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Letters to the Editor Issue 191

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listed in letters to the editor, originally published in issue 191 - February 2012

The War Against Nutritional Medicine: Why We Love Our Critics

by Andrew W. Saul, OMNS Editor

When physicians criticized Linus Pauling for advocating vitamin C, Dr Pauling wrote a book that became an all-time nutrition bestseller: Vitamin C and the Common Cold.[1] It won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Then, after he and colleagues demonstrated that vitamin C fights cancer, he was attacked again. When medical orthodoxy prevented him from publishing timely rebuttals in their pharma-funded journals, Pauling wrote more books.[2,3] When critics go after the Gerson nutritional therapy, Charlotte Gerson writes another book.[4] She will turn 90 on March 24. The more efforts to silence, the more education gets out.

When psychiatric journals refused to publish Abram Hoffer's controlled studies showing that niacin cured many forms of mental illness, Dr Hoffer started his own Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine.[5] When scientific journals refused to publish studies questioning water fluoridation, the journal Fluoride was started to get the research in print.[6] Someday, you might actually be able to find these journals at the US National Library of Medicine/Medline. But don't hold your breath. NLM, your taxpayer-supported "largest medical library on earth," censors your access to journals it does not like.[7] Worldwide, as well as in the United States of America, most people feel that such behaviour from a public library is reprehensible. If you are among these who do, you can write to NLM's Medline boss and tell him so.[8] They will not let you write to committee members, who make their decisions in closed meetings.[9]

Every time pharmaphilic opponents of nutritional medicine try to monopolize the news media, the Orthomolecular Medicine News service publishes another press release or two, directly to the public. OMNS articles are all over the internet, and there have been 120 different releases, all free of charge and without advertising. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Not everyone likes this newsfeed. Most of the media ignore it. Not surprising. Perhaps they think that no one is searching the internet for a second opinion, and that people only read and believe what they, the major magazines and newspapers, select as fit to print. Maybe the TV networks have forgotten about YouTube, and websites where there is a growing presence of free-access orthomolecular video.[10]

And as for Wikipedia, if you want to read what cliques of amateurs have need to say about subjects that do or do not fit their belief systems, be our guest. I taught for the State University of New York for nine years, and I never met a single faculty member that would pay the slightest heed to a Wikipedia reference. They know better. You know better. That is why OMNS goes directly to academics, researchers, and physicians for information and commentary. Many years ago, my father taught me that when you want to know, "Go to the organ grinder, not the monkey."

As you read this, the medical monopoly is melting like an iceberg in the Panama Canal. Nutritional medicine is catching on worldwide. Original case reports and research papers of Dr Max Gerson are, this minute, being translated from German into English for the first time ever. They will be published for free access online this year. No longer will cancer organizations get away with rhetoric such as, "If the Gerson approach worked, there would be evidence that demonstrates it." Well, it does, and there are. If your doctor does not know this, teach him or her to click a mouse button.

We love piquing the medical industry. We are grateful for our critics. We love it when they respond, because we just go ahead and issue yet another OMNS release showing how nutritional therapy is proven safe and effective. When they don't respond, we will keep provoking them until they do. For example, let them explain these:

  • A Harvard study showed a 27% decrease in deaths among AIDS patients taking vitamin supplements.[11]
  • There has never been a single death from a vitamin. That's right: zero.[12]
  • Women who take two aspirin tablets per day have an 86 percent greater risk of pancreatic cancer.[13]
  • Milligram for milligram, vitamin supplementation is cheaper than trying to get vitamins from food.[14]

Here is the latest thorn in Big Pharma's paw. Starting Feb 1, the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service will be available in Japanese, thanks to the Japanese College of Intravenous Therapy, the Japanese Society of Orthomolecular Medicine, and other progressive medical organizations.

We are not going to rest with that. If you are multilingual and interested in volunteering to translate OMNS releases into other languages, please write in and let us know. You can pick the release and you can pick the language.

Vitamin and nutrient therapy is safer and more effective than drug therapy. Let's get this message out to every person, everywhere, in every language.


1. Pauling L. Vitamin C, the Common Cold, and the Flu. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. 1970. Revised edition, 1976.

2. Cameron E, Pauling L. Cancer and Vitamin C. Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, Menlo Park, CA. Warner Books, New York. 1979. 1981; Philadelphia: Camino Books. Revised edition 1993.

3. Pauling L. How to Live Longer and Feel Better. New York: W. H. Freeman. 1986. Revised and updated edition, 2006, Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press. Reviewed at

4. Gerson C. Defeating Arthritis, Bone and Joint Diseases. Carmel, CA: Gerson Health Media. 2011. Also: Defeating Obesity, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure: The Metabolic Syndrome. Carmel, CA: Gerson Health Media. 2010. And: Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases. Totality Books. 2007. Reviewed at Also: Gerson C, Walker, M. The Gerson Therapy. NY: Kensington Publishing. 2001.

5. Free access to archive at

6. Free access to archive at or

7. and

8. Sheldon Kotzin, Executive Editor, MEDLINE, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland This email was verified Jan 19. 2012.

9. , scroll about halfway down the page.

10. Intravenous vitamin C instructional videos for doctors:

11. Fawzi WW, Msamanga GI, Spiegelman D, Wei R, Kapiga S, Villamor E, Mwakagile D, Mugusi F, Hertzmark E, Essex M, Hunter DJ. A randomized trial of multivitamin supplements and HIV disease progression and mortality. N Engl J Med. 351(1):23-32. Jul 1 2004. Free full text article at

12. Most recent year: Previous 27 years:


14. A single large orange costs at least 50 cents and may easily cost one dollar. It provides less than 100 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C. A bottle of 100 tablets of ascorbic acid vitamin C, 500 mg each, costs about five dollars. The supplement gives you 10,000 mg per dollar. In terms of vitamin C, the supplement is 50 to 100 times cheaper, costing about one or two cents for the amount of vitamin C in an orange.

Further Information

Andrew W Saul PhD - Editor and contact person.

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Ralph K. Campbell MD (USA)

Carolyn Dean MD ND (Canada)

Damien Downing MD (United Kingdom)

Michael Ellis MD (Australia)

Martin P. Gallagher, MD, DC (USA)

Michael Gonzalez, DSc  PhD (Puerto Rico)

William B. Grant, PhD (USA)

Steve Hickey, PhD (United Kingdom)

James A. Jackson, PhD (USA)

Bo H. Jonsson, MD PhD (Sweden)

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