This is a true story.
Approximately 30 years ago, while at a Preventive Medicine meeting in Chicago, I found myself alone in a hospitality suite with Dr. Linus Pauling. Dr. Pauling had been one of my hero’s for a long time, a two time Nobel prize winner, and at that time, the foremost promoter of high dosage Vitamin C therapy. Our conversation changed the way I have practiced since that fateful meeting.
Dr. Pauling told me a lot that day that I really didn’t want to hear. First he said he thought that Chiropractors got a bad reputation for over treatment because they didn’t address the underlying reason for most spinal subluxations/misalignments. He told me that Connective tissue, ligament and tendon specifically, could not be adequately repaired without really sizeable amounts of Vitamin C being available, and if Vitamin C was administered in adequate amounts, multiple spinal manipulations would seldom be required.
Then Dr. Pauling went on to tell me that virtually all animals make copious amounts of Vitamin C and gave examples. One example sticks in my mind. He said that cats made hundreds of milligrams (mg) a day for every pound of body weight, and that was why they seldom experienced sprains and strains when they fell from high places. He also said that the animals that make the most Vitamin C were the healthiest in the animal kingdom, and those that make the least were among the sickest.
Additionally, he told me that Guinea Pigs, the South American Bubal Bat, some species of New World monkeys, and Humans had lost the ability to make Vitamin C. He claimed that a genetic flaw had apparently occurred millennia ago, and all the machinery to make Vitamin C was present in the Liver except the very last enzyme in the manufacturing chain. I wrote down the name, l-Galunolactone oxidase.
He claimed that one of the reasons that humans were susceptible to so many ills, compared to other animals, was this inability to manufacture Vitamin C. He pointed out that although primates that made Vitamin C didn’t make very much, they did make on the average of 1000 mg of Vitamin C every day for every 50 pounds of body weight. I find it to be amazing, that as the years have passed, the doctors that pursue what orthodoxy calls mega-scorbic practice continue to get the kind of results Dr. Pauling described as possible so many years ago, while the remainder continue to hide their heads in the sand.
He was particularly emphatic about the role Vitamin C played in potentizing the immune system response, and emphasized how it can be used to treat everything from the common cold to ear infections. He talked about how adequate Vitamin C slowed down the aging process, and how it works synergistically with other vitamins like Vitamin E so the body can use the Vitamin E over and over. Lastly, he mentioned the work of Dr. Frederick Klenner, of Reidsville, NC, and the scientific papers and books published on the subject that medicine chose to ignore.
Upon arriving back at my practice, I made it a priority to go to the old Clendenning Library at K.U. Medical Center, and after searching through the research literature I learned that Dr. Pauling was right on every single point. I had learned none of this in school, and to this day it isn’t taught in any medical or chiropractic curriculum that I am aware of. If people would take adequate Vitamin C, it would cost the disease care delivery system and the pharmaceutical industry a fortune, and I am convinced that is the reason why the information on Vitamin C isn’t common knowledge.
What can you do to verify this information?
There are still books in print by Frederick Klenner, M.D., in which he shares how he treated everything from poison snake bite to polio with Vitamin C, often by injection. Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D., wrote what some consider the benchmark book on Vitamin C over 15 years ago called The Vitamin C Connection, and it is still available. However, some of the most recent studies are even more amazing, so if you are a KS resident, you can go to the new Archie Dykes library at K.U. Medical Center, on 39th Street, and ask a librarian for help researching Vitamin C for yourself. It’s a State library, so you pay for this service with your taxes.
What have I learned about Vitamin C over the last thirty plus years?
Dr. Pauling was right. A good rule of thumb for daily supplemental Vitamin C intake is 1000 mg for every 50 pounds of body weight. This is maintenance dosage, and when supplemental Vitamin C is taken daily, the number of colds and general infections experienced is greatly reduced. I have had numerous patients who said they would always get one or two colds a year, and then go eight or ten years without one once Vitamin C was begun at the recommended dosage level. Supplementing your child on Vitamin C will save a lot of missed school time, and make parenting much easier. It is also a smart habit to start when the children are in their formative years.
An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Robert Cathcart, established that the safe upper limit for Vitamin C intake was consistent with diarrhea and/or painful abdominal gas. This he named the “Cathcart point” or “bowel recognition.” His protocol for ear infections, sore throats, etc., is:
- on day one, take 1000 mg of Vitamin C every hour while awake;
- on day two, take 2000 mg of Vitamin C every hour while awake; and
- on day three, take 3000 mg of Vitamin C every hour while awake.
You do this until the “Cathcart point,” or “bowel recognition” occurs. At this point you stop for the remainder of the day. The following day you reduce dosage to the previous day’s level. You continue that until “recognition” occurs again, and so on until the child’s condition is stable. If your child is having serious immune challenges, it is wise to call the health help hotline number on Tues., Wed., or Thurs. mornings and get specific advice from me. The only side effect established for Vitamin C is diarrhea. Naysayers have postulated a connection between Vitamin C and kidney stones, but I have found no citations in the literature verifying this hypothesis, in fact just the opposite.
It is my opinion that all humans should be supplementing with Vitamin C. Before we stopped making that last enzyme in the manufacturing cycle, humans, like other primates, made substantially larger amounts of Vitamin C than recommended by our present RDA.
Which product will be best for your needs
For the average adult, or child old enough to swallow a larger pill, I recommend Douglas Laboratories Ascorbplex 1000. For the children, I like the Douglas Laboratories Orange Chew. Most children find the Orange Chew has a pleasant taste and take it as if it were a treat.