Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
September 21, 2004


As usual the self proclaimed (more like self serving) mainstream authorities are so deathly afraid of vitamin C that they continue to disseminate all sorts of rubbish on it. Not realizing how stupid they look to anyone who even knows a smidgen about this king of vitamins should laugh at their ineptness of the most basic understanding let alone their authority on it. WHAT A JOKE!

Sadly this is not funny when one sees how these professional scamers continue to pray on the trusting public to promote toxic and in many cases infective drugs...

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Illegal Medical System Made Legal


Chris Gupta

The Vitamin C Foundation
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For Release Monday, August 9, 2004 Contact: Owen Fonorow at (630) 416-1438


HOUSTON, TX- The Vitamin C Foundation released a list of the Top Ten Websites That Disseminate Misinformation About Vitamin C today. Topping the list are websites hosted by prestigious organizations such as the National Library of Medicine's "Medline Plus," the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Clinic, Quackwatch,, WebMD and the Merck Manual.

The most often published misinformation about vitamin C is that mega-doses of this vitamin are washed away in the urine and produce nothing more than expensive urine. A recent study published by National Institutes of Health researchers dispels this belief. High oral doses of vitamin C have now been demonstrated to produce three times higher concentration in the blood plasma than previously thought possible. [Annals Internal Medicine 2004 Apr 6 ;140(7):533-7] Since 1996 the National Institutes of Health and the Institutes of Medicine have published spurious information that blood plasma saturation for vitamin C is achieved with a 200 milligram of oral dose and additional amounts are worthless.

Another mistaken but widely distributed fabrication regarding vitamin C is that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables are sufficient to provide the 200 milligrams of vitamin C recommended by the Institutes of Medicine. In fact, the most commonly consumed plant foods (iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, French fries, orange juice and onions) provide only about 110 milligrams of vitamin C, which is the typical consumption level for American adults. Furthermore, the National Cancer Institute concedes five servings of plant foods have not reduced the risk for cancer or heart disease and now recommend nine servings.

Yet another widely held misconception disseminated by various health organizations is that the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA = 75 milligrams for adult males, 90 milligrams for females and an additional 35 milligrams for smokers) is sufficient for 98 percent of the population. In fact, more than 4 in 10 Americans do not even consume the RDA levels of vitamin C. Furthermore, the RDA is misleading since it is established for healthy people only, not millions of Americans who have increased need for vitamin C (example s are smokers, pregnant women, diabetics, athletes, users of aspirin, steroids, birth control pills or estrogen, anemic and hospitalized individuals).

Among other commonly published falsehoods about vitamin C is the assertion that high-dose vitamin C causes kidney stones, that high-dose vitamin C induces iron overload, or that mega doses of vitamin C may cause DNA damage and increase the risk of cancer. These widely held beliefs and not backed by scientific investigation. [Science. 2001 Sep 14; 293:1993-5; Int J Vita min Nutr Res 1999 Mar;69:67-82; J Am Society Nephrology 1999 Apr;10:840-5; Nutrition Reviews 1999 Mar;57:71-7; Clin Chem Laboratory Medicine. 1998 Mar;36:143-7; Annals Nutrition Metabolism. 1997;41:269-82]

A more detailed list of the misinformation about vitamin C that is published by various health organizations can be found at ###

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posted by Chris Gupta on Tuesday September 21 2004
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

I have hemochromatosis and I get upset when I see it wrote that C INDUCES iron overload, when in fact it AIDS IN THE ABSORPTION OF IRON IN PEOPLE LIKE ME. Talk about falsehoods!

Please stop helping to spread a lie, you are just as bad as where ever you got your info from! AND YOU ARE PLAYING WITH MY LIFE!!!!Any one can print what they want on the net but when it comes to a persons life, you will be held responsible, so use it wisely and work to help, not hurt!

Posted by: Diana Zambory on September 22, 2004 06:55 AM


Please READ the last line of your own post that I have pasted here. It is #5 on the page titled Tpo Ten Websites that DISSEMINATE MISINFORMATION ABOUT VITAMIN C

Merck Manual at

Report entitled: Vitamin and Trace Mineral Disorders; vitamin C, Merck M anual of Geriatrics, Chapter 60.


Mistakenly claims doses "greater than 1000 mg daily are not recommended" because vitamin C increases iron absorption and high levels of iron may be associated with an increased risk of cardiac disease. "Another concern about consuming high doses of any antioxidant is that under certain conditions, antioxidants can have the opposite effect (ie, can become a pro-oxidant) and perhaps damage cells and DNA." Vitamin C supplements do not induce iron overload and do not cause DNA damage in humans. [Science. 2001 Sep 14;293 (5537):1993-5; Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 1999 Mar;69(2):67-82]

Posted by: Diana Zambory on September 22, 2004 07:11 AM


Why recommend 12grams of vitamin C (as a Daily requirement)when there is no way to get that amount from a healthy diet? It is humanly impossible to eat enough food that provides that much vitamin C.

MONEY, they want your money!

Posted by: Eileen Smith on September 22, 2004 07:34 AM


Years ago my father had a kidney stone attack for which a hospital broke up and tested the then-passed stone(s), and lab testing found the stone(s) to consist solely of ascorbic acid. FOR YEARS he had been ingesting high doses (500+mg daily) of vitamin C. If vitamin C did not cause his kidney stone(s), where did the large amount of crystallized ascorbic acid (vitamin C) come from that made up his kidney stone(s)?

Also: I have hereditary hemochromatosis ("HH")and have read MANY reports (both in recent books and on line) stating that vitamin C, *when ingested with non-heme iron, at least,* enhances the uptake of that iron.

The information in this article is certainly not up-to-date, and appears to have a bias promoting vitamin C, disregarding currently known contraindications. Please check your "facts".

Posted by: E. T. McGinnis on September 22, 2004 02:51 PM


Why recommend 12grams of vitamin C (as a Daily requirement)when there is no way to get that amount from a healthy diet? It is humanly impossible to eat enough food that provides that much vitamin C.

MONEY, they want your money!

Posted by: Jim Kreitzberg on October 5, 2004 02:07 AM


Why recommend 12grams of vitamin C (as a Daily requirement)when there is no way to get that amount from a healthy diet? It is humanly impossible to eat enough food that provides that much vitamin C.

MONEY, they want your money!

Posted by: Amy on March 16, 2007 12:18 PM


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