Sepsis: Deadly Condition Can Now Be Treated Through Intravenous Vitamin C
Annually, sepsis is estimated to have a 15 to 19 million cases with a mortality rate of 60 percent globally, and there have been so many false promises for over a year when it comes to treatment. The news about the potential effective treatment for sepsis has been reported and claimed that there is a remarkable success in administering Vitamin C at high risk of sudden death
According to NPR, it happened when Dr. Paul Marik from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital encountered a woman with a severe case of sepsis. And decided to administer a low dosage of corticosteroids with a bit of another vitamin and thiamine. The next morning, Dr. Marik was shocked seeing his patient on the road to recovery.
Because of the outcome, Dr. Marik then treated 50 patients with the same procedure and only 47 out of 50 patients survive that underlies other diseases and not sepsis. Considering that a million of Americans a year who diagnosed with sepsis, and about 300,000 die because of it. Dr. Marik tried to treat about 150 patients with sepsis by administering Vitamin C infusion and only one die of it.
NIH defined sepsis as a serious medical condition that caused by body's response to an infection. Sepsis has been a major challenge in intensive care unit, where it is the leading life-threatening illness and a leading cause of readmitting patients in the hospital. In a deeper understanding, sepsis triggers from another medical condition such as infection in lungs, urinary tract, or even the insertion of a vascular catheter that can enter the bacteria into the bloodstream.
Dr. Marik made a case that Vitamin C was not a simply trendy antioxidant but it can also influence the immune system to response to the inflammation when it is injected and not taken orally. However, Coopersmith, a top sepsis researcher said that there have been hundreds of positive results from the study but in the follow-up research it failed.