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A Word about
Clinical Studies

 

Medicines require double-blind studies for peer review and FDA approval.  This process costs millions of dollars and takes years to complete.  No such testing takes place for vitamins.  The drug companies pay for these studies as a cost of doing business.  Vitamin research will never pay for itself in future profits.  This is not meant as a condemnation of drug companies.  It is just a fact of the marketplace.  Understanding this means we must rely on other means to form an educated opinion concerning nutritional approaches to health and disease.  Clinical trials are abundant.  Much of what I discuss here is based on trial results.  Also, it is my hope that this web site will be a forum for the much-maligned "anecdotal evidence".  If you read someone's experiences here, you may try C for yourself.  Since it is nontoxic, poses no threat and does not force you to abandon conventional treatments, that is just what you should do.

Additionally, when medical study results are published it is important to keep in mind that EVERYONE in the study is suffering from sub-clinical scurvy!




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"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."

- John Locke
(1632-1704, English Philosopher)


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Nutrition

Like most people in the U.S. during my adult life, I have had a mild interest in nutrition.  It is intuitively obvious that eating is important!  The popular media produce a constant flow of articles discussing various aspects of nutrition and its possible effects on our health.  Indeed, the "average American" diet has changed somewhat as a result of this long-term devotion to the topic - there is a definite interest in a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet (we will discuss this in the heart disease section).

 


Doctors 

While I am encouraged by the fact that these subjects are of interest, I am dismayed by the lack of basic understanding there is in nutrition generally.  I have had a number of "family" doctors over the years and not a single time has a single one of them even mentioned nutrition unless I brought it up!  And when I do (I won't stop) it becomes apparent that doctors in general know very little about nutrition.  As it turns out, the medical establishment does not study nutrition any more than the average person (probably less, since they are so busy keeping up with the medical literature).

The discoverer of vitamin C,

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate stated:

  • "All the same, I always had the feeling that not enough use was made of it [vitamin C] for supporting human health. The reasons are rather complex. The medical profession itself took a very narrow and wrong view. Lack of ascorbic acid caused scurvy, so if there was no scurvy there was no lack of ascorbic acid. Nothing could be clearer than this. The only trouble was that scurvy is not a first symptom of lack but a final collapse, a pre mortal syndrome, and there is a very wide gap between scurvy and full health. But nobody knows what full health is!"

 


My Awakening

In 1991 I was visiting a new local bookstore (I had a coupon).  I spotted Linus Pauling's book, How to Live Longer and Feel Better.  I had heard of Pauling and since living longer and feeling better sounded desirable, I bought the book.  I was captivated.  Pauling presents the case for Vitamin C supplementation so well and with so much evidence that this is the first book I now recommend. I found it amazing that something so important and so basic to our well-being is virtually unknown to the general public.

I have been taking about 14,000 -18,000mg of Vitamin C everyday (more if I feel sickness coming on) ever since.  I now have a large bookshelf devoted to health and nutrition.  I talk to anyone who will listen.  This is why I have started this web site.  To try to improve the level of knowledge about nutrition for as many people as possible so that they will make more informed decisions about their diet and health.

 


Why Vitamin C 

While it is somewhat of a disservice to discuss one nutrient exclusively since our body's chemistry requires a long list of nutrients working in unison, Vitamin C stands out due to its importance and almost universal shortage.  My own experience has convinced me of the importance of much larger quantities of Vitamin C than I was getting in my diet.  I have had only three colds since starting on my C regimen (1991). 

Vitamin C has been linked to longevity.  Read Epidemiology Shows That Vitamin C Helps Us Live Longer: An Interview With Dr. James E. Enstrom.
 

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