Darwin-L Message Log 8:111 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:111>From buchignani@hg.uleth.ca  Sat Apr 30 21:46:24 1994

Date: Sat, 30 Apr 1994 20:47:25 MST
From: Norman Buchignani <buchignani@hg.uleth.ca>
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: Vitamin C

Date: Sat, 30 Apr 1994 12:37:14 -0500
From: "Bonnie Blackwell, (519)253-4232x2502" <BONN@nickel.laurentian.ca>
To: Multiple recipients of list <darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu>

I know many people who take 2-3 grams of Vit C per day with no ill effects.
[I took 5-10 grams a day for many years, now probably 2-4 grams, with now bad
effects.  Certainly made me bruise proof!]  After a few days to two weeks, you
also decrease the amount that you excrete ("excess C?").  [I am not sure this
is so.]

Are people really taking 50,000 IU of Vitamin A?  [did this for years also,
with no evident bad effects.]  I had always heard it was toxic (I have never
heard the same claim for C).  [It is, though I believe there never have been
reported fatailities.  Children given 100k to 500k for months develop symptoms
that disappear rapidly.]  I had an archaeology prof in my student days who told
about almost dying from eating polar bear liver (apparently one of the most
concentrated source of Vita A that naturally occurs) while in the Arctic.
[standard archaeological hero myth: completely suspect, though this source
can have 2,000,000 units per 100 g.]

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