Vizcaychipi, who heads research in intensive care medicine at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the United Kingdom, has been giving COVID and non-COVID patients in its intensive care units up to 6 grams (6,000 mg) of vitamin C intravenously. The dosage is dependent on the severity of the disease and the amount needed to correct a deficiency, as indicated by vitamin C urine test sticks.
"Vitamin C is certainly one of multiple factors that contributes to better outcomes and speed of recovery. It should be standard practice. We have not had any safety issues at all," Vizcaychipi says.
Currently, Marik, director of the intensive care unit at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, is being prohibited from using this safe and effective life-saving protocol by Sentara Health on the false grounds of a lack of evidence. He is suing them.
"This case is about doctors, having the ability to honor their Hippocratic Oath, to follow evidence-based medicine, and to treat our patients the best we know how. I refuse to watch another patient die from COVID-19 knowing that I was not allowed to give them proven treatments that could have saved their life."
According to the review, the 12 clinical trials show that "intravenous vitamin C may improve oxygenation parameters, reduce inflammatory markers, decrease days in the hospital, and reduce mortality, particularly in the more severely ill patients."
What is remarkable about vitamin C is that it's an antioxidant, an anti-viral, and also anti-inflammatory. It's an impressive three-in-one defender. Not one adverse event has been reported in any published vitamin C clinical trials in COVID-19 patients.
The review also shows that high doses of oral vitamin C taken upon infection may keep people out of the hospital because it increases their rate of recovery.
According to Carr, "Oral doses of 8 grams per day have been shown to increase the rate of recovery from symptomatic infection by 70 percent. For more critically ill patients, trials using doses of 6-24g a day intravenously have shown positive benefits in terms of increased survival, and reduced hospital stay, improved oxygenation, or reduced inflammation."
In one study, vitamin C levels predicted who would or wouldn't survive. Plasma levels of vitamin C were reported to be very low in 70 to 80 percent of COVID patients. What is clear is that several grams, not just a glass of orange juice, are needed to correct severe vitamin C deficiency.
For over a year, the VitaminC4Covid team has been calling on government advisors to carry out a proper review of the evidence for vitamin C, in order to inform the public and medical profession. Vitamin C is safe, inexpensive, available, and proven to work.