Vitamin C miracles of Robert.F.Cathcart
Gregory Allen Butler

It¡¯s been several years since I first heard of the vitamin C miracles of Dr. Robert F. Cathcart. He recently retired from his practice in Los Altos, California, where he has treated over 30,000 patients with high dosages of vitamin C for conditions such as hepatitis, viral pneumonia, AIDS, flu, arthritis, to name but a few.

He didn¡¯t start out in his medical career to be an orthomolecular physician. He started out as an orthopedic surgeon and became famous in the orthopedic world as the inventor of the Cathcart hip prosthesis (used to replace the ball portion of the hip joint). He is published in The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, Medical Tribune, Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Medical Hypothesis, Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, and many other medical journals. His research is mentioned in 14 medical books, including How to Live Longer and Feel Better by Dr. Linus Pauling. Dr. Pauling wrote an article entitled, ¡°Robert Fulton Cathcart, III, M.D.: An Orthomolecular Physician¡±, which was published in The Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine Newsletter. Dr. Cathcart¡¯s website is

While still practicing as an orthopedic surgeon in San Mateo, California, Cathcart read Linus Pauling¡¯s book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold. It was then that he first tried taking a few grams of vitamin C at the onset of a cold to see if it would stop it. Success followed.

He then wrote to Linus Pauling stating that two grams of vitamin C every hour seemed about right but that he preferred to take eight grams at one time and this usually was effective.

In an interview in 1971 with the journal Chemtech (published by the American Chemical Society) he said, ¡°I started experimenting with vitamin C, first on myself and the family, and then on a few selected patients¡­I went into association with a general practitioner who planned to go to another town after about another year. During that year I demonstrated that, properly used, vitamin C could decrease most of the morbidity and all of the mortality from viral diseases.¡±

In the interview he mentioned the fact that Dr. Fred Klenner in the past thirty years found that he could detoxify most virus diseases with intravenous doses of vitamin C. He used Vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate intravenously for carbon monoxide poisoning, barbiturate poisoning, and snakebites. (See article on Vitamin C Cures of Dr. Fred Klenner.)

It was at this time that Dr. Cathcart discovered that the sicker a patient is, the more vitamin C they can tolerate. Here is how he describes it: ¡°In 1969, I discovered that the amount of ascorbic acid tolerated orally without loosening of stools (a benign diarrhea) was somewhat proportional to the free radical toxicity of the condition being treated. The sicker a person was, the more ascorbic acid they would tolerate orally without it causing diarrhea. A person with an otherwise normal GI tract, when they were well, would tolerate 5 to 15 grams of ascorbic acid orally in divided doses without diarrhea. With a mild cold 30 to 60 grams; with a bad cold, 100 grams; with a flu, 150 grams; and with mononucleosis, viral pneumonia, etc. 200 grams or more of ascorbic acid would be tolerated orally without diarrhea. The process of finding what dose will cause diarrhea and will eliminate the acute symptoms, I call titrating to bowel tolerance.¡±

Cathcart¡¯s philosophy in treating patients is simple.
¡°My practice is to let the body take as much vitamin C as it needs¡­to take an amount proportional to the amount of toxin that¡¯s around. Remember, everyone else has been talking about a fixed dose, usually at what I consider to be only a homeopathic level. Those studies go from two to maybe four grams a day and they see little clinical effect and no effect statistically. That doesn¡¯t surprise me. If you have a hundred gram cold¡­it¡¯s my custom to put a number before the name of a disease to represent the amount of vitamin C that that patient can consume the first couple of days of the disease without diarrhea¡­so that if you have a 100-gram cold and the patient is taking roughly 100 grams a day, you will quickly eliminate perhaps 90% of the symptoms of the disease. But if you treat that same cold with 2 grams or even 20 grams a day, you won¡¯t see much happen.¡±

In the same interview with Chemtech, he discussed infectious hepatitis. ¡°It¡¯s a cinch for vitamin C. The difference between the course of the disease with and without vitamin C is quite obvious if only because hepatitis is a disease that we can put numbers on. There are various enzyme systems that we can follow to show the course of the disease. Infectious hepatitis can be mild, where the patient is just a little yellow and maybe a bit tender in the abdomen, but not very sick. But the patients I¡¯m talking about - 20 of them, at least - were profoundly ill with hepatitis, and here again we were able to detoxify them in three to five days. It generally took about six days for the jaundice to clear. In two or three days the urine returned to normal color.¡±

Today, if you go to Dr. Cathcart¡¯s website you will see articles on practical matters like bowel tolerance doses of ascorbic acid, and how to prepare an IV solution with sodium ascorbate. There are also articles on using intravenous sodium ascorbate to treat terrible diseases such as Ebola, tick borne diseases, bird flu, polio and hepatitis.

He is a great resource of knowledge on vitamin C and I urge you to take advantage of it. You never know when you will need it.

To illustrate this point, I once received a call late on a Saturday night about a man dying of pneumonia (from the sister of my mother¡¯s best friend). She wanted her brother to receive a massive dose intravenously of sodium ascorbate. She wanted to know how to make the formula. I went to Cathcart¡¯s site and there it was, written out in detail.

There were two problems, however; finding sodium ascorbate late on a Saturday night and convincing the physician in charge at the hospital that this would save the man¡¯s life. He didn¡¯t approve it. Her brother died 24 hours later.

Dr. Cathcart has fought against this kind of medical bias since he discovered the power and effectiveness of vitamin C in large doses. He told people on his website to be prepared for the fact that hospitals and doctors are reluctant to permit the use of intravenous sodium ascorbate, even when they have given up hope for saving the patient.

The best way to change this unhealthy state of affairs with the medical community is with information. And Dr. Cathcart provided all the information anyone ever needed when it came to large dose use of vitamin C. His research and writings are a major focus in the 2002 ground-breaking book on vitamin C by Dr. Tom Levy