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High Dose IV Vitamin C – Is It Safe?

Posted Aug 13 2010 7:01am

If you’ve read much about the health problems caused by mercury amalgam fillings, you may have run across “miracle” anecdotes – stories of patients whose health improved within hours of having the fillings removed. These are powerful stories, but mostly because they’re not the norm.

Almost always, healing takes time. For the mercury from amalgam fillings builds up in the body tissues over the course of years. It takes time for the body to get rid of it all. This is why it’s so important to work with a biological dentist to prepare the body to do this before having the fillings removed. You need to clean up the biological terrain so it can function properly, so your body can do what it was designed to do in the way of getting rid of foreign, toxic substances. It’s also why mercury removal should be followed by a proper, supervised detox protocol.

Much of detox process – like the preparation process – involves dietary improvements and supplementation with vitamins, minerals, herbs and/or homeopathics, but other measures can be pursued to help speed the release of mercury from the tissues.

One popular and effective method is intravenously administered vitamin C, to enhance immune support. (Holistic practitioners may thus also recommend C drips for other conditions, as well.) Some followers of conventional, corporate medicine have questioned the safety of this, as well as high dosage vitamin C supplementation in general. Perhaps a study on C drips just published in PLoS ONE will finally put those questions to rest.

For the study, researchers surveyed practitioners attending conferences on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or CAM, about their use of C drips and observed side effects. They also looked at published cases and events reported in the FDA Adverse Events Database, the latter of which proved “uninformative,” due to “confounding factors. Even so, reports on the treatment of more than 9000 patients were reviewed. Among these, the researchers found only 101 who experienced side effects – just over 1% of the total – and most of these effects were minor, “including lethargy/fatigue in 59 patients, change in mental status in 21 patients and vein irritation/phlebitis in 6 patients.”

There were two patient deaths, both in individuals at risk for IV vitamin C due to pre-existing conditions.

The researchers concluded that, “Other than the known complications of IV vitamin C in those with renal impairment or glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, high dose intravenous vitamin C appears to be remarkably safe.”

As with all dietary supplements, if you are getting – or thinking about getting – high doses of vitamin C, it’s important that you let every doctor and dentist who treats you know this to lower the risk of bad interactions with pharmaceutical drugs you may be taking or problematic outcomes in procedures you’re having done.

 


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