What WDDTY officially didn’t tell you: “Vitamin C cures AIDS”

Vitamin C Cannot cure AIDS or polio
This never happened, according to Lynne McTaggart

Lynne McTaggart insisted the Press Gazette take down a story because it contained the claim that WDDTY had said “vitamin C cures AIDS”.

The story “Vitamin C and the incurables” was promoted with the image at right. It begins:

Modern medicine retains a 19th-century view of infectious disease. Many of the major viral and bacterial diseases—polio, diphtheria, pneumonia, tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy and tetanus—are viewed just as they were at the turn of the 20th century—as deadly and largely incurable diseases.

Other than antibiotics for infections of bacterial origin, doctors maintain that the only solution to most serious infection is prevention, which is why many of these diseases are vaccinated against—often with dire consequences.

However, there is a considerable amount of buried evidence in the medical literature that vitamin C is a simple, all-purpose elixir that can cure many of those so-called ‘incurable’ deadly infections.

When McTaggart says “buried”, she means – as usual for peddlers of pseudoscience, quackery, alternatives to medicine and other fringe nonsense – early results that were not borne out by later and more comprehensive study.

The claim that Vitamin C cures AIDS was at the centre of vitamin überquack Patrick HolfordW’s attempts to silence Ben GoldacreW. It is, needless to say, complete bollocks.

Why don’t doctors tell you that Vitamin C cures AIDS?

Because it’s not true.

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