Our Illogical Bodies and Vitamin C

vitamin c

In my previous post, I talked about our bodies not being logical. Not that they’re illogical, but that they’re biochemical, which is a whole different thing.

Today I’m talking about commonly-accepted “facts” that come from logical thinking.

Dr. Joseph Mercola is a well-known osteopathic doctor and health guru. He seems to be a good guy, but he has a habit-along with lots of people who write about health-that sometimes gets him into some mighty deep weeds.

Vitamin C

His recent article, “Was Linus Pauling Right About Vitamin C’s Curative Powers After All?” provides some good examples of what I’m talking about.

He starts out with a strong discussion of how vitamin C works-as a powerful creator of collagen-the stuff of ageless skin, as an antioxidant that fights the body rust that takes us down, as a big-time supporter of the adrenal glands, as a wound-healing powerhouse, and on, and on.

As it turns out, taking relatively small amounts of vitamin C daily reduces the risk of heart disease and leads to longer life. And there’s plenty of evidence that vitamin C fights-even cures-cancer.

And while doctors fret about the possibility of vitamins interfering with healing of all sorts, vitamin C actually improves the results of cancer treatment. And it helps treat Parkinson’s and fights aging, too.

Taking vitamin C lowers your risk of suffering a stroke, too. Vitamin C is really good stuff.

Well, so far, so good. And, as I said, Dr. Mercola is one of the good guys, but the wheels start to wobble when the article moves into the area of “commonly accepted facts,” and logic creeps in to contradict biochemistry.

Eating organic produce

Never a fan of supplements, Dr. Mercola talks about eating a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables to get your C. Maybe that it was all it took back in the day, but not these days. Eating organic produce is a good idea, but it doesn’t have enough muscle to beat back disease.

Then he goes on to talk about the wonders of juicing. Well, juicing is very trendy, but there’s a whole lot you need to know about it before you launch.

Near the end of the lengthy article, he gets to supplements, but he doesn’t recommend the form of vitamin C that was used in the studies that got all the powerhouse results he talks about.

Liposomal vitamin C

He talks about liposomal vitamin C. I’ve investigated liposomal C; I’ve even taken it. It’s expensive, but I didn’t notice any particular benefit. Plus, it’s new enough so the research is less than robust. It may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but we just don’t know yet.

Buffered vitamin C

Then cometh the suggestion of taking buffered vitamin C. Well, the buffering agent is calcium, and taking calcium can open a large can of worms. Excess calcium can end up in your arteries, heart valves and other places where it doesn’t belong.

Most of us don’t need extra calcium and taking it anyway gives our bodies a big problem of getting rid of the excess-which is how it ends up in heart valves and the like.

Extended release

Then comes a suggestion of taking “extended release” vitamin C so we don’t have to take it so frequently. But “extended release” means added ingredients which don’t engage in our fight for health and can sometimes interfere.

The best way to keep the vitamin C levels in our blood plasma nice and high is to take it often. Every hour or two, for instance.

Overdose of vitamin C

Now, you may wonder how that works out since an overdose of vitamin C can cause diarrhea. True enough, but a body fighting for health uses all the C it can get; there is no excess.

How sick do you have to be? A cold or the flu will eat up all the C you throw down the hatch. The name of the enemy doesn’t matter all that much, just the fact that you’re in a battle.

And I could go on about other vitamins, minerals, etc. It’s not about getting a little of this and a little of that, but about knowing what your body needs-what things help, and what things get in the way of what you need to fix.

That’s why my vitamin/mineral book, Pep for the Pooped, and my on-line program, Moving to Health, give specifics about how to tell what you need. And once you decide that, you get links to specific supplements so you’re sure to get the right stuff.

Details matter.

God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
Too Pooped to Participate

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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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