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Allan’s doctors asked the family permission to turn off the machines and let him die. Allan’s wife Sonia had a brother with some medical knowledge, so he stepped in and said, “you haven’t tried everything, You have got to try high dose IV vitamin C on Allan”. At first, the doctors resisted, saying it was useless. Next, the three sons weighed in with a persuasive argument to try the IV vitamin C, saying there was nothing to lose.
The doctors were in unanimous agreement that IV vitamin C would be useless and a waste of time, and that the patient would certainly die. However, one doctor felt “slightly uneasy” with the decision to turn off life support, without first acceding to the family’s wishes, and so they reluctantly agreed to give the IV vitamin C. Their plan was to give the IV vitamin C, show it was useless, and then turn off life support.
That day, Allan Smith was given 25 grams of IV vitamin C in the evening and another 25 grams in the morning. The next day, a CAT scan of the lungs showed improving air flow and a few days later the chest x-rays showed the lungs were no longer white, indicating air movement. The improvement was dramatic, clear and plain for all to see. However, the doctors denied it was the vitamin C, and instead, attributed the improvement to “turning patient into a prone position”.
Allan’s condition continued to improve and was eventually transferred to a hospital closer to home, still breathing with ventilator assistance. Here, the family had yet another battle with a new doctor who again stopped the IV vitamin C. This time, the family brought in a lawyer who sent a warning letter to the hospital threatening legal action. The hospital was forced to restart the vitamin C, however, allowing only low dosage.
originally posted by: DanDanDat
I don't understand the reluctance of Doctors to follow the wishes of family members, especially in cases like this where no further harm can come from following the wishes.
Is it due to arrogance? How dare these little family members tell me the big doctor what to do?
Is it fear of malpractice suits? If your rigged in your medical administrating you leave less room for litigation?
originally posted by: seasonal
a reply to: DanDanDat
Perhaps it is because it is not taught in Med schools?
Or did Linus Pauling (mayo Clinic) ruin it with the studies he had "certified" by the mayo clinic. The mayo clinic used pill vit C when Pauling's protocol called for IV C, of course his study was "proven" a failure.
originally posted by: Konduit
a reply to: seasonal
Funny. The doctors wanted to pull the plug and let him die... then say that all they had to do was move him into the prone position. Wtf?
I'm pretty sure this is a story big pharma doesn't want on the front page.