Vitamin C and Sepsis

The genie is now out of the bottle

Commentary by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

(OMNS, Might 24, 2017) The big effectiveness of vitamin C in serving to to resolve any of all kinds of infections comes as no shock to anybody who has made a minimum of a minimal effort to review the massive physique of peer-reviewed literature addressing this matter. Nevertheless, the general variety of healthcare practitioners and laypersons who’re acquainted with the therapeutic capability of vitamin C nonetheless stays comparatively small.

Each the medical press and the overall press have continued in not reporting this extremely very important info to shoppers. Fairly the other, the press has persistently generated deceptive articles “supported” by daring-confronted lies, principally asserting that vitamin C shouldn’t be solely ineffective, it can be poisonous and may injury the kidneys, together with probably inflicting an array of different medical issues.

The established details reveal that vitamin C has no outlined toxicity at any degree of consumption, just isn’t pricey, and alleviates many circumstances that stay largely unresponsive to mainstream drugs. When in comparison with poisonous, costly, and sometimes minimally efficient prescription medicines, it shouldn’t be obscure why the worth and efficacy of vitamin C remedy have all the time remained unacknowledged, and even suppressed by these entrusted to report the reality.

Physicians, medical publications, and the media should all the time be open to new info, no matter the way it may influence vested monetary pursuits.

IVC within the ICU

Just lately reported within the mainstream media, each on tv and in print, Dr. Paul Marik from the Japanese Virginia Medical Faculty in Norfolk, Virginia had been utilizing a protocol in his intensive care unit (ICU) sufferers recognized with superior sepsis and septic shock. Sepsis is a physique-extensive an infection that quickly evolves to a state of low blood strain (shock) and multi-organ failure as a consequence of each the an infection itself and the poor blood move secondary to the low blood strain.

At present, sepsis is the most typical reason for dying in hospitalized sufferers, routinely killing 30% to 50% of such sufferers, and claiming hundreds of thousands of lives all over the world yearly.

Already conscious of a lot of the literature on vitamin C and an infection, Dr. Marik determined to attempt intravenous vitamin C (IVC) together with some hydrocortisone and thiamine, on a forty eight-yr-previous lady dying of septic shock in his ICU in January, 2016. In Dr. Marik’s personal phrases, he asserted that “I used to be anticipating the subsequent morning once I got here to work she can be lifeless.” He then added, “However once I walked within the subsequent morning, I obtained the shock of my life,” because the affected person was strikingly improved, subsequently continuing easily to a whole restoration.

Dr. Marik, a principled doctor who was not going to disclaim what he and his employees had clearly witnessed, then proceeded to institute his vitamin C/hydrocortisone/thiamine protocol on forty seven extra consecutive septic sufferers over the subsequent seven months. He in contrast the outcomes he achieved with these sufferers in a retrospective method with a management group of septic sufferers handled with out his new protocol in the course of the prior seven months, merely wanting on the end result of survival.

From 30% mortality right down to 1%

Dr. Marik’s outcomes have been beautiful, to say the least. Solely four of the forty seven sufferers handled with the protocol didn’t survive (eight.5%), whereas 19 of the forty seven management sufferers died (forty.four%). Not one of the handled sufferers developed any organ failure, and all the handled sufferers have been capable of be weaned off of vasopressors (blood strain-supporting medicine) inside roughly 24 hours of beginning the protocol.

Moreover, Dr. Marik additionally famous that each one 4 of the handled sufferers who died didn’t die of sepsis-associated shock, however from their underlying circumstances. Since this research, Dr. Marik has elevated the variety of handled sufferers with extreme sepsis and septic shock to one hundred fifty, and just one from that group went on to die from the sepsis itself. Shifting from a 30-50 % mortality using commonplace remedy protocols for sepsis to attaining a sepsis-associated mortality of lower than 1 % utilizing IV vitamin C/hydrocortisone/thiamine remedy on this small remedy group is nothing in need of miraculous.

If a brand new drug have been developed that would produce these astounding outcomes, it will be labeled a miracle drug.

In a current interview, Dr. Marik provided the next observations: “Within the doses used, vitamin C is completely protected. The package deal insert lists no problems, negative effects or precautions. Sufferers with most cancers have safely been given doses as much as one hundred fifty grams – 100 occasions the dose we give. Within the sufferers with renal impairment we have now measured the oxalate ranges; these have all been within the protected vary. Each single affected person who acquired the protocol had an enchancment in renal perform.” (Emphasis mine) A lot for the endless assault on vitamin C as representing a menace to the well being of the kidneys. Dr. Marik additionally went on to touch upon the entire security of the hydrocortisone doses used within the protocol, in addition to on how cheap the whole protocol was.

Dr. Marik additionally made the purpose that critically ailing sufferers have both very low or undetectable vitamin C ranges within the blood. This alone would all the time justify the administration of vitamin C. A scientifically sound argument may be made for the septic affected person finally dying simply due to this profound lack of vitamin C remaining within the physique.

Additionally of notice, Dr. Marik used a vitamin C dosage of 1.5 grams IV each 6 hours for four days or till discharge from the ICU. A lot bigger doses of vitamin C have been confirmed to be simply as protected as this dosage, and growing the dosage of vitamin C ought to all the time stay an choice if the affected person doesn’t promptly enhance, and even continues to deteriorate.

Now the phrase is out

Medicolegally talking, the genie is now out of the bottle. With the publicity given to Dr. Marik’s protocol, particularly on tv and in movies on the web, physicians are not able to disclaim any affected person the advantages of such a remedy, and even to say that they haven’t heard of it. Physicians have an obligation of due diligence in educating themselves on probably the most present of remedy suggestions for a given situation. That is very true when the remedy is:

  1. Cheap
  2. Unhazardous
  3. Efficient

When a remedy could be very costly, considerably poisonous, and/or questionably efficient, a respectable medicolegal argument might be made to withhold such a remedy. None of those issues apply to Dr. Marik’s cocktail of vitamin C, hydrocortisone, and thiamine.

Even when subsequent research present much less dramatic outcomes than these achieved by Dr. Marik in his collection of septic sufferers, there isn’t a protection a doctor can supply, aside from vanity and delight at being “advised” what to do, to withhold this remedy from a affected person dying on the ICU and never responding to conventional antibiotics and supportive remedy.

To be completely clear: There can by no means be an argument that Dr. Marik’s protocol is supplanting or changing another indicated remedies. And even when there continues to be debate over how efficient Dr. Marik’s protocol could be for sepsis, together with the standard clamoring for “extra research” to quantify that effectiveness, there could be no affordable debate that any affected person ought to be denied the chance to be given a reasonable and unhazardous remedy – particularly when a excessive probability of dying is looming in just a few days and even in a number of hours.

When one thing is reasonable and unhazardous, you don’t have to attend years for “definitive” outcomes. Drugs loves being refined and properly-outlined, however typically simply understanding that one thing gained’t harm you whereas typically working is all that’s actually wanted.

Take authorized motion – if wanted

Backside line: When you have a member of the family dying of sepsis on an intensive care unit, demand that Dr. Marik’s protocol be instantly instituted. In case you are denied this feature, ensure your doctor understands that fast authorized motion to provoke the remedy will ensue, and that the dying of your beloved will guarantee the initiation of a malpractice go well with towards him/her.

Nevertheless, solely sue the doctor in cost, as physicians have a herd mentality and are scared to dying of being the only focus of a malpractice go well with or medicolegal problem.

(Reprinted with sort permission of NaturalHealth365 , the place this text unique appeared.)

(Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD is a board-licensed internist and heart specialist. He’s admitted to the bar for follow of regulation in Colorado and the District of Columbia. Dr. Levy has written 10 books, together with Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Illnesses, and Toxins, which is now in its third version. His web site is , which incorporates many articles addressing quite a lot of medical subjects.)


Levy TE. Curing the Incurable. Vitamin C, Infectious Illnesses, and Toxins. MedFox Publishing, Henderson, NV. Medfox Publishing; third version (2011). Reviewed at .

Marik PE, Khangoora V, Rivera R, Hooper MH, Catravas J. Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Remedy of Extreme Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Earlier than-After Research, CHEST (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2016.eleven.036.

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