The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Is there any justification to take high doses of vitamin C?

    Let’s see what the Cochrane Collaboration reveals.

    2007: Preventing and treating the common cold

    • Routine mega-dose prophylaxis is not justified.
    • Hope springs eternal for people exposed to brief periods of severe physical exercise or cold environments.

    2007:Preventing and treating pneumonia

    • Evidence is too weak to advocate widespread prophylactic use of vitamin C.
    • But it might reasonable for pneumonia patients with low vitamin C blood levels because its cost and risks are low.

    2005: During pregnancy

    • Not enough data to know if it’s worth the time and trouble.

    2004: For asthma

    • Insufficient evidence to recommend a specific role for vitamin C.
    • More studies are needed in children with asthma.
    • One is listed here.

    The bottom line?
    It’s pretty clear there is little if any reason to take Linus Pauling-level doses of ascorbic acid. Yet, hope springs eternal. If we could just do one more, really, really good study, I’m sure we could justify Dr. Pauling’s musing.

    7/18/07 19:19 JR

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