“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
A vast majority of species in the animal kingdom are able to synthesize vitamin C. For example, a dog will synthesize approximately 18 mg 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 a 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, a goat under stress 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 is grossly inadequate compared to the two examples above. This amount may be enough to ward off the development of scurvy, but it is certainly not enough to promote good health in 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, meaning it is not stored in the body although 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
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 actually be absorbed at the cellular level. This is because the IV Vitamin C is water-based but the cellular membrane is made up of fatty acids, which will inhibit its absorption. Liposomal C is vitamin C that has been encapsulated within a lipid (fat) and this allows the vitamin C to easily cross through the cellular membrane, giving it about a 90% absorption rate. This information was confirmed by vitamin C researcher, Dr Thomas Levy, who stated, “I subsequently realized that the liposome gave the ultimate bioavailability: intracellular delivery, including the mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, and even the nucleus… 2 to 6 packets daily covers most individuals for most situations.” In addition, more information can be found in the faq on this website. The following dosage information was shared with me by an IVC infusion specialist who specialized in treating cancer and other serious illnesses.
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 to 10 grams, or 2,000 mg that is taken four or five 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. Taking a high dose of Liposomal C will only cost you about $10.00 compared to $200.00 for IV 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. 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
- 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.
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 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.
To avoid many of these complications, look for food-based vitamin C supplements such as Garden of Life Vitamin C that is made with Amla fruit
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.
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
Combine this therapy with a healing diet