Ridiculous Dietary Allowance

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Lulu.com, Mar 1, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 151 pages
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Many people consuming RDA levels of vitamins are likely to suffer from deficiency disease and premature death. Current official recommendations for nutrient intakes are inappropriate. As this book demonstrates, the recommended dietary intake for vitamin C owes more to politics and prejudice than to science. Furthermore, the research behind the RDA values for vitamin C is biased and insubstantial. This book presents an open challenge to the government "experts," who support the out-of-date RDA approach to nutrition and thereby endanger the health of the entire population. For people who value the peer review process, this book was read by thousands, including doctors and scientists. The readers reported no significant scientific errors. The authors therefore assert that the RDA and the Codex justification for low intakes of vitamin C are both invalid and indefensible.
 

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Contents

Reluctant activists
15
RDA justification
23
Costbenefit analysis
27
Scurvy
35
Vitamin C in the body
37
Low dose hypothesis
43
High dose hypothesis
47
Dynamic flow
51
White blood cells
81
Bias
87
Benefits of high doses
93
Costs and benefits
99
Quantifiable biomarkers for scurvy
107
Refutation
113
Appendix A
119
Appendix B
123

Saturation
57
Plasma vitamin C concentrations
61
Bioavailability
65
Excretion
69
Toxicity
71
Measures of oxidation
77
Immune function
79
Appendix C
127
Appendix D
129
Appendix E
137
Glossary
139
References
145
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