How to not die in the hospital

It strikes like a wildfire. And it can shut down your organs and kill just as fast.

It’s sepsis, a life-threatening overreaction your body can mount to just about any kind of infection – and CDC figures say that over 1.5 million people in the U.S. alone get it every year, with around a quarter of a million dying from it.

Shockingly, it’s the most common cause of death in the hospital. And no one is immune. Young or old, frail or strong and healthy, it can take you down during a stint in the hospital… and at home as well.

But there’s some good news coming out of several major medical centers about a way to fight back against this devastating condition — and we’ve been keeping you updated right here in eAlert.

Many doctors, however, aren’t yet aware of these findings. And that means that it’s urgent for you to know about the technique that’s bringing back sepsis victims from the brink of death.

When infections turns deadly

You could say that Kristopher Kelly beat death… twice.

The first time was when the 51-year-old lumberjack survived being crushed by the giant fir tree he was cutting down. The second was when Dr. David Carlbom, a critical care physician at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, got involved in treating Kelly.

Dr. Carlbom knew that to anyone with the same extensive injuries, sepsis would pose a big threat. And sure enough, while still in a medically induced coma, the woodsman showed one of the hallmark signs of sepsis: He spiked a high fever.

The typical first-line approaches in treating this killer are IV antibiotics and fluids. But Dr. Carlbom had a different idea — to administer an IV solution containing a high dose of vitamin C, steroids, the B vitamin thiamine, and antibiotics.

And the treatment saved Kelly’s life!

Dr. Carlbom has given this sepsis-curing cocktail to 26 others in his care, with most rapidly improving. But he wasn’t the first… and hopefully, he won’t be the last.

Because as HSI advisory panel member Dr. Allan Spreen has told us, saving lives from sepsis with IVC was first discovered over 80 years ago. Unbelievable! I guess if vitamin C were an invention of Big Pharma, it would be its biggest seller by now.

Dr. Carlbom was inspired by the incredible findings of Dr. Paul Marik, an intensive-care doctor at Eastern Virginia Medical School. As we reported to you early last year, Dr. Marik has treated hundreds with this “new” approach and had remarkable success.

I can’t help wondering how many other lives could have been saved if only doctors weren’t so pigheaded when it comes to acknowledging the powers of vitamin C!

As I said, sepsis can strike so suddenly that you won’t know what hit you. That’s why it’s vital to know the four big warning signs that an infection has gone ballistic:

Symptom #1: A sudden fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit or a drop in body temperature below 96.8.

Symptom #2: A rapid pulse (over 90 beats a minute) accompanied by fast breathing.

Symptom #3: Red, swollen tissue that’s extremely painful.

Symptom #4: A drop in blood pressure and confusion that can very quickly worsen.

While any infection can trigger it, the top two associated with sepsis are lung infections like pneumonia and urinary tract infections.

If you suspect sepsis, it’s not the time to start Googling for answers! You need to act and act quickly in getting medical care.

The same thing applies if you or a loved one are in the hospital. Don’t just assume that the nurses or doctors will recognize it. In fact, some hospitals are training nurses to be sepsis specialists, so obviously it’s not an easy thing to diagnose right away, especially since there’s no one specific test that can confirm it.

Of course, it would be nice if this lifesaving treatment with IVC would at least go as viral as a new Kardashian lipstick shade!

But until that time comes, it’s up to us to both share this news about high-dose vitamin C… and if need be, speak up quickly and ask about it.

Because where sepsis is concerned, every minute counts.

“Did an IV cocktail of vitamins and drugs save this lumberjack from sepsis?” Richard Harris, February 21, 2018, NPR, npr.org