In 1976, a doctor at a small research institute in Menlo Park, California, a tree-lined town outside of San Francisco, did something no one had ever done before.
He took 100 untreatable, terminally ill cancer patients… and he fed them.
He fed them 10 grams of a simple, plentiful nutrient each day.
And they lived.
Not for a few days. Not for a few months…
They averaged living on for nearly a year with no other treatment. Some were still alive almost four years after being diagnosed as terminal.
The doctor compared his 100 with 1,000 other terminally ill patients. They averaged living for only 38 days.
You’ve probably heard the doctor’s name. He was Linus Pauling, and he is still the only man ever to win two unshared Nobel Prizes. And as you probably guessed, the nutrient that kept those people alive was vitamin C.
Most people think of vitamin C in terms of head colds and eating oranges. But vitamin C has an integral relationship with cancer prevention. It can even cause sudden cancer remission. And it all started with Dr. Pauling’s instrumental study…
In fact, Pauling and his colleague, Dr. Ewan Cameron, published their results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.(1)
But vitamin C is not a drug, and Dr. Pauling did no surgery. All he did was feed people vitamin C both orally and intravenously. So scientists and doctors didn’t believe a word of it.
Pauling and Cameron repeated their study a year and a half later. They used many of the same original hundred people, since they were still alive. But they chose a new set of 1,000 control patients.
And the results got even better.
- Eight of the 100 “terminal” patients were still alive after the second study was finished. Their mean survival time after the date of “untreatability” was more than three and a half years.
- Twenty-two of the 100 lived more than a year after they were told they were untreatable… only four of the 1,000 untreated patients did. Those 22 survived an average of two-and-a-half years after reaching the apparently terminal stage.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you never heard this story. The modern medical industry that can only stay in business by selling you drugs and surgery doesn’t want you to know about it.
But I do, because I want you to know that cancer is a man-made disease, and because of that, we already have the cure.
In fact right now, there is a pandemic because of a deficiency of this one nutrient. Cancer is the biggest epidemic the world has ever known. And it can be directly linked to the fact that almost no one gets enough vitamin C.
That’s why it saved those cancer patients. And for the most part, it’s also the reason you don’t see cancer in animals as much as you do in people. Because every animal on the planet except people, primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats can make their own vitamin C.
In fact, it’s the reason guinea pigs are … well, used as guinea pigs. They can easily be made sick because they don’t make their own vitamin C.
It’s a human weakness that we don’t make it. We need vitamin C to live, and we’re totally dependent on our diet to get it.
Later in this article, I’ll explain how this affects you, how you can protect yourself, and the latest research on how to use vitamin C to prevent cancer and even slow down aging.
But first let me show you something.
Here are Some Other Studies the Establishment Doesn’t Want You to See.
Like the one Cameron did in 1984, which was refused for publication until 1991. In it, Cameron looked at records of over 1,800 incurable cancer patients, and found that those who received any kind of vitamin C supplementation lived twice as ling as those who did not.(2)
And the study from 2006 by the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association. They looked at patients who opted for high-dose vitamin C therapy as their only cancer treatment.
One woman had multiple lesions in her chest, and decided to get injections of 65g twice a week. After 8 months, her chest x-rays were normal. A man with a bladder tumor that had spread into his muscle had the tumor removed. In cases like his, the cancer usually returns in a short time. He opted for high-dose vitamin C injections monthly over four years. And nine years later, he was in good health with no spread of cancer.
Another woman with lymph node cancer did get 5 weeks of radiation therapy, but refused chemotherapy. She had IV vitamin C therapy instead, and over a year later she was in normal health and had no clinical sign of lymphoma. She remains in normal health 10 years after the diagnosis.(3)
How about the study in 1997, published in the journal Prostate? Researchers found that vitamin C caused prostate cancer cells to die.(4)
There was also a study done by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2009. The study says plainly that an easily-attainable blood level of 2mM of vitamin C killed almost 100% of lymphoma cells in less than a day, and left normal cells alone.
But you won’t see this chart at your doctor’s office, or posted at your community’s hospital.
Because what the modern medical establishment does want you to see are the studies funded by drug companies that show very low doses of vitamin C don’t help cancer patients. Or the ones where patients with a rare colorectal cancer don’t benefit from high doses of orally administered vitamin C.
Because vitamin C is naturally occurring. If something occurs in nature, it can’t be patented. To patent something, you have to prove that you invented or created something exclusive or new.
If a drug company can’t patent a therapy, they can’t corner the market. Other companies are free to produce the same thing at a lower price. Competition drives down prices and profits far below what drug companies are used to.
And what they’re used to is the $11.4 billion Pfizer made in 2009 by selling you a statin drug like Lipitor.
So the big pharmaceutical companies tell you that nutrients are a waste of time.
In fact, that’s what they did for years with omega-3 fish oil… until a drug company found a way to patent a certain process to make it. And now we have an “FDA approved” omega-3 drug called Lovaza.
Thankfully, no one has made a drug out of vitamin C. But it’s more effective at keeping you healthy over the long term than any drug ever could be. And the best part is you don’t have to wait until you’re sick to start using vitamin C.
Stop Cell Damage and Avoid Cancer
Vitamin C works because it is an antioxidant. It disarms molecules called free radicals, which attack healthy cells. Vitamin C does this before the free radicals can induce oxidative damage to your cells, which stimulates tumor growth.
Scientists have known this since the 1980s, but today, we know even more about oxidative damage.
What we now know is that the protective caps on the ends of your DNA, called telomeres, are very sensitive to oxidation. The shorter your telomeres, the older your cells act and the more susceptible they are to becoming cancerous.
The new, exciting discovery about vitamin C is that it’s very effective at slowing down this aging process.
A Japanese study tested vitamin C’s effect on telomeres. It was found that raising the level of vitamin C in the cells could slow down the shortening of telomeres up to 62%.
Another study found that skin cells treated with vitamin C kept their young firm shape because it slowed shortening of the cell DNA’s telomeres. The telomeres also suffered less damage in the presence of vitamin C.(6)
Vitamin C isn’t just “good for you.” It protects your DNA.
How Much Vitamin C Should You Get Every Day?
Let me set the record straight about the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance.
It’s not a speed limit.
The RDA doesn’t mean “don’t take more than this amount.” The RDA is strictly meant to prevent a severe dietary deficiency of a nutrient.
In my experience, it’s not even doing that much. And it certainly is not a recommendation for how much of a nutrient you need so you can function at your best.
For example, the RDA of vitamin C for adults is 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women.
This is not enough to slow telomere shortening or prevent cancer.
Remember I mentioned that almost all animals make their own vitamin C? Well, based on what they produce, your body would make between 3,000 mg and 10,000 mg a day if it could – over 100 times more than the RDA!
Dr. Pauling himself took between 12,000 and 18,000 mg a day, and lived to the ripe old age of 93. Based on my own experience, Pauling’s mega-doses aren’t usually necessary.
Dr. Al Sears is fast becoming the nation's leading authority on longevity and heart health. His cutting edge breakthroughs and commanding knowledge of alternative medicine have been transforming the lives of his patients for over 15 years.
Dr. Sears currently owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Wellington, Florida with over 15,000 patients. Over the course of his career, he has developed his own approach to heart health, longevity and anti-aging medicine - combining the best of modern medical science with natural holistic techniques and treatments.