Preventing deaths from influenza

This year an increasing number of influenza cases are being seen in emergency centers

Death from influenza is always tragic.

But it is particularly so when it occurs at a young age. This year an increasing number of influenza cases are being seen in emergency centers.

And, as usual, thousands of North Americans will die from this seasonal disease. But are some dying needlessly?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. reports that, for the first time in 13 years, every state reports an increase in influenza caused by an aggressive virus.

Authorities stress that the best way to decrease the number of cases of influenza and deaths has always been to get a flu shot. As Dr. Shobhit Maruti, officer of Health in Edmonton, where deaths have occurred, stresses, “It’s never too late to be immunized as in 2018 this decreased the number of cases of influenza by 42 per cent.”

But history has shown that, although being vaccinated against influenza can prevent or decrease the severity, it is not always totally protective.

So what other preventive measures are available?

I have a high respect for viral killers, as one nearly ended my career as a surgeon. In 1950, in my final year at The Harvard Medical School, I developed poliomyelitis.

I was in one of the great medical centers in the U.S. But in the next 24 hours doctors could not stop my legs and abdominal muscles from being totally paralyzed.

How ironic that, if I’d been in a small town in North Carolina and treated by a family doctor, my paralysis could have been prevented. Equally ironic, none of my learned professors were aware of the doctor’s huge discovery.

Dr. Frederick R. Klenner was not a trained virologist.

But he was working in a ward of 60 polio patients. He decided to treat them with high doses of Vitamin C for 10 days. Not one of the 60 patient developed paralysis!

This discovery was reported in the journal Southern Medicine and Surgery in February of 1948.

It’s appalling that it did not make headlines in the world’s newspapers or other medical journals. In fact, it fell on deaf ears, and even now is still largely unknown by doctors.

In addition, Klenner later proved high doses of C could cure other viral diseases such as pneumonia, encephalitis, meningitis, measles and chicken pox.

Klenner’s research showed that in addition to an annual flu shot, Vitamin C provides additional protection. Particularly if you’ve been taking 4,000 milligrams (mgs) of C daily, long before influenza strikes. This keeps immune cells full of C to immediately fight the virus.

So never forget the importance of this reservoir of C as infection immediately increases the need for more C.

Klenner’s message to doctors was simple. If a serious infection strikes, but the cause is unknown, doctors should prescribe large doses of C while they’re pondering the diagnosis.

And just as small doses of painkillers will not stop cancer pain, neither will small doses of C stop viral diseases.

Ideally, for critical viral diseases, Klenner prescribed as much as 25,000 milligrams of intravenous Vitamin C daily. But this is easier said than done. He also used intramuscular injections and oral tablets. But this means swallowing large numbers of pills.

I’ve urged my family to never treat themselves if the flu virus strikes.

But before medical attention is available, to start taking 2,000 mg of Medi-C Plus or any other powdered brand of Vitamin C, every two hours until loose stools occur.

It could make the difference between life and death. These brands are available in Health Food Stores.

My advice to readers is the same, and to also get a second opinion. So, go to the Internet and type in ‘Dr. F. R. Klenner and Vitamin C’.

Dr. Andrew Saul, an international expert on vitamins, has an excellent article about Klenner who should have received the Nobel Prize for his research. It’s tragic that many doctors remain unaware of his discoveries that could save lives.

See the new web site on Jan. 23rd. For more, go online to For comments, email

Just Posted

Alberta was crowned champions in Wheelchair Basketball at Canada Winter Games

Ontario won silver while Quebec took home the bronze medal

Pride Days are Feb. 21st and 28th during the 2019 Canada Winter Games

Events will be held at the 52 North Music + Cultural Festival

PHOTO: Meeting of the mayors

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer and Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary enjoyed a meeting at the Winter Games Thursday.

Alberta to play for gold in wheelchair basketball

Action-packed first week of Canada Winter Games nearly a wrap

Boxers claim two silver medals for Alberta in wild night

Cole Brander of Edmonton fought for the gold medal against Avery Martin-Duval of Quebec

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Robert Mueller is required to produce a confidential report to pursue or decline prosecutions

B.C. woman shares story of abuse with church officials ahead of Vatican summit

Leona Huggins was the only Canadian in the gathering ahead of a historic summit at the Vatican

Sylvan Lake’s Megan Cressey misses Freestyle Skiing Big Air podium

Alberta’s Jake Sandstorm captured silver in the men Freestyle Skiing Big Air contest

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Peter Tork, Monkees’ lovable bass-guitar player, dies at 77

Tork, Micky Dolenz, David Jones and Michael Nesmith formed the made-for-television rock band

Most Read