Getting Rid Of The Flu With Vitamin C

I always loved taking vitamin C, but never in a very large dose – definitely not in the dose that helped me get rid of the flu that I caught from my hubby, in only 4 days. When I get the flu, it usually lasts for at least 10 days or more, with various complications thereafter. Just two years ago I ended up in the hospital due to pleurisis through a bronchitis that didn’t quite leave, and left me with a bad cough for months.

I’ve only read about megadoses of vitamin C a couple of months ago – maybe half a year ago, through the books by Linus Pauling (the person who coined the word orthomolecular medicine in the first place, Irwin Stone, Stephen Sheffrey, Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Thomas Levy, etc.

Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant which is known to cure many things (and yes, not only treat, but actually cure), various cancers (especially leukemia), and it does wonders in colds and flu. I am a living proof of the last one.

About 6 weeks ago hubby got the flu from one of his colleagues. If you remember, this winter the flu was especially bad, with a new darker strain that managed to wreak havoc pretty much all over the world. Now my husband is one that heals quite fast from the flu, usually within the week. I am the one with a weaker immune system and when I get the flu, it takes about 2 weeks or more to finally get rid of it.

So he comes home one day telling me that he probably got the flu from his colleague who is seriously sick, he brought the flu with him back from abroad. Sadly my husband doesn’t believe much in alternative healing methods, so we started to take the local over the counter pills, Panadol Cold and Flu.

ascorbic acid vitamin CI was already taking around 5-10 grams of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid crystals from the Now brand – started from September with 3000 mg as part of the Iodine Protocol, so that day I simply upped my dose to around 15-16 grams, almost double what I was taking before.

Now let me tell you that I usually take only max 10 grams because of the lose bowels barrier. Namely that’s why one can never overdose on ascorbic acid, aka Vitamin C, because if you take too much (especially at one time) you get diarrhea, so you simply reduce the dose to ‘bowel tolerance’.

However that day I could take up to 16 grams without any discomfort, so I knew that my body needed that much to fight the infection developing. The next day I also took around 16 gram and the third day again. The 4th day I hit my bowel tolerance much sooner – at around 10-11 grams, so I knew that I was on the mend! And much to my surprise indeed, my flu didn’t really develop into a very nasty one. I got the usual symptoms of runny nose, a bit of coughing and sore throat, but nothing as serious as I was afraid of.

On the contrary, my husband was sick for 2 weeks and he was deep chest coughing for another 2 weeks. He’s pretty much ok now, but it took him quite a long time to recover. And when I say that I was ok – literally OK – within 4 days of being on 16 grams of vitamin C – ascorbic acid, I’m not kidding.

The other thing I was religiously taking was 1 tablespoon of ACV (apple cider vinegar) with one teaspoon of honey (and sometimes also baking soda to counter the acidity of the vinegar) - here is the recipe I followed – in one lukewarm glass of water (for the honey to melt). Took it twice a day. This is something that hubby was taking as well (he really enjoys this taste), alas without taking vitamin C for him it was not enough to cure him of the flu.

While I always believed in the power of vitamin C, I have never experienced its healing properties on me before. Sure I read books after books about how good it is, but still, it’s different to read about it and different to get rid of a nasty flu in just a couple of days – when in the household you are usually the one that has lasting problems from the flu, and your hubby the one that gets rid of it faster. Not so this time.

What I’m really glad about though is that once my husband saw how fast I recovered from the flu, he started to take vitamin C daily as well. Granted, not as much as me (I’ve in the meantime moved on to Liposomal vitamin C, but more about it in another post), he’s only taking a gram or so every day, but still, it’s a step in the right direction. Maybe just maybe when the next flu weave hits our country he will jump on the orthomolecular medicine bandwagon as well.

And let me just tell you that I was laughing all the way to health when reading this post from webmd:

“Vitamin C can’t cure common colds — and, for most people, it can’t do much to prevent them.

That’s the word from a brand new review of some 60 years of clinical research by Robert M. Douglas, MD, emeritus professor at Australian National University, Canberra, and colleagues.”

Sure it can :)

Baked My First Bread With Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day

Let me just preface this post by saying that I’ve never baked bread in my life before. I don’t even know how to bake cookies and cakes properly, so for me baking bread was up there with playing a la Mozart style. Impossible.

Yet I’ve just made my first bread from scratch with only 4 ingredients: flour, yeast, salt and water. Without kneading. In only 5 minutes.

baked artisan bread

It all started when I was looking on Youtube at recipes for making crepes. Somehow I glanced to the right, to the list of similar videos, and I saw one video that promised us to make a bread that literally anyone can do, in only 5 minutes. I got curious and watched. And I jumped over to their website, watched some more videos, read some posts, and next thing I know I was clicking on the Buy button at Amazon to get the book called The New Artisan Bread In Five Minutes.

artisan bread in five minutes

The reason I bought the new version is because the old one had some errata, some mistakes in printing, and in addition the new edition has some extra recipes that are worth getting as well.

As soon as the book arrived, I went out to buy the tools and ingredients needed. Now, if you’re already baking bread or at least pizza, or if you’re baking cakes and other yummie goodies, then you will probably already have some of the tools below. However as I mentioned above, I’m a newbie baker with no tools and utensils under my belt at all.

So this is what I bought:

  •  A kitchen oven thermometer since I have no idea how much heat my oven actually takes. (you can get one here
  •  A baking stone to place the bread on it when baking. I could have also used an unglazed ceramic tile, but I really wanted to get it right the first time around with the food grade utensils. (I have pretty much this one
  •  A pizza peel to put the bread in the oven and take it out with ease (I have one like this except mine has no wooden handle)
  •  A kitchen scale for measuring the ingredients (I have to admit, I never had a kitchen scale before), I bought the Salter brand because it’s aquatronic (an use both with grams and with liquid as well).

Now granted these utensils and tools cost a bit to buy them all together, but the good thing is, I bought them once and they should last me for a long time. Plus each of them can be used in so many ways (I’ll also use the kitchen scale to measure supplements and herbs on it, for example).

Having armed myself with everything I needed to have in order to bake my first bread, I also bought all purpose flower (you can use any flour, even gluten free if you want) and some yeast. For salt I used my favorite type, Himalayan pink salt. I’ve stopped using regular table salt since I learned just how unhealthy that particular type is for us.

Having read through the main recipe in the book, I put everything together in a big plastic tupperware bowl (the book recommends a plastic bucket, but since the bowl suited me just well, I didn’t need to buy anything else for it), and started mixing it lightly.

I was initially expecting some extra work, but I was surprised to learn that all I needed to do is simply mix everything together: the one spoon of salt, the spoon of yeast, the cups of flower and the water. I was afraid I’d get lumps from the flower, but it didn’t happen. After mixing for a few minutes, I left it to set for about 2 hours, after which I put the dough in the fridge.

The next day I took about a grapefruit size from the dough and placed the rest back in the fridge. I added some flour to the small dough and lightly made it into a ball, placing it on the pizza peel (the video below will show you just how to do it – very easy!). Then I let it sit for about 40 minutes, and at the 10 minute mark I turned on the oven for preheating, with the baking stone in it.

At around the 40-45 minute mark, I placed the round dough from the pizza peel to the baking stone in the oven, added a bit of hot water to the metal cup below (the idea is to get steam going in the oven, that will give that nice shine and crispiness to the bread) and let it all bake at 230 C (around 450 F) while I was pacing back and forth in my kitchen. Afterall it was my first ever bread. What if I burned it? What if the inside was all mushy and useless to eat?

When the bread was in the oven for about 42 minutes, I opened the oven with trepidation. The moment of truth has arrived!

I was literally shocked to see a nice browned bread, still sizzling and so crispy to the touch. I wanted so much to cut the first piece, but the book advised to leave the bread to cool first. It took some strong willpower, but finally after about one hour of waiting, I dug in: I cut the first loaf.

And I almost fainted from pleasure. I kid you not! The bread was nice crispy on the outside, but so fresh and yummie on the inside, soft, well done and tasty! I was afraid maybe I put too little salt, too much flower, too little this, too much of that…

But it turned out just perfect!

Hubby came home in the evening and we ate the entire small bread during dinner. I was, of course, worried that he won’t like my bread: he loved it!

In the meantime I’ve made a second bread from the same dough (which can stay for up to 14 days in the fridge), and there is dough for two more breads. Once I’ve finished this, I’ll experiment with different other flours and will try other recipes. From only this book I can do recipes for years and not finish the book.

It’s been now 2 days since I baked my first bread and I still can believe that I am actually baking bread! I was always so afraid to even look at how they do it. It always seemed so difficult with all that kneading and starter and proofing the yeast…Not anymore, because I don’t even need to do all those things at all.

I love my new bread and I love the fact that I can bake a bread with just a few minutes of my time (2-3 a day once the dough is already prepared in the fridge), with the rest of the time doing anything else while the bread is baking in the oven. And oh the smell of fresh bread that comes from the oven! Pure heaven!

If you’re afraid to bake bread, or if you’re not baking because it seems to take too long for a single bread, give this recipe and book a try. If I can do it, anyone can!

The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone

The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone is one of those books that anyone interested in learning more about the health benefits of vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) and why larger doses will help more than tiny one-pill-a-day doses in combating all sorts of health related problems.

I’ve been taking vitamin C for many years as my immune system was always weaker than that of other folks, due to the fact that I was born prematurely (at 7 months) and I was all my life prone to getting cold and the flu, which I got so far more times than I can remember.

It was not until recently, however, that I learned that the amount I was taking per day (around 500 mg) was doing dearly little for my health. This is also when I learned about orthomolecular medicine, a term coined by Linus Pauling, a biochemist who took all his life megadoses of vitamin C and got not one, but two Nobel prizes (one specifically for his work on vitamin C).

Once I’ve learned more about the benefits of taking higher amounts of vitamin C, I’ve also learned that there are in fact two camps related to taking vitamin C on a daily basis: the one camp (which I also belong to) believing that ascorbic acid is the purest form of vitamin C, and while bioflavonoids are great to take along with it, they’re not necessary. Ascorbic acid in high amounts can cure a whole bunch of illnesses and promote wellness in everyone who takes it.

The opposing group believes that one should not take ascorbic acid at all, unless it’s well packed with bioflavonoids,  and in fact, one should use only vitamin C from natural sources, directly from plants.

Now I won’t go into the debate in this post, but let’s just say that I got really interested in learning about vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid (and sodium ascorbate) and I seeked (and still do) to get my hands on every book published on this topic alone, which include studies after studies proving the ascorbic acid alone is more than enough in consuming it in  daily doses to maintain an optimum health throughout a lifetime (btw Linus Pauling took vitamin C for many decades and passed away at the age of 93).

The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone

And here we come to this book: The Healing Factor by Irwin Stone. I tracked it down at Amazon (and let’s just say it was not the cheapest, but still bearable) and I started to read it as soon as it arrived to my doorsteps.

From the very first pages, which are really the Foreward pages written by Dr. Linus Pauling and the Hungarian Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, convinced me that I invested my money in the right place. Both my vitamin C heroes praised this book highly and recommended it as a valuable reading.

It took me two afternoons to go through the book and it left me hungry for more! Not because it was not a great book or because it wouldn’t have the required information. Oh it did and more than I expected. However it gave mentions to so many studies and other works of value, that I now simply have to track them down as well!

The Healing Factor goes over the history of mankind, from the old times when the early humans were still making their own ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in their liver, just like any other animal out there (that are still making their own). We somehow lost this ability over the millenia, along with some kinds of birds and the well known guinea pig.

Next the author goes over various ailments that were cured using vitamin C, starting from viral and bacterial infections, cancer, the heart, arthritis and rheumatism, aging, allergies, asthma, upper pulmonary infections, eyes, ulcers, kidneys (and no, vitamin C does not cause kidney stones, contrary to popular medical belief), diabetes, wound healing and so many more.

Irwin Stone does not merely talk about these various health problems, but offers a plethora of research material that we can simply hunt down should we want to do so. Everything that he writes states his case brilliantly. When finished with this book, you can’t but start to marvel at the fact that something so cheap, so readily available is such a strong health promoter, and start wondering why the medical establishment hasn’t embraced it yet as a choice for healing so many people instead of letting them spend thousands after thousands in expensive and highly toxic pills, procedures, chemotherapy and whatnot…

If anything this book has reinforced my belief that vitamin C, the simple, cheap and readily available ascorbic acid, is something that I don’t want to miss out on taking even a single day.

If you can track down The Healing Factor at Amazon or eBay or someplace else, I believe you will be really pleased with your purchase. I know I am.

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mayonnaise with mustard

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baking soda for cough relief

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Salt Your Way To Life

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Does Oil Pulling Really Work?

oil pulling

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Best Essential Oils For Headaches

essential oils for headaches

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