Vitamin C Basics
Dr Suzanne Humphries (2015)
Another excellent presentation by board certified nephrologist Suzanne Humphries – this time on the therapeutic use of vitamin C to prevent and cure illness. Her entire talk is based on peer reviewed studies that all doctors should be aware of (but for the most part, aren’t).
As one of nature’s most potent antioxidants, Vitamin C plays a vital role in restoring physiological balance when the body is under “oxidative stress.”** It’s also essential to maintaining the integrity of collagen (tendons and ligaments), blood vessels and mitochondria.***
Most mammals (human and other primates and guinea pigs are an exception) produce their own vitamin C. According to careful animal and human studies, the daily vitamin C dose should be 1500mg for healthy adults and 2000mg for people over 65.*
Vitamin C is used up quickly as it reverses the biochemical effects of oxidative stress, which is why people need to take much higher doses with illness, injury or psychological stress. They need higher doses still in infections that produce endotoxin, such as pertussis (whooping cough) and inflammatory bowel conditions. Smokers need to take an extra 25 mg vitamin C for every cigarette they smoke.
Studies show this vitamin is extremely helpful in controlling diabetes and all aspects of heart disease. Because it acts directly to reduce histamine levels, it tends to be more effective than antihistamine in treating allergic reactions. It’s also more effective than antibiotics in treating pertussis, tetanus and sepsis (blood poisoning). New Zealand doctors have been treating whooping cough with vitamin C for over 30 years.
It’s also effective in treating polio, snake bites, spider bites, burns, surgical trauma, and exposure to radiation, toxic chemicals, alcohol, and pharmaceuticals.
*Continuing to ignore all these studies (under heavy Big Pharma influence), the medical establishment continues to recommend 75mg daily in females and 90mg daily in males.
**Oxydative stress is an imbalance between reactive oxygen and the body’s ability to detoxify reactive intermediates or repair the resulting damage.
***Mitochondria are tiny organelles found in every cell that are responsible for cell respiration and energy production.