The benefits of Vitamin C: The body uses it in the manufacture of collagen for skin; one of the building blocks needed by the body to make tendons, ligaments, and bone; used to make Norepinephrine a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are needed for balanced brain functions. In depression and other mental imbalances, there is almost always a deficiency of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is important to normal blood cholesterol and for proper fat metabolism. Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and protects the body from free radicals. It is needed by most of the functions of the body.
This is just the beginning of the important role of Vitamin C. Its use in treating serious disease and illness is the advanced story of Vitamin C and the controversy that surrounds its use.
The Men Behind the Research Showing That Vitamin C Works Against Disease: Men who know Vitamin C works are well respected physicians and researchers. They have a page of credentials behind their reputations. This esteemed list includes the late Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner, Linus Pauling, M.D., Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. , Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D. Lendon H. Smith, M.D. just to name a few.
The late Dr. Lendon Smith practiced pediatric medicine in Portland, Oregon for many years before his retirement. He is the author of many books and was considered an expert in pediatrics for many years. He was professor of Clinical Pediatrics of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland.
Dr. Frederick Robert Klenner, B.S., M.S., M.D., F.C.C.P., F.A.A.F.P. was a physician of great respect. His specialty was diseases of the chest. He became interested in the use of Vitamin C in disease. He was the forerunner to Dr. Linus Pauling, Irwin Stone and others later. He wrote 27 scientific papers on the use of Vitamin C therapy before his death in 1984. I am sure none of his research reached newspaper headlines. Most of alternative medicine scientific research is buried by the media, the AMA and the press.
Dr. Robert F. Cathcart 111 is a renowned inventor and orthopedic surgeon. He is the inventor of the hip-ball joint and other surgical devices. He has treated over 20,000 patients with Vitamin C. You can find out more about him at http://www.orthomed.com/ and at http://orthomolecular.org/hof/2008/cathcart.html . He is a physician, researcher and a forerunner in alternative medicine research. Read his articles and research his website to become educated.
Dr. Benjamin Feingold, M.D., famous physician against food additives and chemicals in our diets and supporter of Vitamin C treatment. He is famous in the natural treatment of allergies, ADD, and ADHD.
The Serious Bias Behind Negative Vitamin C Research: The doctors listed above are experts in their fields. These physicians have all successfully treated various conditions and diseases with Vitamin C for many years. Main stream medicine lambaste the use of Vitamin C in the treatment of many diseases. They choose to push drugs that destroy the liver and kidneys making the pharmaceutical companies millions of dollars on your health. They are quick to tell you about the current drug to treat your disorder but forget to inform you of the long term affects on organs and tissues. Yet they will tell you not to try alternative medicine.
The doctors and pharmaceutical companies are both making money by your purchase of drugs. That is why there are negative articles against Vitamin C and herbal medicine. Most of the research against Vitamin C was paid for by the pharmaceutical companies that want you to buy their drugs. Research is only valid when conducted to give unbiased evidence. How can that research project be unbiased when funded by the pharmaceutical companies who don’t want you to know that Vitamin C treatment works? By weighting certain factors of the research study, it guarantees negative results. How do their influence the end research? They may use a low dosage or give a dose for too short a period of time. They may use tablets instead of IV administration. Your need for Vitamin C is individual according to age, the state of immune function, and the disease invader. There is not a one-dose-fits-all answer. This is why you need to read this article and review the resources that follow this article.
How Vitamin C Works Against Disease Organisms: A virus is protected by a protein coat. The ascorbic acid enters the protein coat and strips the virus of that protein coat. It breaks down its ability to thrive and increase production. It deactivates the bacteria or virus. Vitamin C also boosts the immune response and is a respiratory catalyst. It oxidizes the toxins. In an infection, huge amounts of Vitamin C are needed by the body to fight off the invaders.
Dose Too Low- The Virus Wins: There has to be enough Vitamin C in the bloodstream to fight off the invader or the virus wins the fight. In most negative research studies, the Vitamin C dose used was too low to achieve results or was not given for the effective period of time. Most people using Vitamin C to fight off a cold, use doses that are too low and do not take them for enough time to be effective. Vitamin C in liquid form will be absorbed more quickly than tablets. Some Vitamin C tablets have a low dose of Vitamin C with more sugar and additives. There is not enough Vitamin C in fruit to ward off a strong infection. Juice contains more sugar than Vitamin C. The fruit today is not the quality of fruit years ago. Shipping and months of cold storage diminish the Vitamin C in fruit. Making the fruit into juice also depletes the Vitamin C content. It is akin to the Alamo where there were not enough men to fight off the Spanish. They died because they ran out of men to fight off the invasion. You will lose the fight if you are not taking enough Vitamin C to defeat the bacteria or virus that has taken over your bloodstream.
The Method of Administration and Dosage is Important: In most of the positive research and case studies performed by these doctors, Vitamin C was administered by IV in massive doses. These massive doses would upset the stomach if taken by mouth. Just as Penicillin is more effective given in a shot or by IV so is Vitamin C. The Vitamin C is quickly taken by the blood stream to all parts of the body to fight the disease organism. This is important to know this fact alone. Oral dosage is less effective and efficient in severe disease problems. Administration by IV is necessary in some disease states not orally. This high dosage is not given to healthy adults but in a disease crisis such as in systemic blood poisoning.
Liquid Vitamin C supplements my give you more benefit than tablets because of more rapid absorption. Read the label to see how high the dosage is. Often chewable Vitamin C only contains 500 milligrams or less.
Vitamin C Tablets are harder to break down by the body and less effective. I try not to use anything in tablets. They have found undigested tablets that have caused problems and blockage in the gut. It takes a lot of hydrochloric acid to break down tablets. People with compromised digestive systems and the elderly do not utilize the tablet form of anything well. People who are chronically sick often have problems in gut absorption and digestion. If you are really healthy and in great shape, you may have no trouble digesting tablets. In my counseling, I do not recommend tablets period unless you can’t get them in a capsule or liquid.
If you want to give your doctor information on treating disease with Vitamin C given through IV administration, go to this article, http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf
I challenge you to investigate the use of Vitamin C in disease yourself. If you want to be in control of your own health, you need to become self educated. You need to stop listening to the brain washing that is going on from the drug advertisements on television. You need to know all there is to know about your health problem from all sides not just the standard medicine side or your doctor. He is educated by the drug company representatives. This is biased education which only serves to pad the pockets of drug companies.