Getting a Jab? Take Vitamin C!!
The prevention of vaccine reactions
We know that reports of severe reactions following infant vaccinations, though rare, are causing widespread anxiety among the population. Moreover, physicians are discussing the question as to how many days after vaccination an infant death should be considered as attributable to a vaccine (1).
A review of the World literature on vitamin C and vaccine reactions in animals has revealed that supplementary vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has a potent and highly significant protective effect (2). Ascorbic acid reduces both the morbidity and the mortality following the injection of all bacterial and viral toxins tested in guinea pigs, and even in rats and mice, which make their own ascorbic acid from simple sugars in the liver. Clearly, even the ascorbic acid-producing animals do not always make enough ascorbic acid for all their needs. The highly protective effect of vitamin C has also been reported in children by Kalokerinos (3) in his studies of aborigines in Australia.
One therefore cannot help wondering why the various national centers for disease control have not yet recommended vitamin C to be given before all vaccinations. It would surely be most beneficial, not only in reducing severe vaccine reactions and deaths, but also in reducing or preventing the residual disabilities which can occur following minor cerebral or subdural haemorrhages.
We now know that the bleeding of severe vitamin C deficiency (or scurvy) is due to capillary fragility arising from the accumulation of excessive levels of histamine in the blood (4), causing widening and separation of the tight-junctions between the endothelial cells of the capillaries and venules, from which the bleeding arises (5). The histamine accumulation in scurvy is due to the fact that ascorbic acid is essential for the body’s progressive removal of histamine by converting it to hydantoin-5-acetic-acid and on to aspartic acid in vivo (6). Nowadays, with so many vaccines being given simultaneously to infants, one has to consider that the histamine arising from the injection of these foreign proteins and the histamine arising from any childhood infection will be added to the already elevated blood histamine level due to ascorbic acid depletion, so leading to a toxic blood histamine level which can be fatal. Perhaps this severe condition should not be called Infantile Scurvy or Barlow’s Disease, but rather Toxic Histaminaemia or a Barlow’s Disease Variant.
No doubt Health Departments will soon conduct studies of plasma ascorbic acid and whole blood histamine levels on soldiers before and at various intervals after single and multiple vaccinations for overseas duty. Such studies will certainly confirm that outwardly normal people with somewhat low ascorbate levels have markedly elevated blood histamine levels, and that their blood histamine concentrations increase even more
following vaccinations. A more useful estimation of the time range of vulnerability for each vaccine might then be made.
Until then, we can hope
1) That vaccinations will be postponed when an infant is premature or is ailing in any way, even with the common cold.
2) That consideration will be given to reducing the number of vaccines to be given at one time.
3) That 500 mg of vitamin C powder in fruit juice will be given to infants to drink before their vaccinations. (More vitamin C can be given by intramuscular injection, if the infant develops a high-pitched cry, a febrile illness, or has a convulsion.)
C.A.B. Clemetson, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, Tele: 504-866-1525, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Competing interests: No competing interests