• If You Love Your Bacon You Had Better Reach For Some Vitamin C

    Posted July 22, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    This report doesn’t cover new ground, just an old but forgotten topic.

    A recent 15-year study of 74,645 men and women in Sweden reveals that consumption of red meat was associated with shorter survival (-2 years) compared to adults who were not red meat eaters.  In the breakdown of the data red meat was only associated with reduced survival when processed red meat was consumed!  [American Journal Clinical Nutrition July 16, 2014]

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  • Are Vitamin C Pills Worth Taking? Don’t Ask Your Doctor!

    Posted July 13, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    According to one self-proclaimed authority, vitamin C therapy is nothing but health quackery.  [Quackwatch.com] WebMD advises physicians that supplemental vitamin C is only marginally able to reduce symptoms and duration of the common cold.  But the primary study referred to employed just 200 milligrams of vitamin C, barely enough to marginally raise blood levels of this essential vitamin.  [WebMD June 20, 2012]

    None of this negative science discouraged laboratory researchers in China however.  They inoculated mice with influenza virus and then injected 3 milligrams of vitamin C per gram of body weight.  (Laboratory rats weigh about 300-500 grams.) [University of Wisconsin]  So these animals were injected with 900-1500 mg vitamin C.

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  • Vitamin C: Myths And Reality Outside The Research Laboratory

    Posted March 23, 2014: by Bill Sardi

    If a news reporter asks the vitamin C experts at the Linus Pauling Institute today about how much vitamin C is needed to maintain health they are going to answer with the same nonsense that has polluted the minds of millions over the past 3-4 decades – only 200 milligrams a day and forget vitamin C pills, fruits and vegetables will do.

    As one reads the latest discourse from the experts (“Myths, Artifacts, And Flaws: Identifying Limitation And Opportunities In Vitamin C Research,” Nutrients Volume 5, page 5161, 2013), who certainly must know more than the rest of us, after careful examination one begins to wonder if they live in the real world or just their world filled with test tubes and lab rats where they can create their own reality.

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  • According To A Recent Study, You Are At A 30 in 100, or less than 1 in 100, Increased Risk Of Developing Prostate Cancer If You Take High-Dose Vitamin C Pills. Which One Is It?

    Posted October 20, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    The headline above considers both the real world risk for prostate cancer in hard numbers versus the relative risk.  The difference in mortality risk is 40-fold.   Which one is it?

    Steve Hickey, PhD, of Manchester, England, in his book entitled TARNISHED GOLD, co-authored with Hilary Roberts PhD, explains how researchers use overly large studies to find meaningless differences in health risks among human populations over a long period of time, differences that simply aren’t instructional to individuals.

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  • Immune-Boosting Vitamin Cure From Japan Goes Online

    Posted July 24, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    The Saisei Mirai Clinics in Kobe, Japan have taken their “cancer cure” online and graphically describe how it works, including published studies for the more scientific investigator.  A key part of the therapy is injection of Gc-macrophage activating factor (Gc-MAF) which is gleaned from blood samples of healthy adults.  Gc-MAF instructs white blood cells called macrophages to destroy cancerous cells as well as other foreign invaders like viruses.

    The Saisei Mirai Clinics report they have successfully treated 345 consecutive patients with terminal metastatic (spreading) cancer.  Some cases are reported at the website.  They include the case of a 62-year old woman who was diagnosed with uterine cancer with spreading to the lymph nodes in 2011 and had undergone two prior chemotherapy sessions.  After a battery of treatments to boost her own immune system, she achieved complete remission from cancer in 2013 (no tumor visible on CAT scan and normal tumor markers).

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  • Vitamin C In The Emergency Department: Nose Bleeds

    Posted June 17, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    A published report explains the case of a 10-year old boy presented to the emergency department of a hospital in Philadelphia with a six-month history of bloody nose (epistaxis).

    The child also exhibited bleeding gums and red eyes (subconjunctival hemorrhages). The child was not taking any medications.

    The child was diagnosed with hepatitis (liver inflammation) and started on steroid drugs to relieve symptoms.  Elevated liver enzymes declined.  Not at any point in the 7-page report on this patient was scurvy suggested, even though the patient exhibited overt signs of vitamin C deficiency (gums, eyes).  Steroids deplete vitamin C and represent inappropriate medication.

    A common reason for misdiagnosis of bloody nose is the lack of recognition that aspirin depletes vitamin C which then weakens blood capillaries which results in hemorrhage.

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  • What The News Media Isn’t Telling You About Vitamin C

    Posted May 22, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    One would think the news media with its army of biology-trained medical reporters would serve as a watchdog for breakthroughs that could dramatically improve the health of Americans who face challenging health problems.  But today the news media appears to be almost totally bought off by commercial interests.  The public hears about every newly approved FDA drug, but little about remarkable natural remedies that often work when existing medicines fail, remedies that are also likely to lower the cost of care significantly.

    While in recent months there has been an upsurge in published studies that demonstrate successful use of vitamin C for a wide range of medical applications, it is not likely the public has heard of even one of them.

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  • Modern Medicine Throws Stones At Vitamin C Pills, Again

    Posted February 6, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    How many times will modern medicine attempt to scare the public away from vitamin C pills?  The naysayers never stop trying, even if they have to exaggerate their “science” to prove their point.

    So the most recent example is a short report in the most recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives Internal Medicine) that said (once again), high-dose vitamin C pills (as ascorbic acid) more than double the risk for kidney stones.

    Well, let’s not get to carried away by their science.  Based upon data obtained from a single questionnaire back in 1997, the absolute increased risk was 0.310% a year for vitamin C pill users and 0.163% a year for non-users, for roughly a 2-fold difference in risk.

    In other words, if you take high-dose ascorbic acid pills your increased risk for kidney stones in a year rises from 1/6th of one-percent to 1/3rd of one-percent.  Got it?

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  • How To Prevent The Fastest Growing Cause Of Legal Blindness (Wet Macular Degeneration) With Vitamin C

    Posted January 21, 2013: by Bill Sardi

    Healthy savvy senior adults with a family history of macular degeneration or who have early-stage retinal disease (exhibited by the accumulation of yellow deposits at the back of the eyes called drusen) would be wise to start supplementing their diet with vitamin C if they want to retain good vision throughout their lifetime.

    There are now two strong lines of evidence for this recommendation. The first is a recent report that reveals the risk for the fast-progressive form of macular degeneration (called wet macular degeneration because there is leakage of blood serum and even red blood cells into the retinal tissues), is more than doubled by taking aspirin. (1) However, researchers did not note that aspirin depletes vitamin C. (6)

    It is already well known that smoking tobacco is a strong risk factor for wet macular degeneration (2,3,4), and smoking also depletes vitamin C (5).

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  • Combination Vitamin C And Anti-Cancer Drug Works Better In Animal Study

    Posted November 28, 2012: by Bill Sardi

    Since the 1970s when Drs. Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron first utilized intravenous vitamin C to prolong the survival of cancer patients by four-fold, a war has ensued between modern medicine and vitamin C advocates.  Mayo Clinic doctors set out to disprove Pauling and employed single-dose oral vitamin C which did not reach sufficient blood concentrations to transiently produce hydrogen peroxide to selectively kill cancer cells.  Finally, 28 year later, National Institutes of Health researchers conceded that intravenous vitamin C does indeed kill cancer cells.  More recently Drs. Hilary Roberts and Steve Hickey of Manchester, England conclusively showed that even oral doses of vitamin C if taken at frequent intervals could achieve concentrations that can kill cancer cells.

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