I’ve written elsewhere about how to treat illness with vitamin C. A simple reminder: “Take enough C to be symptom free, whatever the amount might be.” That is usually just under the amount that would result in loose bowels.

When my daughter was four years old, she had a VERY bad cough. We endured it for two nights while doing everything doctors suggest. Yes, she had strict bed rest. Yes, she even had codeine cough syrup. Yes, she still was coughing after 48 hours of this and yes, I’d had enough. While my wife escaped to go bowling, I was sufficiently sick of sickness to start my daughter on a teaspoon (about 4,000 milligrams) of vitamin C crystals in juice every hour. When my wife returned, the cough was gone. We continued to give this little girl vitamin C for the rest of the day, and she remained quiet and comfortable. She had a total of 36,000 mg of “C” since about 1 PM.

During the night the cough came back. We got up, gave her a teaspoon of vitamin C, and everyone was shortly asleep once again. The next morning, the cough was back again, and we met it with vitamin C every hour. We kept that cough down by keeping her “C” up. It worked.

I tell you this to let you know that I’ve been there too. Those all-night battles for a sick child are really tough. Vitamin C and coltsfoot are tough, too. When you use them, they really work.

And everybody sleeps much better.

Vitamin C in high, very frequent oral doses will achieve blood plasma concentrations approaching, but not equaling, intravenous infusion.

By “high,” I mean in the range of 30,000 to 100,000 milligrams per day, and 1,000-2,000 milligrams per dose.

By “very frequent,” I mean taking 1,000-2,000 mgevery ten minutes you are awake.

How do you know if you took enough? You feel better.

How do you know if you took too much? You will have loose stools. At that point, of course, you back off and take less.

How much less? Enough to still feel better, and not so much as causes loose stools.

If you do not think this will work, it is probably because you have not tried it.

Or, perhaps because you need to read the following especially important and helpful material:

Hickey S and Roberts H. Ascorbate: The science of vitamin C. 2004. Lulu Press. ISBN 1-4116-0724-4. Reviewed athttp://www.doctoryourself.com/ascorbate.html

Duconge J et al. Pharmacokinetics of vitamin C: insights into the oral and intravenous administration of ascorbate. PR Health Sciences Journal, 2008. 27:1, March.

Cathcart RF. Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance,anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Med Hypotheses. 1981 Nov;7(11):1359-76. Free access to full text paper athttp://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html

See also: Cathcart RF. The third face of vitamin C.Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, 7:4;197-200, 1993. Free access to full text paper athttp://www.orthomoleculartherapy.net/library/jom/1992/pdf/1992-v07n04-p197.pdf orhttp://www.doctoryourself.com/cathcart_thirdface.html

Other papers by Dr. Cathcart are posted atwww.orthomed.com andhttp://www.doctoryourself.com/biblio_cathcart.html.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews athttp://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) andDOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works.(reviewed athttp://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )

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