By: Jeffrey Mueller, MD
Whole Family Healthcare is proud to offer the addition of powerful, nutritional IV series to their line of therapeutic options for their patients. High-dose, IV vitamin C is now on the menu and the timing with regard to flu season could not be better. Traditionally, oral vitamin C has been used by millions of people in the U.S. to help fight colds and flus. However, the amount that our bodies can absorb through the G.I. tract at any one time is quite limited. Widespread use of high dose IV vitamin C along with the 1200 or so references on oral and IV vitamin C in Dr. Tom Levy's book "Curing the Incurable, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins" have shown that to cure or successfully navigate many infections or immune challenges, blood levels of ascorbate (vitamin C) need to be far higher than what can be achieved with oral supplementation. With the availability to safely infuse large doses of vitamin C intravenously, we now have a supercharged ability to treat and cure serious acute infections, reduce the incidence of organ failure and complications from surgery, vastly improve our ability to treat chronic infections, boost immune function, improve detoxification and even reverse endothelial dysfunction (sick, cholesterol-clogged arteries).
Over the past 12 years I have witnessed the amazing and accelerated healing properties of high-dose IV vitamin C firsthand in my clinic with hundreds of patients. I have always been amazed at how this simple vitamin could do so much. So, what are the properties of vitamin C that make it such a fantastic antioxidant, immune booster, detoxifier, and vascular healer? First of all, vitamin C is a water soluble antioxidant. During times of infection or stress, vitamin C is rapidly depleted in the bloodstream. Therefore, supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to improve several important parameters of immune function. Vitamin C protects cells and tissues from free radical damage and other stressors that can harm cells. By suppressing free radical damage to the immune system, vitamin C greatly improves the ability of the immune system to ward off a broad range of pathogens. In my clinical experience, doses of 25-50 grams have shown the ability to completely snuff out the flu in the initial 24-48 hours. Receiving high doses after symptoms have been present for more than 48 hours will greatly shorten the duration and reduce the intensity of a flu or bad cold and help the patient avoid dangerous complications such as pneumonia.
Over the years I have witnessed many other health conditions respond dramatically to high doses of IV vitamin C. These include chronic fatigue syndrome, recurrent tonsillitis/sore throats, asthma/bronchitis, and chronic pain (arthritis) syndromes. Another area with huge potential for accelerated healing is major surgery, including heart, lung, and abdominal surgeries, and joint replacements. Virtually every one of my previous patients who has utilized an IV vitamin C protocol before and after a major surgery has been told by their surgeons that they recovered better and faster than all their other patients! None to my knowledge had infectious complications (remember, about 90,000 patients die each year in the U.S. from hospital-acquired infections) and pain levels were subjectively very low. There are many more benefits and mechanisms of action for vitamin C but suffice it to say that Whole Family Healthcare is incredibly pleased to now be able to offer this powerful therapy to all their patients. Call or email us for details on how IV vitamin C might help you or a loved one face a serious health challenge.