Scott and Dee,
Your pediatrician is a product of what she has been taught, which is a primary reason we formed the Foundation, to help disseminate accurate scientific information about vitamin C.
With many thanks to Drs. Klenner, MD, Cathcart MD, Linus Pauling, etc., we know that her advice is misguided and constitutes a grave error. It is highly unfortunate that (almost any) information about vitamin C is missing from medical education.
The only vitamin C danger is your child not getting enough.
Dr. Klenner's recommendation was 1000 mg per year of age, but much more is needed fighting illness. Dr. Cathcart explains that as the ascorbate (vitamin C) is depleted from tissues fighting the infection (ascorbemia), a localized acute scurvy presents itself.
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Cathcart likens disease to free radical "fires", and vitamin C - the primary antioxdiant -as water to put out these fires. The hotter the fire, the more vitamin C is required.
There is no known toxic dose of vitamin C, much less a lethal dose. It is impossible to kill an animal with vitamin C.
On the other hand, we humans have a genetic defect that prevents us from making an enzyme that would allow our livers to produce vitamin C out of glucose. (99.99% of the other species have this enzyme and do not require ascorbic acid as a vitamin. The young in these species make their own vitamin C, and more when they are under stress. Your child must rely on you, her parents, to provide this vitamin in amounts needed during stresses.
Try adding pure ascorbic acid powder to her water (doesn't work well with milk unless it is very small amounts
.) Orange juice would be okay too, but hopefully a brand of OJ without added sugar.
I would think 500 mgs every hour to begin, until diarrhea, and then perhaps 500 mg every 4 hours until all signs of the infections have passed.
If the child gets diarrhea, then you can back off the administration with a smaller dose, but every four hours is appropriate.
If it makes you feel any better, thanks entirely to Linus Pauling, my 15 year-old son has been living on "mega dose" vitamin C from before he was conceived
! He has missed one day of school in his life, and if there is a healthier human on the planet earth, I'd love to meet that person. Perfect health is a thing of beauty, especially in a loved one.
Owen R. Fonorow, Orthomolecular Naturopath