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The Clinical Impact of Vitamin C: My Personal Experiences as a Physician

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Vitamin C Research

Actual cases of flu, mono, lyme disease and more treated with intravenous vitamin C.

Commentary by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

(OMNS Sept 3, 2014) My ongoing relationship with vitamin C now spans a full 20 years, when I first met Dr. Hal Huggins, a pioneering dentist who opened my eyes to a wide array of clinical approaches to different diseases with hitherto unheard-of clinical results at his clinic in Colorado Springs. I can honestly say that my first visit to his clinic began the most meaningful part of my medical education. Nothing has been the same since. My office where I practiced adult cardiology ended up being shuttered shortly after that first visit. And I have never looked back.
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Vitamin C Saves Lives

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

Vitamin C Saves Lives

Millions die each year from heart disease and stroke, and the overwhelming evidence is that vitamin C supplementation would save many lives.

Two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Linus Pauling estimated that the rate of heart disease would be reduced by 80 per cent if adults in the US supplemented with 2,000 to 3,000 mg of vitamin C each day. According to Dr. Pauling, “Since vitamin C deficiency is the common cause of human heart disease, vitamin C supplementation is the universal treatment for this disease.”[1] Heart disease is the number one killer in the US. For those with existing heart disease Dr. Pauling said that blockage of heart arteries could actually be reversed by supplementing with 6,000 of vitamin C and 6,000 of lysine (a common amino acid) taken in divided doses throughout the day. Vitamin C supplementation both lowers serum cholesterol levels and repairs lesions of arterial walls. 1998 Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis J. Ignarro found that supplementing with vitamin C and vitamin E significantly reduces the risk of developing arteriosclerosis.[2]

A study examined vitamin E and vitamin C supplement use in relation to mortality risk in 11,178 persons aged 67-105 who participated in the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly over a nine year period.[3] Simultaneous use of vitamins E and C was associated with a lower risk of total mortality and coronary mortality after adjusting for alcohol use, smoking history, aspirin use, and medical conditions.

A landmark study following over 85,000 nurses over a 16-year period for a total of 1,240,000 person-years found that vitamin C supplementation significantly reduced the risk of heart disease.[4] Intake of vitamin C from foods alone was insufficient to significantly effect the rate of heart disease. High quantities of vitamin C from supplements was essential to provide the protective effects. The study adjusted for age, smoking, and a variety of other coronary risk factors.

An international team pooled data from nine prospective studies of 293,000 people that included information on intakes of vitamin E, carotenoids, and vitamin C, with a 10-year follow-up to check for major incident coronary heart disease events in people without disease when the study began. Dietary intake of antioxidant vitamins was only weakly related to a reduced coronary heart disease risk. However, subjects who took as little as 700 mg of vitamin C daily in supplement form reduced their risk of heart disease events by 25 per cent compared to those who took no supplements. [5]

Researchers in Finland measured serum vitamin C levels in 2,419 middle-aged male participants of the ongoing Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Men with a history of stroke were excluded from this analysis. Participants were followed for up to 10 years; the outcome of interest was development of stroke. During the follow-up period 120 participants suffered a stroke. After controlling for potential confounders – including age, BMI, smoking, blood pressure, and serum cholesterol – the researchers found that men with a low vitamin C level in their blood were more than twice as likely as those with a higher vitamin C blood level to experience a stroke.[6]

A stroke commonly occurs when a blood clot or thrombus blocks the blood flow to parts of the brain. A thrombus may form in an artery affected by arteriosclerosis. A recent study has shown how low plasma vitamin C was associated with increased risk of stroke, especially among hypertensive and overweight men.[7]

Vitamin C is preserves the integrity of the artery walls and strengthens cardiovascular tissue. Research indicates a reduced incidence of major coronary heart disease events at high supplemental vitamin C intakes.[8] Recent studies have shown that vitamin C appears to reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation, and there is a growing body of evidence that chronic inflammation is linked to an increased risk of heart disease.[9]

Most Americans fail to eat the US RDA for several vitamins and minerals. Supplements are not the problem; they are the solution. Malnutrition is the problem.

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References
[1] “A unified theory of human cardiovascular disease leading the way to the abolition of this disease as a cause for human mortality”. Rath, M., Pauling, L., J of Orthomolecular Medicine, 7: 5-15.7. [2] “Long-term combined beneficial effects of physical training and metabolic treatment on arterioscleroses in hypercholesterolemic mice”, Ignore, LJ, Publication of the National Academy of Science, Vol 101, 246-252, June 8, 2004.
[3] Am J Clin Nutr, Vol 64, No 2, p 190-6 Aug 1996.
[4] Department of Applied Biochemistry and Food Science, University of Nottingham, Loughborough Age Ageing, Jan 1988, 17 (1) p 35-41. [5] Am J of Clin Nutr, Vol 80, No. 6,1508-1520, Dec 2004.
[6] “Plasma vitamin C modifies the association between hypertension and risk of stroke”. S. Kurl, TP. Tuomaninen, JA. Laukkenen, et. al., Stroke, 2002, vol. 33, p 1568-1573.
[7] See ref [6].
[8] See ref [5].
[9] J Am Coll of Nutr, Vol. 23, No. 2, 141-147.

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How Doctors Use (Or Should Use) Vitamin Therapy

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

(OMNS October 21, 2010) Numerous letters to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service come from readers wanting to know exactly how to use nutritional therapy for a specific disease. Since we cannot answer such emails personally, we wanted to provide some highly useful resources for our readers’ benefit.

We suggest that you print these documents out and take them to your doctor.

Multiple Sclerosis
The vitamin-based treatment plan of Frederick Robert Klenner, M.D. is a free download at http://www.townsendletter.com/Klenner/KlennerProtocol_forMS.pdf

Cardiovascular Disease
Vitamin E dosages as written and used by Drs. Evan and Wilfrid Shute are posted at http://www.doctoryourself.com/shute_protocol.html

The doctors specifically treated the following with vitamin E:

Coronary thrombosis
Acute rheumatic fever
Chronic rheumatic heart disease
Angina
Hypertension
Thrombophlebitis and Phlebothrombosis
Thrombocytopaenic Purpura
Diabetes Mellitus
Acute and Chronic Nephritis
Burns
Cancer
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D. and colleagues tell how to employ vitamin C intravenously in a free download from http://www.doctoryourself.com/RiordanIVC.pdf or http://www.riordanclinic.org/research/vitaminc/protocol.shtml

Compare with this original 1986 IV vitamin C protocol by Ewan Cameron, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/cameron.html

Instructions on Making an Injectable Vitamin C Solution
Written for physician and hospital use by Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D. http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

At http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html Dr. Cathcart provides specific dosage ranges for treating these illnesses:

Mild cold
Severe cold
Influenza
Coxsackievirus
Mononucleosis
Viral pneumonia
Hay fever
Asthma
Environmental and food allergy
Burns
Injury
Surgical recovery
Anxiety
Cancer
Ankylosing spondylitis
Reiter’s syndrome
Acute anterior uveitis
Rheumatoid arthritis
Bacterial infections
Infectious hepatitis
Candidiasis
Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C
The full text of this book by Lendon H. Smith, M.D. is posted at http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/198x/smith-lh-clinical_guide_1988.htm

Writes Dr. Smith: “I have used Dr. Klenner’s methods on hundreds of patients. He is right. It helps almost every condition and situation, and my failures were due to inadequate amounts.”

The book discusses, in varying detail, megavitamin treatment of the following illnesses:

Virus Pneumonia
Poliomyelitis
Hepatitis
Herpes Simplex & Zoster
Chicken Pox
Measles
Mumps
Mononucleosis
Diphtheria
Dysentery
Pancreatitis
Scarlet fever
Rheumatic fever
Tuberculosis
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Tetanus
Arthritis
High cholesterol
Ruptured intervertebral discs
Corneal ulcers
Diabetes
Glaucoma
Schizophrenia
Burns
Heat stroke
Radiation burns
Surgery
Heavy Metal (including Lead) Poisoning
Other Poisonings
Venomous bites
Allergies
Poison Oak or Ivy
Myasthenia Gravis
Experienced physicians have used massive amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients in treating an astonishing and nearly unbelievable variety of conditions. “Many physicians refuse to employ Vitamin C in the amounts suggested,” writes Dr. Klenner, “simply because it is counter to their fixed ideas of what is reasonable. There is no doubt that physicians are being brainwashed with the current journal advertising. I have never seen a patient that Vitamin C would not benefit.”

Dr. Klenner was board certified in diseases of the chest. The Shutes, in obstetrics. Dr. Cathcart, in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith, in pediatrics. Dr. Riordan, in psychiatry. Dr. Cameron, in surgery.

What you will learn from the documents above may be a good start, but it is only a start. We recommend that you read extensively and then discuss these physicians’ experiences with your doctor before making any health decision.

For Further Reading:

A searchable free archive of hundreds of full-text nutrition therapy papers is available at http://orthomolecular.org/library/jom/

Bibliographies of the published writings of orthomolecular doctors are posted at
Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_cathcart.html
Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., D.M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_cheraskin.html
Benjamin Feingold, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_feingold.html
Max Gerson, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/bib_gerson.html
Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_hoffer.html
Hans Nieper, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_nieper.html
William J. McCormick, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_mccormick.html
William Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_kaufman.html
Humphry Osmond, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_osmond.html
Linus Pauling, Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_pauling_ortho.html
Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_pfeiffer_ed.html
Hugh D. Riordan, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_riordan.html
Evan Shute, M.D. and Wilfrid Shute, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_shute.html
Lendon H. Smith, M.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_lsmith.html
Roger J. Williams, Ph.D.: http://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_williams.html

To locate a nutritionally-minded physician: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n09.shtml

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