HIGH DOSE IV VITAMIN C
High Dose IV Vitamin Therapy
Vitamin C’s health-boosting benefits go far beyond
fighting the common cold and flu. In fact, nutritional scientists
have discovered that this potent antioxidant is crucial in supporting
the health of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, bones, respiratory
system, and more.
Unfortunately, many people fail to consume
enough vitamin C to realize its vast array of health benefits. Most
adults wrongly assume that the 75-90 mg of vitamin C recommended
by the federal government is an optimal daily dose. In fact, this
“recommended dietary allowance” is only enough to prevent vitamin-deficiency
disease states such as scurvy—but not nearly enough to support optimal
The Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr. Linus Pauling
was among the first to recognize the importance of high-dose vitamin
C supplementation more than 30 years ago. Since then, scientists
have amassed impressive evidence supporting the numerous benefits
of high-dose vitamin C.
Dr. Linus Pauling noted that vitamin C is
a critically important water-soluble antioxidant, as it protects
proteins and lipids from free radical damage associated with infection,
intensive exercise, and other stres-sors that can injure cells.1-3
These very properties make vitamin C a valuable agent for improving
immune function. By suppressing oxidative stress, vitamin C increases
the life span of immune cells and reduces infection-related cellular
damage.4-7 This bolsters the immune system’s ability to fend off
a broad range of infectious agents.
Interestingly, research has clearly demonstrated
that during times of infection, concentrations of vitamin C are
rapidly depleted in the blood and in white blood cells. Scientists
have found that supplementation with vitamin C improves several
important parameters of immune function. Therefore, supplementing
with vitamin C during infection may protect immune cells and strengthen
their ability to fight infectious pathogens.
Vitamin C Helps Prevent and Fight Infections
Vitamin C not only speeds recovery from infections,
but more important, may also help to prevent the onset of infections.
Study after study has shown that vitamin C can dramatically reduce
infection time as well as boost one’s resistance to infections.
For example, studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel
and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia
occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin
C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin.
High Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy involves the
intravenous infusion of high doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
The initial dose may be 15 or 25 grams and, if this is well tolerated,
which is almost always the case, the dose is increased to 50 grams.
In some cases the dose may be increased to 75 or 100 grams, or more.
It can resolve both acute and chronic bacterial and viral infections,
neutralize a wide variety of toxic substances and is a very safe
and effective detoxifier of heavy metals. Recently, High Dose Vitamin
C IV Therapy has been proven to improve outcomes for cancer patients.
An enormous amount of scientific literature
on vitamin C has been written over the past century, much of it
from the most esteemed research Clinics. According to Thomas E.
Levy, M.D., J.D, in his excellent book Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases
& Toxins, “there are very few human diseases or medical conditions
that are not improved to at least some degree by the regular dosing
of optimal amounts of vitamin C. There is only rarely a good reason
for not immediately giving any patient large doses of vitamin C…”
He continues. “Ultimately, it should become apparent to the reader
that Vitamin C is the single most important nutrient substance for
the body…” and “the scientific literature… clearly shows the vast
clinical superiority of intravenous vitamin C over any other form
of vitamin C administration. Often a significantly smaller dose
of intravenous vitamin C, compared to an oral administration, will
promptly result in the clinical resolution of an infectious disease.”
A recent study conducted by the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) found that high concentrations of vitamin
C had anticancer effects in 75 percent of the tested cancer cell
lines. Non-cancerous cells were unaffected. Tumor weight was reduced
by 41-53 percent in animals with advanced cancer.
SEE: Vitamin C CANCER STUDIES:
Therapy During Chemotherapy
Acid Kills Cancer Cells
Acid and Cancer 25 Years Later
Ascorbate as Tumor Cytotoxic Chemotherapeutic Agent
Vitamin C in Terminal Cancer Patient
C Oral and Intravenous Use
with Chemotherapy in Ovarian Cancer
as Prooxidant Therapeutic Agent in Cancer
Ascorbate as Chemotherapeutic Agent
Vitamin C as Cancer Therapy
of Ascorbate in Cancer Treatment
A study published in the March 2004 issue
of the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates males taking high-dose
vitamin C exhibit 2.68 times less calcification in their arteries
compared to males who consume low doses of vitamin C. The risk for
angina among adults who consume significant amounts of alcohol would
be cut in half. [Ann Epidemiology. 9: 358-65, 1999]An epidemiological
study published by the NIH in the year 2000 showed that adults whose
blood plasma concentrations exceeded the 73.8 micromole level experienced
a 57 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause and a 62 percent
reduced relative risk of dying of cancer when compared to adults
who consumed low amounts of vitamin C (28 micromole). [Am J Clinical
Nutrition 72: 139-45, 2000]
As a word of caution, it is far too early
to recommend ditching chemotherapy and other medications in favor
of the vitamin. Those undergoing conventional cancer therapy should
not take vitamin C without their oncologist's approval, as it could
actually reduce the efficacy of some treatments. The
New Age Medical Clinic DOES NOT TREAT CANCER!
We supply this information as a resource to share with your
primary care physician or specialist. If they believe high dose
vitamin C is safe for your condition and will help improve your
nutritional status and our medical team after reviewing your history
and physical assessment concur we would be more thanhappy to provide
this service to you or your loved one.
For a healthy patient, safety is not an issue
when it comes to mega-dose vitamin C supplements. Eight placebo-controlled,
double-blind studies and six non-placebo controlled clinical trials
in which up to 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C was consumed daily
for up to three years, confirm the safety of vitamin C pills in
excess of the RDA. [J Am College Nutrition 14: 124-36, 1995] Frequent
allegations are made that vitamin C supplements may increase the
risk of kidney stones, but are poorly founded. Additionally, the
false notion that withdrawal from high-dose vitamin C may cause
"rebound scurvy" has also been dispelled. While vitamin
C increases the absorption of iron, it has not been shown to induce
iron overload in humans. [Nutrition Reviews 57: 71-77, 1999]