Many of us reach for vitamin C for any cold or flu. But doctors who administer, or even promote, this nutrient to treat COVID-19 risk intimidation and censorship.
On April 23, FBI agents raided the Allure Medical Clinic in Shelby Township, Michigan. The visit came soon after Allure announced that it was treating COVID-19 patients using intravenous vitamin C therapy, “with great results.”
In a press release, the clinic’s founder, osteopath Dr. Charles Mok, offered free, high-dose vitamin C treatments to anyone working closely with the public: hospital staff, police, first responders, and grocery store workers. Anyone else who had been exposed to the virus or exhibiting symptoms was also welcome to try the treatment. Mok said his aim was to support people’s immune systems and help those with the COVID-19 virus recover quicker.
“We want to provide this treatment to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay,” he said.
Mok was charged with health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud. A 47-page complaint alleges that Mok was engaged in a scheme prior to and during the coronavirus pandemic to submit false and fraudulent claims to Medicare. An FBI spokeswoman said the task force operation was part of an investigation with the Department of Health and Human Services into unproven treatments expressly used for COVID-19.
But she couldn’t confirm whether Mok’s promotion of the vitamin C treatment initiated the investigation.
Dr. Andrew W. Saul says he’s taken heat for suggesting that vitamin C may help treat and protect people from COVID-19, and he knows doctors across the country who are facing similar examples of intimidation and censorship for stating that vitamin C can help patients suffering from COVID-19, and protect others from getting sick.
Saul is the founder and editor of the Orthomolecular News Service (ONS)—an organization that promotes the use of substances natural to the body to address illness. Since January, Saul has sent out several press releases to share studies and clinical evidence demonstrating the success of treating COVID-19 with Vitamin C. But he says his message is repeatedly censored.
Vitamin C has collected a long list of studies looking into its effects on a range of conditions and biological processes, from immune response to neurodegenerative disease. While the vitamin doesn’t always prove effective, it often shows promising results across several conditions largely thanks to its antioxidant status.
ONS was the first to report the use of vitamin C to treat COVID in China, thanks to Dr. Richard Cheng—Chinese editor for the ONS and a physician at the Cheng Integrative Health Center of South Carolina.