Vitamin C Therapeutics

Vitamin C Therapy



If so, why haven't you heard more about it?  Why haven't more doctors used Vitamin C as medicine? 

Progress takes time, unfortunately. Fresh fruit was known to cure scurvy by 1753, yet governments ignored the fact for nearly 100 years. Countless thousands died in the meantime. The 19th century doctor who first advocated washing one's hands between patients died ignored and in disgrace with the medical profession. Toxic mercury was used as medicine into the twentieth century. And so it has been. 

The first physician to aggressively use vitamin C to cure diseases was Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. beginning back in the early 1940's. Dr. Klenner consistently cured chicken pox, measles, mumps, tetanus and polio with huge doses of the vitamin. While vaccines are now available for these illnesses, please remember this was not the case in the 1940's. 

The following is a list of the conditions that Dr. Klenner successfully treated with aggressive vitamin C therapy: 

    Herpes Zoster (shingles) 
    Herpes Simplex 
    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever 
    Bladder Infection 
    Some Cancers 
    Ruptured Intervertebral Disc 
    High Cholesterol 
    Corneal Ulcer 
    Burns and secondary infections 
    Heat Stroke 
    Radiation Burns 
    Heavy Metal Poisoning (Mercury, Lead) 
    Venomous Bites (insects, snakes) 
    Multiple Sclerosis 
    Chronic Fatigue 
    Complications of Surgery 

This seems like an impossible list of vitamin C cures. At this point, you can either dismiss the subject or investigate further. Dr. Klenner chose to investigate. The result? He used massive doses of vitamin C for over forty years of family practice. He wrote dozens of medical papers on the subject.  A complete list of them is in the Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C, edited by Lendon H. Smith, M.D., Life Sciences Press, Tacoma, WA (1988). 

It is difficult to ignore his success, but it has been done. Dr. Klenner wrote: "Some physicians would stand by and see their patient die rather than use ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin." 

Vitamin C is remarkably safe even in enormously high doses. Compared to commonly used prescription drugs, side effects are virtually nonexistent. It does not cause kidney stones. In fact, vitamin C increases urine flow and favorably lowers the pH to help keep stones from forming.  William J. McCormick, M.D. used vitamin C since the late 1940's to prevent and treat kidney stones. Vitamin C does not significantly raise oxalate levels, and uric acid stones have never resulted from its use, either. Said Dr. Klenner: "The ascorbic acid/kidney stone story is a myth." 

How much vitamin C is an effective therapeutic dose? Dr. Klenner gave up to 300,000 milligrams (mg) per day. Generally, he gave 350 to 700 mg per kilogram body weight per day. That is a lot of Vitamin C. 

But then again, look at that list of successes. 

Dr. Klenner emphasized that small amounts do not work. He said, "If you want results, use adequate ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)." 

If you want to learn more about the therapeutic uses of vitamin C, the following books are recommended: 

 How To Live Longer and Feel Better, by Linus Pauling, Ph.D.,  
 The Healing Factor: Vitamin C Against Disease, by Irwin Stone  
 The Vitamin C Connection, by Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D. et al  
 Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C, by Lendon H. Smith, M.D.
Vitamin C: The Real Story, by Steve Hickey, Ph.D. and Andrew w. Saul (reviewed at This book is also available in Spanish, Polish, Japanese, and Chinese.


Dr. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is posted in its entirety at
The complete text of Irwin Stone's book The Healing Factor is posted for free reading at

More in-depth information, especially for physicians and other health professionals, is readily available within the papers of
William J. McCormick, M.D. ,
Linus Pauling, Ph.D,
Abram Hoffer, M.D., and
Robert F. Cathcart III, M.D.  

The free online archive of the The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine is also recommended. 

Revised and copyright 2019; copyright C 2005 and prior years Andrew W. Saul. 

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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