Healing with Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a fascinating history. It has been used to heal in a wide variety of illnesses. But much of this is not widely known.

Most mammals have the capacity to manufacture Vitamin C and typically when ill or under stress. A goat normally produces 1 gram of Vitamin C daily but when ill this increases to about 10 grams daily. We also need more when we are ill but can’t produce it. We therefore need a bit of help.

Some doctors in the 1940s and 1950s started using Vitamin C in high doses in ill patients, especially those with infections, and had remarkable successes. Dr Klenner successfully treated polio, tetanus, influenza, viral pneumonia, viral hepatitis and burns. Vitamin C has anti-virus properties. Often he used intramuscular and intravenous solutions for maximum effect. Sadly it is not used today in serious infections even though it can still be highly effective when used (see Youtube: The Miracle Swine Flu Cure) as an example of a miraculous recovery from a near-terminal infection.

A recent study published in November 2016 compared sepsis patients treated in intensive care units in the standard way to those given intravenous vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1). In the first group 40% died and in the second 8.5% died. However Dr Marik went on to treat a further 150 patients with the Vitamin C protocol and the mortality in this group was only 1% (expected mortality 30-50%). Two other interesting facts emerged. Firstly all these ill patients had very low levels of vitamin c and secondly the dose given intravenously was quite small (1.5 grams 6 hourly).

The biggest threat from sepsis comes from exotoxins produced by bacteria which can destroy the linings of blood vessels. This is why some patients with very severe infections like meningitis lose limbs, due to what is known as intravascular coagulation. Normally the linings (or endothelium) of the blood vessels are protected by Vitamin C within the endothelium but once the stores run out the blood vessels break down.

However anyone can use Vitamin C if they have an infection and it will nearly always make a difference. It will work best at high dosage. We normally need 4 to 15 grams of Vitamin C daily when well but we may need up to 150 grams daily when we have a severe infection. The best way to use it was developed by Dr Cathcart who suggested building it up to bowel tolerance. To be effective To be effective you need to reach 80-90% of your bowel tolerance. This means building up the dose until it gives slight diarrhoea and then reducing it. The easiest way to do this is to use Vitamin C powder. It dissolves best in warm water. Start with 1 teaspoonful (4 grams). Use hourly during an infection. Then keep giving doses frequently. The reason is that the level of Vitamin C drops by 50% every 30 minutes. So give 2 grams every 1 to 2 hours until bowel tolerance then keep giving it but at a lower dose. Bowel tolerance usually occurs after 10-30 grams of vitamin C in a day; the more serious the illness the more Vitamin C that is tolerated.

Vitamin C Powder can be obtained from some most health food shops. You can also use sodium or calcium ascorbate –this is very similar. Some people tolerate it better but you need a slightly higher dose.