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High Dose Vitamin C: 5 Ways Doctors, Healers Can Use Megadosage

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By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 08:07 PM

The current recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C for adults is 75mg for women and 90mg for men. Anything significantly more than that amount is considered a "megadose" of the vitamin. While high doses of vitamin C remain controversial in terms of their efficacy, many doctors and healers believe megadoses of vitamin C are an effective treatment and prevention method for some health conditions.

According to the National Institute of Health, vitamin C is required for "the biosynthesis of collagen, L-carnitine, and certain neurotransmitters" and is an "essential component of connective tissue, which plays a role in wound healing." Others, like the famed biochemist Dr. Linus Pauling, have claimed that high doses of vitamin C can promote heart health, boost the immune system, help fight the common cold and increase the longevity of cancer patients. 

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Here are 5 ways that high doses of vitamin C are being used in the health community:

1. According to Dr. Ronald Hoffman, Medical Director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, the Hoffman Center "has been using high-dose vitamin C drips in its cancer support protocols." Dr. Hoffman says, "While oral vitamin C boosts immunity and assists tissue repair, it is too weak to do much to kill or inhibit cancer cells. But at high doses delivered directly into the bloodstream, it may act to increase levels of hydrogen peroxide deep in the tissues where cancer cells lurk." 

2. Dr. Michael Lam, author of "Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome" claims that those with adrenal fatigue may be susceptible to repeated infections including periodontal disease. In the past, dentists relied on expensive intravenous methods to deliver high doses of vitamin C for poor gum healing, but Dr. Lam recommends a "cutting edge liposomal delivery system." This method is now available in liquid form and "enhances the absorption and bio-availability of Vitamin C to the cell." 

3. Dr. Thomas E. Levy, author of "Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Disease and Toxins" suggest that high doses of vitamin C should be given to people before they receive vaccinations. Dr. Levy addresses the potential negative effects of vaccinations and suggests giving a dose of vitamin C for "three to five days before the shot(s) and to continue the vitamin C for at least two to three days afterwards. When dealing with infants and very young children, a 1,000 mg dose of liposome-encapsulated vitamin C mixed into something like yogurt can work very well." 

4. WebMD reports, "Large doses of intravenous vitamin C have the potential to boost chemotherapy's ability to kill cancer cells." Although the application of megadoses of vitamin C are still in the trial phase, the method is currently being tested on humans. In addition, according to the report, "a handful of cervical cancer patients given intravenous vitamin C along with their chemotherapy reported fewer toxic side effects from their cancer treatment." 

5. The Riordan Clinic in Kansas uses "high-dose IV vitamin C to treat a variety of chronic conditions, including cancer." According to the clinic, some of the conditions that can benefit from high doses of vitamin C are "arthritis, Lyme disease, bacterial infections, viral infections, pain after injury, and more." 

This article is for information only and is not intended as medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your specific health and medical needs.

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