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There is no known fatal dose of vitamin C. As much as 200 grams (g) has been taken by mouth over a period of a few hours without harmful effects. Between 100 and 150 g of sodium ascorbate has been given by intravenous infusion without harm.
There is little evience of long-term toxicity. I know of a man who has taken over 400 kilogams (kg) of this vitamin during the last nine years. He is a chemist, working in California. When he developed metastatic cancer, he found that he could control his pain by taking 130 g of vitamin C per day, and he has taken this amount, over a quarter of a pound per day, for nine years. Except that he has not succeeded in ridding himself completely of his cancer, his health is reasonable good, with no indication of harmful side effects of the vitamin.
aariel wrote:While all that is fascinating, it doesn't provide the type of scientific certainty that a long term, randomized, placebo controlled study would.
Has there been any efforts to try and organize such a trial?
I would think that in countries like Canada and in Europe where the cost of health care is funded by tax dollars that they would want to reduce costs as much as possible. I suspect that a trial like this would find numerous cost reductions in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and probably many other things as well.
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