by Elisa Adams
Dr. Matthias Rath, long-time partner of Dr.
Linus Pauling, identifies the need for optimal levels of vitamin C and L-Lysine
as a critical factor in everything from keeping the skin from wrinkling to being
free from cancer.
The trouble with vitamin C is that we humans
are one of the very few mammals who cannot make it for ourselves.
Every other mammal converts lactic acid —
byproduct of exercise —
vitamin C, by two enzyme conversions in the liver. We and the guinea pig, other
primates, and a fruit-eating bat are the only
mammals lacking the proper enzymes for this efficient conversion process; we
require large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables to keep our levels optimal.
(One other natural source of vitamin C is the raw adrenal gland of deer, bison,
elk and other animals —
source of C for Inuit and Lakota Indians and other peoples that were primarily
The discovery of vitamin C made its headlines
decades ago, but it required further research by Jay Patrick and others to
discover that the liver does not send plain vitamin C into the blood stream; it
sends C ascorbates, molecules of vitamin C buffered with a variety of minerals.
NSP’s buffered C is gentle on the tummy and pH-neutral in the bloodstream, and
may be taken in quantities large enough to protect our cells from viral invaders
such as rhino-viruses (the common cold).
People with weak adrenals lack the ability to
store adequate amounts of C in their bodies. Since
C is required for the maintenance of collagen, a lack of C results in a
breakdown of connective tissue in the body, which may become evident in various
structural weaknesses like back problems and facial wrinkles.
What role does L-Lysine play?
Lysine is an EAA, an essential amino acid, which means that, like vitamin
C, we cannot make it ourselves; it must appear in our diets. An essential
ingredient in collagen, it prevents the invasion of our cells by everything from
metastasizing cancers to viruses wishing to find a home!
L-Lysine is to our cells what bricks were to the third little pig, when
he wanted to build a house that could not be blown down by a big bad wolf!
is a strong protection against aggressive anticellular forces.
Rath writes in his book, Cancer, “The optimal production of collagen is the pre-condition
for the control of aggressive diseases. . . . Arterial wall cells, essential for
good heart health, have to produce enough collagen molecules to maintain the
arterial wall strong and elastic.” He points out, “collagen molecules, which
twist around each other like a twilled rope, cannot obtain the optimal structure
. . . without the presence of vitamin C.” Our structural system is maintained
by "bridges" between these strands of "rope," like a rope
bridge across a deep gorge or chasm. These bridges are formed by the atoms in
the water we drink: oxygen and hydrogen,
OH groups, which anchor the lysine and proline amino acids into the matrix of
the collagen. “This hydroxylation process is catalyzed by vitamin C,” Rath
points out. (Cancer, pp. 58–60)
Rath’s book, retailing at $12.95, is
available both for sale at Back to Eden
and for loan from our extensive lending library. Stop in and browse our health
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