“Those who do not remember history are destined to relive it”, is an often quoted saying.
But the great tragedy is that by failing to read history, researchers and doctors have, in the past, condemned millions to die from viral disease.
Now it is happening again in West Africa.
So what will happen if a case of Ebola disease occurs in this country?
Currently Canada and other nations are scrambling to send untested drugs and vaccines to West Africa.
Yet, in all the headlines and media stories surrounding this epidemic, not one word is spoken of the proven intravenous use of vitamin C as a cure.
I find it deplorable that, in my travels, I have yet to find one North American doctor who knows that poliomyelitis has been cured with intravenous vitamin C.
Yet the knowledge has been there for decades for medical schools to teach.
Medical history shows that ignorance, or arrogance, a better word, has been a common human trait of the medical community.
One of the most flagrant examples is how Dr. Frederick R. Klenner was treated by his colleagues after saving polio patients from paralysis.
Klenner was a virtually unknown family doctor, in a small North Carolina town.
He had no training in virology, no research grants and no experimental laboratory.
But he had an open mind to new ideas.
In 1942 his wife suffered from bleeding gums and the local dentist suggested removing all of her teeth.
Klenner justifiably considered this a Draconian solution.
He recalled research that vitamin C had cured this problem in chimpanzees.
Klenner gave his wife several injections of vitamin C.
Her bleeding stopped.
Later Klenner, encouraged by this experience, cured a patient who was near death from viral pneumonia.
As a result he suggested that C could be used as an antibiotic to treat other viral diseases.
During the polio epidemic of 1948, Dr. Klenner was placed in charge of 60 polio patients.
He decided to prescribe large injections of vitamin C.
None of his patients developed paralysis.
In 1949, Klenner related his findings at the Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, and asked doctors to comment.
One authority on polio ignored his monumental finding, instead promoting the need for tracheotomy in polio patients.
Other polio specialists commented, but none referred to the use of vitamin C.
It is almost unbelievable that this happened.
Klenner persisted with large doses of vitamin C.
He found it could also cure meningitis, encephalitis and even the venom of a rattlesnake.
But today it’s as if Klenner’s research never hit the scientific radar screen.
So how does the Ebola virus kill?
It attacks soft tissues of the body.
Or as one researcher remarked, “It’s like watching a person dissolve.”
Another researcher, Derek Catherer at Lancaster University, England, reported, “The Ebola virus attacks immune cells causing a storm of inflammatory molecules which makes blood vessels burst.”
This is why Ebola is called a hemorrhagic disease.
It’s interesting that the same death occurs in scurvy.
Vitamin C manufactures collagen, the glue that holds cells together and without this support arteries eventually rupture, resulting in a speedy demise.
What is appalling is that researchers and doctors should know that vitamin C has cured viral diseases like Yellow Fever, Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Dengue Fever and other viral diseases.
But no expert has mentioned the possibility of using large doses of vitamin C to cure Ebola infection.
Dr Klenner and Dr. Robert F Cathcart, an expert in viral diseases, have stressed that it’s the proper dosage that cures all viral diseases.
This means giving massive doses of both oral and intravenous vitamin C.
Cathcart estimates it would take 240,000 milligrams every 24 hours to beat the Ebola virus.
If the Ebola virus travels to this country there’s every possibility that a vaccine will not be available since it takes months or years to develop one.
Nor is it likely that researchers will learn from history.
It rarely happens.
This will mean needless loss of life.
Next week Mae West “Is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”