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Profiles in Power: The Real Role of Vitamin C in UTI Treatment

Posted in Cellulitis, Infection Killing Protocol, Profiles, Supplements, and Useful Tips

I know, I know…I threw some heavy shade on it in the Emergency Relief post. That’s because the vast majority of UTI’s are caused by the gram negative bacteria E. coli, which as I cover in The pH Connection, is highly acid-adaptive. Ascorbic acid Vitamin C, the most common form, is highly acidifying in the urine, meaning it’ll hurt more than it will help with an E. coli infection.

In E. coli, ascorbic acid is taken up and metabolized by a specific phosphotransferase system and a series of enzymatic reactions

There’s Vitamin C in the lemon juice you’re using to keep your bladder flushed out, so it’s not like you’re not getting any, you’re just not taking the acidic form.

While even alkaline forms of Vitamin C seem to have limited effect on most UTI bacteria, if you’ve had your UTI cultured and it’s caused by staphylococcus or strep, you should drop everything and go directly to ascorbic acid. In large doses it slaughters antibiotic-resistant gram positive infections with an enthusiasm that puts Mongol hordes to shame. I fell over this fact while I was searching for a cure for a serious cat bite infection.




A staph infection that seemingly nothing could cure was done in by oral and topical treatment with ascorbic acid. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have had trouble believing it. I’m just grateful I happened to have some on hand, and went ahead and tried it…because it surpassed my wildest hopes. It’s almost enough to make me think that not every miraculous Vitamin C testimonial on the internet is a steaming pile of unadulterated hooey.

Mind Status:
[x] blown
[  ] not blown

I mean, you can’t trust anything you read on the internet, right?! Buncha wild-eyed wackos on there, trying to get you to take herbs and charcoal and stuff.




After observing its effects on my infection, I found a study involving Vitamin C and staph.

Interestingly, vitamin C by itself inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus as well, and 5 mM vitamin C inhibited growth completely. Even though the acidity of vitamin C contributes to the inhibition of S. aureus growth, neutralized vitamin C also inhibits the growth efficiently even without quercetin. Our results suggest that vitamin C affects the metabolism of S. aureus and that these changes are likely to result in the observed growth inhibition. Although vitamin C itself is a powerful antioxidant, its aerobic metabolism increases oxidative stress on bacterial cells. Vitamin C may therefore be a safe and natural alternative for restricting the growth of S. aureus when non-toxicity is required.

And for streptococcus infections

Enzyme activity measurement showed that L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C (Vc)) competitively inhibits the hyaluronan degradation by Streptococcus pneumoniae hyaluronate lyase

As far as Enterococcus goes…there’s some evidence that it metabolizes nominal amounts of ascorbic acid, but becomes completely inhibited by greater concentrations.

We show that Enterococcus faecalis can utilize ascorbate for fermentative growth…Increasing the concentration of ascorbate up to 12.5 mM did not improve cell yield, and 55 mM ascorbate inhibited growth completely.

If you have Entero, I’d say it’s worth a try, but proceed with caution.

You’ll be happy to hear that it isn’t necessary to get it administered by IV: I took a total of 2-3 tsp a day in a glass of water, and it cleared my infection right up. You can take larger doses if you want, but I recommend purchasing calcium ascorbate if you need to take larger doses over a prolonged period: it won’t keep you in the bathroom like ascorbic acid.

For an active UTI, (of course, also take the 4×4 doses of good OLE) start with 1500 mg 3x a day (morning, mid-afternoon, bedtime), and see how that affects your symptoms and morning test results. Adjust dosage upward as needed, and continue until your test strips have been clear at the 5 minute mark for 3 days running…which shouldn’t take very long at all.
Naturally, you still need to cleanse your gut with charcoal, and rebuild with probiotics, as well. That will restore your overall health and prevent future infections, from any type of bacteria.



  1. Sara

    I’m absolutely thrilled I found you and your site (via Chris Kesser), very early on in my UTI at the first twinge. I have learned a ton from you already. I don’t get them very often, and this is the first after I’ve started repairing my gut flora from a 40 year lifetime of constant antibiotics from birth literally, I’m the poster child of the vicious cycle and have the worst biodiversity my Functional MD has ever seen…so antibiotics are out of the question. I’m sure I’ll be asking a few questions later, but first, again I want to THANK YOU. The second, my trust went to 11 when I saw the thumbnail gif of Dean Winchester for this post. I fully admit that stupid show is my guilty pleasure and I have a schoolgirl crush on Dean/Jensen. Bahahaha! Despite the annoyance this morning with the UTI, my day isn’t so bad now. 🙂

    April 21, 2017
    • Rebekah W.
      Rebekah W.

      Sam: “I lost my shoe.”
      Dean: “I think I’m adorable.”
      Dean: “I am BATMAN!”
      Dean: “Bring me some PIE!”
      *most epic scream ever* “That was SCARY!”

      “Idjits.” (No attribution really needed with any of these, right?)
      “You betrayed me? No one in the history of torture’s been tortured with torture like the torture you’ll be tortured with.” (I laughed myself sick)

      FBI Agent: “I, uh..I shot the sheriff.”
      Dean: “But you didn’t shoot the deputy!” *encouraging smile*

      I’m not usually a fan of the genre, but that show is HILARIOUS, and I love that Jensen and Jared are such great family men in real life. It’s the only TV show I ever googled to find out about the actors who star in it.
      Okay, business. *ahem*

      You’re definitely in dire need of charcoal cleansing, but you should know that with a severely dysbiotic gut that’s been that way for a long time, it’s common to get sick as a dog for a bit when you cleanse, because all the nasties that have been lurking throughout your body get flushed out of hiding. I’m talking sore throat, sinuses going ape?, flu-like all over crappiness, that kind of thing. It may take repeated sweeps with large doses of charcoal to get that Candida if it has a biofilm, which is very common with repeated antibiotic/anti-fungal use, or prolonged corticosteroid use.
      Join the FB group to meet the ladies who’ve already killed their infections and healed their gut biomes! You can message me there.

      April 21, 2017
  2. Cristina Moore
    Cristina Moore

    Hello there, I have been addicted to your site for the last 4 days as I feel like I have a mild UTI. I went to the doc and the said my dip tests were negative and did a culture. I got these results last night and it’s strep B. I have a 6 months old baby and struggled with strep B my whole pregnancy (probably for the past 4 years, was GBS positive with my 2nd pregnancy also). Same scenario strep B UTI, antibiotics then raging yeast infection the remainder of pregnancy (4 months). As I do not want to repeat this sequence I have not taken the antibiotics prescribed. I have purchased your supplies and plan to start phase 1 today. My test strip this morning consistent with docs, positive for leaukocytes. However, I am scared being a stay at home, in the trenches mother of 3 little girls, the 6 month old who I am nursing very frequently. So I can not be out of commission. My littlest does not sleep well nursing 5ish times at night so I am tired and need to keep nourished. Should I try your protocol? Should I do a more gentle approach? Thank you kindly!!

    June 23, 2017
    • Rebekah W.
      Rebekah W.

      You need to take ascorbic acid!
      The baking soda/lemon juice won’t help you, but ascorbic acid Vitamin C and OLE will. They’re both safe for the baby.
      The charcoal is going to be your best friend, because it will sweep away Candida without letting any toxins into your blood.
      Start the Quick and Dirty Cleanse right away, alongside 500 mg of ascorbic acid 3x a day and a clove of raw garlic with meals. Take the charcoal for a good 5 days before you introduce a capsule of OLE with every meal.
      Let me know how you do!

      June 23, 2017
      • Cristina M.
        Cristina M.

        Thank you so much for your knowledge and support! It is wonderful to find a resource like this when you are feeling so confused and pressured by mainstream medicine. Should I test my urine again more towards the end of the 5 days of the cleanse? Also, how long should I take OLE with meals after the charcoal cleanse, until clear on tests or 3 days after clear? Thank you so much and I will keep you posted. Starting in the AM!

        June 23, 2017
        • Rebekah W.
          Rebekah W.

          Cristina, I would test it first thing every morning and take pics at 2 and 5 minutes.
          You can compare them day by day to monitor your progress.
          Take all meds until you get a clear test 3 days in a row, and then taper down.
          Strep B is a tough little bugger that likes to hang around at low levels for ages: I would concentrate on ascorbic acid, OLE, pau d’arco, and oregano oil.
          You can take the OLE and pau in between meals and the oregano and ascorbic acid with them, so you’re hitting the infection every couple of hours.
          If you get die-off symptoms, take an extra charcoal dose between meals and all your meds the next time you eat.
          Let me know how it goes! ?

          June 23, 2017
  3. Ginny Goble
    Ginny Goble

    I have a flare up of candida after consuming too many starches.
    Would OLE and charcoal eradicate the candida. I have been AIP for over a year.

    December 14, 2017
  4. rebecca

    Hi There

    i have suffered from UTI’s/IC for 15 years. Through various natural protocols I did have things very much under control but a massive flare has me suicidal. I have E-coli, Staph and Klebsiella. I have found you sight and been on the garlic for 2 days waiting for everything to arrive. I have requested FB group. please approve and let me know how to combat these together! I suspect clear the E-coli first then go after the staph with Vit C? Appreciate any help very very much.

    Thank you

    December 20, 2017

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