Vitamin C - The Overlooked Miracle Nutrient
[Quelle: Dr. Phil Bates, Orthomolecular Medicine]
In medical school, there is little or no time spent on vitamins and thousands of hours of instructions spent on pharmaceuticals (drugs). Add to that lack, the total control of medical
journals by Big Pharma advertising and the result is most MDs are “educationally handicapped” about vitamins.
In the days of “wooden ships and iron men”, the most dreaded disease was scurvy. It was the result of a lack of vitamin C. Captain Cook and others found that a little bit of lemon or lime juice every few days prevented it and kept their sailors better able to do their duty to King and Country. This is where the term “limey” came to be applied to English sailors.
How the Vitamin C RDA Myth Started
At the beginning of the last century, the then US government became somewhat more worried about the public health than today’s government and funded several cereal companies to research and find a minimum amount of vitamins that would prevent the deficiency diseases of scurvy, pellagra and beri-beri.
Of course, the cereal companies were mostly concerned about pellagra and beri-beri, (deficiencies of niacin - then known as B3 and a deficiency of B2). They already knew that a lime a day or so prevented scurvy. So they set up a MINIMUM DAILY ALLOWANCE (MDA) chart. It was (and is) designed to be just enough to prevent these three terrible deficiency diseases. It has been modified and added to along the way.
Also, along the way, the food industry lobbied successfully to change that name to “Recommended Daily Allowance”. This sounds better and it leads the public to believe (as they do now) that this RDA is somehow good enough for good health. The RDA is definitely NOT sufficient for good health. That’s the myth that has been promoted by advertising. The RDA amounts are barely enough to prevent bad health. Particularly with vitamin C.
Because of this wide belief, even researchers are misled. Since the RDA for vitamin C is only 75 mg (about an orange a day), then anything 5-10 times that amount MUST be a “megadose”. And that amount is used to test vitamin C and to “scientifically prove” that vitamin C cannot cure a cold, a flu, or a virus borne disease at all. Take any such “studies” with a salt shaker – they are false!
The Actual RDA For Good Health
What isn’t well known is the actual RDA for “good health”. It turns out that it's about 4000 mg (4 grams) of vitamin C per day per 150 pounds of every primate. Every zoo vet knows this and since a 150 pound ape is very valuable, they carefully make sure that they get this amount in food and supplemental vitamin C. Since vitamin C only lasts in the bloodstream for 4 hours or so, splitting up any dosage Is best. I use 2 grams AM and PM for this reason.
You should know that all primates, including the apes (and us), lost a very important enzyme some 65 million years ago that chemically changed glucose (blood sugar) into Vitamin C in the blood. Virtually all other animals actually manufacture vitamin C in their bodies, increasing it as needed with stress and or disease. That’s why cats, dogs, vultures and other animals can eat dead meat loaded with bacteria and not get sick. If we could get that enzyme back, we’d be very healthy with all the junk food that transforms into glucose. Oh well!
That ratio of about 4 grams per 150 pounds of body weight seems to be pretty good for establishing “good health” guidelines for vitamin C. A small mouse generates a proportional average amount of vitamin C daily. So does a cow, or an elephant. The actual amounts that are generated depend on how much is needed to combat any stress, fight germs, etc. Studies show that most animals can generate 10 times this average as needed.
I weigh about 200 pounds and I eat enough whole fruits so that I believe that 4 grams per day is right for me. I take 2 grams with breakfast and 2 more grams at supper, leaving noon for taking of other vitamins and minerals. This way, the supplemental minerals needed aren’t taken out of the bloodstream by the vitamin C.
Vitamin C and "Germs"
Probably the most important job that vitamin C does is kill bacteria and virus cells in the bloodstream. Let’s call them both “germs” for simplicity. Remember that this killing is only effective in the bloodstream. If “germs” get into an organ or a cell, vitamin C cannot reach them.
Vitamin C kills invaders by combining with them and this uses up the available vitamin C fairly quickly. Bacteria and viruses multiply quickly. Both double in about 20 minutes. This means that if you take only enough vitamin C to kill off half of the invader before being used up, in another 20 minutes, the invader is back up to the previous strength.
Very few of those scientists use much more than a few grams of C in their tests. In most of the studies I’ve seen, only 500 to 2000 mg is used. That might kill half of the invaders as in the example above. Or, let’s be very generous. Let’s say that this researcher actually used a dose that kills off 99% of the invaders. Would you believe that it only takes 140 minutes to get back to original strength? No wonder that so many so-called “scientific tests” show that vitamin C isn’t effective against colds and flu’s and other problems. If you take 1/100 of an aspirin, it probably won’t cure a headache either!
The above is why it is necessary to saturate the blood with vitamin C and keep it saturated for some time in order to kill all the invaders. This takes massive amounts of vitamin C. Now you see why some of the “scientific studies” on vitamin C are not so scientific at all. Again, a clear case of educationally handicapped researchers fooled by Big Pharma!
Vitamin C and Bowel Tolerance
While it is impossible to harm yourself by overdosing on vitamin C, there is a point where the “overdose” causes diarrhea. This is actually a very interesting signal. Where this saturation point is for any individual is different and dependent on several factors. Bowel tolerance is used by alternate health therapists to determine actual saturation level. Overdose until that point where diarrhea just starts, then cut down to just below that point.
The problem is how to cut down to that “point” just before diarrhea. Cut down too little and you run the risk of the “germs” recovering, multiplying and getting out of hand again. Too much and diarrhea may cause dehydration. (Diarrhea isn't that much fun anyway, but it's not dangerous in this situation.)
Whenever I even think I might have a flu or cold coming on, I start taking 2 grams every half hour until I just start diarrhea. Then I cut to every 2 hours or maybe every 2.5 hours trying to keep the bloodstream saturated with vitamin C and trying to just keep at that point between blood saturation and diarrhea.
As the “germs” are killed, that bowel tolerance gets lower and lower, so you have to keep cutting back just to the point below diarrhea.
If you don’t get to that bowel tolerance, then you didn’t get enough vitamin C. I’ve seen patients get to 65-100 grams of vitamin C in one day. I sometimes get to over 48 grams in a day with a cold or flu, but it’s usually over in less than 24 hours.
Vitamin C and Cancer
Our only two time Nobel prize winner - Linus Pauling - wrote at length on this subject. He did a research in Scotland with 100 “terminal” cases of cancer and 1000 other “terminal” cases used as controls. (Terminal cases means that the persons have an estimated 3-6 months to live). The test patients got 10 grams per day in divided doses and the controls got none.
The results were startling. As I recall, about 80-90% of the controls had died while most of the tested ones were still living. At the end, all the controls died, while at least 40-50% of the tested ones were alive and many of those were still alive 5 years later after full remission.
Once again, an educational handicap is present, Few MD’s realize that it takes very large amounts of vitamin C to saturate the blood and without this, the virus wins because of the reproduction rate. Adding vitamin C via injection is much simpler for large amounts.
Many Cancers haves been found to be “mediated” by virus cells. These are susceptible to vitamin C in large doses as are all viruses. However, there are several cancers - prostate, cervical, vagina and breast cancers that are mediated by hormones and vitamin C is impotent against these.
An ironic fact: Linus actually died from prostate cancer, yet he was taking 18 grams a day of vitamin C. That mediation factor was unknown to him obviously.
As you can easily see, that RDA figure of 75 mg is ridiculously short and leaves us very susceptible to both bacterial and viral diseases.
Vitamin C and Chelation of Toxic Minerals
This brings us to one of most important uses of vitamin C - chelation of minerals, particularly the heavy metals which are toxic in very small quantities.
Chelate means to “grab onto” and there are several different chelators used today. The “standard” is a chemical called EDTA and you can sit in an MD’s office with a needle in your arm for an hour, a couple of times per week for a few months or more and it will take out any heavy metal that is toxic. (Not cheap!)
While vitamin C isn’t a true chelator, as it metabolizes the C with the mineral, making it into an ascorbate form. This does the same removing of ALL minerals from the bloodstream. It does it by combining with all minerals (good and bad) and making a new chemical out of the combination that is water soluble. This means that it can be filtered out by the kidneys and excreted by the urine pathway in the same way as all chelators.
Remember that it takes out ALL minerals, so you MUST supplement with needed minerals while chelating out all. (YeS, it's a "clunky" way to get bad ones out - take out all, and then put back in the "good" ones. But it's the only known way for all chelating methods).
A new chelator called zeolite has had mixed reports and there are several more touted on some alternate health web sites. I cannot recommend them, as I have no experience with them. I know that C works!
The problem is that so-called heavy metals are toxic to humans in even small amounts. These include mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium and even excess copper. I worked with many schizophrenic persons with excess copper taking it out successfully with vitamin C in my former practice.
Since I was not an MD, I couldn’t prescribe EDTA or other chelators. So, I learned that vitamin C works as well as any chelator. (Carl Pfeiffer told me first and referred me to Linus in 1981.) It also has several advantages over the commercial chelation therapies as well. First, the cost is much lower. Next, you have much better overall health while getting the problem solved, even if it takes a year or two. Last and certainly not least, there is no danger whatsoever.
VITAMIN C OVERDOSING! You really can't. The worst that can happen, even to a baby, is that it may cause diarrhea. While diarrhea isn't a lot of fun, it's not that dangerous to health!
There are some MD’s that have been using chelation for years to take out excess calcium that forms the "plaque" in blood vessels. The good idea here is to get the calcium so low that even the calcium that is the “backbone” of the plaque in the arteries and veins is taken out. The rest of the plaque consists of fat deposits that are washed away by the bloodstream easily. This therapy is much cheaper than by-pass surgery and much safer with no deaths recorded. I recommend using it instead of by-pass surgery.
Measuring Toxic and Nutritional Minerals
There are several ways to measure all the minerals, but none are very accurate. If you measure the blood, you get a measurement of what it was when the sample was taken and that may be very different a few hours later.
Because chelated or metabolized minerals are excreted thru urine, a sample there is slightly better, although it also can vary widely. A 24 hour collection is much more accurate.
Another excretion route for minerals is the hair and fingernails. The bloodstream deposits the minerals into those cells. Hair is a perfect biopsy material. It doesn’t spoil and can be shipped across country in a simple envelope.
This method is pretty accurate, but there’s a confusion factor. There is a huge difference between the minerals that are needed in the body and toxic minerals. The minerals that are toxic are recognized and are very quickly filtered out of the bloodstream by the liver BEFORE they can get to the brain. If these toxins such as mercury, lead, aluminum do reach the brain they damage brain cells, and cause many problems including autism.
The brain and liver work together, and the brain keeps the liver from releasing these toxins Unless and until there is some chemical in the bloodstream that can absorb these toxins and take them out of the body. If Vitamin C, Glutathione, or some chelating agent isn't present then there won't be much mineral toxin to measure as a ratio against nutritional minerals.
In autistic children, the levels of vitamin C and glutathione (natural chelators) are often very low. Supplementation of glutathione doesn’t seem to be very effective and most MD’s don’t even know about vitamin C as a chelator. So, the results of tests for mercury in many autistic children often shows up negative, even if the child is loaded with mercury in the liver, and storage.
This, in my opinion, is part of the controversy about mercury in vaccines causing autism. The usual testing for mineral toxicity just isn’t accurate enough for these children. The above facts have been used in court by Big Pharma as false evidence that the mercury they put in vaccines as preservatives wasn't the cause of autism.
If you want to test your mineral status and particularly your toxic mineral status, start loading up on vitamin C for at least a few days prior to either a blood or urine test and a couple of months before a hair analysis. This pre-loading allows the release of any toxic minerals from storage into the bloodstream and subsequent excretion.
One last point about vitamin C. It is made from corn sugar (dextrose). There are many people who are allergic to corn. If anyone has allergic reactions to multiple vitamins, it’s usually because of corn allergy and it’s “unknown” as such to the person. If this is the case, you will have to use Calcium Ascorbate instead of plain Ascorbic Acid. The CA form is generally non allergenic.
For all those who would like to learn more about vitamin C as an old "miracle drug" here are some unbiased info by a few of these "greats":
Dr. Frederick R. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is posted in its entirety at http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/198x/smith-lh-clinical_guide_1988.htm
The complete text of Irwin Stone's book The Healing Factor is posted for free reading at http://vitamincfoundation.org/stone/
http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitaminc2.html by Andrew Saul
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