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

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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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