Multiple Sclerosis, Part I

Multiple Sclerosis


Americans generally do what their doctor tells them without much questioning. I suggest they question their doctor extensively, and not necessarily do what he says. Then go and read up on possible natural-healing options to get a really different second opinion.

 And if someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? The answer is, and it is a remarkably good answer, follow the MS protocol of Frederick Robert Klenner, MD as described in Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C, edited by Lendon Smith, MD. Far from just considering vitamin C, this book urges and lists a comprehensive therapeutic program using a large variety of nutrients in large quantity.

 Why a large variety of nutrients? Because there is no such thing as monotherapy with nutrition. "One drug, one disease" is a failed legend of the drug doctor. People often ask me, "What is this vitamin good for?" My answer is, "Everything." They give me "the look," but it's true nevertheless. All vitamins are important. Which wheel on your car can you do without? Which wing on an airplane can you afford to leave behind? 

 Why large quantities of nutrients? Because that's what does the job. You don't take the amount that you think should work; you take the amount that gets results. The first rule of building a brick wall is that you have got to have enough bricks. A sick body has exaggeratedly high needs for many vitamins. You can either meet that need, or whine about why you didn't.

 But why try to cure with nutrition? Well, why not? Must a cure be medical for it to be any good? There is no medical cure for MS; if there were, you would have heard about it. I say, if one doctor's black bag is empty it does not necessarily follow that all other doctors' black bags are. Go where you can get the outcome you need. The first rule of fishing is to put your hook in the water, for that is where the fish are. 

 Still, when I tell you that Frederick Robert Klenner, MD was curing multiple sclerosis back in the 1950's and '60's, you would not easily believe me. And who in their right mind would?  A MS patient confined to a wheelchair, perhaps. Like the one who was wheeled into my office one day by his private RN.

 I shared the details of Dr. Klenner's protocol with them. They went home and did it. It worked. In little over two weeks, the man was out of his wheelchair, walking with a walker or cane. It was beautiful to see.

 What did they do? Read Dr. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C and you will find out precisely what they did.  It is posted for free access at

The multiple sclerosis protocol takes up about five pages.

Why did it work? Because Dr. Klenner's experience in treating MS taught him to understand it as a vitamin deficiency disease.

 Let's consider just one lone nutrient, thiamin, vitamin B-1 and one oddball disease, beriberi. Beriberi has been a problem for centuries in impoverished countries.  It is a disease of the peripheral nervous system. Beriberi, a description of nutritional exhaustion, literally means "I can't, I can't."  It results in pain (neuritis) and paralysis, swelling and anemia, decreased liver function and wasting away. Note, please, the wide variety of symptoms.

 No drug on earth, then or now, can cure it.  Then and now, it was known to have something to do with poor diet.  But the question for centuries was, what exactly causes it?

 In 1897, a prison doctor named Christiaan Eijkman first cured beriberi. Many of his prisoners had the disease. They were fed a diet of primarily polished (milled or white) rice, the stuff Americans eat to this day. Eijkman fed the prison diet to chickens and observed them to have the same beriberi symptoms.  He then fed the sick chickens unmilled natural (brown) rice.  The birds were cured. He tried whole brown rice on the prisoners, and they were cured. Completely. No drug had done that; it took brown rice, and something special in that unprocessed rice.

 In 1911, Casmir Funk, a Polish chemist living in London would discover the first of the special somethings (niacin) in the outer, usually wasted rice hulls. Because it was a nitrogen compound, he labeled it an amine. Because it was vital to health, it was a vital amine, or vitamine, or vitamin.  (Incidentally, vitamine is the English and Australian pronunciation to this day.) The name stuck and became generic, like Kleenex.

 Between 1909 and 1916, the Philippines-based American R. R. Williams began curing beriberi in young children with outstanding success. The rice polishings he used were thereafter called vitamin B (for beriberi?) and thought to provide a single essential chemical. Today known to be a team of vitamins, the B-complex, (along with vitamin C) are all water soluble, indispensable, and generally not stored by the body.


 Thiamine proved to be the cure, and the only cure, for beriberi. It is designated vitamin B1. (One of its parts is a thiazole ring, and it is a vitamin, hence the name.) Thiamin is activated by thiamin pyrophosphate (TPP) to form a coenzyme needed in glucose oxidation to either get energy from glucose or to produce storage fat (lipogenesis). Without thiamin, these do not occur. At all. Hence, the fatigue and wasting away of beriberi. The mineral magnesium is another essential cofactor in this process.

 Thiamin is not stored in tissues. You need it every moment of every day, and it plays a crucial role in carbohydrate metabolism, pregnancy, lactation, and muscular activity. Less well known is that more thiamin is needed in tissues during fevers.

 Continued deficiency of thiamin is very grave. Unchecked, beriberi is fatal. But a long-standing inadequate, marginal, or minimal thiamin supply may cause severe neurological effects, most significantly nerve irritation, diminished reflex response, prickly or deadening sensations, pain, damage to or degeneration of myelin sheaths the fatty nerve cell insulation material, and ultimately paralysis. Dr. Klenner, aware that this could well describe multiple sclerosis, went to work trying megadoses of thiamin. On the principle that it takes a lot of water to put out a well-established fire, Klenner ignored the US RDA of one to two milligrams per day and gave MS sufferers one or two thousand milligrams of thiamin a day.  He administered other vitamin megadoses as well. Patients improved.

 That book again? Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C. It is available without a prescription.

In fact, it is available online without charge.

Dr. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is posted in its entirety at It is also posted at

The multiple sclerosis protocol takes up about five pages.

An important paper by Dr. Klenner on the nutritional treatment of neurological diseases is posted at Similar information is also included in Dr. Klenner’s megavitamin protocol for M.S., published in "Treating Multiple Sclerosis Nutritionally," Cancer Control Journal 2:3, pp 16-20.

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Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at )


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