Vitamin C Therapy: IV, Liposomal, and Whole Food

“When we look at high doses of vitamin C given intravenously as an actual chemo-therapeutic agent, we have wonderfully uplifting news for every cancer patient in the world. It’s easy, safe, and inexpensive to have a physician give an IV. You just have to insist on it. I believe in the next ten years this will become more accepted. But people with cancer cant afford to wait, and the ones who are already dead have been grossly mistreated by the medical profession and a government that’s supposed to encourage free research and development of all possibilities.” – Andrew W. Saul PhD.

The benefits of high dose vitamin C

The vast majority of species in the animal kingdom are able to synthesize their own vitamin C.  For example, a dog will synthesize approximately 18mg of vitamin C for every pound of body weight, thus allowing a  50-lb. dog to produce about 900  mg per day during normal healthy function.  Additionally an adult goat weighing 70 kg (or 154 lbs) will synthesize more than 13,000 mg of vitamin C per day in normal healthy function.   This natural biosynthesis of vitamin C will increase in production when the animal is sick, injured, or under stress. For example, if you put that goat under stress he will manufacture 15,000 mg per day.

The ability to synthesize vitamin C is lacking in humans, some primates, bats, and Guinea pigs because they lack the gene responsible for manufacturing vitamin C, therefore it must be introduced through the diet.  The Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin C for an adult is only 60 to 95 mg per day, and as you can see for yourself is grossly inadequate compared to the examples given above.  This amount may be enough to ward off the development of scurvy, but it is certainly not enough to promote the good health of an individual or to heal from a serious illness.

Vitamin C is responsible for wound healing and immune system function. Your body, just like that of any other creature, will require even more vitamin C when YOU are sick, injured or under stress. Vitamin C is destroyed when food is cooked, so eating plenty of raw foods high in vitamin C is essential. Also, vitamin  C is a water soluble vitamin, meaning it is not stored in the body though it is utilized continuously by the body.

Intravenous vitamin C

Is selectively toxic to cancer cells yet it will not harm healthy cells. High doses of vitamin C given intravenously, usually between 25-100 grams, has a pro-oxidative effect on cancerous cells.  The mechanism involves the generation of hydrogen peroxide within the tissues that accumulate the vitamin C.  One postulated mechanism of this formation involves vitamin C displacing iron from its carrier protein, with the subsequent intracellular generation of hydrogen peroxide. This is selectively toxic to cancer cells because they lack an enzyme that healthy cells have in abundance, which is catalase.  If this reaction does not occur efficiently due to lack of the catalase enzyme, the hydrogen peroxide can react with the displaced iron and create an excess of free radicals.  These free radicals can then stimulate apotosis (or cell suicide) in the cancer cells.

IV treatments are generally painless and are completely non-toxic. They are given as a slow IV drip over 45 minutes to 2-3 hours depending upon the dose.   Alternative and integrative clinics can be found across the US, and this type of nutritional support can be done in conjunction with chemotherapy/radiation, or as a stand alone therapy. Currently IV Vitamin C is being studied for its cancer healing properties.  Use this link to find an alternative health practitioner for IV vitamin C therapy.


Using intravenous vitamin C for cancer therapy


News report on study involving intravenous vitamin C for therapy


Liposomal Vitamin C

When you take standard form vitamin C, only about 20% of a 1,000-milligram serving of vitamin C will actually make it into the bloodstream, whereas manufactured liposomal vitamin C has a 93% absorption rate. The more vitamin C infused into the body, the more nourishment it has to draw from.  More importantly, liposomal vitamin C easily penetrates easily into the cellular membrane since it is now a lipid instead of water based. This means that you can obtain high amounts into the bloodstream without the risk of diarrhea which can occur with standard form vitamin C.

Dosage for Liposomal Vitamin C

For general good health

1-2 grams is an optimal dose for maintaining health.  This is 1,000 mg taken once or twice per day

For those facing health challenges:

4-6 grams, or 2,000 mg that is taken two or three times per day

For infection, cancer, heart disease, etc.

8-12 grams, or 4,000 mg that is taken two or three times per day

Dosage to reach intravenous levels:  10 thousand milligrams, taken in divided doses throughout the day can be used in place of 100,000 mgs of intravenous vitamin C infusion.  Although Intravenous Vitamin C can deliver high doses of vitamin C directly into the bloodstream, it is estimated that only about 20% of it will be absorbed at the cellular level. This is because the IV Vitamin C is water based, but our cellular membranes are made up of fatty acids. Since liposomal C is encapsulated in a lipid, this allows the vitamin C to easily cross through the cellular membrane, giving it about a 90% absorption rate.  This information was shared with me by an infusion specialist, and was stated by Dr Thomas Levy, who is an expert on vitamin C therapy and can be found in the faq on this website.  

Taking a high dose of Liposomal C will only cost you about $10.00 compared to $200.00 for an infusion.

Optimized Liposomal Vitamin C 1000 mg

Making your own liposomal encapsulated vitamin C

This recipe will not give you the 90% absorption rate of packaged lypo-spheric C, much closer to about 75%, but that is still much better than standard form vitamin C and much less expensive than the above options.  I have been making my own since 2011 and find that it is easy to do (once you get the hang of it),  and very inexpensive.  I usually make a fresh batch every 2 weeks or so, which is enough for my husband and myself to take 1 shot glass per day.  Since doing this therapy, neither of us has even caught a cold. There were a few times that I have felt that I might be coming down with something, but then took 2 or 3 extra shots throughout the day and that took care of it.  When the recipe that is posted below, made with 3T of the vitamin C powder that I link to, each ounce would contain approximately 900-1,000 mg of easily absorb able vitamin C (this figure takes into account the 75% absorption rate of this form of liposomal vitamin C).

How to make your own liposomal vitamin C, easily and inexpensively



  • 6 T Sunflower Lecithin
  • 3 T Ascorbic Acid Powder the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp, but I use 3 Tbsp.
  • 3 cups Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water
  • 1 level tsp of a natural sodium bicarbonate such as Bob’s Red Mill
  • Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner which will vibrate the liquid at a high frequency sound (25 kHz – 150 kHz). The high frequency vibrations encapsulates, or coats the vitamin C particles in a layer of lipid material (fat) allowing for easy absorption through the cell membrane. The encapsulation also protects the ascorbic acid from being destroyed in the digestive process.


  • Add 6 T of the sunflower lecithin along with 1.5 cups of filtered water to your blender.  Stir and then let them dissolve together for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile dissolve 3 T of powdered vitamin C into 1.5 cups of filtered water and stir.
  • Add 1 tsp of sodium bicarbonate into the vitamin c mixture. This will foam up a bit but stir until it settles down.
  • Blend the sunflower lecithin and water together on low for 60 seconds
  • Turn off the blender and add the vitamin C/sodium bicarb mixture into the lecithin mixture, stirring as you pour to get any sediment off of the bottom of the cup.
  • Blend this lecithin/vitamin C/bicarb mixture together on low for another 60 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into your ultra-sonic unit and run for 8-12 minutes while stirring frequently. If your cleaning unit has an automatic shutoff,  just continue to run for the stated time.
  • Depending on the size of your jewelry cleaner you may have to make this in 2 batches.  Also, there is a minimum amount of fluid that must be in the ultrasonic cleaner in order for it to run properly, so if  you only have a small amount of mixture left in your blender for the second batch you can remove an equivalent portion of liquid from your first batch and then run them together for the 8 minutes.  You will not hurt the product by doing this.
  • Store the finished product in a mason jar in the refrigerator. This will keep for several weeks.
  • Stir the mixture before dispensing the dose
  • Dosage is 1 ounce,  once or twice per day, or more as needed. I take a shot glass dose which is 1.5 ounces, once or twice per day, or more if I feel it is needed.
  • When the recipe is made with 3T of the vitamin C powder that I link to, each one ounce dose would contain approximately 900-1000 mg of liposomal vitamin C, (this figure takes into account the 80% absorption rate of this form of liposomal C).
  • This absorbs best when taken on an empty stomach.
  • I think the flavor of this is very tolerable  but I have heard some complaints about the taste.  Some solutions that I can offer are to drink it quickly with a straw or to mix it into a glass of juice and then drink it.  When my kids feel sick they take it mixed into juice.


The sodium bicarbonate should not be used by someone on a low-sodium diet, just omit this step in the process.

One of the contraindications relating to vitamin C supplementation is a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.  This is an inherited condition where the individual doesn’t have the G6PD enzyme.  G6PD helps the body to function normally and very high dose vitamin C infusions or very high dose liposomal vitamin C has a possibility of causing hemolytic anemia.

Other contraindications include allergies to the sunflower or soy lecithins that are used in the liposomal process.

Those with iron overload issues should know that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron and can cause problems, therefore you should discuss this therapy with your doctor before beginning this therapy.  Individuals who are pregnant, young children, and anyone taking blood thinning medications should discuss vitamin C therapy with their doctor before beginning although you will find that most doctors have very little experience with this protocol.

High dose vitamin C therapy is not compatible with some other alternative therapies such as graviola, paw paw, and the Budwig Protocol, among others.  Always investigate before combining therapies.

How to Make a Food-based Vitamin C Powder


grinding peels in a coffee grinder

This is one more way to get vitamin c into your body.

Most vitamin C supplements on the market today are synthetically made from genetically modified corn, not from whole food, organic sources. This is a simple recipe to make your own vitamin C powder from a whole food source which will have the enzymes and natural bio-flavanoids just as you would find in nature.

To make this powder you can use the peels of organic oranges, lemons and limes that would normally be discarded into the compost bin. Wash and peel the the fruit and then cut the peels into thin strips. Place the strips out to dry for a couple of days until they are crisp. Another option is to use a dehydrator to dry the peels.

To use: You can add some of the strips into your smoothie and then blend together or you can grind them up in a coffee grinder and add 1 tsp of the powder into your smoothie or your fresh juice.

Store the dried strips or the powder in an air tight container until ready to use.

News story of a New Zealand man who was given up for dead by conventional doctors. His family requested that he be given high doses of vitamin C that cures his pneumonia and also cures his underlying leukemic condition


Andrew Saul on nutrition and cancer


Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Ron Hunninghake about the role of vitamin C in the treatment of cancer and other illnesses.



Lecture by Dr Thomas Levy on vitamin C


Additional Resources:

Taking ascorbic acid according to the bowel tolerance method

Vitamin C foundation on IV vitamin C

Dr Paul Marik shares his impressive results of treating sepsis with vitamin C.

Use this link to find an alternative health practitioner for IV vitamin C therapy

Using DMSO and vitamin C for pain

How to make IV vitamin C under the supervision of a doctor

Combine this therapy with a healing diet

Please do not rely only  on this therapy for the treatment of cancer.  Research an anti-cancer diet and make some changes.  Cancer is a wake up call which needs to be addressed on multiple fronts.  Cancer is caused by an overly toxic body with an overwhelmed and collapsed immune system due to eating nutritionally poor foods and having poor lifestyle habits.

Read more about an anticancer diet
Cancer cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment
Read more about an alkaline diet
Read about sugar and cancer
Detox therapies


HealthForce Nutritionals, Truly Natural Vitamin C, 17.6 oz (500 g)


Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins, By Dr Thomas Levy

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