NDs Reach Out To Hospitals To Utilize IV Vitamin C In COVID-19 Treatments

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I wanted to share this press release with you, published on April 1, 2020 by the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) , my national professional association. We are urging hospitals and clinics on the front lines of treating people with COVID- 19 to consider and utilize IV Vitamin C therapy as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of this pandemic. There have been some small but encouraging studies out of China that show benefits of adding this therapy, and we already know it is safe for high-dose use from previous studies and trials. At SFNM we have been doing high-dose vitamin C IV therapy for many years for conditions such as cancer support, immune support and other conditions, and recent studies have shown it to be effective in the treatment of sepsis (infections in the blood).

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We believe that this therapy used by many naturopathic doctors as well as functional and holistic medical doctors shows promise as one of the tools to combat this infection and potentially save lives, and are sharing this knowledge with doctors and health care workers on the front lines of this pandemic. Signs are encouraging. I have heard reports of physicians in NYC utilizing this therapy with COVID-19 patients. I look forward to hearing if it helps.

Press Release:

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Urges Physicians and Hospitals to Utilize IV Vitamin C to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic.The Association calls for increased use of this effective and affordable intervention.

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The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), representing 8,000 licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs) in the United States, encourages healthcare practitioners on the front lines of treating moderate to severe cases of COVID-19 to utilize intravenous Vitamin C (IVC, also known as IV Ascorbic Acid) as an adjunctive measure in the care of their patients.Naturopathic doctors are the nation’s foremost experts in natural therapeutics and have extensive training in drug-nutrient and drug-herb interactions. Drawing from our long history of safe and effective use of intravenous Vitamin C, we urge our medical colleagues to incorporate this treatment from the naturopathic medicine toolkit immediately in an effort to save lives and reduce long-term morbidity. While we applaud the use of IVC by a small number of hospitals in the U.S., it unfortunately remains a rarely utilized intervention.

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There currently is no definitive, evidence-based treatment for COVID-19. Due to the unusual and extreme clinical demands of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, IVC has been implemented in some Chinese hospitals, and data published by the “Expert Group on Clinical Treatment of New Coronavirus Disease in Shanghai” details the use of IVC as effective adjunctive care of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Patients receiving IVC experienced shorter hospital stays and lower mortality, allowing greater access to intensive care resources (including ventilators) for other vulnerable patients.

This recent data for this novel virus expands upon the extensive use of IVC in clinically relevant circumstances, including reduced mortality in patients with sepsis and ARDS as well as shortened ICU stays and reduced need for ventilators in critically ill patients. Intravenous Vitamin C is a generally safe (with rare, notable exceptions), cost-effective, and well-tolerated intervention even in the most critical patients when delivered based on appropriate clinical guidelines alongside existing treatments. Though further research is always warranted, time is of the essence to treat those who are in need of solutions today.

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