vitamin myths

Rick and Marilyn Schuman r1623 at
Mon Mar 9 20:37:16 EST 1998

Ralph L. Samson wrote:
> In response to Dr. David Haviland,
>        Although my expertise is in electronics, computers, mathematics and
> physics, I believe my analytical ability, developed in these fields, is
> broad enough to be useful in other areas.  My ideas are based in part on
> analysis of experience with insect bites and Vitamin C.
>        The first bite occurred at night, shortly after I had gone to bed.
> The sting was in the palm of the hand.  The palm turned red and ached for
> about three days.  There were no other symptoms.  About three weeks later,
> I was stung in the late afternoon by yellow jackets chasing my wife, who
> ran past me.  They found me an easier target.  I was stung on the thigh.
> I didn't feel any real sting.  Several minutes later, the palms of both
> hands turned red.  Perhaps 10 minutes later, I felt uneasy and went to
> a nearby doctor.  He immediately gave me injections to prevent my going
> into shock.  He said my blood pressure was dropping drastically and I
> could have died.  After I recovered he arranged for me to see an allergy
> specialist.  I went there for tests at two times, a week apart.  The
> first tests said I was allergic to at least two insects.  A couple of
> hours before the second set of tests, I took 1000 mg of Vitamin C.
> These tests were negative.  The allergist described the recommended
> treatment of desensitization which would last up to five years.  I
> said I would have to think about it.  Analyzing all the results, I
> concluded that when I had taken Vitamin C not too many hours before,
> I got a safe reaction.  Another interesting event was my palms
> turning red after the second bite.  I concluded this was because
> the immune system couldn't determine where the bite had occurred,
> so it responded where it remembered it had happened before.  I
> concluded that Vitamin C available in plasma enabled the immune
> system to recognize where the attack had occurred.  I decided to
> forego the long treatment and instead be sure to take Vitamin C
> before being exposed to another bite.  To do this, I take Vitamin
> C either three or four times a day, so that the maximum time
> between doses is about 8 hours.  I did get another bite.  This
> was on the back of the hand, which is more dangerous since there
> are fairly large veins nearby.  The area about the size of a
> silver dollar swelled some and ached, but there were no other
> adverse effects.
>        I concluded that maintaining a level in plasma of Vitamin
> C would be protective of a bite or anything resembling one.  Of
> course, if one knows when an event is going to occur, like a
> vaccination, one only needs to take the C enough time before to
> establish a reasonable level.
>        In response to your comment about inhibiting antibody
> production, I believe Vitamin C restricts the agents stimulating
> the antibody production and thus controls where the antibodies
> are produced.  It is restricting the agents that prevents any
> unwanted side effects.
>        Note that all this would argue against oral vaccines since
> they are strategically more difficult for the immune system to
> handle.  Utilizing my strategy in a vaccination program would
> be relatively inexpensive.
> Regards, Ralph
Vitamin C?  Why don't you guys read the papers by Marc Levine.  There is
more to the immune system than antibodies.  Vitamin C has functions in
the immune system and Dr. Levine elucidates some possibilities.

Rick S.

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