Feb 01, 2011 - 3:25 pm
Sugar, Cancer, & IV Vitamin C
As far back as 1971, Linus Pauling claimed that high dose vitamin C helps cancer patients. He conducted studies that indicated this. The Mayo Clinic conducted studies that disproved it, but they used a different form of Vitamin C and did not follow Pauling’s protocol. High dose vitamin C is back on stage when it comes to cancer treatment.
Cancer loves sugar. Sugar is its main energy source. It will eat other things, like protein, if sugar is lacking, but it prefers sugar. Some people even believe that cancer is a natural body process that kicks in when your cells are receiving too much sugar. The cancer, according to the theory, eats the excess sugar to protect your other cells. If, in fact, this is a regulatory process that developed with our ancestors, who ate about 4 pounds of sugar, in the form of honey, per year, it is not surprising that it has turned into the monster that it is today, with the average human eating about 200 pounds of sugar per year.
High dose IV vitamin C (60-75 grams) looks a lot like sugar. The body can’t tell the difference. Receiving these IVs causes the body to produce insulin because it believes that the blood sugar is spiking. That is why it is important to receive these IVs with food and water in your stomach. Without this, you will experience hypoglycemia-like symptoms. If you measure your blood sugar during the infusion of IV vitamin C, the meter reads an enormously high number because it thinks the vitamin C is sugar.
Cancer cells also see the vitamin C as sugar, and gobble it up. The problem for the cancer cell is that once it has absorbed the vitamin C, it cannot process it and it turns into hydrogen peroxide, which kills the cell. The vitamin C also sensitizes the cells so that the chemo meds are more effective. Pretty simple, pretty effective.
The process does not work with oral vitamin C, which is where the Mayo Clinic trial failed. Additionally it would be impossible to consume 60-75 grams of vitamin C orally because it would upset your digestion.
Cancer cells are amazingly adaptable. This is why they can become resistant to chemo drugs. If they get hit with the same drugs, say every three weeks for 6 or 8 rounds and that is all they have to deal with, they can build up a resistance.
Consider hitting these cells, however, not only periodically with chemo drugs, but with IV vitamin C and foods that fight cancer and supplements that fight cancer, as well as depriving them of their favorite foods. The cells have little time to recover and adjust to what is fighting them, and the multiple methods being used to fight them can kick it while it’s down. Additionally, consider the boost to the immune system when it receives such high doses of vitamin C.
Oncologists who have recognized the benefits of IV vitamin C are adding it to or using it in conjunction with the chemo treatments. Unfortunately, since it is not a drug and cannot be patented so that pharmaceutical companies can make a lot of money off of it, medical students aren’t taught about its benefits in school. Many old school docs just don’t recognize its benefits.
My experience with IV vitamin C started about a month and a half after my surgery. Prior to that I could not receive the IVs because I was producing ascites like a cow produces milk. Receiving any IVs, including chemo, just exacerbated the situation. I was having paracentesis performed every third day or so. I had to go on 24/7 TPN (IV nutrition)for what ended up being 3 months to get my protein levels up to normal. Fortunately, about a week and a half after starting the TPN, the ascites dried up, and I started IVC. I also experience a peritoneal infection during the time of the ascites, for which I was hospitalized. Between the hardships I faced during treatment and the unusual circumstances of my disease, I think if I had only received chemo, my results would have been poor. Yet, at the end of my chemo treatments, my CA-125 was 2, and it has hovered between 2 and <1 since ending chemo about a year ago. I sitll receive IVC and I don't eat sugar.
There is a gentleman who receives IVC where I do, for some type of cancer. Six or eight months ago, his oncologist sent him home to die, telling him they could do nothing for him. He has been receiving IVC since then and the cancer has not progressed. It is clear he will need to receive some other form of treatment in order to reduce the cancer, but he is holding his own with IVC alone.