Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vitamin C - Helpful or Harmful?

I have been know to call vitamin C the urine acid of citrus fruits. Vitamin C is an acid known as ascorbic acid that when mixed into foods and supplements must be chemically transformed into esters to be consumable. Vitamin C is destroyed by exposure to oxygen, metals, light and heat...therefore one can surely imagine what happens to it when it is processed.

Vitamin C is believed to be an antioxidant because oxidants (acids) that are in the body will oxidize (take electrons from) ascorbate first before affecting the body's proteins and lipids. This leaves oxidized forms of ascorbate. Oxidized ascorbate is believed to be relatively stable and unreactive and is believed not to cause cellular damage. I have disagreed for years and believe that over time a cumulative affect of taking in vitamin C, especially in unnatural and processed forms, is harmful just like taking too many enzymes (acids) too often and thereby tenderizing yourself.

The name "ascorbic" comes from its supposed property of preventing and curing scurvy. The scientific name of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus. Scurvy leads to the formation of liver spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from all mucous membranes. The spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized.

Yet, these are all symptoms of overacidity. In advanced scurvy, there are open, suppurating wounds and loss of teeth. Scurvy was at one time common among sailors, pirates, and others who were on ships that were out to sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored and by soldiers who were similarly separated from these foods for extended periods.

Medical Science believes that Scurvy results from lack of Vitamin C, but I have gone on record to disagree. I say that that scurvy is caused by dehydration and a diet of dead and animal-based foods causing over-acidification of the blood and tissues leading to cellular breakdown i nto bacteria, yeast, and mold and the destruction of microvilli in the small intestine much like a rotting banana or piece of fruit getting mushy with dark spots.

The Dutch writer, Johann Bachstrom, in 1734, gave the firm opinion that "scurvy is solely owing to a total abstinence from fresh vegetable food, and greens which is alone the primary cause of the disease."

While the earliest documented case of scurvy was described by Hippocrates around the year 400 BC, the first attempt to give scientific basis for the cause of this disease was by a ship's surgeon in the British Royal Navy, James Lind. Again, it was well known that Scurvy was common among those with little access to fresh fruit and vegetables such as remote and isolated sailors and soldiers.

While at sea in May 1747, Lind provided some crew members with two oranges and one lemon per day, in addition to normal rations, while others continued on cider, vinegar, sulfuric acid or seawater, along with their normal rations. In the history of science this is considered to be the first occurrence of a controlled experiment comparing results on two populations of a factor applied to one group only with all other factors the same.

Lind published his work in 1753 in his Treatise on Scurvy which conclusively showed that citrus fruits prevented the disease. NOTE: These were whole natural and unprocessed fruits and lemons that are alkalizing and mineral rich as are limes which we will come to in a minute. It wasn't the vitamin C but rather the alkalinity, minerals, and combination of natural electrons which were operating. Citrus fruits were one of the first sources of vitamin C available to ship's surgeons. Lind's work was slow to be noticed, partly because he gave conflicting evidence within the book, and partly because the British admiralty saw care for the well-being of crews as a sign of weakness. Further, fresh fruit was very expensive to keep on board, whereas boiling it down to juice allowed easy storage yet destroyed the vitamins and the electrons (especially if boiled in copper kettles). Ship captains assumed wrongly that Lind's suggestions didn't work because those juices failed to cure scurvy while not realizing that they were cooked and processed down and not in their natural energetic electron rich form!

The source of sickness and disease is the build up of acidity and blockages, starting in the small intestine, which is kind of lack clogging the drain to the point of overflow (cold, flu, etc).

Vitamin C produces positive results because it breaks down undigested matter (like chicken and pork) in the digestive tract which improves digestion and promotes elimination.

Human beings are poisoning themselves with Vitamin C by taking it in excess for everything.

It is totally unnecessary.

Again, it is like taking an excess of enzymes (acids) and tenderizing onesself. In my many years of viewing people's blood and understanding their nutritional histories, I have never recommended that a person needs to take Vitamin C. The only time I would recommend it is for supporting the bowel in severe congestive situations.

If you are using Liquid Vitamin C, you are ingesting plenty and in a form that your body can use without harm. Plus, you get everything you need in terms of vitamin C by eating the pH Miracle diet of mostly vegetables, fats and low sugar fruits wherein Vitamin C naturally occurs.

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