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Vitamin C is one of the most powerful anti- oxidant agents, because it both fights free radi- cals in the body and restores the antioxidant prop- erties of vitamin E.
One danger should be noted: When a person is taking large amounts of vitamin C, his body ad- justs to this. But if it is suddenly stopped or heavily decreased, vitamin C deficiency symptoms (scor- butic symptoms, called the “rebound effect”) can appear. High doses of the vitamin should never be discontinued suddenly.
Here, from the Linus Pauling Institute, is the formula for taking vitamin C:
1 - Large amounts of vitamin C should be taken daily, but in divided doses all through the day.
2 - Begin with 1-2 grams (equivalent to ¼ to ½ teaspoonful) of pure crystalline vitamin C dis- solved in juice or water.
3 - Increase the intake by 1 or 2 grams on each subsequent day until a laxative action de- velops. At this point, reduce the dose by 1 or 2 grams below this bowel tolerance level and maintain that dose thereafter.
You can never take too much vitamin C! When too much is taken, the body immediately produces a slight, brief diarrhea to discharge it. It is untrue that vitamin C can cause kidney damage.
The Finnish study, carried out under the di- rection of Dr. Knekt, was the largest in size and scope ever undertaken in regard to vitamin E. Con- ducted from 1966 to 1972 on 62,440 adults, it produced highly significant results, aided by care- ful follow-ups of the patients over the next six to ten years. (See American Journal of Epidemiol- ogy, 127(1): 28-41, 1988; and International Jour- nal of Epidemiology, 17(2):281-86, 1988.)
Vitamin E has anti-cancer effects because it is a lipid antioxidant and a free-radical scaven- ger. (In addition, other studies have disclosed that antioxidants block the action of common carcinogens.)
It is also the most important fat-soluble an- tioxidant in the human body. But it only be- comes a clear-cut anti-cancer agent, when used with vitamin C and selenium. In combination with them, it is particularly effective against certain cancers, especially breast, lung, and prostate. It is also useful against skin, liver, colon, mouth, and stomach cancer.
Vitamin E prevents the formation of certain cancer-causing chemicals (such as nitro- samines) in the body, helps to change newly formed cancer cells back to normal cells, and strengthens the body’s immune system.
Vitamin E greatly enhances the performance of the immune system.
Crystalline vitamin C can be obtained inexpen- sively as ascorbic acid. Do not take it in the so- dium ascorbate form (reason: For proper cancer avoidance and recovery, sodium intake should be heavily decreased and potassium greatly in- creased).
Upon request, the Linus Pauling Institute, in Palo Alto, will send out an international list of phy- sicians who may be using intravenous vitamin C as an adjuvant therapy.
Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medi- cine. 440 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 91945 Ph: (415) 327-4064
Bulk vitamin C—Bronson’s P.O. Box 628, LaCanada, CA 91012-0628 Ph: (800) 235-3200
The official name for the vitamin is toco- pherol. There are seven naturally occurring to- copherols, of which alpha-tocopherol is the most abundant and the most biologically ac- tive.
It is now known that, not only does vitamin E and selenium work together in fighting can- cer, but selenium so enhances its effects that it reduces the body’s need for the vitamin.
Even though vitamin E is fat-soluble, tak- ing megadoses of the vitamin do not seem to produce abnormalities.
The RDA for vitamin E is 30 IU daily, but most research indicates that up to 800 IU a day is completely safe.
____________________ P. KNEKT, M.D., 1966
Note to researchers: Vitamin E is such a powerful aid in the battle against cancer, it deserves additional studies into its anti-cancer factors.
Working Summary: Vitamin E is important in cancer therapy, but not as much as vitamin C, beta-carotene, omega-3, and selenium.
Vitamin E is a vigorous anti-cancer vitamin, which has been the subject of intense investiga- tion over many years since its discovery.
The best absorbed form is “mycelized E.” This is a liquid form of the vitamin that comes in 1- ounce dropper bottles.
The natural form of vitamin E (toco- pherols—with “ol,” is far better than the syn- thetic form (tocopheryls—with “yl”). Look on the bottle before you buy it. Yet the synthetic type (also called the “dl- form” of the vitamin) is used in most studies! This is odd, since the natu- ral form is so much more effective. In fact, it is 30% more biologically active.