With Vitamin C and MSM by Walter Last
Health authorities generally set such low limits for the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals that obvious deficiencies in most individuals are avoided but so that these nutrients do not become a threat to the pharmaceutical industry by preventing and curing diseases. In this article I like to show what can be done with higher amounts of vitamin C as pioneered by doctors Linus Pauling, Ewan Cameron, Abram Hoffer and others. The results are even better when combined with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane or dimethylsulfone) and DMSO (dimethylsulfoxide).
There are hundreds of vitamin C articles with positive results published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine (www.orthomed.org) which specializes in vitamin research. In an act of obvious bias the MEDLINE database lists all articles by medical research journals, including Time magazine and Readers’ Digest, but not the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Because all these highly positive studies are not indexed by Medline, proponents of drug medicine can claim that there are no studies showing that vitamin C is useful and safe in the treatment of diseases. 30 years ago Linus Pauling and Ewan Cameron showed that high doses of vitamin C are beneficial in cancer treatment. This has been „disproved‟ by the orthodoxy ever since. But now a study by conventional Johns Hopkins scientists has shown that they were right after all (1). There are, of course, countless studies and reports on the value of vitamin C for preventing and treating infections, but only if enough of it is being used. In critical conditions alternative medical practitioners like to give weekly infusions of 30 to 120 grams of sodium ascorbate. While these can definitely be helpful, I now believe it is more effective for most conditions to gradually increase the orally taken amount close to bowel tolerance level. When diarrhoea or “loose bowels” start to develop then just cut back by 10 to 20% to a more comfortable level. In the following I want to focus mainly on lesser known aspects of using high doses of vitamin C, MSM and DMSO. More Energy There are many stories and anecdotal reports about people feeling more energetic by supplementing with vitamin C, MSM, DMSO and niacinamide (vitamin B3), either individually or taken all together. I can confirm these from my own experience. Here just a few examples from the Internet (2). February/March 2014 Health Buzz
Dr Stanley Jacob presented 3 case histories where five, ten and thirty grams per day of MSM reduced or eliminated fatigue and pain in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. A competitive athlete mixed equal amounts of MSM and Vitamin C powder and drank it in the morning. It gave him an extreme rush of energy, considerably more than either one did alone. Dr Abram Hoffer helped thousands of patients with cancer and schizophrenia with high doses of vitamin C and vitamin B3. Here a paraphrased story: I spread a liberal amount of DMSO on my abdomen. A few hours later I played tennis and I felt a very large increase in energy and agility. I have repeated this a number of times since with the same result. Another paraphrased example about Alzheimer’s disease/senile confusion: Gave mom some liquid DMSO in juice and within an hour a new woman! She could have conversation, laugh, be alert. When the DMSO wore off back to the fatigued, yawning and disorientated person. So, I gave some more DMSO, a whole teaspoonful, and within an hour she came alive again, hold conversation, have energy. Also niacinamide improved memory and energy in Alzheimer’s disease (3). This is no real surprise because it works also in many other conditions, such as improving or normalising schizophrenia, senile conditions, arthritis, hyperactivity or behavioural and learning difficulties of children, cancer, dermatitis, juvenile diabetes, fatigue and lack of energy (4). The reason why a single vitamin can help with all of these problems is its key role as a coenzyme in oxidative cellular energy production. Some other important nutrients for the oxidative metabolism are copper and the vitamins B2 and B6. In the following I will try to explain how we can understand this energy boost as a result of increased oxygen supply to anaerobic cells. Alternative Oxygen Supply Our main oxygen distribution is with the haemoglobin in red blood cells. A problem with it is that oxygen is released into the tissues only in response to the presence of carbon dioxide as generated with the aerobic energy metabolism through muscle or brain activity. People with a high amount of Candida, fungi and other myco-microbes have an anaerobic metabolism in parts of the brain and in many muscles and organs. Also cancer cells have an anaerobic metabolism and can become normal with increased oxygen supply so that tumours may just melt away (5). Anaerobic cells do not produce carbon dioxide, and therefore do not get sufficient oxygen from the normal blood circulation. This makes it understandable why it is highly beneficial with all anaerobic and low-energy conditions to use additional oxygen supply methods that do not require carbon dioxide to release oxygen. Best suited for supplementation are vitamin C and MSM. These form reduction-oxidation or redox pairs. One such pair is vitamin C (ascorbic acid or ascorbate) as the reduced form and dehydroascorbic acid or DHA as the oxidized form. Another one is DMSO as the reduced form and MSM as the oxidized one (6). The principle of action is as follows: In an oxygen deficient environment such as a cell with anaerobic metabolism a redox pair changes from their oxidized state to their reduced form by giving off one atom of highly reactive oxygen. When vitamin C or DMSO return to the circulation and flow with the blood through the lungs they are again being converted to their oxidized forms. In this way the redox cycle can repeat several times until the chemicals are gradually being excreted through the kidneys, and an oxidative energy metabolism can be restored in anaerobic tissue where this is not possible with the oxygen in red blood cells.
DHA is the form in which vitamin C gets into the brain and most other cells. Vitamin C cannot enter directly in its reduced form, it only gets inside cells as DHA. Inside the cell it is then reduced by liberating oxygen.
With the normal intake levels of vitamin C and MSM the released amount of oxygen is so low that it does not make a difference, and especially not in cells that produce carbon dioxide and get their oxygen from haemoglobin. But it can make a world of difference in anaerobic tissue, and with high intakes of vitamin C and MSM. The oxygen released in this way is initially highly reactive and kills the microbes inside the cells that caused this blockage, and then re-starts the blocked oxidative energy metabolism. This is how vitamin C protects us against cancer and infections if we use enough of it. I do not regard hydrogen peroxide and ozone as suitable oxygen delivery systems to restore the cellular oxygen metabolism. While hydrogen peroxide can be very beneficial to destroy or control fungal-type microbes in the stomach and small intestines, it is not normally suitable for delivering oxygen to anaerobic tissues deeper within the body as it is too reactive, and in the high amounts needed would cause too much damage to antioxidant systems. It has been used with good results, just like ozone, to destroy blood-born microbes by intravenous infusions. But even blood can probably be cleaned just as well or better with frequent oral doses of sodium ascorbate and MSM than with occasional intravenous courses of hydrogen peroxide or ozone.
I regard this alternative oxygen supply as being very effective in all conditions of low energy, mental-emotional conditions, cancer, autoimmune diseases, liver diseases, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and all other fungal or Candia-related diseases as well as chronic inflammations and infections…..read more
PLEASE NOTE: This is just an excerpt from Walter Last’s article. To read the full article, please go to http://www.health-science-spirit.com/morenergy.htm or his article will be in the February edition of Nexus Magazine