In a recent post on using Vitamin C to offset the toxins in vaccines I mentioned doing an ascorbic acid flush might be another way to deal with the issue besides using lipo-encapsulated C. Here’s the information about how to do the flush. There may be other versions out there if you do a Google search or something, but this is what I have used and am familiar with….
Ascorbic Acid Flush:
Because vitamin C/ascorbic acid promotes wound healing and protects the body from bacterial infections, allergens, and other pollutants, it’s a highly effective and beneficial substance for use in flushing the body. This particular therapy also helps treat chemical poisoning, arsenic and radiation poisoning, influenza, and sprains, and can be used to prevent other dis-eases. Doctors often use I.V.s to administer large amounts of vitamin C to their patients, but there’s a way you can get a similar effect at home by using the following regimen. It’s from Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch and the amounts given are for adults, not children.
Place 1000 mg. ascorbic acid powder or crystals (normally 1 tsp. of the crystals/powder equals 4000 mg. vitamin C, so 1/4 tsp.) in a cup of water or juice. Take this drink every half hour, carefully keeping track of how much has been taken, until diarrhea results. Count the number of teaspoons needed to produce this effect and subtract 1tsp. (remember each drink contained ¼ tsp.) from this amount. For the next day or two take the resulting (lesser amount of) ascorbic acid drink every 4 hrs. If bowel movements become too watery, decrease the dosage as necessary.
Use either an esterified form, such as Ester-C®, or a buffered product such as calcium ascorbate, so it will be easier on the stomach. However, for the record, I used a buffered form of C when I did this routine and still experienced bloating and discomfort, but that might not end up being anyone else’s experience. I think part of the problem might be that the body is programmed to only take in a certain “normal” amount of vitamin C, and levels above that trigger an automatic response to rid the body of the excess. That’s why some vitamin C based therapies are delivered via I.V., so that mega doses can be administered without involving the digestive system and better saturate the tissues with C. BTW, I have taken several doses (1000 mg each) close together of the lipo-encapsulated C mentioned in the other post when I was recovering from surgery and had no stomach problems, so spending the extra money may be worth it at times.
Note: Be sure to replace vitamins, minerals, and friendly flora (probiotics) lost due to increased bowel movements during this flush.
(You can check out this link for an article that talks about using a Vitamin C flush to bring down inflammation and heal the gut.)
FYI, you can also fight infections using another process that relies on the power of Vitamin C, this time in the form of lemon juice….
The Lemon Routine:
The single most important factor in treating all types of infections is to improve your elimination system. Infections love a toxic place to proliferate, so anything you can do to clean up your inner environment is key to regaining/maintaining health and vitality. This simple routine is recommended for those wanting a natural way to support the body in dealing with infections. It relies on the body’s largest organ of detoxification and elimination—the skin.
1. Take a fresh lemon and cut it in half. Make a “tea” by squeezing one of the halves into a cup of hot water and drink the mixture.
2. Take the other half and rub the cut edge all over your body— arms, legs, abdomen, EVERYWHERE (well, almost everywhere!).
3. After the lemon has been applied to the skin, climb immediately into a bath with water as hot as you can tolerate. Stay in the bath for 15 – 20 minutes. Before doing this, make sure you are properly hydrated; the lemon juice on the skin will cause the pores to open and the hot water will cause excessive perspiration, so you need to be sure the body has ample fluid during this sweating process. Also, by the end of the soaking period you may feel sapped of energy, so if you are in a weakened condition make sure someone is available, if necessary, to help you out of the tub. You certainly don’t want to be found by paramedics or someone else two days later in a tub of cold water, all shriveled and covered in lemon juice. Now that would get the neighbors talking! 🙂 When the bath is finished, wrap yourself up and stay warm; take it easy for awhile or lie down, if you need to rest. You may continue to perspire for some time.
This routine causes improved elimination through the skin and the bowel, and is most important in the treatment of infections. Many times it will bring on a healing crisis and the person will feel better immediately or by the next day.
Another soak that promotes a good sweat can be made by putting a few handfuls of baking soda, crystal salt, and dried seaweed into an old sock and placed in your bath water. Before getting in to soak, rub the soles of your feet with additional salt. Or, if your main concern is breaking up phlegm, try adding ¼ cup of powdered ginger to a tub of very warm water (try drinking a cup of cinnamon tea with this soak).
PERSONAL NOTE: I highly recommend using structured water in the ascorbic acid flush, as well as the bath for the lemon routine.
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.