UK DOCTORS WANT CHANGE
Every day now two things are happening. I am being approached by UK GPs who are appalled at the suppression of treatment with vitamin C. Why? One GP told from the North West told me “I can only surmise as to why the UK actually now appears to be the single worst country in the world to accept any nutritional aspects of medicine. I am a massive fan of the NHS but I think it creates some specific problems because it is so monolithic and essentially a monopoly for UK health care. Once upon a time when there was reasonable funding we were able to innovate - but now funding is so tight and workload so high we are running harder and harder to stay still. So there is no energy to innovate plus a culture that no longer allows free thought and free practice - hence pharmaceutical intervention has full control - to question this is seen as a betrayal of the beloved NHS.”
WHAT TO DO IN ICU?
Also, I am being approached by relatives of patients in ICU desperate for some leverage to get their loved ones given vitamin C. Once on a ventilator the only route is by infusion or injection. I spoke with Professor Paul Marik, who is Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in the US. If I was critically ill he’d be my top choice because he has the best record of survival in sepsis patients who, like those with ‘acute respiratory disease syndrome’ (ARDS) brought on by the virus, suffer a potentially life threatening ‘cytokine storm’.
He explains that the ARDS brought on by the virus is not typical ‘ARDS’ and ICU medics should ‘try to avoid intubation if at all possible. Mechanical ventilation may be doing harm. We need to think of alternative treatment strategies.” A New York ICU doctor agrees “We have zero success for patients who were intubated. Our thinking is changing to postpone intubation to as long as possible, to prevent mechanical injury from the ventilator.” The UK’s Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre report on 10th April shows that, of those receiving advanced respiratory support 33.7% leave alive and 66.3% leave dead (table 6). The Zhongnan Hospital group receiving intravenous vitamin C, who were on advanced respiratory support, had 76% alive, 24% dead.
Now, I am not a doctor and this platform is not one to criticise the incredible job medical teams are doing to try and save lives but, we have to ask, do they have the right strategy? Professor Paul Marik MD has sent me his most effective protocol “Please circulate as widely as possible. It is crucial that every pulmonologist, every critical care doctor and nurse, every hospital administrator, every public health official receive this information immediately.” For that reason I’ve put it up in the Resources section on flufighters.net. You’ll also see the free downloadable Chapter 9 –Surviving Respiratory Distress from my book, which is now out on Kindle and out next week in paperback. Professor Marik recommends vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc and quercitin, plus magnesium and vitamin B (thiamine, he says, is essential). Most drip infusions add B vitamins.
One thing I learnt from him is that the body fights back with an adrenal response but once vitamin C runs out the body simply cannot make the adrenal hormone cortisol. He gives vitamin C with cortisol. He has been measuring levels of vitamin C in his ICU patients below that which would diagnose scurvy.
Now, this is important because ANY DOCTOR IN THE UK CAN LEGALLY TREAT VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY. They can prescribe injectable ascorbic acid. You know the small print when you look at indications for medication? Here’s what injectable vitamin C says: “There are no contraindications to the administration of ascorbic acid. Its parenteral administration is preferable for those with acute deficiency or those whose absorption of orally ingested ascorbic acid is uncertain (eg on a ventilator). 1 gram daily is recommended. However, as much as 6 grams have been administered parenterally to normal adults without evidence of toxicity.” So any doctor, suspecting vitamin C deficiency, can give 6 grams by injection or infusion and be completely within current medical guidelines. Marik gives 3 grams every six hours for 7 days and warns against suddenly stopping to avoid a ‘rebound’ of symptoms. Please share this information with anyone you know in ICU teams.