It's important to note that we're referring to intravenous (IV) Vitamin C, not oral vitamin C that you would normally take in pill or powder form. Those forms have their place in a daily maintenance protocol. However, oral dosage can never yield the desired effects on plasma levels that IV dosing can.
Why is making that distinction important? Because up until recently achieving plasma concentrations needed to affect significant mortality benefit was only accessible by a few. Intravenous vitamin C is very effective in many morbidity cases but is very expensive, most doctors/hospitals are resistant to its use, usually not covered by insurance and you are probably gravely ill by the time you need it.
Now, however, the cutting edge liposomal encapsulation is revolutionizing the way drugs are administered to the human body. If you notice later in the video where Alan Smith's wife describes how doctors "mucked about" with the dosing of Alan's vitamin C IV, she quietly began feeding him a high-bioavailable oral version of vitamin C which he quickly responded to. That product is a liposomal vitamin C made by LiVon Labs called Lypo-spheric Vitamin C.
It is readily available now to anyone.
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Liposomal Vitamin C
Dr. Bert Berkson saved the lives of two patients who were in renal failure by administering intravenous alpha lipoic acid and turning the medical establishment on its head.
Nutrionist Adelle Davis ad a very simple regeime=
brewer yeast or torula yeast
cod liver oil
dALPHA form of vit E in some cases
to maintain ones health
and also reported on the miracle of Vitamin C and of course the problem with the medical establishment.
One idea - taken orally or even using the ascorbic acid preperation and even with small kids or geriatricor those very very ill making a semi-frozen high potency"slush" and persistently giving it until the symptoms lessened then halving the dosage, etc
and her claims WERE TRUE that most illnesses were stopped or their duration time cut way down
and to even give a dose of vitC to the children prior to any immunizations to lessen the chance of reactions-
now one can simply take 5grams of ascorbic acid powder and combine it with 1/4 TEASPOON baking soda
and one has sodium ascorbate another form of vitamin C plus it's buffered and less chance of getting diarrhea from this dosage if ones system is not used to it.
Ascorbic acid is the preferred form of vitamin C to take if you want to minimize gastroentestinal problems. But there will always be the problem of bowel tolerance when using oral forms that don't use the liposomal process. Oral administration of plain vitamin C, even of very large doses, can raise plasma vitamin C concentrations to a maximum of only 220 micromol/L. Whereas IV administration can produce plasma concentrations as high as 26,000 micromol/L. Liposomal vitamin C has been shown to consistently achieve plasma concentrations on par with intravenous vitamin C, and sometimes surpass it.
As I said, oral use of plain vitamin C has its place in a daily maintenance regimen. However, if one were getting sick one would turn to the liposomal form.
Excerpts from a book by Dr. Robert D. Milne "PC Liposomal Encapsulation Technology" (Life’s Fountain Books, 2004):
“The human digestive system was never designed to digest and distribute large doses of vitamin C in any form. Many researchers, including myself believe that humans used to manufacture their own Vitamin C in the liver…
· Most mammals still produce Vitamin C—some (like goats) up to 100,000 mg per day.
· All humans have all the necessary enzymes and raw materials to make Vitamin C in the liver except one, gulonolactone oxidase (GLO). The gene that manufactures GLO has been located in the human genome but in most humans, this gene is defective.
· In the days of Ponce de Leon and Magellan, when sailors on prolonged journeys were dying of scurvy—a lack of Vitamin C—not all died or even got sick.
· Many prestigious medical research hospitals—like the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic and others—routinely bypass the digestive system altogether when they use Vitamin C. They inject it right into the bloodstream. The dramatic improvement in effectiveness gained by introducing Vitamin C directly into the bloodstream is well-documented.
What if there was an oral delivery system for Vitamin C that could bypass the digestive system and take it directly to the liver where it could be disbursed directly into the bloodstream? Modern medical science has found a way... By encapsulating Vitamin C in nano-scopic liposomes, a natural, perfectly sealed bubble is created that shields Vitamin C from the degrading elements in the environment and the digestive system… and also protects the digestive system from Vitamin C… Once in the liver the liposomes are digested and the Vitamin C is released — just as if the Vitamin C were manufactured there!”
Finally he concludes:
“The theory is this: flood your system with a massive amount of Vitamin C so that an adequate amount will actually get into your bloodstream. This approach does work but it taxes the G.I. System and a great deal of Vitamin C is eliminated through diarrheal flushing and in the urine before it ever does one bit of good. It’s true! Your heart, your brain, brain, your liver, your circulatory system, your eyes, your skin, your bones, your joints, your immune system—are all greatly strengthened with large doses of non-degraded Vitamin C. There is almost no system, organ gland, or cell in your body does not derive great benefit from a massive supply of Vitamin C. A basic component of many enzyme reactions throughout the body, it has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral properties that still amaze medical researchers (see the electron theory described in the previous article as a possible explanation). Vitamin C is still one of the most powerful free-radical fighters known to man.
Liposomal Vitamin C is not fazed by the myriad of obstacles and gauntlets of resistance thrown up by the human digestive system in reaction to Vitamin C tablets. The Vitamin C filled nano-spheres slip right by the enzyme in your saliva, your digestive juices, the bile salts, and other elements that breakdown unprotected Vitamin C. Your body recognizes the liposomes as essential phospholipids and sends them straight to the liver for normal processing. The sub-microscopic size of liposomes assures almost complete assimilation rather than elimination… Plus liposomal Vitamin C also avoids binders and filters required by tableted Vitamin C which have no nutritional or health value…
The liposomes used in the best encapsulated supplements are made from phosphatidylcholine or “essential” phospholipids. These substances—usually extracted from soy lecithin—are necessary for life. In fact, every one of the trillions of cells of your body would instantly disintegrate if it were not for phospholipids. It’s the stuff all cell membranes are made of. They are called “essential” phospholipids because the body needs them but cannot synthesize them”.
According to Dr. Milne, the major observed health and anti-aging benefits of essential phospholipids are: Reduction in total serum lipids (fat in the blood); reduction of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase in HDL (good cholesterol); reduction in triglycerides; reduction in blood platelet aggregation; increase in anti-oxidant in lipids, in red blood cell fluidity, and in exercise tolerance; improved coronary and peripheral circulation and cell repair; liver protection and rejuvenation; improved immunity, memory and prevention of excess collagen.
Again, according to Dr. Milne, the major benefits of oral LET (liposomal encapsulation technology) are the following: Vitamin C becomes 10-20 times more bio-available and is protected from endogenous and exogenous degrading agents; Vitamin C is targeted to the liver and brings no gastric distress or increase in urine output; Brings no extra load on kidneys because of no urine output increase; finally it brings all the benefits from Vitamin C available from any oral source for health and longevity and all the benefits of the essential phospholipids.http://www.vitaminc.co.nz/pdf/LIPOSOMAL-ENCAPSULATION-ROBERT-D.-MILNE-MD.pdf