How to Use Vitamin C to Stay Well | Halloween Tricks with Ascorbic Acid

The worst holiday of the year Halloween is over!  Welcome to one of the busiest weeks of the year at the pediatrician’s office.  Thanks to the massive sugar overload and sheer exhaustion of Halloween on a school night, many kids are wrecked.  Sugar does nasty things to our immune system.  None of us can argue with that.  The more your child eats, the worse the impact, and the more likely to pick up whatever kiddie crud is floating around these days.  Even THE Dr. Sears references the week after Halloween as “one of the busiest week at the pediatrician’s office all year.”

I love parts of Halloween, I really do.  It’s a great reason to throw a party, and dressing up can be a blast.  Yours truly hit a record of 3 different costumes this year, while Savanna had 4.  We celebrated hard!  No regrets.  halloween-2016

The question is this:  how can you celebrate Halloween and stay healthy?

THE TREATS:  Obviously, limit the candy crack.  Sugar is your kryptonite because it does all sorts of bad things to your body.  In fact, refined sugar decreases BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), a growth factor which acts as Miracle Gro for your brain.  It blunts the immune system and makes us all more susceptible to the viruses floating around in this world.  Sugar and refined carbohydrates lead to obesity, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes Type II, and it’s all downhill from there.  I could go on and on (and you probably could, too).  The dangers of sugar are nothing new.

When we take our children trick or treating for candy and come home with a bag full of candy crack, they will inevitably eat some of it.  I have friends who throw it out, and I have other friends who hide or donate the candy.  I’m sure that some kids eat most of it in one night.  Savanna LOVES to collect as much as possible, but she is old enough to understand how bad sugar is for her health.  She saves a few packages of gummy bears and Twizzlers, and we donate the rest.  Granted, I once found a hidden stash of “Crabby Patties” in her closet, but that’s OK.  I hide dark chocolate in the kitchen drawer, so she learned this trick from the chocolate ninja me.  I’m not perfect and don’t expect her to be.

THE TRICKS:   Enter ascorbic acid.  I have used this potent form of Vitamin C to keep myself healthy and avoid the kiddie crud for years now.  Ascorbic acid (without any fillers or excipients) is the most potent, bioavailable form of Vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin which plays many important roles in our bodies.  I tell my friends about this trick frequently, and those who start using Vitamin C tell me how amazed they are that it works.  There is no better time of year to share this with you than now!

Consider some of the most significant powers of Vitamin C:

  • potent antioxidant
  • shown to be selectively cytotoxic against cancer cells by Dr. Riordan’s RECNAC project
  • required for biosynthesis of collagen (have I got your attention, ladies?!)
  • increases ability to absorb iron
  • aids the body in detoxification pathways
  • Here are some amazing research references on uses of Vitamin C

The power of Vitamin C is not new, and you don’t have to take my word for it.  Linus Pauling won the Nobel Peace Prize in Chemistry for his work with Vitamin C.  His work has been challenged by naysayers in recent past, but the newer dynamic flow model of understanding Vitamin C reserves in the body has vindicated Pauling’s work.  Here is an excellent synopsis of his work with Vitamin C for disease prevention during the age of communism and the Cold War.  Eventually, Linus Pauling’s claims surrounding the power of Vitamin C have been supported by newer research.

My own personal science confirms the use of Vitamin C to improve immune function.  Here is the down low on how I Vitamin C to avoid getting sick and prevent the infamous kiddie crud.  Please know that I am simply sharing how I use Vitamin C to keep my family well.  You can take it or leave it.  I am not your physician, nor do I pretend to be.  Please contact your medical professional if you have questions.

Life Extension Vitamin C, ChildLife Ascorbic Acid

Life Extension Vitamin C        ChildLife Ascorbic Acid


  1. First and foremost, make sure to buy pure ascorbic acid.  I buy mine from Life Extension, but you can purchase cleaner brands from Whole Foods or Amazon.  Make sure the label reads ascorbic acid and is excipient free.
  2. I take 3-5 grams (3000-5000 mg) a day to stay well.
  3. If I feel something “coming on” or am unusually tired, I take 5 grams of ascorbic acid 4-8 times throughout the day.  It depends on how bad I feel.
  4. This has always worked.  I have not been on an antibiotic for anything cold or flu related in over 5 years.

As I wrote this article, my daughter came down with a fever on the Saturday following Halloween.  She had her first sick day at school since the 2nd grade!  In this case, I use ascorbic acid for kids by Essentials Child Life.  She takes 5oomg/day, but I bumped this up to 4x/day when she came down with this fever.  She returned to school yesterday-fever free, feeling well, no antibiotic, no pediatrician visit.  I purchase this from Whole Foods, Life Extension, online, or at the Vitamin Shoppe.

Caveat Emptor:  When the body rebuilds the Vitamin C reserves to capacity, it gets rid of the excess in the most efficient way-through your colon.  Your body will literally tell you when Vitamin C reserves are at capacity by way of your stomach.  When this happens, you may experience the squirts.  Stop taking your ascorbic acid-your body has enough to work with to keep you well.

I hope you find this helpful today.  Being sick at home is a huge waste of productivity, and we all deserve to feel well and energized.