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Low Vitamin C speeds up leukaemia in mice – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 22nd, 2017.

US researchers have uncovered a reason why low vitamin C may speed up the development of leukaemia in mice.  Unlike humans, mice can make vitamin C in their bodies, but the researchers genetically engineered mice so they couldn’t any longer — making them reliant on vitamin C from food. These mice had higher rates of […]

Could Vitamin C help treat cancer? – TVNZ

Laura Goodall posted in on October 14th, 2014.

Sunday TVNZ‘s Ian Sinclair speaks to Dr. Andrew Miller and Prof. Margreet Vissers about Vitamin C and whether it could help in treating cancer. An extract (read more here and watch the video clip here): Otago University Professor Margreet Vissers has told the Sunday Programme Vitamin C is unlikely to provide a miracle cure. However it could be used […]

Sir Paul Callaghan on alternative treatments

John Kerr posted in on January 20th, 2012.

Physicist Sir Paul Callaghan’s high public profile has meant the country has taken a genuine interest in his terminal colon cancer diagnosis and subsequent unorthodox treatments. Sir Paul spoke to Radio New Zealand’s Kiwi Summer programme about his personal trial, his conclusions and concern at becoming a poster boy for the alternative therapy industry. The […]

Experts on 60 Minutes vitamin C ‘miracle cure’ story

Peter Griffin posted in on August 20th, 2010.

The Science Media Centre sought comment from experts on the 60 Minutes piece Living Proof, which examined the story of Alan Smith, who was treated with intravenous doses of vitamin C while close to death suffering with the H1N1 virus and made a full recovery. Professor John Fraser, Head of School of Medical Sciences, University […]

Vitamin C found to have effect on tumours

Peter Griffin posted in on July 20th, 2010.

Vitamin C, otherwise called ascorbate, has been found to have a link with cancerous tumour growth, according to University of Otago researchers. A protein present in tumours, which allows them to handle stress well, has been found in higher concentrations in those tumours in which ascorbate levels are low. It is hoped the finding could […]

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