VIDEO: DIY intravenous vitamin C

 Posted by on February 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Feb 112011

My latest youtube video relates the travails that have led me to doing my own intravenous vitamin C at home, and describes the process of preparing an infusion.


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    Great Jon

    Thanks for the info…….how r u trying ur latest trial?
    Also at home?


      I am doing all infusions at home now. I have four more to do in this trial, which will end April 11. I should be able to report results before the end of April.

      I have learned to do the IVs by myself, and just finished today’s infusion with no assistance whatsoever. If I decide to continue this, I now know I can do so independently, provided I can acquire the necessary supplies, such as needles and tubing.


    This is wonderful. I hope this turns out to be a viable solution and that should be able to share your information. I am curious how much this costs. I was also surprised to learn that it isn’t buffered … is unbuffered Vit C now the standard practice? If so, I wonder if there is any clinical data proving it’s better than say sodium ascorbate (I suspect there isn’t).


      A 50-gram infusion “kit” costs about $81 from my doctor. Most people should expect additional expense for an infusion nurse, though I’ve been lucky to have someone volunteer that for me.The commercial vitamin C is buffered with sodium bicarbonate and sodium hydroxide. From what I’ve read, sodium ascorbate is probably preferable. The reason it’s not used in commercial preparations escapes me at the moment, but I think it could have something to do with the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. The Vitamin C Foundation has lots of information on sodium ascorbate, as well as Dr. Cathcart’s process for using it intravenously. Click on the IVC link there.


    Jonathan, I’m excited to hear the update now that your 8 week trial is over.
    Hoping all is well!


    You will not need to do IV vitamin c any longer. look into Lipsomal vitamin c, an oral preparation of c that will create blood levels equal to or surpassing IV C


    Hi Jonathan,

    I just wanted to tell you that your video is really wonderful. I’m extremely interested in pursuing this treatment myself, also at home, and so I felt I should thank you for the information and encouragement. I suppose my first step will be to try and find a technician who’s cool enough and/or open enough to give some one-on-one training. It sounds like you really lucked out with yours being willing to help you, albeit in kind of an unhappy way I guess. I’m thinking that I’ll need to find some clinics who are doing intravenous vitamin c in their offices and then spend the money for at least a few sessions, and then just talk to the technicians or nurses or whoever is actually administering the treatment. I hope I’m able to find someone. If I actually succeed in doing this at home on my own I’ll definitely write back and let you know about it. Maybe that will help someone else, too. Anyway, I found the video totally inspiring! Thank you so much, and please take care.


    How are you Jonathan? I hope everything is fine. Inspired by your story I purchased some IV vitamin C, I have couple of infusion bags with water, needles, tubs, all that stuff. I have an acquaintance nurse, who will do the ‘vein’ work. My question is how much infusions per week is enough, and if it’s safe to make a mixture by myself just by adding the vitamin C to the infusion bag in amount of required grams. I heard somewhere that the first infusion should be less saturated with vitamin, but I’m not sure if such precautions are necessary. For now I am taking also the liposomal vit.C without any problems (although too much of it will result with a diarrhoea).


      It was never my intention to provide detailed advice to others wanting to try IVC. I strongly advise against injecting anything into your veins without the support and knowledge of a doctor or other trained professional. A competent infusion clinic will test patients for G6PD, for example, a hereditary condition that make IVC dangerous for a handful of people.

      There are usually other compounds, such as magnesium, that are also added to the infusion to help reduce irritation at the injection site.

      It is not possible to know how much vitamin C an individual actually needs to reach therapeutic levels, without post-infusion testing of serum levels.

      Bottom line: I did not learn how to do IVC from the Internet. I first received care at a highly qualified clinic, where I learned what needed to be done. Nearly all of my infusions were conducted with their knowledge, support and oversight. The two times I made an exception to that rule resulted in serious complications, which I also reported here.

      I apologize if I gave the impression that self-administered IVC is a simple, do-it-yourself task. I’ve learned the hard way that it is not.


    OK. Thank you sir for clarification. So I will definitely contact some PhD first. I hope the vitamin is doing good for you. Greetings from Poland.


    do you compound water with the sodium ascorbate?, which type of water is recommended

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