HEALTH & WELLNESS
01 OCTOBER 2018
Mark Twain once said; ‘a crank is a crank only until he’s been proved correct.’
In November 2009 Dr. Gifford-Jones a Toronto physician-author wrote an article about the healing power of Vitamin C. It was published in the Guelph Mercury when the country was in the middle of the H1N1 frenzy. I would like to take the opportunity to quote from Dr. Gifford-Jones’ article, “Why has vitamin C treatment for viral infections collected dust?”
“Viral experts are wondering whether cholesterol-lowering drugs and steroids could help to save the sickest H1N1 patients. If these researchers studied history, they would learn how Dr. Frederick Klenner saved an important patient, and many others, from life—threatening viral infections.
In the Clinical Guide to the use of Vitamin C, Dr. Lendon Smith details Klenner’s clinical experience. He’d cured case after case of viral disease by massive doses of vitamin C. And when you read these cases, it boggles the mind as to why this research has collected so much dust.
Some 56 years ago, a seven-year-old boy had been ill for six weeks due to recurring attacks of influenza. He had been treated with sulfa, penicillin and five to 10,000 milligrams (mg) of oral vitamin C. But he suddenly dropped into a stupor. Klenner gave him an intravenous injection of 6,000 mgs of vitamin C. Five minutes later the boy was awake and asked, “What happened?” He received three further injections of vitamin C every six hours and fully recovered in 24 hours. The patient was Klenner’s son.
In 1948, Dr. Klenner used high doses of vitamin C to help 42 cases of viral pneumonia when other doctors were using x-rays. In 1949 during a polio epidemic he had cured 60 out of 60 patients suffering from the disease by administering massive doses of the vitamin daily (300,000 mg). He also reported in 1951 that he had cured children of measles and chicken pox in 24 hours using vitamin C. These finding were reported to the American Medical Association, but it fell on deaf ears.
It does make one wonder. Is it that easy to prevent dis-ease?
Dr. Gifford-Jones wrote another article several weeks later about the benefits of using Vitamin C. In that article he sites proven studies in which Vitamin C, when used in combination with certain amino acids could prevent heart attacks. The response from the medical community about this research was a headline that stated, “Vitamin C research is hogwash, doctors say.”
Dr. Gifford-Jones states:
“I believe that it is arrogance beyond belief to say that the work of scientists is hogwash, but none of the critics are lightweight scientists, so why is this theory so unacceptable to them?
He goes to ponder why research on Vitamin C is discounted with the following facts:
- You cannot patent vitamin C, so no one can make any money
- Many researchers receive research grants from the manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering drugs
- Medical journals rely on pharmaceutical ads for their survival
- Cholesterol-lowering drugs have become ingrained in doctors’ minds as the be-all-and-end-all for heart attack prevention
“Lets us not forget,” he goes on to say, “that history has repeatedly proven that new medical ideas are “fraught with trouble”
When I was in training as a Medical Technologist in the late 1970’s, we were taught that research can be biased and deeply influenced by personal prejudice. We were provided with the following examples:
- Antony Van Leeuwenhoek discovered bacteria in 1683. His discovery of bacteria was not immediately accepted by scientists. His letter to the Royal Society announcing the discovery of bacteria caused such doubt at the Royal Society that he had to enlist an English vicar, as well as jurists and doctors, to confirm that his report was based on true observations. He was the first doctor to use a microscope in the study of bacteria as a cause of disease which is now a common practice.
- Galileo was placed into house arrest for the rest of his life by the Church for refusing to state that the earth was the centre of the universe. Two centuries later his theory proved that the earth did indeed circle the sun. Once condemned as a heretic he now considered to be the father of modern Physics.
- In the 19th century Dr. Semmelweis worked in a maternity hospital where the death rate of mothers and babies was extremely high because of an infection commonly known as child bed fever. He observed that the ward run by midwives had a much lower death rate than a ward run by doctors because, after each delivery, the midwives washed up and put on a clean apron. He was rejected by the medical community eventually died in an insane asylum. He is now considered to be an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. The microscope helped to prove his theory that doctors should wash their hands between patients.
Preventive medicine is not an easy sell as Dr. Gifford-Jones states in his article. I agree. There are so many simple things that can be done to keep ourselves healthy, but we are just a little too shy of looking at the facts for ourselves. Look at the how important it is to do something as simple as washing our hands. Scientists and the medical community do not have all the answers. For every study that says one thing, there will be another study that disputes it. We see this played out in the media every day.
Sometimes I think you need to stand back and take a long hard look at what you believe and ask why. It is hard to tune out the noise of what we have been told and look at the situation with fresh eyes. I have been forced into that stance far too many times in my life. It has always paid off, but I admit, it wasn’t easy. You feel like you are swimming against the tide and there will be push back. However, at the end of the day there is freedom in understanding what feels right to you and what is working best for you.
If you are looking for a way to keep your family healthy during the cold and flu season don’t discount the power of Vitamin C. Not only is it a good preventive, but it has also been proven to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitical and anti-fungal. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the power of Vitamin C read: Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins by Thomas Levy. It is quite the little eye opener.
 https://www.docgiff.com/article/why-has-this-treatment-vitamin-c-for-h1n1-collected-dust/ Accessed Sept 26, 2018.
Atherton Drenth is a clairvoyant medical intuitive and the author of Intuitive Dance. Building, Protecting & Clearing Your Energy, (Llewellyn Worldwide) and Following Body Wisdom. Atherton also appears in the documentary, Voyage to Betterment as one of 12 experts along with other internationally renowned physicians, researchers, and pioneers in the fields of consciousness research and spirituality.