Smorgasbord Health Column – Update on IV Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and steroid hydrocortisone in the threatment of sepsis by Sally Cronin

Last year I posted about an innovative and potentially life-saving treatment for sepsis, which kills 700 people a day in the USA. At the time it was treated with a certain amount of scepticism, but there has been enough convincing evidence for two major trials to be carried out.

Update on IV Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and steroid hydrocortisone in the threatment of sepsis by Sally Cronin

What is Sepis?

When the body is infected, and initial attempts to kill the infection have not succeeded, the immune system goes into overdrive and becomes so invested in killing the intruder, it ends up attacking the the tissues and organs of the body it is trying to save. Those most at risk are babies with immature immune systems, the elderly with low reserves and those with compromised immune systems due to cancer treatment.

You can read more about the immune system function in this post:

There is also an increasing and dangerous rise in anti-biotic resistant pathogens. Combine this with a poor, industrially manufactured diet, without the nutrients the body needs to build a healthy immune system, and you have a far greater potential for significantly more deaths from sepsis.

Can A Cocktail Of Vitamins And Steroids Cure A Major Killer In Hospitals?

Scientists have launched two large studies to test a medical treatment that, if proven effective, could have an enormous impact on the leading cause of death in American hospitals.

The treatment is aimed at sepsis, a condition in which the body’s inflammatory response rages out of control in reaction to an infection, often leading to organ damage or failure.

There’s no proven cure for sepsis, which strikes well over 1 million Americans a year and kills more than 700 a day.

In early 2017, Dr. Paul Marik announced that he had started using a treatment that he says was saving the lives of most of his sepsis patients. The claims were so audacious, Marik says, some doctors called it snake oil.

“There obviously was enormous resistance at the beginning,” he says, “but it seems that with time, people started thinking about it and saying, ‘maybe this isn’t as outrageous as we first thought.’ “

The treatment is a cocktail of intravenous vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine) and corticosteroids. The use of vitamin C in sepsis was pioneered by Dr. Alpha Fowler at Virginia Commonwealth University. Marik has been using the combination treatment since 2016 at his hospital in Norfolk, Va., where he also teaches at the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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It is important to keep an eye on those around you, particularly close family and friends who are very young, elderly or with compromised immune systems.The initial infection commonly begins in the urinary tract which is vulnerable in both babies and the elderly, but also following respiratory infections,or stomach upsets where the bacteria in the intestines has been compromised and cannot support the immune system.

Symptoms of sepsis:

  • Fever for more than a few days
  • Lower back pain relating to kidney function,
  • Pain on urination,
  • Persistent hacking cough with back pain,
  • Confusion,
  • Rapid heart and breathing rate.

At certain times of year, those who are vulnerable need to take precautions, particularly around others who might have a cold or influenza. If they are babies then I do suggest that you don’t allow strangers to touch them on their hands or face and that you don’t encourage them to be kissed except by close family. Even then keep them away from each other if they have colds or flu.  You might find this post helpful

If you are in the slightest bit concerned about yourself or a family member who is exhibiting the above symptoms then call a doctor immediately.

©sally cronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2018

My nutritional background

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

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Thanks for dropping in and hope this has proved helpful. Thanks Sally