We couldn't help notice that Ester-C® is the only vitamin C recommended by William's supernatural source in these medical textbook-like writings. Our subsequent investigation revealed the Ester-C has studies to back up the claims, and is a very effective superior form of vitamin C. And that while expensive, the low dosages required make it economical.
On the Medical Medium web site, a main reason given is that Ester-C is "gentle on the stomach."
Ester-C is my favorite form of vitamin C for Vitamin C Shock Therapy because it is gentle on the digestive system and gentle enough for very sensitive people. This makes it ideal for when you are in a weakened state and may have digestive symptoms from a cold or flu. -- Anthony William
Coincidentally, the very ill friend of the Foundation, the person who brought the Medical Medium to our attention, cannot take any other form of vitamin C without severe stomach pain. She discovered that Ester-C is the only form of vitamin C she can tolerate, confirming to us Anthony's claim that Ester-C is gentle on the stomach and tolerable by virtually everyone.
Furthermore, the various vitamin C dosage recommendations given by the medical medium, e.g., Vitamin C Shock Therapy are small, 1 gram every 2 hours, for fighting the cold or flu. (In contrast, the Foundation's megadose recommendations for various illness can be as high as 8 grams every 20 minutes for ascorbic acid, see: Foundation's Cold and Flu Therapy)
Foundation co-founder Owen Fonorow experimented with Ester-C during a recent cold which lasted the expected two weeks (Dec 2019). Low dose Ester-C, in conjunction with glucose, was able to control symptoms of the cold. While not a cure like high-dose ascorbic acid is when applied at the early onset of the illness, Fonorow was impressed by Ester-C and the claims of rapid uptake into white blood cells. The effect reminded him of taking True-Liposomal, although liposomal at a high enough dose can also be curative of viral infection in hours, not weeks. Further testing will investigate high dose Ester-C to determine the value of higher dosages and the length and severity of "the common cold."
Revisitng Ester-C forum discussion of Owen Fonorow's recent experience controlling a 2-week cold with low doses of Ester-C.
Another concern, raised by author Thomas E. Levy's Vitamin C book DEATH BY CALCIUM, is that Ester-C is calcium ascorbate, plus various metabolites. The fear of calcium ascorbate is allayed by the Medical Medium who tells us:
Powerful Foods, herbs, and Supplements for Your Liver
Oranges and Tangerines
Provide a combination of calcium and vitamin C; when both are combined from the same food source, the liver can use both better than it could from separate sources.
Lemons and Limes
The rich calcium levels in lemons and limes binds to the vitamin C within them, and both of these enter into the liver, where they waken a stagnant, sluggish, fatty liver, helping loosen and disperse fat cells.
This allays our concern that Ester-C is "unnatural." The Medical Medium knowledge implies that Ester-C mimics the form of vitamin C (i.e. calcium ascorbate) found in several fruits, e.g. tomatoes, oranges and the herb celery. Ascorbate catabolizing pathways in animals
In another look at Ester-C, an individual who must consume over 60 grams per day of ordinary vitamin C to avoid severe arthritis pain, allowed himself to become a guinea pig. He tried perhaps one quarter of the dosage of Ester-C (15 grams) but developed a severe cold and so the experiment was inconclusive.
The Medical Medium informs us that all nutrients require glucose before they enter cells (implying a role of insulin in the nutrition of all cells.) While contrary to the Ely Glucose-Ascorbate Antagonism theory, we now believe that the Medical Medium material is correct.
In Fonorow's personal experiment, adding glucose definitely works when combined w/Ester-C.
The Medical Medium revelation has the Foundation eating crow on two fronts. First we panned Ester-C (for being too good to be true without investigating ourselves, mostly because it was calcium ascorbate. Jay Patrick, the inventor of Emergen-C always maintained the mineral ascorbates were preferable to ascorbic acid. Pauling didn't so we didn't.)
Second, we have been advising people to reduce glucose when taking vitamin C. (The Ely GAA theory. We can now understand the flaw in the theory, and explain his unpublished common cold results, in light of the information in the Medical Medium series.)
Was Dr. John Ely Wrong about Glucose-Ascorbate Antagonism (GAA)? Yes and No.
There is a strong possibility that huge doses of vitamin C are required for controlling an acute illness in order to generate enough insulin to be effective. With the added glucose inducing insulin release, then less C, and much less Ester-C is necessary.
It is true that studies have shown so-called Ester-C® will enter cells faster and therefore less of it is required to ward off scurvy in guinea pigs. However, we are wary of any form of vitamin C that does not match what animals make "naturally" in their livers or kidneys. We agree with Linus Pauling that the true and best form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic Acid (C6H8O6).Back to the Vitamin C Foundation
Patrick Holford, formerly of the British Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) tells us how animals make vitamin C, ascorbic acid:
"Vitamin C is not a necessary component of diet, at least for all mammals with the exception of guinea pigs, fruit eating bats, the red vented bulbul bird and higher-order primates - which includes us. All other species make their vitamin C by converting glucuronic acid derived from glucose into ascorbic acid (C6H8O6). At least three enzymes are required to make this conversion. One of these liver enzymes, L-gulonolactone oxidase, or part of the enzyme system, is missing in primates. Irwin Stone proposed, in 1965, that a negative mutation may have occurred in these species so as to lose the ability to produce vitamin C. In primates this is thought to have occurred in the region of 25 million years ago. "
According to Robert Cathcart,MD, the physician with vast experience with high dose vitamin C protocols, mineral ascorbates are generally not as effective therapeutically as ascorbic acid:"...it was not entirely clear that the dramatic effects are always with ascorbic acid orally and sodium ascorbate intravenously. I have not been able to achieve the ascorbate effect with mineral ascorbates orally. Mineral ascorbates are fine forms of vitamin C but when you are really sick, the mitochondria are failing in their refueling of the free radical scavengers with electrons. The ascorbic acid carries 2 extra electrons per molecule where the mineral ascorbates seem to carry only one (plus per molecule the mineral ascorbates are heavier due to the mineral weighing more than the hydrogen the mineral replaces). So the mineral ascorbates are not potent enough to accomplish the ascorbate effect. There may be other reasons that we do not appreciate additionally." Robert Cathcart, III, MD
Another of our concerns is balancing the exaggerated hype against the following down-side about the Ester-C manufacturing process, as expressed by people experienced in the field, who wish to remain annonymous:
"Note: it's my understanding that Roche at al. have long been less than thrilled with Inter-Cal's method for making Ester-C(r). After all, when C is heated to high temps under pressure, as their patent specifies, dehydroascorbate (DHA), to the tune of about 10% by weight of finished product, is the consequence. Of course, their claim to fame was that other organic acids were formed by their process, for which they claimed proprietary effects. But, there's no hiding the DHA content -- for which they sort of disingenuously claim biological value, based on the fact, I guess, that DHA can be reduced to to work again as an antioxidant." E. F.
It is true that Ester-C reaches cells and enters them faster. An anonymous informant with ties to the U.S. biological weapons program told us:
"Ester-C is not an ester. My late friend was a former scientist involved in biochemical warfare with a high security clearance. He dissected the patent and had several meetings with Dr. Virlangieri, one of the researchers that touted its virtues. My friend favored good old ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate. He told me quite literally that ester-C was "two pounds of 'dung' in a one pound bag." He was an avid Pauling devote and was concerned that under certain conditions, ester-C was dangerous and contraindicated. The prevailing propaganda changed from its being an ester to its providing threonine metabolites. He told me that Pauling would have laughed the ester-C boys back to chemistry class! " R. L.
That is to say there might not be serious conditions where Ester-C is indicated. We have seen an impressive argument for Ester-C in an anti-cancer patent based on the work of former Pauling associate R. Jariwalla. However, since Ester-C also seems to trap vitamin C, and perhaps other toxins in cells, using Ester-C with Chemotherapy is problematic.
Truth is truth. Vitamin C is vitamin C.
Some respected authorities are now claiming that L-ascorbic acid is not vitamin C! (However, if this were true, Linus Pauling was wrong, and 80,000 research studies are fatally flawed.) We are unaware that Pauling's HOW TO LIVE LONGER AND FEEL BETTER (1986) treastise on vitamin C contained any errors what so ever!