September 14, 2001
1. Tell me briefly about your sinusitis history.
Life long with allergies, leading to congestion and infections - treated with repeat courses of oral antibiotics during childhood. Exacerbated by occluded drainage, following deviation of nasal septum (direct nose trauma) in 1976. Worsened, following mercury poisoning in 1988 then increasingly constant following vaccination with Hepatitis B, in 1989.
Several courses of antibiotics, oral decongestants (sudomyl), topical decongestant nasal sprays and Beconase as well as oral antihistamines over the years did not resolve the condition nor the postnasal drip or sore throat.
I could not sleep on my back because of the phlegm sticking to the back of my throat, nasal stuffiness and snoring.
With the failure of antibiotic therapy, I was forced to suck lozenges overnight, to manage postnasal congestion and nasal congestion, just to get some sleep. This has naturally ruined my tooth enamel and teeth.
Once a promising young singer, I have been unable to breathe well enough to sing, due to infected and blocked sinuses with postnasal drip/congestion.
2. Tell me as best you can remember what your condition was when you started in the study.
3. Please tell me in detail how much vitamin C you have taken during the study period and how long youve been taking this high dose. I hope that you pushed your bowel tolerance limit and that it has reduced over time, indicating an increase in your state of health. Please also tell me what forms of vitamin C you have been taking (e.g. Ascorbic acid tablets, sodium ascorbate powder).
In February I commenced bowel titration levels of sodium ascorbate as a result of severe exacerbation of Rheumatoid Arthritis - a flare up which had left me increasingly fatigued and housebound if not totally bedridden.
Within 3 months of using 60 - 100 g of na ascorbate daily (That's right, 60 to 100 GRAMS per day!, Rusty), my RA and energy levels had dramatically improved and use of pain killers virtually ceased apart from occasional NSAID.
4. Have you changed any medications or other supplements during this period? Please explain.
QUIT all NSAIDS and other pain relievers.
5. How has your sinusitis problem changed during this period?
Able to sleep without constant lozenges or nasal congestion and postnasal
6. How do you plan to go from here concerning taking vitamin C?
For financial reasons, I have reduced my ascorbate levels to the minimum required to induce bowel titration. During this reduction and balancing act, I have noticed return of rheumatic pains and disability and reactivation of nasal allergy reactions with increased nasal drainage, post nasal drip. This would indicate need for increased ascorbate dosage.
7. Have you noticed any side-effects from taking high-dose vitamin C?
Bowel titration not always easy to acquire, pending fluctuating needs but sometimes the vitamin C levels are clearly more than is required at that time, resulting in diarrhea beyond bowel titration comfort levels. During the initial 3 months on ascorbate, I suffered offensive flatulence but this leveled off with my improved health and reduced dosages.
8. Do you think taking high-dose vitamin C has had any other positive effects on your health?
Naturally, I took mega doses for amelioration of my rheumatic disease and was pleasantly surprised by the bonus reduction in sinusitis problems.
9. Please tell me anything else that you think would be of interest regarding your health and vitamin C.
I believe access to C-Stix would more accurately gauge my changing needs for ascorbate. However these are un-obtainable in this part of the world.
I know that when I start to get sore again, I increase my ascorbate until the pain subsides. If vitamin C is not part of my daily routine, the pains return after a few days. I also realize that a number of factors, predominantly stress and climatic conditions, increases my symptoms and am still adjusting the ascorbate intake accordingly.
My Comments: Jan has shared with me that the vitamin C therapy has dramatically changed her life for the better. I hope to be able to report additional results soon.