Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs and may be caused by a viral infection, bacterial infection, parasites, or other chronic irritants that cause the alveoli to swell, making it hard to breathe properly. Other pneumonia symptoms include cough and fever, in addition to the chest pain and feeling of compression associated with the swollen lungs. Swift, shallow breathing and a persistent cough or high fever are signs of a more critical case of pneumonia and requires a doctor's care.
Pneumonia is a serious respiratory infection that requires bed rest, hydration, and possibly antibiotic, antifungal, or antibacterial medications. Severe cases or pneumonia in those 65 years of age or older may very well require hospitalization.
Natural Cures: Garlic and vitamin C can help boost the immune system. Hydrogen peroxide inhalation may help kill off pathogens in the lungs.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 02/23/2010: Ani from Duluth, Mn: "I was sick with pneomonia for 3 months last winter (age 38) , and was prescribed anti-biotics to get rid of it three times. Nothing worked, until I learned about taking Apple Cider Vinegar and honey. I took half a teaspoon of the Apple Cidar Vinegar and on the same spoon had half a teaspoon of honey, and took this three times per day for four days. I was cured on the fourth day! I recommend to everybody I know. Most people are still skeptical... and guess what? I had a few other bouts of pneomonia before that, and since taking this natural remedy, it's never came back!"
[NAY] 11/21/2008: Eunice from Sherwood Park, Canada, Alberta: "Remedy for Pneumonia: Hi we have tried ACV for 2 weeks now but it is still not going away. Can you suggest any other natural remedies that work aside from hydrogen peroxide?"
Flu Shot Prevention
[YEA] 10/02/2008: Big Mike from Spring Valley, CA: "I have had bronchial pneumonia for ten years, and every year I have to see my doctor two, three even four times a year for antibiotics to control my problem. Each time using stronger antibiotics sometimes helping sometimes just calming the symptoms. Two years ago I met a friend who suggested a flu shot once a year, so even though my doctor said it would not help, I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot and I have not had to see the doctor or take any pills or had any symptoms for two years...I can't say It's a miracle cure but after ten years of popping pills I'm a free man..."Replies
02/15/2013: Yakobu from Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan replies: "Re: "I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot and I have not had to see the doctor or take any pills or had any symptoms for two years... I can't say It's a miracle cure but after ten years of popping pills I'm a free man..."
Congratulations on your freedom!!! Unfortunately, a flu/pneumonia shot is not exactly a "folk remedy". I'm also pretty sure it doesn't classify as "alternative medicine" either. These shots are far from natural and I'm pretty sure the majority of people who come to a website call earthclinic.com would have difficulties considering these shots... Well... Earthy."
02/15/2013: Ken from London, Uk replies: "Flu shots can indeed be called natural remedies (except for the fillers, perhaps, but they put those in supplements too).
I know many elderly people with heart and lung disease whose immune systems simply cannot take the onslaught of the flu and pneumonia. Flu shots are lifesavers for many of an advancing age."
02/16/2013: Bradshad from North Providence, Rhode Island replies: "To Ken from UK with his Flu shot statement. Mercury, thimersol, formaldehyde, aluminum, spermicides, binders and fillers, plus more are all included in the flu shot. If you feel that these poisons are all natural then enjoy your flu shot because I would not reccomend it to my worst enemy. As far as protecting the elderly how about a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and taking herbs, botanicals and vitamins as well as a probiotic to keep the immune system working properly in the winter."
02/16/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, Don't be afraid of not having a flu shot- theres a lot of scaremongering. I know a lot of elderly folk who get the shot and immediately become ill with flu then slowly get cancer and other nasties. Boost your immune system naturally instead."
03/20/2013: General Public from San Francisco, Ca Usa replies: "Who cares if the flu shot is good for you or not! Thanks for sharing with us another possible way to stay out of the doctor's office and, like you said, stop pooping pills! I search this website and others just to see other ways of doing things. This means everybody that comes to this website isn't 100% pure and natural. Any knowledge/ information that made your life better is worth sharing!"
03/03/2012: Sarah from Newark, New Jersey: "Hello, I have a question, My 15 month old son was sick with a lot of cough, some fever and after taking him to the doctor, he said he had a virus. We had a hard time giving him his medicine because he wouldn't swallow it and the next day the cough got a little worse and you could tell he was weaker. So we took him to the Emergency Room. After putting him the mask, you know, the nebulizer he got better. After doing an Xray the doctor said my son had pneumonia so we were told to really give him all his medicine, antibiotics and stuff (which we did).
Then at home 4 hours later he was coughing a lot again, almost as bad as before. So I read somewhere here that you can help your body fight a virus by spraying hydrogen peroxide. I was scared first because my son is so young (15 months), but I was desperate. So I took the regular 3% hydrogen peroxide that they sell in the stores and put a small amount (enough to make it wet) in a piece of cloth and wiped his feet, legs, hands, belly, chest, back and a little of his arms and you know I watched him carefully. Shortly after I would say like 15 or 20 minutes afterwards his cough diminished a lot. It wasn't completely gone but I could tell he felt a little better.
After 3 or 4 hours, the cough started again and I did the same thing and again it helped him diminish the cough and was able to sleep for some hours. Then 3 hours later I repeated again and it helped. The next day and following days I didn't think it was neccesary to use the peroxide because his cough had diminished considerably.
Now my question is: what did the Peroxide do exactly? or was it just coincidence, because they gave him antibiotics and other medicines at the ER and also the next 5 days we were able to give him his antibiotics and medicines. I am pretty sure the Hydrogen peroxide helped but I can't say exactly how. I don't know if I would recommend this because, everybody is different and children are more sensitive and fragile, but I am sure that the peroxide helped him with his cough. Do you think maybe the peroxide made him sleepy? I doubt it but I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you in advance and I think this site is great. It helps a lot."Replies
03/08/2012: Melissa from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Sarah, I'm not a chemist or a doctor, but I've also heard that hydrogen peroxide is very effective against viruses (virii?). However, I would not discount the healing energy of your touch with the swabs. The cooling effect, probably in a nice, calm home enivronment (not a clinical doctor's office or hospital) in which to receive his 'medication. ' I'm certain there was a physical effect, but I feel quite strongly that the touch was just as important. You soothed your baby. Your baby was able to sleep, and sleep is critical to healing. I say "all the above. " :)"
03/11/2012: Lisa from Western, Sd replies: "Hi Sarah from Newark, New Jersey: Hydrogen Peroxide creates an oxygen rich environment where viruses can't live and good bacteria thrive. See Earth Clinic's "Remedies"; Hydrogen Peroxide Cures & Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method. I think you did exactly the right thing rubbing it on your infant - skin absorbs what you put on it. Brilliant, great job! Now that your son has had antibiotics, research also Earth Clinic's "Remedies"; Acidophilus Cures and "Ailments"; Antibiotics Side Effects."
03/13/2012: Sarah from Newark, Nj replies: "Yes, Thanks so much for your comments, Melissa and Lisa, you know? about a month after all that happened I noticed my son was getting something, like a cold or the flu, because he had a little fever, he was a little less energetic, etc. So again I rubbed him with peroxide and it helped again. The peroxide helps to stop whatever virus or other thing from spreading or continuing to harm your body. I also agree about the importance of the soothing touch, and even when I wasn't in favor of the antibiotics, (specially since it seems this was a virus) I was too scared to risk not obeying the doctor. I never thought something so simple as Hydrogen Peroxide could help so much. Thank you guys for your explanations and information and thanks to Earth Clinic, I am learning a lot."
[YEA] 02/10/2013: Roula from Arlington, Viginia, Usa replies: "I want to join this discussion because my 3.5 year old is currently suffering from Pneumonia. He had a miserable spell during the sleepless feverish night, so after reading up on this site, I tested the HP we have at home with water using the recommended methods on this site, and it looked clear. So I sprayed about 3-4 times in the back of his throat (he didn't mind it at all! ). I helped him blow his nose minute later and a lot of snoots came out. Then I witnessed his cough completely stip, his face relaxed, and he fell back asleep.
A few hour later, he woke up again feeling pretty lousy and very warm bodied. He was having a coughing fit for ten minutes and was exhausting him.. I gave him a few more squirts of hydrogen peroxide. The cough almost immediately stopped again and minutes later he got a spark of energy and said he wanted to get up. We blew out snoots as before, then he walked around a little bit, and snuggled on the couch and fell asleep peacefully.
I started a topic on HP in the humidifier just now. What do you all think?
Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
[YEA] 01/27/2008: Doug from Denver, Colorado: "I came down with pneumonia Jan 2007. Doctors at the urgent care gave me Factive and it cleared up the pneumonia at first. Then around summertime (same year) I developed a chronic cough which I felt was from the initial pneumonia. Around Novemeber I came down with full blown bronchitis, or some kind of a lung obstruction. Iran into Bill's HP treatment protocol and everything is fine now. What a rough year I had in 2007 regarding my health. This was especially difficult for a guy that has never been sick in his life. I will never stop using HP again. All of this suffering could have been stopped months ago. Thanks again Bill and Earth Clinic..."Replies
10/27/2008: Peggy from Millington, TN replies: "I am writing about the inhalation therapy with Hydrogen Peroxide posted in Jan of 08. I am dealing with the same problem can you tell me the protocol you followed, The same measurements? Thank you so much for sharing."
02/07/2010: Angela2282 from East Palatka, Fl replies: "I am having the same problem. Persistent cough & wheezing. Would like to know how to do this and how much and how often. Been on antibiotics for 1 week along with Primatene (inhaler), Robatussin, and cough drops. No signs of getting better, actually getting worse. Please someone help, this is miserable."
EC: Sorry, we should have added this link to Doug's post: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hydrogen_peroxide_inhalation.html
[NAY] 08/11/2012: Gengle from Indy replies: "Don't do this! Your lungs are sensitive--I feel that this caused me more problems than ever. Don't cause yourself a new set of problems!!"
10/10/2012: Nades from Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa: "Ted, or anyone else can help, please help. My friend's dad is in a very critical condition in hospital, he is suffering from BOOP. The doctors say that he not responding to any of the medication and they don't see much hope for him. Please help, your comments, advice, cures (anything! ) would be greatly appreciated. I really look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Nadine"
EC: BOOP= (Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)
10/10/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nadine, maybe start with a squirt of H202 in a humidifier near his bed."
10/10/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Nadine, Is there any way your friend can find a really good Traditional Chinese medicine doctor? They work with the body so differently from western medicine. I'm confident they'd know the answer. So many issues, which western medicine doesn't have the answers to or say they're hopeless yet, TCM can address and correct them by re-balancing the body. Through acupuncture and herbs they can help him rather than meds. I wish your friend and her dad the best. Please pass this suggestion on to your friend. Lisa"
10/11/2012: Nades from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa replies: "Thanks so much for your comments, I will pass them on to my friend immediately!"
10/31/2012: Tj from New York, Ny replies: "Hi Nadine, Try this amazing energy therapy. Search "Tongren" in Youtube to learn more.
If you decide to try it, go to the website, click on "Broadcasts" tab on top to select time and date. On that day, sign in and request three conditions through the chat box (not the comment) and then relax during the session. Free of charge or donation.
09/12/2012: Tadbit from Cookeville, Tn: "My 21 month old son was just diagnosed with pneumonia. He was prescribed Amoxicillan and Azithromycin. I am not comfortable giving my son antibiotics but don't want the pneumonia to worsen. What natural methods are recommended for young children? Or are the negatives of antibiotics worth it in this case?"Replies
09/13/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tadbit, In this situation, I think you have to weigh the odds. Use the antibiotics and get rid of it. Then, as soon as you do, get good probiotics back into him. Bio-K is a powerful probiotic drink available in health food stores (I know for sure in Whole Foods) which you can give him. Try fermented veggies or coconut kefir to restore the good bacteria as soon as possible. And then work for preventative healthcare always. That's how I raised all my kids. And I've only had to use antibiotics once with one of my young babies very long ago. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
09/20/2011: Ashland from Ashland,ky, U.s.a.: "I've had pneumonia. I am much better. But is there anything safe to use in a breathing machine that wont be harmful? peroxide?? what is safe or unsafe??? should I take the probiotics while on antibiotics or wait to finish the 10 days?? thank you for your wonderful health site!!!"Replies
03/08/2012: Melissa from San Antonio, Texas replies: "I would think the antibiotics would overwhelm any probiotics you're taking. I would wait until I had finished the script before starting back on the probiotics. And at that point (when script is done) I'd double up on the pros for a while. But I'm not a doctor. I just read stuff. Oh, and I would try to avoid taking any antibiotics in the first place unless I was in danger of losing life or limb."
04/05/2013: Sayward from Columbia City, In, Us replies: "Antibiotics jobs are to wipe out bacteria, and adding more bacteria, even if it is the "good guys" will just put more strain on the antibiotic, up the chances that a sufficent amount of harmful bacteria (i.e., what is making you sick ) won't be killed in the process and waste money!
When taking an antibiotic, it is important to stop taking all probiotic supplements for the duration of the treatment. The day following the last dose, one should take 1 probiotic treatment (capsule or drink), every day for 7 days and then go back to your original schedule. If one uses a daily supplement, then it is best to take two of the supplement every day for 7 days and then drop back to one.
The idea here is to feed the gut back its good guys in large enough doses to ensure they have adequate numbers to keep bad bacteria from proliferating again."
11/10/2010: Jerry from Desmoines, Iowa: "Can anyone help me I believe that I have a c. Pneumoniae infection that is causing a cascade of health problems especially my sinuses, skin and eyesight. Some doctors are treating this with long term combinations of antibiotics with some success but in my area the MDs are resistant to this course of therapy. Help Ted or Anyone."Replies
07/20/2012: Janice from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "It's my 2nd time with pneumonia, the 1st time almost died many times over from a drug I shouldn't have had and was allergic too (Biaxin), this time have heartburn whenever I'am in the house with the A/C or fan on, because Feron is still used in Canada and Health Canada doesn't care bats about how dangerous it affects some people, - it's illegal in Montreal and the U. S.
Also I just found out pneumonia is often chemical induced bronchitis, doctor's are just clueless or can't legally tell you the truth, because many industries and businesses have products that are the cause.
I'm sure I'm reacting also to my neighbor's new stone driveway, a very limestone taste in my mouth, of course the doctor says that is heartburn but poision control centres in Toronto know nothing about Feron and most invisible chemicals whereas in the U. S, poison control centres do.
Take tons of garlic, I'm taking Iron, I have Black Sesame Seeds to put in soups, take lots of Vitamin C, it will open your throat if you have any antibiotic reactions....... get Clear Lungs from the Health Stores, if your able to cut any cedar, or have cedar sticks (the kind people smudge the house with) just put those in the palm of your hands but it may take up to an hour for you to feel some clearing throughout your body with cedar.......
I'm taking some Thyroid Balance Pills from the store, but what really helps me more than anything is staying outside, if your able to (the first time I couldn't do this, but this year it's not humid but lots of wind and air movement) so I usually sit under a tree and read, and just breathe the fresh oxygen, love the sun, but if I get burnt from the sun I just put a few drops of Liquid Iodine on my face/throat and arms and the pain and redness is gone within 30 seconds.
Also Liquid Iodine is good to drink with food (1/2 cup of water and 5 drops), you must eat. I use Lugols Iodine and Tropic Iodine internally and on my body/face.
Probiotics - great for the stomach the good bacteria will destroy the bad bacteria, or get kimchi or any fermented foods.
I swear I'm smelling the limestone of my neighbor's stone driveway, need to drink more pickle juice!
If there's some park around your area with a stream with pebbles and maybe chipmunks, go down to the pebbles and the air may be better than pure oxygen, and if you can when you feel up to it, go to a lake.
I'd prefer to live in a tee-pee in a campground right now over breathing in all this chemical shit I'm breathing."
04/25/2010: Yasue from Santa Monica, Ca, Usa: "I was diagnosed broncho-pneumonia and had no choice to take antibiotic, even though I had severe side effects before when I took Levaquin. This time azithromycin was prescribed. On the fouth day I had diarrhea, nausea, dyhidration,stomach pain, chest pain, bitter mouth, no appetite, weird sensation like the wave is coming and going and the body is squeezed tightly---Anyway I feel awful. It lasted 4 months last time even though I tried acupunctue and acupressure 2 times a week. The notion that I can't take any antibiotic gives me shiver. Please help me by introducing the doctors who study the side effects of antibiotics of Levaquin, Cypro and Azithromycin. Also is there a way I can survive without antibiotics."Replies
04/26/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Yasue,
My 23 year old daughter was plagued with this for a year. I wrote about her battle with this quite awhile ago. I have always been a person who has gone the natural paths and have raised my kids that way but in this instance she had her own ideas. As an adult, she has that right but I watched the drs. give her one antibiotic after another! It was crazy- my thought being, if they work then why did she have 4 rounds of them, all different types?! I asked her to pose that question to her dr. who of course made the excuse up that they weren't the "right" one. I watched her suffer and she wanted none of my advice. She was scared because the dr. told her that if she didn't take the antibiotics she would become so sick she would end up harming her lungs and then would need surgery.
One day she broke down in tears when I went into her room, finding her in bed. She begged me to help her. One of the things I told her was she needed to get rid of all dairy from her diet. Then, we needed to bring her body back into balance because antibiotics destroy the natural balance. We need that so our body can fight on our behalf. She promised to listen to my advice and she not only got over it but, has not been sick again for a year and 2 months now! Remember, before that she struggled with this for a year. She has not needed any medication since. She continues to be healthy, strong and full of energy. So, yes you can survive without antibiotics as long as you restore your body's balance so it can combat germs and toxins on your behalf.
I hope this restores hope in you. Lisa"
04/27/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Have you tried nature's own antibiotic? Raw garlic.
I had a cronic case of chest congestion that lasted through last spring and summer and couldn't seem to shake it. I was getting worried with all the news about different flu viruses and saw a recommendation for raw garlic which cured my congestion exactly as predicted.
The recommendation was to take 2 or 3 raw cloves of garlic and chop them up into small pieces and swallow them at one sitting once a day for a minimum of 3 weeks.
My procedure was to take 3 small garlic cloves or 2 large ones and chop them until the pieces were smaller than any pill I could swallow easily. I would then scoop this entire amount into a heaping table spoon and swallow in 2 or 3 swallows until all gone. I followed this quickly with a full glass of water to chase the taste from my mouth. In 3 to 4 weeks all my congestion symptoms were gone.
I intend to continue to use this every few months as a prevention/tune up to help with my immune system. "
[YEA] 12/14/2009: Rv from Huntington Beach, Ca, USA: "Sea Salt for Pneumonia
I have (usually) mild asthma. I visited a dusty wildflower area and contracted fungal pneumonia. The doctor did not apply effective antibiotics, because the infection was fungal, and he initially misdiagnosed it. The infection continued for weeks, and hardened into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over the next year I tried many remedies. Then I found an interesting fact. The ocean has millions of antibacterial virions per liter. This is why there are so few bacteria there: predation. I live in an oceanside city, and have no problem getting clean, fresh seawater. I spat some infected sputum into a bottle of seawater and diluted it to invisibility. The idea was that any virus would rapidly multiply by killing and eating the bacteria of my infection. Then over a week, I sprayed the water and inhaled it. My coughing got worse, but then air began to penetrate past the blockages and I began to cough them up; some looked like french fries. I'm now healthy.
I think a similar effort might work with artificial seawater made from organic sea salt. The idea is that it must be organic so that the antibacterial virions would need to be preserved in the salt."
08/30/2011: Abc Pneumonia from Kansas City, Missouri,usa.: "This question is for LIZZIE from London or anybody that has the answer.
Lizzie wrote that her partner took 200gram of powdered vit. C daily and his pneumonia gone.
Q.How long did he take the vit. C? Apart from mixing it in water, was there any other thing that he took that could be of help to me?
My wife has been diagnosed with chronic pneumonia. At first, the doctor gave her wrong diagnosis and treated her for more than one year for tuberculosis. Now, x-ray result shows that her right lung has washed out and it has some holes in it. My wife is finding it hard to breathe. She also coughs seriously and has severe pain in her chest region and she has lost a lot of weight. She is alive today only by the grace of GOD. Can someone tell me anything that can help my wife? Please, don't tell me about pharmaceutical treatment.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions and GOD bless."Replies
08/31/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Breathing thru a mouthful of VERY DILUTED hydrogen peroxide, helped me for lung issues (and nose, throat). DO NOT SWALLOW."
08/31/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "To Mmsg, I tried to breath the water with HP but it didn't work, I couldn't get anything up my nose. After that I breathed a bit I put into the palm of my hand and it did indeed calm my sinuses just it burned a bit, maybe I had used too much HP. No idea how you do it through your mouth though...."
08/31/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Francisca, I don't breathe it up my nose! Just plain breathing the air in my mouth that has the diluted HP in it! I open my mouth, taking care the diluted HP doesn't drip out, and just take a couple of good breaths. Then spit it out and rinse my mouth. I do it a few times a day as needed."
09/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "How, big misunderstanding...... I will try only breathing it next time, thanks!"
[YEA] 08/14/2011: Lizzie from London, Uk: "My partner had triple pneumonia last year. This also affected his heart and he was getting weaker and weaker. The doctors could not get rid of it, it just kept coming back. Out of desperation I looked up pneumonia cure on the net and read how one man cured himself by using heavy dosed of vitamin c. We were desperate and decided to try it. The idea is that you take powdered vitamin c mixed in water. Can be anything from 5 grams to 20 grams and keep taking throughout the day until you get close to diareah. You then know the amount to take for the next day. My partner was on 200grams a day! On the first day he took it he was coughing up blood and shivering... Later he felt much better. The next day alot less blood and then after that it completly went away! Was amazing to witness as in the past we would of had to go to hospital and he would have been given an oxygen mask to breath, an antibiotic drip and god knows what else. And would stay in hospital for a week. After this vitamin c episode he did not get pneumonia again!"Replies
09/26/2011: Lizzie from London, Uk replies: "In reply to the person asking: "Q. How long did he take the vit. C? Apart from mixing it in water, was there any other thing that he took that could be of help to me?"
He took the vit c every day. He still takes it without fail. He was prob taking around 150 to 200 grams a day for months (about 5) until one day he could only take around 10grams, and he has stayed on that ever since. Straight away he had emediate benefits. He stopped coughing up blood, no longer needed anti biotics and made a slow recovery. Now he is SO much better. I thought I was going to lose him but the vit c saved him. He also took cayenne. I would give him hot water with about quarter teaspoon cayenne. Try and give him regular drinks of it, I'm sure this helped too. If you have the money you can also try adding Lypo-Spheric vit c. It has a higher strength absorborancy.
This is the technique we used:
BOWEL TOLERANCE METHOD by Robert Cathcart
In 1970, I discovered that the sicker a patient was, the more ascorbic acid he would tolerate by mouth before diarrhea was produced. At least 80% of adult patients will tolerate 10 to 15 grams of ascorbic acid fine crystals in 1/2 cup water divided into 4 doses per 24 hours without having diarrhea. The astonishing finding was that all patients, tolerant of ascorbic acid, can take greater amounts of the substance orally without having diarrhea when ill or under stress. This increased tolerance is somewhat proportional to the toxicity of the disease being treated.
As he started to get better and we learnt more about alternative medicine we added other vits. Mainly for his heart as pneumonia was linked to years of heart problems. We added D-ribose, L- arginine. HE loves this stuff, if he misses a dose he feels so tired. Also Q - 10.
Hope this helps."
08/04/2012: Skye from Dokkum, FryslÃ¢n, Netherlands replies: "I swear by using Vit C. Having had asthmatic bronchitus for many years, I was prescribed inhaler #4 when I decided "enough is too much! ". I threw out the inhalers and started using Vit C as per the directions of Linus Pauling and Adelle Davis. The rule of thumb is to start slowly and get the body used to it by taking 1000mg per day, increasing this every few days or every week until you hit your "body tolerance level". Pure and simple this means: until your bowels start to protest :-) Then cut back by 500 or 1000 mg until you're comfortable. And yes, in case of an illness like pneumonia (which I have had several bouts with) the tolerance level will greatly increase, as the body's own reserves of ascorbic acid are rapidly depleted. In some cases when having penumonia, I have taken up to 15-20 grams of Vit C in one day and not had irritated bowels. It is a wonderful aid in recovering from illnesses. However, be aware that there always needs to be an extra protein supplementation as well, as the body loses protein at a shocking rate during any (severe) illness! This will also protect any potential damage done to either body tissues or even the DNA. A good way to make sure you get sufficient protein during any illness (and it goes down easier than, say, 6 eggs :-) is to make "Tiger's Milk" or "Pep-Up Drink", a recipe from Adelle Davis. Here's how to make it, as well as a variant of the same recipe: http://www.naturopath.co.nz/Recipes/Healthy Snacks Treats/Tigers Milk Energy Drink.html
Finally, taking Vit C every day is a great method to protect yourself against any illness, and if an illness does grab hold of you, to make sure it goes away in a hurry. The same goes for ACV honey, which also goes a long way towards strengthening your immune system. Finally, staying away from artificial products and/or chemically polluted products is also a good way to protect your system. After all, if we were meant to ingest artifical and/or chemical stuff, surely we would have been fitted with lube tubes at birth, wouldn't we?
For more information on the amounts of Vit C needed: