Vitamin C:  A Fresh Look at an Age-Old Cure

“If the shoe fits, wear it. And if the treatment works, proclaim it.”

This quote is from the book, Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins by Thomas E. Levy, M.D.

“Dr. Levy’s book presents clear evidence that vitamin C cures disease. It contains over 1,200 scientific references… It does not mince words. It is disease specific. It is dose specific. It is practical. It is readable. It is excellent.” ~ The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine

Vitamin C:  A Fresh Look at an Age-Old Cure

A Few Facts:

  • Vitamin C is involved in almost every one of our body processes.
  • Vitamin C helps our bodies to maintain homeostasis.
  • We used to make vitamin C it in our bodies. Now we don’t.
  • All mammals used to make their own vitamin C. Most still do.
  • Due to genetic changes in our metabolism, humans have stopped producing vitamin C.
  • Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means our bodies can’t store it, so it has to be replenished frequently.
  • We have to get vitamin C from our diet, which, not surprisingly, is one of the reasons why fresh fruits and vegetables are always touted in any diet recommended.
  • In animals, the amount of vitamin C they make is directly related to their degree of stress, particularly the stress of infection. The more stress an animal is under, the more vitamin C it will produce.

I’ve never been a huge fan of supplements until I better understood this essential vitamin, and the fact that we humans are one of the very few mammals that don’t make vitamin C (the others are primates, guinea pigs and fruit bats).

By the way, one of the reasons that guinea pigs are used in scientific research is because they don’t produce vitamin C. This means they can be made ill or toxic more easily than other research animals who produce vitamin C.

Vitamin “Sea”  — The Scourge of Scurvy

The two most well-known explorers in the last thousand years brought vitamin C with them in different forms. They both successfully prevented and treated scurvy while sailing the seas. Christopher Columbus brought apple cider vinegar, and Captain James Cook brought sauerkraut, both foods being rich in vitamin C.

While it takes very little vitamin C to ward off scurvy, the benefits of this essential vitamin are numerous.

What can vitamin C do for you?

“Vitamin C is the best broad-spectrum antibiotic, antihistamine, antitoxic, antiviral, substance there is.”

Vitamin C:

  • is essential to the proper functioning of the body’s central nervous system
  • is a powerful antioxidant
  • supports the immune system
  • provides a better response to disease
  • improves the function of white blood cells
  • has antibacterial and antiviral effects
  • helps reduce the risk of developing some cancers
  • supports the adrenal glands, which, in turn, supports the thyroid gland
  • supports the cardiovascular system
  • helps normalize blood sugar and improve hypoglycemia
  • improves blood flow to the brain
  • has a natural ability to act as a chelator to remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body
  • helps the liver make bile
  • reduces the symptoms of cold, flu, and candida
  • supports joint mobility, i.e., high levels of vitamin C = thinner synovial fluid = easier joint movement = reduced inflammation
  • promotes the repair of connective tissue, particularly collagen
  • helps maintain healthy teeth and bones
  • helps heal wounds
  • can help boost the effects of aspirin’s pain-killing ability while counteracting some of aspirin’s damaging effects, and at the same time acting as its own pain reliever
  • acts like an antihistamine to help reduce, or even prevent, hay fever symptoms
  • helps promote overall eye health
  • aids in the production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which are neurotransmitters that affect mood, sleep, concentration, and weight
  • can be instrumental in generating high levels of overall physical well-being

Here is a timeline of vitamin medicine over the last 80 years, including vitamin C.

I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but they have documented the efficacy of vitamin C, and this video interview with Dr. Andrew Saul was compelling enough by itself for me to up my daily dose of vitamin C. Perhaps it will be for you too.

It’s also easy to figure out your own daily needs for vitamin C using this method.  And here’s some really good extra information describing the method and its successes, as well as a chart detailing the approximate dosage for a healthy individual, as a general guide. When stress increases, so does your need for vitamin C. This method gives you a way to always know where your own saturation level is for this essential vitamin.

How to get your daily dose of C

“The three most important considerations in effective vitamin C therapy are dose, dose, and dose. If you don’t take enough, you won’t get the desired effects. Period!” ~ Dr. Levy

In addition to diet, here are other ways to supplement with vitamin C:

  • Intravenous vitamin C
  • Or any combination of the above


* “Liposomal vitamin C offers a clinical response similar to vitamin C given intravenously, or even superior to it in some cases. And it is vastly more affordable and accessible,” according to Dr. Levy

Can you overdose on vitamin C? … and … Does vitamin C cause kidney stones?

“The answer to both questions is ‘No!’ …some physicians have administered as much as 300,000 mg of vitamin C PER DAY to their patients… The only side effect is chronic good health”, says Dr. Levy.

Signs of possible Vitamin C deficiency include: 

  • Chronic joint pain
  • Mood swings
  • Slow wound healing and bruising
  • Bleeding gums, gingivitis, or loose teeth
  • A suppressed immune system

Wait! There’s still more to C …

Vitamin C, Cortisol (your stress hormone), and Body Fat

The amount of vitamin C in the blood stream is directly related to fat oxidation.

Fat oxidation is the body’s ability to use fat as a fuel source during both rest and exercise.

So here’s the correlation: 

Too little vitamin C in the blood stream = Increased body fat

Here is the science behind it, if you’re interested.

And here is the correlation between vitamin C, cortisol, and weight loss.

Wrinkle ReducerTaking vitamin C both internally and as a topical serum helps to reduce or eliminate wrinkles by increasing collagen production.

Chlorine Mitigator Using vitamin C helps to minimize the exposure to, and the effects of, chlorine exposure when taking the plunge in swimming pools.

And lastly …’Tis the Season … uh, “C”- son  — Coming soon to a place near you, that time of year when Ms. In-Flu-Enza and Mr. Common Cold start making their rounds. So before they visit, you might consider taking a good dose of vitamin C daily, as a preventative. However, should they show up unannounced anyway, vitamin C, among other natural curatives is a good way to help escort them out the door.



~ Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. (1974)




This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!