Vitamin C a potential Lifesaver for Patients with sepsis?
It’s critical to treat sepsis with fast-acting measures.
Intravenous antibiotics are the main line of defense we have, but they have major drawbacks.
They indiscriminately kill bacteria (including the good bacteria that critically support a vast array of bodily functions), hamper the immune system, and increase the risk of antibiotic resistance (wherein bacteria mutate into stronger, more deadly versions of themselves).
Before 2016, researchers had already explored the mechanisms by which vitamin C can reduce sepsis mortality.
At Norfolk General Hospital, Dr. Paul Marik tested the validity of their findings when faced with a nearly hopeless case of sepsis, with an ICU patient who was facing almost certain death, where a severe case of sepsis had already caused her kidneys and lungs to shut down.
In a final attempt to save her life, Dr. Marik administered an intravenous mixture outlined by previous research: vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1), and corticosteroids (to ease the inflammation caused by rampant immune response).
Amazingly, the treatment worked, and by the next morning it was clear that she would enjoy a full recovery.
Dr. Marik’s success sparked a string of trials and studies over the past year, all of which have yielded very promising results.
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