I’m a skeptic-to-enraged lunatic when it comes to outlandish health claims. I land more squarely in the “enraged” arena when said outlandish claims play on the fears of people trying to live every day with life-threatening diseases like myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), also known as preleukemia.Myelodysplastic syndromes are conditions that can occur when the blood-forming cells in the bone marrow are damaged. This damage leads to low numbers of one or more type of blood cells. MDS is considered a type of cancer.
That said, I also think that medicine evolved out of human beings carefully paying attention to things in nature that can help or hinder us. So many effective medicines, for example, started out as a weed some smart person noticed reduced fever or aches and pains—and more smart, scientific-y peeps kept investigating.
I also think that sometimes, in our well-meaning drive to use the latest and greatest, we forget to re-examine what we already know through the lens of our increased knowledge.
And all that’s a long-winded way of saying that if you have myelodysplastic syndromes or acute myeloid leukemia, you might want to take a look at this article discussing the role vitamin C might play in boosting how well certain treatments may work.
Before you run out and start buying bags of oranges or bottles of the synthetic version, however, please talk to your doc about the clinical trial and how increasing vitamin C might affect YOU.