IV vitamin C FAQ

Vitamin C is necessary for a thriving body:

  • strengthening in many ways, including: integrity of the body’s collagen intracellular bonds in blood vessels and capillaries, thus strengthening the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, and healthy lung tissue, which is important during whooping cough infections.
  • building cellular and vascular collagen bonds
  • detoxifying the body (powerful antioxidant) – without enough vitamin C in the body,  neutrophils and liver struggle to deal with the free radicals and toxins generated by infectious bacteria.  Neutralized toxins can then be removed quickly help any healing process, as the free radicals then don’t destroy tissue or disrupt normal fatty acids and cell function.  When one is dealing with infection, parasites or bacteria often produce toxins, which the body deals using antioxidant reserves, until the body runs out of reserves (scurvy).  We need to give our bodies a good supply! If toxins build up, toxins can enter the bloodstream.
  • keeping mitochondria running properly – without adequate reserves of vitamin C in the body, carnitine won’t pull fatty acids into the mitochondria, and thus mitochondria produce less energy, resulting in one feeling exhausted

Suzanne Humphries offers several videos to teach us about the use and effectiveness of vitamin C.  If you have the time, I highly recommend these:

Many argue that vitamin C should not be taken orally in large doses because our body cannot absorb a large amount, and thus, we simply eject it through the body via urine.  This is somewhat true, as Suzanne Humphries shows in the slide below; however, even though the % absorbed decreases with ever larger doses of sodium ascorbate, one is still absorbing quite a bit more overall.  Additionally, Suzanne says that when taken intravenously, 100% is bioavailable (absorbed).

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Others argue that high doses of vitamin C taken via any route is unsafe.  Suzanne Humphries debunks this completely, and has found the studies which prove it, and she also has clinical history to prove that it is safe, during her time as an internist/nephrologist M.D.  Many cancer and lyme patients also take high dose vitamin C orally as well as intravenously with success.

“Vitamin C, of course, is exceptionally safe at high doses and has hundreds of proven health benefits (view our Vitamin C health benefit database), whereas conventional chemopreventive agents for cancer, e.g. Tamoxifen, and hormone replacement therapy using animal derived and/or synthetic hormone analogs, cause a wide range of adverse health effects, including at times increased mortality.” – GreenMedInfo.com

As I’ve learned from Suzanne, there is no condition that won’t be improved by high dose vitamin C, especially the most life-threatening conditions, like the ones listed in the following slides from her presentation:

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The study listed at the bottom left (PMID 24484547) proves that intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C) administered to patients with severe sepsis is not only safe, but improves survival rates!  The study worked with three groups – a control group who received no vitamin C, a group who received low-dose intravenous vitamin C (50mg/kg/24 hours), and a group who received a higher dose of intravenous vitamin C (200mg/kg/24 hours).  In the medical field, a high SOFA (Sequential Organ Failure Assessment) score in the first 48 hours of critical illness/intensive care is a high indicator that the patient will have a mortality rate of 50%.  

In the study, patients who received lower and higher doses of intravenous vitamin C both experienced rapid, significant drops in their SOFA score, increasing their chances of survival.  The control group had no significant decrease in their SOFA score!  The study states that there were no adverse effects seen in the patients who received lower or higher doses of vitamin C.  Suzanne believes this study should be proof enough to dissolve any doctor’s fear of offering this treatment, for fear they will be sued as it is not currently standard protocol.  Suzanne also points us to a follow-up articlewritten by the same researchers.

Suzanne suggests that we search for and find the study on the US National Library of Medicine, using the number 24484547, and that we print it and bring it to the doctor in order that they would administer high dose vitamin C to your loved one in need.

Suzanne also shows that Vitamin C is incredibly less dangerous from a pharmacology point of view than aspirin and even table salt!  Suzanne says one would have to ingest nearly a kilogram all at once to cause any danger!  I think it might be helpful to add that Suzanne says that “nobody has ever died of a vitamin C or synthetic ascorbate overdose.”

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There are situations in which Suzanne cautions regarding the use of vitamin C:

  • dehydration – always hydrate before you start taking vit. c.  Never give if someone is dehydrated.
  • kidney failure; however, even in this situation, she asks if it could still be viable option if the person is truly in danger of losing their life.
  • prone to forming kidney stones – “theoretical possibility yet have never been shown to be a true risk in the use of vitamin C. This potential risk is minimized by hydrating with lemon water to alkalize the urine so that oxalate cannot drop out of solution and crystallize. Other means of alkalization and hydration are just as good.”
  • very rare disorder called Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase
    deficiency (G6PDD) – “Hemolysis can occur in the rare disorder called glucose 6 phosphatase dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD deficiency) if mega doses of vitamin C are given- yet there are cases of even those people tolerating vitamin C when they are deficient. Mind you, there are no drugs in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) without far more common risks and definitely more side effects than vitamin C” and “There are no reports of this hemolysis problem when oral intake by G6PD deficient persons is less than 6 grams per day in G6PD deficient adults or in healthy adults at any dose.”  “there is a clear double standard regarding concern over G6PD when using vitamin C compared to many commonly used drugs, where use is never considered a risk, even though it is. As you can see from THIS ARTICLE many commonly used drugs today can pose a risk to the rare person with this disorder. I have yet to see a patient screened for G6PD disease prior to being given these commonly used drugs”
  • or a history or family history of anemia (hemochromotosis).  Suzanne says that those with this condition should not use high-dose vitamin C without specialist care; however they could take moderate doses when very ill, but again, she suggests consulting a doctor well informed in vitamin C immunobiology
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