(Part Three of a series on Fighting Respiratory Viruses. Here’s parts One, Two,Four and Five.)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: This piece describes a protocol the author’s found highly effective for fighting respiratory infections over several decades, especially when augmented by some of the other methods described in the accompanying four articles. My experience is that the protocol works across a wide range of viral and bacterial infections, including a few cases recently with symptoms matching reports of the coronavirus’ common presentations. Be sure to note the precautions if you’re elderly or pregnant. This information is to be considered educational and not prescriptive. If you have a medical condition, please consult your physician.


inus Pauling, the two time Nobel Prize winner, was the first to tell us that humans are one of the very few mammals that can’t make vitamin C in their own bodies. Along with guinea pigs, fruit bats and a few other higher primates humans are completely dependent upon the vitamin C we get from food.

Which matters a lot. Because vitamin C helps kick the immune system into high gear.1,2,3

Another reason it matters a lot is because vitamin C is also the raw material for building our connective tissue. It’s the glue that holds us together. If it wasn’t for vitamin C we’d instantly dissolve into a puddle of cells on the floor.

But that’s another story. The point is, most mammals manufacture large amounts of vitamin C in their own bodies, converting it from blood sugar.4 We don’t.

And that’s why chewable vitamin C, with loads of sugar, is generally not a good idea. Sugar and vitamin C share transport mechanisms because they’re chemically similar. That’s why sugar blocks vitamin C’s action in the body … and may be one explanation for why respiratory epidemics can tend to hit around or just after the winter holidays when we’re all indulging sweets.

Linus taught us that if we were making vitamin C in our bodies at the same rate/lb. that other mammals do, we’d be making 14-17,000 mg./day.

That’s a lot. And sometimes we miss it … say, when we’re fighting a respiratory virus.

After much investigation Pauling concluded that if we want to see what our immune systems are capable of we need to saturate them with vitamin C.5 How does one know one’s body is saturated?

According to Linus, we know we’re saturated when we’ve taken enough to get diarrhea. In conventional medicine’s view it’s when we start spilling vitamin C in our urine. That difference is crucial. It’s why conventional researchers think Linus was off-base. But was he?

Most mammals manufacture large amounts of vitamin C in their own bodies, converting it from blood sugar.

We don’t.


Most mammals manufacture large amounts of vitamin C in their own bodies, converting it from blood sugar.

We don’t.

N = 1: Testing Pauling’s Premise at Home

In chemistry, there’s two ways to slow down a chemical reaction. The first is to take away the fuel. The second is to fail to take away the waste. It’s well known that when the waste from a chemical process accumulates, it slows down the reaction creating the waste. Back your car into a snowbank, and the engine dies … not because there’s no fuel or spark, but simply because it can’t get rid of the trash.

Now one way our immune systems destroy invading microbes like respiratory viruses is to eat them alive and then bathe them in an acid bath of free radicals. This creates a lot of debris and waste. Linus thought he’d observed that high doses of vitamin C helped the body clear this waste more rapidly … therefore helping the immune system do its job more completely and quickly.

One can test this out oneself. It’s crucial to do it with powered pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid.) Don’t use Ester-C or mineral ascorbates, which have too much calcium for this purpose … and don’t attempt this with a time-release Vit C product, either could be dangerous. Also … no chewable vitamin C: too much sugar.

Pills or tabs of pure Vit C are ok if you can’t work with the powder.

  • Take a heaping teaspoon of the pure Vitamin C powder … that’s about 5 gms. Stir it into water or juice if it tastes too strong; myself, I prefer it straight. It’s got quite a kick!
  • Twenty minutes later, take another teaspoon. The half life of vitamin C in the body at these doses is about 30 minutes, so at this dosage rate it doesn’t accumulate as quickly as one might think if one just adds the doses together.
  • Keep repeating until … things break loose. (That’s why we call this approach Pauling’s Revenge.) And then stop.
  • With some practice you’ll learn that your tummy starts rumbling just before you take the last dose … and it’s fine to stop there, too. Less messy and just as effective.
  • I’ve found the effect of this megadose is amplified if I do it just before the sweat I recommended here.
  • In fact … combining the teas, the sweats, and the vitamin C megadosing regime I’ve detailed in this series is the foundation of my own personal respiratory virus-fighting regime.

There’s a few other respiratory virus-fighting tricks-of-the-trade I have yet to share with you, and then a medical rationale suggesting why all this might work the way it does.

Stay tuned.

About 400 million people around the globe have a G6PD SNP, creating a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency. This is seen most often in certain parts of The Mideast, the Mediterranean area, Africa and Asia. It’s a sex-linked trait found almost exclusively in men. In the US it affects about 10% of African American males. If, while taking large amounts of vitamin C, you notice any:

  • paleness,
  • yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice),
  • dark urine,
  • fatigue,
  • shortness of breath
  • or a rapid heart rate,

Stop immediately. However, an extensive literature search reveals no instances of oral vitamin C producing this effect, which has been reported solely in the context of IV vitamin C drips and under laboratory (in vitro) conditions. This suggests that the oral-administration-to-bowel tolerance approach, by allowing the body a say in the matter, may protect humans with the G6PD SNP from experiencing this issue.

 1. Kim H, Jang M, Kim Y, et al. Red ginseng and vitamin C increase immune cell activity and decrease lung inflammation induced by influenza A virus/H1N1 infection. 2016. J Pharm Pharmacol. 68(3):406-20/

 2. Sorice A, Guerriero E, Capone F, et al. Ascorbic acid: its role in immune system and chronic inflammation diseases. 2014. Mini Rev Med Chem. 14(5):444-52.

 3. Maggini S, Wenzlaff S, Hornig D. Essential role of vitamin C and zinc in child immunity and health. 2010. J Int Med Res. 38(2):386-414.

 4. Pauling L. Orthomolecular psychiatry. Varying the concentrations of substances normally present in the human body may control mental disease. 1968. Science. 160(825):265-271.

 5. Pauling, L. Vitamin C and the Common Cold. 1970. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.

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