May 18, 2013
I wanted to share this with others on my experience with taking vitamin C for the last 40 years.
It was forty years ago (1972) and I had recently returned home from service in the military and had started working for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier. My 53 year old dad had been diagnosed with terminal cancer about four years before and had several bottles of vitamin supplements on the kitchen counter. One day I was reading the labels and I read on the vitamin C bottle that is claimed to promote good health. I was in pretty good health but got the flu and colds from time to time and that would make a really bad day for delivering mail so I decided to try it.
I was skeptical at first and always wondered how you would know if you were in better health if you didn't have any symptoms. I also thought that there must be more to good nutrition through supplements than vitamin C and decided while I was at it to take a multiple vitamin that was high in minerals.
As a letter carrier you get a lot of little nicks and cuts on your fingers and hands from handling the mail and dealing with all kinds of mail boxes. I started to notice they were healing much faster than usual. They would skin over in a few days and be almost gone in a week. I could tell something was different. About a year latter I had to have two lower impacted molars removed. The surgery left two large deep wounds. The doctor said to get an oral syringe and keep them irrigated to flush out any food particles. I would have rinsed my mouth out with salt in water because it seemed to toughen up gum problems in the past. I went back to the doctor in a week for an examination and he took a look into my mouth. He looked around in there and then went to my chart, then came back and looked in my mouth again and went back to the chart and flipped some pages. He turned back to me with his hands on his hips and said 'in the twenty years of his practice he had never seen a case when the wounds from this type surgery had healed so fast. He told me he had to go back to my chart to make sure of when I had the surgery. I was not too surprised but didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to get into it about 'supplements and how you get all the nutrients you need from a balanced diet'. So it looked like I really was healing faster.
After a few years I also noticed I was not getting sick with the flu and colds. It was normal for me to get sick about two or three times a year with one or two episodes that would put me on my back in bed for a few days. It is forty years later and I have not had a cold or virus that put me in bed yet.