The reason I found this article below is because I have a chronic condition that only flares up with a weakened immune system and/or stress caused by a virus that will never leave my body (much like herpes or shingles). When I went to my holistic doctor he prescribed me vitamin c in large doses via IV!!! I was astonished and quite happy not to be given a prescription of antibiotics (that don't work on viruses anyways). This got me thinking about vitamin c, the studies done to show it's effectiveness and more research. Papaya leaf and fruit has over 100% DV of Vitamin C, so clearly I am back on my papaya leaf extract, because it's more concentrated in vitamin c than the fresh fruit. It's like my own little oral IV of vitamin c, which is way more affordable than going to the doctor! So here is the article on vitamin c relating to chronic illness and the use of vitamin c on humans and even your pets.
J. Oren, Family Herbalist and CLD Birth Doula
Vitamin C: Shingles/People like Herpes/Pets
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Grandma told me a few years that she had had Shingles–and it was the most painful thing she’d ever experienced. The commercials running constantly on TV about Shingles got me thinking.
I’ve had chickenpox, and Shingles I found out, is caused by the herpes zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox. What was Shingles–could animals catch it from people–and how do you treat it?
Like all viruses, even cancer, my research keeps coming back to the virtues of Vitamin C. There are links below to order the two types of Vit C suggested in the article below–liposomal (more powerful but more expensive) and sodium ascorbate. Vitamin C is something that we keep in the medicine cabinet at the Rescue Ranch year ’round.
It appears that animals cannot catch “people” Shingles itself (but I would be very careful about virus transmission any way) but according to Web MD, there is a small chance that unvaccinated people, who have never had chickenpox, could catch it and animals can catch a different form of the herpes virus. (More on treating “people” Shingles below with Vit C.)
Dogs can get–and transmit–something similar called CHV or Canine Herpes Virus. It is one of the diseases that Dr. Alson Sears Canine Distemper Serum can easily treat. Cats can get and transmit FVR–feline herpes–caused by feline herpesvirus 1, of the family Herpesviridae–which (Dr. Sears believes this could be treated with his serum but made specifically for cats, not the one made for dogs. Read more about Dr. Sears in the Canine Distemper article link above. If your vet wants to discuss the above with Doctor Sears, please email me and I will forward your message to him.)
Check with your doctor, vet and/or do your research on using Vitamin C and what dose to use for what condition (even contact Dr. Levy who wrote the article below.) If they don’t know/or don’t care to know, go to see a naturopath or holistic–doctor or vet. They are easy to find on the ‘net.
What I know from experience, is that taking smaller amounts frequently through the day/night, is better absorbed than taking large doses, adding up to the same amount, once or twice a day. I have found that to be the same for dogs. There are a few medical conditions in dogs and cats during which Vitamin C should not be used. Be your own/your animal/s best advocate! Read More