I recently started treatment for Lyme disease and have been working closely with a functional medicine doctor. Part of my routine now is to go in twice a week for highly concentrated Vitamin C IV's and glutathione. I would like to say only at first I was skeptical, but it has been a month and I am still a bit skeptical!!
I have definitely felt a drastic difference after getting the IV's but I have also had three sessions that I didn't notice any difference at all. The last couple of weeks my body has been really slow to absorb the IV's and they have taken three hours instead of the 90 minutes they tell me to plan for. This week has been pretty rough because I came down with a chest cold on top of everything else so they decided to double my IV bag today. I had plenty of time allotted so I figured I may be laying on the BioMat for 4-5 hours and much to my surprise, it only took two hours! I am thinking this meant my body really needed it and was just soaking it up. Although I was hoping to leave feeling like a super hero, I left feeling severely fatigued. When I have my fatigue days nothing helps but I have learned to embrace it and try to enjoy working from bed!
I thought I would take a little time to share about the reason behind these IV's in case they can help you or somebody you know. Maybe you are like me and think a hefty glass of OJ and some vitamin C tablets could do the same thing but unfortunately it can't compare.
We use Vitamin C because it is an immune system booster and has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-histamine properties. Very high doses of vitamin C appear to be toxic to cancer cells. The high doses of vitamin C required to be effective for severe health issues and cancer treatments (15 to 100 grams/infusion) may only be given by an intravenous route. Oral intake of a dose this high would not be tolerated or absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract. Many intolerable side effects would occur with oral doses anywhere near these levels. It can even cause GI upset when given intravenously so the first one we did was a smaller dose and a slower infusion rate to make sure it wouldn't make me sick to my stomach. I did get the IV one day while vomiting from a migraine and we weren't entirely sure it was a good idea but both my migraine and vomiting/nausea went away. I drove there feeling like death and walked out with a pep in my step.
These high doses of vitamin C are beneficial for cancer, heart disease, allergies, immune support, post surgical healing, sports injury repair, infections, pancreatitis, hepatitis, bladder infections, and chronic fatigue. I have found that most of my fellow warriors in the IV area are battling Lyme and toxicity poisoning and having severe fatigue, pain, neurological and cognitive issues. Most of the feedback I get when I ask the others if it is working for them is an astounding YES! They all seem to gain a lot of energy after the IV's.
I feel like I am still a newbie on this journey and I think recovering from Gullain Barre Syndrome and having Lyme on top of that is making my path a bit harder to navigate. I mean it did take five doctors and four months to figure out the Lyme so it seems like even the doctors are a bit confused.
The last two years I have really felt like there is no rhyme or reason to my healing. I have good days and awful ones, I have great weeks and terrible ones, and I even had a really decent month and more recently I had a month from hell.
My nutrition stays the same besides seasonal variations, my activity levels are purely based on work so it doesn't fluctuate too much, I get massive amounts of rest, my stress levels are minimal, I have had to increase my prescriptions and supplements in an effort to help ease my pain, but overall I have no idea what actually works for me. I am going to keep sticking with these IV's because the times they do work are totally worth it and sometimes there is just a little delay so I have a feeling tomorrow is going to be an epic day! I'm always hopeful despite the ups and downs.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you have any stories to share about your experiences, please leave a comment <3