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.
I 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