Why Don’t They Follow What Works?

Why Don’t All US Hospitals Treat Covid-19 Right?

The following is from an email I received from one of the most well-known doctors in the US–name will remain hidden–who wrote that the author of this note wanted it to be shared widely everywhere. And I can see why. Hence the entire blog below this is a giant quote (you can download the original here: Three U.S. hospitals use IVs of Vitamin C and other low-cost):

“Three U.S. hospitals use IVs of Vitamin C and other low-cost, readily
available drugs to cut the death-rate of COVID-19 — without ventilators!

March 30, 2020

“If you can administer Vitamin C intravenously starting in the Emergency Room and every 6 hours thereafter, while in the hospital, the mortality rate of this disease and the need for mechanical ventilators will likely be greatly reduced,” says Dr. Pierre Kory, the Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center and Chief of the Critical Care Service at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He explains that it’s the inflammation sparked by the Coronavirus, not the virus itself, that kills patients. Inflammation causes a condition called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which damages the lungs so that patients, suffering fever, fatigue, and the sense that their inner chest is on fire, eventually cannot breathe without the help of a ventilator.

The University of Wisconsin in Madison has included intravenous Vitamin C as part of its treatment guideline. It’s part of a combination therapy protocol developed in 2017 by Dr. Paul E. Marik at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. Dr. Marik gives critically ill patients inexpensive, readily available intravenous doses of hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid, and thiamine (“HAT” therapy) within 6 hours of entering an emergency room. In Dr. Marik’s study, published in 2017 in the journal “Chest” by the American College of Chest Physicians, his team reported that in the first 47 patients treated with HAT therapy the death rate was 8.5% compared to 40.4% in patients not treated with HAT. Further, in a recent study by Dr. Kory’s team involving a large series of patients suffering septic shock, including many with pneumonia, they found that early IV administration of these same vitamins and steroids was critical to survival. The risk of mortality increased with each 6 hours of delay.

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit China, Chinese doctors were quick to use intravenous
Vitamin C. When their patients tested positive for COVID-19, the Chinese added 2 inexpensive, FDA approved drugs hydroxychloroquine (anti-malarial) and zithromax (antibiotic) to the IV and gave patients oral doses of 2 supplements: melatonin and zinc.

The combination likely worked given that their reported mortality rates are lower than reported elsewhere in the world The link to the Shanghai expert consensus on comprehensive care for COVID-19 patients is attached. The Chinese tried to do a clinical trial of IV Vitamin C, but Dr. Richard Z. Cheng, working with the investigators in Shanghai told Dr. Marik that it was very difficult to get patients to enter the trial. However, of the first 50 patients treated, no-one died!

When COVID-19 cases hit Virginia, Dr. Marik used his full HAT protocol (IV hydrocortisone, ascorbic acid, thiamine) on ARDS patients in the ICU, while also adding the drugs and supplements used by the Chinese. The results have been remarkable. He recently saved four COVID-19 patients, including an 86-year old man with heart disease who was admitted to the hospital on 100% oxygen, by using the protocol. (86-year old men with heart disease do not normally survive COVID-19!)

Dr. Joseph Varon at United General Hospital in Houston, Texas, is using the protocol and, to date, has saved 16 lives. He reports that they are getting off the ventilator in 48 hours instead of 10 – 21 days! That means far fewer hospital beds and ventilators needed — as well as fewer coffins.

The big question is: Why aren’t many more U.S. hospitals adopting this protocol? “The only reason I can give is that there is widespread, and often well-founded, bias amongst physicians against the use of vitamin therapy,” says Dr. Kory. He adds, “The persistence of this bias is inexplicable given that the evidence is in plain sight.” He points out that despite the publication of a major study of intravenous Vitamin C in ARDS (the syndrome that is killing patients with COVID-19), which reported dramatic reductions in mortality, days on the ventilator, and days in the ICU, only a minority of critical care doctors adopted the therapy as part of routine practice.

One hospital chain disallowed the use of steroids in the treatment of COVID-19. That’s because doctors are taught that steroids increase the growth of viruses and that steroids harm patients with influenza. Drs. Marik, Varon, and Kory all agree that, for this reason, steroids should not be given early to a patient with influenza or coronavirus. But Dr. Kory says evidence does not show harm of steroids in previous coronavirus epidemics such as SARS and MERS, especially when given late in the disease. When the diagnosis is COVID-19, and especially when the inflammatory response begins to cause deterioration in breathing or the need for a ventilator, steroids should be added. The steroids are in the formula to fight the life-threatening inflammation. In fact, all of the formula’s ingredients are needed, together, to get maximum life-saving results.

New York Internist Dr. Keith Berkowitz adds that, “in this time of crisis, when ventilators are in limited supply, hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, and medical staff lack adequate protective gear and are putting their lives on the line, every hospital needs to try this safe, low-cost and highly effective treatment that leading specialists know saves lives in acute respiratory distress syndrome. This is not the time to wait months for a vaccine or years for more test results. The important thing now is to keep patients off ventilators and to save lives. Period.”

by: Betsy Ashton, writer, former consumer correspondent, CBS News, governor and past president, Silurians’ Press Club, director and past president, New York Deadline Club, former V.P. Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

The life-saving Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) protocol is attached.


Betsy Ashton: bfashton@gmail.com
Keith Berkowitz, MD cell: (516) 662-9570
Note: the following physicians are working in hospital intensive care units caring for a flood of COVID-19 patients and may not respond immediately.

Dr. Pierre Kory, MD MPA : pkory@wisc.edu (608) 265-5532
Dr. Paul Marik , MD – marikpe@evms.edu
Dr. Joseph Varon, MD – joevaron@roamer.net

The Shanghai Consensus on Comprehensive Treatment of Coronavirus Disease here:

Children’s Hospital of Chicago — Vitamin C/ Vitamin B1/hydrocortisone, 43 patients – mortality decreased from 28 to 9 percent in 30 days. “American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,” 2020.

CITRIS – ALI trial — showed a 30% absolute mortality reduction study found no difference in primary outcomes among patients with sepsis treated with vitamin C versus placebo. But there was a difference in a secondary outcome – overall mortality.

East Virginia Medical Center – Dr. Marik – Vitamin C/Vitamin B1/hydrocortisone, 47 patients –decrease in mortality from 40.4 to 8.5 percent. “Chest,” American College of Chest Physicians, 2017

South Korean study in severe pneumonia — In terms of hospital mortality (the primary outcome), 11 of the 53 patients (21%) in the treatment group and 17 of the 46 patients (37%) in the control group died in hospital. “Journal of Critical Care,” 2018″

End of the note forwarded

Comments are welcomed, as always, and are moderated for appropriateness


About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/angelaastantonphd/ and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DrAngelaAStanton/
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18 Responses to Why Don’t They Follow What Works?

  1. Ed Nichol says:

    Dr Angels, Have you considered the supplementation of Ubiquinol ( note the form ) for pain management? Deficiency in the Q Cycle and muscle scavenging of nutients fit into my amature theory. If you would like a longer story I would be glad to expand. Sincerely, Ed Nichol.

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  2. Randy Hickson says:

    Isn’t it true that no virus or disease could live in an alkaline environment

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    • Randy, the virus doesn’t “live”. Viruses are made up of RNA or DNA, which are proteins. Viruses will remain viral–meaning in tact and with preserved integrity–in environments in which protein can stay “proteins” with integrity. So the questions is, what do you mean by an alkaline environment.

      A pH of 7 is neutral so a pH of 7.0000000001 is slightly alkaline all the way to pH 14, which is the most alkaline. Nothing can survive a highly alkaline environment. The most well-known thing we use for disinfection that are alkaline is bleach.

      With this said, the human blood is slightly alkaline, just to the degree that it is a beneficial bacterial incubation place. The blood is pH 7.3-7.45 I believe, which is ideal for many bacteria–not sure about viruses. This is why getting blood infections can be fatal.

      I hope this helps.

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  3. emsunny says:

    I am sharing these”alternative treatments!” as much as I can. Pharmaceuticals have their place but are never the answer. Keep posting & sharing, let’s educate as many people as possible

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  4. Roald Michel says:

    When it comes to medicines/drugs I always say: Administering them depends on the severity of the case. For instance, hydroxychloroquine I wouldn’t take easily. In Dutch there’s a saying…..nood breekt wet. I don’t know if there’s an English equivalent, but……necessity knows no law………comes close. Referring to your “And I can see why.”, do you agree?

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    • I agree Roald. The severity of the case matters. If it’s life or death, I see no problem with going for hydroxychloroquine at all… Mind you it seems that large doses of vitamin C in IV seems like a winner… of course, it makes no money to the hospitals to offer that, so it’s not happening often. It is so awful that the whole world is set up on making money–I understand it but I resent it when it comes to life and health.

      This has been brewing in me for years with respect to migraines, which can totally be taken away by salt and/or saline IV without a single drop of medicine. But what hospital makes money on salt or saline IV? So I understand but resent it to the core.


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