Life Saving Power of Vitamin C
The medical bias against high-dose vitamin C is shown in a 60 Minutes segment about a New Zealander on life support after contracting swine flu. Luckily his family and vitamin C saved his life. Watch video
My Vitamin C Experience
When I had tetanus and little money, causing Doctors to refuse to see me, I couldn’t get a prescription for Metronidazol, the antibiotic used to kill Clostridium tetani, the tetanus causing bacteria.
By chance I found a web site focusing on vaccination dangers. I wrote the webmaster saying that if I’d had a tetanus shot it would have been better than getting the disease since tetanus kills about half the people who get it.
The webmaster pointed me to a page of hers showing a study in which vitamin C was given to chickens which were then poisoned with strychnine, which is similar to tetanus. None receiving the vitamin C died nor did they have as severe symptoms as those not receiving vitamin C. In another study people in Bangladesh with tetanus were given vitamin C and none had as severe symptoms, and none died.
I immediately began taking several 500 mg. vitamin C tablets with a lot of water and a couple crackers three or four times a day. I didn’t know how much I should take and hoped the amount I was taking was about right. What happened next made all the difference: I got a terrible toothache from an impacted dental implant. My face swelled. My vision blurred as the swelling put pressure on my optic nerve. The pain was extreme.
When it became almost impossible to eat due to the pain and swelling, I decided to take 15 of the 500 mg. vitamin C three times a day with a lot of water. The day after I began taking the larger amount of vitamin C there was improvement: I no longer felt like screaming from the pain. By the third day the swelling was down and the pain was mostly a memory. I was, to say the least, impressed.
Still, I was surprised to find a paper published on the internet by Dr. Thomas E. Levy saying that vitamin C would be effective against anthrax and plague used in biological warfare and comparing vitamin C to well known antibiotics.
I liked the sound of Dr. Levy’s disclaimer,
Imagine that, I thought, “likelihood of complete clinical success.”
While I wondered whether “complete clinical success” could be true I stuck with vitamin C in relatively high amounts and since then my dental infection has been under control except for periodic flareups due to stress (I’ve noticed that the infection makes my hair fall out — at its worst I am constantly covered in strands).
With each flareup (and there haven’t been many) I increase my vitamin C intake and shortly thereafter my hair loss begins to lessen, corresponding with a reduction in pain and tiredness from the infection.
This makes me think that if you are losing hair you may have a hidden infection and vitamin C might make a significant difference.
Two different ways to use Vitamin C
There are two very different ways to use vitamin C: 1. taking a lot to deal with serious disease and infection, 2. taking an ongoing small dose to keep your immunity strong and protective. It’s important not to confuse them.
To see the protection enhancing qualities of vitamin C, look at this study that followed 2,000 residents of a rural Japanese community. At the end of 20 years the study found that the risk of stroke in those with the highest serum levels of vitamin C was 29% lower than in those with the lowest serum levels of vitamin C. But, the surprising thing was that the risk of stroke in those who consumed vegetables 6-7 days a week was 54% lower than in those who consumed vegetables 0-2 days a week. That’s nearly twice the protection from eating foods containing vitamin C.
Reduce Cancer Risk from Smoking
Years ago I read an article about eating carrots to reduce your chances of getting cancer from smoking. I so believed it that when I was driving and saw kids smoking I would stop, park, go over and tell them about carrots.
What is really interesting is that several of the kids said they had a great aunt or grandfather who had smoked all the years of a long life, some over ninety years and had always loved carrots and eaten them, and had not gotten cancer.
Because I associate carrots with vitamin A, it didn’t occur to me that there was vitamin C in carrots and the vitamin C could be providing the protection. Foods containing vitamin C ~ Read more.
Dr. Thomas E. Levy writes about the benefits of Vitamin C to infected/poisoned individuals:
“The effectiveness and safety of megadose vitamin C therapy should, by now, be yesterday’s news. Yet I never cease to be amazed at the number of persons who remain unaware that vitamin C is the best broad-spectrum antibiotic, antihistamine, antitoxic and antiviral substance there is…””Not realizing the incredible ability of vitamin C to cure a given infectious disease just perpetuates the usage of so many other needlessly applied toxic drugs and clinical protocols…”
“Unquestioning faith in the “established” medical knowledge is so deeply ingrained that many doctors simply will not even consider reading something that comes from sources that they do not consider worthy of producing new medical concepts…”
“Ascorbic acid, that Swiss Army knife among nutrients, has been unjustly dismissed in part because of the implausibility of such very great utility.”
Diseases cured by vitamin C
Here’s Dr. Levy’s list: measles, mumps, viral encephalitis, herpes, mononucleosis, viral pneumonia, chickenpox, Ebola, and of course influenza.
Dr. Levy’s book, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins: Curing the Incurable, includes a fairly lengthy section on AIDS, and, Rabies is an intriguing entry, even to those already willing to concede that vitamin C is an effective antiviral.
Non-viral diseases include diphtheria, tuberculosis, strep, brucellosis, typhoid, dysentery, malaria, trichinosis, and the always-controversial tetanus and pertussis.
Although Dr. Levy’s book lacks an index, his statements on the subject of vaccination take only a moment to locate. As vitamin C is such a good antibiotic and antiviral, Dr. Levy’s de-emphasis on vaccination can be seen to make sense.
Vitamin C and kidney stones
During the end/beginning months of 2004 – 2005 while I had tetanus and a bad infection around my dental implants, I used 20 to 36 grams of vitamin C a day, drinking a lot of liquid each time I took a handful of tablets. The vitamin C reduced the swelling from the infection completely and kept the intense pain away. Since then I have read that vitamin C in large doses can cause kidney stones. I’ve been reading a lot about this as I research lamb’s quarters, which are high in oxalic acid, reputedly a cause of kidney stones. I love lamb’s quarters and have been eating the “Indian Spinach” for decades. Since I haven’t gotten kidney stones I think drinking a lot of liquid is key. Lamb’s quarters/Indian Spinach ~ Read more.
Linus Pauling Institute Recommendations
The Linus Pauling Institute recommends a vitamin C intake of at least 400 mg daily—the amount that has been found to fully saturate plasma and circulating cells with vitamin C in young, healthy nonsmokers. Consuming at least five servings (2½ cups) of fruits and vegetables daily provides about 200 mg of vitamin C. Most multivitamin supplements provide 60 mg of vitamin C.
Vitamin C, h.pylori, and clostridia
I find it extremely interesting that vitamin C is said to help get rid of h.pylori which often takes up residence in the stomach and which is associated with gastric cancer and interferes with vitamin B12 and magnesium absorption.
I noticed when I was having large amounts of vitamin C and later Metronidazol that each caused a kind of “cleanout” that looked as if my insides had been wiped clean.
After that I wondered if taking 23 grams of vitamin C a day (two 500 mg vitamin C is one gram) may not have been enough to kill the tetanus causing clostridia when I am such a large person, six feet tall and heavy. For the Metronidazol to kill the h.pylori I had to take the largest dose for three weeks.
Vitamin C ~ NOT to be taken lightly
It is important to recognize that vitamin C is powerful and can be used against dangerous things. It is not to be taken lightly. It would NOT be good to take high doses for prevention.
Illustrating this, one night Jay Leno was talking about some man who had been on his show touting the wonders of vitamin C. The man said he took huge amounts and was planning on living an extremely long time, and right there on the show, the words barely out of his mouth, he died.
What I have found is that vitamin C is excellent for dealing with problems like the infection in my jaw and tetanus. I have been controlling the infection with vitamin C for a couple years now and overall I am seldom tired from the infection, though, under extreme stress I can feel it getting the better of me and beginning to cause swelling and pain.
But even with all the stress in my life the times that vitamin C stops controlling the infection are minimal. I take 9-18 grams a day, but reducing that amount when I get puffiness under my eyes. When I get puffiness I drink a lot more water and hold off on as many vitamins as possible for a few days.
While composing this page I read that in cases of diabetes it has been shown that vitamin C helps some but harms others. The difference pivots on genetic makeup and two genes, haptoglobin 1 and haptoglobin 2. The study concluded that those with diabetes should not take more than 250 mg a day of vitamin C; vitamin C in food was not associated with increased cardiovascular mortality.
After reading that genetic makeup impacts whether vitamin C helps or hurts in diabetes I began to see this picture of Linus Pauling, the man who made vitamin C a household word by publishing his studies of its chemical-medical-nutritional properties, and his wife, Ava Helen, differently.
I began to wonder if her genetics were such that while vitamin C kept her husband looking young, it prematurely aged her ~ she had been his student when they met.
So often what is good for one person is not good for another.
It is important to keep notes when beginning a new supplement. Your notes will give you the ability to go back and see how the substance affected you, expectations aside.
Everyone’s NOT the same
It is sad, literally sad, that drugs are prescribed for everyone as if anyone with a particular health problem is the same as anyone else with that problem, even though within each study of a drug there were people who did not improve from its use or indeed had adverse reactions.
It is sad that we are encouraged to trust doctors 100% rather than being encouraged to pay more attention to our own health and to keep notes so that we effectively have our own personal study of how each supplement and medicine that we take works for us (or, against us).
In the Nurses’ Health Study premenopausal women with a family history of breast cancer who consumed an average of 205 mg/day of vitamin C from foods had a 63% lower risk of breast cancer than those who consumed an average of 70 mg/day.
In the Swedish Mammography Cohort women who were overweight and consumed an average of 110 mg/day of vitamin C had a 39% lower risk of breast cancer compared to overweight women who consumed an average of 31 mg/day.
In the Vitamin C in the Human Stomach Study vitamin C in gastric aspirate and plasma were measured in 73 patients undergoing endoscopy. Vitamin C concentrations were significantly lower in those with hypochlorhydria and there was a correlation between gastric juice and plasma concentrations. Patients with normal endoscopic findings had significantly higher intragastric concentrations of vitamin C than those with gastric cancer, pernicious anaemia, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, or after gastric surgery.
Additional Research ~ Read more.
What could be more easy than C
Think about how easy it is pare the skin off an apple, halve an avocado, or scoop the insides from a kiwi. It’s much easier than going in for a flu shot, and MUCH easier than getting the flu. Give yourself the small amount of time to do these little things for yourself. You will benefit not just from the vitamins in natural produce, but from the moments of relief from stress.
And, keep notes. In my case, I kept notes on the dental infection and on tetanus as they were affected by the vitamin C I took.
Prior to that I had found that by taking vitamin C a cold sore went away in less than a day, always.
And then, there’s this:
Vitamin C and Bird Flu
The Journal of Nutrition published a study in October, 2006 showing that vitamin C boosted immune response and that a deficiency increased "lung pathology" in male mice that were given the influenza virus.The finding is important because Bird Flu is increasing around the world:
Bird flu remains dangerous as it continues to mutate
By Robert S. Boyd, McClatchy Newspapers Wed Feb 20, 2008WASHINGTON — Like the rumble of distant thunder, bird flu continues to spread across Asia , Africa and Europe . Although it’s been out of the news lately in the United States, scientists say that avian influenza, as it’s also known, remains a serious threat to human and animal health…
Bird Flu aside, 36,000 Americans are reported to die from the influenza virus each year. That being true it is a good idea to know something about vitamin C and have it on hand.
Vitamin C, pH and cancer
Ph and Cancer – a low ph (potential hydrogen) is found in people with cancer. A low ph is acidic. While it may seem that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) would cause an acidic condition, in fact the reverse is true. Ascorbic acid has an alkalizing effect. See a list of Foods with an alkalizing effect.
Shingles and Vitamin C
2/20/2013 – Shingles! Darn it!
Knowing that I’d used vitamin C to get rid of cold sores I began using 2 grams of vitamin C with a half a mug of coffee ever half hour. After two hours, I switched from coffee to water. By evening it was beginning to itch as if it were healing. But, significant pain continued. Two days later, MUCH better. (Like flu, shingles is caused by a virus.) Shingles ~ Read more.
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