Sunday, June 18, 2006

Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/18/2006 | Vitamin C: Cancer cure?

No, I'm not feeling sick and no, I'm not cancer-phobic. I just happened upon another very interesting article: Philadelphia Inquirer 06/18/2006 Vitamin C: Cancer cure? I must say, I've always suspected that Pauling was on to something.


At 12:57 PM, Blogger Minx said...

They have to give us something back to justify all those donations!
Both my parents died of cancer, no that's wrong, they died from the pneumonia that set in after the chemotherapy.
They were both fit, non-smokers, non-drinkers and full of life until the Big C got them in their early 70's. I would like to think that something as simple as Vit C would have done the trick, but somehow....
On the other hand my Granny Annie smoked all her life, drank everyone under the table and pinched chocolate from her local shop. She died in her sleep at 98 having had cancer three times!!
By the way, I was adopted so I'm not too worried about genetics!

At 2:07 PM, Blogger Maxine said...

It is an interesting article, Susan, but the Pauling vit c work is long discredited.
There are just so many of these cranks about promoting cures for cancer. And everyone in the situation is so desperate....
Best advice, go to the NIH website or some such - it is very considered and sensible.
John Diamond has written a very good book (or part of one) called "Snake Oil" -- I recommend it.
Minx, you are right in that chemotherapy is not very good. Statistically, it gives you a very marginal chance. When you are in the situation, though, you will take even poor odds.
People who are offered chemotherapy should have the stats explained to them, and also have the side effects (of having your immune system ruined) explained also. Sadly that does not always happen in our beleagured NHS, or even in the private sector.
Essentially, you are between a rock and a hard place!

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Susan said...

You've got to read the article, Maxine, because it points out that they never did a study of Pauling's preferred method of delivery of the 'C' - intravenous. There are some very compelling questions in this article, if not answers. I think the questions need to be revisited.

I also lost both my parents to cancer, Minx and my mother had an amazing remission shortly after developing a craving for lemons (which she ate whole). She was given an estimate of two months survival time and lived quite a complete life for a full nine years. When she did die, I don't think it was the cancer that killed her - I think depression caused her to simply stop eating.

I was so disgusted with the heartless medical community that I made up my mind I was going to (literally!) go and beat up the doctor who decided to tell my mother she had two months to live. My mother's doctor had decided not to tell her, knowing she couldn't handle the news and some heartless 'b' who didn't know her at all decided she should be told. As it turned out, I met Peter, moved to Victoria and hung up my boxing gloves before I could k.o. that horrible doctor.


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