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Well, Linus Pauling did some things right and some things very wrong. He, personally, is responsible for delaying research into quasi-crystals, by personally attacking Shechtman ("There are no quasi crystals, only quasi scientists") and applying all his might to discredit Shechtman in particular and quasi crystal research in general. Shortly after he died, quasi-crystals became an accepted field, and Shechtman later got a Nobel for that.

With respect to his mega vit-C protocols - they have been shown to have some beneficial effect, especially with respect to cold and the flu, but not his general claims AFAIK despite various attempts by people with favorable attitudes.

He was not a god; He was a smart, successful, but also imperfect human being.

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