October 2000 Issue

Vitamin C-Rich Foods Help Fend Off Heart Disease, CancerEven Scurvy

Scurvy? Isnít that the disease 16th century British sailors developed at sea before they learned to take fruits and vegetables along for the ride? Yes. Sailors developed bleeding gums, loose teeth, muscle weakness and eventually death due to a lack of vitamin C in the diet. Since the early 1900ís, scurvy has been relatively unheard of in the U.S. This summer, however, the medical community was stunned by a report of a five-year-old boy who developed scurvy from eating

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