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How to Live Longer and Feel Better [Paperback]

Linus Pauling
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15 May 2006
A twentieth anniversary edition of Pauling's seminal work on the role of vitamins and minerals in preventing disease and achieving optimal health.

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon State University (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870710966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870710964
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 15.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, life altering practical approach... 21 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Linus Pauling goes right to the science of nutrition with an emphisis on vitamin C as a prophalactic against ailments of every kind. I found the book easy to read but full of hard science, clinical trials and useful practical methods of protection against everything from the common cold to cancer. This book offers those interested in a scientific approach to vitamin supplements an incredible amount of hard evidence supporting daily intake of Vitamin C as a protector of the body from the toxins and diseases we come in contact with everyday. It actually changed my whole mindset towards supplements and bet it will change yours as well. I highly recomend it to all those planning or currently using vitamin and mineral supplements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book by a real hero 28 Jan 2012
By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a great book. I came away from reading it with a lot of respect and admiration for Linus Pauling and his work. The world would be a far better place with more people like him in it.

At the start of the book, Pauling gives a simple guide to how to live a healthier life. It's so simple, practical and inexpensive and makes so much sense. One wonders how much disease could have been prevented, and could be prevented now, if more of us followed these simple guidelines. My guess is A HUGE AMOUNT!

(Looking at M.E. specifically, one wonders how many of us could have avoided becoming severely ill by following this guide both pre- and post-illness...I wish so much I had had this guide in the early days of my illness, or before I became ill. I strongly suspect I would not be anywhere near as ill as I am now and I am mad that this basic advice about vitamins is so seldom given by the mainstream media or by doctors. WHY? When it's so safe, cheap and effective?? It's such a waste.)

This is a slightly paraphrased version of Pauling's basic regimen for a healthy life:
* Take 6 - 18 g of vitamin C daily
* Take 400 IU, 800 IU or 1600 IU of natural vitamin E daily
* Take 1 - 2 B vitamin supplements daily
* Take 25 000 IU of vitamin A daily
* Take a multimineral tablet daily
* Keep your intake of sugar low
* Eat what you like in moderation, but avoid sugar. Meat and eggs are good, and fruit and vegetables are good. Don't eat too much of any one food and don't eat so much that you become overweight.
* Drink plenty of water
* Keep active, but do not severely overexert yourself physically.
* Drink alcohol in moderation only
* DO NOT SMOKE CIGARETTES
* Avoid stress, work at a job you like, be happy with your family.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 May 2012
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I have had asthma and allergies all of my life and have used inhalers and antihistamines daily since the age of 17. Frequent colds, breathlessness and chest infections had just become a way of life.

I have always been interested in alternative medicines and have taken multivitamins and vitamin C (about 100g per day) religiously everyday which did decrease the chest infections (from once month to about 1 or 2 a year).

After reading this book I now take the vitamins Linus Paulings suggests plus some others I have read about for asthma and allergies. I started with 18g of vitamin C a day but am now down to 8g per day. After 2 weeks of taking the vitamins I weaned myself off my inhaler (which I needed to use twice a day), antihistamines (I took a 120g tablet prescribed tablet daily) and nasal spray (prescribed and used twice a day).

I have tried over the years to come off my medication trying vitamins (small doses), healthy eating and Chinese medicine/acupuncture with no results.

I am now medication free and have been since January 2012. I also used to suffer badly with headaches but they are much less frequent now and much milder too. I haven't had any colds, breathlessness or allergies since I stared with the vitamin C in January. If I ever forget my vitamins C I know about it as my throat starts to flare up but after taking it I am fine again.

To say I am over the moon is an understatement but when I try to tell other people they give you the usual answer (you can take too many you know, they are not good for you) so I offer the book but try not to preach. I just wish I had read this book years ago and I would not have had to go through all that misery for years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice 6 Jan 2011
By Alan
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As self help books go this one is better than most, it's written in a clear way that conveys the message that vitamin supplementation, especially vitamin C, is beneficial for health. This advice coming from one of the giants of modern science is hard to ignore. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Nobel Prize winner's winning advice 1 July 2009
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Linus Pauling, best known as an advocate of the health value of mega doses of Vitamin C, and a two time Nobel Prize winner.

In a major cancer hospital in 1976, they carried out a study of terminal patients for whom conventional treatment was stopped. The control group of 1,000 who had no Vitamin C therapy all died by August 10, 1976. The test group of 100 patients who were treated with Ascorbate (Vitamin C) had eighteen people surviving by this date. The average survival time of those getting Vitamin C therapy was 4.2 times longer than the control group, on average living over 300 days longer. Some of this group continued to live indefinitely. You can probably imagine that people in a less dire state would show even better results.

Another study indicated that people with cancer tend to have lower amounts of Vitamin C. It is possible that the Vitamin C is depleted because it is being used by the body to fight disease, and therefore it might be reasonable concluded, according to Dr Pauling, that an ill person would need more of this supplement.

Dr Pauling himself took about 18g a day.

There are anecdotal stories in the book. One in particular of a man who took 10-12g a day for a 52mm liver cancer lesion. The cancer was stopped from progressing, and eventually much to the surprise of medical experts shrunk 32%. Dr Pauling recommended he up the dose to 25g daily, and he eventually on his own initiative went to 36 g. At the time he wrote to Dr Pauling he had survived two years.

One of the key issues we face as we grow older is disease of our connective tissue, and inflammation. This is manifested through conditions such as arthritis. I remember reading somewhere that about 80% of people age 60 have some form of arthritis.
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Published 19 months ago by Loz
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
Writing this belatedly,but this means I`ve been able to assess it in real life.It was the first `alternative` book on health/medecine/etc and ,looking back, was the ideal guide for... Read more
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Published on 3 May 2011 by Francisca
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
The King. Contains information still not acknowledged by the medical community due to the fact that Vitamin C cannot be privatised.
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