How is it that when a safe, natural substance is found to bring patients with severe sepsis back from the brink of death numerous times, that news is dismissed as “hype”?
But when a study comes out saying that statins — drugs such as Lipitor and Crestor — can somehow “protect” us against this serious bloodstream infection, everyone goes hog-wild with praise, using terms such as “exciting,” “important,” and “clinically relevant benefits.”
Unfortunately, that kind of press is going to do two big things.
First, the really important, exciting, and relevant news about a treatment that should be at the ready in all hospitals will be lost in the shuffle.
And secondly, doctors will be using this statin/sepsis study to try and pull a fast one on you, even if you’ve had the smarts to dodge that Lipitor Rx up until now.
C-ing the facts
Several months ago, I told you about some amazing news out of Norfolk General Hospital — how Dr. Paul Marik saved the lives of over 150 patients with sepsis using high-dose IV vitamin C.
The first time he used that treatment on a patient with this blood infection, she was practically gone. Her kidneys and lungs had failed, and when he left the hospital, Dr. Marik didn’t expect that she would make it through the night.
But before he did, he gave her an infusion containing a high dose of vitamin C and a low dose of steroids and thiamin.
And it worked!
That, however, wasn’t even the first time IVC was used to save lives from sepsis. We first broke this important news to eAlert readers over six years ago!
Yet, doctors are still scratching their heads over this life-threatening condition and looking for anything that can help.
Which brings me back to statins.
After looking at the medical records for around 30,000 Danish patients, researchers in Denmark and Spain came to the conclusion that the risk of “community acquired” sepsis (meaning not contracted in a hospital) decreased “gradually” with the longer you’re on a statin drug and the higher a dose you take.
So far, not so good.
Because not only will loading up on these meds raise your risk of some serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes and hardening of the arteries, but previous research into this idea from three major UK medical centers turned up no lifesaving benefits from them at all.
Nevertheless, this new study is now the darling of mainstream statin pushers everywhere.
Now, this might be just another one of those unnecessary studies if not for the fact that lives are being lost to sepsis infections every day. And with over 40 million Americans currently taking these cholesterol drugs, I think it’s fair to assume that if statins had some magic powers to cure sepsis, we would have seen some real-world evidence of that by now.
Sepsis occurs when the body overreacts to an infection, including some common ones like pneumonia or a UTI. You can come down with it inside or outside of the hospital. And it doesn’t matter how young you are, either.
And since around 500,000 Americans die from it every year, finding a treatment that works like IVC is vital… and shouldn’t be lost in the noise trying to sell us more statins.
But, unlike statins, vitamin C infusions to treat sepsis aren’t going to be coming from a Merck or a Pfizer, because there’s no billion-dollar payoff to be had. As Dr. Marik said, “Nobody’s going to make money from this.”
While using IVC is both safe and effective, it hasn’t gone “viral” yet in treating this condition. But there are still some doctors and hospitals that are using it. So it’s up to us to speak up and ask about this treatment if need be.
Because if you’re waiting for mainstream medicine to embrace IVC, you’re going to be waiting a very long time.
“Statin use appears to reduce risk of serious bacterial bloodstream infection” Elsevier, October 2, 2017, ScienceDaily, sciencedaily.com