The information on this page is taken primarily from:
The Vita-Nutrient Solution book by Dr Atkins.
The Doctor Yourself website page on vitamin C by Andrew Saul
The Doctor Yourself website page on pregnancy by Andrew Saul
The Vitamin Update: Pregnancy webpage.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, 4th Edition, by Penny Simkin, April Bolding, Ann Keppler and Janelle Durham
Books for those very interested in nutrition and theories of nutrition:
Supernutrition for babies
Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food by Catherine Shanahan
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
The Baby Issue by WAPF
Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Sally Fallon
These books and articles are highly recommended further reading.
Reading in-depth information before taking or stopping any medication or supplement is vital if you are pregnant or there is even a small chance of you becoming pregnant. Double check every fact! It should also not be assumed that every important nutrient deficiency has been mentioned here. This is just a brief and basic summary of the topic I have put together for a family member.
Some extra comments specific to pregnant M.E. patients are included as well.
Deficiencies of vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, zinc, iron, calcium and magnesium can cause problems with the foetus. If at all possible it is best to treat any of these deficiencies before becoming pregnant. Deficiencies can be tested for using sophisticated tests such as the Cardio-ION from Metametrix, and others.
It is also advisable if at all possible for the father and mother to do an intensive detoxification before conception. This should involve FIR sauna use, among other methods. Avoiding using chemical-filled personal care and cleaning products is also important before, during and after pregnancy.
Optimum nutrition is vital as soon as you begin to try for a baby or are pregnant. It is just as important as avoiding drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Women who eat well during pregnancy have larger healthier babies with fewer complications.
Caloric needs go up by around 15% when you are pregnant but needs for some nutrients may actually double. Pregnancy is not the time to try and lose weight. You need lots of good whole foods, with lots of variety. Avoid processed food, artificial flavourings and colours as much as possible, and buy organic if you can.
Adequate protein is essential during pregnancy too, and you’ll need to consume at least 50 – 60 grams daily. Meats that contain bones and are slow cooked with the bones in are a very nutritious choice. Trust your instincts, if you feel like eating more fish or eggs, then maybe that is because you need to.
Healthy fats include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and coconut cream, cod liver oil, butter (if dairy does not cause problems), palm oil, expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils and expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts).
If you have a real interest in nutrition you may wish to read books on nutrition such as ‘Deep Nutrition’ and ‘Nourishing Traditions’ and ‘Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats.’ If you want to check which nutrients you are getting through your diet, you may like to use websites such as www.nutritiondata.com
For those that would like further information on diet, the lists below can also be used:
Eat lots of fresh vegetables and fruits each day. As many different types and colours as possible is ideal, including lots of different leafy greens. (Vegetables should be emphasised far more than fruits but both are important.)
Eat at least 50 – 60 grams of protein daily from fish, chicken and red meat and eggs etc. (An egg, 30 grams of chicken or red meat and around 45 grams of fish all contain around 7 grams of protein.)
Unroasted and unsalted nuts and seeds. (Sesame, pumpkin, sunflower and chia seeds etc.)
Whole grains are a better choice than highly processed grains. (Steel cut oats, or as a second best, rolled oats, are better than instant or quick oats; brown rice is better than white rice; traditional sourdough bread or sprouted Essene bread or even basic rye or wholemeal bread is better than plain white bread.)
Eat plenty of good fats such as virgin or extra virgin coconut oil and olive oil, palm oil, plus expeller-expressed sesame, peanut and flax oils (in small amounts). Choose olive oil when adding oil to a salad but use coconut oil for cooking as coconut oil is a more stable oil at higher temperatures. A little bit of fat from butter and animal products is also okay.
Eat 7 or more eggs weekly. Choose organic free-range eggs if possible.
Full-fat pot set yogurts made traditionally using whole milk are a far better choice than low-fat, sugary yogurts made using gelatine, thickeners and preservatives.
Add half a teaspoon of unrefined sea salt to food each day. Unrefined salt is full of trace minerals.
Make sure you at least buy/use a carbon water filter. This cuts down chlorine by a high percentage and removes some of the toxic fluoride from the water.
Extra super-healthy additions
Drink a glass of freshly made green juice or carrot juice, or both, daily or at least weekly.
At least once a week eat a dish made using a traditional stock (a bone broth) or a slow-cooked meat dish made using a cut of meat that has the bones still in.
Eat 1 – 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, especially when breastfeeding.
Eat small oily fish high in Omega 3 oils 3 times a week or more. This includes sardines, mackerel, herring and anchovies. (Tuna and other carnivorous fish are probably best avoided due to high mercury content.)
Take a small amount of liquid cod liver oil each day as a food; preferably fermented cod liver oil. Cod liver oil contains vitamins A, D and K and also all the natural co-factors that are absent from supplemental forms of these vitamins. It is also a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It is usually recommended to keep overall daily vitamin A intake from all sources under 5000 – 6000 IU, however. Cod liver oil is best taken mixed with a bit of water in a glass as a ‘shot.
Drink water that has been filtered to remove a high percentage of contaminants; far more than is removed just by the use of a carbon filter. Choose between a good water filter or good spring water. Check to make sure your water is free of all fluoride.
Make sure you get some of the extra calcium and magnesium you need by eating extra leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, bone broths and whole small fish with bones in.
Eat seaweed and sea vegetables at least once a week, if possible. These foods are rich in iodine.
Foods to avoid
All heavily processed foods, many of which contain dangerous trans fats.
All packaged breakfast cereals; even if they claim to be healthy or organic or whole grains.
All cured meats and dried fruits containing nitrates.
All soy products, except small amounts of traditionally brewed soy sauce or similar.
All foods modified to be low fat or which contain artificial sweeteners.
All table salt including iodised salt and standard sea salt.
Products containing sugar, corn syrup, glucose and fructose.
Avoid eating too much carbohydrate, or too little. Too much carbohydrate can cause weight gain, moodiness, excessive hunger and tiredness, or insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes/gestational diabetes. Eating too little carbohydrate means that some of the protein you eat has to be converted into glucose instead of being used for other more specialised protein-specific tasks, which is just a waste of good protein. 150 grams of carbohydrate a day is too much, while 60 grams a day is unlikely to be enough. People do well on different amounts of carbohydrate in the diet, so you need to find out what works for you. It may be best to start with around 100 grams of carbohydrate a day and see how you feel (and how your weight changes) and move a little bit up or down from there.
Minimise canned foods as much as possible.
All products containing trans fats and processed vegetable oils (soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola). This includes margarine and almost all baked goods and processed foods containing fat including biscuits, crackers, pies, cakes, breakfast cereals and so on.
Margarine with added sterols.
Avoid coffee. If you can’t give coffee up, restrict coffee to one cup daily, maximum.
Anything that you are allergic to or which causes any sort of negative reaction after you eat it including indigestion, a racing pulse, irritability, a headache or a foggy head.
Make sure you also check out the most up-to-date list of foods that should be avoided by pregnant women. You’ll need to avoid soft cheeses, wash fruit and veggies well, seafood which contains mercury, raw or undercooked animal products and some other common foods.
For the very dedicated
Choose only grass-fed, organic red meat and milk products made from organic grass fed animals as well. When these types of products are chosen it is very healthy to eat lots of butter and animal fat.
Choose only organic and free range poultry and eggs. Eggs contain choline; choline is a B vitamin needed for foetal development.
Try to source some wild-caught fish or other wild game meats.
Read up about the benefits of soaking all grains, nuts and seeds before you eat them in books such as ‘Nourishing Traditions’ or online and put this information into practice.
Read up about the benefits of sprouting seeds (and also possibly grains) in books such as ‘Nourishing Traditions’ or online and put this information into practice. Sprouted Essene bread can also be purchased from some health-food stores, and is kept in the freezer section.
Read up about the benefits of making your own fermented foods such as sauerkraut, beet kvass and kefir in books such as ‘Nourishing Traditions’ and put this information into practice. Some fermented products such as sauerkraut can also be found at health-food stores, but make sure they are made using traditional methods.
Start your own veggie patch outside in the garden, or grow some vegetables or micro herbs in trays. Picking the vegetables you need to make green juices or other vegetable dishes just minutes before you need them means they will be many times more nutritious than those you buy at the supermarket.
Use your juicer every day and make both a glass of green juice and of carrot juice. To make green juices more palatable; add lemon juice, or have a ¼ teaspoon honey as a chaser, or some carrot juice or the juice of an apple.
Drink only distilled, reverse osmosis or alkaline water and use this water for all cooking purposes as well.
Try eating some organ meats each week, sourced from free-range or grass fed animals. Brains are very rich in Omega 3 oils and hearts and kidneys also provide health benefits, if you can manage to eat them. Liver may be best avoided while pregnant due to the high vitamin A content although a daily intake of up to 5000 – 6000 IU is considered by most experts to be very safe. Food source vitamin A is also considered to be much safer than synthetic supplements of vitamin A.
Avoid microwave cooking entirely, as this reduces the nutritional content of food.
Read the section on vitamin C and plan to supplement baby’s diet with vitamin C after birth and beyond, as well as during your own pregnancy.
Eat a 100% healthy diet free of processed foods.
Pre-natal nutrition and supplements
It is best to take small amounts of all the important nutrients, rather than large amounts of just a few of them. Balance is important. You probably don’t want or need to take a huge dose of anything while you are pregnant. Deficiencies should be fixed before pregnancy, and not during. It is also important to add in all new supplements gradually, the body prefers gradual change. Work up to a full dose of supplements over a few weeks, rather than taking a full dose of everything all at once.
Synthetic vitamin A should be restricted to 4000 - 6000 IU daily during pregnancy or if there is a chance you may become pregnant. This restriction does not apply to beta carotene. Products containing high amounts of vitamin A such as liverwurst and other liver products should be restricted to small infrequent servings. A vitamin A deficiency can also cause problems for the foetus and so avoiding vitamin A entirely is not a good idea. Andrew Saul explains that vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy is a far more likely risk than excess.
Taking omega 3 fatty acids before, during and after pregnancy is essential. The minimum dose is 1 g of DHA daily and a similar amount of EPA, according to Dr Atkins. Doses higher than 4 – 5 g of DHA and EPA combined daily should be avoided.
The need for vitamin B1 is increased during pregnancy and lactation.
There is an increased need for vitamin B12 during pregnancy, as well as vitamin B6. At least 30 mg of B6 daily is recommended during pregnancy by Dr Atkins and Patrick Holford. Vitamin B6 may help reduce nausea during pregnancy.
The B vitamin folic acid is very important to take before and during the pregnancy. The best type is the activated form of folate as this form can be used by the body even if you are one of the people that has problems converting the standard folic acid supplements to the active form. The dosage should be at least 800 - 1000 mcg (1 mg). Dr Atkins recommends 4 mg of folic acid daily for pregnant women and writes that this amount is safe to take and helps to prevent some birth defects and miscarriages.
Pregnancy increases the need for vitamin C. At least 2 grams daily should be taken before, during and after pregnancy. See the section below for more information on vitamin C dosage during pregnancy.
Vitamin D levels should be checked and optimised with sun exposure or supplements before pregnancy if possible. It may not be safe to take high levels of vitamin D while pregnant such as 4000 – 10 000 IU or more. Getting a little bit of sun a few times a week or every day is probably a good idea.
Vitamin E contributes to the health of new cells developing in your baby and may help the mother deal with toxins. Mothers pass vitamin E to their babies in the last 12 weeks of pregnancy (about 20 mg in total). Vitamin E has been prescribed by some doctors (in combination with vitamin C) to prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy and premature birth. Taking 800 – 1600 IU of vitamin E daily is not appropriate if you are pregnant. Very high doses of vitamin E can increase the risk of bleeding, which is particularly dangerous for pregnant women. For this reason it is probably best to add no extra vitamin E in supplemental form in addition to the small amount of 50 - 200 IU or so in your basic prenatal vitamin product.
Ideally every prenatal vitamin product would contain a small amount of all 8 types of vitamin E, although few actually do. To make sure you’re getting some of all 8 types of vitamin E make sure to add some almonds, sunflower seeds and spinach to your diet. Small amounts are also available in foods such as collard greens, parsley, kale, papaya, olives, brussels sprouts, kiwifruit, tomato, blueberries, and broccoli.
Calcium helps prevent pre-term labour and is important for the baby for many different reasons, as is magnesium. Magnesium treats pre-eclampsia and a dosage of 400 – 600 mg daily is essential. Calcium and magnesium should always be taken in balance, in either a 1:1 ratio or twice as much magnesium as calcium. The best form of calcium is calcium from food or angstrom calcium.
Low zinc levels can cause miscarriage. Dr Atkins writes that a dose of 15 – 25 mg of zinc daily is safe for pregnant women.
Selenium is usually restricted during pregnancy, and most prenatal vitamins contain only 50 – 100 mcg. As brazil nuts are VERY high in selenium it would also make sense to restrict their intake to some extent while pregnant.
Vitamin C in pregnancy – a special case
Taking vitamin C before, during and after pregnancy has many advantages for mother and baby. A conservative dose during pregnancy is 3 – 4 grams daily and a very conservative dose is 2 grams daily. At the very least 2 g daily should be taken.
The Vitamin C Foundation write:
Vitamin C is essential for the health of both mother and fetus. When vitamin C is in short supply, nature favors the baby. The Foundation strongly advocates that pregnant women ingest sufficent (at least 6000 mg) vitamin C during pregnancy.
An early pioneer, Fred Klenner, MD, has stated that Vitamin C has definite "Primary and lasting benefits in pregnancy,"
"Observations made on over 300 consecutive obstetrical cases using supplemental ascorbic acid, by mouth, convinced me that failure to use this agent in sufficient amounts in pregnancy borders on malpractice. The lowest amount of ascorbic acid used was 4 grams and the highest amount 15 grams each day. (Remember the rat-no stress manufactures equivalent "C" up to 4 grams, and with stress up to 15.2 grams). Requirements were, roughly, 4 grams first trimester, 6 grams second trimester and 10 grams third trimester. Approximately 20 percent required 15 grams, each day, during last trimester. Eighty percent of this series received a booster injection of 10 grams, intravenously, on admission to the hospital. Hemoglobin levels were much easier to maintain. " - Fred Klenner, MD
More than 99.99% of animal species synthesize vitamin C (ascorbic acid) on average, adjusted for body weight, 5400 mg daily. In animals, their ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is transmitted directly into the blood stream. They also obtain a little more in their diets.
Irwin Stone believed that most humans are born with scurvy. Stone is not alone in blaming Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) on the lack of vitamin C in baby diets. It is wise for the mother to consume all orthomlecular vitamins, especially 1 to 5 mg of folic acid. Dr. A. Hoffer, MD, Ph.D.:
The recent studies showed that folic acid supplementation decreased Neural Tube Defts's by 75 percent. If all the other vitamins were used as well I am certain that figure would be closer to 100 percent. I can not recall in the past 40 years a single female patient of mine on vitamins giving birth to any child with a congenital defect. I have been able to advise them all that they not only would not harm their developing baby by taking vitamins, but that their chances of giving birth to a defective child would be greatly diminished. I was frequently asked this by my patients who had been told by their doctors that they must stop all their vitamins while pregnant. They looked upon vitamins as toxic drugs.
So in a nutshell:
The most conservative dose: 2 grams daily during and after pregnancy
The best ‘playing it safe’ yet moderate dose for most people: 3 - 5 g daily during and after pregnancy.
The vitamin C Foundation recommendation: 6 g daily during and after pregnancy
Klenner’s recommendations: Roughly 3-4 grams first trimester, 6 grams second trimester and 10 - 15 grams third trimester – depending on the patient’s need. If this route is taken, it is essential that the baby be given 50 mg of vitamin C each day after birth to prevent rebound scurvy (and because this will have many other health benefits for the baby). The usual recommendation by Klenner for vitamin C in childhood is to give 1 gram per year of life up to the age of 10 at which point the dose is kept at 10 g daily (if the child is in good health). Thus a 5 year old child would be given 5 grams of vitamin C each day.
Which option you choose will depend on what your current needs are for vitamin C, how conservative you want to be and how much you are willing to go with scientific facts over what is just popular, how much you’ve read about the benefits and need for vitamin C and whether or not you want to give your child a small amount of vitamin C daily after birth. If this last task does not appeal then the best choice is probably to take 3 to 6 grams of vitamin C daily throughout the pregnancy.
Make sure to make any changes to how much vitamin C you are taking daily gradually. Very high doses of vitamin C such as 30 – 50 grams or more daily are usually not recommended for this reason; the child’s levels would drop too steeply after birth unless the child was given vitamin C every day.
For more information on vitamin C see High-dose vitamin C and M.E. or any of the following books and aricles:
Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C by Dr Hickey and Dr Roberts
The Ascorbate Effect in Infectious and Autoimmune Diseases by Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.
VITAMIN C, TITRATING TO BOWEL TOLERANCE, ANASCORBEMIA, AND ACUTE INDUCED SCURVY Robert F. Cathcart, III, M.D.
VITAMIN C: The Real Story by Steve Hickey, PhD and Andrew Saul
Saul AW 2010, RDA for vitamin C is 10% of USDA standard for Guinea pigs. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Feb 4, 2010.
Fire your doctor! : how to be independently healthy by Andrew W. Saul
The healing factor: Vitamin C against disease by Irwin Stone
How to live longer and feel better by Linus Pauling
Curing the Incurable by Dr T. Levy
To help prevent stretchmarks the most important nutrients are zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin E creams can also be used.
Dealing with nausea and morning/all-day sickness
Ginger tablets or teas can help with nausea as can making sure you have adequate vitamin B6.
Probiotics can also help with nausea and constipation, and also decrease the likelihood that the child will have allergy problems such as eczema. One article adds,
The researchers at Turku University are now reporting that probiotic supplements may reduce the frequency of gestational diabetes by 20 per cent, according to data published in the British Journal of Nutrition. As well as the above mentioned benefits to the mother, the study’s findings may also have benefits for the baby, with fewer births of larger babies.
The Natural News site explains,
The skin is our first line of defense from infection. However, many people are unaware that 60-70% of our immune system lies within our intestines. Pregnancy causes the immune system to work harder, and increased intake of probiotics may decrease the risk of colds and respiratory infections. Research shows that probiotics also help prevent urinary tract infections, yeast infections and skin inflammations like dermatitis; all of these complaints are common during pregnancy.
The use of essential oils and herbal oils and other herbal products should be stopped entirely during pregnancy, unless you have read enough to be absolutely sure each of them is safe. Assume products should be avoided until you know for sure otherwise. This is also true for all over-the-counter drugs and products.
Which pre-natal vitamin product is best?
The best pre-natal vitamin might be the product by Thorne, as it contains the activated forms of vitamins B2, B6, B12 and folate. Extra vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and EPA/DHA are required however plus also possibly some low-dose B complex and a daily probiotic.
Patients with M.E. that are pregnant may do best to avoid grains (especially wheat and gluten grains), legumes and perhaps also dairy, if intolerances exist. A water distiller that removes almost all fluoride is also far more important for the M.E. patient.
Starting supplements gradually
While it is important for every pregnant women to start taking new supplements gradually this is absolutely essential for the M.E. patient. Starting supplements at a full dose right away could make you feel very ill and could even cause problems with the pregnancy potentially. Ideally you’ll have worked up to a reasonable dose of all the basic nutrients before becoming pregnant, and so will only need lower maintenance doses while you are pregnant.
Feeling less ill while pregnant
Many, and perhaps even most, M.E. patients report feeling far less ill when they are pregnant. This may be due to the blood volume increase of around 50% which occurs during pregnancy, the decrease in a certain type of immune system function (which lets the baby stay in the body and not be attacked as a ‘foreign object’) or other factors.
Resting while pregnant
Whether you feel better while pregnant or not, one piece of advice is has been given to me over and over again, for me to pass on, from M.E. patients that have been through pregnancy. Use the time while you are pregnant to REST as much as possible, as when the baby is born you’ll need to be as well rested and as physically well as possible to cope with all the extra work and sleeplessness!
Rest as much as you can, while you can! This applies to all pregnant women to some extent of course, but is crucially important when the mother has M.E.
M.E. patients that are pregnant are likely to be moderately affected at most, but even so, the recommendation of rest before the birth should be taken no more lightly because of this. Relapse is always possible with M.E. unfortunately.
"Are megadoses of vitamin C safe for the baby?" I knew that Frederick R. Klenner, MD (the trailblazer of vitamin C quacks) gave large doses to over 300 pregnant women and reported virtually no complications in any of the pregnancies or deliveries (Irwin Stone, The Healing Factor, chapter 28). Indeed, hospital nurses around Reidsville, North Carolina, the region where Dr.Klenner practiced, noted that the infants who were healthiest and happiest were in Klenner's care. The hospital staff dubbed them the "Vitamin C Babies." Abram Hoffer, MD, has similarly reported that he has observed a complete absence of birth defects in babies born to his vitamin-C taking mothers-to-be.
Specifically, Klenner gave: 4,000 milligrams during the first trimester, 6,000 mg during the second, and 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C a day - or even 15,000 mg - throughout their third trimester. This was his routine prescription for healthy women. He would respond to any sickness with daily vitamin C injections totaling many times that. Over a nearly 40 year practice, Klenner (and previous animal studies) rigorously ascertained the safety and effectiveness of vitamin C during pregnancy. Specifically, there were no miscarriages in this entire group of 300 women. There were no postpartum hemorrhages at all. There was no cardiac distress and there were no toxic manifestations (Stone, p. 191). Among Klenner's patients were the Fultz quadruplets, who, at the time, were the only quads in the southeastern U.S. to survive. Upon admission to the hospital for childbirth, Klenner gave all mothers-to-be "booster" injections of vitamin C. So my answer to Marta's question of safety was an unfettered "yes." Additionally," I added, "For the ladies who had all the vitamin C, labor was both shorter and less painful."
The Doctor Yourself website page on vitamin C by Andrew Saul
“Rebound scurvy, or the rebound effect, is when a person takes a lot of vitamin C, usually with great success, and then abruptly stops taking it. At that instance, symptoms come back, sometimes including a few classic vitamin C deficiency signs. Research shows that such an effect does not occur in the vast majority of situations. However, pregnancy is a special case. If the mother takes a lot of C while pregnant, Klenner and others confirmed that her labor and delivery will be shorter, easier and free of complications. If the vitamin helped while Mommy was pregnant, it should most certainly be given to the baby. During gestation, the baby got all the C he needed. But now, baby is on his own: no more C through the placenta and umbilical cord. If the baby is used to, and benefiting from, abundant vitamin C, it obviously should be provided for him individually after birth. Klenner gave newborns about 50 milligrams a day. Not doing that results in a scorbutic baby.
"But doesn't that just mean that the baby is dependent on vitamin C?" Marta said. "No," I answered. "No more than the baby is dependent on oxygen, or water, or food.”
The Doctor Yourself website page on vitamin C by Andrew Saul Optimal nutrition is essential as soon as a woman starts thinking about getting pregnant; and avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is as important as eating a healthy diet.
Optimal nutrition is essential as soon as a woman starts thinking about getting pregnant; and avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is as important as eating a healthy diet.
Optimal nutrition is essential as soon as a woman starts thinking about getting pregnant; and avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and drugs is as important as eating a healthy diet.
“This is a tough order, but try to put your spouse FIRST so your baby will have two parents even after the novelty wears off. Fortunately, almost all authorities indicate that sex during pregnancy does not harm the baby. Common sense is needed, certainly, during the times immediately before and immediately after giving birth. But make a point do not neglect each other.” Andrew Saul.
“A new idea is first condemned as ridiculous and then dismissed as trivial, until finally, it becomes what everybody knows.” William James (1842-1910), American Philosopher
"The medical profession itself took a very narrow and very wrong view. Lack of ascorbic acid caused scurvy, so if there was no scurvy there was no lack of ascorbic acid. Nothing could be clearer than this. The only trouble was that scurvy is not a first symptom of a lack but a final collapse, a premortal syndrome and there is a very wide gap between scurvy and full health. "- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel-prize winner for his discovery of vitamin C
"There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers that make it quite clear that there is not one body process (such as what goes on inside cells or tissues) and not one disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy) that is not influenced -- directly or indirectly -- by vitamin C." Dr Emanuel Cheraskin, Dr Ringsdorf and Dr Sisley in THE VITAMIN C CONNECTION.
“Modern medicine is not scientific, it is full of prejudice, illogic and susceptible to advertising. Doctors are not taught to reason, they are programmed to believe in whatever their medical schools teach them and the leading doctors tell them. Over the past 20 years the drug companies, with their enormous wealth, have taken medicine over and now control its research, what is taught and the information released to the public.” Abram Hoffer MD
“Modern drug based medicine is as incomplete as a novel written with three vowels. As discordant as a symphony constructed using only some of the notes. High dose nutritional therapy is the much needed missing part of our vocabulary of healthcare. The fight against disease needs all the help it can get.” Andrew Saul PhD in ‘Fire your doctor: How to be independently healthy’ 2005
‘Vitamin C is the world’s best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine. This book’s recurring emphasis on vitamin C might suggest that I am offering a song with only one verse. Not so. As English literature concentrates on Shakespeare, so orthomolecular (megavitamin) therapy concentrates on vitamin C. Let the greats be given their due. The importance of vitamin C cannot be overemphasised.’ Andrew Saul PhD in ‘Fire your doctor: How to be independently healthy 2005
“What you eat has more power over disease and aging than any other medicine your doctor can prescribe. Food is awesomely powerful.” Dr Sherry Rogers.
“Good nutrition and vitamins do not directly cure disease, the body does. You provide the raw materials and the inborn wisdom of your body makes the repairs. Someday healthcare without megavitamin therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anaesthetic.” Andrew Saul PhD in ‘Fire your doctor: How to be independently healthy’ 2005
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