more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite
clear that there
is not one bodily process (what goes on inside
cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome
(from the common cold
to leprosy) that is not influenced
directly or indirectly -- by vitamin C."
most important areas in which vitamin C plays a crucial role are in the building and
maintaining of our tissues and fortifying our immune systems."
ascorbic acid concentration of a healthy person is 8-14 mg/L,
- Adrenal glands, pituitary, thymus, corpus luteum, and retina have
concentrations more than 100 times higher.
The brain, spleen, lungs, testicles, lymph glands, liver, thyroid, small intestinal mucosa,
leukocytes, pancreas, kidney, and salivary glands have concentrations
10-50 times that of plasma.
The skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle,
and erythrocytes have concentrations about 10 times that of plasma.
Vitamin C supplementation would have a particularly positive affect on
these organs .
inference, tissues that require higher concentrations of vitamin C
would be most susceptible to chronic problems as a result of a chronic deficiency.
lot these days about the antioxidant vitamins, C, E and A.
free-radical damage appears to contribute to chronic conditions... the
more we realize that antioxidant nutrition supplementation is essential.
Oxygen is a
highly reactive element. We see the result of oxidation all around us.
Rust, brittle rubber, and food spoilage, these are all the result of
Oxidation is not always bad.
The iron in your blood's
hemoglobin oxidizes or "rusts" in order to carry oxygen to all the cells
of the body.
But much oxidation is damaging, accelerating aging and
contributing to tissue and organ damage.
Oxidation is also a
contributor to heart disease (LDL oxidation has been linked to
atherosclerosis) and cancer.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has been shown to be the most effective
water-soluble antioxidant in human plasma."
"...that ascorbate is useful as part of the treatment of
almost all diseases. This almost universal benefit is because
massive doses of ascorbate neutralize massive amounts of free
radicals and free radicals mediate all inflammations. Most
acute infectious diseases can be cured if the free radicals
Homeodynamics is a fairly recent term that updates "homeostasis",
defined in the Bantam Medical Dictionary as:
physiological process by which the internal systems of the body (e.g.
blood pressure, body temperature, acid-base balance) are maintained at
equilibrium, despite variations in the external conditions."
Homeodynamics (the tendency of a regulated system to maintain itself
close to some fixed point) attempts to add emphasis to the dynamic, ever-adjusting
nature of these processes.
body's are exposed to stress (any influence which disturbs
our calm balance, therefore all the physical and emotional pressures
that we are exposed to make demands on our systems) our stores of
Vitamin C are depleted, mostly by our adrenal gland (it takes a molecule
of vitamin C to produce a molecule of adrenaline).
It is an old wives
tale that getting soaked in the rain causes us to catch cold. But, like
so many of these, there is a basis of truth. Being wet and cold is
stressful. It puts an additional strain on us to keep our body
temperature up. This reduces our "resistance". Since vitamin C is
vital to both our immune system and our natural balance, the day after
coming in from a cold rain, we find ourselves with a scratchy throat and
its downhill from there.
we are exposed to utilizes vitamin C.
best (highly advisable)
to have as much vitamin C in our system as possible,
all of the time.
Collagen is a rigid, fibrous protein that is the principal
constituent of connective tissue in animals, including bones, teeth,
cartilage, tendons, skin, and blood vessels. Collagen's high tensile
strength is due to the unique structure of its basic structural unit,
tropocollagen, which consists of three left-handed helical polypeptide
chains intertwined around each other in a right-handed triple helix
scurvy include bleeding gums, easy bruising and a tendency toward bone
fractures. All these symptoms are a result of the requirement for
Vitamin C in the development of the ground substance between our cells.
This ground substance, primarily collagen, is the cement that gives our
tissues form and substance. Collagens are
principal components of tendons, ligaments, skin, bone, teeth,
cartilage, heart valves, intervertebral discs, cornea, and eye lenses, in
addition to the ground substance between cells.
collagen forms in the absence of ascorbic acid, but the fibers are
abnormal, resulting in skin lesions and blood vessel fragility,
characteristics of scurvy.
Any tissue-related malady will have some basis in Vitamin C. There is a
long continuum between scurvy and optimum tissue integrity. As most all
of us suffer from sub-clinical scurvy, how is this evident from a
tissue-integrity standpoint? Let's look at the conditions that are
tissue related. Gum problems are an obvious first choice since they
relate directly to scurvy, but there are many others.
study concluded that most disc herniations are the result of Vitamin C
deficiency. This makes sense. The discs in our spinal column are like
donuts, with a tough, gristle-like exterior and a soft interior to
provide cushioning. Lack of proper amounts of Vitamin C will produce a
disc with compromised integrity. The tough exterior won't be so tough.
Over time and much wear and tear, this compromised exterior will wear
down and a pinhole will result. Moving just the right way (or should I
say wrong way) will push some of the soft interior material out this
pinhole. That is a disc herniation. If this squished-out material
touches a nerve in your spinal column, it causes pain.
Adequate Vitamin C will
toughen up the outside portion of the disc and a herniation is much less
Laser surgery is
the common method used to remove this
balloon of squished-out disc material.
under stress will suffer the most from vitamin C deficiency.
Vitamin C is needed for maintaining the strength of
tendons and ligaments but also it is essential for the adrenaline
synthesis (the hormone crucial for intense training).
healthy cells are arranged in a definite, organized structure to
only divide to make a new cell when the need arises.
Sometimes, a cell will mutate and disobey the rules. This is
most often caused by free-radical damage to the cell, which is why
we hear so much these days about antioxidants such as Vitamins A,
C and E and Beta Carotene. These Vitamins neutralize the
free radicals and slow their progress. This mutation of
individual cells probably happens to all of us every day.
one of us produces several hundred thousand cancer cells
every day of our lives.
we develop clinical cancer or not depends upon the ability
of our immune systems to destroy these cancer cells.
because cancer thrives in the presence of a deficient immune
a mutated cell has the ability to replicate itself with disregard
to the tissue structure - This is a tumor.
bodies have two basic lines of defense against tumor growth - both
involving Vitamin C.
first is our immune system.
after the most successful surgery, radiation- or chemotherapy,
some cancer cells are bound to remain.
is our immune system that will hunt down these cells and destroy
C is required for our immune systems to generate and mobilize the
specialized cells that fight cancer and infections. The more
stress your immune system is under, the more Vitamin C is used, if
it is available.
it isn't available, the disease will not be stopped and will
there is a cement, or ground substance, that holds our cells
together properly to form the integrity of our tissues.
Ewan Cameron theorized that cancer cells excrete a substance,
hyaluronidase, that breaks down the collagen and fibers that make
up the structure of this ground substance which creates the space
needed for tumor growth.
C is required for the development of collagen and this fibrous
material. This is why it is so important to all tissue
related problems, including disc injuries, gum problems, vascular
diseases and even skeletal problems.
is a reasonable leap of logic that chronic Vitamin C deficiency is
a major contributor to osteoporosis, and that juvenile
osteoporosis could probably be eliminated or at least minimized
through proper nutrition.
is impossible without change, and those who
cannot change their
minds cannot change
Atherosclerosis is a Vitamin C
year half a million people die from coronary heart disease.
Heart attacks were virtually unknown before the turn of the 20th
Our diets, especially in "developed"
countries have gone through dramatic changes in this period.
There is a very real connection between this new disease and our
C is required for tissue integrity.
- Tissues that are under
constant stress are particularly vulnerable to degradation from C
is certainly true of our arteries.
before his death at 93, Linus Pauling and Matthias Rath had
completed work on the link between atherosclerosis and Vitamin C.
They had concluded that chronic Vitamin C deficiency lead to a
serious compromising of our arterial system.
respond to dynamic vitamin C supplementation with an equal healing process.
your arterial wall to be like a stone dam.
This is a
reasonable analogy since our cells are like the stones and the
water being held by the dam is similar to the blood under pressure
in our arteries. Now, if the cement between the rocks is
inferior, leaks could occur. Likewise in our arteries, if
the ground substance between our cells is inferior due to
lack of the proper development of collagen and fibrils as a result
of inadequate Vitamin C, the arterial wall may be susceptible to
arteries are compromised, our systems produce a specialized,
sticky form of low-density lipoprotein (cholesterol 1) called Lp(a)
which attaches itself to the arterial wall to prevent blood
This is consistent with where arterial plaque is
found - where there are lesions and where there is particular
stress (i.e. at branches in arteries (not veins) due to the
pressure and in coronary arteries due to the stress of the
cancer and heart disease have a
strong tissue-integrity component, our blood vessels are adversely
susceptible to a lack of Vitamin C.
is a requirement for the proper functioning of our immune systems.
is involved in white blood cell production, T-cells and macrophages.
Without Vitamin C in adequate quantities, our own body's best defense
against disease is left without ammunition.
sickness such as a cold or virus is analogous
to a brush fire.
- Destruction in its path, just as an infection wrecks
havoc to our own internal ecology.
- If the sickness is the fire, then
our immune systems are the fire department and Vitamin C is the water.
If I may take this analogy a little further, the fire department may use
chemical fire retardants, which are loosely analogous to medicine.
we would all agree that these chemicals are sometimes warranted, but
surely we also know that they will have some consequences to the
environment or ecology.
- This is similar to nutrition and medicine.
Nutrition is the natural bolstering of our own systems.
the contrary, is foreign and needs to be used with corresponding care.
Due to the
strong relationship between C and our immune systems, it is not
surprising that viral and bacterial infections can be dealt with by our
own systems when adequate C is present.
Ascorbic acid is toxic to
viruses, bacteria, and many types of cultured cells, because of its
It is particularly toxic to malignant tumor cells
but much less toxic to nonmalignant normal cells, thus its therapeutic
Vitamin C... Cure Cancer?
Abram Hoffer has been treating cancer patients with a
nutritional program for many years. The foundation of
his nutritional protocol is vitamin C.
is a chart summerizing Hoffer's results treating over
1000 cancer with vitamin C (documented in the updated
publishing of Cancer and Vitamin C).
point to see in the chart above is the relative
survival. For example, at the end of 1994, about 70%
(green line) of the 500+ (purple bar) patients on
Hoffer's nutritional plan were alive. In contrast,
less than 15% (blue line) of the 100+ patients not
on the plan were alive at years end.
has been some theory concerning vitamin C's potential
role in protecting not only healthy cells, but cancer
cells as well, thereby interfering with chemotherapy
and radiation treatments.
Hoffer's view on this is (quoted from his website):
[vitamin treatment] would enhance the therapeutic
effect of the chemotherapy and decrease its
toxicity." Also, "If they [cancer
patients] needed chemotherapy the program [vitamin
therapy] would make it more tolerable and less
painful and if they needed radiation the program
would decrease the intensity of the side-effects of
the radiation and increase its efficacy."
studies describe the protective role of vitamin C
(ascorbic acid) against cancer development and in
treatment of established cancer. The present study
investigated whether ascorbic acid demonstrates a
therapeutic benefit for prostate cancer.
involving cancer and Vitamin C points very strongly to
the need to take as much Vitamin C as your system is
comfortable with. The constant requirement for
it and our inability for any long-term storage (a
stressful situation can deplete our supplies of C in
seconds!) means we all need to take C every single
day. If you take more C than your system can
handle you will get the runs. This is referred
to as the "bowel tolerance limit". If
you are just starting to take C supplementation, this
level will be relatively low, but increase over time.
This is because certain enzyme systems will be enabled
by the increased C and this takes some time. It
is interesting to note that your limit will go up
dramatically when you get sick.
How Vitamin C is Therapeutic
Vitamin C plays an important role in
our daily fight against cancer. Due to its importance
to the development of immune system cells, it is
crucial as a first line of defense against mutated
cells from ever multiplying into overt cancer. If
cancer does get a foot-hold, high-dose vitamin C still
plays at least three important roles.
Immune System Enhancement
The first is as a raw material for the immune
system. Even after the most successful surgery,
radiation- or chemo-therapy, some cancer cells are
bound to remain. It is our immune system that will
hunt down these cells and destroy them. Vitamin C is
required for our immune systems to generate and
mobilize the specialized cells that fight cancer and
infections, too. The more stress your immune system is
under, the more vitamin C is used, if it is available.
If it isn't available, the disease will not be
Inhibition of Tumor Growth
Secondly, there is a cement, or ground substance,
that holds our cells together properly to form the
integrity of our tissues. Dr. Ewan Cameron theorized
that cancer cells excrete a substance, hyaluronidase,
that breaks down the collagen and fibers that make up
the structure of this ground substance creating the
space needed for tumor growth. Vitamin C is required
for the proper development of collagen and this
fibrous material. This is why vitamin C is so
important to all tissue related problems, including
wound healing, spinal disc injuries, gum problems and
especially cardiovascular disease. Specifically in
cancer, proper tissue integrity will help encase a
tumor and make it much harder for it to grow.
J.P. Casciari, N.H. Riordan, T.L. Schmidt, XL Meng,
J.A. Jackson and H.D. Riordan have demonstrated in the
laboratory that vitamin C in combination with other
natural substances can actually be cytotoxic to cancer
cells. What this means is that these safe, non-toxic
natural substances can kill cancer cells in a way
similar to chemotherapy. These tests were done with
concentrations of vitamin C that can be duplicated in
vivo. One of the authors and researchers of this paper
describing this function of vitamin C is Dr. Hugh
what medicine or other treatment you and your doctor may choose to treat
your illness, Vitamin C should be part of the therapy.