How we can pre­vent deaths from in­fluenza

Medicine Hat News - - MIND & BODY - Dr. Gif­ford Jones

Death from in­fluenza is al­ways tragic. But it is par­tic­u­larly so when it oc­curs at a young age. This year an in­creas­ing num­ber of in­fluenza cases is be­ing seen in emer­gency cen­tres. And, as usual, thou­sands of North Amer­i­cans will die from this sea­sonal dis­ease. But are some dy­ing need­lessly?

The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion in the U.S. re­ports that, for the first time in 13 years, ev­ery state re­ports an in­crease in in­fluenza caused by an ag­gres­sive virus.

Au­thor­i­ties stress that the best way to de­crease the num­ber of cases of in­fluenza and deaths has al­ways been to get a flu shot. As Dr. Shob­hit Maruti, of­fi­cer of Health in Ed­mon­ton, where deaths have oc­curred, stresses, “It’s never too late to be im­mu­nized as in 2018 this de­creased the num­ber of cases of in­fluenza by 42 per cent.”

But his­tory has shown that, although be­ing vac­ci­nated against in­fluenza can pre­vent or de­crease the sever­ity, it is not al­ways to­tally pro­tec­tive. So what other pre­ven­tive mea­sures are avail­able?

I have a high re­spect for vi­ral killers, as one nearly ended my ca­reer as a sur­geon. In 1950, in my fi­nal year at The Har­vard Med­i­cal School, I de­vel­oped po­liomyeli­tis. I was in one of the great med­i­cal cen­tres in the U.S. But in the next 24 hours doc­tors could not stop my legs and ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles from be­ing to­tally par­a­lyzed.

How ironic that, if I’d been in a small town in North Carolina and treated by a fam­ily doc­tor, my paral­y­sis could have been pre­vented. Equally ironic, none of my learned pro­fes­sors were aware of the doc­tor’s huge dis­cov­ery.

Dr. Fred­er­ick R. Klen­ner was not a trained vi­rol­o­gist. But he was work­ing in a ward of 60 po­lio pa­tients. He de­cided to treat them with high doses of vi­ta­min C for 10 days. Not one of the 60 pa­tient de­vel­oped paral­y­sis!

This dis­cov­ery was re­ported in the jour­nal, “South­ern Medicine and Surgery” in Fe­bru­ary 1948. It’s ap­palling that it did not make head­lines in the world’s news­pa­pers or other med­i­cal jour­nals. In fact, it fell on deaf ears, and even now is still largely un­known by doc­tors.

In ad­di­tion, Klen­ner later proved high doses of C could cure other vi­ral dis­eases such as pneu­mo­nia, en­cephali­tis, menin­gi­tis, measles and chicken pox.

Klen­ner’s re­search showed that in ad­di­tion to an an­nual flu shot, vi­ta­min C pro­vides ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion. Par­tic­u­larly if you’ve been tak­ing 4,000 mil­ligrams (mgs) of C daily, long be­fore in­fluenza strikes. This keeps im­mune cells full of C to im­me­di­ately fight the virus. So never for­get the im­por­tance of this reser­voir of C as in­fec­tion im­me­di­ately in­creases the need for more C.

Klen­ner’s mes­sage to doc­tors was sim­ple. If a se­ri­ous in­fec­tion strikes, but the cause is un­known, doc­tors should pre­scribe large doses of C while they’re pon­der­ing the di­ag­no­sis. And just as small doses of painkillers will not stop can­cer pain, nei­ther will small doses of C stop vi­ral dis­eases.

Ideally, for crit­i­cal vi­ral dis­eases, Klen­ner pre­scribed as much as 25,000 mil­ligrams of in­tra­venous vi­ta­min C daily. But this is eas­ier said than done. He also used in­tra­mus­cu­lar in­jec­tions and oral tablets. But this means swal­low­ing large num­bers of pills.

I’ve urged my fam­ily to never treat them­selves if the flu virus strikes. But be­fore med­i­cal at­ten­tion is avail­able, to start tak­ing 2,000 mg of Medi-C Plus or any other pow­dered brand of vi­ta­min C, ev­ery two hours un­til loose stools oc­cur. It could make the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. These brands are avail­able in health food stores.

My ad­vice to read­ers is the same, and to also get a sec­ond opin­ion. So, go to the in­ter­net and type in “Dr. F. R. Klen­ner and Vi­ta­min C.” Dr. An­drew Saul, an in­ter­na­tional ex­pert on vi­ta­mins, has an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle about Klen­ner who should have re­ceived the No­bel Prize for his re­search. It’s tragic that many doc­tors re­main un­aware of his dis­cov­er­ies that could save lives.

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