Vitamin C Therapy; Intravenous and Liposomal (and how to make your own)

“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.

A vast majority of species in the animal kingdom are able to synthesize 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 will not harm healthy cells. Whereas vitamin C taken orally acts as an antioxidant, very high doses given intravenously, usually between 25-100 grams, has a pro-oxidative effect.  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 other healthy cells have in abundance: catalase.  If this reaction does not occur efficiently due to lack of the catalase enzyme (ie in cancer cells) the hydrogen peroxide can react with the displaced iron and create an excess of free radicals.  These free radicals then stimulate apotosis or cell suicide in the cancer cells.  IV treatments are generally painless, and completely non-toxic. They are given as  a slow IV drip over 45 minutes to 2-3 hours depending on 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

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Using intravenous vitamin C for cancer therapy

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News report on study involving intravenous vitamin C for therapy

Liposomal/ lyposheric 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 cell walls since it is now a lipid instead of water based. This provides near IV results with an oral dosage, which means you can get high amounts into the bloodstream without the risk of diarrhea which can occur with standard form vitamin C.  Two popular brand of liposomal C are:

Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, Box of 30 packets


Liposomal Vitamin C by Dr. Mercola 60 Licaps Capsules

Make your own liposomal encapsulated vitamin C

This recipe will not give you the 95% absorption rate of packaged liposomal C, much closer to 75- 80%, 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 is made with 3T of vitamin C powder, each shot glass would contain approximately 1,200mg (this figure takes into account the 80% absorption rate of this form of liposomal vitamin C).

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

Ingredients:

  • 6 T  Lecithin Granules,  or I prefer to use 6 T of  Sunflower Lecithin Granules
  • 3 T Ascorbic Acid, the recipe is for 2, but I prefer to use 3 Tbsp.  Do not use buffered vitamin C powder as it will not work for this process.
  • 3 cups distilled or filtered 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 walls. The encapsulation also protects the ascorbic acid from being destroyed in the digestive process.

2013-01-08 14.07.50Instructions

  • Add 6 T of lecithin to 1.5 cups of filtered lukewarm water to your blender and let dissolve together.
  • Meanwhile dissolve the powdered vitamin c into 1.5 cups of lukewarm filtered water
  • Let both of these mixtures dissolve for at least 15 minutes, don’t worry if the crystals aren’t  dissolving, they will still blend together fine in the next few steps.
  • Blend the lecithin/water on high for 60 seconds
  • Then add the vitamin C mixture, stirring as you pour to get the sediment off of the bottom of the cup, then blend them both together for another 60 seconds.
  • Pour your mixture into the ultra-sonic unit and run for 8 minutes while stirring frequently.
  • Depending on the size of your 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 to run it properly, so if  you only have a small amount of the mixture left in your blender for the second batch you can remove an equivalent portion of liquid from your first batch and then add the new product into the cleaner and run this for 8 more minutes.  You will not hurt the product by doing this.
  • Store finished product in a mason jar in the refrigerator. This keeps for several weeks.
  • I do not use the metal mason jar lids for this recipe but I cover the jar with plastic film.  I have found that the lids were rusting from the vitamin C  mixture and I don’t want to have that coming in contact with the finished product.
  • Stir or shake 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 as needed.
  • When the recipe is made with 3T of vitamin C powder, each one ounce dose would contain approximately 1,200mg of liposomal vitamin C, (this figure takes into account the 80% absorption rate of this form of liposomal C).
  • As an added bonus, you can use this as a vitamin c face serum such as these.  I keep a small bottle in the bathroom and use it morning and evening.  I only fill it enough to last for about 1 week and then refill as needed.

Dosage for liposomal C; packaged or homemade version:

For general good health

1-2 grams is an optimal dose, or 1,000 mg  taken once or twice per day

For those facing health challenges:

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

For infection, cancer, heart disease, etc.

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

Dosage to reach intravenous levels:  10 to 15 thousand milligrams of liposomal C, taken in divided doses throughout the day, could be used in place of intravenous vitamin C therapy.

Contraindications

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 Vitamin C Powder

vitcpowder

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.

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News story on man given up for dead by conventional doctors, but his family requests that he be given high doses of vitamin C which cures his pneumonia and also cures his underlying leukemic condition

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Andrew Saul on nutrition and cancer

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

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Lecture by Dr Thomas Levy on vitamin C

Additional Resources:

Vitamin C foundation on IV 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

Truly Natural Vitamin C Powder

Doctor’s Best Best Camu Camu (400 mg), 120-Count

23 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I’m taking livon c to help my body to fight against lymphoma. I thought that 20 grams of this period day it’d a good idea. Today I friend has told me that more than 8 grms it’s not a good idea for oral lipo c because it feeds cancer and he has recommended me iv.

    I know IV it’s much better but for the moment I only have the lipo option. Could you give your opinion about taking more than 8 grams for cancer? I don’t wanted to waste money and less feed cancer when I want the opposite.

    Thanks a lot and congratulations for this fantastic webpage.

    • Thanks for your kind words, I appreciate that.
      In regards to your question, I have listed in the post that 10- 15,000 mg of liposomal C can be taken orally in order to reach IV results. I have never heard anything in regards to exceeding 8000 mg would feed the cancer and I would not hesitate to continue on with your protocol.
      Did your friend provide you with any reference for this? I would like to read them if they are available.

      What have been your results thus far?
      Thanks, CB

      • Good morning,

        Well this affirmations comes from two guys on Facebook. One is a cancer patient and the other works in a alternative clinic in UK, they use IV C within other therapies.

        In my case my evolution is good, but I’m taking chemo. With other supplements, so it’s no easy to know if the lipo c is doing what I want. It’s true that when I have taken a large quantity of lipo c I have felt sometimes tingling in the lymph nodes, I thought that it was killing cells but now I with these comments I’m with doubts. And I also spent quite money buying livon c, so the money it’s another concern.

        I copy you both comments,

        1 Yup! You got it right! IntraVenous infusion is THE ONLY WAY to get the blood serum concentration of Vitamin C high enough to KILL TUMORS. Liposomal C only gets PART of the Cancer-Killing THRESHOLD, where it’s still providing NUTRITION to the tumor AND NEGATING the effects of OTHER Cancer-Killers trying to kill cancer by generating Reactive Oxygen Species. So Liposomal C not only FEEDS cancer, it PROTECTS it!

        Two points regarding Liposomal Vitamin C, it’s an over simplification to say that anti-oxidant levels of C feed cancer cells. Ina you are helping yourself in that you are helping to clear ROS (or Free Radicals) but Carter is right, it is very difficult (but not impossible) to reach concentrations high enough to exert a pro-oxidant effect with oral supplementation. I would take 4g – 8g a day of C on the weeks you aren’t having chemo, any more than that is probably a waste of money. Ascorbic Acid is ‘made’ of monosaccharides i.e. simple sugars so yes in that sense can ‘feed’ cancer cells but only if you are taking levels that are above that which the body will utilise as the Vitamin and below that which will become pro-oxidant – considering of course that cancer patients have a far greater need for Vitamin C than healthy people. We never use less than 25g of IVC for Cancer Patients so we are certain that we are inducing a pro-oxidant effect for that reason.

        What do you think?

        Kind regards

        • Thanks for the information, I will investigate this further and get back with you.
          In the meantime, if you are worried about the cost and having negative effects, you could cut back to a level that is more in line with what is mentioned in the article which is 8-12 grams for cancer, and 10-15 grams for IV results.

          • Hi,

            Since a few days ago I’m taking 4 grams three times per day of livon lipo c. I can really feel if it’s enough ir not so I’d appreciate if you find the answer if more than 12 is useful in liposomal form.

            I’ve an appointment with a natural doctor in 4 of December to speak about IV C, but I’m going to ask for liposomal too. I’ll post her opinion about this.

            Hope you find another opinion too.

            Kind regards ;-)

            • In doing some research and discussing this with various individuals I have found no evidence that liposomal c in high doses would be protective to cancer cells. If the person you read about could provide a website link of some sort I would be happy to look it over. Until then, I just am not finding that to be true.

  2. I made our own liposomal c for my husband and me and we have started drinking it, but it tastes so awful it’s like aversion therapy. Is there a way to make it taste better without compromising the benefits?

  3. To be honest, for glutathione, it looks like the cheapest way is to make a suppository. Fill a large empty gelatine capsule with a dose of glutathione and coconut oil, then harden the oil by storing the cap in the fridge. Then remove the contents gently from the gelatine cap so it is still a hard, bullet shaped suppository, and insert it before bedtime.

  4. I don’t remember how I worked out 3g fresh yolk to every 100mg ascorbic acid. I’ve examined the complete nutrient profile of fresh egg yolk which is approx 50% water, 27% lipids, 18% protein, 4% carbohydrates, and the remainder is ash and micro nutients. Given we need an equal amount of lipids to vitamin c, this doesn’t leave enough lipids for an artificially added nutrient, because presumably the lipids would be used up encapsulating the existing protein, carbs and micro nutrients in the yolk. Without the chemical or mechanical extraction of the lipids from the rest of the yolk, it’s not going to be possible to make lipo vits using fresh egg yolk.

    My alternative is to use the extracted lipids of the Nature’s Plus egg yolk mentioned in the above post. This will have far less of the inflammatory omega 6 than sunflower or soy lecithin. For every Nature’s Plus capsule I can add approx 80mg of vitamin c.

    In the recipe I am using there is one cup of water for every 15g of ascorbic acid and 15g lipids. ie, recipe is 15g vit c, 15g lipids, 1 cup water.

    NB
    I’ve just checked and found Livon Labs portions for glutathione are 2 parts lipids to 1 part glutathione. So my recipe for glut is 1 x cap Nature’s Plus to 40mg glutathione. I would therefore get 3.6g glutathione per 90 cap bottle of Nature’s Plus egg yolk extract. If I were to buy LivOn Labs lipo glut I would get 13.5g glut (plus a whole lot of omega 6). Using the egg yolk extract is more expensive, but the pay off is that I still have a low inflammation diet, which is critical for anyone suffering any kind of inflammatory problems, whether autoimmune disease, period pain, you name it, most ailments involve inflammation. Why exacerbate inflammation with inflammatory foods and compounds such as high levels of omega 6? :)

  5. I will not be using coconut oil any more as apparently you need a significant amount of phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylethanolamine to get effective encapsulation. I cannot find any info regarding this and coconut oil. Egg yolk is looking like a good substitute as it has similar ratio of phosphatidylcholine to phosphatidylethanolamine that sunflower lecithin has. Looking at levels in Nature’s Plus egg yolk formula and Now Sunflower lecithin, the sunflower lecithin is 24% phosphatidylcholine / phosphatidylethanolamine, egg yolk is 13%. Given I need the same amount of phospholipids to ascorbic acid, that is approximately 1g egg yolk to 100mg of ascorbic acid. :) I presume Nature’s Plus have extracted the lecithin from the egg yolk, because a fresh egg yolk is less than 30% lipids whereas their caps are over 80%. So if I were going to use fresh egg yolk, I would probably need at least three times the amount of yolk than if I were using Nature’s Plus caps. 3g fresh yolk to every 100mg ascorbic acid. This should also cover the other nutrients in the egg yolk which will presumably become encapsulated in the ultrasonic process.

  6. Hi, I’d like to know why the process of creating the liposomal vit c cannot occur in your own body by consuming the vit c food and phospholipids at the same time? Why does it have to be done in a machine?

    • I got my answer somewhere else. Binding and encapsulation will occur naturally to a small extent when you mix the lipids (i.e. from lecithin) with water and vit c, but the ultrasonic cleaner enhances the binding/encapsulation. My concern is in using lecithin, which is really high in omega 6. I have been rigorously adhering to a diet where I have removed foods containing high amounts of omega 6, e.g. most veg oils (except olive, palm, and coconut), seeds and nuts (except raw macadamias), avocado, etc. Since doing this, my energy levels have increased dramatically, my hypothyroid symptoms disappeared (except when I cheat or the weather is insanely hot), and I no longer have period pain after over 25 years of taking gut-wrecking, leaky-gut inducing NSAID pain killers every month (which, interestingly, I was taking daily in my early twenties due to a herniated disk, and a few weeks after starting them all my hypothyroid symptoms started up…hmmm).

      Also, high levels of vitamin c can reduce copper levels, resulting in anemia, very low white blood cell count (resulting in infections), and osteoporosis. Perhaps it’s the low copper levels that cause people to become susceptible to infections once they stop the high dose vit c. So it’s important to use such a high dose of liposomal vit c as a therapy only, and reduce the amount drastically for maintenance.

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