With coronavirus cases increasing by the day, we are all focused on prevention. We are washing our hands. We are wiping down our groceries when we return from the store. We are staying indoors and practicing social distancing. Adam Breiner, ND, says we should also consider adding vitamin C therapy to our preventative measures.
“Whether you are showing symptoms of a viral infection or just want to protect yourself, taking vitamin C should be high on the list of things to do,” says Dr. Adam Breiner, who practices family medicine at Whole-Body Medicine, LLC, in Fairfield, CT. “This is a simple way to keep your immune system operating at its best.”
For an in-depth look at using intravenous vitamin C for the treatment of viral infections, click here to see Dr. Breiner in conversation with Dr. Paul Anderson, a leading researcher in IV vitamin C and nutrient therapies. And in the meantime, here are some things you should know about using vitamin C to help treat or prevent COVID-19.
Vitamin C has long been used to help viruses and respiratory problems. Frederick R. Klenner, a pioneer in vitamin C research for infections, used high doses of vitamin C for many problems such as measles, mumps, shingles, mononucleosis, arthritis, and various other infections. Dr. Klenner felt he could cure just about any infection with massive doses of intravenous vitamin C. At one point during the height of the polio epidemic in the late 1940s, Dr. Klenner cured 60 out of the 60 polio cases that he treated. All fully recovered with no post-viral sequelae.
Vitamin C is already being used to treat some coronavirus patients. But the dosage needs to be increased. This article from the New York Post shares that several New York hospitals are giving coronavirus patients large doses of vitamin C after reports from China showed that it helped their patients. However, Breiner says hospitals need to be giving patients even higher dosages of vitamin C for them to be most effective.
“Viral pneumonia is one of the most serious problems associated with the coronavirus,” says Dr. Breiner. “Using intravenous vitamin C, Dr. Klenner would quickly cure these types of cases. China is now doing a study to test the effect of IV C on patients so afflicted. However, they probably will not see a beneficial outcome. Dr. Klenner warned that practitioners did not get his results because they did not use high enough dosages. For a severe case, Dr. Klenner would use approximately 350 mg/kg every four hours. This dose would be about 25 grams for a 150-pound person. In the current study conducted in China, they are using 12 grams twice a day for seven days. In contrast, Dr. Klenner would continue to use his high dosage until the patient was better and then slowly reduce the amount over time to prevent relapse.”
You can help protect yourself by taking vitamin C orally. “My recommendation is to start with 2-3 grams three to four times per day and to titrate up or down as needed,” says Breiner. “The usual oral form of vitamin C is sodium ascorbate taken as a pill or powder. Even better are the newer liposomal forms of vitamin C that allow for a higher rate of absorption. Keep in mind that taking a lot of oral vitamin C can cause loose stools. The best way to determine your proper oral dose of vitamin C is to take enough to cause loose stools and then titrate down on the amount of your dosage until you have normal stools. One thing you will notice is that when your immune system is challenged, you will be able to go to a much higher oral dose of vitamin C before bowel tolerance is reached.”
Intravenous vitamin C might be the best option to power up your immune system. Whole-Body Medicine offers custom IV drips to help boost your immune system. IV therapy bypasses the digestive process and delivers 100 percent of the vitamin C to your cells. Once the IV infusion begins, the vitamin C and other nutrients are instantly circulated into your bloodstream and then readily absorbed by your cells. Click here to view Whole-Body Medicine’s IV menu or click here to schedule an appointment.
“You should do everything in your power to protect yourself and your family from coronavirus,” concludes Dr. Breiner. “Vitamin C therapy can be another useful tool in your prevention or treatment toolbox.”
Adam Breiner, ND, is the medical director of The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center, a division of The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center in Fairfield, CT. The Center is one of the only free-standing hyperbaric facilities in the region, focusing on helping patients with neurological conditions. For more information, visit www.wholebodymed.com. To make an appointment, please call (203) 371-8258.