Fighting the Flu (Pt. 3):
Linus Pauling's Revenge
Linus Pauling was the scientist who first determined that humans were one of the very few mammals with bodies that didn’t make their own vitamin C ... lots of it. Along with guinea pigs, fruit bats and a few other higher primates, humans are completely dependent upon the vitamin C we consume in our diets ... unlike every other mammal on the planet.
Now ... vitamin C is the raw material for our connective tissue. It’s the glue that holds us together. If it wasn’t for vitamin C we’d instantly dissolve into a puddle of cells on the floor.
But that’s another story. The point is, most mammals manufacture large amounts of vitamin C in their own bodies, converting it from blood sugar. We don’t. But the fact that most other mammals can is why chewable vitamin C, with all its sugar, is generally not a good idea. Sugar and vitamin C are chemically similar and share transport mechanisms. Result: sugar blocks vitamin C’s action in the body.
If we were making vitamin C in our bodies at the same rate/lb. that other mammals do, we’d be making 14-17,000 mg./day.
That’s a lot. And sometimes we miss it ... say, when we're fighting the flu.
After much investigation Pauling concluded that if we want to see what our immune systems are capable of we need to saturate them with vitamin C. How does one know one’s body is saturated? In Linus’ view, we know we’re saturated when we take enough to get diarrhea. In conventional medicine’s view it’s when we start spilling vitamin C in our urine. That difference is crucial. It's why conventional researchers think Linus was off-base. But was he?
In chemistry, there’s two ways to slow down a chemical reaction. The first is to take away the fuel. The second is to fail to take away the waste. It’s well known that when the waste from a chemical process accumulates, it slows down the reaction creating the waste. Back your car into a snowbank, and the engine dies ... not because there’s no fuel or spark, but simply because it can’t get rid of the trash.
Now the way our immune systems destroy invading microbes like the flu virus is to bathe them in an acid bath of free radicals. This creates a lot of debris and waste. Linus thought he’d observed that high doses of vitamin C helped the body clear this waste more rapidly ... therefore helping the immune system do its job more completely and quickly.
One can test this out oneself. It’s best to do it with powered pure vitamin C. (Don't use Ester-C or mineral ascorbates, which have too much calcium for this purpose ... and don’t attempt this with a time-release Vit C product, either could be dangerous. Pills or tabs of pure Vit C are ok if you can't work with the powder.) Take a heaping teaspoon of the pure Vitamin C powder ... that’s about 5 gms. Stir it into water or juice if it tastes too strong; myself, I prefer it straight. It's got quite a kick! Twenty minutes later, take another 5 gms (the half life of vitamin C in the body at these doses is about 20 minutes, so at this dosage rate it doesn’t accumulate as quickly as one might think if one just adds the doses together.)
Keep this up until ... things break loose. (That's why we call this approach Pauling's Revenge.) And then stop.
I’ve found the effect of this megadose is amplified if I do it just before the sweat I recommended in last week’s edition. In fact ... combining the teas, the sweats, and the vitamin C megadosing regime I've detailed over the last few weeks is the foundation of my own personal flu-fighting regime.
There’s a few other flu-fighting tricks-of-the-trade I have yet to share with you. Stay tuned.