There is research going back 80 years regarding the use of vitamin C to treat various diseases. One doctor had a 100 percent cure for polio using vitamin C. You will find some hospitals now using vitamin C for their septic patients. This article will concentrate on using IV vitamin C solely because you can administer higher doses which is what we are looking for.
Why supplement vitamin C
Only humans, guinea pigs, and monkeys do not make their own vitamin C. We have to get Vitamin C from our food. The RDA of vitamin C currently is 40 mg per day as an infant to 90 mg per day as an adult. This is completely ridiculous. Animals, in general, make about 30 mg per kilogram of weight. That would mean a 70 kg person would be making 2100 mg of vitamin C if they were capable of making vitamin C. The RDA is based on preventing scurvy which occurs at below 46 mg per day.
Oral vs IV vitamin C
Some people believe that oral doses of vitamin C can only achieve maximum blood concentrations of 220 micromoles per liter. That is not quite correct. If you take 2 gms of vitamin C every couple of hours you will attain higher levels. The problem is what is known as the ascorbic acid (Vit C) flush. Yes, I do mean you will be flushing the toilet a fair amount.
Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting healthy cells from oxidative stress and against some bacteria and viruses. All disease is inflammatory in nature and caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress means you have molecules that are missing electrons and they are running around causing havoc. Vitamin C is an electron donor and will donate an electron and calm down the troublemakers. Research tells us that blood levels greater than 1,000 micromoles per liter are toxic to cancer cells. this is why there are cancer clinics throughout the United States that are starting to incorporated vitamin C infusions to there cancer treatment protocols.
How IV Vitamin C Therapy Works on cancer
High levels of IV vitamin C in the blood cause the production of hydrogen peroxide, a poison to cancer cells. Normal cells can reduce the effects of hydrogen peroxide, but cancer cells do not have this mechanism. This is similar to the fact that cancer loves glucose and suffers when the body is in a fat burning state.
Human lymphoma cancer cells when exposed to hydrogen peroxide in the laboratory die. High doses of vitamin C also cause human lymphoma cancer cell death and this was due to the hydrogen peroxide that was generated from the vitamin C IV.
Chemotherapy kills all cells. It works as a pro-oxidant and fortunately kills more cancer cells than your own cells. Vitamin C, on the other hand, protects your cells and helps kill cancer cells. Cancer cells tend to have a higher concentration of iron than your own cells. Because of this through the Fenton reaction, vitamin C can help produce highly reactive hydroxyl radicals that will kill the cancer cell. You just cannot take the vitamin C at the same time as the chemotherapy because the Vitamin C will actually neutralize the chemotherapy— yes, it is that potent.
IV Vitamin C Therapy Benefits
Research has shown us that intravenous vitamin C can prolong survival time and improve the quality of life in cancer patients. Research also shows us that IV vitamin C used with chemotherapy or radiation will kill cancer cells. As mentioned above Vitamin C infusions when used concurrently with chemotherapy have to be timed correctly. The same applies to radiation therapy. This is because all radiation is doing is causing oxidative stress in your body and the Vitamin C will neutralize all oxidative stress. The Riordan clinic in Kansas has done some amazing research and if you want to know more about Vitamin C and cancer you can read this article. Another interesting article on vitamin C iv infusions and prostate can be read here.
IV Vitamin C Therapy and side effects
Little side effects have been associated with intravenous vitamin C. Some people lack an enzyme called Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD). These are people usually from African or Mediterranean heritage. If you lack this enzyme you could get hemolysis of red blood cells with high doses of IV vitamin C. so if you are going to get high dose IV vitamin C you should get tested to make sure you are not deficient in this enzyme. This tends to occur more frequently in men than in women. A simple blood test is used to determine the presence of this enzyme.
If you have been diagnosed with hemochromatosis high dose vitamin C is not recommended. Also, if you have kidney problems or are undergoing dialysis you should not be taking high dose vitamin C.
Loveland Medical Clinic Vitamin C infusions
Loveland Medical Clinic has been doing Myers Vitamin IV infusions for years. I have been supplementing Vitamin C orally using liposomal vitamin C. I take about 2000 mg daily. If I want to take 3000 mg per day I use a powder that I mix into a water bottle and sip on it over an hour. Sometimes you are ill and just need a large dose which can most easily be given IV. For that reason, we have started offering Vitamin C IV infusions. You can call us for an appointment if this is something you might be interested in.
Siegfried Emme, FNP
Loveland Medical Clinic
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