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Vitamin C and the Common Cold Hardcover – June 1, 1995


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568496699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568496696
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,350,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CHERYL S WOLFE on March 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK . . . . . . . . . EVERYBODY SHOULD READ IT.
Dr. Pauling discovered that Vitamin C affects every cell in our bodies and we need it DAILY.
Years ago, by reading this book at age 28, I discovered that Vitamin C 'deficiency' was causing
the major joint problems I was having at the time [deficiency sometimes mimics rheumatism].
The information in this book helped correct my problems after only 3 days taking the Vitamin C
supplements recommended by Dr. Pauling!....I will always take Vitamin C.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jodi-Hummingbird TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
Linus Pauling is a real hero to me and his intelligence, logic and compassion for people come through on every page of this book. The world would be a far better place with more people like him in it.

Having said that, after reading this book I do think it is clear he continually honed his message and the basic points he wanted to make about nutrition and orthomolecular medicine as time went on. For that reason I would recommend reading Pauling's book 'How to Live Longer and Feel Better' above this earlier (though still excellent and historially very important) book.

'How to Live Longer and Feel Better' includes a lot of the excellent vitamin C infomation contained in this book but also so much more. The discussion has a lot more depth, more research is quoted and practical advice is given about a basic but fairly complete orthomolecular program and not just how much vitamin C to take. It is pretty wonderful.

This is a slightly paraphrased version of Pauling's basic regimen for a healthy life:
* Take 6 - 18 g of vitamin C daily
* Take 400 IU, 800 IU or 1600 IU of natural vitamin E daily
* Take 1 - 2 B vitamin supplements daily
* Take 25 000 IU of vitamin A daily
* Take a multimineral tablet daily
* Keep your intake of sugar low
* Eat what you like in moderation, but avoid sugar. Meat and eggs are good, and fruit and vegetables are good. Don't eat too much of any one food and don't eat so much that you become overweight.
* Drink plenty of water
* Keep active, but do not severely overexert yourself physically.
* Drink alcohol in moderation only
* DO NOT SMOKE CIGARETTES
* Avoid stress, work at a job you like, be happy with your family.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on October 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Vitamin C is so important for health that the vast majority of animals manufacture it daily in their bodies. This is why animals can live outdoors even in the winter without getting colds or most other illnesses. Being healthy is important to animals because if an animal gets sick it usually becomes eaten by a healthy animal. Only a few animals -- principally humanes, monkeys, and apes -- cannot manufacture vitamin C. The inability to manufacture vitamin C confines monkeys and apes to live in or near the tropics, where the weather is warm and edible fruits and vegetation is very rich in vitamin C and thus can supply their need for this essential nutrient. Outside the tropics they would get sick and die or be killed. When monkeys and apes are removed from the tropics to live in zoos or as pets, they are routinely fed a diet very rich in vitamin C in order to keep them healthy.

Humans also originated in the tropics and cannot manufacture vitamin C but -- unlike monkeys and apes -- most humans eventually migrated away from the vitamin C rich tropics and spread all over the world to places in which the food supply contains much less vitamin C than is needed to maintain our health. Thus, unlike other animals, we humans routinely get sick with colds and other illnesses which adequate vitamin C would protect us against. Only the invention and use of clothing, shelter, and weapons make it possible for humans to survive the illnesses caused by inadequate vitamin C which we routinely get. Humans are the only animals which routinely get sick and yet generally survive our illnesses. But why should we live with periodic bouts of illness? Why not protect ourselves by taking supplemental vitamin C? This is the argument presented in this outstanding book by the greatest chemist of the 20th century, Dr.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Liang on April 1, 2009
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Are folks aware that 97% of the vitamin C is now produced from China! It is like Aspirin, just another natural wonder supplement doing marvelous thing for our health. The author iproviding others a complete resources of informations. K.L.
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