Yesterday, April 13th, 2020, the Windhorse Naturopathic Clinic was explicitly warned by the Federal Trade Commission that we should not be advertising treatments or prevention strategies for Covid-19 infections. We are not advertising treatments, we are simply helping to educate our patients on potential strategies to strengthen their immune system during a pandemic.
No where in this post do I advertise the use of intravenous vitamin C for the treatment of COVID-19. Nor do I advertise that these treatments can or will prevent COVID-19. In order to avoid any misinterpretations of the promising study cited below, I will say again that there are no randomized, controlled clinical studies that have substantiated Vitamin C as a treatment or preventative of COVID-19.
Vitamin C IV’s have been used and found effective in treating chronic infections and cancer through various clinical studies. Of note recently, high dose intravenous vitamin C has been used experimentally to treat moderate to severe Covid-19 infections in China. The results of the use of vitamin C IV’s in this population has been promising. This information is cited below.
“Dr. Mao stated that his group treated ~50 cases of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 infection with high dose IVC. All patients who received IVC improved and there was no mortality. Compared to the average of a 30-day hospital stay for all Covid-19 patients, those patients who received high dose IVC had a hospital stay about 3-5 days shorter than the overall patients.” This information is kindly cited below.
Hospitals in NY are starting to use vitamin C IV treatments in Covid-19 positive patients as well. The NY hospitals are using vitamin C IV’s as an adjunctive treatment with the use of other medicines such as hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, and blood thinners. This information is kindly cited below.
Vitamin C used intravenously is gaining very promising clinical findings as a safe, inexpensive, and effective treatment to improve the outcomes of Covid-19 infections in critically ill patients. (based on the findings from the NY hospitals and Dr. Mao’s study)
This is due to many factors. Vitamin C levels become depleted with severe viral infections such as Covid-19 and H1N1, which leads to high amounts of reactive oxidative species in the tissues. Replacement of this vitamin C helps to combat these inflammatory effects and reduce these ROS levels to a more healthy balance. Vitamin C also helps to preserve and recycle the body’s own levels of glutathione, which helps to decrease inflammation and support antioxidant levels and detoxification in the body. Vitamin C also has antiviral effects and thus helps to target viral infections directly. Citations below.
The Windhorse Clinic is currently administering IVC to WELL PATIENTS for prophylactic immune support. (given the information above, and the citations below, it is well supported that vitamin c is helpful for immune support.) Please call the clinic if you have any questions.
For more information regarding the use of vitamin C and Covid-19 infections, check out he following links: