Intravenous Vitamin C
For years holistic doctors have noted the positive results of nutritional intravenous therapies such as vitamin C on their patients. I myself have personally seen individuals having better outcomes in terms of length and quality of life. However, little published data has existed to present to the medical community. Studies, specifically good ones, require a lot of money to fund. But pharmaceutical companies, which without a doubt have the deepest pockets when it comes to funding research, do not have an interest in paying for such studies since natural substances can’t be patented and will not generate huge stacks of cash.
But things are looking up and the tide is turning. Some high-quality studies have been completed, and many more are on their way.
Kick your immune response into high gear with IVC
When you administer vitamin C intravenously, blood levels of the vitamin can reach levels 70 to 100 times higher than oral vitamin C. This is important since oral vitamin C typically can’t reach high enough blood levels to effectively destroy cancer cells. Research by the Riordan Clinic has discovered that tumor cells become susceptible to high dose IVC at plasma levels of 350 to 400 mg/dL.
Your immune system naturally makes some hydrogen peroxide in response to infections and cancer. High doses of IVC kick this natural process into high gear. Hydrogen peroxide acts as an oxidant, helping to destroy cancer as well as other foreign invaders. IVC augments what your immune system is already doing, making the process a lot more productive.
Normal healthy cells are able to counteract the effects of hydrogen peroxide with an enzyme known as catalase. Since cancer cells lack this enzyme it leads to cell death. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America showed that IVC selectively destroys cancer cells by providing hydrogen peroxide to tissues.
High dose IVC also acts as an antioxidant, but this action appears to be a bit less powerful than its oxidant effect. As an antioxidant, however, vitamin C helps to control the inflammation that feeds the fires of cancer cell replication. While many conventional physicians are worried about the antioxidant effect of vitamin C for individuals undergoing chemotherapy and radiation (which produce a lot of oxidants), this concern appears largely unfounded in light of current research. Additionally, Naturopathic Doctor Paul Anderson has done comprehensive research on published interactions between vitamin C and common chemotherapy medications and other common cancer drugs. His research finds little in the way of adverse interactions.
As Dr. Hunninghake from the Riordan Clinic has pointed out, conventional therapies such as certain chemotherapies and radiation work by increasing oxidation and causing cancer cell death (apoptosis). On the other hand, they also harm the control mechanisms for cell death including the p53 gene which suppresses tumor formation. This enables therapy-resistant cells to flourish, while leaving your other cells with less control over cancer development at the same time. He notes that IVC serves as an oxidative treatment helping to destroy cancer cells, while the gentle antioxidant effects of the vitamin protect and restore the cells so they have control over cell replication such as the p53 gene.
Douse inflammation and reduce your CRP levels
Inflammation plays a vital role in cancer formation and supports the replication of cancer cells, their survival, and their movement throughout the body. One of the traditional blood tests for tracking inflammation in the body is C reactive protein (CRP). In one study of over 274,000 people, approximately one third of fatalities in a society were due to cancer. Those with an increased CRP had a greater risk of dying from cancer than from any other reason including cardiovascular disease.
Research also shows that your level of CRP is a good predictor of cancer survival. Research at the Riordan Clinic has discovered that a series of IVC sessions can lower CRP by around 75%. They concluded that this decrease in CRP corresponded with a decrease in tumor markers including the PSA in prostate cancer.
High dose IVC also helps in detoxification and improving cell energy function. More specifically it enhances oxygenation of the cells. Cancer cells do not do well in an oxygenated environment and IVC switches cells to an aerobic (utilizing oxygen) environment rather than the anaerobic (without oxygen) state that triggers the creation of more cells.
According to Hunninghake, his research team has recorded seven ways that IVC fights cancer. Hunninghake’s Seven Hallmarks of Cancer that IVC deals with are:
- Self-sufficiency of growth signals
- Insensitivity to antigrowth signals
- Evasion of apoptosis (cell death)
- Unlimited proliferation potential
- Enhanced angiogenesis (blood-vessel supply to the tumor)
- Tissue invasion and metastasis
- Inflammatory microenvironment
IVC therapy is extending lives … yours could be next
One of the leading research institutions for studying the results of IVC in individuals with cancer is the Bastyr University Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC), in Seattle. The Center opened in 2009, after receiving a grant from a man whose wife had died from breast cancer who wanted research to be done to find out if there was a better way to treat the disease. Ever since, 521 cancer patients have been enrolled in a study series including all stages of the disease. Originally patients were just from the Seattle area, but as word spread cancer patients from across the country have come to the center to participate in the research.
The most prevalent types of cancers seen at BIORC are breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, and brain cancers, as well as Merkel cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer). Around 30% of the individuals seen at the center have been in stage IV or the end stage of the disease where the cancer has spread. They are treated with nutritional therapies and Intravenous Vitamin C and other holistic intravenous therapies.
Leanna Standish, PhD, ND, Lac, from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington and BIORC has been the lead investigator in analyzing the data coming from the clinic. She’s been comparing the data to The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, a world renowned conventional cancer treatment center in the same area. While the research is ongoing, the data the center has gathered thus far has been incredible.