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[Allopathy has suppressed nutritional medicine for decades, mostly by ignoring it, and fraudulent studies are made to order, then trumpeted far and wide by the Pharma controlled media. You can see the same ploy in the MMR/autism controversy, producing designed-to-deceive studies by the bucket load, see Government/industry. Also see Chelation therapy studies, and Laetrile.]
See: The Vitamin C Conspiracy Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine
Does vitamin C cause kidney stones?
[2012 June] Vitamin Bashing or Bad Science?
[2012 Jan] Confessions of a Frustrated
Pharmacist by Stuart Lindsey, PharmD.
A vitamin article usually doesn't get the same glossy presentation. Frequently,
questionable vitamin research will be published and get blown out of proportion.
A prime example of this was the clamor in the press in 2008 that vitamin E
somehow caused lung cancer.
I studied this 2008 experiment  and found glaring errors in its execution. These errors were so obvious that the experiment shouldn't have gotten any attention, yet this article ended up virtually everywhere. Anti-vitamin spin requires this kind of research to be widely disseminated to show how "ineffectual" and even "dangerous" vitamins are. I tracked down one of the article's original authors and questioned him about the failure to define what kind of vitamin E had been studied. A simple literature hunt shows considerable difference between natural and synthetic vitamin E. This is an important distinction because most of the negative articles and subsequent treatment failures have used the synthetic form for the experiment, often because it is cheap. Natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols costs two or three times more than the synthetic form.
Before I even got the question out of my mouth, the researcher started up, "I know, I know what you're going to say." He ended up admitting that they hadn't even considered the vitamin E type when they did the experiment. This failure to define the vitamin E type made it impossible to draw a meaningful conclusion. I asked the researcher if he realized how much damage this highly quoted article had done to vitamin credibility. If there has been anything like a retraction, I have yet to see it.
[2011 Oct] How to Make People Believe Any Anti-Vitamin Scare: It Just Takes Lots of Pharmaceutical Industry Cash by Andrew W. Saul There have been no deaths from vitamins in 27 years. Antibiotics cause 700,000 emergency room visits per year, just in the US.
[2012 Oct] Vitamin E Attacked Again. Of Course. Because It Works by Andrew W. Saul
[2011 Oct] Media hoax exposed: Recent attack on vitamins a fabricated scare campaign by Mike Adams
[2011 Oct] What Kind of Medical Study Would Have Grandma Believe that Her Daily Multivitamin is Dangerous? by Robert G. Smith, PhD
[2010 Nov] Vitamin C And The Law. A Personal Viewpoint by Thomas E. Levy, M.D., J.D. Any physician, or panel of hospital-based physicians, claiming that vitamin C is experimental, unapproved, and/or posing unwarranted risks to the health of the patient, is really only demonstrating a complete and total ignorance or denial of the scientific literature. A serious question as to what the real motivations might be in the withholding of such a therapy then arises..... ignorance of medical fact is ultimately no sound defense for a doctor withholding valid treatment, especially when that information can be easily accessed
[2010 Oct] About "Objections" to Vitamin C Therapy
[pdf Sept 2010 Allopathy Inc (ADHB) Media Release HIGH-DOSAGE VITAMIN C THERAPY No evidence exists to confidently say that high-dosage Vitamin C therapy is either safe or effective, ADHB Chief Medical Officer Dr Margaret Wilsher said today.
[2010 Jan] How To Destroy Confidence In Vitamins When You Do Not Have The Facts
 Safety of Vitamin C: Urban Legends by Harri Hemilä
 Vitamins: It's The Dose That Does it
 New study shows supplements don't lower risk of prostate cancer
TEN WAYS TO SPOT ANTI-VITAMIN BIASES IN A SCIENTIFIC STUDY by Andrew Saul
 Study Claims Antioxidant Danger—A Repeat of Flawed Conclusions By Alan R. Gaby, MD
 New study shows supplements don't lower risk of prostate cancer
 Vitamin supplements may increase risk of death
[Media May, 2003] How too many vitamins can damage your health
"Two alleged trials took place under the direction of Dr. Charles Moertel at the Mayo Clinic. However as one might expect from a proven swindler operating at such a dishonoured location, these bore little resemblence to scientific methodology. Moertel cooked the first trial by packing the trial with patients whose immune systems had already been destroyed by toxic chemotherapy. He then rigged the second trial by treating the patients with ascorbate for only two and a half months and then continuing with the "trial" for another 2 years. He then issued a perjured press statement in which he announced that vitamin C therapy had been proven ineffective, carefully concealing the fact that he had almost certainly caused the death of several patients by reason of this iniquitous fraud. The resulting carefully devised publicity on the subject also caused the deaths of several other patients who had been happily surviving on ascorbate."---Dr Richards & Frank Hourigan.
"I have been consulted by many researchers who proposed bold studies of the effects of massive doses of ascorbate (vitamin C). Every time the university center, the ethics committee, or the pharmacy committee deny permission for the use of massive doses of ascorbate and render the study almost useless. Seasoned researchers depending upon government grants do not even try to study adequate doses."---Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D  Vitamins: It's The Dose That Does it
"Just how many errors was not clear until recently when Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki and Zelek Herman of the Linus Pauling Institute published a retrospective analysis of Chalmers review citing an appalling number of mistakes, almost all of which were prejudicial against vitamin C."--S Fowkes http://www.ceri.com/ed-vitc.htm
"This man (Moertel) of the Mayo Clinic, no less .had the effrontery to defend the employment of two toxic preparations, with no curative value, in cases of metastasised intestinal cancer lest they (the patients) otherwise seek it (hope) from the hands of quacks and charlatans. In other words Moertel urged the use of a hramful substance of no value on patients who are, presumably, paying a fee for their therapy, and are hoping for a cure, just to keep some other therapist from trying to save them! .(you) can find a permanent record of the distinguished Dr. Moertels recommendations in the New England Journal of Medicine, 1978."Dr Richards & Frank Hourigan
All the recent, much touted JAMA study does is confirm what we already know: low doses do not work. The doses given were 400 IU of vitamin E every OTHER day and 500 milligrams of vitamin C/day. Try that same study with 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin E every other day (1,000 to 2,000 IU/day) and 15,000-30,000 mg/day of vitamin C and the difference would be unmistakable. We know this because investigators using vitamins E and C in high doses have consistently reported success.  Vitamins: It's The Dose That Does it