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Vitamin C's
Cancer-Fighting Properties

By Will Dunham

(Reuters) -- Vitamin C can impede the growth of some types of tumors although not in the way some scientists had suspected, researchers reported on Monday.
The new research, published in the journal Cancer Cell, supported the general notion that vitamin C and other so-called antioxidants can slow tumor growth, but pointed to a mechanism different from the one many experts had suspected.
The researchers generated encouraging results when giving vitamin C to mice that had been implanted with human cancer cells -- either the blood cancer lymphoma or prostate cancer. Another antioxidant, N-acetylcysteine, also limited tumor growth in the mice, the researchers said.
Antioxidants are nutrients that prevent some of the damage from unstable molecules known as free radicals, created when the body turns food into energy. Vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene are among well-known antioxidants.
Previous research had suggested that vitamin C may stifle tumor growth by preventing DNA damage from free radicals.
But researchers led by Dr. Chi Dang, a professor of medicine and oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, found that antioxidants appear to be working in a different way -- undermining a tumor's ability to grow under certain conditions.
Figuring out how antioxidants impede tumors should help scientists figure out how they might be harnessed to fight cancer, Dang said. In addition to the cancer types involved in this study, others that might be vulnerable to vitamin C include colon cancer and cervical cancer, he said.
Dang said more research is needed and cautioned against taking high doses of vitamin C based on these findings.
"Certainly we would very much discourage people with untreated cancer to go out and take buckets full of vitamin C," Dang said in a telephone interview.
Linus Pauling argued in the 1970s that vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, could ward off cancer, but the notion has proved contentious.
Pauling, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry as well as the Nobel Peace Prize, died in 1994.
"Pauling actually had some good evidence that under certain situations vitamin C can prevent tumor formation. It's just the mechanism was really not that clear then," Dang said.
"Now that, I think, we provide relatively compelling evidence of how this works, maybe Pauling is partly right. We shouldn't dismiss him so quickly." Dang added.
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Critical Response To Vitamin C's Cancer-Fighting Properties 
By Ken Adachi
Dear Jeff,
Re: http://www.rense.com/general78/csprop.htm
How utterly vexing and annoying it was to read the salubrious, yet untrue assertions made by oncologist and John Hopkins professor Dr. Chi Dang concerning the role that Dr Linus Pauling played in the 1970s in regard to heralding the importance of Vitamin C as a CRITICAL ingredient in immune system modulation (enhancement) to not only PREVENT the formation of cancerous tumors, but to ALSO mitigate and reduce the advancement of cancer growth, once it had reached the full blown metastasis stage.
Dr Dang, an obvious servant of the chemical cancer industry, reduces the Herculean contributions in vitamin C knowledge provided by Nobel laureate Dr. Linus Pauling down to that of a minor, peon researcher whose discoveries merit no more mention than that of a footnote.
I'd like to punch that guy square in the nose for uttering such vapid stupidities!
Long before this man showed up in a national press release, Linus Pauling had ALREADY PROVEN and DEMONSTRATED THE many pathways by which Vitamin C enhances immunity, and not only for cancer, but for ANY disease condition.
Pauling went FAR BEYOND tests with mice. He had already graduated though ALL the ranks of animal research and was long ago engaged in LONG TERM human studies (with Dr Cameron of Canada) in the EARLY 1970S! He had published all of his research findings in numerous peer reviewed journals and published no less than SEVEN Books documenting his findings!
This is NOT the first time that I have encountered institutional hacks from big name "medical research" universities or institutions that have attempted to lay claim to discoveries that had ALREADY been documented and published by earlier pioneers. About 6 years ago, I caught a brief news item under new science discoveries in which a claim was made by a female university "team leader" from a Big Deal university in San Diego where she said that SHE had discovered some NEW and remarkable attributes of Flax seed oil to stem cancer proliferation. I wrote her and her adoring university promoters, that she hadn't discovered ANYTHING; that her "work" was a virtual carbon copy of Dr Johanna Budwig's research about flax seed oil made in the 1950s in Germany for which she had to endure endless assaults and debunking travails from the entrenched food oil industry in Germany.
If you want to find out what Vitamin C can do to improve health and immunity, then obtain the books of Dr Linus Pauling, published in the 1970's and 1980s, and you will find out what this man will undoubtedly lay claim to as "discovering" in the coming months and years.
Long live the Corporate Foundation Research Grant and the hacks who covet them,  for they make life worth living for no other reason than to rebuke their calumny and pretense to fame!
Ken Adachi



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