Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C

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The relationship between vitamin C and health has been controversial for decades. Influential scientists, including double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, have argued that ascorbate could prevent or cure serious diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections. Conventional experts disagreed, disparaging supplements in favour of fruits and vegetables. This book explores the facts behind the controversy. It examines the history of vitamin C, starting with James Lind's classic 1747 experiment on ...
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Overview

The relationship between vitamin C and health has been controversial for decades. Influential scientists, including double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, have argued that ascorbate could prevent or cure serious diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and infections. Conventional experts disagreed, disparaging supplements in favour of fruits and vegetables. This book explores the facts behind the controversy. It examines the history of vitamin C, starting with James Lind's classic 1747 experiment on scurvy: a turning point in the application of science to medicine. This simple experiment is used to illustrate the scientific method and demonstrate how the medical establishment, with its emphasis on large-scale trials, has come to value pathological science more highly than solid, replicable experiments. The authors show that much criticism of vitamin supplementation is misguided: the recommendation that supplements are redundant if the person consumes five daily portions of fruit and vegetables is based on unsound science. For over half a century, research into vitamin C has been hindered by failure to understand how the vitamin is used by the body. This book re-evaluates the evidence and presents a new, dynamic flow model for the action of ascorbate. In the light of the new model, the vitamin C controversy is resolved. At first sight, the claims for vitamin C in heart disease, infection and cancer appear astonishing. However, the reported benefits have a scientific basis and demand to be considered seriously. The failure of the medical establishment to perform critical follow-up experiments may have resulted in much suffering and countless deaths. For this reason, the book lists the experiments necessary to restore respectability to the scientific evaluation of ascorbate. If even a few of these hypotheses are confirmed, readers will understand why Linus Pauling was prepared to stake his scientific reputation on vitamin C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411607248
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 805,608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PREFACE
A NEW APPROACH TO VITAMIN C
SCIENCE AND SCURVY
SCIENTIFIC RELIABILITY
SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON SCIENCE
THE HISTORY OF VITAMIN C
CHEMISTRY AND VITAMIN C
EVOLUTION AND DEFICIENCY
HOW MUCH DOES A HEALTHY PERSON NEED?
IS VITAMIN C SAFE?
BIASED EXPERIMENTS
OXIDATION AND ILLNESS
THE ULTIMATE ANTIOXIDANT
DYNAMIC FLOW
HEART DISEASE AND STROKE
HEART DISEASE OR SCURVY?
VITAMIN C AND LYSINE
ANTIOXIDANTS AND HEART DISEASE
INFECTIOUS DISEASES
CANCER
VITAMIN C AS A TREATMENT FOR CANCER
REPLICATION AND REFUTATION
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
INDEX
REFERENCES
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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Excellent book

    Linus Pauling and these guys are right. Vitamin C and vitamin D are two supplements we should be taking a lot of -- at least 10x more than the RDA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2004

    Well done!

    I have read this latest book and the time has come to vindicate Prof Linus Pauling,this year will be the tenth anniversary of his death.(19thAugust1994) I rather believe in Prof Pauling's work because he is a true scientist,doctors are not scientists!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Groundbreaking

    This book de-constructs all the myths surrounding the use of Vitamin C. Popular medical opinion has treated the use of Vitamin C as, at best useless in the prevention and cure of disease and even dangerous. The people who are concerned with damaging the reputation of vitamin C are possibly the same people who advocate the use of expensive drugs sold by big multi-national drug companies. Is this a coincidence? 'Ascorbate' recommends the widespread use of Vitamin C could cut the UK health service budget in half. 'Ascorbate' is well written, insightful and at the forefront of groundbreaking scientific literature.

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