You mean, it works on the same principles as homeopathy?
>From: Jim West <[log in to unmask]>
>Sent: Jan 2, 2012 12:47 PM
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>Subject: Re: Agreed: Taking multi-vitamin pills 'does nothing for our health'
>1) You're saying Vit C knocks out the 'flu'. However, the working principle
>behind many mainstream pharmaceuticals is that mild toxicity gives the
>impression of a cure by raising the metabolism. Thus you may be validating my
>father's experience that Vit C pills are mildly toxic.
>On Fri, 30 Dec 2011 13:06:43 -0500, Mitchel Cohen
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>>Well, not to invalidate your father's reaction to ascorbic acid.
>>Different people no doubt have different reactions to every nutrient,
>>which is why individual profiles are needed. (I know that individual
>>profiles go against the "standard" one-shoe-fits-all approach of
>>Western medicine, but even in Western medicine there have been
>>significant shifts towards individualizing doses and kinds of
>>nutrients -- pretty significant changes, actually, since that was one
>>of the main arguments by corporate medicine against homeopathic
>>For me, Vitamin C has been indispensable. I rarely get colds or the
>>flu, and when I do I combine large hourly doses of Vitamin C and
>>bioflavanoids (which are necessary to make the Vitamin C effective)
>>with increased amounts of garlic, turmeric and the like. (I remember
>>how people scoffed at me for putting a clove of garlic up my nose for
>>an hour, removing it, and then putting another clove into the other
>>nostril for an hour; but that, combined with the Vitamin C, was all
>>it took to greatly reduce the severity and time of the flu, the 2
>>times I had in in the past 10 years. It was gone in hours.
>>At 10:03 AM 12/29/2011, Jim West wrote:
>>>Phil, Thanks, and have a few things to add.
>>>One unadvertised bit of info I realized last year, is that humans
>>>C" (unlike other primates), and thus don't need a continuous supply.
>>>My father has violent reactions when he tries to continue his Vit C megadose
>>>program. Apparently his body thinks ascorbic acid is toxic.
>>>My experience with following the flu with Vit C, is a fever rise, as
>>>if the Vit C is
>>>The human body uses super-oxidization to fend off certain (reductive) toxics
>>>and microbes; Vit C might disable that
>>>capability. Example: Arsenic poisoning
>>>is facilitated by ascorbic acid supplements.
>>>I still eat citrus etc., assuming that anti-oxidant capabilities are
>>>gained in a
>>>proper way thereby. I still keep my eyes open for pro-vitamin C
>>>science, as it
>>>does make some intuitive sense, perhaps as an antidote for reductive toxics
>>>like heavy metals.
>>>On Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:05:31 -0600, Phil Gasper
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