“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 is easy, safe, and inexpensive to have a physician give an IV. You just have to insist on it. I believe within 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 is supposed to encourage free research and development of all possibilities.” – Andrew W. Saul PhD.
Vitamin C Therapy for those with cancer
A 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 health. 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 theory involves vitamin C displacing iron from its carrier protein and the subsequent intracellular generation of hydrogen peroxide. This is selectively toxic to cancer cells because they lack the enzyme catalase which healthy cells have in abundance. If this reaction cannot occur efficiently due to lack of the enzyme, the hydrogen peroxide can react with the displaced iron and create an excess of free radicals. These free radicals can help 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 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.
The recommended dosage of Liposomal Vitamin C for various health issues
For general good health: 2 grams, or 2,000 mg, is the optimal dose for maintaining health. This is 1,000 mg taken twice per day
For those facing health challenges such as a cold or flu: 4 grams, or 2,000 mg, that is taken twice per day
For serious infection or cancer, etc: 8 grams, or 2,000 mg, that is taken four times per day
Dosage of liposomal C in order to reach intravenous levels: 10 grams, taken in divided doses throughout the day can be as clinically effective as having a 100 gram 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.
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 Sodium Ascorbate Powder. The recipe calls for 2 Tbsp, but I use 3 Tbsp.
- 3 cups Distilled or Reverse Osmosis water
- 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.
- Blend the sunflower lecithin and water together on low for 60 seconds
- Turn off the blender and add the vitamin C 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 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
- Standard dosage is 1 ounce, taken once or twice per day, or more as 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.
One of the contraindications relating to vitamin C supplementation is a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) 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 D has a possibility of causing hemolytic anemia.
Other contraindications would include allergens to the sunflower or soy lecithins. Individuals who are pregnant, young children, and anyone taking blood thinning medications should discuss vitamin C therapy with their doctor before beginning although most doctors have very little experience with this protocol.
Those with iron overload should know that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron, especially the heart where it can cause problems. Ferritin levels should ideally be less than 80 and transferrin saturation should be less than 40%. If you are above those levels, donating blood would be a great idea. Also, wait 2-3 hours after taking the liposomal vitamin C before eating red meat or anything else that is high in iron.
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
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.
This is a news story of a man from New Zealand 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 and cancer
Combine this therapy with a healing diet