VITAMIN C: The Immune System's Attack Dog

What do you think of when you hear "vitamin C?" Orange juice? Maybe you've had someone tell you to "load up" on vitamin C when you feel a cold coming on. It turns out that vitamin C you're getting in your morning juice and even the high doses found in cold fighting remedies such as Emergen-C act very differently on our bodies than high doses of IV vitamin C. 

Dr. Frederick Klenner cured many of his patients of polio using high dose vitamin C in the 1940s. SInce then it has been used to treat chronic Lyme, viral infections such as Epstein barr and Coxsackie, and cancer.

Researchers at University of Iowa recently discovered how it is high doses of IV vitamin C does this. It acts very differently from oral vitamin C. Blood levels of vitamin C given intravenously can reach levels up to 500 times higher than that achieved with oral supplementation. At these levels, researchers have found, it generates hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is able to selectively kill tumor cells and pathogenic microbes like viruses and bacteria  but not healthy human cells. This is because healthy human cells are able to detoxify the hydrogen peroxide easily but the tumor and viral cells are not.

 

This contrasts with chemotherapy and antibiotics which kill both the invading cells as well as healthy cells, creating all the negative side effects and weakening the immune system. 

 

You can read more about the exciting possibilities of IV vitamin C in Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins: Curing the Incurable by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD.