Liberty Loans Parade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept 18, 1918

At the height of the epidemic in Philadelphia, following the Spanish Flu super spreader Liberty Loans Parade, 31 hospitals filled up, and Dr. Thomas Ely had wards of patients. He discovered the remarkable phenomenon that when he first addressed acidosis, his Flu victims revived. “I have uniformly employed, and always with good results, potassium citrate and sodium bicarbonate saturation by mouth, bowel and skin.” His alkalinizing treatment was working -consistently -in his wards, while he witnessed high mortality elsewhere. He wrote urgently to tell his colleagues.

Unspecified hospital, Spanish Flu 1918

Oct 26, 1918, Journal of the American Medical Association. Volume 71 Number 17, p. 1431

Dr. Ely’s letter lead to a flurry of replies and other physicians wanting to know the specifics of his treatments. More letters and articles followed.