In the January 2015 issue, you read – probably not for the first time – that our human inability to synthesize vitamin C is actually a genetic defect we all have. It’s a medical fact. It’s found in standard textbooks on genetics and paediatrics. But this common knowledge isn’t used by conventional medicine to prevent or treat any illness – except perhaps death from scurvy!
It’s quite obvious that to prevent illness, everyone – even small children – should be taking a basic amount of vitamin C daily. (Please consult with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine about what amount is right for you or your child.) But there are acute or more serious situations where even maximal oral intake of vitamin C isn’t enough to do the job, and intravenous vitamin C in large quantities can be very useful, even life-saving.
When animals ingest carcinogens, their bodies immediately start to synthesize 10, 20, even 50 times as much vitamin C to help detoxify and get rid of the carcinogen. Human bodies try to make more vitamin C, but they can’t. When animals are injured, their bodies synthesize extra vitamin C to aid in tissue repair. (Vitamin C is key to the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue.) Again, human bodies try, but can’t. When animals are given drugs of any kind (including alcohol, nicotine and caffeine) their bodies synthesize significantly more vitamin C until the drugs are detoxified. Human bodies try to do the same, but can’t. In fact, when animals start to become ill in any way, their bodies begin to synthesize much more vitamin C in an effort to head off the illness, and to shorten it – or at least reduce the symptoms over time – if it occurs.
Intravenous C can start to work remarkably fast. I recently had an experience that serves as a great illustration of just how quickly the vitamin can begin to reverse serious symptoms.
I like dried blueberries – they’re very good for health and taste delicious. In December, the morning after returning home from teaching and learning at a convention, I ate some. The only problem? I forgot that the blueberries hadn’t been in a refrigerator since before we left for the convention.
About 30 minutes later, we started to drive to the clinic and I was struck by severe dizziness. (I know, the medical authorities, the Washington State medical board and many in conventional medicine think I’m permanently dizzy, but this was the real thing.) I couldn’t drive, so Holly took over. A few minutes later the nausea came – and soon thereafter, I was filling an empty plastic jar we keep in the car trunk with minimally digested blueberries.
More blueberries kept emerging until we reached the clinic at about 9am, and Holly parked the car at a spot nearest a toliet. I stayed very near the toilet for repeated episodes, which finally tapered off by 10:30am. (Good thing the clinic has four other toilets. That one got special attention that evening from the cleaning crew.)
Food poisoning is caused by a toxin which the body will try to rid itself of by all means available. Symptomatically that means nausea, diarrhoea and very often sweating. But unlike animal livers, when confronted with a toxin or poison human livers can’t immediately spring into action synthesizing maximal quantities of vitamin C until the toxin is detoxified.
Within 30 minutes symptoms had vanished!
Since the need for temporary toilet residence was over, Dr. Yasin from Tahoma’s IV room put 30g (that’s 30,000mg) of vitamin C into an intravenous solution with a small amount of B-complex for stress, and potassium to make up for what I lost while in the toilet. The IV was started at approximately 10:45am, and run in very rapidly; by 11:15am, the remainder of the dizziness and nausea was totally gone.
By the end of the IV at 11:40am, I was feeling well again and walked around for a few minutes. Remember food poisoning isn’t contagious, but everyone was still advised that another appointment could be made if they preferred. By noon I was working with a clinic patient and I finished with the rest of the day’s schedule with no problems.
Everyone I’ve ever talked to about their experience with food poisoning has confirmed that the symptoms weren’t completely gone for at least 24 hours after onset, and sometimes longer. A few even had reactions that were so severe they had to go to – or be taken to – an emergency room. But no one I have spoken to has ever reported being given intravenous vitamin C, nature’s best acute detoxifier, to relieve their symptoms!
I’ve been asked before why intravenous vitamin C is a better choice than oral C. Anyone who’s actually experienced the acute nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea of food poisoning knows the answer. Swallowing anything (or sometimes even just thinking about it) except maybe sips of water for quite a few hours, maybe a day, after the acute symptoms are over can bring on a fresh round of nausea and vomiting!
There’s another reason, too. Have you ever tried swallowing 30g of any supplement within an hour or less? It’s possible, but not very likely. And of course getting a peak concentration of vitamin C into a toxic body as rapidly and safely as possible is the key to maximizing the effect.
Improve – or EVEN eliminate – serious infections
Intravenous vitamin C has also been found clinically to be very useful for more severe infectious illness, especially viral disease for which there is very little other treatment available. Tahoma Clinic physicians often give intravenous vitamin C – especially during the winter months – to those with particularly tenacious or severe infectious illness, such as influenza. Sometimes one treatment is enough, sometimes more than one is needed, but we’re always told by those who get them that the IVs make a major difference, speeding recovery.
A powerful tool in the fight against cancer
Much higher doses of intravenous vitamin C can be helpful against cancer, too. Even the National Cancer Institute now has a fairly complete and even-handed online review of intravenous vitamin C for fighting cancer found here: www.cancer.gov
They say “intravenous high-dose ascorbic acid has caused very few side effects in clinical trials,” and note that the few cases reporting side effects were in individuals with weak kidneys, kidney stones, glucose-6-phosphate deficiency or haemochromatosis.
If you’re working with a private practitioner skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine, chances are excellent that he or she knows how to safely use intravenous vitamin C against food poisoning, other toxins and more serious infectious illness. If you’re not working with such a practitioner, you might want to locate one in your area, in case this treatment may be needed for you, a member of your family or a friend.
And in case you’re wondering, even though intravenous vitamin C helped me eliminate all the symptoms of food poisoning in a very short time, I’m still taking some time off from eating dried blueberries!
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 9, Issue 3 • March 2015
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