vitamin myths

David L. Haviland, Ph.D. dhavilan at IMM2.IMM.UTH.TMC.EDU
Fri Mar 6 10:39:26 EST 1998


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
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