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vitamin cUsing large doses of Vitamin C as a treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome is not a new idea. A doctor named Jay Goldstein had been giving massive doses of Vitamin C to cfs patients for years. He told me that many CFS patients did have a beneficial response to high doses of Vitamin C through an I.V., and i have read other reports of some improvement with high doses.
Vitamin C is well known to help boost the immune system and reduce states of fatigue. So, i think it might be likely to give benefits to CFS patients. Some doctors feel that CFS is at least in part, a free radical induced illness. Energy producing mitochondria create free radicals as a part of energy production. When ATP is generated by the mitochondria, these free radicals are also created as a waste product. If the mitochondria are exposed to excess amount of free radicals, it will produce ATP less efficiently, and fatigue will set in. Vitamin C helps here by donating an electron and destroying the free radical.

Here is a link that shows IV Vitamin C my have a beneficial effect on cancer patients. IN CFS/FMS patients it is possible that IV vitamin C administration could help out with viral/bacterial infections that may be involved with cfs as well as reducing free radical loads. It could also help in the synthesis of certain neurotransmitters like norepinephine and serotonin. Which if low could cause low energy, or depressed mood.
High doses of Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants can help to reduce the free radical load off of the mitochondria. In an article by Dr. Martin Pall, he suggests a theory that CFS is induced by the overproduction of the free-radicals nitric oxide and peroxynitrite. He suggests a combination of the anti-oxidants CoQ-10, Flavinox, NAC, Fish Oil, and a Multimineral with acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid.

If you want to to naturally boost you levels or vitamin c, here is a list of foods that contain the highest levels.

Vitamin C Foods:

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Papaya
  • Bell Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale

There is an extremely low risk for toxicity of Vitamin C at any level, although high doses can cause diahrrea. It is very safe, but before adding high dose vitamin c to you supplement regimen, you should check with your doctor.
While i dont think that high doses of vitamin C will cure CFS/FMS patients, i do think that IV or high dose Vitamin C could provide relief of symptoms for some patients.


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8 Responses to “Vitamin C”

  1. CORRINE says:

    I TRIED 20,OOOMG OF IV VITAMIN C TWICE AS RECOMMENDED BY MY D.O. IT DEFINITELY GAVE ME MORE ENERGY FOR ABOUT 3 DAYS. HOWEVER INSURANCE WON’T COVER IT AND AT ALMOST $100 AN INFUSION I DECIDED TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOLUTIONS.

  2. solange says:

    I like your page about vitamin C. Thank you for the advices and for the information. Keep woorking, you are great.

  3. Walter says:

    Does anyone know how to do the intravenous Vit C at home so we dont have to pay anyone to do it??? We would just need to buy the Vit C .

  4. Sean says:

    You would have to hire an infusionist to start the IV on you. It’s extremely hard if not impossible to do it on yourself, especially without any training. You also cannot purchase Vit C IV without a doctor’s license.

  5. Kathi says:

    In 2007, I used ascorbic acid powder by Douglas Labs for high dose vitamin C therapy. My bowel tolerance was at 25grams. I titrated down to 20 grams per day and felt enormous relief and energy after a minor 12 hour herxhemier effect. It was the therapy that got me off the couch and walking over a mile once a week without post exertional malaise. I have read Alfred Klenner’s work. He practiced in Maryland in the 30’s and 40’s. He cured 33 different diseases using IV, ORAL or INJECTABLE C. His work is wonderful. He even claimed to cure documented cases of polio, but was rejected and ignored at a medical conference. He is my “HERO”

  6. Sandy says:

    My husband found that he had complete reversal of his Chronic Fatigue symptoms after taking the USANA ESSENTIALS. At a cost of $A75 a month, it beats the hell out of $100 a pop iv Vitamin C.

    He’s gone from a physical wreck who had to crawl to the bathroom, to working full time as an OR nurse – his previous occupation.

  7. Susan says:

    Is there a way to use this if you have stomach or bowel sensitivity to Vitamin C?

  8. Charles says:

    Walter…. here is a site that advises doctors on how to perform the Vit. C IV treatment, and it would be just as applicable no matter who was doing it.

    http://www.doctoryourself.com/vitciv.html

    Charles

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