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  1. Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us
  2. Vitamins: Too much or Too Little?
  3. Vitamins Too much or Too Little for 2007?
  4. Do You Want Ford Or Cadillac Vitamins
  5. The “Red” Power of Tomatoes
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Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?

Today, we know that sailors of old, lacking vitamin C, died of this preventable disease. A shortage of fresh fruit in their diet resulted in degeneration of blood vessels, hemorrhage and death.

Vitamins: Too much or Too Little?
 By Dr. Gifford Jones

“Do you want Ford or Cadillac vitamins?”, I asked readers in a previous column. It triggered many requests, revealing much confusion about vitamins. Some readers had stopped taking vitamin E due to scary headlines. Others had tossed out calcium as being ineffective. Still others wondered if it’s possible to get too much of a good thing, and where to obtain more information on vitamins.

An excess of anything can be poisonous to the human body. Too much vitamin A can cause fetal defects in pregnant women and in others, severe liver damage. Hunters who eat bear’s liver which contains large amounts of vitamin A have suffered from liver failure. We need no more than 10,000 IU of A daily.

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