Major Sir Robert Mc Carrison CIE, FRCP commented, “ A doctor can never make a living in the Hunza region. In all my years of work there, I have not come across a single member of the Hunza tribe, who has been diagnosed with cancer, stomach ulcers, appendicitis, or any other debilitating lifestyle disease.” The Hunza tribe boasts an average healthy life expectancy is of 100 years…some even exceed 120years. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we also found the elixir of perpetual wellness?

Dr. Mc Carrison was also a nutritionist and a pioneer in experimentally proving that illness is in fact a direct offshoot of nutritional deficiency. He strongly believed that vitamins played a vital role in the wellness and lifespan of all living beings and could in fact be that elixir!

In his book Nutrition and National Health, he says, “I know of nothing so potent in maintaining good health in laboratory animals as perfectly constituted food: I know of nothing so potent in producing ill-health as improperly constituted food. This, too, is the experience of stockbreeders. Is man an exception to a rule so universally applicable to the higher animals?”

One of the primary and quite often overlooked causes for illness is Nutritional Deficiency. Even those who claim to eat healthy home cooked food have aches and pains and lifestyle diseases on their charts simply because of a startling level of raise in lack of life enhancing vitamins and minerals. Thanks to our pesticide ridden nutritionally deficient soil and chemically laden, genetically modified fruits, vegetables, and meat.

One of the most essential Vitamins required by absolutely every living and breathing creation in this world is Vitamin C. Without Vit C there would not be a single green leaf or creature on Earth or in the sea. No photosynthesis would be possible. Sadly…while most animals and plants can make their own Vit C…humans do not have the ability to synthesize their own Vit C. Somehow, during evolution, about a 61million years ago, we lost one of four vital enzymes needed to produce it. We are greatly dependent on our food to help us bridge this inability. I do come across a few clients whose point of argument is, “if my body can’t make it…maybe my body doesn’t need it.” Here’s to all those who would like that viewpoint clarified:

“Man’s body was designed to function best with high blood and cellular levels of vitamin C – synthesized as needed by the liver.”
– Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, board-certified cardiologist

Did you know?
Dementia, Arthritis, Coronary Thrombosis, Kidney Disease, Diabetes could in fact be symptoms of scurvy…a deficiency of Vit C!

It was documented hundreds of years ago that scurvy was an illness that most sailors faced from lacking fruits and vegetables. For a long time, no one knew how to treat it. Eventually, around 1747, a breakthrough was made. A doctor was successful in treating 12 sick sailors with citrus fruits. It was the only effective treatment.

Several years ago cardiologist Dr. Thomas Levy MD, JD was asked to assist Dr. HAL Huggins, DDS, with a number of dental patients who were suffering from very serious medical conditions. Prior to sedating each patient, Dr. Huggins asked Dr. Levy to administer a specific protocol of vitamin C.

Dr. Levy was greatly impressed to see the outcome, as each patient left the dental office markedly improved. Soon Dr. Levy began a search through the medical literature for any studies concerning this vitamin therapy and found medical journals filled with thousands of studies and articles about Vit C. Many of them reported similarly dramatic results with a myriad of diseases. In his book ‘Curing the incurable,’ addressed to the medical fraternity, Dr. Levy sited over 1,200 scientific references on how to most effectively use vitamin C to prevent, cure, reverse and improve a massive list of health conditions, boost immunity and cut mortality risk by 50%.

Vit C has been legendary for its fantastic skin enhancing properties. Name absolutely any brand of skin care products and top on the ingredients list is featured Vit C. The commercials will never let you forget that Vit C is an antioxidant. Collagen, another popular word. It is the vital structural protein in your bones. Thank Vit C for it. Beauty could be skin deep…But…the lack of Vit C can run deep down to your bones!

The nutrient also gets a special buzz for its immune-boosting potential. But touting Vit C’s ability to shorten the common cold only scratches the surface of its role in the body.

Did you also know?
Vit C regulates your heartbeat so that you can live longer?

Vit C facilitates childbirth with less.
Pain and stretching.

Vit C can rid your body of mercury and a host of other metallic poisons.

Vit C can help cure septic infection, cold sores, shingles, and herpes.

Believe it or not, before antibiotics, many doctors used vitamin C to help heal the sick. In the 1940s, Dr.Frederick Klenner cured chickenpox, tetanus, mumps, measles, and polio–all with the use of vitamin C therapy. He was also successful in healing pneumonia, encephalitis, herpes, pancreatitis, hepatitis, bladder infections, arthritis, leukemia, atherosclerosis, ruptured intervertebral disc, high cholesterol, corneal ulcers, diabetes, glaucoma, radiation burns with Vit C.

“Vitamin C is the world’s best natural antibiotic, antiviral, antitoxin and antihistamine. Let the greats be given their due. The importance of vitamin C cannot be overemphasized.”
– Andrew Saul, Ph.D.

Another fascinating fact: that glass of orange juice could actually make you smarter! Oh yes…Vit C plays an important role in enhancing brain function. In 2017 a systematic review was published to prove that those who were cognitively more alert had higher Vit C concentrations.

Mayo Clinic in fact suggested that a diet rich in Vit C reduces the risk of cancer. The American Optometric Association suggests that Vit C can lower the risk of developing cataracts and can also help slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Vit C can not only make your skin glow, but it can also make you lose those flabs you have been working so hard to get rid of. Vit C shifts your body to a fat metabolism from a sugar metabolism. Meaning your body will start using fat as fuel.

It’s not just the oranges and lemons that can do the trick…higher concentrations of Vit C is actually found in several food groups outside the citrus family. Guava ranks no.1. Peppers (red, yellow, and green), Papaya, Peas, Kiwis, Strawberries are all abundant sources of Vit C.

Consuming oral Vit C along with other valuable supplements and trace minerals can actually lengthen your lifespan by another 25 yrs….Disease Free! Vit C is also one of the safest supplements. It is water soluble and stays in your system for only 24 hrs. So it’s almost impossible to overload your system. If you do happen to consume too much of the vitamin at once, you will just excrete it by urination. Smoking causes the body to excrete more vitamin C than usual, so smokers need to top up. Why supplement? Because you need 200 oranges to make up for your daily requirement of Vit C.

How much is good enough? Vitamins can help you feel great and function at your most optimal ability. However, I would always recommend you to consult your naturopath or nutritionist on the daily dosage of supplementation.

– By Dr. Ashmita Boopathy Moturi