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Vitamin C is generally considered to be an important “nutrient,”
but its perceived value usually ends there. Only rarely does the public (and
the medical profession) glimpse its true potential in the prevention and
treatment of disease — and this because, by legal definition (in the US),
only FDA-approved drugs can prevent, treat and cure disease.

This does not mean, however, that essential nutrients like Vitamin C cannot
in fact prevent and treat disease, i.e. only because it is illegal to speak
truthfully about something, doesn’t mean that that something isn’t true. The
National Library of Medicine, in fact, contains thousands of studies
demonstrating vitamin C’s ability to significantly improve health, with 220
disease applications documented
on the research site GreenMedInfo.com
alone. The best thing ‘we the people’ can do, despite our lack of medical
degrees and licensure, and without the FDA’s iron-fisted legal and
regulatory apparatus on our side, is to use the peer-reviewed research at
our disposal to inform and protect our treatment decisions.

Perhaps we must revisit an important moment in history to regain a sense of
how profoundly vitamin C deficiency and vitamin C therapy can affect health.
James Lind (1716-1794), pioneer of naval hygiene in the British Royal Navy,
conducted the first ever clinical trial proving that citrus fruits cured
scurvy. Lind’s discovery saved tens of thousands of seamen from the ravages
of scurvy, spurring England’s naval supremacy, putatively changing the
course of world history.

If significant historical events like these don’t provide enough evidence to
vindicate the efficacy of nutrients like Vitamin C, molecular biology and
the science of genetics can help to fill in the gaps.

It is a little known and under-appreciated fact that all humans are
born with a serious, life-threatening genetic defect: namely, the inability
to manufacture Vitamin C.

This defect occurred approximately 63 million years ago, when our haplorrhini
(“simple nosed”) primate predecessors lost the gene (Gulnolactone
oxidase pseudogene – GULOP), responsible for the manufacture of Vitamin C
from glucose.

The ability to synthesize Vitamin C, in fact, has been lost several times in
vertebrates, e.g. in guinea pigs, some bats, some fishes, passeriform birds
and in primates of the suborder Haplorrhini, which includes monkes,
apes and humans.

It was Linus Pauling, two time Nobel Laurette, and the world’s foremost
vitamin C proponent, who first brought this inborn error of metabolism to
popular light. Pauling advocated taking large doses of Vitamin C (up to
10-12 grams a day) in order to offset the deficiencies of our modern diet.
He believed that it was our movement away from a vitamin C rich
fruit-and-vegetable based diet that explained the modern epidemic of heart
disease.

According to this perspective, without adequate Vitamin C we are unable to
produce the collagen necessary to heal our arteries. The Vitamin C starved
body compensates for this by increasing the production of a very small and
sticky type of cholesterol known as lipoprotein A, which leads to the
formation of atheromatous plaque (clogged arteries). Linus Pauling advocated
taking large amounts of vitamin C in combination with the amino acid lysine
to reverse the damage done to the arteries, and to prevent recurrence.*

Indeed, a study published in 2008 showed that higher plasma
vitamin C levels are associated with a significantly reduced risk of stroke.
Scientists from the clinical gerontology unit at Addnbrooke’s University
Hospital in Cambridge, UK, tracked 20,649 men and women aged 40 to 79 years,
between 1993 and 1997. The group was followed through March 2005.
Individuals who had the highest vitamin C levels showed a 42% reduction in
stroke risk! If you compare this with Plavix’s 8.7 – 9.4% risk reduction,
and the profound side effects drugs like these generate, one begins to
understand why the media projection of “vitamins are toxic”
propaganda serves only the interests of the drug companies.

The history of vitamin C illustrates just how profoundly important it is for
us to get these vital nutrients known as “vitamins,” and that they
are best derived from food. If we choose to overlook the importance of
vitamins in maintaining health, and yes, even preventing and reversing
disease, we will be forced to accept a pharmaceutically driven medical
perspective that believes that health is the absence of symptoms, and that
symptoms are to be combated or driven back deep into our bodies with
sublethal dosages of toxic chemicals, i.e. drugs. Such as perspective on
disease is itself so diseased that there is no escaping the ill health that
results from it. We must remember that there has never been a disease that
has been caused by a lack of a drug…..therefore, why would it ever be
considered sound medical practice to treat disease with drugs, as a first
line of treatment?

*If Linus Pauling and other Vitamin C researchers are correct and a
deficiency of Vitamin C causes the breakdown of collagen in the artery,
aspirin therapy, which causes Vitamin C deficiency, would not be considered
a safe way to reduce cardiac mortality. To the contrary, it would further
destabilize the strength and elasticity of the artery leading to hemorrhage,
which is the primary deadly side effect of aspirin therapy.