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Now the FDA is Going After Vitamin C!

January 19, 2011 | 38,879 views
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Vitamin CThe U.S. FDA has recently notified at least one pharmacy that they will no longer be allowed to manufacture or distribute injectable vitamin C.

With at least one pharmacy, the FDA may also be banning injectable magnesium chloride and injectable vitamin B-complex 100.

These two substances are often added to intravenous C to make the "Myers Cocktail," which many people use for a variety of chronic conditions -- usually under the care of a qualified physician.

The Alliance for Natural Health has this to say on the subject:

"... [W]hy is this being done? What possible rationale is offered? Because it's dangerous? No. Because it can't be patented and therefore won't be taken through the standard FDA approval process. No matter that vitamin C is one of the least toxic components of our food supply and liquid forms of it have been used safely for decades."

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, which helps neutralize cell-damaging free radicals when taken orally. When used intravenously, the vitamin appears to also directly attack pathogens and has shown promise for treating a wide range of infectious diseases, burns and boosting your immune system.

Already intravenous (IV) vitamin C is difficult to come by for some -- last year one man's family had to hire a lawyer to get IV vitamin C administered, which ended up saving his life -- but soon it may be banned outright.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be making vitamin C its latest target, and has notified one pharmacy that it must no longer manufacture or distribute injectable vitamin C.

Why is the FDA Targeting Vitamin C?

Their reasoning has nothing to do with safety, as vitamin C has continually proven to be one of the least toxic nutrients in foods and liquid forms have a safe history of use. Instead, the FDA is banning IV vitamin C because it can't be patented, and can't be taken through the FDA's approval process for a "new drug."

The FDA also notified the pharmacy to stop manufacturing injectable magnesium chloride and injectable vitamin B-complex 100, which are often added to IV vitamin C to make the "Myers Cocktail," used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome and infectious diseases.

Just like they have targeted natural thyroid hormones, vitamin B6, bioidentical hormones and countless other natural products that have threatened the profits of the drug giants, the FDA is now trying to ban IV vitamin C -- despite the fact, and more accurately likely because of the fact, that it has shown promise in treating everything from swine flu to cancer.

As the Alliance for Natural Health stated:

"Intravenous vitamin C, administered under the care of a qualified physician, is being studied as an antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer powerhouse.

 The FDA suggests it be taken through the full approval process with either a New Drug Application or as an Investigational New Drug, but these can cost billions of dollars, and with NIH refusing to fund any research on IV vitamin C, it's practically a death sentence for such a vital and life-giving substance."

Already, a study on the use of high-dose IV vitamin C for the treatment of burns, sponsored by the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, has been terminated because it is waiting for FDA approval of an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application for the vitamin C -- and this is only the tip of the iceberg of studies and treatments that will have to be forfeited if the FDA follows through with banning IV vitamin C.

IV Vitamin C's Swine Flu Success Story

IV vitamin C made headlines last year when the compelling story of Allan Smith, a man conventional doctors claimed "could not survive" after contracting a severe case of swine flu, hit the airwaves.

Allan's family refused to accept the hospital's hopeless prognosis and the subsequent decision to turn off his life support. Instead, his family insisted the hospital try high-dose IV vitamin C.

Initially the hospital refused, saying they "didn't think it would work," until the family enlisted a top legal expert to fight for their right to have vitamin C administered.

What makes this story even more remarkable is the fact that once admitted to the hospital with swine flu, Allan was also diagnosed with leukemia, which dramatically worsened his chances of recovery.

Well, not only did the vitamin C cure Allan's swine flu infection, but after spending nine weeks in an induced coma, he walked out of physical rehab after 13 days as opposed to the predicted three months.

Even more astounding, just over a year later, he also has no further signs of leukemia ...

How Does Vitamin C Fight Infectious Disease?

Vitamin C expert Dr. Thomas Levy, who initially sent me Allan Smith's case report over a year ago, is the author of several books, including Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins, and Stop America's #1 Killer, a book about vitamin deficiency and heart disease. He's also written extensively on topics such as dental toxicity issues from mercury amalgams and root canals, vaccine safety, and the clinical uses of vitamin C for infectious diseases.

Again, vitamin C is a major antioxidant, and antioxidants counter the disease process caused by oxidation (loss of electrons) by supplying electrons. According to Dr. Levy, vitamin C is one of the most important "electron donor" to maintain optimal electron flow in your cells.

Research studies have also shown promising results for vitamin C's ability to combat infectious disease:

  • Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999 found that vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented the symptoms in the test population compared with the control group.
  • The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, MD states that cases of influenza, encephalitis, and measles were easily cured with vitamin C injections and oral doses.
  • Orthomed.com – Dr. Robert Cathcart, MD, also offers personal case studies where intravenous administration of vitamin C turned out to be lifesaving in cases of acute flu complications.

    "It is not really a matter of medicine; it is a matter of chemistry. Doses of ascorbate which are massive enough to force a reducing redox potential into tissues affected by the disease will always neutralize the free radicals," he says.

The Vitamin C-Cancer Connection

Vitamin C's role in preventing infectious disease is well-established, but it is also emerging as a potential natural treatment for cancer.

Dr. Ronald Hunninghake is an internationally recognized expert on vitamin C who has personally supervised more than 60,000 IV vitamin C administrations. You can listen to my recent interview with him here.

He got his start in this field about 22 years ago when he joined Dr. Hugh Riordan, who conducted research on IV vitamin C for cancer patients. His clinic is the successor to Linus Pauling and his work on vitamin C, and there is likely no clinic in the world with as much experience as his.

Together, Hunninghake and Riordan conducted studies with a series of patients who had either stage 3 or stage 4 cancer.

"I.V. vitamin C was found to be very beneficial," Hunninghake said. "It's not considered a stand-alone therapy for cancer, but it's a perfect adjunct to any kind of therapy that the cancer patient is receiving at this time.

It will reduce side effects and improve quality of life. There have actually been two major studies now showing how it improves quality of life."

Most cancer patients experience depression, pain, and tremendous fatigue -- all of which can make treatment all the more difficult.

These are all signs of scurvy, which is the result of vitamin C deficiency … And if you actually measure vitamin C levels in cancer patients, especially advanced cancer patients, most, if not all, are vitamin C deficient, Hunninghake claims:

"One of the things that IV vitamin C does is it immediately relieves their scurvy symptoms. So they start having a greater sense of well being. They don't need as much pain medicine. Their appetite improves. Their mood improves. They have a better quality of life."

If you, or someone you know, want more information about using vitamin C as an adjunct to your cancer protocol, please visit www.RiordanClinic.org, where you can find the Riordan IVC Protocol. That site also contains a number of research articles so that you can review the evidence for yourself.

Dr. Hunninghake has also created a video on how vitamin C fights cancer, available at www.HealthHunterOnline.org.

This site also contains an informative lecture by Dr. Glen Hyland called IVC, Chemotherapy and Radiation - Are They Compatible? Hyland offers compelling evidence showing that not only are they compatible but they are synergistic.

Protect Your Right to IV C … and Take a Stand for All Natural Treatments

IV vitamin C is relatively inexpensive, safe and very effective for a number of diverse health conditions. And conventional medicine, as a general rule, is notoriously uninterested in solutions that can't produce profits. So it's no surprise that vitamin C is on the regulatory chopping block.

If you want to let the FDA know that you want injectable vitamin C, magnesium chloride, and vitamin B-complex 100 to continue being manufactured and sold, you can do so using this form from the Alliance for Natural Health.

The more people who write in the better. Together we can let the FDA know that we will fight to protect our right to choose natural alternatives like IV vitamin C!


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