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Vitamin C, The Common Cold & The Flu Mass Market Paperback – May 5, 1955


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 1955)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425048535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425048535
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,487,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. R. Schryer on October 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By eyal - newman on April 7, 2000
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the author of this book is the father of the orthomolecular-medicine is revealing the vitamin c to the public attention,and explain the mechanism of how this vitamin is strenghening the immune system,while continuing of strenghening all of the other parts of the human organism.pauling is also talking about the comparison of vitamin c to conventional-drugs.pauling also explain in this book how the vitamin work in other diseases in the human body.the history of the discovery of the vitamin and the effect on scurvy is also explained in this very interesting book, and the findings of two other vitamin c pionneering researches like:irwin-stone, and albert szent gyorgy are also explained in this very educative-must book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Saul on September 23, 2013
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People who try and try and try to "discredit" the use of optimally high doses of vitamin C are afraid of this book. Those who wish to judge vitamin C's therapeutic benefits for themselves will want to actually read it. It is excellent. Dr. Pauling wrote an easy to read book that is also full of scientific substantiation. Pauling reviewed the literature so we do not have to. And if you do want to, be sure to note that a significant number of physicians today have considerable clinical experience doing now exactly what Dr. Pauling said decades ago. Among these high-dose vitamin advocates are Thomas Levy, M.D., Ian Brighthope, M.D., Ralph K. Campbell, M.D., Damien Downing, M.D., Michael Janson, M.D., Bo H. Jonsson, M.D., Ph.D., and Atsuo Yanagisawa, M.D., Ph.D.. A search on Amazon will bring up many of these scientists as authors. The odd thing about critics of Linus Pauling is that they tend to have two fewer Nobels than Dr. Pauling did. You can "warn" the occasional reader away from Linus Pauling, but you cannot fool all of those medical doctors all of the time. If you need a more up-to-date Pauling text, his excellent book How to Live Longer and Feel Better was revised and updated in 2006. Pauling was right, and still is.
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