Swine Flu: Intravenous Vitamin C

Treatment For Swine Flu

Vitamin C Cures Swine Flu :  From the Documentary ’60 Minutes’, Channel 3, Television New Zealand,  Wednesday, 15th September, 2010.

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First of all, a big thankyou to the presenters of Channel 3  ’60 Minutes’, Mike McRoberts, and all the others, for running this show. Getting the information ‘out there’ is what it’s all about.  Without shows such as this one, many of us would be none the wiser.

Thank God that we do have some very good  and intelligent people such as Professor Brighthope in the medical profession – Doctors who are open to the use of Vitamin C and other ‘unorthodox’ treatments for disease.  However, the work of these enlightened doctors is often undermined by other closed-minded doctors in the profession, and by the design of drug companies who fund research, and control the drug market, as we shall see.

The effect of this close-mindedness  means that people are being robbed of life by the health authorities instead of being assisted to recover and live.  This goes against the Hippocratic oath which insists that a doctor should have it in his heart to do his UTMOST to value, protect and save life wherever he can.

Professor Brighthope is a Vitamin C specialist, an Australian doctor.  He was interviewed on ‘60 Minutes’ last night.  He was very much in support of using Vitamin C to treat swine flu and made some very pertinent comments on just why New Zealand hospitals are avoiding the use of Vitamin C, and are refusing  to acknowledge its value. He expressed his concern, and made the comment:  ‘people are dying because of the attitude of doctors’.

Professor Brighthope was emphatic that:

  • ‘People don’t die of swine flu – they die of Vitamin C deficiency.’

’60 Minutes’ covered the story about a month ago, of a man who miraculously recovered from swine flu after being given intravenous megadoses of Vitamin C.

Alan Smith has survived to tell the tale, but only because his family were boxers who didn’t give up the fight:  Auckland Hospital doctors had stated that Alan’s life support system should be turned off, because there was nothing more that they could do to save his life from swine flu.

Alan Smith’s family requested that Vitamin C be given to him, as a last ditch effort to try and save his life.  The hospital authorities STILL REFUSED.  One has to wonder just why they were so keen NOT to administer the Vitamin C, as, at this stage, there was OBVIOUSLY nothing to lose.

Thankfully, Alan survived because of his family’s determination to give him Vitamin C, and because the authorities took fright and backed down when the family threatened to sue.

A New Zealand doctor on the programme last night  gave an extremely lame defence  of why Vitamin C should NOT be given. He said that they did not want to give Vitamin C to swine flu victims  because they ‘have no proof that it works, and that Vitamin C can be harmful’. Just how ridiculous is that.

This statement is not only ridiculous, it is untrue:  as Doctor Brighthope said, Vitamin C is one of the most researched products in the world, and it IS effective in treating swine flu.

The New Zealand doctor stated that not enough research had been done into the use of Vitamin C for hospitals to ever use it……  Wrong, we know. Otago University in Christchurch, New Zealand, has come up with research results which would seem to support the use of Vitamin C in treating cancer………….   But the reporter asked him who funds the research – was it the drug companies?  “Yes”, he said,  “It was the drug companies.” …….A very meaningful pause ensued, and my guess was that he immediately rued having made that comment.

There is just no reason NOT to use Vitamin C:  In Alan’s case, if  the doctors were that convinced that Alan was about to die, and were about to remove the life support system, then there was obviously nothing to lose: The risk of Vitamin C causing any harm would not have been a serious consideration. Yet the medics still refused the treatment of Vitamin C, saying that ‘there was no proof’. They should not have resisted giving Vitamin C, and had no grounds to prohibit its use.

Bob Goodwin was not so lucky.  Bob was being treated for swine flu in North Shore Hospital.  His family, too, tried to get Vitamin C administered to treat swine flu, but were not successful in convincing the hospital to try it until it was too late.

The hospital had refused to give Vitamin C, saying that Vitamin C could cause kidney failure.  Meanwhile,  Bob suffered kidney failure anyway from the effects of swine flu.  The authorities came around to pull out the life support system.  Bob’s son managed, at that late stage, to get the hospital to administer Vitamin C, but it was too late in Bob’s case, for Vitamin C to have any effect.

A similar block was put up to the family of a 36 year old woman who was  recently in the Intensive Care Unit at Auckland hospital.  The family was told adamantly that:

  • ”There will be no circumstance  where Vitamin C will be administered’.

This poor girl died from swine flu at the hands of the medical profession who refused her a treatment which has been known to work.

In Australia, at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney, a 20 year old girl, Laura  Clarke, was treated recently for swine flu.  Her family had heard about the success of Alan Smith’s case, tracked down his family in New Zealand, and from there,  proceeded to Vitamin C specialist Professor Ian Brighthope for help.

The Sydney hospital agreed.  Laura’s lungs cleared and began to function normally after being given Vitamin C.  However, the hospital took her off the Vitamin C treatment, against Doctor Brighthope’s advice. They also took her off the life support system.  Laura died.

Note:  Please read the comments below from Andrew, who was a friend of Laura’s.    Andrew points out that St Vincent’s  hospital acted in accordance with the family’s wishes.  My condolences to you and the family, Andrew.

Lawyer May Chen who is working on the legality of some of these hospital decisions  said:

  • Vitamin C in high doses is efficacious………Vitamin C treatment has a long pedigree to it…….

Professor Brighthope said that

  • ‘It is absolute neglect to not allow, or prohibit, the use of Vitamin C for swine flu’…..He is horrified that this ban continues in New Zealand hospitals and appalled that they won’t try it.

IN FAVOUR Of VITAMIN C: Vitamin C Specialist Professor Brighthope has used Vitamin C effectively in many cases of disease in hospitals and clinics.  He stated that the dose needs to be a large one, and that megadoses of at least 50,000 mg were often used.

To the comment made by the New Zealand ‘expert’ who said that “There is no proof that Vitamin C works’, – the old drug company-derived jargon  which is aimed at influencing all  flappable minds in order to hold tight their control, Professor Brighthope advised New Zealand doctors to:

  • “READ.  There is PLENTY of evidence….The libraries are full of good literature on it.”


5 thoughts on “Swine Flu: Intravenous Vitamin C”

  1. I’m glad this article has been written and I think it is most distressing that prominent NZ doctors are adopting such arrogance when it is possible, that some lives could be saved in relation to Swine Flu. I agree that it is quite hypocritical of the oath to “save life” – it seems now that in these cases where Vit C is refused, especially as a last resort treatment, the act of saving a life not longer applies. It is ridiculous to say the least.

    Another reason why I wanted to write in here is because I was a very close friend to Laura Clark, mentioned in this article. I had visited Laura in hospital at St Vincent’s on a number of occasions during her final weeks. I was also present when she passed away. The reason I mainly mention this is because I feel it is very important to correct what has been written here regarding her treatment at St Vincent’s – including the Vit C treatment she received.

    Firstly, as you indicate, St Vincent’s did agree to administer the Vit C as suggested by Prof. Brighthope. I think this very important to draw attention to as a major step forward in this debate as apposed to the situation in NZ. However, Laura did develop complications, from the doctor’s opinion, from the high does Vit C which were effecting her kidneys. I was present when the doctors discussed this over several days. They did not immediately remove the Vit C treatment after noticing the oxalate crystals but after a few days of this becoming potentially more serious they started to wean Laura off the Vit C. This decision to wean Laura off the Vit C was sensible and in agreement with the family.

    By this stage, Laura’s lung condition had improved, quite possibly, in part due to the addition of the Vit C. The hospital team were fairly open to possibility that Vit C may have played a role, amongst her other treatments, in helping her lungs make an improvement.

    Again, the next section of your article does not quite accurately reflect the situation that followed. The hospital did not simply turn off Laura’s life support after the Vit C treatment ceased. In fact, because her lung condition had sufficiently improved, she was (as would normally happen) taken off the ECMO machine to the start the next stage of her recovery while still receiving significant breathing assistance by breathing ventilator. Unfortunately and very, very tragically, Laura had developed chronic pancreatitis probably over the last 4 to 5 days of her life. This was not able to be fully detected until she had been taken off the ECMO machine due to the nature of its delicate function which greatly limits various forms of accurate testing of other problems – eg. the pancreas.

    The hospital conducted an emergency operation to do what they could regarding the pancreatitis but it was then apparent other organs were in sever failure. All was done by St Vincent’s to try and save dear Laura. Unfortunately, infection and or organ failure can happen after being on ECMO treatment for a long period as Laura had been.

    The breathing machine was only turned off after consultation with the family – I was present too at this discussion as the doctor sadly explained the situation and that nothing further could save her.

    So, tragically, Laura died from extreme complications. Not because her Vit C treatment had been ceased. As I mentioned earlier, it is quite possible that the Vit C did play a role in her lung improvement and her family and myself are very grateful that St Vincent’s were willing to give that treatment a fair go. Prof. Brighthope’s advice and support to the family was also much appreciated.

    I hope, even with suffering much grief from losing Laura, such an amazing and beautiful person, with this story, which has no happy ending, some positive from the Vit C treatment can be drawn and hopefully, future patients in Laura’s situation, will be allowed the right to receive Vit C in addition the their other treatment in hospital. Point blank refusal, as demonstrated in NZ, is simply madness.

    Andrew Chubb – Australia

  2. Hello Andrew,
    I am sorry that your friend Laura Clark passed away.
    It is very good of you to give us the details of her treatment. I have published your comments so that people may read the first hand account, and see that the hospital acted responsibly and in accordance with the family’s wishes.
    Kind Regards, Merrilyn.

  3. Thanks Andrew for you exact recolection.
    I have avoided reading articles related to my sisters unfortunate loss till today.
    Its good for discusion relating to the use of intravenus Vit C, because I also beleive that whilst Laura still passed the results and Effect of using Vit C cant be denied (I saw it from my own Eyes.
    Unfortunatly unrelated complications (pancreatitis) took my sister, I beleive it was not because of the Vit C. I would like to thank all who contributed greatly.



  4. Dear Matty, I am very sorry about the loss of your sister. Thankyou for sharing her story with us, and thanks again to Andrew, who gave us the correct information about her sad parting. Kind thoughts to you and your family. Regards, merrilyn.

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