Friday, May 8, 2009

Vitamin C Injection Alternatives


Years ago I read of the amazing effectiveness of Vitamin C injections, in Let's Eat Right To Keep Fit, by Adelle Davis. In all these years (since 1974!) I have yet to personally be under the care of an M.D. who is knowledgeable about Vitamin C injections and/or promotes them in word or practice. Since the dawn of the Internet, I've seen some info, but nothing that would indicate the medical profession or top researchers are seriously investigating this wonder vitamin and its wondrous abilities. For example, a search for Vitamin C injection at the National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine came up empty.

Recently I stumbled upon references to a couple of relatively new forms of oral Vitamin C which enhance absorbability while minimizing the side affects--gastrointestinal upset and/or diarrhea--that have kept oral administration from achieving anything like the results from Vitamin C injections.

Before I tell you about them, let me explain why Vitamin C is so valuable.
  1. It neutralizes viruses, bacteria, and poisons like nobody's business!
  2. Viruses and bacteria don't develop immunity to Vitamin C.
  3. It's so darned inexpensive!
The two new forms I read about cost a little more than your garden variety Vitamin C, but not so much as to prohibit their daily use, or at least a supply for times of illness.

The less expensive of the alternatives is sodium ascorbate with Riboperine. The most affordable I found was The Right C by Nature's Way, available at iHerb. I ordered a couple bottles of the powdered form there. It comes in tablets and capsules, too. If you decide to order there, you can use coupon code KUH646 to get $5 off your first order. Their shipping costs were reasonable, they shipped quickly, and my order arrived in a timely manner, well packaged.

The more expensive but likely to be better alternative is Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C by LivOn Labs. (You can order from then directly, but it's available elsewhere, for much less - see Order link below.) This form is touted as being as effective as Vitamin C injections! See quote and link below in the Links section. I like that doses are individually packaged, preserving their potency. An open bottle of powdered Vitamin C (my preferred format) may lose some with exposure to oxygen in the bottle. (It does still seem to work, though!) I'll wait until the weather cools off in the Fall to order this one. Vitamin C is destroyed by heat, and it's already very warmish here in Florida, and often even warmer in delivery trucks. Generally, I place large orders in Fall and Spring to keep myself supplied with all my potions.

So why Vitamin C? Why am I bring it up now? The "Swine Flu" scare. I simply think Vitamin C is the best protection, and the best cure. And a "pound of cure" when it comes to Vitamin C means greater risk of diarrhea, something a sick person just doesn't need. (Who does?) When battling severe sore throats I've taken 15 grams in a single dose--without unpleasant side effects, only remarkable healing time. But I also know from experience that taking less--5 or 10 grams orally in one dose--may have no apparent effect on a serious illness, such as the aforementioned sore throats, bad colds (are there good ones?) or flu. Yet a 15 gram single dose (plus other smaller doses throughout the day) the following day will have remarkable effectiveness.

Another benefit of Vitamin C is that, unlike antibiotics, it works on bacterial and viral infections. So if you happen to have a virus, you aren't taking a medication that may be both unnecessary and unhelpful. And why not kill two birds with one stone? (Is there an animal-friendly version of that expression?)

Update: I have been using The Right C since this post was initiated. It dissolves very well in water, has very little taste, and I can take 3 grams at a time without any hint of diarrhea. And it seems to be really helping the UTI which the prescribed antibiotics aren't seeming to cure. Back to the doctor tomorrow for a follow-up. Wheee! (Oh, don't say that. It sounds to much like...well, you know!)

Links:

Can vitamin C kill swine flu? - Blog post by Patrick Holford, which says, "There are some forms of vitamin C, notably sodium ascorbate with riboperine, and lipospheric vitamin C that allow even more to be absorbed without reaching bowel tolerance."

Conquering Cancer Through Vitamin C & Other Antioxidants - (Conquering cancer, Copyright (C) Dr Steve Hickey) "Use of liposomal preparations of vitamin C may increase its effectiveness, blurring the distinction between oral and intravenous therapies."

For Doctors: Preparation of Vitamin C IV's - obviously not for the do-it-yourselfer, but please spread the word to your doctor!

High dose vitamin C injections slash tumor growth in mice - article at Life Extension Foundation's website.

Order Vitamin C (forms recommended in this article):

LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric C (at Immune Matrix) - You can order it directly from LivOn Labs, but it costs a lot more there!

The Right C by Nature's Way, available at iHerb. Use coupon code KUH646 to get $5 off your first order of Vitamin C and/or other products.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Remedies for Bee and Wasp Stings


Spring is in the air, summer will be here soon, and many of us are enjoying the great outdoors. Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and some of us will be stung. Here are a couple of remedies to ease the pain quickly.

Warning
: If you know you are allergic, or suspect you may have developed an allergy to bee or wasp stings, seek medical attention immediately!

First, if you're out and about, the handiest remedy is often tobacco. Remove some tobacco. If you dare, moisten it in your mouth (caution: you can easily absorb nicotine this way!) or place it in the palm of your hand and add saliva. Once moistened, apply to the affected area. You'll want at least a dime sized wad. In my experience, this brings immediate relief. [Note: various online sources indicate that dampening the tobacco with water works, too.]

Second, if you're at home, and have some apple cider vinegar, slap some on. OK, no need to get rough, just apply it. I've done this for a wasp sting. True story: I lived in the country, behind a field where small game hunting was often performed. One day I was washing my hair in the tub, with my backside facing the direction of the field, when I felt a sudden "pain in the butt." My first thought was that I'd caught a stray bullet. However, with lightning-fast reflexes I'd slapped the area, and when I turned around to see, there was a wasp lying dead in the tub right below the scene of the crime. Aha! In those days I used a natural homemade hair rinse: apple cider vinegar in water. And the bottle of apple cider vinegar was right there. I applied some to the area and the pain subsided just about immediately. This was circa 1979, and I don't remember if I had to reapply this remedy later. But it's certainly easily obtained and inexpensive enough! (I've used it for ant bites, too, over the years. It helps.)

So there's the two remedies I've tried (the first on my son, the second on myself) with excellent results both times.

Addition advice I found while researching this post said not to use tweezers or squeeze the stinger out, but to scrape it with a credit card or fingernail; squeezing causes more venom to be released. Other remedies included drinking a shot glass of apple cider vinegar, a paste of aspirin and water (do not use if allergic to aspirin!), a paste of baking soda and water, a poultice of mud and water, a poultice of activated charcoal (not barbecue charcoal) and water, meat tenderizer, beer, ice, toothpaste, household ammonia, tea tree oil, and lavender oil.

My highest recommendation still goes to apple cider vinegar.

Links:

Sting Operation: What's the best remedy for a bee sting? - William Brantley used himself as a guinea pig for remedies and reported the results.

How to Treat a Bee Sting with Tobacco - simple instructions at eHow.

Tobacco and Bee Stings - Why does it work? Read a simple explanation at the Ask A Scientist© Biology Archive.

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