It’s that time of year again: sniffles and sneezes become daily sounds at the office, coworkers begin dropping like flies, and the pharmacy is suddenly the busiest place in town. Flu season is here. Are you ready?
You may feel like dousing yourself in hand sanitizer and hiding away in your home for three months, but your best defense is a strong, healthy immune system that’s capable of fighting off any virus that comes your way.
One natural, proactive way to promote optimal immune system function is through high doses of intravenous vitamin C (IVC). For over six decades, IVC therapy has been proven to treat and cure infection and disease. I have experienced its remarkable effects on patients with everything from influenza to cancer, and as a preventative measure, there’s nothing quite like it.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin used to form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels, aid in the absorption of iron, ward of the detrimental effects of stress and support a healthy immune system. Our bodies lack the ability to produce or store this vital vitamin, so it is up to us to get enough each day to prevent nutritional deficiency. Unfortunately, not many of us do.
It’s no secret that we no longer absorb nutrients like we should. Years of immune system destruction from food allergies, GMOs and antibiotics overuse have increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome), and a diet heavy in nutrient-sparse foods have robbed us of much needed vitamins. What’s worse, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C is misleading and dangerously low at 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women, representing only the bare minimum required to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by severe deficiency. So while orange juice and supplements may allow us to live “paycheck to paycheck,” far more is needed to sustain an optimal immune system.
Oral VS Intravenous
So how do we get more vitamin C? Taking high doses orally is not effective, as the body limits the intestinal absorption of vitamin C. Taking 1 to 1.5 g of vitamin C orally results in only 50% absorption, and oral intakes over 12 g result in only 16% absorption. Ingesting more vitamin C than the gut can absorb doesn’t do any good and only causes uncomfortable side effects such as diarrhea and vomiting as the body attempts to rid the excess.
High doses of vitamin C administered intravenously, however, bypass the body’s gastrointestinal regulation, achieving 100% bioavailability. This allows us to take in high levels, turning vitamin C into a powerful, natural drug that kills viruses and bacteria, boosts immune health, increases energy, reduces inflammation, wards off the effects of stress, fights fungi and yeast overgrowths and even kills cancer cells. And this is all accomplished without side effects.
IVC at the DaSilva Institute
For those of you who insist that a flu shot at your local drugstore will keep you flu-free, remember that there are countless flu strain variations, and the flu shot only protects you against a select few. A healthy immune system, however, will protect you from whatever comes your way, including all colds, viruses and bacterial infections.
To prevent falling ill this flu season, I recommend our ImmunoIV+C cocktail, one of our most potent preventative measures. This drip contains 25,000 mg of pure, preservative free vitamin C along with a heavy dose of restorative nutrients to build up your immune defense. The pain-free drip takes about 30-45 minutes and the only side effect is a much welcomed energy boost.
For basic prevention, one IV treatment is usually sufficient. If your roommate or spouse has the flu and you are constantly being reinoculated with the virus (or perhaps you are already exhibiting symptoms), two or three treatments will better protect you from getting infected.
With only minor side effects and a low cost, IVC is a safe, natural and obtainable option for boosting the immune system and staying flu-free this season. To schedule your appointment, click here.
Wishing you Health Without Limits,
Guy DaSilva, MD