03 August, 2003
After misleading reports which claim to reveal the carcinogenic
potential of Vitamin C (see Bill Sardi article below to show you
why this is nonsense), we now see a positive report, based on 16
years of research, on the role of Vitamin C supplements in reducing
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of Vitamin C supplements lower cardio-vascular disease risk
A 16-year study on the relationship between Vitamin C consumption
and heart disease in women shows that Vitamin C supplement users
reduce the risk of of non-fatal heart attacks and fatal heart disease
by 28%, compared with non-users. The abstract follows.
Vitamin C and risk of coronary heart disease in women.
Osganian SK, Stampfer MJ, Rimm E, Spiegelman D, Hu FB, Manson
JE, Willett WC.
Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts,
[Journal of the American College ofCardiology 2003 Jul 16;42(2):246-52].
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Who is Behind The Negative News Reports On Vitamin C?
The news media features a report published in Science magazine
that high-dose vitamin C in a test-tube causes DNA damage that could
lead to cancer. It's not news, since test-tube studies do not correlate
with tests conducted in living systems and the dual role of vitamin
C as both a pro-oxidant (rusting agent) and anti-oxidant (cell preservative)
has been published in scientific journals for some time now. But
it's a heralded news story that Reuters Health and the Associated
Press embellish with sensational headlines.
Instead of saying "Dual nature of vitamin C in cancer explored,"
the headlines read "Vitamin C Found to Promote Cancer-Causing
Agents." It's yellow journalism at its worst; since a quick
search on Medline reveals that high-dose vitamin C did not reveal
any toxic by-products in human studies.
The toxic effect is only observed in test tubes.
The lead university researcher, Ian Blair of the University of
Pennsylvania Center for Cancer Pharmacology, is conveniently outside
the country, so he can't easily respond to questions. Ian Blair,
covers his story by saying, "Absolutely, for God's sake,
don't say vitamin C causes cancer."
But the headlines read otherwise.
The University of Pennsylvania is the originator of Oncolink, a
prestigious online resource of cancer information. But who sponsors
Oncolink? Hidden behind the whole affair are Oncolink's sponsors
--- the pharmaceutical companies. AstraZeneca, Amgen, Ortho Biotech,
Pharmacia, Pfizer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Are the drug companies
using a major university as their shill to spread misinformation
It is becoming more obvious that misinformation about vitamins,
minerals and herbal products is being planted in the news media
and published in medical journals in a calculated fashion. The reason
is that more and more Americans are taking health care into their
own hands and relying less and less on doctors and drugs to cure
The big secret is that the biological action of virtually every
prescription drug can be duplicated with nutritional supplements
at far less cost and with fewer side effects. The only way to counter
the growing demand for natural remedies is to confuse the public
And the misinformation campaign is working.
The natural products industry reports their growth has leveled
off. Vitamin C sales were off by 19.2 percent last year according
to a report in Natural Foods Merchandiser.
In the past months dubious negative reports have been published
on garlic, St. John's wort, and products containing ephedra. A characteristic
of all these reports is their emphatic conclusion that all previous
research, which confirmed the validity of these natural remedies,
is to be discarded because the latest scientific report reached
a contrary conclusion.
Last year the news media made a front-page headline story out of
a presentation on vitamin C at the American Heart Association meeting.
The study wasn't even published and hadn't undergone peer
review, but the news agencies were quick to release a factitious
story that high-dose vitamin C could clog arteries in the neck (the
carotids). Vitamin C does not clog arteries, but it does strengthen
and thicken the walls of arteries via its ability to promote collagen
How do these non-news stories get front-page coverage? It's simple.
Public relations agencies have bragged at seminars how they can
take a presentation at a medical meeting and get it aired on television
and published in newspapers.
These publicity agencies do the dirty work of planting misinformation
in the news media. It's propaganda, not news.
The natural products industry is mounting its own public information
campaign, to counter negative news stories, and has hired their
own agency, Hill & Knowlton of Washington, D.C., to air its
side of the story.
There are simply no standards of journalism being upheld here.
Bad science gets front-page coverage regardless of whether it is
true or not. Journalists aren't checking on the validity of medical
reports, and they aren't interviewing opposing views. In the case
of the recent vitamin C report, reporters did not interview the
National Nutritional Foods Association, the Council for Responsible
Nutr ition, the Vitamin C Foundation, or the American Healthcare
But how long can the public be fooled?
Why are the pharmaceutical companies so afraid of a simple vitamin?
It's because high doses of vitamin C virtually eradicate the risk
of developing cataracts, eliminate the need for blood pressure medication,
reduce the need for anti-allergy drugs, reduce the risk of gall
stones, and produce many other health benefits. The drug companies
can't invent and patent a molecule as efficacious as vitamin C.