by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News
Mega-dose vitamin C treatments may someday become the standard of care in hospitals and E.R.s, but don’t expect this to occur without pharmaceutical drugs in the mix. A recent study discovered a combination of vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone resulted in increased recoveries from sepsis and septic shock under hospital conditions.
Sepsis and septic shock represents an outcome of an infectious pathogenic overwhelm or the immune system’s overreaction leading to a cytokine storm. Either way, the blood becomes toxic and organ tissues become damaged. Incidents of sepsis or septic shock are most likely to occur in intensive care sections of hospitals.
Extreme septic shock is often lethal, prompting a clinical study comparing the combination of IV vitamin C, thiamine, and hydrocortisone to one group and non-application to the other.
The Study’s Execution and Results
The study was titled, “Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study.” It was published in December 2016 in the journal Chest (for American chest physicians). The study was a cooperative effort among three Virginia area medical schools and institutions.
The study’s conclusion:
Our results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction including acute kidney injury and reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. Additional studies are required to confirm these preliminary findings. (Source)
The study tested 47 ICU cases of sepsis who received IV vitamin C with thiamine and hydrocortisone to address the inflammation over a seven month period. The records of 47 other sepsis cases in the year prior to clinically testing the “IV sepsis cocktail” became the control group to provide a comparative analysis.
The hospital mortality was 8.5% (4 of 47) in the treatment group compared to 40.4% (19 of 47) in the control group that had sepsis or sepsis shock without the Vitamin C “sepsis cocktail.” That’s close to half of sepsis patients dying with a fourfold or 400 percent survival rate increase among those treated with the sepsis cocktail.
Also, the treatment group survivors needed much less time on vasopressors, which are used to constrict blood vessels and keep blood pressure from droping too low. The inclusion of thiamine or vitamin B1 as part of the IV vitamin C sepsis cocktail is apparently based on thiamine as a co-factor for making adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
The ATP molecule transports energy within cells. Thiamine deficiency causes a buildup of pyruvic acid in the bloodstream, which is a side effect of your body not being able to turn food into fuel. Sepsis is basically blood poisoning. Thiamine’s purpose for sepsis patients is understood.
Adding a corticosteroid may serve two functions. One, it is purportedly used to reduce acute inflammation and two, it is also within an AMA-FDA standard of care approved protocol using an approved pharmaceutical drug. Perhaps the sepsis mega-dose IV cocktail could work just as well without that drug, but the chances of introducing all natural IV treatments into hospital ICU wards are greatly reduced.
Resistance to Natural Treatments Continues in Favor of Pharmaceuticals
The cynicism is deserved. The AMA and FDA history has been one of denial at best, using threats to keep mega IV supplementation, especially IV vitamin C, out of medical use, leaving Medical Boards and the AMA to enforce expensive procedures with high risk pharmaceuticals. (Source)
The most recent scare toward banning vitamin C was when rumors impacted the internet about the FDA beginning another effort at halting IV vitamin C therapy. The FDA has issued threats, mostly directed at IV vitamin C manufacturers, ever since a New Zealand TV 60 Minutes News produced special went viral on the internet.
That 60 Minutes report featured the miraculous turn-around from almost being removed from life support machinery to walking out of the hospital in a few weeks, due to intense vitamin C therapy. The drama of Allan Smith and family to acquire mega-dose vitamin C therapy was constantly blocked.
After Smith’s miraculous recovery, hospital officials refused to acknowledge that mega-dose vitamin C had anything to do with his recovery, not only from double pneumonia, but also from Smith’s leukemia (discovered during his hospital stay). (Story.)
After refusing the full amounts of IV vitamin C therapy legally demanded by the Smith family, they managed to sneak in liposomal oral vitamin C that is as effective as mega-dose IV C even at lower doses for acute viral infectious. Note: Liposomal C has not proven itself for cancer. (Source)
Allan walked out of the hospital in a few short weeks after taking liposomal oral vitamin C at six grams daily. One gram of liposomal C is considered equivalent to 10 grams or more of IV C for acute viral infections.
The tacit ignorance of injectable or IV vitamin C actually started some time ago, around 1950, with Dr. Frederick Klenner. He attended a regional AMA meeting armed with case files of his cures using high dose injected vitamins, mostly vitamin C, which included healing even paralytic polio victims during the great national polio scare. No one at the meeting showed interest in his case study files.
Dr. Klenner concluded,
“Some physicians would stand by and see their patient die rather than use ascorbic acid (vitamin C) because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin.” (Source)
But the therapeutic results don’t kick in unless high doses are used by injection or IV or orally with liposomal encapsulation technology (LET) produced vitamin C. Dr. Klenner also proved the claim of kidney stones or damage from vitamin C is bogus.
Liposomal C allows more vitamin C to enter into blood cells than water soluble vitamin C is able to penetrate even if given IV. Home made “liposomal” creates a slurry or emulsion that improves vitamin C absorption somewhat, but not to the extent created by LET.
According to Linus Pauling,
“The early papers by Dr. Fred R. Klenner provide much information about the use of large doses of vitamin C in preventing and treating many diseases. These papers are still important.”
Klenner is justly remembered as the doctor who was first to boldly assert that “Ascorbic acid is the safest and most valuable substance available to the physician” [emphasis added] and that patients should be given “large doses of vitamin C in all pathological conditions while the physician ponders the diagnosis.”
Whether overshadowed by scandal or stubbornly ignored by the medical profession, high-dose ascorbate therapy is here to stay. “I have used Dr. Klenner’s methods on hundreds of patients,” said Lendon H. Smith. “He is right.” (Source)
As are many who are able to practice mega-dose vitamin or mineral supplementation. The medical-pharmaceutical industry monopoly intends to marginalize orthomolecular medicine and keep it out of public awareness despite its efficacy and safety.
Dr. Thomas Levy, M.D., a long time advocate of mega-dose IV vitamin C therapy and LET vitamin C put it into perspective with this comment:
There are more politics in modern medicine than in modern politics itself. Today’s average physician deserves even less trust than today’s average politician, as doctors continue their refusal to allow the scientific data on the profound benefits of vitamins and other antioxidant supplements to reach their eyes and brains. And the staunch support of a press, which collectively no longer has a shred of journalistic or scientific integrity, completes the framing of today’s colossal medical fraud. Money always rules the day: properly-dosed vitamins would eliminate far too much of the profit of prescription-based medicine. [Emphasis added] (Source)