Most people think of vitamin C deficiency associated with a rare condition called Scurvy. Scurvy is characterized by generalized weakness, anemia, and a generalized breakdown of the integrity of the connective tissue throughout the body, resulting in easy bleeding of the gums and into the soft tissues.
Death often occurs from hemorrhage or infection. In today’s world, even the poorest of diets contains enough vitamin C to prevent this flagrant expression of scurvy. Many packaged foods have enough vitamin C as a preservative to keep classical scurvy at bay.
And, when rare cases of such scurvy do occur, they are seldom correctly diagnosed and treated before resulting in death from malnutrition or infection.
History of Scurvy and Vitamin C
The original definition of scurvy came from the large number of sailors who died after being on long sea voyages while consuming diets that turned out to have little or no vitamin C in them.
In 1747, Lind carried out the first well described controlled trial in medicine, on HMS Salisbury (1753 . In this trial, Lind kept “12 patients in the scurvy … their cases were as similar as I could have them,” in the same quarters; and he saw to it that they all had the same diet. Groups of 2 men were then allocated to 6 different daily treatments for a period of 14 days. One group was administered 2 oranges and 1 lemon per day for 6 days only, when the supply was exhausted. Other groups were administered vinegar, sea-water, and other supposed anti-scurvy remedies. From this trial, Lind concluded that “The most sudden and visible good effects were perceived from the use of the oranges and lemons; one of those who had taken them, being at the end of six days fit for duty”
Lind was ridiculed for this new theory because the current accepted cause was malefic odors and caused by moisture, prevented and cured by dry air. Nothing was done to prevent scurvy and it took another 120 years before the The Merchant Shipping Act of 1867 required all ships of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy to provide a daily lime ration to sailors to prevent scurvy. The product became nearly ubiquitous, hence the term “limey”,was coined for British sailors,
This extreme version of scurvy is still the only version that most physicians know about even today. As long as someone is ingesting enough vitamin C to avoid dying from a full-blown case of scurvy, as noted above, most doctors consider neither scurvy nor any degree of vitamin C deficiency to exist.
More to Vitamin C than treating scurvy! Some documented conditions in the published medical literature that vitamin C has treated!
- herpes virus
- acute viral syndromes,
- Lyme disease
Removes toxins: Lead , mercury, cadmium, aluminum etc
Protects against radiation exposure
Focal scurvy’ determines your disease state
It has long been felt that a vitamin C deficiency in one area or tissue of the body means there is a comparable vitamin C deficiency everywhere else. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it can reasonably be asserted that all forms of organ disease are really manifestations of a substantial vitamin C deficiency – just in that organ. The rest of the body is typically low in vitamin C as well, but not as low as in the diseased organ.
Focal scurvy in the mouth produces periodontal disease. Focal scurvy in the lining of the heart arteries produces atherosclerosis. Focal scurvy in the bones produces osteoporosis. Focal scurvy in different areas of the brain produces Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Focal scurvy in the lens of the eye produces a cataract!
When I first heard of this from Dr. Levy I immediately remembered what I learned in medical school. When a cataract develops the levels of ascorbic acid decease in the aqueous humor that surrounds and baths the lens with nutrients and oxygen. In additional one of the most successful alternative treatments is Dr. Rowen’s eye drops consisting of DMSO, ascorbic acid and glutathione.
Could this mean that high dosages of vitamin C could reverse cataracts?
Most of published data showing the effectiveness of vitamin C was published using high intravenous dosages ranging from 25 grams to 100 grams intravenously. Unfortunately it is not possible to take oral vitamin C in much higher than 3 to 5 grams a day before getting gastrointestinal distress.
I have a theory that I would like to evaluate and test!
If cataracts are a from of focal scurvy then there is a very good chance they should respond to high dosages of intravenous vitamin C. We are beginning this treatment in our office. 5 days of daily dosages of intravenous vitamin C and we will measure the response. I am very excited to offer this treatment at the Florida Wellness Center for those of you are interested in avoiding cataract surgery and improving your vision. Please call the office if you are interested 352-588-0447. If you are unable to come to Florida consider contacting an alternative doctor to administer this IV vitamin Therapy. You can search for doctors at the website www.acam.org
Does this mean that taking large amounts of vitamin C takes care of everything?
Of course not. Vitamin C only tends to get severely depleted in one or more areas of the body when a chronic and substantial toxin exposure is being encountered on a regular basis, oftentimes ‘24/7’ – when the source of toxicity is inside the body in the form of a chronic, unaddressed infection. What disease or condition develops depends on the biochemical properties of the toxin, the amounts produced, and the ability of the body to excrete it rather than accumulate it. So you still need to treat heavy metals and chronic infections in the body.
For more information I would suggest reading Dr. Thomas Levy’s book, Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins