Antibiotics and compounds that are strictly antibacterial won’t work against viruses. Substances like vitamin C and hydrogen peroxide do. In fact, vitamin C fights infections by producing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). That is why I include Vitamin C in the daily multi-vitamin I formulated. The maintenance dose of vitamin C that I recommend is between 500 – 1000 mg daily.
During a period of illness, your body will use and tolerate much higher doses of vitamin C than normal, so a daily intake of as much as 20 grams isn’t unusual. High doses of vitamin C may be required for days to fight off a serious infection. As your condition improves, the dosage can usually be lowered, but during this time I still recommend keeping the levels right around “bowel tolerance” or the point where your bowel movements become loose.
Under most circumstances, including an outbreak of influenza, I suggest taking oral vitamin C, until the point of bowel tolerance. At the first sign of an infection, start taking at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C an hour, and gradually increase that amount until your bowel movements become loose. When that occurs, maintain the amount of vitamin C or decrease it slightly until your bowels normalize. In the most serious situations, you may need intravenous vitamin C, but if you can find a doctor who administers such treatments, you’ll be lucky.