It disturbs me that the annual death rate from vitamin overdose and supplementation, natural foods etc. is statistically ZERO. Especially when you contrast that record against this:
MEDICAL ERRORS, THE FDA, AND PROBLEMS WITH PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
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Medical Errors - A Leading Cause of DeathThe JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000 article written by Dr Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, shows that medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the United States.
The report apparently shows there are 2,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery; 7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals; 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals; 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals; 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications - these total up to 225,000 deaths per year in the US from iatrogenic causes which ranks these deaths as the # 3 killer. Iatrogenic is a term used when a patient dies as a direct result of treatments by a physician, whether it is from misdiagnosis of the ailment or from adverse drug reactions used to treat the illness. (drug reactions are the most common cause).
Vitamin C Foundation RDA Suggestions For Vitamin C
The Vitamin C Foundation recommends that every man, woman and child over the age of 3 consume at least 3 g (3000 mg) vitamin C daily in order to enjoy optimum health. More during pregnancy (6000 mg), and much more during periods of disease (20,000 to 300,000 mg).
|60-95 mg||U.S. Recommended Intake|
|200 mg||Levin/NIH Recommendation|
|400 mg (recently increased)||Current Linus Pauling Institute Recommendation|
|2500 mg||Hickey/Roberts minimum|
|3000 mg||Foundation's daily recommendation|
|6000-12000 mg||Levy's daily recommendation|
|6000-18000 mg||Pauling's daily recommendation|
|6000-18000 mg||Heart Disease|
|20000-300000 mg||Cathcart/Levy Cure for Infectious Diseases|
CommentOur recommendation is more than 30 times what the United States Government's National Academy of Sciences recommends (75-90 mg), and 15 times more than what the Linus Pauling Institute and the Levin group at the National Institutes of Health recommend (200 mg).
Linus Pauling recommended 2 to 6 times the Foundation's vitamin C RDA (6000 to 18,000 mg vitamin C). Pauling wrote that his recommendation was based on the large amounts of vitamin C animals make for themselves, and on the amount humans must ingest orally to achieve similar levels.
Vitamin C author/expert Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, recommends from 2 to 4 times our recommendation (6,000 to 12,000 mg daily)Our recommendations are partly based on the work of Dr. Robert Cathcart, III. Cathcart determined that the ability to tolerate oral intakes of the vitamin vary between 4 and 16 g daily during ordinary poor health. Cathcart's clinical experience demonstrates that virtually every human being will tolerate 4 g vitamin C daily.
The Foundation recommends 1 g vitamin C for children based on their age, up to the age of 3. One gram for one-year-olds, two grams for two-year-olds, etc.
Our recommended daily allowance may not prevent or resolve diseases related to lack of vitamin C. For example, we believe that heart disease requires from 6000 to 18,000 mg vitamin C, and that cancer may require 14,000 to 30,000 mg daily.
We do realize that if our recommendation were adopted by most people in the world, there would be a grave shortage of the vitamin. (Perhaps this is one reason that Government recommendations are so tiny?)
Owen R. Fonorow
For me personally, I will continue to take somewhere between 1000mg and 2500 mg daily and never look back. I will take my chances with an occasional distorted meter reading which I have not experienced.
LINK to Jehovah, the God That Healeth Thee
Exodus 15:26 KJV
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.