What Will I Do if I Get Influenza or a Rattlesnake Bite?

November 23, 2012 Updated: November 26, 2012


Dr. Frederick R. Klenner saved many patients from life-threatening viral infections and from the bite of a rattlesnake. Why Dr. Klenner was never given the Nobel Prize in medicine is hard to understand.

He was a family doctor in North Carolina. Unfortunately, he wasn’t my doctor when I was in my final year at Harvard Medical School. I awakened one morning with the worst headache I’d ever experienced. Later that day, I couldn’t move my legs. The diagnosis was poliomyelitis.

World-esteemed professors were close and available to treat me. All they could do was watch the paralysis increase.

What Klenner would have prescribed will shock you. In 1949, he reported momentous news to a meeting of the American Medical Association.

During an epidemic of polio the year before, he had cured 60 out of 60 patients suffering from this disease by using massive amounts of vitamin C, in some cases 300,000 milligrams of C daily. None of these patients were left with paralysis. Today, the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C is a mere 90 milligrams.

How a large group of American doctors could ignore this outstanding achievement boggles the mind. More unbelievable is that decades later, his achievement is still collecting dust. And this was only one of Klenner’s findings.

In “The Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C,” Dr. Lendon Smith details the experiences of Dr. Klenner. He reports that Dr. Klenner had cured case after case of viral disease by huge doses of C.

For instance, 60 years ago, a 7-year-old boy had been ill for six weeks due to recurring attacks of influenza. He had been treated with sulfa, penicillin, and small amounts of vitamin C, but suddenly he slipped into coma.

Dr. Klenner quickly gave him an intravenous injection of 6,000 milligrams of vitamin C. Five minutes later, he was awake. The boy received further injections and fully recovered in 24 hours. The patient was Dr. Klenner’s son.

Klenner also reported in the journal Southern Medicine and Surgery that injections of vitamin C had cured 42 cases of viral pneumonia. Later in the same journal, he reported that vitamin C could cure measles and chicken pox in 24 hours.

He also proved that patients suffering from acute and chronic hepatitis could have liver function tests return to normal after seven days of being treated with intravenous vitamin C. And for the bite of a rattlesnake, 60,000 milligrams of C could save a life.

This lack of recognition of new ideas is not new. Semmelweiss was ridiculed when he told doctors in Vienna that simply washing hands would save pregnant women from dying of puerperal sepsis. Closed minds have caused countless deaths.  

Fortunately, I was left with minimal loss of muscle function after months of therapy. I had no idea at that time that years later Drs. Linus Pauling and Sydney Bush would show that high doses of vitamin C and lysine could also prevent heart attack.

I won’t forget Dr. Klenner’s advice if I develop full-blown influenza or happen to step on a rattlesnake.

Dr. Gifford-Jones is a medical journalist with a private medical practice in Toronto. His website is DocGiff.com. He may be contacted at Info@docgiff.com.

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