Vitamin C

Chewable Vitamin C. Photo by M.C.

FOX 2 reported Dr. Charles Mok, who owns Allure Medical Spa, was advertising vitamin C infusions to treat COVID-19 patients, which prompted the FBI to pre-raid his Shelby Township, Michigan office. Mara Schneider, FBI spokesperson said, “The investigation includes allegations that the clinic provided fraudulent treatments for COVID-19 and that the clinic did not observe proper protocols to protect staff.” The agents seized Dr. Mok’s documents and are looking for federal healthcare fraud.

Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps shorten the life of the common cold. Dr. Ron Paul, former U.S. Representative, has repeatedly said the coronavirus is a cold on his YouTube channel. In the late 1940s, Frederick Klenner, MD, used IV vitamin C to cure polio. Vitamin C also boosts collagen production. It fights cancer but that is argued by Western medicine. It treats infection, diabetes, stress, high blood cholesterol, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disorders, internal bleeding, piles, corneal ulcers, inflammation, and lead poisoning. It is also an antioxidant. In a 1974 radio interview, Linus Pauling said “the first 250 mg is more important than any later 250 mg. The first 250 mg leads you up to the level where the blood is saturated.”

My favorite vitamin C is by Nature’s Plus called Lovites. The vitamin is heart shaped, but it’s hard to find in the store. The label says gluten-free and vegetarian. I don’t know what ingredient makes it not vegan. I contacted them and will update their response. Amazon says 100% made in USA. I like Country Life chewable vitamin C in the berry flavor. It is a little too sugary, but still one of my go to vitamin C chewables. It has fructose, glucose, and non-GMO maltodextrin in it. It’s a New York company that manufactures it’s own vitamin C. And it’s vegan. Since the shelves are thinned out I bought NOW chewable C-500. It dissolves with a little hard sugar left on the tongue. It has organic turbinado sugar, sorbitol, and xylitol in it. NOW is located in Illinois and the website says they manufacture and quality test their product. The one I have isn’t non-GMO. But if you get the one with rose hips it is non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, vegan, and kosher. The website’s description of C-500 with rose hips says, “Rose Hips, which are natural sources of ascorbic acid, have been included to complement this formula.” My main concern about ascorbic acid is sometimes it is derived from corn, which can be an allergen.

Powdered vitamin C is better since it doesn’t have added sugar in it. Sugar inhibits absorption of vitamins and minerals. I recently heard 95% of powdered vitamin C is sourced from China. Shopping at the health food store, I typically find American brands.

I like to buy 500 mg because I chew two wafers in an hour if I need to. From what I understand, 1000 mg an hour is what the body can use. Vitamin C is water-soluble. Your body will get rid of what it doesn’t need. I prefer to get my vitamins from fresh food and juicing. Honestly, I get great results from squeezing a lemon into water, which provides 30 to 56 milligrams of vitamin C.

Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon

Chaga Ice Cream

Chaga Ice Cream 2
This is how Chaga Ice Cream scoops the second day. Photo by M.C.

Chaga Ice Cream is the most amazing ice cream you will ever eat. I found the recipe on Medical Medium.

Bananas, coconut milk, and spices are the most decadent and guilt-free dessert you will ever taste. It’s better than store bought. I wouldn’t leave out the cardamom because it leaves a sweet taste on the mouth. And it’s good for you.

A few vitamins and minerals chaga mushrooms have are B-complex, vitamin D, zinc, and iron. It helps reduce inflammation, cleanses the liver, and regulates the immune system.

I found chaga powder easily in my health food store. For four ounces, I paid $41 dollars. I make tea with half a teaspoon with my lunch and I’ve had it for a month or so. If you can’t afford chaga make the recipe without it. You are still getting benefits from the other ingredients. And there’s no sugar added!

Chaga Ice Cream
3 large bananas, sliced and frozen
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1-2 tsp. chaga mushroom powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom (optional)
1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract

For serving:
1 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

I used my Vitamix to blend the bananas, coconut milk, chaga powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and alcohol-free vanilla extract, but you can use a food processor and mix until the ingredients are creamy. I didn’t need to add anymore coconut milk. I freeze it for about an hour in a glass container with a plastic lid. It scoops out beautifully the first day and makes about six scoops. I can only eat one scoop a day because it is rich. It stays in the freezer fine for about four or five days. So share it!

Food for Thought:
In the past five weeks, over twenty-six million Americans lost their jobs. I’m seeing new homeless. I saw a small burger shack empty with a For Sale sign in the window. Another time I had to do some “essential” shopping and the store owner was so thankful we visited. He had to let go of his employees because unemployment would pay them more. I will leave you with a Letter from President Donald J. Trump on Emergency Determination Under the Stafford Act which sounds like he gave up a lot of authority to the CDC and FEMA on March 13, 2020. Pray.

“So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert, and self-controlled. (The NIV Study Bible, I Thessalonians 5:6)

Recipe from blog of

Copyright 2020 Melissa Crismon