The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone is one of those books that anyone interested in learning more about the health benefits of vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) and why larger doses will help more than tiny one-pill-a-day doses in combating all sorts of health related problems.
I’ve been taking vitamin C for many years as my immune system was always weaker than that of other folks, due to the fact that I was born prematurely (at 7 months) and I was all my life prone to getting cold and the flu, which I got so far more times than I can remember.
It was not until recently, however, that I learned that the amount I was taking per day (around 500 mg) was doing dearly little for my health. This is also when I learned about orthomolecular medicine, a term coined by Linus Pauling, a biochemist who took all his life megadoses of vitamin C and got not one, but two Nobel prizes (one specifically for his work on vitamin C).
Once I’ve learned more about the benefits of taking higher amounts of vitamin C, I’ve also learned that there are in fact two camps related to taking vitamin C on a daily basis: the one camp (which I also belong to) believing that ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C, and while bioflavonoids are great to take along with it, they’re not necessary. Ascorbic acid in high amounts can cure a whole bunch of illnesses and promote wellness in everyone who takes it.
The opposing group believes that one should not take ascorbic acid at all, unless it’s well packed with bioflavonoids, and in fact, one should use only vitamin C from natural sources, directly from plants.
Now I won’t go into the debate in this post, but let’s just say that I got really interested in learning about vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid (and sodium ascorbate) and I seeked (and still do) to get my hands on every book published on this topic alone, which include studies after studies proving the ascorbic acid alone is more than enough in consuming it in daily doses to maintain an optimum health throughout a lifetime (btw Linus Pauling took vitamin C for many decades and passed away at the age of 93).
And here we come to this book: The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone. I tracked it down at Amazon (and let’s just say it was not the cheapest, but still bearable) and I started to read it as soon as it arrived to my doorsteps.
From the very first pages, which are really the Foreward pages written by Dr. Linus Pauling and the Hungarian Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, convinced me that I invested my money in the right place. Both my vitamin C heroes praised this book highly and recommended it as a valuable reading.
It took me two afternoons to go through the book and it left me hungry for more! Not because it was not a great book or because it wouldn’t have the required information. Oh it did and more than I expected. However it gave mentions to so many studies and other works of value, that I now simply have to track them down as well!
The Healing Factor goes over the history of mankind, from the old times when the early humans were still making their own ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in their liver, just like any other animal out there (that are still making their own). We somehow lost this ability over the millenia, along with some kinds of birds and the well known guinea pig.
Next the author goes over various ailments that were cured using vitamin C, starting from viral and bacterial infections, cancer, the heart, arthritis and rheumatism, aging, allergies, asthma, upper pulmonary infections, eyes, ulcers, kidneys (and no, vitamin C does not cause kidney stones, contrary to popular medical belief), diabetes, wound healing and so many more.
Irwin Stone does not merely talk about these various health problems, but offers a plethora of research material that we can simply hunt down should we want to do so. Everything that he writes states his case brilliantly. When finished with this book, you can’t but start to marvel at the fact that something so cheap, so readily available is such a strong health promoter, and start wondering why the medical establishment hasn’t embraced it yet as a choice for healing so many people instead of letting them spend thousands after thousands in expensive and highly toxic pills, procedures, chemotherapy and whatnot…
If anything this book has reinforced my belief that vitamin C, the simple, cheap and readily available ascorbic acid, is something that I don’t want to miss out on taking even a single day.
If you can track down The Healing Factor at Amazon or eBay or someplace else, I believe you will be really pleased with your purchase. I know I am.
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