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February 9, 1976

Megavitamin Therapy

JAMA. 1976;235(6):598-599. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260320016008

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  Dr Jukes' reply to my correspondence (234:806, 1975) is precisely the type of "discussion" to which I took exception and that should have no place in science.Dr Jukes states in his letter that he did not "link Pauling's name with that of J. I. Rodale; I [Jukes] quoted both of them as theorizing that massive doses of vitamins penetrate physiological barriers." Here is what Jukes wrote in his article (233:550, 1975): "Megavitamin therapy is advocated in the writings of Linus Pauling and the late J. I. Rodale." This is "guilt by association." Rodale was no scientist and Dr Jukes knows it.Dr Jukes said in his letter: "I quoted both of them as theorizing that massive doses of vitamins penetrate physiological barriers." This also differed from what he wrote in his article, to wit, that Pauling's theory of "orthomolecular psychiatry [is] a concept not unlike Rodale's

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