I can’t be the only one yelling at the TV these days.
Whenever I switch on the news, it’s wall to wall DOOM and GLOOM 24/7. And with the endless, breathless reports on the rising dangers of the ongoing pandemic, I can’t but help to wonder. Are some of the talking heads enjoying reporting on this global tragedy just a bit TOO much?
Now you know me, I’m NOT one to sugarcoat things. I tell you the truth because I would want the same in your shoes.
There’s no question that COVID-19 is dangerous. It can kill. And for certain folks, like those of us who are a bit older or who already have some health challenges, the risk is higher.
I’ve shared ALL of that information and MORE with you right here in Healthier Talk. But that’s not the only news out there worth reporting.
There are ALSO encouraging signs as researchers and doctors test different strategies. Complimentary approaches they hope may one day have the potential to help coronavirus patients.
For example, just last week, I told you about the cautious but optimistic testing of ozone therapy. And now this week I have something else that doesn’t quite fit in with the CONSTANT doom and gloom they’re pedaling on the boob tube these days.
A new intravenous vitamin C trial is just underway at a Veterans Affairs hospital, which, if we’re lucky, could help us discover another useful complementary therapy for folks who have the coronavirus.
IVC studied as potential COVID-19 complementary therapy
Most of us know a little something about regular old vitamin C. Like the fact that our bodies are unable to make this vital vitamin, so we have to get it from our diet.
The essential antioxidant is needed for many critical functions, including maintaining bones and cartilage, forming blood vessels, absorbing iron, and healing wounds. And, of course, it’s used by our immune system to help maintain healthy immune function.
But now, after some promising early anecdotal evidence from doctors in the field, researchers are about to test a special form of this vitamin in patients with the novel coronavirus. The hope is that one day, it could be possibly be used as a complementary therapy to help some folks infected with COVID-19.
There are already reports of doctors at Virginia Commonwealth University trying intravenous vitamin C (IVC) in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. Plus, doctors at Northwell Health in New York reportedly told the New York Post that intravenous vitamin C was being “widely used” in coronavirus patients throughout their facilities.
A study is already underway in China to see if IVC is useful in treating coronavirus patients. And now, it is also being tested in a trial conducted at the Central Virginia Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
Some patients are being given intravenous infusions of the vitamin with the hope that… when used with other proven therapies… it could help protect lung tissue from the damage often caused by the infection.
What you need to know about intravenous vitamin C
Now to be perfectly clear, you CAN’T just pop some vitamin C capsules and get this kind of protection. And there’s no evidence vitamin C, even given intravenously, is any kind of cure for the coronavirus.
Intravenous vitamin C is not yet a standard part of treatment. But if this and other trials are successful, it could one day become a complementary therapy doctors can use to help treat critically ill patients infected with COVID-19.
If you’re sick, you should never try to raise your own vitamin C levels. It just doesn’t work that way. Your stomach can’t handle too much C at once. Anything over a certain level and you’ll get gas, diarrhea, and more, making you even MORE miserable.
The ONLY WAY to reach the high levels that some doctors believe could help some folks cope with infection, is intravenously, under the care of a doctor.
So if you’re sick, your first move should be to call your doctor. Or go to a hospital and follow their instructions. But while you’re there, ask about intravenous vitamin C, if they offer it, and if they think it could help you.