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Oddly, I received an email today, which I have posted in the relevant 'Email Hoaxes' section of the forum here http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=5237.msg282744#msg282744.how old when pauling died? & what did he die of?Unfounded claims for cancer cures, or any such condition, are pure evil. To prey on people while at their most vulnerable, as I said in the post linked above, is contemptable. For a doctor or scientist to make such claims based on what can only be described as 'bad science' is probably even more contemptable than the one offered by this email.While many would be sceptical about faith healing, they might not be so sceptical about a cure promoted by someone with a Nobel prize, regardless of what that prize was for, as you quite rightly say, Prof Wilson.What is even more worrying, is that overdosing on vitamin C might have its own problems. I gather this is still being investigated, but it is suggested that overdosing could interfere with metabolic rate.It has been reported that Linus Pauling took 12,000mg per day, and raised that to 40,000mg if he had a cold. Who knows if there is any truth in this. But I would suggest he could be a good guinea pig in the vitamin C overdose research.