Ascorbate : the science of vitamin C by Steve Hickey, Hilary Roberts

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Although the evaluation of scientific results is sophisticated, it is based on simple principles. When it comes to designing and interpreting medical research, there is an urgent need to get back to the core rules of biology, chemistry and physics. Medical science is a branch of applied biology. Medical researchers do not have any special right to exclude evaluation of their work or ideas by other scientists, although some have tried to claim such rights in the past. An additional problem is that the primary purpose of a medical education is to prepare professionals to treat the sick, and scientific training is secondary to this aim.

The cost of this validation has risen with time, hence the introduction of new drugs is now limited to those organisations that can afford the testing. Pharmaceutical companies invest in the development of new medicines and get their returns in the form of revenues from patented drugs. Once a drug has been patented, the company has an exclusive right to produce the drug and can charge a substantial premium for the duration of the patent. For large pharmaceutical companies, this situation is clearly advantageous, as it reduces the competition for their highly profitable patented drugs.

To understand why he staked his reputation on vitamin C, we need to know a little chemistry. ” Louis Pasteur Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Such substances are widely promoted as beneficial, in products ranging from face cream to pet food. To appreciate the function of antioxidants, we have to know some chemistry. This simplified account provides the background for understanding the health benefits of ascorbate. Oxygen We might guess from the name that antioxidants have something to do with oxygen, the gas that makes up about a fifth of the earth’s atmosphere.

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