The Three Truths of How Science Came to Be

Understanding the steps of how medicine is verified scientifically Using Modern Science and the Wisdom of Chinese Medicine for Longevity and Vitality.

Use Modern Medicine and Science for Emergencies and heroic life and limb saving procedures.Use Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for longevity and vitality.Although, natural medicine can also be heroic and limb saving when applied promptly, and correctly.

Author and Chinese Medicine doctor Henry Lu states in his book, "Chinese Natural Cures", Before the microscope, before imaging, before lab work…

Illnesses were cured without knowing the named disease.But, with knowing what to do, what would work from experience, trial and error, and empirical evidence.

Like fruits, lemon, lime, green tea to help with symptoms of scurvy, a vitamin C deficiency.We know now that vitamin C is necessary for collagen production and absorption of iron.

*Science proves what we already know.

If we dismiss what is not proven, we will be stuck at the not knowing level.Many people will be sick or die without the discovery.

Truth is discovered by common experience/anecdotal at the first level.

Hand washing for child birth or surgery for example.It was ridiculed.But, was used in other cultures long before such as middle Eastern and Chinese Medicine.

Thus, we know it to be true.

Then it becomes important enough to be studied and verified through science.

For as long as people live, they yearn to find ways to fight disease and improve health.Many traditions and cultures have accumulated knowledge and ways to use plants, herbs, spices, minerals, insects, animals or foods for healing purposes.Much of what they learned came from trial and error.This information was handed down through oral traditions, and then written.It was shared through generations, and with neighbors and foreigners.Until relatively recently, with the advent of the compound microscope in the late 1600s by Hans and Zacharias Janssen, and later with improvements in magnification and quality, scientists such as Robert Hooke, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, and Louis Pasteur, could make scientific breakthroughs. Before that illnesses were cured without the knowing of the named disease.

Let’s take scurvy for example.The symptoms are loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, and lethargy. It can lead to spontaneous bleeding, bruising, petechiae, or small red spots resulting from bleeding under the skin, poor wound healing, shortness of breath, pain in the limbs, and especially the legs, swelling in some parts of the body, and sometimes ulceration of the gums and loss of teeth. It can be fatal.It has been known since ancient Greek, Chinese, and Egyptian times.It is often associated with sailors in the 15th to 18th centuries, where many died from the disease from the lack of fresh produce.Interestingly, during the same time, Chinese seamen didn’t suffer from the disease because they drank tea.It is now known that scurvy is the result of a lack of vitamin C.We also know that drinking green tea, and eating fresh produce such as limes, lemons, oranges, strawberries, blackberries, bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, and spinach as well as paprika, liver, and oysters provide plentiful amounts of vitamin C.Because of science we also know that vitamin C is necessary for the body to absorb iron and produce collagen.Science has proven what many already knew for centuries.If the Chinese waited for science to catch up, many of their seamen would have suffered the same illness as many Westerners.

This brings us to the three truths or stages of discoveries in human health described by well-known professor of Chinese Medicine Henry C. Lu[1].First is that something is true, but nobody knows about it yet.When knowledge about green tea was still at this stage, we could say the that the connection between drinking green tea, and its health benefits wasn’t yet known.The fact that many of those that drink it seem to experience less illness, and improved longevity hadn’t been discovered.There are many more truths at this stage than the second or third stage.

The second stage is when the truth is discovered through common experience.Thus, some people know about it.We have learned that certain foods, or herbs help heal certain illnesses.Some people know about it, such as the Chinese, that green tea prevents scurvy.There were many other common diseases at this stage that were cured with conventional wisdom that weren’t proven scientifically until later. Celery is one example of a food that has been known in Chinese Medicine proven effective in reducing blood pressure.A scientist may know the chemical breakdown of celery but dismiss its anti-hypertensive effects until it has been proven scientifically.And yet another disease, rickets, had been known to be cured by eating fish, liver, milk, and eggs, and getting enough sunlight.The connection between lack of vitamin D and rickets wasn’t known scientifically until 1870.To cure goiter, the Chinese ate seaweed as early as the third century.It wasn’t discovered until the late eighteenth century that seaweed contains iodine, which cures goiter.The benefits of eating liver to cure night blindness was also known.Scientists discovered in the early twentieth century that liver contains vitamin A, and vitamin A is beneficial for the eyes and night blindness.Chinese Medicine wisdom also knew that eating figs helps with dysentery and hemorrhoids.We can see that many more would have suffered with these diseases if we had waited for science to catch up.There are far more truths at this stage than at the third stage.

The third stage is when something that has been known through experience to be true is verified by scientific discoveries and experiments.The isolation of vitamin C by Dr. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi in 1937 proved the lack of vitamin C rich foods in the diet was found to be the cause of scurvy.Green tea plus many other citrus fruits and vegetables were found to contain vitamin C.We now know why these foods help with the prevention of scurvy.Before reaching this stage we most likely have the human experience first before scientists want to verify it.If we discount our knowledge at stage two, it is less likely that we can move forward to stage three.Many less truths can be found at this stage than the second or first stage.This stage lags way behind human experience.

Please remember that truths at the first and second stages are often dismissed or ignored by modern scientists, and thus, the trusting public.They are guilty of dismissing what they don’t understand.Thus, scientists are not the best guides for nutrition or the search for foods and herbs that extend health and longevity.

We know that vitamin C helps aid the body against colds and flus, that is it non-toxic, and well tolerated by most people.It may not be proven scientifically against a named disease, but common knowledge whether anecdotal or empirical is that is can help without harming.The same can be said of zinc.

A review study carried out by Harri Hemila, and Elizabeth Chalker (2013) 3, report inconsistencies in vitamin C supplementation in regards to contracting a cold virus, however they state, "…given the consistent effect of vitamin C on the duration and severity of colds in the regular supplementation studies, and the low cost and safety, it may be worthwhile for common cold patients to test on an individual basis whether therapeutic vitamin C is beneficial for them."The dosage amount may play an important role in the studies, in which may vary, and throughout may be too low. See web post of a suggestion of up to 10,000 mgs. to consider is that the FDA wants to restrict access to high dosage amounts of vitamin C, which you can read here

Personally, if we don't have anything else that can save your life or limbs, and high intravenous dosages of vitamin C has been shown to help people I would fight tooth and nail for myself and my family.Wouldn't you?Why not? What would be the real motive to dismiss it?

Dr. Klenner has utilized vitamin C in higher dosage amounts, and he reports positive consistent results.You can visit the site here

If we ignore this truth at the second stage and wait for science to catch up we are doing more harm than good.

If we maintain that nothing is true until proven scientifically, we will be waiting a very long time for a cure that may already be known.Truths at the second stage can be tested with real life, prompting verification through science at the third stage.Through the combination of life experiences, and an understanding of chemical processes, it is possible to promote and extend good health.[2]


Dr. Klenner's Clinical Guide to the Use of Vitamin C is now posted in its entirety at

[1] Lu, H.C. (1999, April 01).Chinese Natural Cures:Traditional Methods for Remedies and Prevention. New York: Black Dog & Leventhal.

[2] Ibid.

[3]HemiläH, ChalkerE. Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 1. Art. No.: CD000980. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4.