Treatment of Infectious Diseases With Massive Doses of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – Also For Treating Children

Great information than might save your life, or the life of someone you love.

Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D.
(Reprinted with permission of the author)

Copyright (C), 1994 and prior years by Dr. Robert F. Cathcart. Dr. Cathcart gave his permission “to distribute via the internet as long as material is distributed in its entirety and not modified.”

I want to emphasize first that the main reason that massive doses of vitamin C work against infectious diseases has little to do with the vitamin C functions as ordinarily understood. They work in massive doses because we are throwing away the vitamin C for the extra electrons carried. These extra electrons neutralize the free radicals (molecules missing electrons) that mediate all inflammations and cause the symptoms and deaths from these infectious diseases. It is not really a matter of medicine; it is a matter of chemistry. Doses of ascorbate which are massive enough to force a reducing redox potential into tissues affected by the disease will always neutralize the free radicals.

For maintenance doses, take an amount of ascorbic acid that is comfortable for you about 4 to 6 times a day. Remember that the dose may vary depending on how you feel.

The better you feel, you take less. The worse you feel, you take more.

Always, always, always drink water with ascorbic acid by mouth! Never let yourself get seriously dehydrated which can happen if you are very nauseated from the illness or medications.

Start with pure ascorbic acid crystals or powder. Then after you learn to read the needs of your body, switch over to capsules or tablets. Always take these with water. Over a long period of time ascorbic acid powder or crystals could cause topical damage to the enamel of your teeth. Capsules or tablets will not do this. (Editor’s note: Buffering dissolved ascorbic acid powder with some sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) before drinking will render it pH neutral. And fizzy, too. Scroll down a bit at http://www.doctoryourself.com/news/v4n4.txt Vitamin C as sodium ascorbate is also nonacidic.)

If you are exposed to the flu, increase your doses to very close to bowel tolerance. If you feel a virus is threatening, take doses even as frequently as every hour during the day and take an extra dose in the middle of the night if you wake to urinate.

WHAT TO DO FOR THE FLU

If you get the flu, take doses every hour, or maybe even more frequently, until diarrhea is almost produced. Actually, the diarrhea is not that bad so it might be better to tolerate a little diarrhea at first. If the flu is causing diarrhea, this may be difficult but those with experience in taking ascorbic acid can tell the difference between the flu diarrhea (which is uncomfortable) and the loosening of the stools by ascorbic acid (which is not usually uncomfortable).

If you are unable to take enough ascorbic acid by mouth to control the flu see an orthomolecular physician for intravenous sodium ascorbate. Ask the owners of a mom and pop health food store. They will probably know the names of physicians who will give intravenous sodium ascorbate in your area. (Editor’s note: I do not maintain a database of such physicians, and am therefore unable to provide you with names or referrals. Trying a “Google” search may help you.)

INTRAVENOUS VITAMIN C

Sodium ascorbate intravenously can be given in bottles containing 60 grams of sodium ascorbate in 500 cc of water, lactated Ringer’s or normal saline or half normal saline. D5W is OK but actually I like to avoid the sugar. By the way, do not eat sugar when you have the flu. It is best not to eat sugar anyway.

If 60 grams of sodium ascorbate does not reverse the symptoms given over 3 to 4 hours, then 120 grams in 1000 cc or 180 grams in 1500 cc may be administered. When enough ascorbate is given rapidly enough, it will eliminate the symptoms because the symptoms are mediated by free radicals. If enough electrons are made available through massive doses of ascorbate it will eliminate the symptoms including all the inflammation. It is matter of chemistry, not medicine.

Children take reduced doses IV. Usually a 10-year old takes adult doses. Sometimes you have to give chewable ascorbate by mouth in children. This does not work quite as well as ascorbic acid by mouth. Chewables are buffered of necessity to protect the teeth and are not quite as powerful, but better than nothing.

People who cannot obtain sodium ascorbate by vein (remember insurance will not usually pay for this, because it works and therefore reduces the needs for drugs) and who cannot tolerate bowel tolerance doses of ascorbate will get some lesser benefit from more moderate doses of ascorbic acid by mouth or from buffered C by mouth. They do not work as well against acute symptoms but may prevent serious complications. Remember that those people who die of the flu mostly have acute induced scurvy. If you take moderate doses of ascorbates, they should prevent acute induced scurvy. With any physician who does not believe this, have them take your serum levels of ascorbate when you are sick.

Treating Children With Vitamin C For Viral Infections/Influenza

Children who are dying of the flu mostly have what I call “acute induced scurvy.” Read the story about babies dying of acute induced scurvy in Dr. Archie Kalokerinos’ book “Every Second Child.” I, personally, treated one 2 year old who would not take the vitamin C I prescribed because of a viral disease and a temperature or 104 F. In the middle of the night during a snow storm, the mother called saying she thought her son was dying. I saw him immediately in the middle of the night. The boy was almost comatose with his back arched. I quickly gave him an intramuscular shot of one gram of sodium ascorbate in 4 cc of water without preservative. In a minute or so he was sitting up acting perfectly normal. The response was so dramatic that there was no question that the mother would have the child take the ascorbate subsequently. This was exactly the type of case described by Dr. Kalokerinos in Australia. There was no question that in an hour or two, if I had done the legally correct thing and sent him to the hospital, he would have been dead of acute induced scurvy.

ADDITIONAL READING:

  1. Cathcart RF.  The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for the treatment of disease by titrating to bowel tolerance.  J Orthomolecular Psychiatry 1981; 10:125-32.
  2. Cathcart RF.  Vitamin C: titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Medical Hypotheses 1981; 7:1359-76.
  3. Cathcart RF.  A unique function for ascorbate. Medical Hypotheses 1991; 35: 32-7.
  4. Klenner FR.  Virus pneumonia and its treatment with vitamin C. J. South. Med. and Surg. 1948; 110: 60-3.
  5. Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J. South. Med. and Surg. 1949; 111:210-4.
  6. Klenner FR.  Observations on the dose and administration of ascorbic acid when employed beyond the range of a vitamin in human pathology. J. App. Nutr. 1971; 23: 61-88.
  7. Klenner FR.  Significance of high daily intake of ascorbic acid in preventive medicine.  J. Int. Acad. Prev. Med. 1974; 1:45-9.
  8. Stone I.  Studies of a mammalian enzyme system for producing evolutionary evidence on man. Am. J. Phys. Anthro. 1965; 23:83-6.
  9. Stone I. Hypoascorbemia: The genetic disease causing the human requirement for exogenous ascorbic acid. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 1966; 10: 133-4.
  10. Stone I. The  Healing Factor:  Vitamin C Against Disease. Grosset and Dunlapp, New York, 1972.
  11. Pauling L. Vitamin C and the Common Cold. W.H. Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1970.
  12. Pauling L.  Vitamin C, the Common Cold, and the Flu. W.H.Freeman and Company, San Francisco, 1976.
  13. Pauling L.  How to Live Longer and Feel Better. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 1986.
  14. Kalokerinos A.  Every Second Child. Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, 1981.
  15. Cathcart RF.  Clinical trial of vitamin C.  Letter to the Editor, Medical Tribune, June 25, 1975.
  16. Cathcart RF. Vitamin C in the treatment of acquired immunedeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
    Medical Hypotheses 1984; 14(4): 423-33.
  17. Cathcart RF.  Vitamin C: the nontoxic, nonrate-limited, antioxidant free radical scavenger.
    Medical Hypotheses 1985; 18:61-77.
  18. Cathcart RF.  HIV infection and glutathione (Letter to editor concerning Vitamin C tolerance in AIDS).
    Lancet 1990; 335(8683);235.
  19. Cathcart RF. The vitamin C treatment of allergy and the normally unprimed state of antibodies.
    Medical Hypotheses 1986;21(3): 307-21.
  20. Hemil H. Vitamin C and the common cold. Br J Nutr 1992; 67:3-16.

Begin This Simple Regimen Today VS Coronavirus and All Other Viral Attacks

Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus

by Dr. Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS January 26, 2020) The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses of vitamin C. Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for decades. There has been a lack of media coverage of this effective and successful approach against viruses in general, and coronavirus in particular.

It is very important to maximize the body’s anti-oxidative capacity and natural immunity to prevent and minimize symptoms when a virus attacks the human body. The host environment is crucial. Preventing is obviously easier than treating severe illness. But treat serious illness seriously. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention. It is not an either-or choice. Vitamin C can be used right along with medicines when they are indicated.

“I have not seen any flu yet that was not cured or markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C.”
(Robert F. Cathcart, MD)

The physicians of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine urge a nutrient-based method to prevent or minimize symptoms for future viral infection. The following inexpensive supplemental levels are recommended for adults; for children reduce these in proportion to body weight:

  • Vitamin C: 3,000 milligrams (or more) daily, in divided doses.
  • Vitamin D3: 2,000 International Units daily. (Start with 5,000 IU/day for two weeks, then reduce to 2,000)
  • Magnesium: 400 mg daily (in citrate, malate, chelate, or chloride form)
  • Zinc: 20 mg daily
  • Selenium: 100 mcg (micrograms) daily

Vitamin C [1], Vitamin D [2], magnesium [3], zinc [4], and selenium [5] have been shown to strengthen the immune system against viruses.

The basis for using high doses of vitamin C to prevent and combat virus-caused illness may be traced back to vitamin C’s early success against polio, first reported in the late 1940s.[6] Many people are unaware, even surprised, to learn this. Further clinical evidence built up over the decades, leading to an anti-virus protocol published in 1980.[7]

It is important to remember that preventing and treating respiratory infections with large amounts of vitamin C is well established. Those who believe that vitamin C generally has merit, but massive doses are ineffective or somehow harmful, will do well to read the original papers for themselves. To dismiss the work of these doctors simply because they had success so long ago sidesteps a more important question: Why has the benefit of their clinical experience not been presented to the public by responsible governmental authorities, especially in the face of a viral pandemic?

 

References:

1. Vitamin C:

Case HS (2018) Vitamin C questions answered. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v14n12.shtml.

Gonzalez MJ, Berdiel MJ, Duconge J (2018) High dose vitamin C and influenza: A case report. J Orthomol Med. June, 2018, 33(3). https://isom.ca/article/high-dose-vitamin-c-influenza-case-report.

Gorton HC, Jarvis K (1999) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. J Manip Physiol Ther, 22:8, 530-533. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10543583

Hemilä H (2017) Vitamin C and infections. Nutrients. 9(4). pii:E339. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28353648.

Hickey S, Saul AW (2015) Vitamin C: The real story. Basic Health Pub. ISBN-13: 978-1591202233.

Levy TE (2014) The clinical impact of vitamin C. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v10n14.shtml

OMNS (2007) Vitamin C: a highly effective treatment for colds. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n05.shtml.

OMNS (2009) Vitamin C as an antiviral http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n09.shtml.

Taylor T (2017) Vitamin C material: where to start, what to watch. OMNS, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v13n20.shtml.

Yejin Kim, Hyemin Kim, Seyeon Bae et al. (2013) Vitamin C is an essential factor on the anti-viral immune responses through the production of interferon-α/β at the initial stage of influenza A virus (H3N2) infection. Immune Netw. 13:70-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23700397.

2. Vitamin D:

Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Umhau JC et al. (2006) Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect. 134:1129-1140. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16959053.

Cannell JJ, Zasloff M, Garland CF et al. (2008) On the epidemiology of influenza. Virol J. 5:29. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16959053.

Ginde AA, Mansbach JM, Camargo CA Jr. (2009) Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Arch Intern Med. 169:384-390. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19237723.

Martineau AR, Jolliffe DA, Hooper RL et al. (2017) Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data. BMJ. 356:i6583. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28202713.

Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M et al. (2010) Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr. 91:1255-60. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20219962.

von Essen MR, Kongsbak M, Schjerling P et al. (2010) Vitamin D controls T cell antigen receptor signaling and activation of human T cells. Nat Immunol. 11:344-349. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20208539.

3. Magnesium:

Dean C (2017) Magnesium. OMNS, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v13n22.shtml

Dean C. (2017) The Magnesium Miracle. 2nd Ed., Ballantine Books. ISBN-13: 978-0399594441.

Levy TE (2019) Magnesium: Reversing Disease. Medfox Pub. ISBN-13: 978-0998312408

4. Zinc:

Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T, Vollmer TL. (2000) The dynamic link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status. J Nutr. 130:1399S-406S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801951.

Liu MJ, Bao S, Gálvez-Peralta M, et al. (2013) ZIP8 regulates host defense through zinc-mediated inhibition of NF-кB. Cell Rep. 3:386-400. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23403290.

Mocchegiani E, Muzzioli M. (2000) Therapeutic application of zinc in human immunodeficiency virus against opportunistic infections. J Nutr. 130:1424S-1431S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801955.

Shankar AH, Prasad AS. (1998) Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection. Am J Clin Nutr. 68:447S-463S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9701160.

5. Selenium:

Beck MA, Levander OA, Handy J. (2003) Selenium deficiency and viral infection. J Nutr. 133:1463S-1467S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12730444.

Hoffmann PR, Berry MJ. (2008) The influence of selenium on immune responses. Mol Nutr Food Res. 52:1273-1280. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18384097.

Steinbrenner H, Al-Quraishy S, Dkhil MA et al. (2015) Dietary selenium in adjuvant therapy of viral and bacterial infections. Adv Nutr. 6:73-82. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25593145.

6. Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J South Med Surg 1949, 111:210-214. http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html.

7. Cathcart RF. The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for treatment of diseases by titrating to bowel tolerance. Australian Nurses J 1980, 9(4):9-13. http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html

 

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维生素C预防冠状病毒

使用者Orthomolecular Medicine News Service细胞分子矫正医学新闻着作:Dr Andrew WSaul (Editor in Chief for Orthomolecular Medicine News Service)

随着“高浓度(大剂量)维生素C”立即的广泛使用,冠状病毒大流行可以显著减缓或停止。数十年来,各国的医生们已证明维生素C具有强大的抗病毒作用。媒体⻓期以来普遍缺乏报导这种有效而成功的方法来对抗病毒,尤其是当今我们所面对的冠状病毒。在平日的预防保健最重要的是“最大化人体的抗氧化能力和其自身的免疫能力,以预防和最小化病毒攻击人体时的症状。”人体自身的宿主环境至关重要。预防显然比治疗严重疾病容易许多。但是要严肃来治疗严重疾病,不要犹豫去寻求医疗救助。这不是一个非此即彼的选择。维生素C是可以与药物一起合并使用来治疗严重疾病。

“我还未⻅过有任何感冒不能被“高浓度(大剂量)维生素C治愈或得到明显缓解。”(Robert F. Cathcart, MD)

“细胞分子矫正医学新闻服务社”(Orthomolecular Medicine News Service)和“国际细胞分子矫正医学会”(ISOM, International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine)的专家医生们呼吁以营养素为基础的方法来预防或最大程度地减少未来病毒感染的症状。服用以下便宜补充品是成人推荐量。而有关孩童请根据其体重改变剂量。(注:若需要进一步免费中文谘询,欢迎联系TSOM )

  • 维生素C:3,000mg/日(或更多。分次服用)
  • 维生素D3: 2,000IU/日(从5,000IU/日开始,持续两周,然后减少到2,000IU)
  • 镁: 400 mg /日(柠檬酸镁,苹果酸镁,作为镁合物或氯化镁)
  • 锌:20 mg/日
  • 硒:100 μg/日

维生素C[1],维生素D[2],镁[3],锌[4]和硒[5]已经被证实增强对抗病毒的免疫功能“使用高浓度(大剂量)维生素C ”来预防和治疗病毒性疾病的临床基础实证可以被追溯至维生素C 成功治疗小儿麻痺症(脊髓灰质炎病毒)在1940年代末被首次报导[6]。关于这个事实,有很多人根本没有注意过,甚至很多人是非常惊讶地。然后,临床证据已经建立了超过几十年,而在1980 年出版了《病毒性疾病的治疗方案》。[7]

高浓度维生素C 在预防和治疗呼吸道感染方面的有效性已经得到证实。那些认为维生素C 本身有优点,但认为在高浓度下使用效果不佳或对身体有不良影响的团体,我建议请他们自己好好阅读原始论文。这些医生的研究被忽视是很久以前的事了,忽视造成更重要的问题就是:在这种病毒性疾病爆发的情况下,为什么这些重要和有用的医疗资讯不能从政府组织向公众传播?紧急公告“我还未⻅过有任何感冒不能被“高浓度(大剂量)维生素C治愈或得到明显缓解。”(Robert F. Cathcart, MD)Vitamin C Protects Against Coronavirus维生素C预防冠状病毒TSOM Taiwanese Society for Orthomolecular Medicine 授权翻译此文中文版

参考文献:1.Vitamin C:Case HS (2018) Vitamin C questions answered. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v14n12.shtml. Gonzalez MJ, Berdiel MJ, Duconge J (2018) High dose vitamin C and influenza: A case report. J Orthomol Med. June, 2018, 33(3). https://isom.ca/article/high-dose-vitamin-c-influenza-case-report. Gorton HC, Jarvis K (1999) The effectiveness of vitamin C in preventing and relieving the symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infections. J Manip Physiol Ther, 22:8, 530-533. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10543583Hemilä H (2017) Vitamin C and infections. Nutrients. 9(4). pii:E339. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28353648. Hickey S, Saul AW (2015) Vitamin C: The real story. Basic Health Pub. ISBN-13: 978-1591202233.Levy TE (2014) The clinical impact of vitamin C. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v10n14.shtmlOMNS (2007) Vitamin C: a highly effective treatment for colds. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v03n05.shtml. OMNS (2009) Vitamin C as an antiviral http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v05n09.shtml. Taylor T (2017) Vitamin C material: where to start, what to watch. OMNS, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v13n20.shtml. Yejin Kim, Hyemin Kim, SeyeonBae et al. (2013) Vitamin C is an essential factor on the anti-viral immune responses through the production of interferon-α/β at the initial stage of influenza A virus (H3N2) infection. Immune Netw. 13:70-74. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23700397.

2.Vitamin D:Cannell JJ, Vieth R, Umhau JC et al. (2006) Epidemic influenza and vitamin D. Epidemiol Infect. 134:1129-1140. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16959053. Cannell JJ, Zasloff M, Garland CF et al. (2008) On the epidemiology of influenza. Virol J. 5:29. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16959053. Ginde AA, Mansbach JM, Camargo CA Jr. (2009) Association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and upper respiratory tract infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Arch Intern Med. 169:384-390. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19237723. Martineau AR, Jolliffe DA, Hooper RL et al. (2017) Vitamin D supplementation to prevent acute respiratory tract infections: systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data. BMJ. 356:i6583. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28202713. Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M et al. (2010) Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr. 91:1255-60. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20219962.von Essen MR, Kongsbak M, Schjerling P et al. (2010) Vitamin D controls T cell antigen receptorsignaling and activation of human T cells. Nat Immunol. 11:344-349. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20208539.

3.Magnesium: Dean C (2017) Magnesium. OMNS, http://www.orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v13n22.shtmlDean C. (2017) The Magnesium Miracle. 2nd Ed., Ballantine Books. ISBN-13: 978-0399594441. Levy TE (2019) Magnesium: Reversing Disease. Medfox Pub. ISBN-13: 978-0998312408

4.Zinc: Fraker PJ, King LE, Laakko T, Vollmer TL. (2000) The dynamic link between the integrity of the immune system and zinc status. J Nutr. 130:1399S-406S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801951. Liu MJ, Bao S, Gálvez-Peralta M, et al. (2013) ZIP8 regulates host defense through zinc-mediated inhibition of NF-кB. Cell Rep. 3:386-400. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23403290. Mocchegiani E, Muzzioli M. (2000) Therapeutic application of zinc in human immunodeficiency virus against opportunistic infections. J Nutr. 130:1424S-1431S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10801955.Shankar AH, Prasad AS. (1998) Zinc and immune function: the biological basis of altered resistance to infection. Am J Clin Nutr. 68:447S-463S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9701160.

5.Selenium: Beck MA, Levander OA, Handy J. (2003) Selenium deficiency and viral infection. J Nutr. 133:1463S1467S. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12730444. Hoffmann PR, Berry MJ. (2008) The influence of selenium on immune responses. Mol Nutr Food Res. 52:1273-1280. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18384097. Steinbrenner H, Al-Quraishy S, Dkhil MA et al. (2015) Dietary selenium in adjuvant therapy of viral and bacterial infections. Adv Nutr. 6:73-82. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25593145. 6. Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J South Med Surg 1949, 111:210-214. http://www.doctoryourself.com/klennerpaper.html. 7. Cathcart RF. The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for treatment of diseases by titrating to bowel tolerance. Australian Nurses J 1980, 9(4):9-13. http://www.doctoryourself.com/titration.html

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Immune Response – Vitamin C VS Pneumonia

This is an article by Dr. Andrew Saul, of DoctorYourself.com.  I have read with fascination most of his site, following links and reading other doctors’s work along the same lines.  This is life-giving information, and most of it is free and easy to do.

Sounds too good to be true?

It isn’t.  Your body knows how to heal itself.  You just have to give it a fighting chance.

Read this article he wrote about Vitamin C VS pneumonia, and remember that Coronavirus is a VIRUS and that most of the Chinese deaths are attributed to PNEUMONIA.

Some physicians would stand by and see their patients die rather than use ascorbic acid. Vitamin C should be given to the patient while the doctors ponder the diagnosis.”  (Frederick R. Klenner, M.D.)

Like a country veterinarian, I drove my red ’78 Ford pickup along a vacant road to a client’s rural home out near Pavillion, New York. Driving along in the middle of nowhere (and even in New York State there are still such places) to a house call was not my usual routine, but on a sunny spring day like this, it was a taste of the life of James Herriot.

I pulled up the long driveway to the cedar-shingled house where my appointment was scheduled.  Going to the side door, I met the father and mother, who showed me into the dining area, where I met a perfectly normal looking nine-year-old boy.  He was blond, fair-skinned and a bit skinny.  His name was Charles.

Charles had practically no immune system to speak of. His mother told the tale:

“He’s been in and out of Children’s Hospital, again and again. He’s home, he gets a sniffle, then he clogs up and can’t breathe, then it’s pneumonia, then he’s back to the hospital. This happens every few weeks, over and over again, and has been going on for years. The doctors said there is nothing they can do except give him antibiotics. They said his immune system isn’t working. They do not know why. They are out of ideas, and we are at our wits end over this.” She really did look wrung out.

“What can you do?” asked the father, politely but just barely so.  He looked like his nerves were frayed, too.  I paused for a moment to collect a thought.

“Does he take vitamins?” I asked

“A multiple vitamin, nearly every day,” the mother answered. “Sometimes I give him some vitamin C, but it hasn’t helped.”

“Maybe his body needs more of it,” I said, taking the plunge. “There are 50 years of scientific literature on successful vitamin C megadose therapy.  Much of it comes from the two dozen or so published papers of Frederick Robert Klenner, MD, of Reidsville, North Carolina.”

“How much did he use?” the father said.

“A whole lot; more than you’d ever imagine giving to a nine-year-old. Klenner used somewhere between 350 and 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C per kilogram body-weight per day.”

“We’ve given Charlie 500 milligrams sometimes,” said his mother.

“Dr. Klenner gave that amount or more per kilogram patient body weight per day,” I explained.  “A kilogram is 2.2 pounds.  What do you weigh, Charlie?”

“75 pounds, I think,” Charlie said. “Maybe a little less.”

“All right, that’s about, oh, 33 kilograms or so. Dr. Klenner would have given you somewhere between 11,000 and 30,000 milligrams.”

“A day?” said his mother.

“Yes.”

“That seems like an awful lot of vitamin C,” said his father.  “How safe is it?”

“Klenner was a very competent doctor, who practiced for some 35 years. He wrote that ‘Vitamin C is the safest and most effective substance available to the physician.’  Robert F. Cathcart, MD, out in San Diego, California gives as much as 200 thousand milligrams.”

“A day?” repeated the mother.

“Yes,” I said.

“Well, nothing else has done him any good,” said the father.  All the doctors do is tell us to stick him in a steamy shower when he can’t breathe, and we have to keep him there all night sometimes. Then he gets bronchitis. Last time, it went to meningitis.”

“What do you think we should do, then, exactly?” asked his mother. She posed the question, all right, but didn’t sound very optimistic.  It would be hard to blame her.

“Since the doctors have tried all they know, maybe it is time to try something else.
You could start raising Charlie’s daily vitamin C intake, and really take it up high if he starts to get sick.”

“How high?” asked the father.

“If he gets sick?  At least 11,000 milligrams a day, maybe twice that. Enough so his symptoms stop.”

If John Dillinger had told J. Edgar Hoover that he’d never even been in a bank, you could not have gotten a more skeptical look than the one I got then.

“All right, thank you,” said the father.

I left with my fee and without much confidence in this one.

It was only days later that I got a call at about 10 AM. It was Charlie’s mother, and she was not happy.

“It’s started again,” she said. “It’s started again. Charlie is sneezing and he’s coughing and he’s gasping and we’ve just put him in the shower.  What am I supposed to do again?”

I went over the protocol once more: give Charlie as much vitamin C as he could hold, at least 11,000 milligrams before the day was over.

“OK,” she said. “This had better work.”

That’s what I was thinking, too.

At about 6 PM I got another call.

“I can’t believe it,” came the voice of Charlie’s mother. “I cannot believe it. He’s actually getting better.  He’s getting better!”

She told me that Charlie’s symptoms had gone away during the afternoon. He’d had around 12,000 to 14,000 milligrams of vitamin C that day. No medicines. No more showers. No hospital visit.

“No kidding!” I said.  “That’s really great.”

“Now what?” said the mother.

“As a preventive, continue to keep his vitamin C level high each day, maybe 4,000 milligrams or even more. Dr. Klenner said that children can take their age in grams (thousands of milligrams) of C each day, as a maintenance dose. My own kids seemed to do fine with around half that.  The exact amount will be the amount that keeps Charlie well. Remember that we don’t take the amount of C that we think we should take; we take the amount of C that does the job. My corny little jingle is, ‘Take enough C to be symptom free, whatever that amount might be.”‘

“So when he’s sick, give him enough to get him well, and when he’s well, give him enough to keep him that way?”

“Right,” I replied.

“That seems too simple to be the answer,” said his mother.

“The hospital tried everything else, true?” I reminded her.

“Yes.”

“And what worked?”

“The vitamin C is the only thing that’s worked,” she said. “Normally he’d be in the hospital by now. There must be something to this.”

There is. And for such a good idea, the spread of this knowledge has been exceptionally slow.  Furthermore, for such a useful therapy, medical-political hindrance has been unbelievably high. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Dr. Linus Pauling.

Linus Pauling, PhD is one of history’s great chemists, and his textbooks and huge output of scientific papers continue to foreshadow generations of research. Pauling is the only person, ever, to win two unshared Nobel prizes. The first, normally enough, was for pioneering work into the detailed nature of chemical bonds. The second was for peace, after it was eventually appreciated that Pauling’s position against atmospheric nuclear weapons testing was the correct one.  Neither of these awards prepared the world for what was to follow: Pauling suggested that vitamin C might be effective against the common cold. It would be difficult to imagine that the practical medical applications of ascorbic acid would cause more of a ruckus than Pauling’s complete overhaul of our knowledge of chemistry, or the vicious blacklisting that Pauling got from the US government when he opposed nuclear testing.  But it is true none the less.

Pauling reviewed several dozen supposedly open-and-thoroughly shut papers that concluded that vitamin C was, after careful trial, unsuccessful at slowing, stopping or preventing the common cold.  He found that the researchers had failed to interpret their own work fairly, or even accurately.  In virtually every instance, Pauling found that the effect of vitamin C was, at the very least, statistically significant.  Again and again, the authors of the studies had written biased opinions and passed them off as valid summaries of their work.

These authors were simply wrong: science repeatedly demonstrates vitamin C is indeed an effective anti-viral. You can, if you like, confirm this with a trip to the library. In addition to Pauling and Klenner, you might investigate the work of Robert F. Cathcart III, MD; William J. McCormick, MD; Dr. Irwin Stone; and Emanual Cheraskin, MD. They managed to get their work published; can you manage to locate it? And would you care for a hint?

Okay: Do not rely on a computer search into a medical or nutritional data base. It probably will not uncover the authors I cite. Why? Because what gets indexed is what is selected to be indexed. Who controls such selection? Whoever generates the index, that’s who, and editors generally include what conventional medical doctrine approves of and what they agree with. In the same way that you will not find too many versions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare in a dirty book store, you are unlikely to easily locate favorable megavitamin research papers at your library. Sad, but true: too many of my students have come back to me, whining that they can’t find my references. Look folks, if I can, you can.

You will need to shun the “assistance” of the American Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration, the American Dietetic Association, and other incumbent power groups with highly politicized agendas. Do your own search the old fashioned way: by author, and by hand.  Possibly you can interest a librarian in helping you. I provide several good reference lists in this website.  A number of the sources I provide are “old” (that is, often dating from the 1950s, and 60s and 70s) and are sometimes from smaller, lesser known, or regional journals.  Nevertheless, the truth is out there.

If it is, then why is it so obscured? Why don’t we know and see and hear more of it? Simple: it is vastly easier to get an anti-vitamin study published than a pro-vitamin study. Not only that, when you expose an anti-vitamin study as flawed, strong forces are at work to keep your criticism from ever being published.  .

Let me show you.  Countless news shows, newspapers, and textbooks have proclaimed that vitamin C in megadoses does no good, and in fact does harm.  Here are two of the most widely known, but completely false, “facts” about vitamin C.
Vitamin Myth #1:  “Your body doesn’t absorb extra vitamin C.  All you get from taking vitamin supplements is expensive urine.”

Urine is what is left over after your kidneys purify your blood. If your urine contains extra vitamin C, that vitamin C was in your blood. If the vitamin was in your blood, you absorbed it just fine. Think about that.

You can swallow a marble (but please don’t) and find it in the toilet bowl a couple of days later. That is because your food tube, or alimentary canal, is essentially just a hollow 25-foot hose connecting your mouth to your anus. That swallowed marble is “in” your body geographically, but it is not in your body the way your blood is.  If you stick your finger through the hole of a donut, you might say your finger is “inside” the donut, but it is not in the donut the way the flour and sugar are, right?  We can turn you upside down and shake you, and you’ll probably barf up your most recent meal, maybe even that marble.  Your blood won’t come out of you, though. If something is in your blood, it is really in you, fully and utterly absorbed.

Standing at the base of the Hoover Dam looking up, you cannot tell how much water is behind it.  However, by observing the overflow spillway, you can tell: if the spillway is dry and dusty, full of tumbleweeds, and foxes are making their dens their, there has been a drought for some time, and the water level in the dam must be low.  If enough water is pouring down the spillway for white-water rafting, the dam must be full. Wasting indicates fullness, just as a cup overflowing is truly a full cup. Urine spillage of vitamin C indicates that you have some to waste, then and there. It does not indicate bodily saturation; bowel tolerance (loose stool) indicates saturation. One takes just enough C to stay just below that level.

It is the absence of water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin C in urine that indicates vitamin deficiency.  If your body excretes vitamins in your urine, that is a sign that you are well nourished and have nutrients to spare. It is easier to put a twenty in the Salvation Army pot at Christmas time if you have a few grand to spend shopping. So many Americans are credit-card shoppers and deficit spenders. We are also deficit eaters, trying to obtain a ridiculously low US RDA of vitamins from a selection of nutritionally wimpy foods that cannot really meet any of our vitamin or mineral needs abundantly. Vitamin supplements are a solution, not a problem.
Vitamin Myth #2:  “Vitamin C causes kidney stones.”

First of all, I have never seen any scientific evidence to back up that statement.  I’ve had literally hundreds of students and health practitioners looking for years for any controlled study demonstrating a vitamin C caused kidney stone and so far I have received… nearly one… submission.  That’s a jocular way of saying “none.”

I bet if I show you a picture of a unicorn, you will easily recognize it. Everybody has heard about unicorns. You can describe one in detail. You could probably draw a unicorn. You can see one in your mind right now. Yet unicorns do not exist. They are imaginary, without substance or proof. Just like a vitamin C kidney stone. The vitamin C-kidney-stone myth is the best known non-fact in non-existence. Every medical doctor has heard of one, and none of them has ever seen one.

If you haven’t been on the inside, it is hard to believe that a vitamin can start a scientific civil war. Pauling has been there, and what you uncover when you join him is that it’s more real than any other conspiracy theory that you’ve ever heard about. (So where is Oliver Stone when we need him?) Pauling speaks from much experience as he discusses this in his exceptionally interesting book, How to Live Longer and Feel Better. This work, and Lendon Smith’s Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C (which is about that Dr. Klenner fellow, mentioned earlier) are surely the twentieth century’s ultimate treatises on megavitamin-C therapy “quackery.”

The problem remains that a highly distinguished Stanford University professor lost a reputation he worked 50 years to make within days of the publication of his book that started all the hoopla, Vitamin C and the Common Cold. What did he do? Pauling primarily publicized the work of physicians like Dr. Klenner, a crime against humanity if there ever was one. What did Klenner do? He healed the sick, and wrote down what did it.

I read both Klenner and Pauling. And then I needed them myself, badly. Because I seem to have this little problem with pneumonia.

The first time I had viral pneumonia, I was sick as a dog. My wife had bronchitis at the same time. We looked so awful that my father took us both to the doctor.  The doctor saw her first, and prescribed Erythromycin, an antibiotic. Then it was my turn. He gave me Erythromycin, too.

“But isn’t that useless against a virus?” I asked him.

“Yes. It’s for the secondary bacterial infection that often follows the viral infection,” he told me. “There’s not much we can do about the virus except have you rest in bed.”

So I did, knocked silly by codeine cough medicine. For two, perhaps three days, I was in La-la Land, not knowing or caring if I ate or not, or if it was day of night.  I could barely tell if I was asleep or awake.

Nice vacation though it was, neither the codeine nor the erythromycin really cured the pneumonia. The body did, and it took something less than two weeks for me to recover.

The next time I got pneumonia, I did it my way (well, their way) and followed the Klenner/Pauling protocol: take enough vitamin C to get well, no matter how much it may be. This initially makes a lot more sense if you are really, really sick. Pneumonia sets that part up effectively enough.

So there I was, coughing without a pause with a fever of nearly 104, playing Scrabble. I literally emptied a bottle of 1 gram (1,000 mg) tablets onto the table, lined them up two by two, and took 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C every six minutes. In three hours, that amounts to 60,000 milligrams.  And three hours is what it took to lower my fever three degrees and stop my cough completely.

 

YOU CAN READ TWO OF THE BEST BOOKS ON VITAMIN C THERAPY FOR FREE. Dr. Klenner’s Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is now posted in its entirety at http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/198x/smith-lh-clinical_guide_1988.htm
The complete text of Irwin Stone’s book The Healing Factor is now posted for free reading at http://vitamincfoundation.org/stone/
Copyright C 2003 and prior years Andrew W. Saul. Revisions copyright 2018.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )