• Life and Death & Vitamin C

    Posted September 2, 2018: by Bill Sardi

    A growing body of evidence suggests paramedics skip the traditional aspirin tablet and start giving vitamin C pills to those who survive a sudden cardiac arrest.

    Every day in the U.S. over 1000 people experience a sudden cardiac arrest.   And another 1000 occur throughout Europe daily.  As researchers report from the Amsterdam in the Netherlands, only half of these patients arrive at the hospital alive.  And 50% of these survivors will still die or be severely disabled due to what is called post-cardiac arrest syndrome.

    There is no effective therapy to improve prognosis and death.

    Post-cardiac arrest syndrome involves brain damage, heart failure and death, all induced by massive overwhelming oxygen free radicals generated from unpaired electrons.

    Vitamin C is the great electron donor in the human body.  [Tom Levy MD, PeakEnergy.com, Aug. 19, 2013]  Vitamin C counters oxygen-induced cell and tissue injury.  A video explanation of electron-donor/vitamin C therapy is available online. [Riordan Clinic IVC and Cancer Symposium, March 4, 2011]

    When circulation to the heart is blocked in any of the four coronary arteries that supply the heart with oxygenated blood, the damage to heart muscle occurs when circulation is restored.  As oxygen-rich blood floods heart muscle tissue it is unopposed by endogenous antioxidants (catalase, SOD and glutathione) and by dietary antioxidants, particularly vitamin C.  The less antioxidant protection the greater the damage to heart muscle tissue.  Heart muscle dies and become fibrotic (scarring).

    The obvious answer would be to flood the heart muscle with electrons.  Vitamin C being the great electron donor of the human body, researchers hypothesize C should be infused intravenous as soon as possible after a heart attack.  Heart attacks deplete vitamin C stores from cardiac tissues.  On the first day after a cardiac arrest, vitamin C blood plasma concentrations are reduce by 50% and by another 50% within a period of three days.

    Researchers say high-dose vitamin C therapy is often considered unnecessary or even scientifically unsubstantiated alternative medicine.  [Critical Care, Volume 22, page 70, 2018]

    Oral dose vitamin C can approximate blood levels achieved by intravenous delivery.  [Journal Orthomolecular Medicine, Volume 20, No. 4, 2005]  Researchers Steve Hickey, PhD, and Hilary Roberts, PhD, claim oral vitamin C is potentially more effective than intravenous therapy.  A 20,000-milligram dose of oral vitamin C given in divided doses (4000-5000 mg every 4 hours) to achieve blood levels of 250 micromole/liter blood sample.  [Journal Orthomolecular Medicine, Volume 32, No. 2, 2017]  Such a high dose is not needed by healthy individuals.  A 500 mg oral dose of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) taken every 4-6 hours achieves optimal blood levels for healthy individuals.

    By the way, aspirin breaks up blood clots that obstruct blood circulation to heart muscle tissue.  Aspirin does not protect heart muscle, vitamin C does.  Aspirin + vitamin C tablets are available but the dose of vitamin C is too low.

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