By Arturo Galindo, Cert. Nutritional Therapist
Here are some of my favorite Linus Pauling quotes, one of the world’s greatest chemists and the leading American scientist of the 20th century.
Linus Pauling is the only person awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes, the first for chemistry and the second for peace... and he also received many medical awards.
He lived a long and productive life until he was close to 100 years old. He thought vitamin C was the most important substance in the world to maintain good health.
Linus Pauling also created the field of Orthomolecular Medicine. This is the therapeutic use of substances that are natural to the body, including vitamins, to maintain optimal health.
This is one of my favorites Linus Pauling quotes. You should own your health and one big part of this is to educate yourself.
"Never put your trust in anything but your own intellect ... always think for yourself." - Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling always believed that a good nutrition will come a long way in helping your body fight almost any disease.
"Optimum nutrition is the medicine of tomorrow" - Linus Pauling
Linus Pauling believed that almost all disease can be traced to a nutritional deficiency.
Pauling created the field of Orthomolecular Medicine. This is the study of substances that are natural to the body in amounts that the body needs.
He also believed that the most important substance in the world is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C.
This quote is related to the evidence of the use of vitamin C to control chronic disease
“Vitamin C has been under investigation, reported in thousands of scientific papers, ever since it was discovered (circa) fifty years ago. Even though some physicians had observed forty of fifty years ago that amounts a hundred to a thousand times larger (than the RDA) have value in controlling various diseases, the medical profession and most scientists ignored this evidence” - Linus Pauling, 1986, How to Live Longer and Feel Better
These quotes summarize really well what Pauling thought about heart disease after 30 years of biomedical research.
Pauling believed that cardiovascular disease is the result of a vitamin C deficiency and he created the Pauling Therapy to control heart disease.
“I’ve got to the point where I think we can get almost complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of vitamin C and lysine. It can prevent cardiovascular disease and even cure it.”- Linus Pauling 1994
“Well, I don’t know that there is a need for randomized prospective, double-bind controlled trial when you get evidence of this sort, the value of large intakes of vitamin C and also of lysine for preventing the deposition of atherosclerotic plaques, and preventing death from cardiovascular disease.” - Linus Pauling, Unified Theory Lecture on Video.
The following quotes are related to Pauling’s findings on the relationship between the cholesterol molecule Lp(a) and heart disease.
“If you have more than 20mg/dl of Lp(a) in your blood it begins to deposit plaques, causing atherosclerosis.” - Linus Pauling
“Knowing that lysyl residues are what cause Lp(a) to get stuck to the wall of the artery and form atherosclerotic plaques, any physical chemist would say at once that the thing to do is prevent that by putting the amino acid lysine in the blood to a greater extent than it is normally.” - Linus Pauling, Journal of Optimum Nutrition, Aug 1994
Linus Pauling wrote the famous book Cancer and Vitamin C. He provided evidence on the value of a vitamin C cancer treatment.
Many experts think the Food and Nutrition Board has a clear bias towards vitamins. The Board sets RDA nutritional values for vitamins.
Among these experts is Linus Pauling, who believed that the Board is not willing to examine the evidence on the therapeutic value of the proper use of vitamins, including vitamin C... and they select only medical and scientific references that it needs to support its bias.
This is another of Linus Pauling quotes in reference to the low Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) values that are set for vitamins.
“No evidence compels the conclusion that the minimum required intake of any vitamin comes close to the optimum intake that sustains good health.” - Linus Pauling
This quote is related to the use of vitamins in the right amounts in order to find their real therapeutic value. A principle that physitians apply for pharmaceutical drugs, but not on vitamins.
“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
Linus Pauling wrote the famous book Vitamin C and the Common Cold.
This book changed the nutritional habits of millions of people when it provided the evidence on the value of vitamin C with colds, influenza and other diseases.
He also provided the evidence that Vitamin C inactivates many viruses and protects against viral diseases.
Here's another of Linus Pauling quotes related to the common cold.
“If you take a reasonable amount of vitamin C regularly, the incidence of the common cold goes down. If you get a cold and start immediately, as soon as you start sneezing and sniffling, the cold just doesn't get going.” - Linus Pauling
“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
“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas” - Linus Pauling
“I believe all complicated phenomena can be explained by simpler scientific principles.” - Linus Pauling
“Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” - Linus Pauling
“Facts are the air of scientists. Without them you can never fly.” - Linus Pauling
This quote is not one of Linus Pauling quotes but is relevant to the work that Pauling did and the battles that he fought with the medical authorities.
“Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence, he is just using his memory” - Leonardo da Vinci