Vitamin C Therapy In The Family Doctor’s Practice

Vitamin C could be an important therapy component for many complaints. A specialist explains why doctors often do not know much about the advantages of vitamin C high-dose therapy and explains the possible uses of vitamin C infusions based on case reports from his practice.

Conventional medicine ignores beneficial vitamin C

In the spring of 2010, a non-medical practitioner friend of mine gave me an inconspicuous little bottle and said to me: “It will certainly be of great use to you, dear Jochen.” -C solution for infusion. 7.5 g ascorbic acid dissolved in 50 ml injection solution.

I put the bottle on my desk, started researching, and was blown away! Because what I learned was not even marginally mentioned in all the years of my medical studies and my work in numerous clinics.

Vitamin C prolongs the life

Vitamin C prolongs life! Researchers from Los Angeles had already published this finding in 1992! Those who do not consume vitamin C will die from the vitamin C deficiency disease called scurvy over the course of weeks, months, or years. That is clear and physicians also learn this during their studies. But what the California researchers found was that people who took higher doses of vitamin C lived an average of 6 years longer than those who didn’t supplement. Even though they didn’t have scurvy.

Scurvy still exists today!

Scurvy is a historically well-known disease. It was already known to the ancient Egyptians in the 2nd millennium BC. and was also known at the time of Hippocrates around 400 BC. repeatedly mentioned. Later, it played an important role, particularly among the seafarers of the 17th and 18th centuries, but also among the soldiers of the First World War and among the inmates of concentration camps and prisoners of war camps.

At the latest since 1960, scurvy was considered to be eradicated in the countries of the first world, but be careful: Even today, the disease (certainly in a weakened form) occurs in nursing homes and among diabetics, which is no wonder, because fresh food is often consumed by these people hardly eaten either for reasons of cost (commercial kitchens in homes and hospitals) or for fear of sugar in fruit. Fruit in particular can protect against diabetes.

Nobel prizes for vitamin C

The symptoms of scurvy are bruises from even the slightest touch, bleeding of the skin and mucous membranes, increased susceptibility to infection, bleeding gums, inflammation of the joints, delayed wound healing, general wasting, and increasing loss of strength.

In 1926, the Hungarian Albert Szent-Györgyi was the first to isolate vitamin C from peppers and cabbage. In 1933, Walter Norman Haworth also clarified the chemical structure. Both received the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Chemistry in 1937.

In 1933, the chemist Tadeus Reichstein, together with two colleagues, developed a process for the industrial production of vitamin C from glucose and was also honored for this by the Nobel Committee in 1950.

We summarize: According to our sources, the life-threatening disease scurvy occupied mankind for about 4000 years until a profoundly scientific and fruitful solution to this health problem was found at the beginning of the 20th century. Up until 1950, two Nobel prizes were awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of vitamin C.

Just a reminder: In the spirit of the founder Alfred Nobel, the Nobel Prize should honor the greatest inventions and outstanding achievements for the benefit of mankind. But how is the situation today?

Why the healing effect is not recognized

Scientists have found that vitamin C, in higher doses than those that only ensure the “subsistence level”, prolongs life, increases intelligence, accelerates wound healing, protects against cancer, and much more. At the same time, curiously, others are arguing about the benefit of taking vitamin C unless you have scurvy.

Above all, so-called state and pseudo-state bodies always make their contribution when it comes to discrediting vitamin C. And usually with bad or possibly even bought studies.
The latter is not a bit surprising. Because the general recognition of the positive effects of vitamin C would ultimately hit the highly profitable business with medicines and chronic diseases, which is why the established medical profession, the health insurance companies, and the obviously partisan legislator know how to prevent this with all means of “democracy”. And that for more than 80 years now.

Case reports from the naturopathic medical practice

After that naturopath gave me my first bottle of vitamin C, I first tested it on myself and then used it on more and more patients. With every vitamin C high-dose therapy that I was able to give a patient, my enthusiasm for this simple, inexpensive, and almost side-effect-free form of therapy grew, which – not always, but very often – brought with it clear, extremely positive effects.

In the following, I would like to present some case reports on vitamin C high-dose therapy from my general practice. Together with my wife Karina, I was able to use this measure to help many patients who were already without any hope and were, given them a new quality of life.

What does vitamin C high-dose therapy mean?

“Vitamin C high-dose therapy” generally means high-dose vitamin C infusions (from 7.5 g to – in exceptional cases – 100 g vitamin C per infusion), which you can have from a doctor or naturopath. So it does not mean the oral intake of high doses of vitamin C. Although these are also possible, they may lead to intolerance, such as diarrhea, which disappears again within a few days (once you get used to the high doses).

When it comes to oral intake, I always recommend to my patients: Take as much vitamin C as you can tolerate and make your own experiences with it. It can hardly do any harm – the toxicologists are very clear on that. Try out a little until you have found the vitamin C preparation that suits you best and enjoys the positive effects.

A natural vitamin C preparation is e.g. B. the powder from the acerola cherry can be found at the link below:

These products are ideal for prevention and also for long-term use. The only disadvantage of natural vitamin C preparations is that it is difficult to use them in doses of e.g. B. can take more than 200 to 300 mg of vitamin C. You would have to take a lot of these powders or capsules, which – with the powder – could be a problem in terms of taste, but can also be quite expensive. If higher doses are required for therapeutic reasons, you can also use ascorbic acid preparations.

But now to the case reports dealing with the use of high-dose vitamin C therapy in the form of vitamin C infusions:

Vitamin C infusions for shingles

The first two histories describe severe courses of herpes zoster, the so-called shingles. The disease mainly affects adults with a weakened immune system. It is often older people (60 to 70 years) who may also have had chemotherapy or radiation therapy. A lack of nutrients or stress also promotes the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, which is still in the body after chickenpox of childhood and, as a result of the immune deficiency, then leads to the outbreak of shingles.

It is therefore one and the same virus that causes chickenpox in childhood, then hides in the body and can strike again in old age with a correspondingly weakened immune system in the form of shingles.

The first patient, a woman with a nursing degree and multiple chronic illnesses, came to my practice because of herpes zoster. A serious complication had developed in the form of a bacterial superinfection of the skin with a corresponding severely inflamed skin rash.

The whole body and also the face were severely affected, the skin red and inflamed, so the patient was in great pain and could hardly see out of her eyes because the inflammation and the rash had also affected the eyelids. The usual ointments prescribed by the dermatologist brought no improvement, presumably because the patient’s immune system was overwhelmed by the disease.

As a doctor, I assessed the situation as potentially life-threatening, since such a severe inflammation of the skin combined with general weakness of the organism’s defenses can definitely lead to sepsis. A call to the university clinic, where the patient was already being treated, revealed that in this case they no longer believed that the underlying disease would be cured. The prognosis was that the patient should prepare for a lifelong chronic course. In the short term, inpatient admission to the dermatology clinic was to take place, but the patient refused. The university doctors wanted nothing to do with vitamin or mineral treatment.

We then began high-dose vitamin C infusion therapy, which we performed twice a week. In addition, the patient received vitamin B supplements and zinc – also by infusion. In the second week, you could already see a clear improvement. The skin began to heal, the pain and itching subsided, and she was able to reduce the pain medication. As a result, the patient was able to sleep better, her mood improved and she no longer felt so tired.

More than 8 weeks passed before complete recovery, during which the infusion therapy was continued in a weakened form. Despite advanced age and several chronic diseases, the body was able to activate its self-healing powers with the help of vitamin C and overcome the consequences of the herpes zoster infection.

So we were able to observe in practice what vitamin C advocates say again and again: Vitamin C not only supports the body’s defense reactions but also has a positive effect on the formation of collagen, inhibits the inflammatory reaction, and supports wound healing.

Vitamin C infusions for nerve pain

Another patient (55 years old) also developed shingles. However, his problem was not the blistering of the skin. Instead, he suffered from very severe nerve pain, i.e. the typical so-called zoster neuralgia. The patient was anxious and feared that the pain would become chronic. He also received the usual conventional medical treatment for shingles. But the pain persisted and he feared losing his job, which meant enormous psychological stress for him.

In this case, too, we started with high-dose vitamin C therapy and vitamin B injections. Above all, the combination with the B vitamins clearly supported the regeneration of the nerve tissue. The administration of zinc, together with vitamin C therapy, leads to a reduction in the duration of the disease and improves the body’s own defenses.

In both patients, it is important to remember that such a painful condition places the individual under extreme stress. If conventional means do not bring any improvement, people not only suffer from the virus but also from psychological stress and insecurity. This creates a vicious circle because the patients can neither rest nor sleep and are therefore totally exhausted.

According to Harald Krebs, alternative practitioner, book author, and vitamin C therapist, vitamin C contributes to the faster elimination of pain-causing toxins via the kidneys, so the patients need fewer painkillers. The self-synthesis of serotonin is also favored by vitamin C and positively supports the psychological stability of the patient.

Vitamin C in wound healing disorders

Vitamin C therapy brought further success to a young patient who had had her breasts enlarged and subsequently suffered complications in the form of impaired wound healing.

After the operation, there was initially a rejection reaction because the body did not tolerate the implant. However, even replacing the implant was of no use, since the wound healing disorders mentioned then developed, meaning that the surgical wound would not close. The chest was warm and painful; the wound looked bad and the patient was afraid of losing the implant and being mutilated afterward.

The clinic in question had offered the patient another operation, but she had lost confidence in the meantime and declined.

In this case, too, we decided to administer a combination of high-dose vitamin C infusions with intravenous zinc administration twice a week. The affected person should drink a lot and rest to give the body the opportunity to calm the inflammatory processes and accelerate wound healing.

Within 3 weeks there was a significant improvement. However, the patient was also a smoker, which is why we did not want to rely solely on the vitamin infusions, but also applied leeches twice, which remove local toxins and promote wound healing.

The reddening and swelling of the affected breast soon disappeared in this way and faster wound healing in the area of ​​the sutures could be observed. The patient enthusiastically reported that she no longer needed painkillers. The implant was saved!

Glandular fever

Glandular fever, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, is one of those infections that can completely overwhelm even young patients. A patient, 33 years old, mother of three children, and currently training for a new job, came to my practice with flu-like symptoms.

It wasn’t her first doctor-patient encounter, she had already presented to the local emergency room on a Saturday a week earlier, although she was even better then than she is now.

The usual flu home remedies had proven to be insufficient, but so had the medicines from the emergency room. The patient suffered from extreme physical exhaustion. Her lymph nodes were greatly enlarged and she reported bouts of fever and frequent chills.

We drew blood from the patient and started an additional medium-strength vitamin C infusion (22.5 g) that same day to see how this would affect her condition.

The infusion not only brings positive effects because of vitamin C. Many patients who suffer from sore throats and headaches drink too little, but it is precisely at this time that the body needs more fluids. So you also benefit from the intravenous administration of 500 ml of liquid – usually in the form of a 0.9 percent full electrolyte solution.

The next day, the results of the blood analysis confirmed our assumption: the patient had been infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. In the first week, vitamin C infusions with 30 g of ascorbic acid and some additives followed in order to build up the patient’s own defenses as quickly as possible.

In this disease, not only do the lymph nodes react with swelling, but the spleen, an important organ of the immune system, is also affected. Severe Epstein-Barr infection can even result in a rupture of the spleen.

In addition, the infection robs an incredible amount of energy and weakens the entire system so much that the risk of bacterial superinfection increases significantly. One speaks of a superinfection when, in addition to the existing viral infection, there is also infection with bacterial pathogens.

Most patients also suffer from a weakened immune system and a lack of vital substances at the time of infection, so that the infection poses a serious threat.

After about 2 weeks we noticed a significant improvement in well-being. The therapy was not yet complete and after 6 weeks we administered further infusions at longer intervals in order to stabilize the body’s defenses in the long term.

Vitamin C: hope in many chronic diseases

In the case of severe infections and diseases, vitamin C is not a miracle cure that magically eliminates all symptoms overnight. However, in practice, we have already succeeded several times in stabilizing patients who had already lost all hope and had previously unsuccessfully consulted several doctors and in supporting their self-healing. In all of the case reports described, the patients recovered completely. No chronic complaints remained.

Very many people notice an increase in well-being, even if they are not necessarily ill, so the vitamin C therapy described can also be used preventively. Many people feel stronger immediately after the infusion or the day after and can even sleep better at night.

Which doctor carries out the vitamin C therapy?

Anyone interested in the vitamin C therapy presented can discuss this treatment with their doctor or naturopath. Basically, every doctor and every naturopath who has experience with infusions can offer this treatment. If you would like to become a non-medical practitioner, we recommend this non-medical practitioner school.

Can vitamin C therapy have side effects?

There is practically no risk of an overdose, but in my opinion, the use of a maximum of 100 g per day (e.g. in the case of severe cancer) is the maximum possible.

Some people feel a pulling or burning sensation in their arm or vein during the infusion. Then the infusion solution has to be given more slowly or the dilution has to be stronger. But that’s the only unpleasant side effect I know of, which doesn’t happen to everyone.

Where can you find the right vitamin C supplements?

On the one hand, pharmacies can produce high-dose vitamin C infusions themselves. On the other hand, there are corresponding ready-made preparations, with the best-known provider being the company Pascoe Naturmedizin from Giessen. A standard bottle of vitamin C intravenous solution contains (in the case of the Pascoe product) 7.5g of vitamin C. Several of these portions can be given per infusion. Of course, the corresponding preparation must still be diluted with physiological saline or full electrolyte solution.

Do vitamin C infusions require a prescription?

Vitamin C for infusions does not require a prescription. You can also buy it as a patient in the (online) pharmacy and give it to your doctor/alternative practitioner if he doesn’t have it in stock.

How much does a vitamin C infusion cost?

A portion with 7.5 g of vitamin C from Pascoe costs about 12 euros plus any shipping costs. Then there are the fees that your doctor charges.

How do you dose vitamin C high-dose therapy?

In all of the cases described, we adhered to the recommendations of non-medical practitioner Harald Krebs, the author of the standard work “The Vitamin C High Dose Therapy”.

Normally, in the case of an acute illness, e.g. B. is given 30 g of vitamin C three times a week, then reduced the number of infusions in the following weeks to z. B. only one or two infusions – depending on the patient’s condition.

In any case, it is important to perceive each person as an individual and to give them the protocol with the dosages and intervals (between the infusions) that they personally need. General recommendations, therefore, serve as general orientation, which the doctor/alternative practitioner should then adapt to the personal needs of his patient.

Vitamin C therapy combined with other therapies?

Vitamin C as a central vitamin for humans can (or should) – wherever necessary – of course, be combined with other naturopathic or orthomolecular medical methods, and also with conventional medical methods. Discuss the therapy concept that is right for you with your – ideally holistically/naturopathically oriented – doctor or non-medical practitioner.

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Written by Melis Campbell

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