by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© June 2015, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
1. I do not suggest intravenous vitamin C for cancer or anything else. I do not think it is needed, and that it is harmful because of the yin effect of vitamin C.
2. The computer at Analytical Research Labs still recommends too much vitamin C. This is one reason I cannot recommend their computerized supplement programs.
3. Beware of vitamin companies that claim that one must use only a food-based or all–natural vitamin C. This is explained below.
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins. The isolated vitamin was discovered by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and his team in 1932. It supports adrenal gland activity, and can assist the immune response. It is involved in detoxification, and is needed for collagen synthesis and connective tissue integrity. It is also an anti-oxidant and a mineral chelating agent.
It is found naturally in almost all vegetables and fruits. In addition, a little is found in some meats, and in milk products, as well. The following is a compilation of notes regarding vitamin C and nutritional balancing science.
FOOD-BASED, NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC VITAMIN C
The assertion by some vitamin companies that synthesized ascorbic acid is just a stimulant and no good is incorrect. The idea that one must take a naturally-derived or food-based vitamin C is absolutely false.
Plain synthetic ascorbic acid will support adrenal activity, it will lower copper, and it will support connective tissue health.
HAVE HUMANS LOST THE GENE TO PRODUCE VITAMIN C
Some authors have written that one must take high doses of vitamin C because humans have lost the gene to produce vitamin C in large quantity. This is incorrect. Here is a quote on this subject:
“In 2008, researchers at the University of Montpellier discovered that in humans and other primates the red blood cells have evolved a mechanism to more efficiently utilize the vitamin C present in the body by recycling oxidized L-dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) back into ascorbic acid which can be reused by the body. This mechanism was not found to be present in mammals that synthesize their own vitamin C.”
PROBLEMS WITH VITAMIN C
There is no question that high doses of vitamin C may have some beneficial symptomatic effects. However, high doses of vitamin C have several important and serious problems:
1. Vitamin C is very yin. It will make the body very yin, which is very harmful.
2. Vitamin C is a chelator. This means it will lower the levels of many other vital minerals in the body. This is a distinct problem.
For this reason, taking more than 1000 mg or so of vitamin C will seriously unbalance body chemistry over a period of time. This may not be apparent for a while, but it will occur.
3. In particular, vitamin C lowers copper levels. and will reduce the level of copper. One must be careful because adequate copper is critical for one’s health.
4. Taking high-dose vitamin C (more than about 3-4 grams daily) will eventually lower the sodium/potassium ratio. This is very harmful.
VITAMIN C AND NUTRITIONAL BALANCING
Effect of vitamin C on hair mineral analyses. A small amount of vitamin C, which I recommend for all slow oxidizers, raises the hair sodium level by supporting adrenal gland activity. It also lowers copper a little.
Vitamin C can also lower toxic metals. However, high doses are needed, in most cases, and we cannot use high doses because vitamin C makes the body much more yin.
Vitamin C and slow oxidation. Dr. George Watson, PhD found that slow oxidizers all need some vitamin C. As stated above, it helps raise hair sodium, supports the adrenal glands, and helps lower an elevated copper. It also helps with connective tissue problems and other imbalances.
Dr. Eck’s programs. Dr. Paul Eck used to supplement slow oxidizers with much more vitamin C than I do today. He used up to 4 grams daily.
We find people do better with less of it, probably because it is a very yin nutritional supplement. Our programs today are quite a lot more powerful than the older programs Dr. Eck set up.
One reason for this is that today’s programs cause much more development. Too much vitamin C, by making the body yin, will stop or slow development significantly.
Fast oxidizers and vitamin C. Vitamin C in doses greater than 200-300 mg daily is very harmful for fast oxidizers. It can raise the sodium level, which is already too high. It also lowers copper, which is already too low in most fast oxidizers.
Which vitamin C? For the purposes of nutritional balancing, plain ascorbic acid works very well, and is not costly. We find no reason to use food-based vitamin C except in a rare case in which someone is sensitive to corn-based vitamin C.
OTHER TOPICS RELATED TO VITAMIN C
Cooking and vitamin C. Some people say that a mainly cooked food diet, as used in nutritional balancing programs, has no vitamin C in it. This is not true.
Cooking vegetables and meats will leave a little vitamin C in the food. In addition, I suggest raw dairy products. These contain some vitamin C. Even pasteurized butter and cheese contain a little vitamin C. Together, these provide adequate vitamin C for most people.
Fruit-eating. Those who eat fruit, we find, are overloaded with vitamin C. This tends to lower and remove a number of critical minerals from the body.
Forms of vitamin C. I do not recommend Ester C, lyophilized vitamin C, or other forms of vitamin C such as the ascorbates. These are all very yin, more costly, and do not seem to offer any significant advantages.