[later note: Levy's 2011 book, "Primal Panacea", is even better and is the only one so far that covers the new liposomal vitamin C in detail. He explains the best option for acute infections is a combination of liposomal vitamin C and vitamin C by IV and that given a choice of only one or the other, the better choice is liposomal vitamin C. The next best option is ascorbic acid taken orally and finally sodium ascorbate taken orally. His earlier book is good too: "Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins:Curing the Incurable". ]
An excellent book on the many benefits of vitamin C, which humans cannot make, although most animals can. Its main weakness is that it only briefly refers to liposomal vitamin C. This book is similar to their earlier "Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C" but more reader-friendly and better explained.
The authors prove that mega-dose vitamin C as ascorbic acid (like Vitamin D3, a super-nutrient) is an effective antibiotic, antifungal, nontoxic anti-cancer agent, and also a treatment for heart disease as well as strokes, arthritis, peptic ulcers and cataracts - has NO negative side effects, almost impossible to over-dose and less toxic than water;
They emphasize that very high doses are often needed in order to deal with problems. Repeatedly the book states there are virtually no side effects, despite the many accusations against vitamin C, when it is actually safer than water! There's little or nothing vitamin C can't cure, in large-enough doses. However, "Natural Astazanthin" claims Bioastin is much more powerful than any of the vitamins, for dealing with free radicals.
This book doesn't make it clear but I later learned the successful research used intravenous vitamin C for serious health issues like cancer. Also, working on the ratio of vitamin C that a rat requires, an adult human should be consuming between 2 to 4g a day when healthy and up to 15g a day when ill - not the RDI of 75mg. Further, it isn't a vitamin at all. It is an essential molecule for maintaining cellular communication in the body. The larger the amounts of vitamin C in the body, the better the electron flow is between our cells. Illness is an expression of an impaired flow which arises when "free radicals - molecules lacking an electron - are allowed to proliferate. Vitamin C is a natural free-radical 'scavenger' that produces high-energy electrons to counteract the errant molecules.
later later note: I had been very ill for a very long time (2 decades) and in the end unable even to tolerate vitamin C. I later learned that synthetics, including all the synthetic vitamin C forms listed in this book, work short-term but always have a longer-term "cost" - see my review of "Supplements Exposed: The Truth They Don't Want You to Know About Vitamins, Minerals, and Their Effects on Your Health".
"The Calcium Lie II" an intriguing book plausibly claiming to explain the root cause of most illnesses, explains that ascorbic acid and other synthetic vitamin C products act like drugs in the system and also leach natural vitamin C out of the body. Levy calls claims like these "crazy" but neither side provides any evidence...
For those who prefer to play safe: full spectrum, natural C supplements are available as Innate Response Formulas, Vitamin C-400.
Also, as I had suspected for a long time (even though doctors told me all my tests were "normal"), my lengthy deterioration turned out to be advanced low thyroid, which then created adrenal deficiencies as the two glands work as partners. I found "Stop The Thyroid Madness", a major help: it's a how-to manual and thanks to it you will know more than most doctors (and will need to!).
There are no lab tests for most causes of low thyroid (and your doctor only treats lab tests, not you). If you suspect you have a low thyroid problem, there is an easy way to identify it. Body temperature is crucial for evaluating state of health. The FREE basal (at rest) temperature test is THE gold standard for low thyroid problems and - with your symptoms - means more than any lab test (although most conventional doctors, including endos, won't agree but then they're not trained to understand thyroid problems). It will pick up conditions that current lab tests don't, such as thyroid resistance. The stopthethyroidmadness website has excellent instructions for this self-test, as well as several for adrenal fatigue, which often goes hand-in-hand with low thyroid.
Later later note: Frustratingly, I then learned that taking high dose synthetic vitamin C regularly can be damaging to health and am going back to Innate Response C-400, made from real food.
For instance, a study presented to the American Heart Association showed a link between consumption of only 500mg of vitamin C per day and a greater propensity toward thickening of the arteries (Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2000).
The Jun 15, 2001 issue of “Science” reported that “synthetic vitamin C may contribute to the formation of genotoxins that can lead to cancer”.
AJCN reported that athletes taking 1000mg of vitamin C per day showed reduced endurance capacity from interference with antioxidant enzymes. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Jan 2008).
This books starts with a really wonderful introductory text by the 90 year old Abram Hoffer M.D. PhD., a man that has taken large amounts of vitamin C for 50 years with many positive effects and given it to a vast number of patients with many positive effects. The only problem as he points out is that as a doctor, it isn't great for you in soem ways if your patients all become too well because your treatment works so well!
Long story short, if you have cancer or any type of viral or bacterial disease, or any chronic disease or you want to avoid disease and live a longer and healthier life, you need to read this book - or at least understand the basics of orthomolecular medicine and the importance and effectiveness of high dose vitamin C taken daily.
As this book explains `Just about everything doctors have been telling us about vitamin C is wrong'
One of the most important messages of the book is that, if a doctor is unsure of the diagnosis, high dose vitamin C should always be given while the correct diagnosis is pondered.
The book also includes great information about Pauling, Cathcart, Klenner and Stone and other orthomolecular medicine pioneers.
This is an excellent book for doctors, as it explains why the facts about vitamin C are twisted and ignored in mainstream medicine as well as providing a mountain of solid evidence for the effectiveness of vitamin C. The book is also very easy to read for patients and members of the public.
This is a great book for laying out the facts of vitamin C therapy and why it is so important, however very little practical information is given. To be clear, it isn't very complex and only a small amount of information is needed. But this book did not explain at all how to buffer plain ascorbic acid with bicarb soda, or the benefits of IV vitamin C over oral vitamin C and so on. All it says is that ascorbic acid is the best form, and that you do not need to worry about buying expensive `vitamin C complexes with bioflavonoids' and little else.
Articles from some of the authors listed above are far better sources of practical information on how to take high dose vitamin C, but this book is rock solid in amassing so much credible and important information on this topic in one place. The authors are to be congratulated on this important book that needs to be widely read by doctors and members of the public. This book will change your mind about vitamin C and could even have a big impact on your life and health.
This book is very similar to Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C, but if I had to choose between the two I'd choose this one, as it's so much more reader-friendly and simpler (both books are of a very high quality however, and excellent for giving to your doctor).
(The importance of vitamin C in M.E. cannot be overemphasised. For a summary of the role of vitamin C and M.E. please see: High-dose vitamin C and M.E. on HFME)
Jodi Bassett, from The Hummingbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyalitis
on 10 December 2013
This is a remarkable and highly enlightening story and I found it a real page tuner. With the huge increase in superbugs and the very likely future crisis of mass antibiotic failure, I also feel it is essential reading for everyone. In parts, it is technical and slightly demanding (for me) but can still be read quickly. I intend to re-visit some chapters of the book again. I now understand so much more about Vitamin C: why, as humans, we need to take it, how much to take and how often, and under what circumstances. I had been taking it once a day but the book has taught me why divided doses are really important. In fact, I have learnt many things I didn't know about Vitamin C from this book - it does have remarkable powers as a natural agent that is antioxidant, antibiotic, antiviral, antihistamine and a detoxifier. It has given me a much better idea of how to look after the health of my family and protect them from infections (or treat infections), and how, hopefully, to avoid or alleviate chronic illness as I approach old age. My only concern with the Kindle edition is that the number references don't click straight through to the actual references at the end of the book - it can be quite a chore actually accessing these. Nevertheless, the book itself still gets 5 stars from me!
on 6 July 2013
Diagnosed with a Gleason score 3+3 prostate cancer over two years ago I am now clear.
Cured ? I have had no conventional treatments no radiotherapy, no hormone, now surgery.
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Lypospheric Vit C is as good if not better than Vit C IV (intravenous)
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