Liver Detoxification

It should be a maxim of medicine for large doses of vitamin C to be given in all pathological conditions while the physician ponders his diagnosis. The wisdom of this dictum is backed by many hundreds of cases under our supervision. Fred Klenner, MD

Dear Vitamin C Foundation
I came upon this quite accidentally.
Apparently vitamin C can be used to 
detoxify Tylenol poisoning.

Because I maintain a website for health and environment, I get some pretty interesting email. One desperate message from a young woman a couple of weeks ago scared the daylights out of me: she said that she had consumed 18 Tylenol tablets (why - I did not ask) but it was now 4 days later and she was feeling very ill (no surprise: it is an extreme liver toxin).

I had known about Tylenol's ability to destroy the liver, but never had looked into how it did so. I quickly found an acetaminophen toxicity document on the Internet, which indicated that it destroyed the liver because of a massive release of FREE RADICALS in the liver. I called the woman and told her to take a massive amount of Vitamin C - as much as she could tolerate, to bowel tolerance, because Vitamin C is a free radical scavenger. Within a few hours she was feeling much better, and in a couple of days she was well.

I kept in contact with her every two days or so to make sure she was OK.

Of course this is an anecdotal case. But the mere fact that the toxicity mechanism of Tylenol is known to cause massive free radical formation and subsequent liver damage is an indication that Vitamin C is an effective antidote because of its ability to bind and neutralize free radicals.

Thanks Jon Campbell

Response from Vitamin C Foundation Technical Advivsor

I have not had the opportunity to treat a Tylenol poisoned patient yet. However, its use is obvious. It is possible to cure or ameliorate a disease proportional to how important free radicals are in the causes and symptoms of the disease. As I have discussed before, it is possible to cure acute viral hepatitis in a few days with intravenous sodium ascorbate. The enzymes that monitor the disease drop into the normal range in a few days.

I have not been able to cure chronic hepatitis but none of my chronic hepatitis C patients have had to have liver transplants, died of acute hepatic necrosis, or developed cancer of the liver. It is not vitamin C alone which is necessary for chronic hepatitis. I put them on an extensive nutritional and dietary program in addition to the vitamin C.

With any disease that affects the liver, it is beneficial to put the patient also on alpha lipoic acid and milk thistle. For years I used only the C and a basic vitamin program on acute hepatitis so I know it works alone, but now I have added the alpha lipoic acid and milk thistle and I think it helps.

Basically, the most important thing to realize is that with the massive doses of vitamin C we are actually throwing away much of the vitamin C for the electrons carried. When the mitochondria are damaged by a disease, viral, bacteria, fungal, allergy, or in the Tylenol poisoning case by toxic substances, the mitochondria cannot make electrons available to refuel the free radical scavengers; a free radical cascade results. The massive doses of ascorbate drive electrons into the affected tissues and force a reducing redox potential onto those tissues. This shuts down the free radical cascade and allows the body to begin to repair the mitochondria damaged by the disease.

Bob Cathcart

Vitamin C Foundation