Treatment of Pertussis

Vaccinating yourself and your children will not prevent your new baby from getting it. The vaccine has one of the lowest efficacy rates and you can still spread the germs that cause it even if you are not currently infected. Pertussis isn’t as deadly for infants as you are led to believe it is. When they say the mortality rate for pertussis in infants under 6 months is 0.5%, or 1 out of every 200, that is including all the infants who are formula fed, who live with smokers, who have health problems, etc. There’s a big difference between a baby in those circumstances and a breastfed baby living in a healthy environment.

Vitamin C in the treatment of Pertussis:

 Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, & Toxins by Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

pg. 116: Otani (1936) found that pertussis bacteria seemed to be especially susceptible to the effects of vitamin C in the test tube, with high enough dose having a killing, bactericidal effect. It was also demonstrated that a culture of pertussis bacteria in which vitamin C had been added possessed a “strongly reduced” infectivity in test animals.


Pg. 118: The bacteria causing pertussis can be killed in culture by vitamin C, and the effects of the pertussis toxin also appear to be lessened by vitamin C…

…adequate regular dosing of vitamin C should prevent pertussis from ever being contracted.



The primary function of Vitamin C is not to kill the bacteria. It does inhibit them, but the main action in any toxin-mediated disease is to neutralize the toxin, and to support the liver so that when the liver is reducing the amount of endotoxin,  the liver works much more efficiently.   It does not stop the disease. It modifies it, and makes the cough milder.


 Vitamin C also puts petrol into the tank of macrophages and phagocytes, and in vitro increases their activity levels. Therefore, in the body, it should increase the effectiveness of the immune system in general, as well as dealing with the specifics of the toxin issue, and inhibiting the bacteria itself.

You can dissolve Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate powder) in breast milk. You can use a dropper or dribble it into the inside of the cheek. Don’t squirt it in their mouths in case they inhale it and that would trigger the vagus nerve.


The Bowl tolerance Method:


You give your child a small dose (1/4 tsp) of the C in liquid you choose every half hour to an hour until they have a loose stool. The amount of Vitamin C it took them to get there is just past tolerance. You then cut back 1/4 tsp and that’s saturation. Each person has a different level. Everyone will tolerate more when we are sick.


 For Breast feeding Mothers:


It takes about 8 hours for the vitamin C you take to get through to the breast milk. A Pinch is about 250 mg. If I thought my child was really sick, then I would calculate Vitamin C for her at 375 mg/kg of body weight, and give that over waking hours, and perhaps a larger dose given just before bedtime.


 Also, a good vitamin and mineral supplement to help your body deal with emotional stress, Halibut Liver oil, and about 10 grams of vitamin C spread out over your waking hours. You can use powdered sodium ascorbate, and mix it (10 grams = 2 heaped teaspoons) in with 1.25 liters of water in a water bottle. Drink it gradually throughout the day.


The Progression:


 First they get a cold. Then after a week, they start the odd cough, and after about two weeks, the cough gets stronger. At the end of the cough, which might be a month later, they will bring up globs of fairly thick mucus. This is because it pools down to the bottom of the lungs because the toxin from the bacteria has cut off most of the hairs in the bronchial that sweeps the mucus up and around. The cough sounds dry and that’s because the mucus membranes aren’t being kept as moist as they normally are. Most children, as long as they are getting that mucus up, and do not pool it (where secondary bacterial infections can set it) only have problems when they are coughing. The rest of the time they act normal. Coughing can be provoked by touching the back of the tongue, eating food, or running around. Towards the end of the illness, if they get worked up and tense up, it triggers the cough.


 To help a baby during the cough:


Turn the baby round, with its back to yours. Split your legs, so the baby is supported around the tummy but the legs are straight down. Your hands make a net around the baby’s ribcage and tummy, and when the baby coughs, lean forward slightly and use the hands as a very gentle net so that the baby has something for the tummy to push against. They haven’t learned to control their abdominal muscles to get an efficient cough yet, so t hands make it much easier for them. If it is whooping cough, then you will get a thick clear mucus glob ejected. If it is whooping cough, then the cough will become more regular.


The cough is caused by the bacteria adhering to the bronchial walls, and secreting a toxin, which cuts off the cilia (hairs) in the bronchials. These hairs sweep the mucus up and spread throughout the throat. The bronchial hairs move the mucus around all the time, so that it replaces, and at the same time, gets rid of any pathogens. This mucus is part of the innate immune system. It is linked to the BALT (Bronchial associated lymphatic tissue). You must keep the mucus moving. Whooping cough cuts off the hairs, and tries to stops the mucus from  moving. As long as you keep the mucus moving, your baby should not get a secondary infection.

The other thing the toxin can do is get into the blood-stream, and irritate the body. If the baby’s immune system is not good then this toxin can get to the brain as well. If the mucus is not gotten out, bacteria will grow and cause a secondary bacterial infection, which they will want to treat with antibiotics. Whooping cough in rare cases can cause long-lasting bronchial problems. However, that is if you treat it the way the doctors do, with antibiotics. Antibiotics do not deal with the pooling mucus, or manage it, or deal with the toxin. If you keep the mucus moving there should be nor further problems other than the cough itself.

Whooping cough will last approximately 100 days, but mainly as an irritating annoyance only. After a bout of whooping cough, for the next 6 – 9 months, any cold that the child gets, the child will start to whoop, or cough, the same way as they did with whooping cough. The reason for that is that it takes a long time for the hairs to grow back, and so any infection without proper hairs in the bronchials, will result in mucus pooling.
It is this mucus pooling that has to trigger a cough strong enough, to get the mucus from the bottom of the bronchials up to the top. If they are coughing until they are purple, then your doses of vitamin C are too small. Bump them right up to the level of 375 milligrams per kilo of body weight over the waking hours, as a starting dose. If your dose is right, within 8 hours there should be a two third reduction in the coughing.


Testing for Pertussis:

 This one is useless:

Isolation of B. pertussis by culture is 100% specific; however, sensitivity of culture varies because fastidious growth requirements make it difficult to transport and isolate the organism. Although the sensitivity of culture can reach 80%–90% under optimal conditions, in practice, sensitivity typically ranges from 30%–60% (57). The yield of B. pertussis from culture declines in specimens taken after 2 or more weeks of cough illness, after antimicrobial treatment, or after previous pertussis vaccination (58). Within 3 weeks after onset of cough, culture is only 1%–3% sensitive (59). Although B. pertussis can be isolated in culture as early as 72 hours after plating, it takes 1–2 weeks before a culture result can definitively be called negative (60). Culture is essential to isolate B. pertussis for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and for molecular subtyping of strains.  
Direct fluorescent antibody (DFA) tests provide rapid results (hours), but are generally less sensitive (sensitivity: 10%–50%) than culture. With use of monoclonal reagents, the specificity of DFA should generally be >90%; however, the interpretation of the test is subjective, and interpretation by an inexperienced microbiologist can result in lower specificity (61). Because of the limitations of DFA testing, CDC does not recommend its use.


The only Pertussis diagnostic tests that the CDC endorses are culture and Nasophyngeal PCR. Tests other than the PCR have a high false positive or false negative rating. However, many medical articles still say that there are no reliable correlates of protection (antibody test) for Pertussis.


Whooping cough cannot be correctly diagnosed without a nasopharyngeal swab because other pathogens like adenovirus can cause an identical syndrome, as can other bacteria, so the swab must be tested with the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test.  

Doctors will give you Erythromycin, which does not shorten, or do anything to lessen the course of the disease. It can make babies irritable, bother the stomach, and suppress the immune system further. It can simply make the situation worse. There is no reason to use antibiotics, unless the mucus they spit up becomes green in color. Make sure the child drinks enough liquids, to keep the mucus as thin and easy to get up as possible.



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