The Dark Side of Linus Pauling’s Legacy o cosas para las que no sirve la vitamina C

Linus Pauling, Ph.D. (1901-1994), was the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel prizes. He received these awards for chemistry in 1954 and for peace in 1962. He contributed greatly to the development of chemical theories. His impact on the health marketplace, however, was anything but laudable.

Pauling is largely responsible for the widespread misbelief that high doses of vitamin C are effective against colds and other illnesses. In 1968, he postulated that people’s needs for vitamins and other nutrients vary markedly and that to maintain good health, many people need amounts of nutrients much greater than the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). And he speculated that megadoses of certain vitamins and minerals might well be the treatment of choice for some forms of mental illness. He termed this approach «orthomolecular,» meaning «right molecule.» After that, he steadily expanded the list of illnesses he believed could be influenced by «orthomolecular» therapy and the number of nutrients suitable for such use. No responsible medical or nutrition scientists share these view

sigue en Quackwatch por Stephen Barrett MD

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