September 12, 2003
Help Trauma Patients
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Vitamins C and E are known to boost the
immune system. Now, there’s evidence massive doses of these
anti-oxidants may help the body recover after a traumatic injury.
Kellie Cosner and her
husband, Jason, were on their way to celebrate their first anniversary
when a fierce wind snapped two giant trees. “One of them
just fell right on our moving vehicle. It was very much a freak
accident,” Kellie tells Ivanhoe. Jason died instantly. Kellie
spent nearly a month in a drug-induced coma.
For the first week,
she was given massive doses of vitamins C and E. “I’m
sure they were pumping a lot of synthetic stuff into me, as well,
to keep me alive, and it’s nice to know that they were pumping
nutrients and vitamins in me as well,” Kellie says.
When the body is severely
injured, it quickly uses up its own supply of anti-oxidants, fighting
off harmful chemicals that attack internal organs.
Ronald Maier, M.D.,
of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, says, “What we
do with this therapy is to replace those anti-oxidants and raise
them back to high-normal or even super-normal levels to help fight
In a study of 600 trauma
patients, those who received the vitamin therapy were 50-percent
less likely to suffer organ failure and 50-percent less likely
to die. Dr. Maier says, “They are well-proven. They are
mandatory in a normal diet, and there is no side effects to these
Kellie believes the
vitamins helped in her recovery, but says her doctors, nurses,
family, and prayer contributed, too.
Patients in the study
were given 10- to 100-times the daily recommended doses of vitamins
C and E. Although there are no known side effects from these large
doses in adults, doctors say, under normal conditions, people
should stick to the smaller doses.
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