couldnít promise that his work would keep me from loosing my teeth prematurely...I saw the second dentist-now "my" dentist-a week later.  After poking in my mouth and asking many questions, he agreed that my gums were receding and the problem shouldn't be ignored.  He did not agree that periodontal work was necessary "for the time being."  He prescribed a course of treatment as follows:  I was to have my teeth cleaned then and every three months thereafter; I was to brush my teeth and massage my gums as instructed; morning and evening I was to take one of the white tablets he gave me.

    Six months passed before I learned that the white tablets were vitamin C (500mg) and that, in certain kinds of gum disease, my dentist employs vitamin C therapy before other, more radical, kinds of treatment....That was six years ago.  I still have all my teeth, and my gums are healthy."

Submitted by Rusty Hoge

April 25, 1996

About the time I started taking vitamin C (seven years ago, now) I went to the dentist for a checkup.  During the cleaning procedure, the hygienist stuck that needle-looking instrument into my gums around my teeth and recorded the results.  [The cuff of gum that surrounds the tooth is called the sulcus.  The sulcus is supposed to hold high and tight against the tooth.  When our gums are not in perfect health, gaps occur as the sulcus recedes, gets inflamed and sensitive.  The hygienist measures these gaps in millimeters.  Measurements of one or two millimeters is desirable, three borderline, and fiveís and higher are cause for concern.]  I had many three's and even a couple five's.  The hygienist told me that the doctor may want me to see a periodontist.  The dentist did not bring this up and mum was the word from me!

A year or so later, during my cleaning, the hygienist remarked that I now had no measurements over three, a tremendous improvement over my last visit.  She asked if I was following the suggested flossing campaign.  I told her that I was not, but that during the past year or so, I had been taking fifteen grams of vitamin C a day.  She acknowledged that vitamin C was important for dental health, but didnít seem to think supplementation was of particular value!

Submitted by: Rivratkc@aol.com

After an extremely traumatic year I developed a severe case of advanced gum disease despite routine dental care.  I was advised that surgery was prescribed.  I requested a reprieve because I had recently read an article regarding the use of Vitamin C in such cases.  I took

500mg. orally every day.  Visit in 3 mos. showed great improvement, 2 years later after continuing with the same dose and no surgery.  Suggest more research in this regard.

 

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