There’s a doctor in Virginia who is trying to promote IV mega-dose vitamin C for intensive care units (ICU) by lecturing to ICU doctors throughout the nation. Dr. Paul Marik was the head of the Norfolk General Hospital’s ICU.
In January of 2016, out of desperation, he decided to try IV mega-dose vitamin C on a middle-aged woman dying from septic shock in his unit.
His IV “cocktail” consisted of vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1), and hydrocortisone. Her turn-around and recovery were so unexpectedly rapid and complete that he continued using that cocktail for sepsis victims with a very high success rate.
Dr. Marik’s successful adventure out of the medical standard of care box was detailed in an earlier Health Impact News article.
Sepsis is a toxic blood condition that leads to septic shock, which shuts down organs and kills at a rate of over 800 per day. It’s accepted that any type of infection could create sepsis if the immune system overreacts and creates a cytokine storm.
Septic shock is a common occurrence in ICUs, but can occur elsewhere and from different triggers. The mortality rate of septic shock victims is around 50 percent, but the numbers are more surprising. According to IV vitamin C advocate, Dr. Alpha “Berry” Fowler, an ICU head in another hospital, sepsis cases result in septic shock and 826 deaths per day in the USA.