“Trust health authorities” implored the acting president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), people on Twitter on March 31, 2020. “Do garlic or vitamin C help against corona? No,” she said in a video that is still available more than a year later. She calls it “absurd hoax” that vitamin C helps against Corona. But the statement doesn’t hold up that way.
Politicians significantly influence Public Opinion
The video was obviously professionally staged. Every word seems rehearsed and well-considered. “Absurd hoax” is cleverly chosen. One could understand the statement as a factual assertion that would have to be proven in case of doubt. Or as an opinion, which may well be wrong. The tarnished freedom of opinion should still apply in full, at least for politicians with “the right attitude.”
A dangerous game with people’s health and lives. Politicians in exposed positions significantly influence public opinion. Therefore, one must be able to expect them to inform themselves carefully. The President of the EU Commission is therefore probably deliberately concealing the scientific facts about vitamin C. If not on 31.03.2020 then at the latest today.
Conceal and Confuse: Does Vitamin C Help Against Corona?
Vitamin C is important for a strong immune system. This in turn protects us from diseases. What almost every child should know, even the Federal Ministry of Education and Research does not deny: “An intact immune system is the body’s most important and effective line of defense against pathogens of all kinds…If the immune system is damaged, the risk of dangerous infections increases.”
Apotheken-Umschau says of vitamin C: “According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), its antioxidant properties play an essential role in the immune system.”
That’s not just known since “Corona.” Vitamin C is important. But does it also help against Corona? Ursula von der Leyen issues a crystal-clear: “No.” One could give her credit for the fact that at the time there were probably no study results clearly suggesting the opposite. But that does not legitimize pretending that science had a clear answer and that it was “no.” That was and is wrong.
To this day, the President of the European Commission uses her prominent position to unjustly brand highly official scientific findings as “absurd falsehoods”. She wisely refrains from giving a conclusive reason. It does not exist.
Are Scientists Researching Absurd Theses?
Your statement must be a slap in the face to the scientists who are researching these very questions: Does vitamin C help against corona? How can it help? What is the point of researching if politicians supposedly know the (desired?) answer long ago? Are scientists too stupid to realize how absurd the thesis is that vitamin C can help? Or does Ursula von der Leyen want to take people for fools?
Many scientific facts speak for the fact that vitamin C also helps in the context of “Covid-19”. Preventively and as a therapy.
1) The journal “Current Cardiology” reports: “Vitamin C reduces mortality and intensive care and ventilation days in ARDS sepsis”. ARDS sepsis, in simplified terms, means an often fatal complication of sepsis with organ failure. ARDS stands for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
2) The Swiss Physician Dr. Madeleine Wehrmann advocates vitamin C as a preventive measure and in case of illness: “Vitamin C is important for immunocompetence and in the treatment of oxidative stress…On the other hand, a viral infection leads to a massively increased vitamin C requirement…These realities should prompt us to prophylactically supplement vitamin C daily in this pandemic period…Vitamin C acts on several pathophysiological processes of a viral infection, as in vivo studies have demonstrated.
In particular, the increased oxidative stress, cytokine storm and increased thrombosis tendency can be reduced… Based on these facts, viral diseases, such as COVID-19, should be treated with vitamin C (high dose) therapy… In addition, the supplementation of other micronutrients is certainly useful, as these also support the immune system. In particular, vitamin D, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium and zinc should be mentioned here…”
In vivo studies means on a living organism. The “counterpart” is in vitro studies, which were only conducted in a test tube. Dr. Wehrmann is in favor of further studies, but the information situation obviously seems sufficient for her to make these clear recommendations. Her work is also picked up on the “US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health” platform: “Vitamin C can be used in all phases of viral infection. It decreases…the severity of infection and shortens hospital stay in hospitalized patients.”
3) An official U.S. government site states, “Acute respiratory failure due to COV-D-19 pneumonia has poor prognosis and high mortality… Studies suggest that high-dose vitamin C treatment reduces mortality in patients with sepsis and ARDS and may also be beneficial in COVID-19 disease.”
4) A scientific heavyweight in vitamin C research is Professor Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki. He has been working on the subject for about 40 years. Together with Angelique M. E. de Man from the University Medical Center in Amsterdam, he published an article entitled “Vitamin C and Covid-19.”
“…In critically ill patients, plasma vitamin C levels are often very low…A meta-analysis of 12 studies involving 1,766 patients calculated that vitamin C reduced the length of intensive care stay by 8% on average. Another meta-analysis found that vitamin C reduced the duration of mechanical ventilation in ICU patients. Two randomized placebo-controlled trials found a statistically significant reduction in mortality in sepsis patients…Vitamin C is a safe and cost-effective essential nutrient…In addition, Zabet et al…reported that vitamin C reduced mortality by 78% in 28 sepsis patients…and Fowler et al. reported that vitamin C reduced mortality by 35% in 167 patients with sepsis and ARDS…”
Just don’t be impressed by Facts
Truth also includes completeness. Pretending that a statement is “absurd” simply because there is still a need for research is dishonest and manipulative. As is well known, there is also a need for further research on the controversial vaccines that are currently being tested on humans on a large scale – with an uncertain outcome. If double standards were not applied, it would be logical to say: “Can the vaccinations against Corona help? No. Absurd hoax.”
The “Fachgruppe COVRIIN am Robert Koch-Institut” writes, regardless of the scientific studies: “No recommendation for the use of vitamin C for therapy or prophylaxis of SARS-CoV-2 infections outside of controlled studies.”
The Pharmazeutische Zeitung headlines an article of 05.03.2021 like this: “Zinc and vitamin C do not help with Covid-19”. It relies one-sidedly on a single study that was not completed at all. From the aborted study with its preliminary results, however, one cannot seriously draw this conclusion at all. This is misleading and dangerous. Not even the authors of the study allow this general statement: “It is possible that…the results may not be generalizable… In addition, the doses of zinc and ascorbic acid, although well tolerated, may be lower than these are needed to shorten symptom duration, and patients may have previously taken zinc and ascorbic acid before participating in the study….”
So perhaps, for example, only the doses of vitamin C and/or zinc were too low, or the participants had such good levels that additional administrations did not make much difference. However, we do not read anything about the serious limitations in the informative value. Neither in the “Pharmazeutische Zeitung” nor there, where probably only “written off”. The “Fuldaer Zeitung” even sells its readers the questionable conclusion as a Corona myth fact check. There is talk of “dangerous rumors”.
It is very well documented what vitamin C can do. Who benefits from the concealment and deception? “Vitamin C is an essential, cost-effective nutrient. Because of the severe clinical course of COVID-19 pneumonia, even moderate benefits may be worthwhile.
However, the excellent safety profile of vitamin C and the need for intensive treatment for a high proportion of COVID-19 patients may warrant consideration of the clinical use of vitamin C even before the results of large clinical trials are available. Vitamin C has also been suggested for COVID patients by other authors”