I wasn't going to get into this because it's obvious that it's a highly charged subject with a wide array of opinions.
Well here is mine: As I have stated on a couple of other posts, I am in school to become a Naturopathic Physician.
The information regarding Linus Pauling is previous posts is only partly accurate. No, he was not clinically trained & the results of his clinical
trials were not able to be reproduced. The question is: why? According to Linus Pauling himself, it was because they did not use the same amounts or
delivered in the same way in their trials as he did. And he told them so. So they made the blanket claim that what he did didn't work. He didn't win
unshared Nobel Prizes for being an idiot.
Assuming that vitamins are of no use is ill informed. How many people do you know that eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) eat a balanced diet? You
can tell me that people's diet would be fine if they just ate good food? That's true. But do they even know what a "good" diet is? Even the new
food pyramid is a joke. Enriched flour alone has all of the good things stripped from it & then has things put back in. Everything is pasteurized
which not only kills all of the bad bacteria but also good enzymes & decreases vitamins in the food itself. Our soil alone has been used & used & used
& then only three minerals are typically used to fertilize the soil when there are many other nutrients that may be deficient in the soil...not to
mention that we spray them with fungicide, pesticide, herbicide, insecticide, etc. We still think that just by eating a "decent" diet, we are going
to get the nutrition we need? That should be seriously considered before making such a blanket statement.
Citing www.naturalnews.com is not a bad thing. Just because they sell products doesn't mean anything. I was a civilian journalist for them for a time
& the journalists are not paid so they have no incentive to lie in the articles they write. The only way the journalists make any money is if you set
up a google adsense account and people click on the google ads at the top of the page. Otherwise, they are written only for informational purposes. No
money exchanges hands. We didn't get "perks" for talking about anything specific or even a product that we liked or recommended. If Vitamin C or D
was discussed in an article, you don't get a commission for someone linking from your article and buying anything. It doesn't work that way. I
wouldn't have written for them if it did. I wasn't in it for the money. I was in it to educate.
The FDA on the number of deaths per year for PROPERLY prescribed drugs is around 106,000.
This is the expected number of adverse reactions...not improperly prescribed, not over doses, not misuse...where as there are 10...that's a one and a
zero...that are allegedly attributed to vitamins.
In 2009, according to the U.S. National Poison Data System showed NO deaths from vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or herbal supplements.
I'm not saying that too many of something cannot cause harm. You should never just go to a store, buy a ton of vitamins, & start taking mega doses.
You should always consult a Naturopathic doctor or an Orthomolecular Physician to get proper dosages & have your diet examined to see where your
deficiencies may lie so you aren't taking too much of one thing.
Vitamin A can certainly be of concern if taken in too high a dose. As far as mega doses of vitamin C to combat either illness or disease, the more ill
or disease ridden a body is, the more Vitamin C you can tolerate. If you are well, 1000-5000mg may not have any effect on you at all other than to
keep your immune system bolstered & help you fight stress (because the body will burn through C if it is stressed. Cont'd