COVID-19 and a Comorbid
Cordell E Logan
As with most things, including diseases, there are associated factors, and not just one cause, in this case, SARS-CoV-2. Comorbid factors relate here as statistics have now clearly shown (comorbid meaning other contributing causes). People in high health do much better with this virus.
In the Feb/Mar issue (451-52) 2021 of The Townsend Letter, is an article by Daniel Cobb, DOM, entitled COVID-19 Is Really Two Diseases – To Treat the Second One, You Have to Name It Correctly. In this article, Dr. Cobb defines vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid or any of the mineral ascorbates based on L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has a half-life of about 30 minutes; it is gone in 4 hours. The only place it is stored is in the adrenals, and they use most of that there. Vitamin C is important for infections and for collagen functions.
The most common dangerous symptom with COVID-19 is when there is fluid on the lungs. The second most common symptom is diffuse blood clots (as in small vessels). With the infection, more vitamin C will be used up. Collagen fibers are needed for blood vessel walls to keep the blood inside the vessels. If collagen function is degraded because of vitamin C lack, the vessel becomes porous so bleeding ensues. A doctor may give anticoagulants to stop the bleeding, but the cause of a lack of vessel integrity can now result in more bleeding. There is Disseminated Intravenous Coagulation (DIC). Then the lung situation, labeled Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), goes along with all this.
Both ARDS and DIC are caused by one thing: acute scurvy.
The cost of vitamin C, even if mostly ascorbic acid, is very low compared to using a $50,000 ventilator.
Perhaps the title of this article needs to be reversed – Acute Scurvy and a Comorbid. In this case, the comorbid is SARS-CoV-2.
In the Black Death of the 1340s in Europe (started in China, 1334), a major factor was a lack of vitamin C. A lack of this can cause bruising, severe bruising, so the skin turns dark, a symptom of vitamin C (and bioflavonoid) deficiency. This then opened the door for an opportunistic organism, in this case Yersina pestis, to enter the picture. (Another disease more recently started in China, in Wuhan, China.)
With the flu of 1918-1919, the so-called Spanish Flu (made public in Spain, a neutral country during WWI) killed more people than did all of World War I. Cause was by a strain of H1N1. It too related to a deficiency of vitamin C. The war effort weakened the health of much of the population. Note too, that the isolated American Indian population was particularly susceptible to this flu. They had no exposure to any of this, thus hormesis was not going on, so they became infected.
Also note the public and much of the medical profession still calls ascorbic acid as “vitamin C” when ascorbic acid is just one part (as an antioxidant to protect the plant) of the natural vitamin C complex. Albert Szent-Gyὄrgyi (Nobel Prize winner) discovered that hexuronic acid aided in preventing scurvy. This now is called ascorbic acid. Though not the whole vitamin C complex, some think it does help in collagen functions, and that alone can help in scurvy. It is best to use the whole complex. High oral ascorbic acid (often from GMO corn) can have side effects: free radicals can build up over time that may contribute to the aging process and the development of health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis.
When given intravenously, it has to be ascorbic acid. This has efficacy as proven by the story of Allan Smith. It is believed that intravenous ascorbic acid, being an acid, kills microorganisms and may result in hydrogen peroxide activity, which also kills microorganisms, and is thought to help cancer by action of its antitoxic effects and in apoptosis. It may have collagen support (relates to anti-scurvy), and is safer than most antibiotics (water soluble, without kidney threshold limitations), and is free from allergic reactions.
With information now available, the student of health needs to seek this out so as to make educated, non-emotional, non-conspiratory, decisions.
This website shows the case of Allan Smith.
It is an up-to-date article of what happened to Allan Smith of New Zealand who had the swine flu in 2009. It has relavancy today with COVID-19.