I am scared to death and I hope you can help me.
My boyfriend has chronic lyme's disease and read about high doses of vitamin C IVs. We live in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, have no money and no health insurance. He managed to get a vitamin c supplement (100% Sodium Ascorbate Powder) and an IV bag. He plans to put the vitamin C which is for oral use into the IV bag and I am simply scared to death. I was able to stop him once but I am afraid that he will do it one day without my knowledge. Can you please tell me how I can make sure that it is safe? We can't afford other options and I am sure that he will do it one day so if you can tell me how I can make sure that he will survive this I would highly appreciate it.
Thank you in advance.
Our standard response to questions/concerns like this:
I wouldn't worry too much. He's more likely to be hurt by cheap IV equipment than the sodium ascorbate. Vitamin c itself might be the safest substance known as it has NO lethal dose that has been found.
I'm not the "expert" here at the Foundation, by the way, but I have heard more than the average layman in my time here, so I'll try to help.
If it is a decent sodium ascorbate then it is okay to use that way... thousands of people do it every day and Dr Cathcart thought it should be self sterilizing in a 50/50 mix with sterile water... and while it's prudent to be careful when putting anything into one's veins, there hasn't been a recorded death we know about, though there can be "Herxheimer" reactions that can be very unpleasant when the infections are addressed by the v-c and so a slow, very careful start is best.
We compiled some info about IVc under "Physician's Information" to the left on the home page... read up on it there and perhaps watch a Dr Cathcart video describing his methods.
BUT, our resident expert thinks that a steady oral intake of l-ascorbic acid (the standard oral form of v-c, NOT to be used in IVs) taken throughout the day to keep one's blood levels up is a fine way to approach it. Liposomal liquid v-c may be a nice adjunct as well... so IVC, while interesting for cancer and such, might not be necessary to treat Lyme... though I have spoken to many people who report that it does, indeed, help.
I recommend that you read through the discussion forums at the Foundation's webpage and do a onsite search to see what other Lyme patients report and their methods... there is some great info in the Forums...
So, relax... and learn about v-c as it is the one vitamin even healthy people should supplement as we simply don't get enough in modern diets. It cured me of chronic infections and I've heard many incredible stories about it.. . we even think most heart disease is directly caused by v-c deficiency... look up the Rath-Pauling Unified Theory of Heart Disease, for example.