vitamin myths

mark mark.haynes at
Fri Mar 6 16:57:54 EST 1998

David L. Haviland, Ph.D. wrote:
> At 17:50 3/5/98 -0800, Ralph L. Samson wrote:
> >In response to Berna Egan,
> >       The Vitamin C restricts the production of antibodies to the area of
> >the vaccination.  It may take a little longer, a few days, to produce all
> >the antibodies, but they will be produced and then dispersed throughout
> >the body.  Thus one could vaccinate in several places, both arms and both
> >legs, to increase the total amount of antibodies.  The vaccination could
> >be repeated every three or four days to boost the antibodies even higher.
> >This holds promise in using autologous vaccinations to cure rather than
> >prevent a disease.
> Ralph:
> I believe in the merits of Vitamin C, much from my own personal experience.
>   I find if I "chug" the orange juice as well as the real thing, that I get
> over minor afflictions more readily.  However, this is nothing more than a
> "worthless patient testamonial" on my part.   I find that physicians now
> recommend taking Vitamin C when one has a cold or flu.  Such suggestions
> (having now been given by doctors for years) would imply Vitamin C's
> benefit to the immune system and overall health.
> Your statement would suggest if Vitamin C transiently inhibits antibody
> production that it has a mild immunosuppressive effect.
> Given all of the research being conducted on vaccination perhaps you could
> provide peer reviewed published references in support of your statement?
> David

This is an interestin thread.  My interpretation, however, isn't that the 
immune system is suppressed per se.  eg- might not the result be due to 
effects on migration of the lymphocytes or APC, or is related to a shift 
in response from Ab to cell-mediated effector mechanisms?

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