Linus Pauling (1901-1994) was an American chemist, one of only four people in history to win Nobel Prize twice, once for chemistry once for peace joining Marie Curie, John Bardeen and Frederick Sanger.
In 1941 he was diagnosed with Bright’s disease, what was considered at the time to be a fatal kidney disease. He worked with Stanford University’s doctor, Thomas Addis, well known for his contribution to understanding how the blood clots work and was able to live another 53 years after successful treatment through low protein, salt free, high dose mineral and vitamin therapy. He became a great advocate of using nutrients to prevent and treat disease, coining the term orthomolecular in the 1960s to mean “the right molecules in the right amounts” (ortho- in Greek implies “correct”).
Linus Pauling became known as the ‘The Vitamin C Man’ and one of the most famous forerunners of high dose vitamin C treatment available at our clinic from colds to cancer, heart disease, aging, neurogenerative disease, collagen production and just about everything. His findings led to our understanding of high dose Vitamin C role in the healing process.
Prospective cohort studies indicate that higher blood levels of vitamin C are associated with lower risk of death from all-causes, cancer, and CVD.
Linus Pauling Institute – Oregon State University Micronutrient Center
Traditional approach is very conservative and low in comparison to non-traditional and focuses on oral administration of vitamin C, not intravenous. National Institutes for Health recommended daily dose for adults 19+ years is 90 mg for men, 75 mg for women, Individuals who smoke require 35 mg/day more vitamin C than nonsmokers which is nowhere near the amount used by Linus Pulling.
Recent evidence shows that oral administration of the maximum tolerated dose of vitamin C (18 g/d) produces peak plasma concentrations of only 220 μmol/L, whereas intravenous administration of the same dose produces plasma concentrations about 25-fold higher. Larger doses (50–100 g) given intravenously may result in plasma concentrations of about 14,000 μmol/L. At concentrations above 1000 μmol/L, vitamin C is toxic to some cancer cells but not to normal cells in vitro.
“Every man, woman and child over the age of 3 should consume at least 3 g (3000 mg) vitamin C daily in order to enjoy optimum health. We recommend more vitamin C during pregnancy (6000 mg), and much more while under stress or fighting infectious diseases (e.g., 20,000 to 300,000 mg).”
The Vitamin C Foundation
While Vitamin C is water soluble and is excreted from the body in urine, the very high doses need to be administered professionally using intravenous delivery method (through IV available at our clinic).
High dose vitamin C therapy was also popularized by Dr. Robert Cathart who in 1981 published a paper in the journal Medical Hypotheses calling for using as much of vitamin C as patient could handle, just “short of the doses which produce diarrhea” which became known as bowel tolerance point.
Vitamin C is not only an anti-aging antioxidant and a miracle vitamin for cardiovascular health but also for asthma, inflammatory arthritis and seasonal allergies.
Signs of vitamin C deficiency:
● Easy bruising
● Swollen, bleeding gums and gingivitis
● Slow wound healing
● Keratosis pilaris – chicken skin, bumpy and rough
● Dry and splitting hair
● Corkscrew-shaped hair
● Bright red hair follicles
● Dry red spots on the skin
● Rough, dry, scaly skin
● Spoon shaped nails
● Weakened immune system
● Digestive disorders
● Swollen and painful joints
Top Vitamin C sources:
● Red Chile peppers
● Red Bell peppers
● Amalaki – Indian Gooseberry
● Citrus fruits
● Brussels sprouts
Note that Vitamin C content is reduced after cutting and left on the counter in less than three hours.
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“By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.”