Comment on Consumer NZ – Supplements and what the labels don’t tell you

Consumer NZ – Supplements and what the labels don’t tell you

[ 7/3/20 ]


While I agree with your recommendations about B12, calcium etc, if someone is vegan, then it seems possible to get enough omega 3 from things like flax seed, chia seed or walnuts. I have been vegan for 10 years now (since being sent home “palliative care only” with a “terminal cancer” diagnosis).

I would like to see a list of all the papers you researched in writing this story. It isn’t there, and it makes me question a lot of it.

I have been taking at least 15g per day of vitamin C for 10 years now. I got rid of my “terminal cancer” tumours. I have not had any significant symptoms of any disease in that time (enough minor symptoms to know that my immune systems was busy dealing with something, but not enough for me to alter my behaviour in any way other than upping the Vit C dose to 4g per hour for a couple of days – by which time all trace of symptoms disappeared in each case).

I finished my undergrad (3rd yr) biochemistry training in 1974.

I have examined a lot of reports of studies on the effects of various regimes.
The often quoted Mayo Clinic study purporting to disprove any effect of Vitamin C on cancer is essentially a fraud. When I finally managed to track down a copy of the study in the Otago Medical School library, what they actually did was administer 2.5g at 6 hourly intervals.
Previous studies by Pauling and Cathcart had shown that there seemed to be a threshold for effectiveness that was around 5g per oral dose in most people. The Mayo study was half that threshold, though it is never reported as such, it is only ever reported as 10g per day, never 2.5g per 6 hours. So it is a true statement, that masks a bigger lie.

There is a huge amount of work being done demonstrating just how deeply our immune systems are dependent on Vitamin C. In NZ Dr Margreet Vissers is doing some great work.

Unfortunately, the current systems are much more about the needs of money than they are about the needs of ordinary individuals. There are large numbers of great people in those institutions, but the systems almost always manage to win in the end.

It seems clear to me that immune system function in most people is optimised if they take at least 6g of vitamin C at least twice a day. It has a very short half life in the body (about 20 minutes in most people) so if you suspect that your body is fighting something, then take more every hour.
If you have loose bowel motions, then reduce the dose until things firm up again. Increasing calcium (as dolomite for example) will help with that.

And at such doses, vitamin C seems to act as a chelating agent (stripping minerals from the body), so mineral supplements are a very good idea.

Anyone who wants to see what I did, and some of the key references, can check out my blog site, and the links from there:

I am not a doctor.
I trained as a biochemist a long time ago, was very good at it, and retained an interest, but spent much of my life first as a fisherman, then as a software developer.
I am not offering medical advice, just reporting what I have found in my travels.

I am very keen to see evidence.
I like to see the evidence behind recommendations.

It seems clear to me that most people would find this report deeply misleading if taken simply at face value.

Ted Howard

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Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see
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