As I mentioned in a previous post, I visited a local clinic to have a checkup on my meds. The PA (a kind of fake doctor, or perhaps another name for "nurse") asked me about other types of medication I take, and I mentioned 500 mg of Vitamin C and a multi-vitamin per day.
He was really impressed with this, and stated I must be keeping myself at the peak of physical fitness.
The problem with this statement is this: 500 mg of C is probably way, way more than I need, or anybody needs. I happened to know, before that visit, that 80 mg of C is the RDA (recommended daily allowance) in the US. And taking 500 mg of C probably means that most of it goes right through me. So in fact, 500 mg of C doesn't keep anybody in great physical shape. More is not necessarily better. And in fact, at one time I calculated that taking 14 lbs of C would literally kill me, based on my weight at that time.
In case you're wondering, the multi-vitamin contains no C.
I've had it up to here with PAs. Even the FNPs have been better than those douches. At one time I assumed that a PA, being a Physician's Assistant, was somewhere above an FNP or CNP. But experience teaches that the exact opposite is true. My next appointment will be with an MD.
How much is enough multi-vitamin and vitamin C? And how can I tell if it's even making a health difference? I've experimented with meds in the past to determine how much was just the right amount, but this was based on how it made me feel. With vitamins I don't notice any physiological changes whatsoever. So how can I tell?