Hi, I have just received my first order of Cardio C [vitamin C, lysine and proine], and need some help. I have been diagnosed with CAD, and feel this should be helpful for me.
However, I was reminded by my wife I also have Barrett's Esophagus, and the high dosage of C may harm this. I also am concerned about kidney stones so I am asking if I should continue to begin cardio c or is there something else better for me. I saw something about baking soda mixed in would help with stones would this be true with the Barrett's? To much conflicting information do I thought I would just ask?
I am not familiar with the term "Barrett's Esophagus" but after a quick wiki read, I think vitamin C and Cardio-C in particular may help (rather than hurt you.)
As Robert said in his reply, vitamin C does not cause kidney stones. The ascorbic acid form of vitamin C probably prevents at least half, according to Linus Pauling. (The other half form in acidic urine. If your urine is acidic that would indicate that the alkaline sodium ascorbate should be taken. You should measure your urine pH upon awakening, and decide on whether and the amount of sodium ascorbate (or baking soda) to add based on the reading. If your urine is alkaline (pH is higher) , then you wouldn't want to add much sodium ascorbate- other than to deal with the bottom of your Esophagus )
Cathcart treated over twenty thousand with very high vitamin C and did not see a case of kidney stones. Dr. Suzanne Humphries is a kidney specialist who now devotes herself to vitamin C. You may find this lecture helpful https://youtu.be/y0LLX0sgwAU
I myself have suffered GERD, but I was able to cure it. I tried to described everything I learned in this post
http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=11177 In summary, the stomach should be naturally acidic, or a great many things go wrong. (See the book WHY STOMACH ACID IS GOOD FOR YOU by Jonathan Collins and Lane Lenard). Many people take antacids (or worse - proton pump inhibitors) trying to keep the raw esophagus from getting worse, but low stomach acid can make the problem worse. (See my post, and the book.)
Back to vitamin C, I would suggest that until you can cure your GERD, you should take at least half of your vitamin C as sodium ascorbate. So if your scoop is 2.5 grams ascorbic acid, then add 2.5 grams of sodium ascorbate. The extra vitamin C in the drink will help you, not hurt you.
In the case of my GERD, the issue turned out to be low cortisol output by the adrenals. After that was discovered (and corrected - the book SAFE USES OF CORTISOL, 3rd Edition, by WIlliam Mck Jefferies, MD helped) my GERD went away. I still try to take about half my large intake of vitamin C as sodium ascorbate. (You may use the less expensive baking soda like Linus Pauling did too... Just expect an explosive fiz - as the sodium turns into sodium ascorbate in water.)
I noted from wikipedia.org that your condition Barrett's Esophagusis is considered pre-malignant and this leads to another idea. If you are not yet a member of our forum, join and gain access to the cancer section. Our new product Conquer is based on outstanding test tube results against all cancer lines tested in standard cancer cultures. See Sensukie Konno links in the Conquer posts. In your case, it would be used as a preventive, and provide some liposomal vitamin C (another way to take vitamin C that won't irritate the esophagus).