Turning back toxins
My friend Julia was finally laid low by the whooping cough.
She didn’t develop whooping cough herself, but for fear that her daughter Ivy might be exposed, she finally broke down and asked her pediatrician to give Ivy a whooping cough vaccine.
This was huge. Julia is adamantly anti-vaccine. In fact, she homeschools Ivy at least partly to avoid the whole issue of the required vaccine schedule.
And wouldn’t you know it? Ivy developed a large rash around the vaccine injection site. Fortunately, the rash wasn’t painful or accompanied by any other side effects, but it certainly did nothing to alleviate Julia’s concerns about the enormous barrage of vaccines that are now recommended for every U.S. child.
Like Julia, a lot of parents have anxieties about the vaccine debate these days. But a simple dietary supplement might relieve quite a bit of their stress.
A tale of two methods
Vitamin C boosts the antibody response of your immune system — the very same thing that a vaccine does. But of course, vitamin C and vaccines go about their work in completely different ways.
Your body literally craves vitamin C, which it puts to use in many different functions that help promote your overall health.
Vaccines, however, introduce an antigen that your body recognizes as a dangerous invader that has to be dealt with.
In either case — vitamin C or vaccine — your immune system gets revved up to go to work. And according to Dr. Thomas Levy, this is one reason why vitamin C is a natural complement to vaccines.
The other reason involves the toxic nature of antigens.
As Dr. Levy writes in a recent Orthomolecular.org article, the goal of a vaccine is to introduce enough of a toxin to prompt an antibody response while also keeping the toxic damage low enough to avoid harming sensitive individuals.
Of course, that balance isn’t always ideal, which prompts poor reactions in some people.
Dr. Levy notes that toxins and allergic reactions prompt oxidation of vital biomolecules. He writes: “The antioxidant vitamin C has proven to be the ultimate nonspecific antidote to whatever toxin or excess oxidative stress might be present.”
Vitamin C also happens to be very effective in neutralizing the toxic effects of mercury.
Now, we’re told that since thimerosal is no longer used as a preservative in childhood vaccines, children aren’t exposed to mercury. But thimerosal is still used in flu shots and some adult vaccines, so this is still an issue with older people who may be sensitive to mercury, which is a very potent toxin.
As for kids, Dr. Levy offers several tips…
* Begin dosing with vitamin C three to five days before shots are given, and continue for at least two to three days after the shots
* Liposome-encapsulated vitamin C is a gel-like form that can be mixed into food
* In this form, a 1,000 mg dose is recommended daily
* Sodium ascorbate powder can also be mixed into food
* In this form, infants under 10 lbs. can take 500 mg daily, and infants between 10 and 20 lbs. can take 500 mg to 1,000 mg in divided doses
* Older children can take 1,000 mg daily per year of life, in divided doses
* If sodium ascorbate causes bowel sensitivity, calcium ascorbate is usually better tolerated
* Vitamin C doesn’t stay in the system very long, so it’s best to divide doses throughout the day for better absorption and tolerance
For adults who get vaccines — especially older adults — Dr. Levy recommends that C supplementation begin several weeks before a shot and then continue for several weeks after.
After reading Dr. Levy’s article I was grateful to know that vaccine toxins might be efficiently curbed with such easy supplementation. But I also shook my head in wonder at how insane it is that we need to protect ourselves from our medications.
“Vitamin C Prevents Vaccination Side Effects; Increases Effectiveness” Thomas E. Levy, M.D., Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, 2/14/12, orthomolecular.org