Prevention Magazine Editors. The Complete Book of Vitamins. Emmaus, Pa: Rodale Press. 1984.

p. 62 – Nicotine increases the production of blood platelets and platelet aggregation, which may trigger the formation of arterial blood clots leading to atherosclerosis. Daily doses of vitamin E decrease platelet aggregation. At a level of 1,800 IU, platelet aggregation is reduced by half; however, at this level, blood absorption of vitamin E is also cut off.

p. 63 – The attraction between hemoglobin and carbon monoxide (CO) is 200 times greater than that between hemoglobin and oxygen. Thus, when CO enters the bloodstream, cells are deprived of oxygen and instead are poisoned with CO.

In the Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Dr. Irwin Stone explains that vitamin C detoxifies the carcinogenic substance benzpyrene in the liver by hydroxylation, the process of raising the content of a chemical compound, rendering it harmless.

p. 64 – Dr. Stone then cites studies that show that vitamin C detoxifies CO, arsenic and cyanide; “vitamin C is a wide-spectrum detoxicant.”

p. 65 – “The findings must be ‘further evaluated’ before they can be extrapolated for human use.”

p. 66 – hazards of nutritional therapy:

  • Self-diagnosis may be overemphasized instead of competent professional advice being sought.
  • Certain nutrients have the ability to change the results of some diagnostic laboratory test.
  • Some nutrients can have harmful effects of their own.

p. 69 – If you take large amounts of carotene, your skin may turn orange.

p. 73 – 300 mg/d of vitamin C can kill e. coli bacteria, the most common cause of urinary tract infections

Magnesium can reduce kidney stones.

p. 80 – aspirin does not prevent heart attacks

p. 88 – large doses of vitamin A reverse night blindness

p. 89 – in patients suffering from Crohn’s disease, vitamin A returns bowel functions to normal

p. 97 – symptoms of heavy menstruation can be alleviated with vitamin supplements