UK Health Minister Says Vitamin C Shows Promise

A question asked in the UK Parliament elicited a statement made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to the House of Commons on January 12th saying  that “Although some clinical trial results do show promise for vitamin C to support COVID-19 treatment and recovery, the studies are limited by small sample sizes, early termination of some of the studies, differences in dose and duration, lack of placebo controls, and no pre-and post-intervention plasma vitamin C concentrations.”

This followed NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) accepting that there are 18 relevant clinical trials. We have, and continue, to ask for the actual review made by experts that informed the health minister.

I have also pointed out to them that “these caveats are questionable since:

  • it is not the SIZE that counts but the statistical significance
  • The only trial with EARLY TERMINATION did so by error according to its own criteria (Thomas et al) but still showed 70% improved recovery rate
  • DIFFERENCE IN DOSES is exactly how studies get done and how one finds the effective dose range. In these trials the higher dose studies have tended to be more effective.
  • LACK OF PLACEBO is standard, especially during a pandemic when most study designs give standard treatment plus or minus intervention. The RECOVERY dexamethasone study, for example, that triggered its widespread recommendation and use of steroids throughout the UK was not placebo controlled.
  • VITAMIN C PLASMA LEVELS  is not easy to test in NHS hospitals in infectious people and, anyway, the key outcome is whether vitamin C works. The RECOVERY trial, for example, didn’t measure pre and post steroid levels yet was not criticised as such.”

Why do safe inexpensive vitamins have to jump through more hoops than drugs and still get ignored? VITAMINC4COVID is running a masterclass for practitioners on Vitamin C for Infections, Covid, Sepsis and cancer on 23 February.