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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, September 12, 2016

Vitamin C Cures Pneumonia
A powerful second opinion for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and everyone

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS, Sept 12, 2016) Clinical evidence confirms vitamin C's powerful antiviral/antibiotic effect against pneumonia when used in sufficient quantity.

Robert F. Cathcart, MD, successfully treated pneumonia with up to 200,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily. (1,2) One can, to a significant extent, simulate an 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 to get me to saturation (bowel tolerance). In three hours, fever was reduced several degrees and coughing virtually stopped. At an oral daily dose of just over 100,000 mg, complete recovery took just a few days.

Treating pneumonia, with massive amounts of vitamin C is not a new idea at all. Board-certified chest specialist Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. routinely used this approach for decades, beginning back in the 1940's. (3) If your doctor believes that vitamin C has merit generally, but that massive doses are ineffective or somehow harmful, he or she will do well to read the doctor's original papers. (4)

"Some physicians would stand by and see their patients die rather than use ascorbic acid. Vitamin C should be given to the patient while the doctors ponder the diagnosis." - Frederick R. Klenner, M.D.

Vitamin C can be used alone or right along with medicines if one so chooses. Prescription drugs are not doing the job. Over 50,000 Americans die from pneumonia each year. There is no question that aggressive use of vitamin C would lower that figure a great deal. And there is no humane excuse for excluding it.

Please feel free to share this article with any member of any political party. Politicians need vitamin C, too.

For more information on the safety, effectiveness, dosage, and various forms of vitamin C:


1. Cathcart RF. The method of determining proper doses of vitamin C for the treatment of disease by titrating to bowel tolerance. Orthomolecular Psych 1981, 10:2, 125-132. and free pdf download at

2. Cathcart RF. Vitamin C: The nontoxic, nonrate-limited antioxidant free radical scavenger. Medical Hypotheses 1985, 18:61-77.

3. Klenner FR. Observations on the dose and administration of ascorbic acid when employed beyond the range of a vitamin in human pathology. J Applied Nutrition 1971, 23:3&4.

4. All of Dr. Klenner's papers are listed and summarized in the Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C (ed. Lendon H. Smith, MD, Life Sciences Press, Tacoma, WA, 1988.) This book is now posted for free access at

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