3-29-20 COVID-19 AND VITAMIN C UPDATE — New York Use of IV-Vitamin C for COVID-19: Great idea, but too low a dose
Five days ago, I reported that selected hospitals on Long Island were using intravenous vitamin C (IV-C) along with other medications for their COVID-19 patients.
We applaud Dr. Andrew Weber and colleagues at the Northwell Health facilities in Long Island for introducing vitamin C into their COVID-19 treatment plans. However, we must draw attention to the fact that the dose of IV-C being used in Long Island is much lower than the doses that are being successfully used in China to treat COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Weber’s Long Island vitamin C dose was reported to be 1,500 mg IV-vitamin C given three to four times a day, for a total IV-C of 4,500 to 6,000 mg daily. In China, IV-vitamin C treatment was effective, but at doses of 14,000 to 25,000 and even 50,000 mg vitamin C, given in an IV drip over 8 to 10 hours.
Those knowledgeable about IV-vitamin C therapy suggest that the dose used in the selected Long Island hospitals is too low to be effective, and in a worst case scenario, a failed trial will be used to invalidate vitamin C therapy for COVID-19.
Dr. Richard Cheng is an Asian-American doctor who has been reporting first hand from Shanghai, China. Here is his latest video blog where he details the success of Chinese trials with IV- vitamin C. In particular, he details one trial in which all 50 subjects recovered and hospital stays were reduced by 3 to 5 days.
Dr. Cheng’s on-going video blog from China can be found at www.drwlc.com/blog/.
3-24-2020 COVID-19 AND VITAMIN C UPDATE — New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C. [Read More]
3-3-2020 COVID-19 AND VITAMIN C UPDATE — Shanghai Government Officially Recommends Vitamin C for COVID-19. [Read More]
3-1-2020 COVID-19 AND VITAMIN C UPDATE — Ascorbate being used as a treatment. [Read More]
High-Dose Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus (COVID-19)
by Andrew W. Saul, Editor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Jan 26, 2020
(OMNS January 26, 2020) The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and coronavirus in particular. [Read More]
Could Our Alkalini-C Help?
The answer is yes. Please read the above news release from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. And then check below for my adapted protocol for anti-viral nutrient support which combines the recommendations of the Orthomolecular Medical Society and the teachings of my long-time mentor and noted medical authority, Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD.
Those of you that want more details on the use of vitamin C as an antiviral are also referred to our Alkaline for Life website where we will be posting several articles and videos on the history and use of vitamin C as a potent antiviral.
Our Nutrient Protocol to Support Immunity and Reduce Risk of Viral Infections
Consider checking to see how much of each of these nutrients you’re currently taking and then adjust your intake as necessary to get the totals listed below.
L-Ascorbate/Vitamin C. Begin by taking 3,000 to 5,000 mg of vitamin C spread throughout the day. Increase dose to bowel tolerance as necessary for optimum immune enhancement.
Vitamin C is a highly documented and powerful natural anti-oxidant and anti-viral, especially powerful when it is taken in adequate amounts on a regular basis before exposure to a high viral load.
At the Center for Better Bones and Alkaline for Life we use a professional grade, fully buffered, fully reduced L-ascorbate vitamin C powder, designed for therapeutic high-dose use (Alkalini-C). Each ½ teaspoon of Alkalini-C provides 1.5 grams of this high-quality, fully buffered, fully reduced L-ascorbate form of vitamin C. Alkalini-C is a premier anti-oxidant, a potent natural anti-viral, and powerful alkalizing agent. Read our blogs on the benefits of vitamin C here.
Vitamin D. Ideally you want to take enough vitamin D to reach a 50 to 60 ng/mL blood level. If you're not yet taking vitamin D start with 4,000 IU a day for two weeks and then reduce to 2,000 IU per day.
If you are testing your vitamin D level, adjust your dose accordingly to achieve a level of 50 to 60 ng/mL blood level of vitamin D. Generally, each 1,000 IU of additional vitamin D increases blood level vitamin D by 10 points (ng/mL). A simple blood spot test for vitamin D is available from Grassroots Health and a self-order blood test is available from Direct Labs.
Vitamin D strengthens the immune system and thus helps the body fight viral infections. Numerous studies have documented that vitamin D cuts rates of respiratory infection.
Quercetin Flavonoid/Flavonol Combination (500 to 4,000 mg). At the Center for Better Bones and Alkaline for Life we use high-dose water-soluble quercetin dehydrate enhanced with pomegranate extract and OPC (1,000 to 4,000 mg/day).
Quercetin is a powerful broad-spectrum anti-viral and a potent anti-oxidant which also inhibits release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and stabilizes mast cells. It works synergistically with ascorbate (vitamin C) to activate cells responsible for repair. A quercetin derivative is currently being tested in China for COVID-19.
Zinc and Selenium. Supplement daily with zinc (20 to 30 mg) and selenium (150 to 250 mcg). These can be found in a professional grade multivitamin as listed below or as a single supplement.
Zinc and selenium are both essential for optimum immune functioning and both display important anti-viral activities.
Magnesium. Supplement with a total of at least 400 mg magnesium (in alkalizing form if possible, such as magnesium citrate, glycinate, ascorbate).
Magnesium is an important mineral that participates in many immune responses, but is often deficient in the average diet. Also, abundant magnesium is essential for maintaining optimum pH balance (which itself helps protect cells form viral invasion).
If magnesium gives you a loose stool, this is due to a cellular block to magnesium uptake. This can be corrected by taking 1 teaspoon of liquid choline citrate 2x per day with the magnesium. This liquid choline citrate will enhance magnesium uptake and help alkalize the chemistry. Watch Dr. Brown's video about magnesium uptake problems here.
Multivitamin/mineral. Consider using daily a professional grade multivitamin/mineral, high in B vitamins, bioavailable anti-oxidants and other cofactors helpful for boosting immunity. Generally this should be at least a 2-per-day product to deliver adequate doses of the nutrients.
- Stay well hydrated. Pure water, ginger, and herbal tea are good. (How to Make Fresh Ginger Tea)
- Alkalize. Consume daily 2 cups of vegetables for lunch and 2 for dinner, 2 to 3 servings of fruit, nuts and seeds, and use plenty of herbs and spices. (10 Tips for an Alkaline Diet)
- Maintain a first-morning urine pH of 6.5 to 7.5. Test your pH using our Alkaline Diet Starter Kit.
- Spend time outdoors in nature (in open spaces, at least 6 feet away from others).
- Worry less. Meditate, rest, get enough sleep.
- Follow the general CDC sanitary precautions and maintain social distancing.
- Seek medical help if you get ill.
Other articles of interest on high-dose Vitamin C:
- 9,000 Cases of Healing with High-Dose Vitamin C
- Ascorbate vs. Ascorbic Acid: Is There a Difference?
- Vitamin C Questions: Answered, Helen Saul Case, March 27, 2018
- Dr. Robert Cathcart's 1980 lecture about treating 20,000 patients with high-dose vitamin C
- Orthomolecular Medicine News Service Releases on Vitamin C for COVID-19.
Other selected support materials:
- Alkaline for Life® website
- 10 Tips to Enhance Respiratory Wellness
- Nutritional Treatment of Coronavirus, Andrew W. Saul, January 30, 2020
- How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19, Mark Hyman, MD, 2020
FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.