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Come on anecdotal evidence is always worthless so no need to investigate this further.....

Addendum: I should also have pointed out that some people who take megadoses of C experience stomach problems, such as cramps and diarrhea. I did not experience any such problems myself.

Also, it's one thing to take very large doses of C when ill, and another thing to take them on a daily basis. Massive quantities of C taken over an extended period of time may lead to kidney stones, iron depletion, and other problems.

Many Web sites discuss the pros and cons of C megadosing and suggest regimens to follow. The particular site that inspired my own experiment was this one.

Hi Michael,

I'll be interested to see how this pans out over time. Over the course of my life, I've dealt with a myriad of physical issues (as we all have). Sometimes, instant cures (like yours) have proven themselves over time, sometimes not. I'm sure you could say the same.

But what interests me about your situation, is that I too, used to suffer from a chronic cough. I mean, year after year, for months at a time. Usually in the cooler months. It was a major stumbling block in life, because for a significant portion of each year, I was not able to function at a high level.

Other symptoms bothered me in the warmer months—sneezing fits and congestion.

Happily, these problems have largely been a thing of the past for at least ten years now.

Everyone's situation is different, but what made a difference for me was:
• Less sugar. Even in the form of pure, healthy fruit. I'm positive about this connection, because if I start eating too much fruit—which I love—I begin to have problems. I simply stay away from other sweets.

I was about to write the other changes I made , and then realized—it would take a while! Google "candida diet," if you're interested. I can't say for sure that what I'm susceptible to is candida infection, but I do know that following the guidelines for dealing with a candida infection have made a difference for me. There may be something else about such a diet that's intrinsically healthy.

Anyway, maybe you won't need any of the above, because maybe vitamin C will really do the trick for you! Keep us informed.

No crock. Vitamin C reduces the permeability of the mucus membranes; no sinus discharge, no fluid in the lungs, no cough.
I've had the same experience with taking large doses of vitamin C. Take too much when well, I get the runs. Take gigantic megadoses when sick and my body absorbs it all, no side effects.
Those recent studies "proving" extra vitamin C has no value in treating cold and flu symptoms; they couldn't possibly be funded by big pharma companies, could they? Of course not...

Interesting info, MarkL. Thanks.

It's been 28 hours since I started megadosing, and my cough has not returned. I feel pretty much normal now. I certainly don't attribute my entire recovery to Vitamin C, since antibiotics (specifically, clarithromycin) clearly played the primary role. But it's hard to doubt that the C helped clear up the nagging symptoms, especially the cough.

I intend to read more on this; I just ordered a book on Vitamin C. Orthomolecular medicine is something I wish I'd looked into long before now. But I was always dismissive of the whole idea of megavitamins.

You see, I too can be a skeptic!

Incidentally, in my post I should have mentioned that I tried both over-the-counter cough syrup (dextromethorphan) and prescription cough syrup with codeine. Neither had any effect on the cough.

what made a difference for me was: Less sugar.

In the little bit of the Vitamin C book that I read online using Amazon's "search inside" feature, I found a brief discussion of Vitamin C and sugar. The authors contend that excessive carbohydrate intake impairs the body's ability to utilize Vitamin C. What matters, they say, is the ratio of C to sugar. In our society we consume a great deal of sugar and so we need more C. In some other societies (the Inuits are mentioned), sugar consumption is low, and as a result people can thrive even with a low consumption of C.

Is it possible that the epidemic of colds, sinus infections, allergies, asthma, etc. that plague modern society can be traced, at least in part, to too much sugar and too little Vitamin C?

Linus Pauling, The Nobel Prize Winner was a great advocate of Vitamin C –see:

Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA
Vol. 71, No. 11, pp. 4442-4446, November 1974
Are Recommended Daily Allowances for Vitamin C Adequate?
(ascorbic acid/diet/optimum health)
LINUS PAULING
Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, 2700 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025
Contributed by Linus Pauling, August 19, 1974

Why didn't you try energy work?

Dr.Mathias Rath studied with Linus Pauling, and has carried foward the "Vitamin C" tradition in the treatment of many diseases, including cancer and heart attacks. He wrote a book on heart attacks and Vitamin C that you can read online here:

http://www4.dr-rath-foundation.org/THE_FOUNDATION/About_Dr_Matthias_Rath/why_book.html

I don't know if his views are correct or not, but it deserves a careful reading. If his views are right (at least partially), then a potential solution to heart problems is at hand. The same considerations regarding cancer (Rath has another book on cancer and vitamin C)

Not surprising that professional skeptics (that always defend the status quo and specially mainstream medicine and its pharmaceutical industry dependence) attempt to attack, discredit and make negative propaganda against any alternative researcher or therapy on medicine, regardless of his efficacy (some "skeptics" get paid or tied with official medical institutions for that "dirty job"):

http://www.canlyme.com/quackwatch.html

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I'd say that if what you had was a placebo effect the cough not have returned as many times as it did over the two days. Reading about the correlation of sugar to Vitamin C is very interesting too. I'll have to experiment a little myself with this. Juniper season is upon us here and maybe this will help with my allergies.

Why didn't you try energy work?

Because I don't know what that is. I've heard the term but have no knowledge of it.

It's now been 49 hours since I started taking large doses of C. The cough never returned. Today I had some mild stomach upset (sour taste in the mouth, a little gas), so I decided to go easy on the C for a while. (When healthy, the body can't tolerate excessively large doses. When ill, it apparently can.)

I haven't decided what my daily regimen for Vitamin C will be, but I expect to consume at least 1000 mg.

Also, the 1000-mg Ester-C tablets really are large enough to choke a horse, so I'm going to experiment with chewable tablets from another manufacturer. These consist of both ascorbate and ascorbic acid. I don't know if they will be as effective as ascorbate alone.

Why didn't you try energy work?

Because I don't know anything about it.

It's been 49 hours, and my cough has not returned. Today I had a mild upset stomach so I cut back on the megadoses.

I plan to take at least 1000 mg of C daily as a nutrient. Since the Ester-C 1000-mg tablets really are big enough to choke a horse, I'm going to experiment with chewable tablets from another manufacturer. These combine ascorbate and ascorbic acid. I don't know if they'll be as effective as ascorbate alone.

Why didn't you try energy work?

Because I don't know anything about it.

It's been 49 hours, and my cough has not returned. Today I had a mild upset stomach so I cut back on the megadoses.

I plan to take at least 1000 mg of C daily as a nutrient. Since the Ester-C 1000-mg tablets really are big enough to choke a horse, I'm going to experiment with chewable tablets from another manufacture. These combine ascorbate and ascorbic acid. I don't know if they'll be as effective as ascorbate alone.

I've been plagued by several bouts of fierce respiratory flues over the past year, and each one came with a bone-rattling, unending cough that lasts about 2 months.

As you say, night-time's the worst -- not only because the spasms of coughing grow worse but the loss of sleep makes an already bad situation intolerable. My couch was so bad that I injured the muscles of my chest and back, and the pain was tremendous.

Ordinary cough syrup had no effect. I tried double-dosing, but even that didn't work and I was worried what effect it would have on me.

In my youth, I remember that codeine was used to stop coughs so I went to my doctor and requested it.

Blessed relief! Only one unsettling issue. The stuff they give you nowadays isn't codeine -- it's Vicodin, which is similar in effect! I don't really like the buzz that a narcotic gives, but I was ready to put up with anything to stop the coughing.

But your experience with Vitamin C gives me hope for a better solution and I'll give it a try next time. I, too, have my doubts, but if it works, it'll make a nice anecdote!

By the way, I had your same sickness. It takes about 3 weeks to fully clear your system. It is ridiculous!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19032072?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

One paper out of many along those lines

There is a large body of data suggesting that the RDA for vitamin C is too low. Unfortunately (and very oddly), the "controversy" over this issue is a lot like the controversy over parapsychology: the dogmatic skeptics almost always overlook or ignore contrary data.

- Pat

See this video entitled "Preventing Illnesses and Diseases with Vitamin C"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArkbEv0Q8D8

for lack of anything better to do today, I went over my past blog entries and made sure that I hadn't missed and comments or anything.anyway I noticed that my blog entry about my fireplace had quite a few views. that got me to wondering. surely the biorust development blog would have a post with more views?. oddly it didn't. I then looked over ALL the blogs here. go figure that the fireplace blog is the current record holder.Well, thanks for the tip.
those blogs are with substance. I just tend to talk a-lot without saying anything.

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