In a dramatic move, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has raided a Michigan clinic that was offering intravenous vitamin C treatment for people exposed to the coronavirus. The raid comes despite doctors in China and New York state already using vitamin C to save the lives of patients infected with the virus. Viewed in light of the growing worldwide threats to civil rights, the use of law enforcement to remove access to a safe and effective natural treatment for the virus is a disturbing development.
The raid began during early morning on 23 April when upwards of a dozen FBI agents, armed with a search warrant, descended on the site. After setting up three makeshift tents in the parking lot and dressing in protective clothing, they entered the clinic and began seizing medical records and other materials.
The clinic, the Allure Medical Spa, located in the Shelby Charter Township, Macomb County, a suburb of Detroit, is said to have been offering intravenous vitamin C free of charge to essential workers including hospital staff, police officers and paramedics, as well as to patients.
Subsequent to the raid it was reported that the doctor running the clinic, Dr. Charles Mok, has been charged with ‘health care fraud’. The complaint filed by the FBI apparently includes the claim that he “used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to bill insurers for vitamin C infusions fraudulently represented as COVID-19 treatments and preventative measures.”
Dr. Mok has been quoted as saying that he uses vitamin C treatments to “help support people’s immune systems and help those with the virus to recover quicker.” His statement is not without scientific support. The antiviral mechanisms of vitamin C have been demonstrated in influenza, herpes virus, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), among others. Based on this knowledge, doctors in China and New York state are now using vitamin C treatments to save the lives of patients infected with the coronavirus. Clinical evidence also shows remarkable results when treating sepsis, a common cause of death in coronavirus patients, with an intravenous combination of vitamin C, vitamin B1, and the hormone hydrocortisone.
As Dr. Rath points out in his recent open letter, an optimum intake of vitamins and other essential micronutrients is a key measure for anyone to strengthen their immune system. And yet, despite being recognized by nine Nobel Prizes and documented in countless textbooks of biology and biochemistry, public health recommendations worldwide continue to essentially make no mention of this.
This isn’t the first time that raids against natural health have taken place on U.S. soil. Previously, in the early 1990s, the U.S. federal government was considering classifying most vitamins and other supplements as drugs. In preparation for this, its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began conducting raids on doctors’ offices and health food stores.
A TV commercial featuring actor Mel Gibson at the time famously called attention to these raids. Fortunately, with a growing awareness of Dr. Rath’s scientific discovery about the relationship between vitamin C deficiency and cardiovascular disease, the American people were successful in stopping the planned restrictions on their right to use natural health therapies. Subsequently, the signing of the landmark Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) by President Bill Clinton in 1994 guaranteed free access to vitamins and supplements in the United States.
The raid on the Michigan clinic is a reminder that the right to use natural health therapies is not given to us for free. Sometimes, we need to fight for it. As with many other key aspects of a democratic society, the price of health is eternal vigilance.