When is a vitamin not a vitamin? No this is not a Nutrition Quiz but an issue so serious that it nearly cost Farmer Alan Smith his life.
Maybe it was a mistake for the scientists who discovered Ascorbic Acid to call it vitamin C.
Why is that a mistake? Because “Everybody knows” that vitamins are needed in only microscopic amounts – a few milligrams here and a few micrograms there…
…Because vitamins are used in tiny amounts to prevent and cure disease. But vitamin C can and should be used not in tiny sprinkles of a few milligrams but in spoonfuls of several grams each!
Which can be a shock if all you know about Nutrition is that a few milligrams of Niacin can cure Pellagra – a disease common in the Corn belt and a tiny sprinkle of Folate can prevent a pregnancy producing a baby with a serious “neural tube defect”.
“Everyone” knows that all you need is a few milligrams – that’s why vitamins are called micronutrients – the whole idea is that tiny amounts are all that we need to stay healthy.
So when Doctors come across people insisting on using large doses of vitamin C they don’t know how to react and they go into shut down and denial and anger!
Back to Alan Smith…he was brought into Hospital suffering from a massive attack of what turned out to Swine Flu.
This rampaged through his lungs and turned into Pneumonia which looks like this as your lungs fill up with water.
And that stops you breathing. Death is near at this stage…
The hospital can put you on special machinery to oxygenate your blood but they can’t deal with the root problem which is the infection.
Which was when Alan’s family suggested high dose vitamin C. And it was then that the medical team went into what I can only call Zombie mode.
They denied the family that option even though they had no other way forward. Days went by with Alan struggling for his life and the Doctors in a state I cannot understand…they sat with arms folded denying the family the right to effective treatment and the family arguing for the option of high dose vitamin C.
Which starts at 25 grams intravenously and modern holistic dentists often give their patients 25 or 50 gms of intra venous vitamin C while fixing their fillings!
Eventually the family pressure on the Hospital succeeded and an infusion of 25 gms was given and 25 gms the following morning… which was when they realised that Alan’s lungs were beginning to clear.
Of course now would the time to realise that the “Denialism” was stupid, and we had real proof of the effectiveness of vitamin C and we can go forward with this treatment.
But no, other layers of the Admin of the Hospital intervened and stopped the treatment.
I am not going to detail every twist and turn here. In fact this “Mexican Standoff” persisted and was even repeated when Alan was moved to a local Hospital.
Suffice it to say that between them, the Smith family, the healing power of vitamin C and the intervention of a lawyer succeeded in giving Alan Smith the chance of life and he took it.
Vitamin C has been saving lives and saving large numbers of lives since its discovery in 1930 of Ascorbic acid as the natural chemical that cures scurvy. Most animals in the world make their own ascorbic acid out of glucose in their liver but humans can’t manage the transformation – we lack an enzyme needed to do the job!
Doctors such as Linus Pauling and Abram Hoffer started taking large doses of vitamin C themselves and in the 1940s and 50s Dr Klenner was curing patients of Polio with high dose ascorbic acid.
In the decades that followed other infectious diseases were successfully treated with vitamin C. Whether it was measles or mumps no viral illness could resist the timely use of ascorbic acid.
This is all documented.
Klenner even presented his findings to the American Medical Association, the official journal for American Doctors.
And this knowledge was ignored by what we must call Pharmaceutical Doctors and taken up with glee by Naturopathic Doctors and a small number of what came to be called Orthomolecular Doctors such as Hoffer and Klenner.
So we could say here that “All’s well that ends well”, but the Zombie behaviour of the hospital Doctors baffles me.
I am a scientist. I trained in Physics before Naturopathy and I think like a scientist. I have an absolute respect for facts, for data. What the hospital Doctors did was to ignore not just the scientific literature but the evidence of their own eyes.
To ignore evidence is evidence itself of a closed and unscientific mind.
If you can understand them or their reasons – please inform me in the Comments section, I’d like to know.
It was not just the love of the Smith family that saved Alan’s life it was their knowledge of vitamin C and it is to spread more knowledge of natural remedies that I write for my blogs.
Any time you spread this knowledge you could be saving a life too!
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