Vitamin C – Facing Down Ebola
I tell you true, Ebola, MRSA, and all the other drop-dead viruses continue to make a mess, and the reactions to it are not promising.
Medicine has nothing to offer, so they’re in a panic. Which means the media is beating a very loud drum about death and mayhem marching in shortly.
Panic leads to bad decisions.
Especially when we’re not prepared for any virus-cold, flu, or Ebola. And, faced with a sudden virus, we don’t have time to build a real defense against viruses and all the health foes that come against us. It takes up to six months to develop a customized vitamin/mineral program that meets our body’s unique, specific needs and make us pretty bullet-proof.
Ebola is not going to wait six months for us to get our act together.
Fortunately, we have a really potent weapon that can beat back viruses. You’ve heard of it. You may even have some at home. It’s very common.
But few people know how to use it in a real battle, a battle where the enemy seems to have the advantage, where it’s go big or die.
The name of this kill-all-the-viruses powerhouse?
And right now you may well be staring, slack-jawed, at this page wondering why I think a boy can do a man’s job. Or perhaps you’re giggling about my naivete. And you’re wrong in either case.
Vitamin C is a warrior, which probably comes as news. We’ve been taught that vitamins aren’t serious medicine, they just create expensive urine as our body gets rid of them, and if you take vitamins, take just a little, “to be on the safe side.”
When it comes to fighting disease, though, especially monsters like Ebola and cancer, Vitamin C is a champion-but a little dab won’t do the job.
You may read about sticking to, say, 100mg or so a day, but it takes thousands of milligrams a day to go mano a mano with Godzilla. Even the flu, for that matter.
Besides revising your thinking about how much vitamin C you need to take, you’ll have to think through how to get started.
Start with small doses
You can’t start your vitamin C adventure with huge doses. A body surprised by a whole lot of vitamin C it was never warned to expect, responds with diarrhea. Big time. And a patooty on fire is never fun.
So, start with, say, 500mg with breakfast. Then, a couple of days later, add 500mg more with lunch. Then add 500mg with dinner, then go to 1000mg per meal, a meal at a time. Wait at least a couple of days between increases in the dose.
One exception: If you get a virus, you can pretty much take all the vitamin C you can get down your gullet, and your body will use it to fight the war. In fact, your body will use up massive doses of vitamin C in a trice.
We usually take vitamin C with meals, but once the battle’s on, take it whenever. Give your body the ammunition it needs, when it needs it.
Back in the days when I used to get colds and the flu, I’d take 2000mg of C every two hours. It kept me symptom-free and hurried along my recovery.
How will you know when enough is enough? Doctors call it “bowel tolerance.” When your bowels start getting loose, stay with that dose. If your health starts sliding back down the hill a little, pump up the dose; you’ll find you now have a higher “bowel tolerance.”
What type of Vitamin C
Don’t worry about the number of milligrams you take a day, but concern yourself with what your body thinks about what you’re doing. Our bodies are so fabulous that they not only fight like tigers when we give them help, but they cheer us on so we know we’re on the right path.
And our body will tell us when we’re off course, too, so let your body be your guide.
There’s a huge argument going about the best type of vitamin C to take, but the research has been done with plain ascorbic acid, so that’s what I take-and what I recommend.
To deal with my allergies, etc., I take 6000mg of ascorbic acid a day. If a virus invaded my life, I’d start ramping that amount up-quickly if the fever was having its way, cautiously otherwise.
You’ll want to do this for all the people you love, including yourself.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.