Vitamins A, C, and D are the keys to supporting and strengthening your immune system against microbial pathogens. Dr. Meehan’s protocol for viral Illnesses: colds, flu, and corona viruses is intended for the acute treatment of any upper respiratory viral infection. At the first signs of symptoms, “hammer” the virus with at least 3 days of megadoses of the immune supporting vitamins A, C, and D. If you weren’t already supplementing according to the "Prevention Protocol," begin it immediately.
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The rationale for vitamin A: Vitamin A is a necessary substrate for preserving epithelial cell integrity and in addition plays a role in immune modulation.
Multiple clinical investigations have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of vitamin A in viral illnesses, including the measles. In fact, vitamin A treatment of children with measles in developing countries has been associated with significant reductions in morbidity (illness) and mortality (death) when administered during the acute phase of illness (within 5 days of the onset of rash).
The benefits of vitamin A supplementation are so well recognized that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have issued a joint statement recommending that vitamin A be administered to all children diagnosed with measles in communities where vitamin A deficiency (serum vitamin A <10 µg/dL) is a recognized problem and where mortality related to measles is ≥1%.[R][R]
In the presence of ophthalmologic signs of vitamin A deficiency, such as night blindness, Bitot's spots (grayish white deposits on the bulbar conjunctiva adjacent to the cornea) or xerophthalmia, the WHO recommends the dose be repeated in 24 hours, and again 4 weeks later.[R]
Vitamin A is available in low-cost liquid formulations that can be easily administered to infants and young children.
Begin “hammering” vitamin C as soon as you experience symptoms of a respiratory infection.
Begin with an initial (loading) dose of 3 to 4 grams (3,000 to 4,000 mg). Then dose 2,000 mg every hour or until you begin to experience bowel symptoms such as mild discomfort, increased flatulence (gas), and loose stools (mild diarrhea). This marks your level of “bowel tolerance” for vitamin C.
When you hit “bowel tolerance,” back the dose down slightly. For example, if you were taking 2,000 mg every hour, back the dose down to 1,000 mg every hour. You could also consider spreading the doses out to 2 hour intervals. Adjust dose and frequency as needed for bowel tolerance, but try to keep your vitamin C intake as high as you can tolerate. Ideally, aim for 2,000 mg per hour at least six times per day.
For best results and to prevent relapse, I recommend continuing the protocol for 1-2 days after you are feeling better.
For children, I recommend liposomal forms of vitamin C. Liposomal formulations absorb better. They can also be easily added to liquids or foods, which makes giving them to young children much easier. The amount of Vitamin C in most children’s multivitamins does not come close to dosing required to prevent or treat viral illnesses.
At the first signs of symptoms or concern that your child may have been exposed to someone with a cold or flu, consider the following intervention:
The cost of vitamin D is about a penny for 1000 IU, so this treatment costs less than a dollar.