Health: Ten cents a dance or twenty cents to fight the virus

How many readers recall, during the Second World War, seeing military personnel dancing with women for “ten cents a dance?”

Today, we face a different foe, coronavirus (COVID-19). But individuals can decrease the risk of infection and death from the virus. And companies, the loss of employees and the chaos that will create. The cost? Just $0.20 daily. So, why is it not being done?

By now, you have heard over-and-over the many ways to practise sound hygiene. Like washing your hands frequently. Keeping distance from people. No more hugging and kissing. Coughing into your sleeve. Avoiding large public gatherings.

But more, COVID-19 is changing our way of life. We will be quarantined if we travel, assuming we can even cross the borders. Cruise ships are verboten. Schools are closed and employers are reeling.

What boggles the mind is that government health authorities, infectious disease experts, and media outlets that do investigative reporting have not mentioned that vitamin C can help to tame COVID-19.

It amounts to professional misconduct for those who should be doing better research. Particularly, when it’s been known for over 80 years that deaths from coronavirus are caused by pneumonia.

For instance, in 1936, researchers Gander and Niederberger reported that vitamin C lowered fever and reduced pain in pneumonia patients. In 1944, Slotkin and Fletcher showed the therapeutic value of vitamin C in restoring normal pulmonary function in patients suffering from pneumonia, lung abscess and purulent bronchitis.

In 1984, Hunt and other researchers reported in the International Journal Vitamin Nutrition this astonishing fact. A mere 200 milligrams of vitamin C decreased the mortality rate in elderly patients with severe pneumonia by 80 per cent!

So, when is the COVID-19 epidemic predicted to end? Possibly a massive global shut-down will help to tame the infection. Possibly the warmer months ahead will subdue it some more. Perhaps, this virus, that you can only see with an electron microscope, will die in time, having run its course. But no one knows.

Dr. Frederick Klenner proved years ago that high-dose intravenous vitamin C cured polio, pneumonia, meningitis and other viral diseases. He wrote in frustration, “Some doctors would rather stand by and see their patient die because in their finite minds it exists only as a vitamin.” Decades later this thought persists among medical personnel and this denial is resulting in needless deaths.

Patients must always take the advice of their own physician. But for $0.20 daily, one gram of oral vitamin C taken three times a day will help to build up immunity and decrease the risk of COVID-19.

Some enlightened health authorities in China have now recommended that COVID-19 be treated with high doses of intravenous vitamin C. But will North American doctors and media listen? Or will companies get the message that they have a cheap option for protecting their employees? To repeat, one gram (1,000 milligrams) of oral vitamin C taken three times a day can decrease the risk of employees developing COVID-19. Imagine the chaos when all or many are unable to work.

Today, there would certainly be a sharp consequence for asking a woman to dance for ten cents! But for $0.20 daily, you would be making a rewarding investment in your health.

My thanks to international medical experts at the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (see, among others, who provided research for this column.

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones can be reached at

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