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Friday, February 11, 2011

Linus Pauling and his magical Vitamin C

Multiple-time Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling had an incredible fascination with Vitamin C, one that many scientists and medical professionals could call a dangerous obsession. His controversial claim about Vitamin C was that it could cure all sorts of health problems. And we're not just talking about the common cold or flu, here.

Linus Pauling, who won several Nobel prizes, claimed that Vitamin C could treat even heart disease and cancer. He even took patients and had them take high dosages of Vitamin C intravenously (through an IV and into the blood) and actually got some positive results. There's been a big deal of controversy about his research, challenged mostly by the Mayo Clinic (a leader in medical research). If Hollywood ever makes a movie about scientific controversies, it's got to make one about this one; both sides intensely accused each other of incompetence, misconduct, deception and malice.

Pauling eventually coined the term "orthomolecular medicine" which he said was "the right molecules in the right amounts," wherein molecules already naturally in the human body can be increased in amount to cure illness and disease. If you've read my blogpost on when I cured my allergies with Vitamin C, you can already guess how i feel about this idea.

Your body isn't incompetent. It knows what it's doing, such as when it gives you a fever when you're sick. So it makes sense that certain molecules in your body have positive effects, and sometimes when your body is sick it makes sense to increase some of those molecules. So, I think Pauling has the right idea here with "orthomolecular medicine," no matter how much pharmaceutical companies protest (may I subversively mention that they have a financial interest in disclaiming "alternate medicine"? After all, how will they make money off of a common, cheap, everyday compound?)

Anyway, for more information on Vitamin C, I'd recommend checking out these books.

This book is written by Linus Pauling, who discovered many therapeutic applications of Vitamin C. He's also a very highly respected name in the field of chemistry, having won multiple noble prizes for his work.

This book is another resources, written by actual Ph.Ds on the topic. The description says: This book tells the story of how the controversy about vitamin C has grown and continues even as increasing evidence demonstrates the value of the orthomolecular approach. The story of vitamin C is an exciting journey into the workings of science and medicine, the intrigues of political and economic influences, and the evolutionary history of humankind. Someday, medicine without vitamin C therapy will be compared to childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anesthetic.

Finally, for the serious researcher, this book: Provides an up-to-the-minute, comprehensive analysis of the most recent theoretical and clinical developments in vitamin C research integrating a wide variety of interdisciplinary studies into a single-source volume. Highlights the redox properties of vitamin C, including regeneration, participation in antioxidant networks, and influence on atherosclerosis

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