Revisiting Salt-and-C (Vitamin C) Protocol

A few years ago, a protocol of high dosages of salt (Sodium Chloride) and Vitamin C was in vogue. There is still a book on Amazon extolling its benefits. The protocol died off because while it appeared to help some people (but not put them in remission), it was largely dropped in the CFS community. Recently I revisited a different protocol and found that it results and the microbiota model were in sync. The protocol’s antibiotics would correct a significant amount of the dysfunctional microbiota (gut bacteria).  The question thus arise, is Salt-and-C initial success also the result of adjusting the microbiota — but not sufficient to correct the dysfunction.

High Dosage Vitamin C and Microbiota

Vitamin C aka ascorbic acid to scientists:

Bottom line: If the patient’s stomach pH was off, then two low species would do better and there would be less biofilms.

Salt and Microbiota

Like ascorbic acid, salt water is acid — which will also encourage bifidobacterium and lactobacillus species that are pH sensitive.  Practical mechanisms for interrupting the oral-fecal lifecycle of Escherichia coli[2001] reports that E.Coli prefers an acid environment and thus would grow more with a Salt and C diet.

Bottom Line

Salt and C would not shift gut bacteria in the appropriate way by the shift of pH.  Both are acids and would result in a more alkaline digestive system [See this post for studies and explanation]

Making the pH more acid results in:

  • More E.Coli, bifidobacterium and lactobacillus growth (correcting undergrowth)
  • No known impact on overgrowth.

This type of change would occur in other protocols that attempts to alter pH in the CFS patient. Unfortunately, many people seem to take the opposite type of foods because they do not get the reverse relationship between body pH and food in take pH. They will help, but are unlikely to reduce the overgrowths.

“The viable count of D-lactic acid producing Enterococcus and Streptococcus spp. in the faecal samples from the CFS group.. were significantly higher than those for the control group ” Increased d-lactic Acid intestinal bacteria in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. [2009]