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Vitamin C has been shown to have a calming effect on behavior in humans (5). In animals, stereotyped behavior, one of the characteristics of autism (3), was reduced by treatment with vitamin C (6). Scientists hypothesize that vitamin C has these effects because it affects the brain signaling system called the glutamatergic system (7) and/or the brain’s response to an important neurotransmitter called dopamine (6)
This double-blind experiment showed that high doses of vitamin C in children with autism had significant positive effects on behavior, compared against their own behavior scores when they were taking a placebo.
One published research report on treatment of children with autism used a dose of 8 grams/70 kg/day (or about 2 grams daily for a 40-pound child) divided into two or three doses (2).
Another explanation for the effectiveness of vitamin C is its anti-oxidant properties (1). Some researchers have theorized that children with autism may have more trouble managing free radicals than other children do (8, 9). Free radicals are naturally-occurring chemicals that play important roles in normal functions in the body, but also can cause damage in the brain, immune system, and other tissues or organs in the body.
YOUR BRAIN ON VITAMIN C:
Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant molecule in the brain. However, it also has a number of other important functions, participating as a co-factor in several enzyme reactions…
The highest concentrations of ascorbate in the body are found in the brain and neuroendocrine tissues such as adrenal, although the brain is the most difficult organ to deplete of ascorbate.
Combined with regional asymmetry in ascorbate distribution within different brain areas, these facts suggest an important role for ascorbate in the brain.
Ascorbate is proposed as a neuromodulator of glutamatergic, dopaminergic, cholinergic and GABAergic transmission and related behaviors.
Neurodegenerative diseases typically involve high levels of oxidative stress and thus ascorbate has been posited to have potential therapeutic roles against ischemic stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntingdon's disease.
The functions of ascorbate in the CNS and brain are numerous. Essentially effecting neurotransmitters, dopamine and glutamate (learning and memory transmitters) cholinergic receptor (addictions).
Originally posted by Julie Washington
reply to post by CommanderCraCra
Yes, a cold is caused by a vitamin c deficiency - you are joking aren't you?
edit on 20-3-2013 by Julie Washington because: (no reason given)
Less than 1% of all doctors in the USA are even aware that vitamin C takes all minerals, including heavy metals out of the body. It’s not true chelation, as vitamin C combines metabolically, but it’s the same result. Take out all, and put back in what is needed. Most doctors even believe that the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 75 mg is correct for good health, when 4000 mg is the RDA for a 150 pound ape. (Apes are more valuable it seems.)
Mineral analysis of people who use 2000-5000 mg (2-5 grams) per day of vitamin C for a year or so show heavy metals toxicity so low it is immeasurable. We have an epidemic of autism, mostly caused by mercury, aluminum, and/or lead toxicity. This toxicity is increasing in our culture and pregnant women are more and more subject to this environmental poisoning.
This is creating infant toxicity before birth such that the infant liver may be near toxic levels, and the addition of vaccines using these preservatives overloads the infant liver and actually kills brain cells. A simple and cheap prevention is to have any pregnant woman start on 4 grams per day of cheap vitamin C (less than $30 for 9 months supply at Costco). If she takes 2 1000 mg tablets at breakfast and 2 more at dinner, and then takes pre-natal vitamins and vitamins at lunch, the “shared” blood stream of mother and fetus will be gradually cleared of mercury and other heavy metals.
This allows the birth of a baby that is not near toxic levels in that tiny liver, and now is able to handle further toxic loads after entering the world.
Autism is a “bankruptcy” disease to families. Instead of spending millions on “cure”, let’s spend a small amount on prevention.
But doctors need to be re-educated about vitamin C. Big Pharma has done a job with their refutation of Linus Pauling, and the other scientists work below.
Just so I understand the exact ridiculousness of your statement. . you are stating that FIRST comes the vitamin C deficiency, and not the EXPANDED NEED for vitamin C, due to the EXACT circumstances at hand... correct