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by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

It’s great to be using citrus fruits and other foods for vitamin C. But we should identify what supplement form of vitamin C is proving therapeutic for several diseases, even as its merits are not publicly disclosed and often denied by the medical establishment.

The terms ascorbate and ascorbic acid are often used alternately. This clarifying definition is from the Vitamin C Foundation:

Vitamin C comes in many forms. The most common form of vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid (hydrogen ascorbate). Vitamin C does not have to be acidic. It is also found in various alkaline forms; the mineral ascorbates: e.g. Sodium Ascorbate, Calcium Ascorbate, Magnesium Ascorbate, Potassium Ascorbate, etc. Note that all forms are “ascorbates.

It is really the “ascorbate” portion of each molecule that has vitamin C activity. Chemists refer to vitamin C as the ascorbate ion, but the ascorbate fraction rapidly attaches to some other ion (e.g. hydrogen, sodium, calcium, magnesium potassium, etc.). Usually, vitamin C is referred to as the most common form: Ascorbic Acid. [1] (emphasis added by author)

The fact that all the ascorbates listed are the active component of vitamin C is intended to help understand that these compounds are needed for intensively delivering vitamin C that is therapeutic. Other food sources of vitamin C, though important, cannot deliver the potency needed for effectively treating diseases ranging from cancer to the flu and even preventing heart disease.


Conventional Medicine Researches Vitamin C as Adjunct for Chemo

A recent series of studies reported by Science Magazine online indicated the need to further research mega-dose vitamin C, usually delivered intravenously, as an adjunct for cancer treatments with normal treatment resistance due to KRAS or BRAF gene mutations. [2]

Half or more colorectal (colon), lung, and ovarian cancer cells contain those mutated genes that manage to repel chemotherapeutic attempts at targeting them. The laboratory and animal studies convinced researchers that there is potential for at least applying mega-dose vitamin C therapy with conventional chemotherapy to lead the charge at disabling those genes.

This was a mainstream medical research endeavor, not an alternative treatment study. But some oncologists lauded the study and feel compelled to start using mega-dose vitamin C therapies on cancer patients with conventional oncology’s “standard of care” chemotherapy.[3]

They feel the need for extended human trials is unnecessary since vitamin C has no lethal levels. The complete study report is here.

An earlier animal study using mega-dose vitamin C for ovarian cancer to be used with chemo also contributed to the impetus for exploring mega-dose IV vitamin C applications in conventional oncology, promising to lower the dosages of chemo and reduce its side effects. With the high profits registered by conventional oncology, the old expression “don’t hold your breath” is appropriate.

Vitamin C Has Been Used for Diseases Effectively and Ignored for Decades

Many, including alternative health readers and consumers, do not know the therapeutic value of vitamin C, especially mega-dose vitamin C delivered intravenously or even injected muscularly. These protocols have been used covertly to cure cancer without conventional chemotherapy.

Vitamin C is not FDA approved to cure anything, despite it’s efficacy and safety proven empirically for several, even life threatening diseases.

Linus Pauling and others looked into Vitamin C for cancer circa 1971. But at first they used orally ingested vitamin C with doses at bowel tolerance repeated often.

Administering ascorbate by slow drip IV in high doses was begun a little later after Orthomolecular or Nutritional Medicine was created and practiced by a small number of MDs, naturopathic practitioners, and chiropractors.

Orthomolecular practitioners advocated natural supplements in high doses, at first for psychological issues instead of harsh chemicals and lobotomies, then soon for physiological ailments instead of toxic pharmaceuticals.

The few who offered mega-dose IV vitamin C offered to cancer patients did so as an overall immune system booster, not as a cure, to avoid getting shut down.

Naturally, the same service was offered for a broad spectrum of health disorders, especially viral infections, but by only a few clinics nationwide.

An earlier Health Impact article featured Dr. Suzanne Humphries’ detailed comprehensive vitamin C lecture to an orthomolecular conference in Sweden. [4] Her talk is dissected with summary highlights and also includes the video of her complete lecture at the bottom of the article. See:

Vitamin C Cures Disease but Doctors and Pharmaceutical Companies Do Not Want You to Know This

Mainstream Medicine Continues to Ignore Mega-Dose Vitamin C Therapy

Orthomolecular vitamin C successes, though impressively numerous, were ignored by the FDA and the AMA. One of the most notorious episodes of unusual success ignored was from Dr. Frederick R. Klenner, a small town family doctor who made house calls in Reidsville, North Carolina and also delivered babies at the local area hospital.

For several years during the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s and beyond, Dr. Klenner successfully treated his patients with mega-dose vitamin C by injection of many diseases including influenza, chicken pox, measles, pneumonia, and even polio. One cured polio victim was paralyzed in both legs.

For MS and other chronic maladies he used a combination of other mega-dose vitamin and mineral supplements with vitamin C.

“We’ve used massive doses of vita­mins on over 10,000 people over a period of 30 years,” said Dr. Klenner, “and we’ve [he and his nurse wife] never seen any ill effects from them. The only ef­fects we’ve seen have been beneficial.”

Dr. Klenner also stated:

“Ascorbic acid is the safest and most valuable substance available to the physician” and that patients should be given “large doses of vitamin C in all pathological conditions while the physician ponders the diagnosis.” [5]

And what about the AMA? Dr. Klenner took his case studies for polio to an Annual Session of the American Medical Association on June 10, 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. His work was ignored.


A more recent individual dramatic recovery story from high dose vitamin C made it into New Zealand’s TV version of “60 Minute News”. It was reported very fairly. You can view the news episode below. It went viral on the internet, but wasn’t even covered by the U.S. mainstream media.

The highlights include successful dairy farmer Alan Smith’s time in a New Zealand hospital and his family’s efforts to avoid the hospital’s decision to pull his life support plug. He was in a coma from severe viral double pneumonia complicated from his bout with the Swine Flu, according to the official statement.

But the discovery of leukemia complicated matters even more. The staff had decided to take him off life support. But one of the doctors suggested they at least concede to the family’s wish of trying IV mega-dose vitamin C.

The saga that followed is covered truthfully in this 18 minute NZ “60 Minutes” episode. Toward the end, you’ll see that the hospital’s stubborn refusal to continue IV vitamin C with the proper dosage resulted in the family bringing in oral liposomal C with dramatic results, including becoming leukemia free, using lower amounts – enjoy this rare mainstream news event that is pro vitamin C.

What is Liposomal Vitamin C and How Come Is So Effective Orally?

Only a few practitioners offer mega-dose IV vitamin C, which require office or clinical visits for expert treatment. It’s not advised to do it yourself, although some have.  [6] There could be complications that require expert medical attention to correct. Liposomal C is a do-it-yourself alternative.

Oral vitamin C is limited to smaller doses because of bowel intolerance. Although administering massive vitamin C by injection or IV gets a lot of ascorbic acid into the blood, not all of it is absorbed directly into the cells that require it.

The process of lipid encapsulation technology (LET) had advanced to the point of enabling supplement manufacturers, at first only with vitamin C then others, to break down the supplement compounds into tiny lipid particles from lecithin, at first only soy but now sunflower.

Put simply, cell walls are mostly fatty tissue. And water soluble compounds may roam freely in the blood but not so freely into cells. Some say around 20 percent of the ascorbate in the blood gets into cells from IV vitamin C, but closer to 90 percent of lipid encapsulated ascorbate gets into cells because the cell walls are susceptible to entry by the tiny lipids containing ascorbate.

Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, has been a longtime orthomolecular practitioner of IV mega-dose vitamin C. He was surprised at the clinical results of manufactured LET liposomal C approximating much higher doses of IV vitamin C. Alan Smith’s recovery depended largely on 6 grams (6,000 mgs) of liposomal C daily after the hospital refused to match the 25 to 50 grams administered daily by IV originally.

He explains how liposomal C is very beneficial if it’s produced by a manufacturer with the wherewithal to afford the technology. Dr. Levy maintains that home made liposomal C is better than just ascorbate capsules, but it doesn’t create actual lipid encapsulated vitamin C particles. [7]

He concludes that for all viral infections, both IV and liposomal applications are great for viral infections, but so far only mega-dose IV C has demonstrate efficacy for cancer.

PS: A Japanese orthomolecular group experimented with Fukushima cleanup workers and discovered that mega-dose IV with liposomal C prevented radiation poisoning from occurring and even reversed radiation poisoning after it occurred. Their study was not publicized despite their attempt to get the word out. [8]

You may wish to find an orthomolecular practitioner. Here’s a guide. If you wish to find liposomal C sources, simply Google liposomal C online.

Caveat: A lot of ascorbic acid is manufactured from corn. Make sure you use non-GMO vitamin C. Take Dr. Levy’s advise from the video above and avoid calcium ascorbate.










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