Every day we get requests to tell our story… How did our company get started? Where did the idea of using liposome-encapsulated vitamin C come from?Well, the truth is this really is one unusual company. It’s unusual in the sense that it wouldn’t even exist if my husband hadn’t been at death’s door only a few years ago.
I used to take a vitamin C tablet once a day. I used to take it for granted until my husband became seriously ill. We were told nothing else could be done and to prepare for the worst. Our last hope was high doses of vitamin C. And they literally saved his life. That’s what inspired us to create Altrient® C.
How It All Started
My husband started in the mail order business in 1959 and stayed in it on and off until 1988 when he began manufacturing and marketing food supplements full time. Along with his business partner, my husband developed several extremely successful companies. Life was good. Then, in the late 1990’s, he developed heart disease. By 2003, it was so bad that his doctors were suggesting a heart transplant as a last resort and advising us to get his affairs in order.
Faced with the prospect of conventional allopathic medical practitioners (those who rely on drug and surgical treatments) giving up on my husband, we were open to any option that would save his life. We turned to “unconventional” medicine and discovered a world of disciplines, practices and treatment methods that have withstood the test of time and have been handed down throughout the ages. We learned that every sickness, disease, illness, and malady of any kind has been treated or is being treated successfully utilizing unconventional medicine.
Our research led us to two extraordinary doctors in California. One was a renowned virologist and epidemiologist, and the other a maverick cardiologist who had been experimenting with alternative methods of treating sick hearts for a long time. The first and foremost fact we learned from both of these doctors is that a damaged heart can be repaired, or at least the progression of the disease can be slowed or stopped. Next we learned that a holistic approach to treating disease is essential.
Under the direction of these physicians, my husband’s course of therapy included many unusual substances, dietary changes, exercise, etc. The most notable thing his doctors did was to prescribe massive doses of vitamin C administered intravenously (through the veins). All of this ultimately helped with healing and strengthening his heart. His recovery process continues to this day.
Vitamin C Saved My Husband’s Life
Like most people, we thought vitamin C was something you got from orange juice and that its only benefit was to help you recover from a cold. Imagine our shock when we learned that vitamin C in high doses is one of the best, most broad-spectrum antibiotics known to man. It is also an incredibly powerful antioxidant that is absolutely essential for the synthesis of collagen and certain neurotransmitters. The list of benefits of vitamin C goes on and on. High-dose vitamin C has been used to treat everything from anthrax to malaria to polio. Even deadly toxins from insects, fish and snakes are child’s play for high-dose vitamin C (read Curing the Incurable by Dr. Thomas Levy).
All of this information convinced us that vitamin C is the most underrated natural substance on the face of the planet. Our research led us to read the works of great pioneers in vitamin C research, including Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. Robert Cathcart, Dr. Matthias Rath and Dr. Thomas Levy. Each of their in-depth works revealed the benefits of vitamin C, but also gave us insights into the inherent problem with a high-dose vitamin C course of treatment.
Taking a therapeutic dose of vitamin C orally will typically cause gastric distress, most commonly, diarrhea. Most people start experiencing these side effects with a dose of just 3-4 grams. Even if someone can tolerate higher doses of vitamin C, studies show that 10-12 grams taken all at once typically results in only about 1-1.5 grams actually being absorbed into the bloodstream. The rest migrates to the colon and, since it’s highly acidic, the vitamin C attracts water from the body and causes diarrhea.
Considering these facts, we were at first convinced that oral ingestion of vitamin C was not the answer. Intravenous (IV) vitamin C provided a solution, but it would be impractical for the average person because of the cost of the treatment, the time and pain involved, and the difficulty of finding a Medical Doctor to administer it.
The physicians taking care of my husband hypothesized that if a method of delivering vitamin C orally could be developed – one that would deliver almost total bioavailability without the usual gastric distress or diarrhea – then people could at least avail themselves of some of the wondrous benefits of high-dose vitamin C. Such a product wouldn’t necessarily replace IV vitamin C, but it would bridge the gap between basically ineffective oral vitamin C and totally effective IV vitamin C.
The concept of finding a way to take high doses of vitamin C orally began as a thought that continued to nag at us. However, because of the ongoing benefits of high-dose vitamin C that my husband experienced, it eventually became an obsession.
Few people have the time and the resources to pursue an obsession, but we had recently sold his business and he had, in essence, retired. After all, we were expecting him to die. Since that imminent fate seemed less likely, we made the decision to pursue the goal of bringing bioavailable vitamin C to everyone. My husband is still retired, but I continue to champion his cause by bringing our message and our product to people like us who are not yet ready to give up on life. That’s how my company and this incredible delivery system came into being.
The Answer: Liposome Encapsulated Delivery (LED)
The science of LED dates back to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when most of the relevant patents were issued. The process was initially created and used by pharmaceutical companies as a method to deliver drugs to specific organs or locations in the body without gastric juices acting on them and compromising the integrity, strength or structure of the drug. It was also important that the entire drug dose be absorbed into the bloodstream through the small intestine with little or none of it reaching the bowel. As time passed, much broader and more practical uses for this technology were developed including topical applications for medicines and cosmetics.
The secret to the successful use of LED comes from producing a liposome encapsulated molecule so small that it is absorbed immediately after leaving the stomach, preferably just below the duodenum at the beginning of the small intestine. This is easier said than done. Every different substance subjected to liposomal encapsulation presents its own set of challenges and you have to select the right combination of phospholipids and other ingredients to perfect the formula that will work. For a thorough explanation of this science and process, read PC Liposomal Encapsulation by Dr. Robert Milne.
LED was the answer we were searching for – an oral delivery system for high-performance vitamin C with high bioavailability and no gastric side effects. After two years of trial and error, we introduced the product we had dreamed about. Today, that product is known as Altrient® C.
The virtues of Altrient® C are described elsewhere on this site. Suffice it to say we believe that liposomal encapsulation is the best way to take vitamin C. Ongoing scientific trials already verify this. We have introduced this patent pending formulation and unique packaging to thousands of people all over the world. Many are using it regularly, but we don’t feel we’ve scratched the surface of public awareness. And so the beat goes on.
My husband’s heart is getting stronger all the time and as long as it continues to do so, I will continue this crusade. I will never stop trying to tell everyone I can about this amazing way to take this marvelous vitamin.