Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Even Geniuses Make Mistakes

If someone told you drinking orange juice could cure all illnesses and diseases, you probably wouldn’t believe him. But what if that person had won two Nobel Prizes? Odds are you would.

In fact, many people have been duped into believing OJ—and its main ingredient: vitamin C—has magical properties. Since the coronavirus has been raging the globe, the sales of immunity supplements have gone through the roof. Vitamin C especially

The kicker?

Vitamin C doesn’t even have the power to cure the common cold, let alone COVID-19.

Which probably comes as a shocker. After all, you KNOW vitamin C strengthens your immune system. Right?

Let’s put that thought on hold for a second. Remember that Nobel Prize winning scientist I mentioned earlier?

He’s real. And he’s the reason why you gulp down a vitamin C tablet when your nose is stuffy.

The man who started the vitamin C craze is Linus Pauling. He won a Nobel Prize for his work in quantum chemistry and a Nobel Peace prize for his anti-nuclear advocacy.

So when he published a book in the ‘70s on how vitamin C could beat colds and improve your health, everyone believed him.

Except for the scientists. Mainly because he based his theory off the case of one patient: himself. Following the advice of a friend, Pauling took 3,000 mg of vitamin C each day and, after a lifetime of suffering, cured his recurring colds.

Happy with its success, Pauling became an advocate and recommended everyone to take 2,000 mg a day. Although an adults daily need is merely 75-90 mg.

A review of 49 scientific trials with more than 12,000 participants found that taking vitamin C supplements doesn’t keep away the common cold. In fact, a Swedish study found that men who took just 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day were twice as likely to develop kidney stones.

And that’s about as bad as it gets.

Which is precisely why the vitamin C myth has kept on for so long: it’s too harmless to warrant any serious action from medical professionals.

While it seems like I wrote today’s post to save you a few bucks and a tummy ache, I haven’t. What I really want is to warn you against your own judgement.

Just because someone is smart, doesn’t mean they know everything.

Linus Pauling was without a doubt a genius. And had one of the greatest scientific minds of the 20th century.

Despite all his smarts, Pauling believed that vitamin C was the solution to ill health, even though he had close to no scientific evidence to support his claim.

Even geniuses make mistakes.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach