Dear Mr. Stossel:
The idea behind last night's JUNK SCIENCE show was wonderful! While I generally respect you, and the integrity of ABC News, your show began by labeling good science as junk science!?! Of all the groups you could have picked, why did you decide to play up the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)? It is a historical fact that Linus Pauling wrote his book, VITAMIN C AND THE COMMON COLD, precisely because of the untenable scientific positions of vocal people who are now current members of NCAHF (i.e., Victor Herbert.)
Instead of listing Pauling as a perpetrator of junk science, he should have been compared with Galileo, a truly great scientist who was crucified for taking a position that challenges the status quo. By classifying the vitamin C claims with other junk science, ABC news has, perhaps unwittingly, misinformed a great many people. The small Vitamin C Foundation was formed precisely to counter the forces that spread misinformation about vitamin C.
It is easy to prove that you fell into the trap of doing exactly what you are lambasting:
Want proof? Pick up any modern medical or bio-chemistry text book and check the index. Look for any references to vitamin C. You would never know any of this research had been conducted. The result is that young medical students graduate ignorant about nutrition in general, and vitamin C in particular, yet medical doctors are the "experts" whose opinions are usually held up to counter Linus Pauling.
It can be demonstrated that studying vitamin C is detrimental to ones career -- if one is a research scientist -- at least in the United States. We know of competent researchers who are unable to obtain grant money or new positions, apparently because they have devoted their careers to the study of vitamin C.
While I applaud the rest of your report, you really have it backward regarding Linus Pauling. I hope you will consider clarifying the matter, perhaps with another more better balanced show on vitamin C and its numerous fully tested benefits including the Linus Pauling/Mathias Rath findings regarding vitamin C, Lp(a) and Heart Disease.
I am enclosing an article about "quackery" that I hope puts "Dr." Jarvis in another light. (Why you would consider the opinion of a William Jarvis important, especially over Linus Pauling, is beyond me.) Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and the enclosed report.
Owen R. Fonorow
President (630) 416-1438,
Fax: (630) 416-1309
THE VITAMIN C FOUNDATION
PO Box 73172
Houston, Texas 77273
1-888-443-3634 Toll Free in the USA
FAX: 1-630-416-1309 Temporary
Publisher of MEGASCORBATE THERAPIES: Vitamin C in Medicine