Every year, the Centers for Disease Control tell us how many people die from the flu. However, a lot of these people don't actually succumb to the flu, but to pneumonia. Pneumonia is the eighth ranked killer disease in the world. And most of these deaths come from flu complications that turn into pneumonia.
As a result, drug companies have developed a pneumonia vaccine. However, this vaccine is a mixed bag. Some studies say it works about 70% of the time. Others say it works only about 10% of the time. And one study found that the vaccine doesn't work for "adults older than 55 years." This is the exact group that needs the vaccine to work. What's more, the effectiveness wears off over time. One study found the vaccine was initially effective 48% of the time. But that dropped to 15% after five years. So is there a better way to fight pneumonia?
The CBS TV show "60 Minutes" might have the answer. Several years ago, the show did a segment on the miraculous recovery of Alan Smith of New Zealand. Alan was fighting for his life because complications of the H1N1 virus had given him double pneumonia. To complicate matters even worse, he also had leukemia. Alan was on life support and the hospital staff had given up on him. They wanted to pull the plug on his life support.
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However, before the family allowed that to happen, they forced the hospital staff to give Alan high-dose intravenous vitamin C. Reluctantly, the hospital tried the treatment. And it worked. After two days of IV vitamin C, his X-rays changed in a big way. Prior to the vitamin C, his lungs were so infected you couldn't see his lungs on X-ray. Two days later, you could easily see his lungs. It was a miracle.
But once Alan was able to breathe on his own, the hospital refused to give him any more vitamin C. His health began to deteriorate again. So the hospital put him on low-dose IV vitamin C (1,000 mg daily). It helped, but his recovery was slow. This happened a couple of times, where the hospital would take him off and his health would deteriorate. Then they would put him back on at the family's insistence.
Once Alan recovered enough to come out of his coma, the hospital wouldn't give him the IV vitamin C any longer. So the family started giving him oral vitamin C. However, it wasn't just your average vitamin C from the grocery store. Instead, they used liposomal C. After six days on the liposomal vitamin C, Alan left the hospital and went home to his farm. His recovery was truly remarkable. The hospital staff was stunned.
The high-dose IV vitamin C was 25-50 grams daily. It was having a dramatic impact. However, 1-2 grams per day had only slow results. But when Alan started taking just 6 grams each day of liposomal C, he recovered as fast as he was with the high-dose IV (if not faster). That's because liposomal C penetrates cells much better than the vitamin C from IVs and injections. And the cost is significantly less. What's more, you can treat yourself at home without a doctor's assistance.
So if you want to avoid pneumonia — or fight it off once you have it — consider trying liposomal C. Alan used the brand Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C from LivOn Laboratories. I also like Quicksilver Scientific's product. You can find both these and other good brands on the Internet.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.