Bay Area Skeptics

The San Francisco Bay Area's skeptical organization since 1982

SF Chronicle on Vitamin C and Colds

Compliments to the San Francisco Chronicle for an article reviewing evidence that Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds, but may reduce symptoms.…
Back in the 1970s, largely on the word of Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling, consuming massive dosages (up to 10 grams/day) of Vitamin C was promoted as being a preventive for the common cold. Although Pauling was a respected scientist in molecular biology, winning the Nobel for his research on chemical bonds, his research on the role of large quantities of nutrients as disease preventives or curatives was strongly criticized, and replications of his research were largely unsuccessful. A Wikipedia article presents many references on this topic, FYI,… .
But kudos to the Chron for helping to get out the word. Alas, there have been many examples of more credulous reporting, so let’s give credit where credit is due.

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