Vitamin C and Cancer

Is it one of the great blessings of natural healing and an essential omponent of human health?
Or are the critics correct in dismissing the substance as useless and wasteful?

Many scientists of impeccable reputation have declared that the absence of vitamin C in abundance can be responsible for disease and premature death in millions of people throughout history.

Scientific evidence gathered from around the world and available for confirmation in hundreds of books and research papers seem to attest to the successes that defenders of the substance proclaim.

The critics are also individuals with credentials. They come from the medical profession, the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies (such as the National Cancer Institute and various cancer clinics) and organizations that concern themselves with raising funds for research.

Among the defenders of vitamin C as a means of therapy are those who contend that the forces against confirming vitamin C as a solution to many medical problems have vested interests in defaming its value, that they are intimately involved in perpetuating the principle of disease for profit.

Others, more charitable, attribute ignorance or unreasonable prejudice to the men and women in positions of authority who refuse to investigate the value of vitamin C.

The antagonists charge that vitamin C as therapy is quackery, advocated by misguided enthusiasts who have a narrow conception of science, or harbor their own personal interests in opposing orthodox treatment for ailments such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Another complaint that advocates of vitamin C emphasize is the willingness of government agencies to grant huge funds for research and development of powerful drugs that have shown no proven record of hope, while refusing to appropriate few or no dollars to research into the value of vitamin C. (Linus Pauling, it has been reported, applied for many years to the National Institutes of Health for such funding; eventually, he was granted only $5,000 for a study -- a sum which he said was grossly inadequate.)

Dr. Pauling, a man of relentless optimism, has commented upon his frustrations by declaring: "There is now reason to believe that by the use of the proper amount of ascorbic acid some malignant tumors can be changed in such a way as to make them disappear or permit their complete (and safe) removal by surgical intervention. The National Cancer Institute and other agencies have been reluctant to support investigations on the role of vitamin C and other vitamins in providing protection against and the treatment of cancer. But it is likely that great progress will be made along these directions during the next few years."

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