The Power of Natural Vitamin C
“Vegucation Over Medication”
Dr. Bobby Price
Plant-Based Pharmacist; Fitness & Nutrition Expert
The Power of Natural Vitamin C
Vitamin C. Since 1938, over 1,453 drugs have gained FDA approval all in the name of curing people of their various illnesses. Yet not one of these drugs has even cured the simplest ailment, the common cold. The failures of modern medicine are due largely in part to its reductionist approach to healing the human body. The reductionist philosophy believes that by addressing the part of the whole that is experiencing the greatest effect (symptom), a treatment can be developed. This ‘divide and conquer’ approach directly impacts how we diagnose and treat disease. Most of the science of diagnosis comes from studying disease either in dead bodies or on Petri dishes. This is why I say we don’t have a health care system; what we have is sick care. It’s only designed to treat the sick and dying. While healthy individuals are sent home until they can join the party. We take this same approach when it comes to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The doctor will attempt to treat individual deficiencies with corresponding vitamins and minerals. The majority of nutritional supplements are synthetic, but in nature, nutrients are provided in perfect divine ratios to each other, not in single servings.
Vitamin C. We often see failures of this philosophy with patients. If a patient is anemic as a result of vitamin B12 deficiency but is misdiagnosed and then given folic acid as treatment, the laboratory results will show increased blood cell formation, and you will appear to be cured. Meanwhile, the vitamin B12 deficiency goes unnoticed; it can lead to nerve degeneration and potentially paralysis. Both vitamin B12 and folate are part of the B-complex vitamins, which can be found in plant-based whole foods to act as a form of prevention and remedy to this patient. The healthcare system approach to healing rarely addresses the underlying cause, so by default, it can never cure the disease. Cures only become necessary when we fail to take the proper prevention. But then again, prevention is only possible when you know the cause. So let’s get to the root cause. The use of whole foods to cure disease isn’t some new age trendy concept; it’s a return to the original standard. From as far back as ancient Egypt, there are 3,000-year-old medical texts that document the use of plant-based foods to heal the same ailments we suffer from today. And just like modern humans, subsequent societies embraced advancement over nature, and their well-being suffered as a result.
Vitamin C. There have been many fortuitous discoveries in establishing the connection between disease and nutrition, such as in 1497, when Vasco de Gama’s crew discovered that “when life gives you scurvy, make lemonade.” This was at a time when scurvy was the leading killer of men who took to the seas, and citrus fruits became their savior. Now we know the active ingredient in citrus fruits that cured scurvy was natural vitamin C. Did you know that most vitamins made today, whether they are fortified into cereals or encapsulated in supplements, are created in a laboratory? These synthetic versions are structurally identical to the vitamins present in whole foods, but their activity in the body is not. Even vitamins that are labeled ‘natural’ only require that 10% originate from plant-based foods. The other 90% is left up to the supplement manufacturer’s discretion. With the exception of monkeys, guinea pigs, and humans, most animals are capable of making their own endogenous vitamin C by making a few alterations to glucose. Humans, unfortunately, don’t synthesize certain enzymes, so we’re required to get vitamin C from dietary sources.
Vitamin C. Virtually all vitamin C sold today is in the form of ascorbic acid. Here’s a rude awakening:Ascorbic acid is not vitamin C. It is an extracted isolate of vitamin C most often made with genetically modified high fructose corn syrup and other harsh chemicals. Vitamin C is a complex that includes ascorbinogen, bioflavonoids, factors (J, K, P), rutin, and tyrosinase. Vitamin C also requires mineral co-factors in proper ratios. If any of these supporting factors are absent, then there will be no biological activity. The benefits of vitamin C—including immune boosting, wound healing, collagen formation, iron absorption, and tissue repairing—can only be received when we consume it in its whole form from plant-based foods. This was confirmed in 1937 by Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi, who discovered the chemical structure for vitamin C. The conclusion of his research demonstrated that while scurvy could not be cured with isolated ascorbic acid, consuming it as a whole food had a success record much like the 1996 Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan. Instead of making the clear connection between disease and nutrition, medical science continues to round up its unusual suspects and place the blame on innocent accomplices like inherited genetics.
Vitamin C. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, we now know that genetics play a very small role in the development and progression of disease. What has a larger impact is the internal environment created by the foods we eat, beverages we drink, stress, and lack of physical activity. These factors create an environment that will either be conducive to health or the feeding ground for disease. A toxic internal environment caused by processed foods, dairy, meat, hormones, refined sugars, dyes, preservatives, artificial colors, heavy metals, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle flips the switch on for genes that code for disease. The idea that heredity and genes are major determinants of chronic diseases is probably one of the most overstated myths about health. It creates a victim’s mind-state as it relates to our well-being instead of the empoweredunderstanding of just how potent our body’s healing mechanisms are.
Vitamin C. When we look at the top killers of Americans, there is no study, physician, or patient who can attest that they have been cured when taking the traditional medicine route. Yes, there are many patients who receive symptom relief, but most often the relief they experience is because the disease has run its course and the body has an innate ability to heal itself. Because modern medicine has been a study of disease instead of healing, naturally more disease has been created. Listening to a drug commercial, even the healthiest person in the world will begin to feel as though they’re sick. Today traditional physicians now have ahypochondriac’s urge to diagnose and a linebacker’s aggression to prescribe. Take a trip to the doctor’s office, and you’re bound to get diagnosed with anything ranging from restless legs to Alice in Wonderland syndrome (a real diagnosis by the way). Diagnoses are created, and treatments are developed to address all the symptoms; meanwhile, the disease grows progressively worse. Pretty soon, you’ll have conditions for your conditions that need to be treated.
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