Dear Jonny, Vitamin C?
An old acquaintance of mine is a self-proclaimed health expert who claims that he hasn’t had any colds in twenty years as a result of his consuming 30 grams of vitamin c per day. He also claims that upping it to 50 grams a day sent his cancer into remission twice; both in 2001 and 2005. Is that possible?
Vitamin C is water-soluble, so he’s pissing most of it out. What remains in his system may be immuno-supportive, but by no means is it going to stop cancer in its tracks or prevent colds for two decades (some evidence points toward vitamin c slightly decreasing the duration of a cold, but that’s not what we’re talking about here). As far back as the 70’s there have been studies that suggest high doses of vitamin c administered INTRAVENOUSLY may fight cancer in humans, but those studies were not replicated when the vitamin was taken the way your acquaintance has done so (orally). Dr. Linus Pauling, who regularly ingested 40 grams of vitamin c per day, claimed that it delayed the onset of his prostate cancer for twenty years. But that was only a claim, and the cancer killed him in 1994. People tend to believe in whatever is convenient to their philosophy. Your acquaintance is wrong.