on March 7, 2012
I wasn't sure if I should buy this new book of Dr Levy's as I had only read his book Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins fairly recently. But I am so glad I did.
This book is not just an updated edition of this previous book, but a new book on vitamin C by this author in its own right. It is easily the best book on vitamin C there is, bar none.
Vitamin C is a genuine exception to the 'too good to be true' rule. A panacea is a wide-ranging cure-all. Vitamin C is the way nature designed us to deal with stress and disease, as can be seen when we look at animals that still produce their own vitamin C in their livers. Vitamin C helps diseases of all varieties as well as all oxidative stress. Due to a genetic error of metabolism the vast majority of us no longer produce this panacea in our livers, and this makes us far more vulnerable to many different chronic and acute diseases and infections than we would otherwise be.
Dr Levy talks about his early days with vitamin C treatment, when he was very surprised to see how well it worked but wasn't sure why, and also explains in detail what he has now learned about HOW it works. It is fascinating stuff and quite exciting.
The whole book is wonderfully simplified and easy to read - without ever being remotely condescending. The first half of the book (135 or so pages) makes the main points in a simple but compelling way and uses lots of bullet pointed lists and summaries of what was just said. The complexity is there in the second half of the book if you want to read more deeply about any of the main topics too. The book is very cleverly put together to suit just about any reader.
This book busts the following myths:
1. There are no studies on vitamin C
2. There is no proof that vitamin C works
3. Vitamin C is not safe
4. Vitamin C causes kidney stones
5. Our need for vitamin C is met by diet
6. Vitamin C just makes expensive urine
7. If vitamin C really worked we would all be using it
What also makes this book superior to many other excellent books on vitamin C is that it is the only one, aside form Levy's previous book, which discusses liposomal vitamin C. Liposomal vitamin C gives a clinical response similar to vitamin C given by IV, or even superior to it in some cases - and it is vastly more affordable and accessible. Vitamin C books which do not advise on liposomal vitamin C just cannot be considered complete. Dr Levy writes:
"Comparing the bioavailability of all other oral vitamin C delivery with your oral liposomal delivery is like comparing a squirt gun to a fire hose. Not only am I convinced that the efficacy of Lypo-Spheric(tm) Vitamin C far surpasses any traditional oral vitamin C supplement, but my recent personal experience with it suggests that it may sometimes be better than IV injection."
Further C reading of classics such as Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C The Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C by Dr. Hickey and Dr. Roberts, The Healing Factor: Vitamin C Against Disease by Irwin Stone, VITAMIN C, TITRATING TO BOWEL TOLERANCE, ANASCORBEMIA, AND ACUTE INDUCED SCURVY Robert F. Cathcart, III, M.D., The Ascorbate Effect in Infectious and Autoimmune Diseases by Robert F. Cathcart, M.D., and VITAMIN C: The Real Story by Steve Hickey, PhD and Andrew Saul, plus books and articles by Linus Pauling, is also highly beneficial though, if at all possible - especially if you have a serious disease or are medically treating very serious disease with high dose vitamin C. Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins is also very good.
Dr Levy explains that 6 grams of vitamin C daily in divided doses (or 2 grams of liposomal vitamin C) is a good starting point for a healthy adult but that as we each have different needs for vitamin C which change over time, ideally we should each start by working out our bowel tolerance dose of vitamin C using sodium ascorbate power. (Liposomal vitamin C doesn't cause loose stools, as almost all of it is absorbed by the body. So this form of vitamin C is not helpful in determining the bowel tolerance dose of vitamin C; the dose our body needs at any one time.)
Dr Levy recommends working out your bowel tolerance dose monthly or even weekly (if you are very ill or your illness is unstable). He also recommends paying close attention to how you feel and letting this be a guide to how appropriate your current dosage is. If you feel good at a certain dosage of vitamin C, then you raise it a little more and find no increased benefit, then you are probably taking as much as your body can use. When you have worked out your necessary dosage, you can take it as sodium ascorbate or liposomal vitamin C or a combination of the two. 1 gram of liposomal C = 3-4 grams of sodium ascorbate powder, 2 grams = 9-10 grams of power, 3 grams = 12-18 grams of power, says Levy.
(A brief aside: It is only briefly mentioned in the book, but if you are long-term ill and easily made ill by lots of different supplements, it is so so important to start taking extra vitamin C very slowly. If you don't you will likely be hit with a pretty huge and unpleasant and disabling detox reaction or healing reaction. I had a series of 25 gram C IVs years ago and was made so ill by it I had to stop treatment and I was also floored for days by even having a teaspoon of vitamin C (5g) in water one day, a few years later. Incredibly ill. But by taking my dose up slowly as a rate of just a gram extra a week at first, I suffered no ill effects at all and have now worked up to taking over 30 grams a day, plus 4 or more liposomal C sachets, a sachet of liposomal GSH, and feeling absolutely wonderful whenever I have 50 gram vitamin C IVs! If you are a sensitive type due to your illness, go slow! Do start though, and don't mistake a healing reaction for an intolerance to vitamin C. A healing reaction means it is doing what it is supposed to, just a bit too fast.)
What Levy is discussing here is not just any old vitamin C dosage. Dosages must be appropriate to how much stress you are under and given regularly and for a long enough duration. The more stress your body is under, the more it will need. 6 grams daily is an absolute minimum effective dose and many of us need far more. Dosages as high as 200 - 300 grams may be necessary for a period of time when used to fight acute infections or toxic exposures.
Dr Levy says in the book that the amount of water needed to but out a blaze, depends on the size of the fire - and so it is with vitamin C. The dose is everything with vitamin C. Taking small amounts just will not have the same effect as taking the appropriate dose.
Properly dosed vitamin C is essential. But Dr Levy also explains that taking broad spectrum antioxidants with it is a very good idea, as they all work together in a synergistic way. Liposomal GSH is particularly important. A basic supplement regime focusing on the major vitamins and minerals (A, Bs, D, E, magnesium, etc.) is also important long-term and will help ensure you get the most from your vitamin C regime etc. Toxic exposures must also be reduced as much as possible. For those serious about improving their health extra detoxification methods such as the use of FIR saunas are also essential, Dr Levy explained in a recent video.
Some conditions can be cured with high dose vitamin C, if enough is given, early enough. This includes polio and glandular fever/mono and hepatitis. Others can be put into a stable state by high dose vitamin C - such as AIDS. Vitamin C can also prevent many diseases. At the very least, high dose vitamin C will improve symptoms and quality of life. High blood levels of vitamin C reduces mortality form ALL causes. Vitamin C is man's primary defence against toxins, pathogens and oxidative stress.
Treating the causes of disease is so much more effective than just blindly drugging symptoms. The real causes of disease are pathogens, toxins (both of which cause massive oxidative stress) and nutrient deficiencies.
The claims in the book are supported by more than 1000 published peer reviewed studies.
The research on vitamin C is convincing and like anyone that has tried high dose vitamin C at at least a bowel tolerance level, I have also seen it make a noticeable difference in my own life and the lives of those of my friends that have tried it. We are brainwashed to always be excited about and focused on the newest and sexiest and most exotic new drugs and other treatments, but in reality it is the boring unsexy stuff like making sure your body has enough of all the major vitamins and minerals which really gets the big results!
The book brilliantly and clearly describes the political barriers to high dose vitamin C becoming more commonly used. High dose vitamin C doesn't fit the current lucrative 'treat but don't cure' model of medicine, so patients must push for it. The fight has to start with us.
As Dr Levy eloquently explains, government and the traditional medicine industry are looking for cures about as diligently as crack dealers are searching for a non-addictive form of cocaine! The commonly help belief that drug companies and governments are focused on trying to cure all sorts of diseases is called into question by this book, and rightly so. This book talks about the massive conflict of interests at work in medicine and research, and provides some absolutely shocking facts and figures.
We need to push for high dose vitamin C to become more commonly accepted and also just for it to stay LEGAL! This book is an excellent weapon in this fight and a great book to give to your doctor, and anyone else you think may read it.
If you are ill you NEED to read this book, or one like it, and to start getting your levels of vitamin C optimised. It can't help but help, no matter what diagnosis you have or even if you don't yet have a correct diagnosis. It is inexpensive to try too with ascorbic acid costing just 3 cents a gram and not at all risky either, or difficult. Vitamin C is one of the safest substances to take there is.
Reading Primal Panacea (for the vitamin C information), plus Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life (for information on what to eat and how to work out a basic supplement regime) plus Detoxify or Die (for information on how to test for and treat nutritional deficiencies and detoxification problems, and how to safely start a more intensive detoxification program using FIR saunas) is about the best start you could get in treating any disease. These books are like gold if you are ill, in my opinion. There are dozen of oyher good bokks, but these 3 books cover all the basics so well and they don't cost very much either.
BTW I'm writing all this as someone that has read as much information on vitamin C, health and nutrition as I can and that is very slowly improving month by month from a very severe neurological disease - thanks in part to the work of Dr Levy, Dr Rogers, and others like them - that has left me housebound and almost entirely bedbound for many years. Since I was just 19. I wish so much I had had this information early on in my disease, rather than coming to it more than 10 years in. Healing is so much easier the earlier you start it.
Best wishes for future health to anyone still reading this far! I'm sorry this is so long. The last word is for the brilliant Dr Levy, who summarises his book with the following quote:
"Man's body was designed to function best with high blood and cellular levels of vitamin C - synthesised as needed by the liver. Due to an inborn error of metabolism, the vast majority of us no longer have the ability to make it, but that does not lessen our need for vitamin C or the benefits derived form it."
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)
on July 4, 2012
It is well known that most animals make their own Vitamin C, in their livers. Whether or not human beings ever had this capacity, I don't know. Whether there are a few human beings who still do, again, I don't know. However, because most of us do not make our own Vitamin C, we need to get it from our diet or as a supplement. This book starts off by describing the current situation, where the Medical Establishment frowns on using therapeutic doses of Vitamin C to treat various conditions, describes some of the standard treatments, and labels them as barbaric. It describes the danger that Vitamin C will become unavailable, and that doctors may get into a lot of trouble for using it. There is a very incomplete list of various conditions it will help. The next chapter describes Vitamin C's ability to detoxify from some serious poisons, including toxins from animals and plants. After some more background, the book goes on to discuss the role Vitamin C plays in the health of the circulatory system and the heart. The fact that root canals can lead to serious diseases of the body is also discussed. The mechanism is explained. The same chapter talks about high blood pressure and diabetes. The following chapters talk about cancer in detail, and aging. There is a list of more conditions Vitamin C will address in the latter chapter. The book then describes 7 medical lies that kill and debunks them. The next chapter describes the reasons Vitamin C is debunked. It all adds up to profit. Companies cannot make a huge amount of money from toxic pharmaceuticals if Vitamin C is widely used; Vitamin C is cheap. There is a short explanation of an alternative to intravenous Vitamin C that works just as well. This is Lyposomal Vitamin C. Don't think there is anything that is particularly unethical about including this information. It is common for doctors to profit from giving certain drugs to patients, and they get bribed. Being willing to sell an inexpensive remedy, or recommend it, doesn't constitute some kind of act of moral turpitude.
The next section describes the mechanism behind Vitamin C in various situations. It goes into a fair amount of detail. There is an in depth discussion of heart disease and kidney stones. After discussing a couple more topics, the remainder of the text portion talks about specific health conditions, their standard treatment, and documented studies of how Vitamin C helped. Many different health conditions are discussed.
The book ends with an extensive list of medical references, and I mean extensive. The vast majority is from medical journals. This is one of the best documented books I have seen in a long time.
This is well worth reading, if you need help with a medical condition, and you are willing to try alternatives. While Vitamin C is not a universal panacea, and there are some conditions it probably won't help, these are few and far between. It is too bad this book is so hard to get. I wish it were more widely available. It is high time we, the consumers of health care, demanded that the Medical Establishment stop defrauding us and charging us enormous sums for poisons, and started to promote healthy, safe, and inexpensive alternatives.
on July 4, 2013
This book stunningly describes what could prove to be the biggest story of the century in human health: the incredible effectiveness of high-dose intravenous ascorbic acid (vitamin C) against all forms of oxidative stress from toxins and pathogens, including all viruses and many bacteria as well as a wide range of poisons and pollutants. The Foreword describes dosages of 30 to 200 grams (or more) per day intravenously for acute inflammations or infections, and 4 to 20 grams per day for basic health maintenance.
Chapter 7 explains that there is no known toxic dosage level for vitamin C. The human body generally tolerates it extremely well. In fact, chapter 3 explains that nearly all mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians have extremely high levels of vitamin C in their bloodstreams, produced naturally by their own bodies, and the level increases greatly in response to bodily and environmental stresses. The most well known exceptions are guinea pigs and the higher primates, including man. Yet even the primates and man nevertheless still have all the essential genetic factors needed for natural internal vitamin C synthesis, but for unknown reasons one particular gene in man doesn't operate to produce a key enzyme needed for vitamin C synthesis in the body. Apparently there was an unidentified genetic mutation of some kind during the course of evolution. So far, no one knows why such a mutation would have occurred or how it could have provided a survival advantage allowing the mutation to become as pervasive among humans and a few other species as it apparently is today. Most animals produce their own vitamin C in huge quantities in their own bodies.
As a home remedy, the biggest problem with intravenous ascorbic acid has been that most people don't want to give themselves intravenous treatments or injections, and they usually don't have the necessary materials or training. But Chapter 9 describes a fairly new method of treating vitamin C (ascorbic acid) with phospholipids (liposomes) to encapsulate it in tiny spheres only 300 nanometers in diameter (about 1/3300th of 1 mm), allowing it to pass through the intestinal walls far more easily. The result is claimed to be 98% absorption of orally consumed vitamin C into the bloodstream, a phenomenal improvement over untreated vitamin C. Without liposomal treatment, it is estimated that one would need to consume about 12 grams of vitamin C just to get only 2 grams absorbed into the bloodstream, leaving the other 10 grams in the digestive tract where it attracts fluid buildup and results in significant discomfort and even watery diarrhea as the body works to get rid of it. Vitamin C levels in the bloodstream far exceeding 2 grams at a time are easily achievable orally in the liposomal form. Amazon.com offers liposome encapsulated Vitamin C, known by the trade name of Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C, in convenient, sealed two-gram gel packets (one gram of vitamin C) whose contents can be eaten directly, or mixed with a beverage, or applied topically to the skin with one's fingers for external skin irritations and burns.
Practicing physicians have to be extremely cautious, however, not to convey to their patients that vitamin C has any therapeutic value. Mainstream medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and the FDA don't yet approve of any therapeutic claims for vitamin C (beyond scurvy prevention, for which a paltry 90 mg of vitamin C per day has long been known to be sufficient, as chapter 9 mentions). The Preface describes a dentist in the 1990s who routinely offered his dental patients a 50 gram IV of vitamin C while they were having major dental work done, to ease the stresses of the dental work and to help the patients with various other health problems they had. The IV worked very well and is where Dr. Levy first witnessed systematic medical use of vitamin C. Dr. Levy subsequently learned of another doctor in the 1940s who pioneered the therapeutic use of high-dose intravenous vitamin C. Chapter 7 answers the main objections to vitamin C therapy, and Chapter 8 discusses various financial conflicts of interest in the healthcare industry today. Even if government restrictions won't allow doctors to claim that vitamin C cures people, it ought to be possible at least to claim that it helps sufferers to feel better and recover sooner.
Most of the book's chapters describe high-dose vitamin C as a treatment for health problems such as herpes infections, AIDS, pesticide exposure, poisonous animal bites, barbiturate overdose, mushroom poisoning, radiation sickness, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, swine flu, and Alzheimer's disease. Resource H is devoted entirely to an alphabetical listing of an incredibly wide range of conditions for which high-dose vitamin C can be effective if one can get enough of it into the bloodstream before the disease or poisoning has produced irreversible cell damage -- conditions like polio, staph and strep, rabies, mononucleosis, coronary heart disease (Dr. Levy is a cardiologist), shingles, tetanus, tuberculosis, and many others. The most common mechanism of cell damage is oxidative stress, which vitamin C can neutralize extremely effectively. The book's title, "Primal Panacea," may sound like pure "marketing hype," but "panacea" truly is an accurate term to describe the astounding benefits of vitamin C if one can get enough of it into one's bloodstream soon enough.
The book provides 1250 separate references in the medical literature, heavily documenting all of the book's medical claims. The literature spans more than 70 years, from the 1940s to the present. Dr. Levy seeks to bring this vast medical literature more fully to the attention of medical professionals and the general public alike.
on December 15, 2013
This is the most amazing discovery. A doctor friend of mine actually recommended this book to me and liposomal Vitamin C.
I saw a new dentist about 4 months ago and had a DNA test performed on my saliva to determine what bacteria were present in my mouth.
The test indicated I was very high in Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) a virulent silent destroyer of oral bone and other tissue.
The dentist wanted to put me on antibiotics immediately but I had just started on a daily regime of Lypo-spheric Vitamin C a few days before so I told them I'd like to wait 60 days and then repeat the DNA test to see if the Vitamin C had any effect. If not, then I'd do the antibiotic regime.
Got the test results last week. My Aa bacteria went from WELL ABOVE to WELL BELOW the danger threshold!
My dentist was a bit blown away by that, and I was VERY happy I did not have to use an antibiotic regime!
We are going to do another test in March to see if the levels keep dropping... Thanks Dr Levy!
on February 3, 2013
I am a nurse and what I read amazed me that we are not using Vitamin C more. My husband and I are using Lypospheric Vit C and it does work
on November 20, 2013
I have already benefited with this book by understanding better why vit c is so excellent for arterial sclerosis, poisons and infectious diseases. You have no idea how excellent this book is. I think it is probably the most important health book I have ever read due to the fact that you can easily put the information to use.
on May 8, 2014
AT TWICE THE PRICE THE INFO IN THIS BOOK IS LIKE FINDING PIRATES TREASURE. THE RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION BEHIND THIS IS 10 STAR, I S*** YOU NOT. I HAVE PURCHASE ALL THIS AUTHORS TOP BOOKS, THE INFO IN MIND BENDING , AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY, AND MAD AS HE.L.
AFTER YOU HAVE BOUGHT AND READ HIS BOOKS, SHOUT IT FROM THE HILLS AND TELL EVERYONE, SO THEY DON'T BLAME YOU LATER FOR NOT TELLING THEM. THE SIMPLE LIFE SHAVEING INFO IS A GOD SENT. BUT DO YOUR HOME WORK, BECAUSE MANY OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE BRAINWASH WITH MAIN STREAM.
THE REWARDS TO THE TRUTH SEEKERS ABOUT WHAT REALLY WORK. I HAVE SPENT OVER 500 HR NOW RESEARCHING THIS INFORMATION . I THANK GOD FOR THE LABOR AND SACRIFIEC OF THE GOODLY PEOPLE BEHIND THIS. MARV
on September 25, 2012
This book reveals information that could literally save your life. In addition, it informs you of the many physical conditions that high dose IV Vitamin C can contain or cure. I'm telling everyone I know about it.
on October 8, 2014
This is much more organized than his first book and more for the general public and also contains updated information from his book in 2002. If you are skeptical if Vitamin C works, then this is the book for you to read. He has copious references to research and also a section on 'the 7 myths about Vitamin C' (one of which is that there is no research proving anything), which is good for clarifying your defense when speaking with others about this treatment who claim it is worthless. (Such as the FDA, most physicians, NIH, etc.)
He doesn't say a whole lot about cancer which is why I purchased the book but he does give a very concise understandable explanation for why Vitamin C works so well for cancers of all types. For what its worth, the physician I am now seeing says he has an 85% success rate with all types of cancer. It would probably be higher if people complied with his protocol or they come to him in good health. Many patients wait too long and are too far gone after extensive chemo and radiation and there is a point when nothing will help, although the Vitamin C does help eliminate a most of the pain and suffering associated with terminal disease.
It also explains that if done properly and you are on the fence about whether or not to go the traditional route for cancer, that it will virtually eliminate the side effects of chemo and radiation that you normally experience in combination with Vitamin C.
As I write this, there are people needlessly dying of the ebola virus. Dr. Levy claims that with only three days of high dose Vitamin C, these people could be 'cured', although that is one of those words the FDA does not allow anyone in any profession to say. HIV/AIDs patients can also be put into 'remission' or can live normal healthy lives with Vitamin C.
I think it is criminal that this information is being withheld from the general public when so much suffering and death could be prevented by a simple vitamin. Also see information about liposomal Vitamin C (which you can make at home very inexpensively). At the time of this writing, I think the research was just starting to come in about the effectiveness of liposomal Vitamin C. However, it is very expensive to purchase and there are numerous recipes to be had for making your own for a 10th of the cost on the internet. And you don't get the bowel intolerance with it that you do with plain ascorbic acid tablets or powders....
An unrivalled universal microbe killer. The ultimate antidote. Uniquely effective in protecting against degenerative diseases. Those with the highest blood levels of vitamin C have a much lower risk of dying early. Needed to keep blood vessel walls strong and healthy. Selectively kills cancer cells and simultaneously strengthens healthy cells. Completely safe and nontoxic to humans.
The mammals most likely to get infectious disease - man, monkey and the guinea pig - are those unable to make their own vitamin C. Other animals radically increase production when they have severe health challenges. Humans carry the gene to make vitamin C but it is defective [or has been disabled, if you believe the deeper conspiracy claims]. Medics universally believe there are no human bodies which can make their own vitamin C but this is not proven.
Liposomal vitamin C has none of the bowel problems of other forms of vitamin C and delivers intravenous impact in an oral form. 1g liposomal = 3-4g powder; 2g liposomal = 8-10g powder; 3g liposomal = 12-18g powder. [Yes, liposomal is expensive but is now the only form of vitamin C I will use.]
Ascorbic acid powder is the least expensive form of vitamin C - because it is an acid, it is more likely to cause digestive stress.
Sodium ascorbate powder is inexpensive and easy to use - preferred over all other non-liposomal forms.
Ascorbyl palmitate is a fat-soluble form of vitamin C which gives a different absorption characteristic.
Bioflavinoids are good antioxidant nutrients - although they can help vitamin C improve the antioxidant capacity of the body, they are not necessary for this
Ester C is mainly composed of calcium ascorbate (which is not recommended for other reasons)...[and is] needlessly expensive
Mineral forms: chromium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, manganese ascorbate, molybdenum ascorbate, potassium ascorbate, and zinc ascorbate present a problem because the associated minerals bring toxicities of their own...avoid them except in lower doses.
Almost every word above is taken from this book, except those in square brackets. He explains the best option for acute infections is a combination of liposomal vitamin C and very high-dose vitamin C by IV and that given a choice of only one or the other, the better choice is liposomal vitamin C.
There is also an excellent basic explanation of toxins and toxicity; 20 known ways vitamin C boosts the immune system, how vitamin C works, and 7 murderous medical lies about vitamin C. The last third presents published studies supporting the book's statements, which basically covers everything in Levy's earlier book, "Curing the Incurable", which I also treasure.
Later note: Synthetics, including all the synthetic vitamin C forms listed in this book, work short-term but always have a longer-term "cost" - see my review of "Supplements Exposed: The Truth They Don't Want You to Know About Vitamins, Minerals, and Their Effects on Your Health". Unfortunately, "Primal Panacea" overlooks the fact that ascorbic acid and other synthetic vitamin C products act like drugs in the system and also leach natural vitamin C out of the body. It's also unfortunate no one is making a liposomal C using soy lecithin plus ONLY full spectrum, natural C such as the Innate Response Formulas, Vitamin C-400 (recommended by "The Calcium Lie II", an intriguing book plausibly claiming to explain the root cause of most illnesses) and Standard Process Collagen C, which even has a little adrenal support and is not made from citrus.