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High Dose Vitamin C: Skeptics Take on Research, Teachings of Linus Pauling

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Dr. Linus Pauling is considered one of the top scientists of the 20th century and his research on the effects of high doses of vitamin C continues to have a significant influence on the health industry. However, Dr. Pauling's research conclusions that high doses of vitamin C can promote heart health, fight the common cold, help battle cancer, and even promote longevity have been received with skepticism by some in the medical research community.

In the 1970s, Dr. Pauling published a book called "Vitamin C and Cancer" in which he claimed that high doses of vitamin C could help cancer patients live longer.

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According to the American Cancer Society, "The Pauling study has been criticized by the National Cancer Institute for being poorly designed. Later studies done at the Mayo Clinic found that advanced cancer patients given the same dose of vitamin C did not survive any longer than those not given the supplement." ACS further states, "More recent studies still have not shown that supplemental vitamin C is effective in preventing or treating cancer."

The National Institute of Health has refuted the research of Pauling when it comes to his assertions that high doses of vitamin C can prevent or reduce the duration of the common cold.

According to the NIH, "In the 1970s Linus Pauling suggested that vitamin C could successfully treat and/or prevent the common cold. Results of subsequent controlled studies have been inconsistent, resulting in confusion and controversy, although public interest in the subject remains high."

Based on his decades of research as a biochemist, Pauling became a principle advocate for megavitamin therapy including high doses of vitamin C. He coined the term "orthomolecular medicine," which is defined as alternative or complimentary medicine that uses nutritional supplements, such as antioxidants, as a way to treat and prevent disease and increase life span.

According to the study published by the Journal of American Medical Association on antioxidants and mortality, "the researchers first analyzed 68 studies involving 232,606 people and found no significant effect on mortality — neither good nor bad — linked to taking antioxidants," NBC reported.

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Despite studies that have published data refuting Dr. Pauling's research findings, supplementing with high doses of vitamin C remains a common health practice by individuals and many in the medical community.

Orthomolecular medicine, first conceptualized by Dr. Pauling, is a field of science that continues to garner worldwide support and generate new research studies.

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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