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Linus Pauling PhD, Nobel Prize in Medicine, was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century.
The deterioration of health in old age is argued that it is sensible to take measures to increase the length of that period of well-being that makes for happiness and accomplishment. And those "measures" are vitamins -- especially vitamin C.
"One gram a day improves the health quite a bit," he said in 1983. "But most people need more. Anyone with a serious infection may need as much as 100 to 200 grams per day! You can be free of colds if you take enough vitamin C."
Pauling considered vitamin C to be the most important supplement and absolutely essential for daily use, "Particularly when you are hospitalized. Don't let your doctor talk you out of it because that is when you have the greatest need of them."
In 1970 he asked Dr Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Nobel Prize 1937 Physiology and the Hungarian scientist who first separated ascorbic acid from plant and animals tissues, what his opinion of vitamin C was in relation to optimum intake. Dr Szent-Gyorgyi replied that in his opinion the medical profession had misled the public about the importance of vitamin C.
"The medical profession said that if you don't get scurvy you are all right. I think that is a grave error. Scurvy is not the first sign of vitamin C deficiency, but a premortal syndrome. For full health you need much more."
Pauling's own recommended regimen was from six to 18 grams per day.
"Do not miss a single day!" he warned.