Vitamin C: The Real Story


This Is a Review of the book : Vitamin C : The Real Story

This book details how to use vitamin effectively to maintain good health and recover from injuries and illnesses.

Vitamin C is used to prevent infections, its antiviral and antibacterial, and helps people recover from injuries and operations. Cuts, wounds and ulcers heal more quickly and effectively if vitamin C is taken orally.

Your body needs more Vitamin C to heal itself.

The health giving properties of vitamin are not acknowledged by the medical establishment and drug manufacturers to the detriment of the well being of all people so this book tells the truth about vitamin C and beneficial uses of it to enhance your health and well being.

The book details are :

Vitamin C : The Real Story. Steve Hickey, Ph.d, Andrew Saul, Ph.d. Basic Health Publications,2008

It can be purchased on Amazon for $19.39.


A Quote From The Book

Their words are quoted directly from the book page page 3 . It’s eloquent and informative :

” Just about everything doctors have been telling you about vitamin C is wrong.

Research into the clinical applications of vitamin C is progressing rapidly despite a lack of funding from conventional medicine. Orthomolecular medicine,  which uses nutrients in large doses to treat disease, is regarded as highly controversial by the medical establishment. The rejection of the Orthomolecular approach has little basis in science and reflects a bias at the heart of the status quo.

  • You’ll see that megadoses of vitamin C have proven to be an effective antibiotic, a non-toxic anticancer agent, and also a treatment for heart disease.
  • We’ll explain the real reasons behind conventional medicine’s rejection of vitamin C therapy
  • You’ll meet the pioneers of vitamin C research, who often faced great resistance in their advocacy for the health benefits of this nutrient.

Vitamin C is a simple molecule with powerful effects. If you want to be healthy, you should take enough vitamin C. After reading this book you will know why and how much.”

I have read the book and it does exactly what it promises. It tells clearly how much vitamin C to take and why.

Are Vitamins Toxic?

Vitamins are not toxic.  There are no recorded deaths from taking vitamins. The source is Andrew W Saul in his book :

Doctor Yourself – Natural Healing that works. Andrew W Saul,Phd,.Basic Health Publications,2012

Go to page 372 of this book. He uses the data collected by the American Association Of Poison Control Centers. There have been no deaths whatsoever from taking vitamins. None at all for the 28 years that the organisation has been recording and reporting deaths due to toxic substances.

Its a lie if someone claims that vitamins are toxic and cause illness and death. This not true.

Abram Hoffer MD,Ph.d – orthomolecular medicine practitioner

Abram Hoffer wrote the foreword for Vitamin C the true story. I quote below from this:

” Considering the properties of vitamin C in the body, it is not surprising that it has proven so valuable. I will list only three very important roles , as you will read about the rest of them in this book :

  • Antioxidant – Without antioxidants we we would slowly burn up from the oxygen in our atmosphere. It is essential that the body keep oxidation under control.
  • Collagen formation – Collagen is an important structural protein in the body’s connective tissues. Lack of vitamin C , is why, in scurvy the collagen tissues break down so severely.
  • Histamine scavenger- Each molecule of vitamin C  destroys one molecule of histamine. The bleeding tissues and loosening of collagen fibres in scurvy is caused by the massive build up of histamine in the body which does not contain enough vitamin C.

Vitamin C is very safe.

Its an interesting, easy and informative read about being healthy

Vitamin C is effective against bacteria and viral infections. It effectively reduces the effects of colds and flu.

The secret to success is to take one 1000mg tablet every two hours until the symptoms go away and you feel better. It works – I have used this effectively when afflicted by a cold or the flu.

Nobel Prize winning Scientist Linus Pauling won a Nobel Prize for research into vitamin C. He  proved the the anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties of vitamin C.

He is the only person in history to win 2 Nobel Prizes for his work as a scientist.

Bleeding gums and receding gums is a sign of being low in vitamin C and vitamin B3 – niacin. Tooth and gum health is not just about dental hygiene its also necessary to maintain an adequate amount of vitamin C and vitamin B3 in your body.

Three 1000mg tablets of vitamin  C three times per day and three 250 mg tablets of vitamin B3 is a maintenance level for a well adult.

What is the best source of vitamin C?

Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is made naturally by plants and animals but unfortunately not by  humans.

It is also manufactured.

So is one kind better than the other?

No its simply ascorbic acid no matter what its source is. It is equally effective whether its from a natural source or is manufactured.

If you try to achieve high intake using food sources its impossible to physically consume and digest the amounts of food required.

Supplementation with tablets or powder is the way to go. You can get ascorbic acid – the pure form. You can get sodium ascorbate, ascorbic acid combined with sodium; and calcium ascorbate which is ascorbic acid combined with calcium.

Sodium ascorbate is good for people with sensitive stomachs who find the plain ascorbic acid a bit too acidic – its a weak acid but for some its too strong.

There is much debate about how much the body can absorb and what preparations of vitamin C are better in this context than others.

What counts is the serum level of vitamin C in the blood which indicates how much is made available to all parts of your body – to all cells.

The key is to take vitamin C over the course of the day in divided doses  – for example at breakfast, lunch, afternoon, dinner and before bed. Vitamin C is water soluble like most vitamins and you body does not store it for later use.

So its important to maintain a constant level in your blood for optimum health and to boost your immune system to  fight illnesses and repair injuries.

Vitamin C-  The True Story

So if you want more good info about vitamin C read this  book – its about how to be healthy, and relieve the effects of illnesses; and recover from injuries..

Its about natural healing that works using vitamin C and the important discoveries of its healing power.

 Thank you and enjoy.

regards Jack



Vitamin C : The Real Story, S Hickey,PhD.,A.W.Saul, PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2008

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians. Dr. A.Hoffer, M.D., PhD. ,A.W.Saul,PhD, Basic Health Publications Inc., 2008

Doctor Yourself Natural Healing That Works, A.W.Saul PhD, Basic Health Publications, 2003,2012

The above link is to a website about natural healing of disease through orthomolecular healing and nutrition.

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water – a book review

This is a review of the book entitled :

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty. Don’t Treat Thirst With Medications.

F Batmanghelidj, MD, 1992, Global Health Solutions.

 Read this book because it will  improve your health.

This book is the “how to” on being properly hydrated and thus healthy.

It’s about how being properly hydrated leads to excellent health and transforms people from illness to good health.

How much water should I drink each day?


The minimum for an
adult to drink each day is six to eight glasses – the glass size is an
eight ounce glass.


Imagine living daily in a state of optimum health and well-being – feeling alert and happy and full of good energy. Free from aches and pains and perpetual fatigue.

If you want to get to this place I urge you to read on to get to a place of optimum well-being.

If you are not properly hydrated then you will never get to the place of optimum health and well-being,

You can exercise and eat well however if you are dehydrated you will not make it to the good place

Most important are the negative effects on your health that are caused by being in a dehydrated state on a daily basis. This is important knowledge for you to be aware of for your sake and the ones you care for.

Who is this book for? Anyone who wants to significantly improve their health and well-being by drinking the right amount of water each day.

What the book details

In his book Dr. Batmanghelidj MD gives detailed information about the very negative  effects of dehydration on your body and how dehydration leads to many illnesses.

It is one of the leading causes of asthma. When your body is dehydrated your lung function is seriously affected and reduced.

Children are particularly at risk from dehydration because their bodies are small and their reserve of water is similarly small. A child can become really dehydrated quickly – especially in hot weather. They forget to drink until they feel thirsty and by that time they are significantly dehydrated, tired and grumpy.

He details how to hydrate the body and reduce the effects of the illnesses so that in time they disappear altogether.

His experience and knowledge cannot be refuted and has not been. He is a true authority on the negative effects of dehydration.

A great part of the book is the testimonials of people whose lives have been transformed by his help and advice – from poor health to good health. Both children and adults experiences are detailed.

These great testimonials include the reduction in frequency and severity of asthma attacks due to proper hydration being achieved.

Salt is a very important ingredient for good health. Salt is the source of sodium for  your body and sodium is needed by every cell in your body to function properly.

Sodium is water soluble and thus you need to take salt daily to keep the sodium level in your cells at the correct level.Low salt diets are dangerous for your health.

If you drink more water then you need to take in more salt . For an adult the recommended quantity is a level teaspoon per day when you drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day – the minimum daily requirement..

If you drink too much water the sodium level in your body will reduce to dangerously low levels and lead to swelling of the brain. Similarly if you do take enough salt your body’s sodium levels will become depleted and lead to illness.

So live well and take the correct amount of water to be well hydrated but also take salt to maintain the essential sodium levels for your body.

Should you buy it for yourself and your friends?

Yes because proper hydration is one of the important pillars to good health. The one book contains all you need to know on how to get there.

The book also details the very negative effects of dehydration. Its important to know this so that you can help yourself and others to be healthy and well.

It is very clear, easy to understand and well written.

About The Author – F. Batmanghelidj, MD – an amazing journey.

What a life. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj was born in Iran in 1931. He went to Fettres College in Scotland and graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School Of London University.

There he studied under the mentorship of Sir Alexander Flemming who shared a Nobel prize for the
discovery of penicillin.

Dr Batmanghelidj  MD practiced medicine in England and then returned to Iran where he helped to create hospitals and medical centers.

In 1979 Iran was beset by revolution and Dr. Batmanghelidj  MD was arrested and detained as a political prisoner. He was incarcerated in the infamous Evin Prison along with 3000 others. The conditions were awful in a prison that by design could hold a maximum of 1000 inmates.

Soon the prisoners were aware that he was a doctor and came to him for help. Ha asked the prison administrators for medical supplies and medicine to treat his fellow prisoners. Hi requests were denied. The overcrowding in the prison was very bad and there were many ill men.

The stress was huge. Each day men were taken away for interrogation and often they were executed.

Dr. Batmanghelidj MD had no supplies. There was nothing he use to treat his fellow prisoners except for salt and water. It was in this precarious situation that he discovered the healing powers of water.

The  main complaint among the prisoners was stress induced peptic ulcers.

The first patient he treated had severe peptic ulcer pain. Dr. Batmanghelidj MD gave him two glasses of water and told him to take 2 more every three hours. The man became pain free on following this regime and was free of this complaint for the 4 months he remained in prison.

Dr. Batmanghelidj MD was incarcerated in Evin prison for two years and seven months. He chose to stay an extra four months to research the powerful effect of water as a healing agent for the body and help many prisoners.

In 1982, he was released from prison and escaped to America. His findings on the use of water to heal peptic ulcers and the effects of dehydration on this condition were published by The Journal Of Clinical Gastroenterology in 1983 and The New York Times Science Watch in 1983.

He continued to practice medicine and study the negative effects of dehydration plus the curative power of water when patients were properly hydrated.

In 1992, he wrote and published the first edition of his book “The Body’s Many Cries For Water”.

He continued his research and went on to write 5 other books about the negative effects of dehydration. He focused on particular issues such as asthma, obesity, depression and other serious medical conditions. He toured and lectured and gave interviews on radio and television.

Dr. Batmanghelidj, MD, passed on November 15, 2004, from pneumonia complications aged 73.

Controversy – taking it to the medical establishment.

Dr. Batmanghelidj MD was fearless in promoting his message of how wellness depends upon being properly hydrated. He took on the pharmaceutical industry and the medical profession for improper prescribing of medicines when the problem was caused by dehydration.

Below is a quote from the preface of his book :

“It is a fact that correctly prescribed and used medications make over 2 million people sicker and kill over 100,000 every year, while mistakes involving prescription medications kill a further 100,000 per year…….. But the most fundamental mistake is the actual use of normally prescribed chemicals in standard treatment procedures. This is the true killer process. The reason is simple : when the body needs a top-up of water, it is given toxic chemicals instead.

In 2003 the unthinkable happened. Dr. Allen Roses, international vice-president of Glaxo-SmithKline, one of the major manufacturers of drugs in the world went public in a front-page interview with the Independent newspaper in London, England. He admitted , “The vast majority of drugs – more than 90% – only work in 30 to 50 percent of the

“The two previous editions of this book addressed the issue of dehydration as the primary cause of pain and disease in the human body. You are now aware that most drugs do not help patients; indeed these drugs can harm or even kill them…..”

“After all when the body needs water nothing else will do.”

Take action to improve your health and your family’s and friends health.

This is part of a personal blog about good health and nutrition.

This review of mine appears on another website I have created  and thus is not plagiarism but motivated by the importance of this book and my need to tell as may people as I can about it.

Wishing you and your family optimum health.

go to my page about how much water to drink daily


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Vitamins For  Good Health and  Nutrition

Hi my name is Jack and welcome to my website which is all about good health and nutrition with a focus on vitamins. I am passionate about people being healthy and enjoying good health.

Despite billions being spent on health care the rates of serious illness in our society are sky rocketing so I want to share with you how to prevent illness and disease through proper nutrition and hydration.

I want to provide you with information about the role of vitamins and good nutrition.

I have never been told by a main-stream medical practitioner – allopathic medical practitioners – about how important vitamins are for good health and well-being.

Vitamins cause natural healing of diseases both physical and mental health.

This is an area of nutrition that is so important and I aim to provide information for you about the role of vitamins as part of a good nutrition regime.

Take Charge of Your Health

Like all of you I have experienced health issues during my life and so have my family and friends.

I used to go to the doctor and rely entirely on the doctor for healing and getting back to good health. Most of us do.

The thing is that doctors never mentioned nutrition to me and how it is so important for good health. They only considered my condition and symptoms then gave a prescription that focused on the symptoms.

I was not even aware of proper hydration let alone nutrition.

I have been very lucky to meet people who know a lot about using vitamins as a key part of good in nutrition plus other key factors that contribute to good  health and well-being. I have also found experts in the field of vitamins and nutrition as a result of my own research.

What I have discovered is amazing and powerful. My aim is to share my findings with you and give you the chance to reclaim your health and look after yourself rather than delegate that choice to others.

It’s about information; choice and independence.

Vitamin deficits result in diseases

Diseases Of Malnutrition – acknowledged by the medical profession and the government. Verified by science

  • Pellagra – symptoms start with fatigue and depression and can grow to dermatitis, diarrhea, psychosis, dementia and death. The cause is a deficit of the B vitamins and iron
  • Arthritis – joint pain and swelling and loss of bone mass. Leads to fine and large fractures. Cause is a deficit of vitamin C, vitamin D and calcium and magnesium. Low energy, fatigue and depression are also symptoms.
  • SAD – seasonal affective disorder or depression. Cause by a vitamin D deficit especially during the winter and spring.
  • Scurvy – the body is unable to make collagen to repair itself. Loss of teeth, joint, function and bleeding via damaged arteries and blood vessels. This can be undiagnosed at first until the symptoms become worse. It initially is fatigue, pain and lack of energy. The cause is a deficit of vitamin C which prevents the body from repairing itself and in particular the manufacture of collagen – required for body repair and cell replacement.
  • Rickets. A disease that affects children in the main. A deficit of vitamin D, vitamin B, magnesium and calcium causes fragile bones and deformation of the bones.
  • Arrhythmia – uneven heart beat. A deficit of magnesium cause muscle spasms including the heart muscles. Magnesium is used by every cell in your body and a deficit causes ill health – cramps and leg twitches are a symptom along with irregular heart beat. This causes stress on the cardiovascular system and loss of flexibility in the smooth muscle of the arteries.
  • Selenium is an important mineral. It’s necessary for many processes, A lack of selenium may cause
    • hypothyroid syndrome – not enough thyroid hormone is produced for proper metabolism
    • cell replacement requires selenium
    • reproduction – causes infertility. Farmers provide it as a supplement to stock to avoid this serious issue.
    • protection from infection – the immune systems needs this element to work effectively
    • skin problems
    • depression and fatigue.
  • Zinc is another key element needed by all cells in the body to function well and a shortage often manifests as skin problems.
  • Hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland can produce enough thyroid hormone for the body to remain healthy. Symptoms are fatigue, depression and goiter. Prolonged deficit of thyroid hormone leads to malfunction of the immune system and lack of protection against infections both viral and bacterial. This can be cured with additional iodine plus vitamin supplementation with C, B complex, D and multivitamin and mineral supplementation.
  • Beriberi is a disease caused by a vitamin B-1 deficiency – thiamine deficiency. Beriberi affects the heart and circulatory system. Beriberi can cause heart failure.

There is growing evidence that malnutrition – a deficit of key vitamins and minerals – is a cause of serious illnesses including the ones listed above which have been acknowledged by government medical authorities.

Research has discovered that the herpes virus has been found to be a factor in causing artery damage in animals and birds.

There is no doubt that when the body is malnourished it is more susceptible to infections [ both viral and bacterial] and suffers from physical damage to cells and organs and structure.

Oxidation is simply the effect of oxygen reacting with matter. In our bodies it affects all of our cells. Its part of living however it can be reduced by taking anti-oxidants – vitamin C is a proven anti-oxidant.


Why Am I Doing This?

The main aim of this site is to provide you with information and personal choice for optimizing your nutrition and health. Be healthy and your life is so much better.

Vitamins have no toxic side effects. No one has died from vitamin side effects in the last twenty years.

The side effects of prescribed medications can be serious and life threatening. The cure is worse than the complaint

Each year thousands of people die from the side effects of PROPERLY PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS.

People die from the side effects of the medicine their doctor gave them through proper channels. Rule 1 check out the side effects of the prescribed medicines your are taking.


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