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To balance the equation: Vitamin C is a powerful anti-viral, and cause loose stools when X amount of grams has been reached (can be experimented with orally up to 100g/day during sickness). If this stage is reached, simply don't take that much next time, and up the consumation of water in the meantime;
In one of the examples, studies where done on about 45 000 people, where one half took less than 250mg/day of Vit. C, while the other half took 1000mg+/day.
The results were that those who took the high dose (daily for several years) had fewer cases of kidney-stones than those who took the low-dose.
The global average of cases of kidney-stones is about 7.5%;
A study done in Sweden between non-Vit. C tablet-users vs Vit. C tablet-users on ~48 000 Swedes between 1998-2009, reported a marginal increase in first incidents; between 0,41% & 0.82%.
Problem with this study, is Vitamin C tablets are laced with other compounds to make it stick into pill form, but this is not mentioned in the study nor investigated nor compared to other pills.
Thus; to get a proper overview (haven't found one yet), one needs to compare users of tablets vs. pure ascorbic acid powder.
But as always; to make due with Nature is always recommended; fruits high in ascorbic acid, like citrus-fruits, kiwis and the like, is my own philosophy, but in times such as these, powder is oft cheaper, and much more consistent in (high) potency.
Of which my gf takes for her lupus and now is being told that there will be a shortage due to the virus. Double whammy. So to get her medicine to help while avoiding the virus with an immune deficiency, she has to get the virus to get the medication.
Favipiravir... maybe. Though honestly its efficacy against other RNA viruses has been lackluster at best.
Hydroxychoroquine... suppresses immune response. Id be surprised if this one actually works too. Unless the immune response is too massive with COVID-19... perhaps slowing that down is beneficial to those patients which are being hardest hit.
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