Wednesday 16 December 2015

Extra vitamin C important around the time of vaccinations

Many children feel ill and sluggish after receiving the DtaP-IPV vaccine. Many elderly people also complain about signs of illness after having the flu vaccine. That is why, around the time of a vaccination, it is better to give high doses of vitamin C, says the American cardiologist Thomas Levy. 


When vaccinations have adverse effects, this is often dismissed as an allergic reaction. Sometimes a poorly functioning immune system gets the blame, but we forget rather too easily that the antigens in the vaccines are actually toxic. 


Also certain preservatives in vaccines put a strain on the body. The widely used preservative, thimerosal, contains mercury which is extremely toxic. “If we choose to vaccinate, as a precaution why don’t we try to neutralise this toxic burden as far as possible and as effectively as possible?” Levy wonders.


Neutralise toxins as far as possible

It has been proven that vitamin C has a general antitoxic effect. It is also very good at neutralising mercury. “Even the very toxic organic variants are demonstrably detoxified by vitamin C. For these reasons alone, it is a good idea to give additional vitamin C to a baby or child around the time of vaccinations. This can minimise or even totally neutralise the toxic burden.” 


Furthermore, research back in the 1970s revealed that vitamin C boosts the antibody response. Levy therefore strongly urges that vitamin C becomes an integral part of the vaccination protocol.


“The purpose of a vaccine is to elicit maximum antibody response. Furthermore, it is important that, even in the most sensitive patients, you do not cause a toxic burden. Therefore, in my opinion, there is no tenable medical argument not to administer vitamin C as standard practice at the time of vaccinations.”


The safety of high doses of vitamin C has been established in at least eight placebo-controlled double-blind studies. During the studies, up to 10,000 mg of vitamin C was taken for up to three years. Apart from cases of loose stools, no other adverse effects were reported. 

Dosage guidelines at the time of vaccinations

For optimal antibody response and good neutralisation of toxins, Levy advises that at least 1000 mg of vitamin C a day is started three to five days before the vaccination. This must continue for at least two to three days after the vaccination.


Higher doses can, of course, be given if required. Often the upper limit is determined by the so-called ‘bowel tolerance’: the amount of vitamin C that doesn’t quite cause diarrhoea. From this point of view, in babies and young children, it is important to administer a readily absorbable form of vitamin C, such as ascorbate complex, for example, as soluble powder. Staggering the dose throughout the day also reduces the likelihood of diarrhoea. In the unlikely event that loose stools nevertheless occur, the dose can easily be reduced.


In elderly people who receive the flu jab or other vaccinations, because of the reduced absorption of vitamin C, it is recommended that dosage commences a number of weeks beforehand and continues for a number of weeks afterwards. High doses of ascorbate complex would once again offer a solution.


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