On March 24, 2020, the New York Post reported that coronavirus patients that were in serious conditions in New York state’s biggest hospital system are now being treated with large doses of Vitamin C. A pulmonologist and critical-care specialist, Dr. Andrew G. Weber, claimed that the “intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.” Dr. Weber is affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island.
These powerful antioxidants are given to the patients three to four times a day with the same amounts. This treatment is largely based on treatment experiments that were given to people that were infected from the coronavirus in Shanghai, China.
Patients that were given these dosages of Vitamin C had a much better recovery than people who did not receive the treatment. It gives the patients huge help to fight the disease, however, pharmaceuticals do not commercialize the treatment because, as Dr. Weber stated, “it’s not a sexy drug.”
Dr. Weber added that the levels of Vitamin C in patients infected with the virus drop intensely when they suffer sepsis. Sepsis is an inflammatory response that can happen from bodies overreacting to infections. Dr. Weber added that it’s logical “to try and maintain this level of vitamin C”
A spokesperson from Northwell Health confirmed that the treatment using Vitamin C is used widely to combat the virus in the 23-hospital system. Dr. Weber added that Vitamin C is used together with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic azithromycin. These drugs have proven a great treatment to the coronavirus.
Dr. Ronald Hunninghake is an internationally recognized expert on Vitamin C and he claimed that he’s supervised thousands of IV (intravenous) administrations of Vitamin C. He claimed that the vitamin is generally “a very underutilized modality in infectious disease,” claiming that the vitamin should be used as the first thing when treating infections.
Hunningshake suggested that the reason why Vitamin C hasn’t been seen as an important medicine is that experts are viewing it only as a vitamin. Vitamin C is a very potent oxidizing agent that can kill off pathogens when a high dosage of it is administered to patients.
Additionally, financial factors are also being viewed as the reasons why it hasn’t been used. Vitamin C is too cheap; thus, conventional medicine is not interested in finding solutions in which they can’t get lots of profits. The only reason why it’s being administered right now is that there are no expensive drugs that can combat the COVID-19 as of right now.
Dr. Andrew Saul, editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, mentions in an interview that he was in contact with a doctor from South Korea that gave his patients injections of 100,000 IUs of Vitamin D. Additionally, with that IU he also administered 24 grams of IV vitamin C. People were getting better in a matter of days by using this vitamin treatment.
Saul explains that Vitamin C in high doses can become an antiviral drug that will kill off the viruses. The vitamin contains anti-inflammatory properties that help prevent massive cytokine cascade which can be associated with severe symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Additionally, its antiviral properties make it a non-rate-limited free radical scavenger.
In an interview, Saul explained that you give the patients a big dosage of Vitamin C to deliver electrons to the body which will reduce the free radicals. He claimed that “This is the way Cathcart and Levy look at vitamin C’s function (at very high doses) as an antiviral.”
Vitamin C even in small doses strengthens the immune system because it’s required from white blood cells so that they can do their job. White blood cells carry lots of vitamin C around them and because of that, administering Vitamin C in a body will strengthen the immune system.