Because I recently witnessed first hand (and second hand) how taking large doses of vitamin C can affect health, I decided to purchase and read the book written by Steve Hickey, PhD and Andrew W. Saul, PhD. The name of the book is Vitamin C: The Real Story.
If you are on the fence as to whether or not it’s worth increasing your vitamin C dose, this book is for you. It not only provides information on why our bodies need vitamin C, but it explains the conditions that occur when we don’t get enough.
It’s funny how we learn to live with certain symptoms and believe it’s just the way we were made rather than realizing it’s a condition caused by the lack of vitamin C. Something as insignificant as severe swelling from a mosquito bite might be a symptom of insufficient vitamin C. I tested this theory first hand. My reactions to mosquito bites were so severe that my arms, legs or wherever the bite occurred would look deformed. The area would swell to the size of half a baseball.
After a few weeks of maintaining an increased vitamin C regimen, new mosquito bites have been relegated to a minor irritant without the massive swelling.
The book offers several case studies and information from research performed by the likes of Irwin Stone, Ph.D., Nobel prize winning Linus Pauling, Fredrick R. Klenner, M.D. Lendon H. Smith, M.D. and more. I mention these doctors by name so that you can do your own Google search to read more about their studies and conclusions.
Since I was already on board with taking increased doses of vitamin C, re-reading the studies and research did nothing but reinforce my decision. As I read the book, however, I made a mental note of several medical professionals I know that would benefit from reading this information.
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In addition to the case studies, the authors list several vitamin C deficiency symptoms, conditions and diseases along with suggestions on how to treat them.
Bottom line, if you’re considering increasing your vitamin C intake, this book is a good introduction on why you should (or should not) do it and how to go about it. Ultimately, the decision is yours. Just make sure to base your decision on sound information.