A Lack of Vitamin C Can Lead to Other Chronic Diseases: Why Most People Are Not Aware?

By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist

Most people are not aware that a lack of vitamin C can lead to other chronic diseases. This includes allergies, infections, heart disease, and cancer

One of the main reasons is the "vitamin" mental block that still exists in the minds of many scientists.  As a result, scientists use very small amounts of vitamin C in scientific studies. 

When you use vitamin C in the right amounts, it has the power to heal from disease and maintain full health. 

Here I list the reasons why people may not be aware that a vitamin C deficiency can lead to other chronic diseases.

Lack of Vitamin C Can Lead to Other Chronic DiseasesOne of the main reasons is the "vitamin" mental block.

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Important:  Ascorbic acid or vitamin C is more than a vitamin.
Why? It regulates many functions in your body to make sure they're doing their best job in keeping you healthy!

Medical Databases exclude Alternative Medical Journals

Most researchers in alternative medicine find it almost impossible to publish their work in mainstream medical journals.

The National Institutes of Health’s online MEDLINE database does not include many alternative medical journals.

An example is the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, where Linus Pauling published his Unified Theory research for controlling heart disease using vitamin C and the amino acid Lysine.

After 40 years of continuous publication, MEDLINE refuses to index the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, even though it is peer-reviewed and seems to meet their criteria.

"Vitamin" Mental Block

Scientific studies published in mainstream websites limit the use of ascorbic acid amounts at “vitamin” levels.

These studies conclude that ascorbic acid is not effective as a therapeutic agent for the conditions that were tested. This is because “therapeutic” levels were never reached

Why are larger amounts not used in many studies?

In the minds of many doctors and scientists, vitamin C can only exist as a vitamin.

The "vitamin" mental block prevented them from applying the common principle of pharmacology of adjusting the doses used to get a desired effect. They thought of ascorbic acid as a "vitamin" and as a "vitamin" they expected miracles from trace amounts. (Stone, Healing Factor)

Here you can learn why ascorbic acid was labeled as a vitamin in the first place.

“Although physicians, as part of their training, are thought that the dosage of a drug that is prescribed for the patient must be carefully determined and controlled, they seem to have difficulty in remembering that the same principle applies to the vitamins.”Linus Pauling, only individual to win two unshared Nobel Prizes 

RDA Values for Vitamins are Low

It’s unbelievable that many doctors are not aware of the value of vitamin C to prevent chronic disease... and the value of vitamin C to control many diseases.

One reason is that doctors rely on the medical and nutritional authorities.

What's the problem with that?

There medical authorities are in large part influenced by Pharmaceutical companies.

For example, The Food and Nutrition Board issues Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) values for vitamins and minerals.

The problem is that these RDA values are set just large enough to prevent nutritional vitamin deficiency diseases. 

  • Scurvy for vitamin C. 
  • Beriberi for vitamin B1, 
  • Pellagra for vitamin B3, 
  • And so on. 

These nutritional values prevent vitamin deficiency diseases... but they don't prevent chronic disease in the long term

Many experts think the Food and Nutrition Board has a clear bias towards vitamins.  

One of these experts is Linus Paling and others who think that the Board is not willing to examine the evidence on the therapeutic value of the proper use of vitamins, including vitamin C.

They seem to select only medical and scientific references that it needs to support its bias.   

Here's more information on the vitamin C RDA and the method used.

Bias in Scientific Studies Related to Lack of Vitamin C

Drug companies bias the presentation of numbers in scientific studies.  They do this to mislead people and make the results seem more or less impressive. 

It's common to see the use of these practices with vitamin C information. This is to make the use of vitamin C to seem less impressive of course.  

The book How to Lie with Statistics explains many of these tricks. It shows how it is possible to bias the presentation of hard numerical data.

Patents and Profits

The primary interest of pharmaceutical companies is profit for its shareholders. They invest a lot of money and charge large fees for patented drugs.

As in any business, they maximize profits by promoting their products. And spend a lot of money to influence both medical organizations and doctors.

One example is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA is financially dependent on drug companies. As a result, it's subject pressures from them. Even the British Medical Journal is concerned about the link between the FDA and drug companies.

Economics seems to be a factor in delaying social changes related to medicine or science.  (Hickey, Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C)

Here are the reasons why drug companies have no interest in the the proper use of ascorbic acid:

  • Ascorbic acid is a natural substance. 
  • Ascorbic acid is available at a low price.
  • Ascorbic acid cannot be patented

Pharmaceutical companies want people to think of ascorbic acid as a vitamin.  


Because they value profits more than health. Enough people taking enough vitamin C would reduce their profits.   

The existence of tobacco companies proves this point. 


A scientific revolution occurs when a new idea replaces an established thought. During this time, scientists are often divided, polarization happens, and social pressures accumulate.

History tells us that scientific revolutions, or paradigm shifts, take time and can be traumatic. New knowledge is never immediately adopted. Instead, the old knowledge dies, and the new one takes its place.

The history of scurvy, the disease commonly associated with almost a complete lack of vitamin C, is an example.

It took the medical profession almost 200 years to accept the “cure” for scurvy, which was a substance inside many fruits and vegetables. 

It wasn’t until many years later, after this “cure” was accepted, that someone discovered the mysterious substance inside citrus fruits that prevented people from dying from scurvy.

The substance turned out to be ascorbic acid. But by then, it had already been labeled as a vitamin, and it could only exist as a vitamin in the minds of most doctors and scientists ever since.

Let us hope it doesn’t take that much longer for this old “vitamin” knowledge to die.

In the meantime, you can ask your doctor about the importance of vitamin C to the body. You can also share and discuss the information in this website, and how vitamin C can help you be in optimal health.



  • Hickey S., Roberts H. (2004) Ascorbate, The Science of Vitamin C
  • Pauling L., Cameron E. (1993) Cancer and Vitamin C
  • Fonorow, O. (2008) Practicing Medicine Without a License, The Story of the Linus Pauling Therapy for Heart Disease

By Arturo Galindo
Certified Nutritional Therapist

I have used vitamin C and nutrition for over 10 years to end my chronic diseases and help my family stay healthy. Learn about our story.

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