The Power of Vitamin C

Prevention and control of cancer are not only less well known or "forgotten" role of vitamin C. This vitamin in high doses has proved effective in preventing and treating many diseases, particularly interesting is its effectiveness in those for whom the vaccine is usually considered the only solution.

With the coming colder months usually think of vitamin C for his role in the prevention and treatment of colds and flu. The role of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) in strengthening the immune system has long been widely known, largely thanks to the work of the famous chemist and Nobel laureate Linus Pauling that it was 1970-they began to popularize it as an effective prevention of colds.
Somewhat less known link between vitamin C and cancer. Yet in 1954. Canadian physician WJ McCormick hypothesized that cancer is a collagen disease, associated with a lack of vitamin C. Pauling demonstrated that mice that were given with food high doses of vitamin C were five times less likely of developing skin cancer after exposure to UV radiation than mice with low intake of vitamin C. In collaboration with the surgeon Ewan Cameron conducted a long clinical study on patients suffering from terminal cancer, and the results showed that the vitamin C in these patients, prolonged survival by an average of three times. It is worth noting that this was a dose of several grams a day (so-called megadoz), which are hundreds of times larger than the usual recommended doses. Paulings conclusion that vitamin C is effective in treating cancer has encountered a bitter dispute, and today in the medical community to his research is generally considered to be refuted.
Nevertheless, an American doctor Hugh D. Riordan of 1970-it is successfully used large intravenous doses of vitamin C against cancer. Dr. Riordan and his colleagues for years have written about it, but their work has remained largely neglected.
Prevention and control of cancer are not only less well known or "forgotten" role of vitamin C. This vitamin in high doses has proved effective in preventing and treating many diseases, particularly interesting is its effectiveness in those for whom the vaccine is usually considered the only solution.

  Forgotten cure for polio

With the increasing awareness of the dangers of vaccination increasing number of people decide to not want to vaccinate or unwilling to vaccinate their children. The strongest argument that opposes such a decision often cited frightening diseases such as poliomyelitis (polio) and tetanus. It is generally assumed that vaccination is only effective prevention for them. But is it really so?
Many will be surprised by the fact that more than 70 years been known that vitamin C can prevent and treat polio.
Very soon after the isolation of ascorbic acid in the 1930s began experimenting with using large doses. Among the prominent pioneers of medical therapy with vitamin C were Claus Washington Jungeblut (1898th-1976th), William J. McCormick (1880th-1968th), and Frederick R. Klenner (1907th-1984th).
CW Jungeblut in his time enjoyed the reputation of reasonably large polio researchers. In the period between the 1936th and 1939. published a series of papers that showed that giving ascorbic acid to infected monkeys poliomyelitis led to a significant mitigation of the severity of disease and resistance. Today is the Jungeblutu little information is available at the Columbia University where he taught 33 years. Even in places where it pays tribute to his work is rarely mentioned in vitamin C. What happened to the vitamin therapy against polio?
The key is that Jungeblutov work took place before the discovery of a vaccine for polio. All you then doctors could do was to prescribe medication to relieve symptoms and hope for the best. This disease was one of the biggest health problems in the U.S. and caused great fear among the population.
Albert Sabin Jungenblutove tried to repeat the experiments on monkeys, but did not get satisfactory results. In 1939. published a paper in which he concluded that vitamin C has no effect in preventing paralysis in rhesus monkeys experimentally infected with poliovirus. Sabinov negative report on the value of vitamin C in poliomyelitis Jungeblutov stopped working.
From today's perspective it is much easier to see the reasons Sabinovog failure. The dose of ascorbic acid which is used was far too small, nor the frequency of application was not sufficient to maintain high levels of ascorbic acid in the blood during the incubation of the disease.
Jungeblut claimed that the parenteral application of natural vitamin C during the incubation period still caused a significant change in disease severity and that after the fifth day of illness were required higher doses. Even the doses that he used - up to 400 mg a day - according to today's concepts are actually very small.
Sabin, on the other hand, did not follow procedures that gave him and refused to Jungeblut Jungeblutove suggestions regarding dosage. I've admitted that he seldom used more than 35 percent of the dose, which he suggested Jungeblut. At the insistence Jungeblutovo to increase dose of Sabin's just a monkey given a single dose of 400 mg.
In addition, the infection of monkeys Jungeblut used natural methods of droplets, while the Sabin virus injected monkeys, which led to the rapid development of the worst forms of the disease.
Salk in 1955. discovered the polio vaccine, becoming a national hero. Then he and Sabin developed his oral vaccine. This is a practical point placed on the official investigation of alternative therapies such as vitamin C. megadoze
Fortunately, this did not stop individuals like Frederick R. Klenner who megadozama ascorbate treated patients during the epidemic 1948th Here's how I described it:
"During the polio epidemic in North Carolina 1948th 60 cases of this disease has come under our care. These patients had all or nearly all of these signs and symptoms ...
Treatment used was vitamin C in huge doses. We gave him like any other antibiotic every two to four hours. The starting dose was 1000 to 2000 mg, depending on age. Children under four years received intramuscular injections. Since we had available laboratory equipment for determining the concentration of vitamin C in blood and urine, we accepted the temperature curve as a guide for further treatment. Rectal temperatures were recorded every two hours. If there was no reaction temperature after the second hour we gave a new dose of 1000 or 2000 mg. If after two hours came to a drop in fever, we waited another two hours until the next dose. This arrangement followed the 24 hours. After this time the temperature would be lowered constantly, so we gave doses from 1000 to 2000 mg every six hours for the next 48 hours. All patients were clinically well after 72 hours. After three patients experienced a deterioration, we continued with the drug for at least another 48 hours - by 1000 to 2000 mg every eight to 12 hours. In all cases in which FNA was performed in the spine is generally determined by the return of fluid to normal after the second day of treatment. "
Klenner is described by many of the fascinating history of the cases. As an example we mention the case of five-year girl suffering from polio. The first time a girl hits the past four days, both legs were paralyzed. The right leg was completely limp, and the left has found that 85 percent of the deprived. The pain was especially strong in the knees and lumbar area. With massage therapy was initiated only vitamin C. After four days of therapy with injections of vitamin C a child again could move both legs, but only a very slow and conscious movements. The girl was discharged after four days in the hospital to continue treatment with oral vitamin C and fruit juice next week. Eleventh day the child is to walk again, and to 19 days there was complete return of sensory and motor functions, and there was no permanent disability.
During the 1950s some doctors around the world have tried Klennerov recipe. Many of them still did not believe in the benefits and safety of such large doses, and those who have used lower doses reported ineffectiveness. Those who have followed the recommendations of its reported good results. Dr. H. Bauer of the University Clinic in Basel, Switzerland 1952nd reported good results with doses of 10 to 20 grams a day for his patients. Dr. Edward Greer used a 50 to 80 grams a day, clocking 1955th good clinical results with five serious cases of polio. Dr. Abram Hoffer remembers that controlled studies conducted in Britain in the late fifties to 70 young victims of polio confirmed the effectiveness of vitamin C. All patients who received vitamin C were completely recovered, while a substantial number of those who did not suffer some permanent damage. That study was never published because in the meantime discovered the vaccine.

  Debridements vitamin

Jungeblut in 1937. demonstrated that ascorbate inactivates tetanus toxin in vitro. This deactivation is not due to acidification, as occurs when the pH is held constant. Although he has used relatively low doses proved that vitamin C provides at least partial protection against tetanus toxin in vivo. By studying the epidemic of polio in Australia 1938th Jungeblut found that the disease is associated with low status of vitamin C.
PK Dey with the Department of Physiology, University of Calcutta, has shown that vitamin C is very effective as a prophylactic and therapeutic tool in the cancellation of the lethal and convulsive effects of alkaloid strychnine. This is important because the effects of strychnine poisoning similar to those which occur during tetanus infection.
Dey was subsequently conducted a study on rats divided into five groups. The first group received twice the minimum lethal dose (MLD) of tetanus toxin. The second group also received 2 x MLD toxin and 1 gram of vitamin C per kg of body weight intraperitoneally. The next three days were given the same dose of vitamin C twice a day. The third group received a 1 g / kg of vitamin C twice daily for three days. Then they get 2 x MLD toxin, and then another three days of treatment with vitamin C in equal doses. The fourth group received 2 x MLD toxin and the appearance of local symptoms (16 to 26 hours later), rats were given 1 gram / kg of vitamin C twice daily for three days. In the fifth group of rats were given 2 x MLD toxin, and upon the occurrence of generalized tetanus (40 to 47 hours later), had received 300 mg of vitamin C intravenously.
Mice from the first group were dead after 47-65 hours. In the second group all animals survived, with very mild local symptoms. In the third group, all animals survived without any symptoms. In the fourth group vitamin C to prevent further progression of symptoms and all animals survived. In the fifth group, the intervention of vitamin C in the late stage of tetanus has also led to the survival of animals. These results have shown excellent efficacy of vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of tetanus in mice.
Given that these are terrible diseases with very high mortality surprising there had been only one controlled study of the effects of vitamin C in humans. That study, published in 1984th, was conducted on patients with tetanus in Bangladesh.
The study included 31 patients treated in the age group of 1-12 years and 27 treated patients in the age group of 13-30 years. All patients received intravenously 1000 mg of ascorbic acid per day, with normal serum treatment, sedatives and antibiotics. In a group of 1-12 years who received vitamin C did not die no patient (0 / 31), while in the control group who received only conventional therapy against tetanus, 74.2 percent of the patients succumbed (23/31). In patients aged 13-30 years, in the group with vitamin C died, 37 percent (10/27), while the control group died 68 percent (19/28).
It is evident that there is a big difference in the survival rates of younger and older patients with vitamin C, suggesting that the used dose of 1 gram was simply not enough for an adult whose body weight is greater than in children. One thing leads to this conclusion - the patients who died despite treatment with vitamin C lived, and to three-four weeks of receiving the hospital and seemed to have almost recovered, only to eventually succumb to a new surge of seizures. Most of the deaths usually occur within the first four days. It seems likely that these patients were saved that were used at higher doses.

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