Mega Doses of Vitamin C
I have explored many different publications about the additional methods of treating inflammatory diseases, including arthritis. My attention was attracted to an article published by Riordan Clinic – a leading health institution in Kansas, which has spent more than thirty years researching the use of vitamins for the treatment of various diseases. Now I am going to tell you about their findings on the impact on the body of the large megadoses of Inhtravenous C and how this could be used in medical practice for the benefit of my patients.
To begin with – what is it? Vitamin C or ascorbic acid – is a very important antioxidant that also promotes the formation of collagen (which is important for the treatment of arthritis), and facilitates the optimal functioning of the immune system cells. This vitamin is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, various kinds of infections and now it used as an additional tool in the treatment of cancer. Most often in people with these diseases are deficient in vitamin C – and as a consequence – their immune system is failing.
What is the role of this substance and why it is necessary to use it intravenously? Vitamin C has really amazing features – it is one of the most powerful antioxidants known, but its true powers become unleashed in full only when there is a sufficient concentration in blood, which could be achieved only through its intravenous administration. This happens because when vitamin C is received in pills only a certain amount of it could be absorbed by the intestine and all the excess is excreted by the kidneys. So even if you take a dose ten times higher than normal – the concentration of the vitamin in the blood increases only slightly – approximately by 25%.
But the more interesting things begin to happen when after the intravenous administration of lmegadoses of vitamin C, its blood concentration finally reaches the threshold and the vitamin goes directly into the cells. And then its influence can be truly called a miraculous one. It turns out that in large doses, this vitamin becomes ” toxic ” – but only to abnormal cells – either cancerous or affected with various kinds of inflammation or infection. It selectively accumulates in these “sick” tissues suppressing their growth and development. Even more – it disrupts the creation of new blood vessels, and therefore – the supply of nutrients to the cells with abnormalities. It also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect and promotes an apoptosis or death of the unwanted altered cells.
How does this all happen? The explanation is fact that at high concentrations the vitamin C causes a buildup of hydrogen peroxide inside the “sick” tissues. The hydrogen peroxide is, in turn, a very powerful cleaner which strips away everything that does not serve the body. Imagine a solvent which binds to rusty (i.e. – oxidized) particles and flushes them away. Simply put, because of high content of the hydrogen peroxide in diseased cells, they die and are being replaced by new, healthy ones.
Think about it – after reaching a certain concentration, the substance finds “bad” cells inside the body and neutralizes them, without interfering with normal tissues. Published studies indicate that the intravenous administration of vitamin C has showed its effectiveness in treating cancer, arthritis, and various infectious diseases, it greatly improves overall health and reduces the number of inflammatory markers in the blood.
There are documented numerous examples of significant improvements or recoveries of patients who were given this type of treatment. Take for example an interesting case of a 49-year old man who was diagnosed with invasive bladder cancer with multiple metastases. This patient refused chemotherapy and instead had been taking the mega doses of intravenous vitamin C for four years. During the ninth year-follow up after the beginning of the treatment this person was still healthy with no signs of disease recurrence or metastases.
Another study of the Riordan Clinic, published in December 2012, involved the patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It has been shown that the administration of large doses of vitamin C greatly reduced the number of pro-inflammatory cytokines, cleaned out reactive oxygen particles and inhibited the activation of pro-inflammatory intra-cellular cofactors. It should be noted that all of the said factors contribute to the maintenance of the inflammation and cause tissue damage. While their reduction and normalization lead to a significant decrease of the inflammation and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, or RA
How is this treatment conducted? The exact dose should be determined by a physician on an individual basis depending on the achievable concentration of vitamin C in the blood. The therapy begins with relatively low doses administered once a week, and the dose is being increased progressively. The infusion time is dependent on the dosage and can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Usually after one or two months – depending on the condition of the patient and blood results – the frequency of the infusions is reduced to once in every two to four weeks.
Usually this treatment is tolerated very well and when all the precautions are observed, any side effects are extremely rare. So far the Riordan Clinic has conducted more than forty thousand infusions and recorded no significant adverse problems. This type of treatment is however not indicated for the patients with renal or heart failure or with kidney stones. It is recommended to eat before the infusion. The infusion itself goes on slowly to avoid the irritation of a vein. This treatment is not covered by medical insurances. The cost of one procedure is $140, every fifth infusion done in our office is free.