Increasing Vitamin C Intake: Solutions for Difficult Medical Problems

Written by on January 31, 2013 in Insight - No comments

The non-profit Vitamin C Foundation sponsors an online forum with topics covering a wide variety of difficult medical questions. Outstanding medical doctors, chiropractors and naturopaths routinely volunteer their time expressing their opinions and suggesting nutritional solutions to these unusual health issues. All responses are debated at the forum, and the public is free to join. Foundation Co-Foundation Owen Fonorow, author of the book Practicing Medicine Without a License, the Story of the Linus Pauling Therapy for Heart Disease states, “It is really amazing the number of people who have reported excellent results, even cures. More often than not, they ask us questions after failing to find relief from their conventional medical doctor. These cases stand for the world to read as topics at our forum.”

It is not surprising that increasing vitamin C intake is the most frequent recommendation made at the forum. Human beings are one of only a few species that cannot make their own vitamin C. They must therefore get this essential nutrient entirely from the diet. The Vitamin C Foundation believes that if human beings consumed the amount of vitamin C produced by other mammals in their own bodies, adjusted for body weight, the cost of medical care would decrease dramatically. This amount ranges from an estimated 300 mg in domestic cats to over 19,000 mg daily in mice.

The vitamin C Foundation’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is 3000 mg (1500 mg twice daily) for people in ordinary good health. The recommended amount varies with illness; viral infections such as mononucleosis require more than 200,000 mg daily The Foundation believes that roughly 75% of all human illness stems from the inadequate daily intake of vitamin C. We estimate that perhaps another 15% is caused by a deficiency in other nutrients. Finding the optimal vitamin C intake for an individual can be challenging. A good heuristic is the dosage recommended by the late twice-Nobel prizewinner Linus Pauling.

Linus Pauling consumed 18,000 mg (9000 mg, twice daily) of vitamin C as ascorbic acid. Pauling calculated that a mammal of his body weight produces on average 9000 mg daily. This finding, combined with his experiments that showed roughly half the vitamin C taken by mouth is lost and does not enter the blood stream, caused him to double the 9000 mg amount.

A 100-year-old, retired physics professor, Theodore P. Jorgensen, with a Ph.D. from Harvard, spent the war years working on the Manhattan Project. He wrote to us. “A free supply of vitamin C to every person would lower the cost of health care in a major way. It is virtually impossible for any person to obtain optimal vitamin C per day from ordinary or casual ways. This also indicates that human beings are living with dangerously low levels of vitamin C The above information gives some idea of the reason our cost of health care is so high and our average age of death is so low. This problem is a national disgrace and should be attacked on a national basis. Any practical approach to the vitamin C problem would require the whole prestige and authority of the federal government.”

The Vitamin C Foundation forum is available online at vitamincfoundation.org/forum. (Note: The Cancer forum is by invitation only, and restricted to members.) Those interested in donating to the non-profit 501(c)3 Vitamin C Foundation should contact us for more information.

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