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Since it is possible to measure the variation between individuals, the recommended minimum vitamin C intake should be high enough to cover the whole population, including those people with a higher than average requirement. ” If the daily dose is enough for a varied population to have long-term health in the absence of disease, it does not mean that it is necessarily optimal for disease prevention. One of the postulated benefits of ascorbate is that it will help prevent colds and other viral diseases.

Do the theories fit the facts? Is the evidence consistent? What do the experiments actually show? In medicine, despite the jargon, ideas are generally simple when explained clearly. Given the evidence, intelligent people are able to grasp the essential ideas and make up their own minds. ” Galileo Galilei The value of certain foods in preventing illness was known long before the first vitamins were actually identified. We have already described Lind’s experiments, which showed that citrus fruit would cure scurvy.

18 They used the example of the drug Alosetron, for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, which had been withdrawn because, although its benefits were slight, there were frequent side effects and some deaths. The FDA recommended that the drug be made available again, as long as the responsibility for the side effects was with the issuing doctor! These unfortunate results are only to be expected, given the great economic power and scale of the profit-making health industries. To highlight the long-term influence of finance on medicine, we recall James Lind’s experiment on scurvy.

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