Monday, September 8, 2014

Why I’m reluctant to throw some things away!

Yesterday while working in the garden pulling weeds. The sun was bright, but it was getting late and the sun was lower in the west, and there was not much shade protection. I kept shifting my hat visor to try to keep from being blinded by the sun, and realized I needed a wide brimmed hat. Aha! I thought. I have an old wide brimmed straw hat (that I almost threw away at one point because it wasn’t very useful) that might work, so I went and found that. It might have served the purpose, except thanks to the loose weave, the sun was still able to get through and make it hard to see. Aha! I thought. I need to add some dark cloth that would keep out the sun. (I have a white hat with quite a wide visor, but being white and not very opaque it had a bit of the same problem in bright sun.) I was about done for the day, it would soon be dark, so I went looking for a solution to my hat problem – heading for the rag drawer, which is full of assorted old clothes, etc. I found a very old, faded, well-worn brown work T-shirt that my husband had worn out. It had already been cut across the bottom for some reason. It looked like as if I cut off about 4 more inches it just might work for my purpose. I made the cut and ran big stitches along one edge on the sewing machine, pulled the thread to gather that edge, and tried it on the hat, pinning it to the edge of the hat brim. It worked! It was just the right size! (Well, close enough.) But it was definitely ugly and needed a finishing touch.  I have an assortment of colorful decorative ribbons from my mother’s sewing things, including a bit of 1/2 inch ribbon with brown highlights that just happened to be sitting in a little basket on the shelve above the sewing machine - perfect! I stitched that on by hand, fastening down the old T-shirt in the process, and the result looks really promising – from three things that others might have thrown in the trash, or maybe to Goodwill!
So – my new garden hat for a really sunny day of working in the sun.

In the process of looking for the hat I did find 3 back packs that I don't need, and put them in the car to take to Goodwill.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's deal with the Ebola Crisis!

With the ebola virus scaring the wits out of everyone, and even doctors and nurses dying from the infection, it’s time to remind folks that there is a very likely effective cure which is still being ignored by mainstream medicine. Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, JD, in Curing the Incurable1 (page 109ff) addresses the issue of Ebola infections. This extensive quote from Dr. Levy’s books should convince you there is a better way!

Ebola Virus - (Curable-?, Reversible-?, Preventable-?)

Ebola is probably the best know of a class of viruses known as hemorrhagic fever viruses. [There are many others. Levy lists 13.]…

These viral hemorrhagic fever syndromes share certain clinical features. The Cecil Textbook of Medicine notes that these diseases are characterized by capillary fragility, which translates to easy bleeding, that can frequently lead to severe shock and death. These diseases also tend to consume and/or destroy the  platelets, which plan an integral role in blood clotting.  The clinical presentation of the viral disease is similar to scurvy, which is also characterized by capillary fragility and a tendency to bleed easily. Characteristic skin lesions develop, which are actually multiple tiny areas of bleeding into the skin that surround the hair follicles…

In the classic form of scurvy that evolves very slowly from the gradual depletion of vitamin C body stores,  the immune system will be sufficiently compromised for infection to claim the patient’s life before the extensive hemorrhage that occurs after all vitamin C stores have been completely exhausted. Ebola virus and the other viral hemorrhagic fevers are much more likely to cause hemorrhaging before any other fatal infection has a chance to become established. This is because the virus so rapidly and totally metabolizes and consumes all available vitamin C in the bodies of the victims that an advanced stage of scurvy is literally produced after only a few days of the disease…

To date, no vital infection has been demonstrated to be resistance to the proper dosing of vitamin C as classically demonstrated by Klenner2. However, not all viruses have been treated with Klenner-sized vitamin C doses, or at least the results have not been published. Ebola virus infection and the other acute vital hemorrhagic fevers appear to be diseases that fall into this category. Because of the seemingly exceptional ability of these viruses to rapidly deplete vitamin C stores, even larger doses of vitamin C would likely be required in order to effectively reverse and eventually cure infections caused by these viruses…

[I]t seems clear as evidenced by the scurvy-like clinical manifestations of these infections that vitamin C dosing must be vigorous and given in extremely high doses. [Perhaps up to 5000 – 10,000 mg every 1-2 hours throughout the day and night.]... Death occurs too quickly with the hemorrhagic fevers to be conservative when doing the vitamin C.

Belfield and Stone (1975) reported enormous success in the treatment of a variety of viral infections in animals:
The intravenous use of ascorbate [vitamin C] is especially valuable in the therapy of the viral diseases as it appears to be an effective, non-specific, non-toxic virucidal agent. We have not seen any viral disease that did not respond to this treatment. Successful therapy appears to depend on using it in sufficiently large doses.
[This] certainly seems to agree with the phenomenal success that Klenner reported in his treatment of viral infections with vitamin C in humans. It also implies that Ebola viral infection and the other acute viral hemorrhagic fevers should respond to large enough doses of intravenous vitamin C. (end quote)

Why are doctors so reluctant to use this effective therapy? In another book by Dr. Levy, Primal Panacea3, chapter 7 deals with this issue. Titled “High-Dose Vitamin C: Spin Doctors Lie, 7 medical lies that kill!” Levy states:
"[W]ithout a doubt vitamin  C lies – like urban legends – are sincerely believed by most of those who pass them along. But, unlike relatively harmless urban legends, vitamin C lies are responsible for much sickness and death because doctors continue to refuse to administer vitamin C correctly, or at all. As a result, patients are far too often denied optimal health and even life because their physician believes one or more of the following vitamin C lies." (page 95)

Dr. Levy then lists 7 lies and rebuts them thoroughly, concluding with this section (page 107):

What About Negative Studies?

With over 50,000 published studies and counting, it's no surprise that a some reach conc1usions other than what has been presented thus far [in Primal Panacea].

However, the vast majority of “negative'' studies are only negative in the sense that vitamin C was determined to be ineffective. Often conclusions are so broad they leave out important facts. Instead of conveying a dose-specific truth such as, ''A daily vitamin C dose of 50 mg was found to be ineffective in the treatment of lung cancer,'' the researchers and media will convey what is effectively a lie by saying, "Vitamin C is ineffective in the treatment of lung cancer."

Since successful treatment is always dose-dependent, this omission of dose in the conclusion is misleading at best, and basically dishonest.

He then concludes:

"From my own experience, exhaustive research in the medical literature, and through consultation with doctors in this country and throughout the world, I am absolutely convinced of one thing - when enough vitamin  C is given, in the right form, and for a long enough time, vitamin C helps virtually every condition, resolves many of them, and prevents still others. Although I have not personally analyzed every negative study the ones that I have reviewed use very inadequate quantities of vitamin C, or they are clearly flawed in some other way. Furthermore, I have never found a single article showing properly dosed and administered vitamin C to fail to improve the status of a toxic or infected patient."

In Chapter 8, “High-Dose Vitamin C: Revolution Required, Are profits more important than people?,” Dr. Levy discusses the massive conflict of interest between the drug industry and the FDA that has led to the situation where an effective therapy is aggressively suppressed and the reputation of doctors using the therapy is attacked. In spite of the pressures, there are many physicians using these therapies, and you would do well to find a physician knowledgeable about and willing to appropriately use high-dose vitamin C when needed.  For guidance on dealing at home with lesser infections I’d suggest Ascorbate, The Science of Vitamin C4, which, among other things, recommends frequent large doses throughout the day when fighting an infection or dealing with some toxin. He also explains the use of bowel tolerance as a guide to dosage.

For those health professionals who might happen to read this I’d recommend studying Primal Panacea3, which has the technical information needed for dealing with an extensive list of conditions, though the much thicker, Curing the Incurable1, is fascinating reading, with over 1,200 scientific references. Get with the program, and discovered a more satisfying and successful practice, though you may have to do battle with the powers that be. 

Kris Johnson, Retired and Reformed Dietitian

1. Curing the Incurable, Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins, by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, LivON  Books, Third Edition, 2009
2. In Curing the Incurable, chapter 2, Curing, Reversing, and Preventing Infectious Diseases, Dr. Levy reviews the extensive, ground-breaking research of Dr. Frederick Klenner, M.D. (and many other doctors), in the use of high-dose IV vitamin C.
3. Primal Panacea, by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD, MedFox Publishing, 2011
4. Ascorbate: The science of vitamin C. by Hickey S and Roberts H.  2004
5. There are more useful links on my website at