So many times I have heard from people that tell me their doctors say: “Watch your diet”. What in the heck does that mean? Perhaps we hear this from many physicians because they do not receive much nutrition education in medical school. There has got to be a better way to inspire people about their lifestyle choices. My recommendation: Consult a nutritionist (watch for credentials). There are many types of nutritionists that have dubious training and lack any reliable credentials. For diabetes help, look for the credentials “CDE” which tells us that this person is a certified diabetes educator. Many are also registered nurses or registered dietitians. Read the related articles below for a comprehensive discussion of this problem.
Just read an extensive article concerning the claims that intravenous vitamin C therapy could be a valid treatment for COVID19. This therapy has been around for decades or at least since the 1970’s when the Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling promoted its oral use for curing or preventing the common cold and even as a cancer treatment. Proponents have once again emerged with the same claims concerning COVID19 virus treatment and/or cure with Intravenous vitamin C.
Bottom Line: There is no evidence that this occurs. According to one physician of Orthomolecular Medicine: “if you test people with pneumonia, Influenza or COVID19, you can measure and see that their vitamin C levels are low”; this tells us little if nothing.
Orthomolecular medicine promotes the premise that extremely high doses of natural substances help the body to address illness. For example, the Daily Value for vitamin C is only 90 mg/day (more than enough to prevent scurvy). In orthomolecular medicine, at least 1500 mg/day would be required and more is better. Fortunately, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is commonly excreted from the body in urine. However, there are side effects at high doses that include diarrhea and other gastrointestinal issues.
A clinical trial in China is investigating the claim of intravenous vitamin C therapy and COVID19; and it will be interesting if we hear any positive results when the study concludes next year.
Here are the facts as we know them.