Vitamin C is a powerful oxidant (free radical scavenger). Intravenous (IV) vitamin C is given by a drip into a vein in the arm. It is possible to give much higher doses of Vitamin C intravenously than it is by mouth, thus achieving very high levels in the bloodstream.
Intravenous vitamin C is an extremely safe form of treatment and very rarely has any side-effects. It is much safer than most drugs made by pharmaceutical companies.
When given intravenously, IV vitamin C is often combined with other important nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins, glutathione and lipoic acid.
Although considered by the medical community to be an unconventional treatment, Intravenous Vitamin C has been given in high doses to many thousands of people in many countries over the last forty years. Clinical experience has shown that IV vitamin C can be useful in the following situations
- the treatment of chronic fatigue
- the treatment of viral infections such as influenza, the common cold, glandular fever and shingles
- the treatment of bacterial infections such as cellulitis (a common skin infection)
- the treatment of burns and stings
- for people who are feeling “run-down” because they are working long hours or doing a lot of travelling, and who would like an “energy boost”
- to boost the immune system in people who are suffering from frequent infections, particularly viral upper respiratory infections
When used to treat influenza or a cold, IV vitamin C is most effective if given in the first twenty-four hours, as soon as symptoms first appear.
Some doctors claim that high doses of vitamin C cause kidney stones, but this is not true. Intravenous vitamin C does not cause kidney stones. High doses of vitamin C should not, however, be given to people with poor kidney function.
IV vitamin C is not a cure for cancer, but there is increasing evidence that Intravenous vitamin C can play a useful role in the treatment of cancer. In the laboratory, high doses of vitamin C have been shown to kill cancer cells, but not normal healthy cells.
Dr Dobie in Sydney never advises patients to not have conventional cancer treatment, but IV vitamin C can play a role in cancer treatment in the following ways:
1. IV vitamin C can in some cases enhance the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
2. IV vitamin C can reduce the severity of some cancer symptoms and the unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
3. Cancer patients having IV vitamin C often report an increased quality of life.
4. IV vitamin C can help relieve pain in late-stage cancer patients.
5. IV vitamin C can be used, along with a focus on diet and meditation, in those people who have chosen to not have conventional cancer treatment.
There have been reports of some cancer patients making a full recovery after treatment with Intravenous vitamin C, but these may have been cases of spontaneous remission, so it is not possible to say with certainty that the recovery was due to the vitamin C.