X-Message-Number: 16845
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2001 08:56:44 -0400
From: "Raphael T. Haftka" <>
Subject: Vitamin C

>So how much vitamin C do I take?

It is unfortunate that Fair4us has put his question in a tone that cast 
doubt on Mike Darwin's integrity. I am glad that he finally expressed 
regret for his phrasing. I hope we have all learned that if you want to get 
information rather than insults, it helps to be careful about how you ask 
for it.

It is also unfortunate that the ensuing discussion is about tone instead of 
substance. I don't know Mike personally, but from his posts and from what I 
have heard about him, I have developed respect for his thoroughness and 
competence. Therefore, I am worried about vitamin C. I have used doses 
ranging from 500-1000mg over several years, and had much fewer colds than 
before. However, I also have a history of heart attacks and strokes in my 
family that I need to worry about.

So I would appreciate input from anybody who has useful data that either 
supports or contradicts Mike's recommendation to limit intake to 250mg a day.

Raphael (Rafi) Haftka, Distinguished Professor          
University of Florida                                   phone:352-392-9595
Department of Aerospace Engineering,                    fax: -7303
Mechanics and Engineering 
Science                       http://www.aero.ufl.edu/~haftka
Gainesville, FL 32611

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