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Vitamin C Proves Promising for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Riordan Clinic scientists find high dose of intravenous vitamin C eases the pain and inflammation associated with the major inflammatory joint disease.
By Joanna Cosgrove, Online Editor
A VITAMIN C DEFICIENY CAN CAUSE DEATH!
FOOD AND LIFE YEARBOOK 1939 – USDA:
"…when there is not a single outward symptom of trouble, a person may be in a state of vitamin C deficiency more dangerous than scurvy itself.
When such a condition is not detected, and continues uncorrected, the teeth and bones will be damaged, and what may be even more serious, the blood stream is weakened to the point where it can no longer resist or fight infections not so easily cured as scurvy.
It is true that without these infinitesimal amounts myriads of body processes would deteriorate and even come to a fatal halt.
Its neutralizing action on certain toxins, exotoxins, virus infections, endotoxins and histamine is in direct proportion to the amount of the lethal factor involved and the amount of ascorbic acid given.”
Yes, that read “vitamin C deficiency can be fatal”
“The number of bacteria that each white blood cell digests is directly related to the ascorbic acid content of the blood. This is one of the reasons why a lack of ascorbic acid in the body produces lowered resistance to infectious diseases.”
COMMON SIGNS OF VITAMIN C DEFICENCY:
Allergies to drugs, foods, plants
Brittle & painful bones
Decreased ability to ward off infection
Decreased pain tolerance
Decreased wound-healing rate
Dry and splitting hair
Failure to cope with stress
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and bleeding gums
High Blood pressure
Rough, dry, scaly skin
Swollen and painful joints
Weakened tooth enamel and loose teeth
… and more
UNCOMMON SIGNS OF VITAMIN C DEFICENCY:
Guillain Barr Syndromes
Disorders of the Blood
WHY YOU NEED LARGE DOSES OF VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a cofactor in at least eight enzymatic (large molecules responsible for thousands of chemical interconversions that sustain life.
Reactions including collagen, which supports tendons, ligaments and skin, and is also abundant in cornea, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, the gut, and intervertebral disc.
… there are many tissues that maintain vitamin C concentrations far higher than in blood.
Biological tissues that accumulate over 100 times the level in blood plasma of vitamin C are the adrenal glands, pituitary, thymus, corpus luteum, and retina.
Those with 10 to 50 times the concentration present in blood plasma include the brain, spleen, lung, testicle, lymph nodes, liver, thyroid, small intestinal mucosa, leukocytes, pancreas, kidney and salivary glands.
YOUR BRAIN ON VITAMIN C:
Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant molecule in the brain. However, it also has a number of other important functions, participating as a co-factor in several enzyme reactions…
The highest concentrations of ascorbate in the body are found in the brain and neuroendocrine tissues such as adrenal, although the brain is the most difficult organ to deplete of ascorbate.
Combined with regional asymmetry in ascorbate distribution within different brain areas, these facts suggest an important role for ascorbate in the brain.
Ascorbate is proposed as a neuromodulator of glutamatergic, dopaminergic, cholinergic and GABAergic transmission and related behaviors.
Neurodegenerative diseases typically involve high levels of oxidative stress and thus ascorbate has been posited to have potential therapeutic roles against ischemic stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntingdon's disease.
The functions of ascorbate in the CNS and brain are numerous. Essentially effecting neurotransmitters, dopamine and glutamate (learning and memory transmitters) cholinergic receptor (addictions).
BODY TISSUE THAT NEED HIGH LEVELS OF VIAMIN C:
Adrenal Glands – Release hormones in response to stress and affect kidney function.
Thyroid Glands – Controls how the body uses energy, makes protein and regulates metabolism.
The adrenal glands and the thyroid gland are the organs that have the greatest blood supply per gram of tissue. This may be one of the reasons lung cancer commonly metastasizes to the adrenals.
Pituitary - secretes nine hormones that regulate homeostasis that regulates PH, glucose, body temperature and the regulation of many bodily systems.
Thymus – Educates T-Cells which are critical to the immune system,
Corpus luteum – Involves the production of progesterone which is essential for establishing and maintaining pregnancy in females.
RETINA - We found that cells in the retina need to be 'bathed' in relatively high doses of vitamin C, inside and out, to function properly,” said Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D., a senior scientist at OHSU's Vollum Institute and a co-author of the study. “Because the retina is part of the central nervous system, this suggests there's likely an important role for vitamin C throughout our brains, to a degree we had not realized before.” (*1)
SPLEEN The spleen performs several important jobs such as preventing infection, destroying damaged blood cells and storing red blood cells and platelets. Certain vitamins play a role in keeping the spleen functioning properly. vitamin C helps your body to absorb iron, which reduces the chances of you developing anemia and an enlarged spleen. (*7)