Robert F. Catchart MD - http://www.orthomed.com/unprimed.htm wrote:However, the taking of the necessary doses of ascorbate is frequently difficult because of common nuisance problems in these patients. The production of much intestinal gas is frequent. Many patients with these allergies have a bowel flora that contains Candida albicans (12,13) and other gas producing organisms. Clinically, the sometimes enormous production of gas is suggestive that Candida and other organisms actually ferment ascorbate, or that ascorbate somehow accelerates their fermentation of other foods. However, some patients seem to break through a barrier where even larger doses of ascorbate reduce the amount of gas produced. Perhaps the decreased transit time associated with these large doses of ascorbic acid physically wash out much of the gas producing flora, or perhaps high enough levels of ascorbate finally inhibit fermentation. Interestingly, large amounts of intravenous sodium ascorbate in the range of 60 grams a day for a day or two, administered while the patient takes as much ascorbic acid as possible orally, may "prime" the patient in such a way that large doses of ascorbic acid are well tolerated by mouth. Measures to starve and kill intestinal Candida should be taken and when effective will reduce the intestinal gas.
trillian wrote:I am curious what thoughts / conclusions there are about the effect of large-ish doses of vitamin C on the ph of the large intestines.
My concern would be the lowering of the bowel ph to an acidic state and thus facilitating overgrowths of Candida Albicans etc.
So; does vit C alter the bowel ph and if so to what degree and what effect does this have on bacteria / yeast / fungus in the gut?
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