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SARS and Viral Respiratory Illness



SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

It's just another virus.

Maybe it's a mean one, or maybe it's just a new strain of one of hundreds of flu or common cold viruses, whooping it up in a person with a low immune system. But it cannot be worse than, say, polio. Polio can be whipped by megadoses of vitamin C.

If vitamin C megadosing for polio and other viral diseases is a new concept to you, please look at

and especially at the excellent website of Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.

A "new" opportunistic virus is a big surprise to no one. History is full of them.

 About 10 million soldiers were killed in World War I, charging machine guns and getting mowed down month after month. There were nearly a million casualties at the Somme and another million at Verdun. A terrible slaughter went on for four years. Yet, in just the two years following the war, over 20 million people died from influenza. That is more than twice as many deaths from the flu in one-half the time it took the machine guns.


Preventing is obviously easier than treating severe illness. Immediate use of half-hourly gram (1,000 mg) doses of Vitamin C, up to saturation, will usually stop a cold from escalating to pneumonia. But if it has, treat serious illness seriously: in the very young or the very old, pneumonia can kill. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention.

Here is a second opinion. Dr. Cathcart advocates treating pneumonia with up to 200,000 milligrams of Vitamin C daily, often intravenously. You and I can simulate a 24 hour IV of Vitamin C by taking it by mouth very, very often. When I had pneumonia, it took 2,000 mg of Vitamin C every six minutes, by the clock, to get me to saturation. My oral daily dose was over 100,000 mg. Fever, cough and other symptoms were reduced in hours; complete recovery took just a few days. Bronchitis clears up even faster. That is performance at least as good as any pharmaceutical will give, and the vitamin is both safer and cheaper.

I suggest consulting The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine for additional support for mega-vitamin therapies. The research is done, the write-ups are out there, and your librarian will help you tap into them easily. More on the Journal at . The Journal's own website is

Treating respiratory infections with massive amounts of Vitamin C is not a new idea at all. Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. and William J. McCormick, M.D. used this approach successfully for decades beginning back in the 1940's. You will want to consult their works, which you can quickly find with a site search from the top of the main page at . All who think that, though vitamin C generally has merit, that massive doses are ineffective or somehow harmful will do well to read the original papers for themselves. Clinical evidence confirms the powerful antiviral-antibiotic effect of Vitamin C when used in sufficient quantity.

Speaking as a parent, I can confirm that vitamin C works as well as antibiotics since our children have never needed antibiotics, not even once. That is NOT because we did nothing; we used vitamin C instead.

Vitamin C can be used alone or right along with medicines if one so chooses. Prescription drugs are not doing the job. 75,000 Americans die from pneumonia each year (Vital Statistics of the U.S., Department of Health and Human Services, Vol. 2, 1989). That is over 200 deaths a day.

As of April 15, 2003, Reuters reported that about 144 people have so far died from SARS. In total. Worldwide.

There is no question that aggressive use of vitamin C would lower that figure a great deal. There is no excuse for excluding it.


Andrew Saul, PhD


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