Vitamin c dosage for the flu
Vitamin C the Common Cold and the Flu by Linus PaulingLinus Pauling is a real hero to me and his intelligence, logic and compassion for people come through on every page of this book. The world would be a far better place with more people like him in it.
Having said that, after reading this book I do think it is clear he continually honed his message and the basic points he wanted to make about nutrition and orthomolecular medicine as time went on. For that reason I would recommend reading Paulings book How to Live Longer and Feel Better above this earlier (though still excellent and historially very important) book.
How to Live Longer and Feel Better includes a lot of the excellent vitamin C infomation contained in this book but also so much more. The discussion has a lot more depth, more research is quoted and practical advice is given about a basic but fairly complete orthomolecular program and not just how much vitamin C to take. It is pretty wonderful.
This is a slightly paraphrased version of Paulings basic regimen for a healthy life:
* Take 6 - 18 g of vitamin C daily
* Take 400 IU, 800 IU or 1600 IU of natural vitamin E daily
* Take 1 - 2 B vitamin supplements daily
* Take 25 000 IU of vitamin A daily
* Take a multimineral tablet daily
* Keep your intake of sugar low
* Eat what you like in moderation, but avoid sugar. Meat and eggs are good, and fruit and vegetables are good. Dont eat too much of any one food and dont eat so much that you become overweight.
* Drink plenty of water
* Keep active, but do not severely overexert yourself physically.
* Drink alcohol in moderation only
* DO NOT SMOKE CIGARETTES
* Avoid stress, work at a job you like, be happy with your family.
This is just such a great and simple list, I had to type it out for those who cant read/afford the book. (Note that Pauling comments that the amounts given for supplements are for healthy people, and that those suffering serious illness may need higher doses of some of these, including vitamin C to bowel tolerance.)
Its appalling that more than 20 years after this book was published, the same old scaremongering (ie. lying!) about the safety of vitamins and their effectiveness is still going on, and people are still being told vitamins are not safe, helpful or necessary and that all that is needed is a balanced diet. (A nice story, but one that isnt based on fact.) Sadly, the same old nonsense that Pauling describes, where vitamin studies are set up to fail by those who want to prove that vitamins dont work, is still happening; doses much smaller than would be effective are used, the time periods are too short to allow the vitamin to actually work, and so on. Many different studies are quoted in a lot of detail, thus Paulings arguments are very convincing.
Pauling had high hopes that all this was about to start changing and that soon vitamins would become far more accepted and used in mainstream medicine. To some extent that has happened, but for the most part little has really changed. Its quite depressing.
Im very passionate about vitamin C due to the amazing books on it I have read, and all the accounts by doctors that were or are vitamin C experts and also because of the impact it has had on my own life and the lives of others I know. I got this book of Paulings because I had heard that it went into detail about why humans lost the ability to synthesise vitamin C, and why it is almost impossible to regain this ability even if it would not be very beneficial for humans to do so. And it did. I now understand that issue much better than I did before.
Other excellent vitamin C books include Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C and Vitamin C: The Real Story, the Remarkable and Controversial Healing Factor and The Healing Factor: Vitamin C Against Disease (available free online) plus articles online by Dr Cathcart and Dr Klenner and most of all probably, the books Primal Panacea and Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins by the brilliant Dr T Levy. These last 2 books are about the only ones I know of which also discuss liposomal vitamin C which allows you to get many/all of the benefits of IVC orally. Liposomal vitamin C is wonderful stuff whether youre using it to maintain health, prevent or treat a cold or flu or any other disease.
A big thank you to all the vitamin C pioneers!
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
High Dose Vitamin C and Influenza: A Case Report
Symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and last about a week. The cough, however, may last for more than two weeks. Influenza kills as many as 50, to 70, people annually in the United States alone. Of even greater concern is that annual influenza deaths have been on the rise, increasing substantially over the last two decades Thompson et al.
To investigate whether vitamin C is effective in the treatment of the common cold. Extra doses of vitamin C could benefit some patients who contract the common cold despite taking daily vitamin C supplements. The common cold, known simply as a cold, is defined as an upper respiratory tract infection URTI caused by various viruses, characterized by symptoms like coughing or sneezing, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, headache, fever, muscle aches or aching limbs, and so on [ 1 , 2 ]. However, because of similar symptoms, there is no way of distinguishing among the different types of common cold, other URTIs, and influenza in most cases. With regard to virology and pathophysiology, URTIs are a group of diseases in the broad sense, including common cold, viral pharyngitis, laryngitis, herpangina, pharyngoconjunctival fever, and bacterial pharyngotonsillitis, rather than a single diagnosable disease [ 3 ]. Influenza is highly contagious, with serious systemic symptoms and mild respiratory symptoms; its peak prevalence is in winter and spring; there are also global outbreaks and epidemics periodically [ 9 — 12 ].
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The common cold is the most frequent infectious disease in humans, and the average person gets one several times per year. Around , Nobel prize winner Linus Pauling popularized the theory that vitamin C helps treat colds. He published a book about cold prevention using megadoses of vitamin C, or up to 18, mg daily. For comparison, the RDA is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. But in the following few decades, multiple randomized controlled studies examined whether the vitamin had any effect on the common cold. An analysis of 29 studies including 11, participants concluded that supplementing with mg or more of vitamin C did not reduce the risk of catching a cold 1. Other studies in adults have found 6—8 grams per day to be effective 2.