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Editorial Reviews


Dare I say, the most important development in the history of vitamin C? -- John Ely, University of Washington, June 22, 2004

The theory proposed, the Dynamic Flow Model, is the most important development in the history of vitamin C. -- The Vitamin C Foundation, June 27, 2004

Vitamin C could cut the health service budget in half. ...well written, insightful and at the forefront of scientific literature. -- Mike Mesham, June 10, 2004. lulu.com/content/53926

Well done, a truly fantastic book... -- Dr Selva Kumar M.D., Lulu Review, June 8, 2004

Well done, a truly fantastic book... I pay tribute to Prof Linus Pauling (on) the 10th anniversary of his death. -- Selva Kumar M.D. June 8, 2004. lulu.com/content/55277

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This book will be of interest to people who care about health and want to understand the science behind the vitamin C controversy; open-minded members of the medical profession are included in this group. It is also relevant to students who need a lively and topical introduction to science and the scientific method. Politicians who want to keep their promises to improve our health services will also find stimulating ideas.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: LULU (May 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411607244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411607248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a medical doctor, and enjoyed reading this book.
The best form of vitamin C appears to be the new liposomal vitamin C which has a similar effect to vitamin C given by IV.
That done, my opinion is that this book should be required reading by a very wide audience.
Joel M. Kauffman

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99 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Joel M. Kauffman on August 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Utterly honest, easy to understand, "Ascorbate, The Science of Vitamin C" is a real treasure. The difference between a small anti-scurvy intake of vitamin C, a few milligrams per day, and a therapeutic dose of 10 grams or more per day is made crystal clear.

The complete lack of evidence for the RDA set by the FDA is revealed. The rapid elimination of vitamin C was shown graphically, thus the folly in the persistent use of multi-gram oral doses by inept researchers was exposed. Small doses must be taken orally, maybe every hour, to keep serum levels up. The increase in serum levels obtainable with injected, not oral, sodium ascorbate, the usual non-acidic salt of vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is explained well.

The flaws in the published studies intended to debunk the usefulness of vitamin C from The Mayo Clinic and The Heart Protection Study in the UK are spelled out in detail. Wrong doses, wrong dosage forms, mismatched control patients, etc., all combined to fail to prove that vitamin C is not effective in treating cancer or cardiovascular disease. The problems with these studies and others is explained in great detail, and you will be able to follow the reasoning of the authors.

Then it is less of a shock to learn that vitamin C can cure polio and prolong lifespan for those with AIDS and cancer, among other conditions. The studies by Pauling and Cameron on vitamin C for cancer believed invalid by mainstream medicine, were, in fact, as well done as was ethically practical, and were confirmed by unrelated researchers.

My only gripes with this book are the incompetent chemistry on page 63 and some of the explanations of ordinary chemical reactions. Neither hydroxyl radical nor hydroxide ion plus an electron will give water as shown.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By W.G. Whitney on March 23, 2005
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What a well written, courageous book this is. Courageous because the authors, two professors of medicine, explain in laymen's terms, exactly how science is incorporated into medical practice, and how mistakes and bias get filtered into the mix. After making this clear, they follow the vitamin C story from the very beginning and demonstrate exactly how medical science developed a "bizarre" and illogical pet hate for vitamin C, Pauling and all his disciples. (and ignored apparent benefits)
This will not endear them at all to the tightly knit medical profession, but is a distinct service to the public.
In an honest and fair approach, with no unscientific exaggeration of evidence, the authors explain both sides of the vitamin c "controversy" which wouldn't have been very controversial at all if larger doses had been tried.
They also explode the sacredness of the "large, randomized,double blind, clinical trial" and clearly show how silly it is to deny patients a GRAS (generally recognized as safe) treatment, shown to provide huge benefits, on the flimsy excuse that no large scale trial was performed. Clinical trials should be refuted or replicated to allow science to advance. Phony excuses do not advance science.
All the latest findings are here from Cathcart, Cameron, Riordan, Hoffer and other doctors on the leading edge of ascorbate therapy.
The vitamin C deficiency theory of heart disease, developed by Pauling and Rath, is analyzed and updated, and the latest cancer treatment methods are given.
This is a very important book that has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives, it should be placed in the libraries of every school in the country.
W.G. Whitney
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Francis van Ness on July 25, 2004
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A great resource for both medical professionals and lay persons alike. The authors have researched this subject extensively and write about it in a way that is insightful for both the lay person and the professional. They hold the evidence of existing research to the light, and propose an elegant theory which can explain all the existing evidence.

It is refreshing to find the tone of the book quite neutral and scientific.

Although the authors don't subscribe to a conspiracy theory, the evidence that political and economical factors are heavily influencing the medical establishment seems obvious. The medical establishment has shown no interest in duplicating the existing research which points to great benefits in the use of high dosage vitamin C in diseases like cancer, polio and heart disease. Research dating back more than half a century found amazing results for using vitamin C, and yet the medical establishment chooses not to act on it, or worse, design experiments that seem to prove the opposite.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By William Sardi on July 6, 2004
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This is an historic book, one that will be treasured by those who embrace natural health approaches and a revelation to the uninformed. Drs. Hickey and Roberts authoritatively document how the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin C was impropely established and embellish on the current understanding of how to use vitamin C to promote health and longevity. There are more answers in this book about how much vitamin C your body needs than found anywhere else. For health activists, they will be outraged to find how the establishment of a marginal RDA for vitamin C has resulted in millions of avoidable health problems ranging from cancer and heart disease to cataracts over the past few decades. Had humanity had access to this information earlier mortality rates would have dropped by 25 to 50 percent. For two dollars a week you can implement the best preventive medicine known, by taking supplemental vitamin C. Throw out the false idea that the diet alone will supply your needs, it will only prevent scurvy. Drs. Hickey and Roberts disclose how living cells need more vitamin C when under physical or emotion stress. It's time to read this book, from cover to cover. This book will do more than change your life, it will alter the course for humanity. --Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc., San Dimas, California USA.
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