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King Country dairy farmer came down with a serious case of swine
flu, intensive care specialists said there was no hope. They
were set to pull him off of life support, but his family refused
to give up.
demanded that the doctors try high doses of Vitamin C. The hospital
told them it wouldn’t work, but the family insisted. They had
to hire a lawyer to get their way – but their actions saved
the man’s life.
link below to see a news report of this amazing story.
August 18, 2010
Zealand News3 video report shows the compelling story of Allan
Smith, a man conventional doctors claimed “could not survive,”
after contracting a severe case of swine flu in June of last year.
refused to accept the hospital’s hopeless prognosis and the subsequent
decision to turn off his life support. Instead, his family insisted
the hospital try high dose intravenous (IV) vitamin C.
the hospital would have willingly agreed. After all, none of their
conventional treatment methods had worked. The entire intensive
care unit staff declared he was beyond hope.
Yet one medical
expert after another, throughout this nine week ordeal, refused
to administer intravenous vitamin C!
“didn’t think it would work,” and dismissed it.
ended up enlisting a top legal expert to fight for their right
to have vitamin C administered. This case illustrates just how
difficult it may be to get a conventional hospital to concede
to measures that fall outside the scope of conventional medical
practice — even when the suggested treatment is FAR safer than
any drug alternative.
And in this
case, they had absolutely NOTHING to lose by taking a wild chance…
They had already given up and claimed he was as good as dead!
And yet they resisted every step of the way.
this man’s family was both resourceful and insistent.
example illustrating the necessity to think for yourself and not
allow yourself to be railroaded by narrow-minded doctors is this
one, where CNN Health writer Elizabeth Cohen discusses the
positive outcome her mother experienced once she decided to buck
the system by being a “bad” patient.
How a Humble
Vitamin Brought Allan Back from the Brink of Certain Death
of Allan’s recovery has become known as “one of the most remarkable
and controversial turnarounds in New Zealand medical history.”
And for good reason.
every day someone walks away from the brink of certain death.
this story even more remarkable, is the fact that once admitted
to the hospital with swine flu, Allan was also diagnosed with
leukemia, which dramatically worsened his chances of recovery.
Vitamin C expert
Dr. Thomas Levy initially sent me Allan Smith’s case report over
a year ago, and I’m thankful for his contributions to this follow-up
article as well.
Levy is the author of several books, including Curing
the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins,
America’s #1 Killer, a book about vitamin deficiency
and heart disease. He’s also written extensively on topics such
as dental toxicity issues from mercury amalgams and root canals,
vaccine safety, and the clinical uses
of vitamin C for infectious diseases.
Dr. Levy went to New Zealand in the middle of the furor following
the 60-Minutes program about Allan’s case and gave a PowerPoint
presentation, “Vitamin C: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Law.”
This presentation is available on the home page of his website www.peakenergy.com,
along with more information about vitamin C use.
The Smith family had contacted him for advice, and he’d referred
them to John Appleton in New Zealand. Appleton provided a lot of
information on vitamin C and referred the family to CAM (Centre
for Advanced Medicine), www.camltd.co.nz
to Dr. Levy, adequately dosed vitamin C, to his knowledge, has
never failed to cure an acute viral syndrome, and Allan’s case
couldn’t be a better demonstration of the curative power of vitamin
did the vitamin C cure Allan’s swine flu infection, but after
spending nine weeks in an induced coma, he walked out of physical
rehab after 13 days as opposed to the predicted three months.
astounding, today, just over a year later, he also has no further
signs of leukemia…
Allan Smith New Zealand Vitamin C Organization is now dedicated
to supporting patients’ rights to receive high dose vitamin C
in hospitals, if they request it. The website, vitaminCcancure.org,
also includes the original TV3 60-Minute program about Allan’s
to Dr. Levy’s case report, the vitamin C doses administered to
achieve this astonishing turn-around were:
- 25 grams
were given intravenously on the first day
by two 25 gram infusions the next day. At this point, the chest
x-ray suddenly showed air pockets in Allan’s lungs – a
- On the
third day, Allan received 75 grams intravenously
by 100 grams IV daily for another 4 to 6 days
To the Smith
family’s shock, a new hospital consultant decided to discontinue
the vitamin C treatment at this point, which led to further battles
with the hospital administration.
One week later,
the intravenous vitamin C (IVC) was restarted, but only at one measly
gram, twice daily. Still, despite this tiny dose, his recovery slowly
continued. Once Allan regained consciousness, he started taking
6 grams of oral Lypospheric vitamin C a day, at which point he began
to rapidly improve.
firmly believes that had the hospital continued administering
IVC at the recommended high dosage, Allan’s recovery may have
been far more swift.
C and Infectious Disease
is a great resource and has written about the mechanics of vitamin
C and how it works to treat infectious diseases such as the flu.
You can find one such article here.
to Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, “health” occurs when there is an
ample flow and interchange of electrons in your cells. Impaired
or poor electron flow and interchange equals “disease,” and when
the flow and interchange ceases entirely, your cells die.
caused by free radicals in your body, involves the loss of electrons.
counter the disease process caused by oxidation (loss of electrons)
by supplying electrons.
is a major antioxidant, and according to Dr. Levy, perhaps the
most important “electron donor” to maintain optimal electron flow
in your cells.
C to combat infectious diseases is not new.
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (a non-profit
and non-commercial informational resource), published findings
that vitamin C beats bird flu and other viruses, stating that:
dose vitamin C is a remarkably safe and effective treatment for
viral infections. In high doses, vitamin C neutralizes free radicals,
helps kill viruses, and strengthens your body’s immune system.
Taking supplemental vitamin C routinely helps prevent viral infections.”
types of influenza, such as bird flu, they recommend the following
cases may require 200,000 to 300,000 milligrams of vitamin C or
more, given intravenously (IV) by a physician.
This very high dosing may be needed since the Avian Flu appears
to consume vitamin C very rapidly, similar to an acute viral hemorrhagic
fever, somewhat like an Ebola infection.”
They even state
that vitamin C, at saturation, can replace antiviral drugs.
three other sources discussing the remarkable benefits of vitamin
C for infectious diseases such as the flu:
of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1999
found that vitamin C in megadoses administered before or after
the appearance of cold and flu symptoms relieved and prevented
the symptoms in the test population compared with the control
Clinical Experiences of Frederick R. Klenner, MD states
that cases of influenza, encephalitis, and measles were easily
cured with vitamin C injections and oral doses.
— Dr. Robert Cathcart, MD, also offers personal case studies
where intravenous administration of vitamin C turned out to
be lifesaving in cases of acute flu complications.
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,” he says.
A Word of
Caution about Vitamin C Supplements
to remember that every nutrient you ingest raises or lowers up
to nine other nutrients in your body.
needs certain synergistic nutrients, and if you are already low
in those synergistic nutrients, taking more of one thing will
only further deplete the existing deficient levels, worsening
any problems relating to that nutrient’s metabolism.
taking large doses of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) on a regular basis
lowers your level of copper, so if you are already deficient in
copper and take high doses of vitamin C, you can compromise your
temporarily taking megadoses of vitamin C supplements
to combat a case of the cold or flu is likely not going to cause
a problem, for long-term, daily use, your best bet is to eat a
diet high in organic vegetables and fruits that are minimally
will you get vitamin C, but you will get all the other accessory
nutrients and micronutrients that are needed to optimize it.
Potent Alternative to Dangerous and Poorly Tested Flu Vaccines
Allan’s case of swine flu was unusual. As you probably know by now,
the swine flu epidemic actually turned out to be far milder
than previous flu seasons…
influenza vaccine has turned out to be highly reactive — more
reactive than previous influenza vaccines. In addition, we
also know that the most commonly used flu drug Tamiflu
comes with a laundry list of potential dangers, from blackouts
to brain infections, to neuropsychiatric events, and death. (Allan
also received Tamiflu, which had no effect whatsoever against
the raging infection…)
all of this because since Allan’s swine flu infection was extremely
severe, it has the potential to frighten some people into wanting
to take any measure available to avoid a similar fate.
important to realize that your chances of avoiding such an infection
by taking the flu vaccine was, and still is, slim to none.
isn’t it comforting then to know there are at least two
viable alternatives to conventional flu treatments?!
alternative, in addition to vitamin C discussed above, is vitamin
D, which I have already mentioned in previous
the studies proving vitamin D’s protective powers against the
flu do not include the swine flu virus specifically (it’s too
new to have been included), there are compelling reasons to believe
it can offer protection against swine flu (H1N1) as well.
has since vowed to investigate vitamin D’s protective potential
against the H1N1 virus specifically, but as you probably know,
flu viruses mutate each year, yet people with sufficient vitamin
D levels appear more or less immune to the seasonal flu regardless
of which strain is currently in circulation.
so much compelling evidence, I believe maintaining optimal vitamin
D levels year-round is one of the absolute best strategies for
avoiding infections of ALL kinds, including severe influenza strains.
One of these
compelling pieces of evidence is the research
indicating that vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit
behind the seasonal flu – not the flu virus itself.
radically new line of thinking, and it makes all the sense in
Symptoms? Try This Crash Treatment…
If you are
coming down with flu-like symptoms and have not been taking vitamin
D on a regular basis, you can take 50,000 units a day for three
days to treat the acute infection.
like Dr. Cannell believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000
units per pound of body weight for three days.
there’s still the possibility that vitamin D won’t work, even
in these mega-doses, if you’ve never been exposed to the antigens
your best bet is to maintain healthy
levels of vitamin D between 50-70 ng/ml year-round. For more
in-depth information about test values, recommended labs, and
the treatment of vitamin D deficiency, please review this previous