Auckland Health Board lies over Vitamin C

by Keith Stewart

Earlier this week the Chief Medical Officer of the Auckland District Health Board, Dr Margaret Wilsher issued a statement saying, “no evidence exists to confidently say that high-dosage Vitamin C therapy is either safe or effective.”

She lied. High dose intravenous vitamin C branded as Astor L 500 was gazetted as a fully registered medicine by Medsafe in January this year. To satisfy Medsafe Astor L 500 is required by law to have a safety record that indicates no risk or harm to health. Put simply, Dr Wilsher, it is safe. If you have a problem with that, take it up with Medsafe.

Dr Wilsher and the entire membership of the Auckland City Hospital Clinical Practice Committee, who advised her, should be prosecuted by the Ministry of Health for their failure to act in the best interests of the public they serve.

According to the Medical Council of New Zealand, “Good doctors are…honest and trustworthy and act with integrity.”

Neither Dr Wilsher nor Dr David Geller, a member of her Clinical Practic Committee, have shown themselves to be either honest or turstworthy, and in the case of Dr Geller, has failed “…to keep [their] knowledge and skills up to date.”

By the Medical Council’s own definitions, neither is a “good doctor” and it is the responsibility of the Minister of Health to question why they hold their current positions and if that situation should continue. Indeed, it is difficult to read through the Medical Council’s Good Medical Practice guide and find any expectations that either of these individuals fulfil.

Dr. Geller even went so far as to declare, in a debate about the science of vitamin c treatment during his appearance on 60 minutes last Wednesday, that, “We as a group believe it’s harmful”. I assume he meant “we” to be the Clinical Practice Committee, but surely this is a debate about the science of the situation, so what he or his group “believe” is irrelevant.

They might believe, as Dr Geller expressed as a possibility, that a passing bus is capable of curing a critically ill patient, they might believe in the dead all travelling to paradise after Auckland City Hospital’s treatment fails. They might even believe in the God of Abraham, but these beliefs are of no value in considering the efficacy of vitamin C as a valid or valuable treatment.

Dr Geller and his fellow committee members might believe that vitamin C is dangerous and ineffective, but that is not their role. Their role is to consider the scientific literature and make a scientifically relevant judgement. Anybody who is familiar with the literature, from the fundamental scientific work of Linus Pauling to the latest research conducted in New Zealand on the value of vitamin C as a cancer treatment, knows that Dr Geller and his friends have not done that.

Perhaps Dr Geller should look for an alternative career as a priest, rabbi or mullah, someone for whom belief, not science, is professionally important. He should take Dr. Wilsher with him.

UPDATE —————————————————————–

In response to those who claim that there is “no evidence” for the efficacy and safety of high dose intravenous Vitamin C, here are some references to consult – Jon Eisen, Editor, UNCENSORED

Clinical Investigation and Reports

Coronary Heart Disease in SmokersVitamin C Restores Coronary Microcirculatory FunctionPhilipp A. Kaufmann, MD; Tomaso Gnecchi-Ruscone, MD; Marco di Terlizzi, MD; Klaus P. Schäfers, MSc; Thomas F. Lüscher, MD, FESC, FACC, FRCP; Paolo G. Camici, MD, FESC, FACC, FRCPFrom MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (P.A.K., T.G.-R., M. di T., K.P.S., P.G.C.), Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK; and Cardiology (P.A.K., T.F.L.), University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland. Dr Schäfers’ current address is Klinik und Poliklinik fur Nuklearmedizin, Universitat Muenster, Muenster, Germany.Correspondence to Paolo G. Camici, MD, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 ONN, UK. E-mail C for meningitisMeningitis Vit CSeeNutrition & infection quotes Measles Nutritional Therapies[2010 Aug] Swine flu and meningococcal amputations are needless–Hilary Butler Frederick R. Klenner, M.D. of North Carolina has seen cures of diphtheria, staph and strep infections, herpes, mumps, spinal meningitis, mononucleosis, shock, viral hepatitis, arthritis and polio using high doses of vitamin C (Journal of Preventive Medicine, Spring, 1974). Dr Cathcart “This disease is made more deadly because of the “acute induced scurvy” involved.  This means that intravenous sodium ascorbate and later bowel tolerance doses of ascorbic acid should be administered along with the appropriate antibiotic.  Not only does the ascorbate broaden the spectrum of activity of the antibiotics against bacteria and works synergistically with the antibiotic, but it avoids allergic reactions to the antibiotic.  The susceptibility of sick people to allergic reactions is because of the up-regulation of the immune system while you are sick.  This up-regulation is caused by free radicals.  If the free radicals are neutralized by massive doses of ascorbate, the immune system, as far as allergic reactions are concerned, is down-regulated so that allergic reactions to the antibiotics do not occur.  However, unlike steroids that universally down-regulate the immune system, ascorbate up-regulates the ability of white cells to kill viruses and bacteria……The incidence of meningitis “surges” after the flu because the acute induced scurvy induced by the flu decreases the ability of the body to fight off the meningitis bacteria.””The matron was convinced that the diagnosis was meningitis so she prepared a lumbar puncture.  I had however, seen this problem before.  Lumbar punctures performed by me had been negative and the infants died….the trauma of inserting a needle..might result in a haemorrage that might cause spinal cord paralysis.  So I decided to give an injection of vitamin C..I probably gave as many as 6 injections, each 100mg.  After half an hour Mary was normal.  It was hard to believe, but I had performed a miracle!…I found that any viral infection, including measles and hepatitis, could be dramatically ‘cured’ by administering Vitamin C intravenously in big doses–provided that treatment was commenced early.”—Dr Kalokerinos MD (Medical Pioneer of the 20th century p175)

NZ seems to be living in the Dark Ages.  I do not blame them, they have been taught these lies by their teachers – who were in turn taught the same. BigPharma has had considerable control of medical training for 30 years (see “The Truth About the Drug Companies” by Dr Marcia Angell MD (for two decades,  former Editor and Polk Award for Medical Journalism, of the prestigious New England Medical Journal) .If, after study of the following medical papers on vitamin C research, and after reading Dr Marcia Angell’s  book by such an internationally recognized authority (named by ‘Time’ magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential people in America) – and the Board STILL will not study and accept the overwhelming evidence – then serious steps should be taken to remove them and to examine their conflicts of interest.  Ignorance is not a crime, but known disregard of life-saving evidence – is a crime.


Uptake of Ascorbic Acid by LeukocytesUlrich MoserDepartment of Vitamin and Nutrition Research, F. Hoffmann-La RocheVitamin C, Volume IIC. Alan, B. ClemetsonVitamin C in the Prevention of Viral DiseasesVitamin C and common cold incidence: a review of studies with subjects under heavy physical stress.Hemila H International Journal of Sports Medicine 1996 Jul;17(5):379-83Interrelation of vitamin C, infection, haemostatic factors, and cardiovascular disease.Khaw KT; Woodhouse P British Medical Journal 1995 Jun 17;310(6994):1559-63Micronutrient malnutrition, infection, and immunity: an overview.Bhaskaram P Nutritional Review 2002 May;60(5 Pt 2):S40-5Effects of vitamin E and C supplementation on oxidative stress and viral load in HIV-infected subjects.Allard JP; Aghdassi E; Chau J; Tam C; Kovacs CM; Salit IE; Walmsley SLAIDS 1998 Sep 10;12(13):1653-9Plasma ascorbic acid and beta-carotene levels in women evaluated for HPV infection, smoking, and cervix dysplasia.Basu J; Palan PR; Vermund SH; Goldberg GL; Burk RD; Romney SL Cancer Detect Prev 1991;15(3):165-70Comparative study of the anti-HIV activities of ascorbate and thiol-containing reducing agents in chronically HIV-infected cells.Am J Clin Nutr 1991 Dec;54(6 Suppl):1231S-1235SHarakeh S; Jariwalla RJSuppression of human immunodeficiency virus replication by ascorbate in chronically and acutely infected cells.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1990 Sep;87(18):7245-9 Harakeh S; Jariwalla RJ; Pauling L Viral Carcinogenesis, Laboratory, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, Palo Alto, CA 94306.Increased uptake and accumulation of vitamin C in human immunodeficiency virus 1-infected hematopoietic cell lines.J Biol Chem 1997 Feb 28;272(9):5814-20 Rivas CI; Vera JC; Guaiquil VH; Velasquez FV; Borquez-Ojeda OA; Carcamo JG; Concha II; Golde DW Program in Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10021, USA.Effects of vitamin E and C supplementation on oxidative stress and viral load in HIV-infected subjects.AIDS 1998 Sep 10;12(13):1653-9Allard JP; Aghdassi E; Chau J; Tam C; Kovacs CM; Salit IE; Walmsley SL Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.The Effect of Ascorbic Acid Suplementation on some Parameters of the Human Immunological Defence SystemVirus interference. I. The interferonEnhancement of Random Migration and Chemotactic Response of Human Leukocytes by Ascorbic AcidThe determination of ascorbic acid in white blood cells (1961)
Blood ascorbic acid level in bioflavonoid and ascorbic acid therapy of common cold
Vitamin C and the common cold: a double-blind trial
The effects of ascorbic acid and flavonoids on the occurence of symptoms normally
Ascorbic acid and the common cold
Vitamin C and the common cold
Blood ascorbic level in bioflavonoid and ascorbic acid therapy of common cold
Usefulness of bioflavonoids and ascorbic acid in treatment of common cold
The effects of increasing weekly doses of ascorbate on certain cellular and humoral immune functions in normal volunteers
Daily vitamin C consumption and reported respiratory findings
Inhibition of histamine-induced airway constriction by asorbic acid
Vitamin C for prophylaxis of viral hepatitis B in transfused patients
German: Hepatitistherapie mit Ascorbinsäureinfusionen
Vitamin C and immunity: an assessment of the evidence
Vitamin C and immunity: Natural Killer (NK) Cell Factor
Vitamin C, interferon and the immune response
The relationship between ascorbic acid and phagocytic activity
Modulation of certain immunologic responses by vitamin C
Ascorbate-mediated stimulation of neutrophill motility and lymphocyte transformation by inhibition of the peroxidase halide system in vitro and in vivo
Vitamin C and Immunity:Influence of ascorbate on prostaglandin E2 synthesis and implications for natural killer cell activity
Ascorbic acid and the production of antibody in the guinea-pig
Role of vitamin C in resistance


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