Q: What does orthomolecular mean? A: "Orthomolecular medicine is, as we have said, the achievement and preservation of the best health and the prevention and treatment of disease by varying the concentrations in the human body of substances that are normally present in the body and are required for health. " - Linus Pauling & Ewan Cameron
Q: Is ascorbic acid bad because it is synthetic? A: No. According to Oregon State University “Natural and synthetic L-ascorbic acid are chemically identical, and there are no known differences in their biological activity. The possibility that the bioavailability of L-ascorbic acid from natural sources might differ from that of synthetic ascorbic acid was investigated in at least two human studies, and no clinically significant differences were observed.”
Q: What is the best form of vitamin c to take: A: Ascorbic acid is the purest and most effective form. Sodium ascorbate is ascorbic acid combined with sodium bicarb. It donated one less electron than ascorbic acid but is gentler on the stomach. Other mineral ascorbates are not recommended in therapeutic doses.
Q: Why are mineral ascorbates not recommended? A: Not only is the ascorbate well absorbed but so is the mineral that accompanies is. We avoid megadosing minerals with the ascorbate because they may have a toxic level. According to Dr. Thomas Levy calcium supplementation raises the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more about that here: https://www.peakenergy.com/articles/nh20130727/Calcium-the-Toxic-Supplement/
Q: Why is whole food c not recommended? A: Whole food c is inadequate for therapeutic doses as is vitamin c with bioflavanoids and rutin. Owen Fonorow sums this answer up nicely here: http://vitamincfoundation.org/NaturalC.htm
Q: Does vitamin c cause kidney stones? A: No, this is a myth. According to the Vitamin Research Department in Switzerland “in a large-scale Harvard Prospective Health Professional Follow-Up Study, those groups in the highest quintile of vitamin C intake (> 1,500 mg/day) had a lower risk of kidney stones than the groups in the lowest quintiles”(Gerster H., 1997). Learn more here: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v09n05.shtml
Q: Does vitamin c Increase the production of oxalates? A: No. According to Abraham Hoffer “it turns out that the apparent increase in the urinary excretion of oxalate was due to the method used for measuring oxalate. According to Fituri and colleagues ingestion of 8 grams of ascorbic acid daily for 7 days had no effect on serum levels or or urinary excretion of oxalate” (Hoffer A., 1984).
Q. Does vitamin c deplete other nutrients? A: No, This is an erroneous theory. Scientific literature shows the exact opposite. Vitamin c not only enhances absorption of other nutrients but also helps the body utelize them better. “Whole body retention studies on normal subjects ingesting 2 g ascorbic acid per day show no significant evidence of in vivo destruction of body B12 stores.” Watson WS. “In view of our findings, it is highly improbable that megadoses of supplemental ascorbic acid would induce vitamin B12 deficiency in man.” -The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Q: Does vitamin c cause miscarriage? A: No, this is a myth. The study that created this false claim never even performed pregnancy tests on their test subjects. Get informed through these links on the benefits of vitamin c supplementation during pregnancy: http://www.boweltolerance.org/vitamin-c-and-pregnancy.html http://www.doctoryourself.com/pregnancy_lactation.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAMyWMLlBUk
Q:How much vitamin c do I need daily? A: Your bowel tolerance is best. We all have a different tolerance because our bodies absorb what it can to fill our needs and then excretes the rest through the colon. The pinned post has directions on how to find this dose.
Q: What is a flush? A: A flush is taking more vitamin c than the body can absorb to cause loose bowels. This cleans out the colon and neutralizes toxins and heals the digestive tract. The flush is NOT prolonged watery diarrhea. If this occurs you have taken too much. Q: How often should I flush? A: That depends on your needs. The body should be having one bowel movement each day for good health. Flushing can be used to make that happen. Otherwise 2 flushes per week is optimal.
Q: Should I eat before or during a flush and what can I eat after? A: This tends to cause allot more gas and discomfort. On an empty stomach is best and usually makes the process quicker. Fruits and smoothies are okay during a flush. After the flush you can eat whatever you feel like. Fermented and nutritious foods are a great idea. Q: Does Vitamin C flush out gallstones? A. Yes. As gallstones dissolve from high dose vitamin c they will eventually pass during a flush. “Ascorbic acid is also necessary for the transformation of cholesterol to bile acids as it modulates the microsomal 7 a-hydroxylation, the rate limiting reaction of cholesterol catabolism in liver. In ascorbic acid deficiency, this reaction becomes slowed down thus, resulting in an accumulation of cholesterol in liver, hypercholesterolemia, formation of cholesterol gall stones etc”(Naidu K., 2003).