All parents, both vaccinating and non-vaccinating parents, probably fear whooping cough (also known as pertussis). At our child’s first cough we probably find ourselves breaking into a cold sweat thinking the worst. It’s whooping cough, I know it. Relax, It’s usually not
But what if it is? Well I would never sit here and tell you that whooping cough is nothing to worry about, because it is serious. In adults, it’s usually nothing more than a “bad cough” and most likely wouldn’t be diagnosed or recognized even as whooping cough. In infants, especially those under 6 months of age, it can be very dangerous.
But the reason it’s so incredibly dangerous is because it’s a complicated bacteria and doctors do not have the slightest clue on how to treat it. Pertussis bacteria includes several toxins. The toxin production is the major reason for the terrible symptoms. Conventional medical doctors never address this problem. The best answer they can give is to prescribe antibiotics, which have never even been shown to limit the duration or severity of whooping cough (source). But what if vitamin C had exactly what we needed to fight pertussis?
“The reason we doctors were never taught about therapeutic doses of vitamin C in medical school, is that if they had taught us about it, then not only would a raft of other drugs have been unnecessary, but they wouldn’t be able to use meningococcal complications and deaths as emotional blackmail to get people to vaccinate, because people wouldn’t be scared of gram-negative infections [N. meningitides and H. influenza (Hib)] any more. There would never be serious whooping cough or even deaths. Vitamins A and C would render measles, whooping cough, meningococcal complications, among other things, really easy to treat “- Dr. Suzanne Humphries
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, I just consult with them. This post is for informational purposes only. Always consult your healthcare professional before starting or stopping any health regimen. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links for the convenience of my readers.
The first step in becoming an empowered parent is to become well educated on what you fear, the unknown. Hopefully after this post, you will know more than you ever wanted to know about whooping cough and how the body can respond positively when given the proper supplements.
How To Identify Whooping Cough by Suzanne Humphries
Stage one: Whooping cough has two stages. The first stage, colonization, is like a cold, with fever, malaise and coughing, which increases in intensity over about a 10-day period. Then it seems like the cold is gone and there is nothing to worry about.
Stage Two: The second or toxemic stage of pertussis begins gradually. The child starts the odd cough, and after about two weeks, the cough starts to get strong, with prolonged and paroxysmal coughing that often ends in a characteristic inspiratory gasp (whoop). The cough is often more prominent at night. If the cough changes, and becomes more of a bark, and more regular – developing a pattern at night of “every hour, on the hour” – you have to consider that it could be whooping cough.
If you need a laboratory diagnosis, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and bacterial culture are both available. Both have advantages and disadvantages. While PCR is increasingly used as the sole diagnostic test for pertussis, CDC recommends that PCR be used alongside culture, rather than as an alternative test. A negative test does not necessarily rule out pertussis.
As the cough becomes more severe, various situations can trigger it. A classic way of diagnosis is to touch the middle of the tongue with your finger to see if this starts the cough, or if eating (i.e., passing food over the tongue) starts a cough, consider whooping cough. If a child happens to be breathing in, as well as eating when the food touches the tongue, and the cough starts on the inhale, there is a possibility of food going down the wrong way. If this happens, you may have to do a gentle push under the diaphragm to have them pass the food back up.
Running around is another trigger. If you watch them, they go cough, cough, …cough, cough, cough, cough, cough (and at this point are starting to go pink in the face, and are starting to wonder when they can have an in-breath) cough, cough, and then right at the end, they stop coughing, and the in-breath is really fast, because they want to expand their lungs, and the result can be a “whoop.” Older children don’t whoop much, if at all.
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Vaccinated Children & Whooping Cough
If you think fully vaccinated children can’t contract whooping cough, in its full, whooping and mucousy glory, think again. Most babies over the age of 6 months who get whooping cough are fully and “fully” vaccinated. In fact, those who are vaccinated have a more difficult time getting through this illness, as ironic as that sounds.
In 2012, a new peer reviewed document from professor of infectious diseases, Dr Maxwell Witt of Keyser Permanente in California showed that pertussis runs rampant in fully vaccinated child populations. Here is the study.
“Our data suggests that the current schedule of acellular pertussis vaccine doses is insufficient to prevent outbreaks of pertussis. We noted a markedly increased rate of disease from age 8 through 12. . . . Acellular vaccines have not been studied for clinical efficacy in north America and no studies exist on long term immunogenicity. . . .We sought to examine the factors that resulted in this peak.”
“Our unvaccinated and under-vaccinated population did not appear to contribute significantly to the increased rate of clinical pertussis. Surprisingly, the highest incidence of disease was among previously vaccinated children in the eight to twelve year age group.”
Vitamin C & Whooping Cough
So, we know that antibiotics are a pathetic attempt at taming pertussis, and if you ask doctors for any other treatments, they will tell you there aren’t any. But the up side to that, is that is not truthful information.
Don’t go shaking your doctor for withholding this information, because they never had the information in the first place. Conventional doctors are taught very little, if anything, about nutrition during medical school. They are taught to be firefighters and extinguish the flames as soon as possible and become the hero. Vitamin C, or sodium ascorbate, has been studied and proven as an effective treatment for pertussis. Check out just one study here.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries Vitamin C Protocol For Whooping Cough
The vitamin C neutralizes any toxins in the blood and should stabilize the child. If you are breastfeeding, you will have to take it yourself and/or give it until the coughing stops. It is easier and cheaper to give it directly to babies, rather than trying to guess how much is coming through breast milk. If you take it yourself, you can never be sure your baby is getting what it needs, because you might be more stressed than you think, and your body may be using up more than you estimate.
The vitamin C will not kill the bacteria. The vitamin C will mobilize the neutrophils and phagocytes (the immune cells that process the infection) which grind to a halt without vitamin C, which is their fuel. The toxin forms a “barrier” to the immune system. In using vitamin C, you are clearing out the barrier and allowing the immune system to get in there easily and deal with the bacteria.
It will take the same length of time to deal with the bacteria – the whole 100 days, but the child will NOT have as serious symptoms, because you are keeping the system clean, and the immune pathways functioning properly.
What To Use: Powdered sodium ascorbate or lypo-spheric vitamin C is what you want, when using high doses. You should always have this in your house regardless, since it has so many good uses. The brand recommended again is Nutribiotic Sodium Ascorbate Powder.
When To Administer: The lypo-spheric vitamin C is usually dosed around bed time or at the beginning of the cough in order to boost the blood levels quickly. The sodium ascorbate is dosed in a mg/kg/day dose. Please be sure that your sodium ascorbate is a non-GMO brand like Nutribiotic Sodium Ascorbate Powder.
Do Not: Do not use Ester C or Calcium Ascorbate.
When You Will See Improvement: Pertussis toxin can be neutralized in 12 hours with correct vitamin C dosing. You have to continue the vitamin C for up to three months. It does not stop the disease. Vitamin C clears away the toxins, and makes the coughing much, much milder, and increases the ability of the body to deal with the bacteria and develop immunity naturally. The first 24 hours may be a time when mucus seems to come out in great abundance, as it thins. Once you start using vitamin C, the mucus will thin out considerably. If your dose is right, within 8 hours there should be a two-third reduction in the coughing. If you start to taper the vitamin C too soon, e.g., before four weeks, you could see an increase in cough. You will then have to go back up to the old dose. It is probably not a good idea to even try stopping before 4 weeks.
Proper Dosage: The starting dose in children for sodium ascorbate is 200-375 mg per kg over 24 hours. If they are coughing until they are purple, then your doses of vitamin C are much too small. Bump them right up to the level of 375 milligrams per kilo of body weight over the waking hours, as a starting dose. If you use pounds, know that one kilo is equal to 2.2 pounds. So get a calculator and weigh your child. If your child develops loose bowels, then you may be giving too much. In this case cut back by 50% and monitor. (More on calculations below)
Keep In Mind: Here is how you arrive at the amount of milligrams of sodium ascorbate, which will be spread out over 24 hours, in multiple doses. You will have to split up the baby or children’s doses in small amounts of water through the day, and because they are small they need it concentrated.
You must however make sure to keep them well hydrated with water all day, and if you are breastfeeding you need to be very well hydrated to pass that water on to the baby. You may want to give more towards the end of the day, or whenever the coughing tends to be worse. This dose is just a guideline to start working with. You may determine that you require more or less. This is explained below.
Calculations For Dosage: If using pounds, use this equation: (weight in pounds divided by 2.2) times 375 = for the 24 hour dose, in mg per kg. Example: If your child weighs 20 pounds then you have 20 divided by 2.2 times 375= 3409 mg of vitamin C powder in a 24-hour period. If using kg, just use wt in Kg times 375= your dose of sodium ascorbate for 24 hours in mg per kg.
Precautions: If there is concern about kidney stone formation, or kidney failure, do not take vitamin C without consulting your doctor. Anyone with a very rare disorder called Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD), which can cause anemia and red blood cells breaking open should refrain from using megadoses of vitamin C except under specialist care.
Whooping Cough: Should We Fear It?
Like I mentioned in my introduction, I would never downplay the severity of whooping cough, but the message I want to relay to my readers is that we should not fear illness. There are treatments that have been studied and proven effective, and if that whooping day ever comes, you are now armed with knowledge and a proactive treatment to help your child (or yourself) should it be necessary.
Again, if you want to pick up Vitamin C and keep it in your home to make you feel a little better, I recommend Nutribiotic Sodium Ascorbate Powder
So hold your heads high and be confident in your decision that your child does not need dangerous, artificial and ineffective vaccination immunity to this illness to be healthy and safe.
Stay well my friends,
Naturally Nicole XO