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Does High-Dose Vitamin C Address Chronic Fatigue? An N=1 Tentative Conclusion

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For important background info, see the prior post and timeline, dosing etc.

Does Vitamin C dosed appropriately help with chronic fatigue?

What does that mean? An average for individuals with wildly varying causal factors? Even with cancer, certain treatments cure some while others see no benefit.

All you can do is try it yourself.

What counts is N=1 you, not a study which averages-out results. Moreover, no study can be trusted, since any mainstream study will be designed for the desired outcome (failure). This can be done by dosing, cohort selection, data collection and analysis—all corrupt—follow the money. That is how it is done to ensure Big Pharma meds are the only option your doctor can offer you.

There are outfits out there pushing supplements for profit, a weak sauce pharma-like profit model. But Vitamin C is so cheap and widely available that there is little incentive to do research that everyone can profit from. Therefore, the only studies you will ever see are those that show C to be a failure.

My tentative conclusion: Vitamin C helps

What I use: LivOn Laboratories Lypo Spheric Vitamin C @AMAZON and Nutricost Ascorbic Acid Powder (Vitamin C) @AMAZON.

Just because it seems to be working for me does not mean it will work for you. There could be completely different factors involved. This is an experience report, not a proof or recommendation.

OTOH, what do you have to lose when your doctor has no solutions other than drugs with side effects that are even less likely to work? That is the state of such illness; after decades, chronic fatigue of all shapes and forms remains largely a mystery (and note that it was and still is written off by arrogant and ignorant doctors as psychosomatic!).

Recapping the past two months:

  • Two days after starting my protocol, I saw a big improvement. Coincidence?
  • Matches or exceeds the longest period of good energy in 3+ years.
  • Brief periods of reduced energy could be explained as perfectly normal due to sleep/rest. Never did I drop into the malaise of the past 3 years, and recovery was quick. I am older and much less fit than before and thus my resilience is also lower, so that might even be expected.
  • The past week ~8, I hiked at high altitude for long periods carrying my tripod and pack 4 out of 6 days and active the other two days in significant ways, all while dealing with acclimating to altitude up to 12000 feet. I felt it for sure, but so did my 21 year old daughter.

My tentative hypothesis is that my Vitamin C protocol as dosed was/is a causal factor in restoring vigor. The more time that passes, the stronger I would make that assertion, because a three-year pattern has been broken.

However, I cannot rule out that by some cosmic coincidence of timing that the C had nothing to do with it. Or it might be the right thing at the right time, my body being primed for it somehow.

The key metric as I see it will be whether this continues on into the fall and winter. I could relapse into a horrible low-energy state as has repeatedly happened over 3+ years. But at this point, I will dose with the Vitamin C when/if I feel that happening.

Aat this point I feel like my challenge is now not my 3-year malaise, but resuming/continuing training at a level that lets me gain fitness and get my body fat down to a level consistent with the past 15 years. Shifting to that goal is a remarkable upgrade.

Which form of Vitamin C?

My sense of it is that the liposomal Vitamin C is superior. But it’s expensive and so that’s why I’ve used both. If expense is an issue, then try the powder first. Also, I cannot speak to any other brand of liposomal C as I have not used them.

LivOn Laboratories Lypo Spheric Vitamin C @AMAZON

Nutricost Ascorbic Acid Powder (Vitamin C) @AMAZON (see also the COA)

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