Tag Archives: Covid Vaccination

224. Why Do Many Doctors Ignore Vitamin C ?

20 Mar

EARLY RESEARCH WITH VIT. C WAS DONE WITH LOW DOSES
These early studies and other factors (see below) established a TRADITION of ignoring this vitamin. However, this research done many years ago did find small beneficial effects.

It is well known that most medical doctors ignore vitamins in helping people with disease. For example, if you listen to current medical scientists discussing covid-19, you see this is usually true. The most we get in this area is hints that immune system health is a factor in determining who will get infected by the virus.

In several of my BasicCauses.com blogs (209, 208, etc) I document scientific evidence (from Pubmed research and top clinic publications) indicating that Vitamin C and other supplements improve the immune system and have a definite effect on disease. Many years ago, double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling wrote a book (1976) on this subject, including the timing and large dosage of Vitamin C. My personal use of vitamin C and research on this subject began at that time.

To be most effective, a large dose of vit. C (e.g. 4 grams) at the VERY FIRST SIGN of “cold” symptoms, should be taken. High dosage should be continued, every couple of hours, if needed. There is no rigorous research study using this exact method, so it is only “likely”, but not proven. However, indirect and anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. I would add one more consideration. It may be that this method is substantially effective, only if there is a continuing healthy diet with vitamin supplements.

WHY IS THIS EVIDENCE AND VITAMIN PROCEDURE IGNORED.
Here are some of the factors. Maybe most important, is that a very healthy diet is expensive, and taking vitamin supplements is even more expensive. Many Americans can’t afford the expense, and many live in areas where more healthy foods are difficult to obtain.

There is a medical tradition, based on low dosages and ignored timing factors, that vitamin supplements have only minor if any effect on disease. It is also argued that supplements are not necessary if you have a healthy diet. However, I think it is safe to assume that for at least half the population, this is not true.

Another argument: almost all Vitamin C passes through the body and is eliminated, proving that none is utilized. One fallacy of this argument is that while in the body, it could be acting as a catalyst or as a pH regulator.

It is easier for doctors to support health using prescription drugs and vaccines, which they can control. The prescriptions help with monitoring so that encouragement can be provided.

Drug companies would not find it financially beneficial to explore and research this non-prescription method.

Often without an awareness, there is a bias because medical methods based on vitamins are less profitable. Individual doctors are mostly not responsible for this, as it is more a “community” medical problem and tradition.

On the positive side, vitamins in general are extremely safe and provide major generalhealth benefits.

Currently, covid-19 vaccines are becoming widely available, and this is a good thing. But until you get your shot, you could work on this healthy vitamin method (with more safety and POSITIVE side effects). And in the long run, the vitamin method could be more effective, because this virus has evolved other versions for which current vaccines may not be effective.

Final note: I enthusiastically support the use of vaccines. But there is likely a great benefit in generally improving the immune system with vitamins and healthy foods. And remember that most effective is an immediate large dose of vitamin C at the first sign of cold symptoms. There is no reason not to do both: vaccines and vitamins. Huge amounts of money have been spent on the vaccine program; what if a similar amount was spent on improving immune system health.

213. Re Virus: Expert Timely Action Was Needed

22 Sep

If our current president had acted early and thoughtfully, many lives lost to covid-19 could have been saved. Nations that worked very seriously on virus control had very few cases and deaths. Below, is a list of significant US actions and inactivity.  Our President was a businessman, with many business failures, and no government or medical experience.  How could he be expected to deal effectively with an extremely complicated issue like a major pandemic. 

The Global Health Security and Biodefense Unit was established by
President Obama in 2015 to deal effectively with problems such as viruses, like covid-19. Apparently, with little consultation and analysis, Trump abolished this unit. Just imagine how different our response to the danger could have been if this unit was in effect and Trump followed its recommendations. 

Trump failed to make early preparations for fighting this virus. Instead, he told everyone not to be concerned and the virus would soon be gone. The US could have been working on this problem early in January, instead, there were at least two months of  little activity. The only thing Trump did early, was to stop travel from China. If he had worked with experts, they would have discovered that travel from Europe was much more dangerous. Initially, New York was under very serious attack.

An effective US leader would have encouraged research and organized necessary supplies. We could have developed very effective methods, and we could have helped other countries in their use. It seems that Trump does not understand that helping others will also help the US.

IGNORING THE DANGERS.  From January 2020 to present (September) Trump has mostly minimized the dangers; presumably to make himself look better for the upcoming election. Journalist Bob Woodward presented to the public, tape recordings of his interviews with Trump. The recordings showed that he was very aware of the virus dangers, but “downplayed” them to avoid “panic.” An experienced leader would have concluded that it was much more important for the public to take the threat seriously, than to be concerned about panic. Trump stated numerous times that the virus will simply “disappear,” without any authoritative justification for this conclusion. He spoke of the development of a “herd mentality.” He actually meant “herd immunity,” which occurs when a high percentage of the population can no longer be infected.  Most experts believe that to quickly achieve herd immunity would result in too many deaths and so would be unacceptable.

FAILURE TO SUPPORT MASK USE AND DISTANCING.  With only a few exceptions, Trump has discouraged the use of face masks, social distancing, and avoidance of crowds. For a while, he was chiding people that wore masks. A responsible president would know that leadership and setting a good example is expected. Yet, for a long time, Trump would never wear a mask and often was too close to others. But what was more egregious, he held several large rallies where most were without masks, and people were crowded together.  Note that the Woodward tape recordings showed that Trump was aware of the airborne spread of this virus.

FAILURE TO PROVIDE EQUIPMENT.  Fighting a virus like covid involves the manufacture of massive amounts of equipment, including: advanced masks, hospital gowns, ventilators, etc. Trump refused to use the Defense Production Act, which could have forced the production of essential items. He could have organized the production of supplies, but instead said that governors would have to be responsible. It was several months before adequate equipment, such as PPE (personal protective equipment) was available. Meanwhile, doctors and nurses were being infected. 

RUSHING THE VACCINE.  Trump has often been in conflict with his medical experts, such as Anthony Fauci, MD. The experts say that it will take several more months before a vaccine is approved and that it will be at least six more months before it is generally available. Trump wants to rush the vaccine because it will help with his election. There are several problems with rushing.  The first is that it could take considerable testing time before harmful side effects are discovered. Safety has been a primary concern after the 1961 thalidomide tragedy, in which thousands of babies had birth defects or died. The second is that if the vaccine effectiveness does not reach a certain level (ranging between 50 and 70%), it is useless — and large quantities created at great expense would have to be destroyed. A third consideration, is that with all of the controversy associated with rushing approval, many folks will simply refuse to take it.

Early in the year I noted that medical experts estimated that it would take  at least a year or a year-and-a-half before a vaccine would be available. Current population of the US is 328 million.  At the assumed two-doses per person, this would require the manufacture, bottling, storage and application of about 500 million doses (some would not need it).  It is a huge project, and such projects usually take longer than expected because there are unanticipated difficulties. Developing virus testing methods will have similar problems. 

FINAL THOUGHT.  I am guessing that it will be two or three years before the virus will be at an insignificant level. The money spent in developing and applying vaccination and virus testing for most of the population will be colossal. We spend it, in order to save many lives, a worthwhile goal.  However, I fear that much of the money will be spent unwisely and wasted. Consider that many will refuse the vaccination and the virus testing. Both the vaccination and testing may have high error rates. Many will always refuse masks, distancing and washing. 

But I have had this thought, which may be way off base. What if we spent less money on the virus and used the savings for effective research and solutions to the climate-change dilemma, which also costs many lives, and in addition, the destruction of homes and property. My feeling is that we will waste huge amounts of money related to the virus, when more lives might be saved by increasing our efforts on the climate. As the years go by, the climate will be much more of a problem than the virus.

What do you think?