Largely ignored by most of the global mass media, a quiet revolution is underway in the treatment of sepsis. A life-threatening condition, sepsis occurs when an infection gets out of control and triggers an overwhelming immune response. This can potentially lead to organ failure, amputations, and death. Responsible for the deaths of more than 250,000 people in the United States and up to 8 million globally each year, sepsis is the leading cause of death among hospitalized patients and a major challenge to hospital intensive care units (ICUs). With over 100 clinical drug trials failing to improve outcomes for sepsis patients over the last 3 decades, and the mortality rate in septic shock, the severe form of the condition, remaining as high as 50 percent, an approach using a synergistic combination of vitamin C, vitamin B1, and the hormone hydrocortisone is showing remarkable results.
Developed by Dr. Paul Marik, an intensive-care physician at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, in the United States, the treatment involves giving the vitamins and hormone intravenously. In a study published in the journal Chest in 2017, Marik and his colleagues describe how their approach resulted in just 4 deaths among the 47 patients who received it. An inspiring video featuring some of the team’s nurses recounts how the treatment has proved so effective that dying patients improve within 12 hours and go on to make full recoveries.
Since publication of the 2017 study, sepsis has become a controllable problem in Marik’s ICU. One year on after treating his first patient with the protocol at the beginning of 2016, he reported that he and his team hadn’t seen a single patient die from the condition over the previous 12 months. As a result, other hospitals and ICUs are now beginning to adopt the approach.
In a similar development providing still further evidence of the effectiveness of nutrients in the treatment of sepsis, a new study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that fish oil can significantly reduce mortality risk and decrease the time critically ill patients suffering from the condition stay in ICUs.
Carried out by researchers in China, the study found that sepsis patients whose parental (intravenous) nutrition included fish oil had a 20 percent reduction in all-cause mortality. Moreover, unlike with drugs commonly used in the treatment of sepsis, the patients experienced no adverse affects. Noting the intervention’s safety, the researchers therefore concluded that fish oil may have the ability to improve clinical outcomes.
Ultimately, of course, towards our Foundation’s goal of establishing a new global healthcare system based on natural preventive approaches, our long-term focus has to be on preventing infections and sepsis before they occur. As Dr. Rath pointed out in his visionary Barletta Declaration in 2014, “a comprehensive state of health and well-being for the people of the world cannot be achieved by interventional medicine that is merely making sure diseases are being treated once they occur.” Instead, he explained, “the goal of providing health to all the people of the world can only be achieved when the focus of healthcare is switched from intervention to prevention – that is, towards averting and correcting the malfunctioning of our body before diseases develop.”
Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to infections is based on the guiding principle that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical for building a strong immune system and ensuring an effective immune response. The key nutrients in this regard include not just vitamin C, but also the amino acids lysine and proline, vitamin A, B vitamins such as B6, B12 and folate, vitamin E, and others. A chronic lack of these micronutrients in the body’s cells weakens the immune system and encourages the development of infections. But by ensuring an optimum daily intake of these vital health-promoting substances, not only can life-threatening infections and sepsis be safely and effectively prevented, millions of lives can be saved. Step by step, as more doctors and patients begin to learn about the effectiveness of science-based natural approaches, a new global healthcare system is becoming possible.
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