The Doctor Game: What could have saved Jim Flaherty?

Could the life of one of Canada’s great ministers of finance have been saved by medical treatment? You did not have to be a doctor to see the change in his facial appearance and realize he was not well. But when Jim Flaherty died, reportedly from a massive heart attack, was he denied a natural remedy that might have saved his life? And could his son, who suffered from a disability, have been saved by the same treatment?

Jim Flaherty developed a rare skin disease called Bullous pemphigoid. It’s an autoimmune disease in which a person’s immune system produces antibodies that attack the body. It’s as if soldiers suddenly turned their guns on each other, rather than on the enemy.

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During these attacks, the skin develops painful blisters that may last for months. The diagnosis is made by taking biopsies of the skin. Treatment consists of using steroids, such as prednisone, to help heal the lesions.

But what is it that actually killed Flaherty? J.B. Moliere, the French playwright, once remarked that “nearly all men die of their medicines, not of their diseases” — an astute observation. And there is reason to suggest that this is what happened to Flaherty. Most specialists agree that patients suffering from Bullous pemphigoid die with it, rather than from it.

I’ve often stressed that the problem with prescription drugs is that you rarely get something for nothing. The outward sign of Bullous pemphigoid is the bloated, rounded face due to the collection of fluid.

Prednisone also triggers things you cannot see. For instance, bone loss and an increased risk of cataracts. But more lethal are factors that increase the risk of heart attack, such as elevated blood level of LDL (low density lipoprotein — the bad cholesterol), hypertension and increased blood sugar, sometimes resulting in Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is notorious for causing atherosclerosis, the rust that gradually decreases blood flow to coronary arteries, which could have been responsible for Flaherty’s massive coronary.

So what could have saved his life, particularly when side-effects of his medication are known to increase the risk of coronary attack? Dr. Sydney Bush, an English researcher, has photographic evidence that high doses of vitamin C and lysine can not only prevent, but can also reverse atherosclerosis (narrowing of coronary arteries). You don’t have to be a doctor to see these changes on my website, docgiff.com. You can also read more about advantages of vitamin C and lysine in my book, What I learned as a Medical Journalist.

But I’d bet my last dollar that Flaherty did not receive this natural, safe and effective remedy. In my 64 years of practising medicine, I cannot think of one discovery that is more important than the fact that atherosclerosis can be prevented and reversed — important because this problem causes a ton of cardiovascular problems.

Yet cardiologists continue to believe that cholesterol-lowering drugs are the be-all and end-all to prevent heart attack. This is the world’s greatest example of how hundreds of millions of pharmaceutical dollars can brainwash highly educated specialists.

And about Flaherty’s son? It’s reported that he was stung by an insect and developed encephalitis, resulting in lifelong disability. Could this also have been prevented?

Decades before Flaherty’s son developed encephalitis, Dr. Robert Klenner, a North Carolina family doctor, showed that high doses of intravenous vitamin C could cure patients stricken with polio, encephalitis, meningitis, measles and could even neutralize the venom of rattlesnakes. This information is available for anyone to read on the Internet. But 99.9 per cent of physicians remain unaware of this research.

History shows that the closed minds of physicians have killed millions by resisting new therapies. It’s still happening today as doctors refuse to accept that high doses of vitamin C and lysine can reduce the epidemic of heart attack.

A combination powder of vitamin C and lysine is available in most health food stores in Canada.

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