ERIK MCLAUGHLIN IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL DOCTOR. This family practice resident speaks four languages, attended medical school in England, and aims to focus on expedition medicine in the near future.
With a real passion for taking care of travelers and embarking on adventures in remote locations, he is an adventure doc in every sense of the word.
Matador sat down with the Adventure Doc to pick his brain for travel health advice. Travelers are exposed to a much wider range of viruses and medical situations abroad than domestically, and we wanted to know what advice the Doc had for our readers.
Matador: Does Vitamin C really work?
Vitamin C is relatively well known as having some benefit, although it has yet to be proven in serious medical literature. Lots of people cite many studies on Vitamin C. These studies are often improperly done, have small numbers of participants, and show skewed data.
Interpretation of data is key, as is the source and quality of the research study. Basically, there is no proof of the effectiveness of Vitamin C, but I say, if it makes you feel better, go for it! I still take one gram of Vitamin C every day that I am sick.
Matador: And what about Emergen-C?
I actually drink Emergen-C often. I love the easy packets, great vitamins, and electrolytes. I had a glass earlier today. I also carry it with me in my first aid kit when I travel.