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IV Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C IV is a very popular therapy that we offer at our clinic. While we believe that it is best used in combination with a multitude of therapies to boost one's immune response and help one's body recover from disease; we offer it in its own package to local patients. In the past we've hesitated to offer this therapy since the majority of our patients travel here from out-of-state or out-of-country, and practicality prevailed. However, we are seeing more and more patients that need this beneficial addition, whether it be just a "quick immune boost" or a prolonged, steady therapy, the addition of IV Vitamin C can be a fantastic addition to an alternative cancer treatment protocol.

 

DOES VITAMIN C KILL CANCER CELLS?

Vitamin C has long been touted as a powerful antioxidant with abundant benefits including immune enhancement, protection from viruses and bacteria, cardiovascular protection, eye diseases and even skin wrinkles. What many people may not know, however, is that in high-dose IV Vitamin C, may also help kill cancer cells.

Put simply, high-dose Vitamin C (available only through an IV) works with metals in the body to create hydrogen peroxide, an oxidative process. Whereas normal cells have the ability to reduce the effects of hydrogen peroxide, cancer cells do not. The high concentration of the resulting hydrogen peroxide damages the DNA of the cancer cells, cuts off their energy supply and can help kill them. Vitamin C, even in very high doses, is toxic only to the cancer cells without harming the healthy cells in your body.

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WHAT OTHER BENEFITS DOES HIGH-DOSE IV VITAMIN C HAVE?

In addition to it’s benefit as a non-toxic chemotherapeutic agent, intravenous vitamin C also boosts immunity. It can stimulate collagen formation to help the body wall off the tumor. It inhibits hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces apoptosis to help program cancer cells into dying early.

Is Traditional Medicine a Critic?

There is a lack of controlled double-blind studies demonstrating Vitamin C’s efficacy in treating cancer. Double-blind studies are typically conducted by pharmaceutical companies, so don't expect to see any in the near future. The studies are huge undertakings and prohibitively expensive. Vitamin C is a naturally occurring nutrient that cannot be patented and, therefore, drug companies are not willing to sponsor the research. Moreover, the billion-dollar cancer drug industry may not want to prove that a naturally occurring Vitamin is more effective than their drugs.

This is not to say that legitimate research has not been performed that demonstrates the curative effects of Vitamin C on many diseases including cancer. If you perform a search in PubMed, a government research database, you will find over 50,000 remarkable studies on Vitamin C. See below the provided links.

 

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CONTRAINDICATIONS for IV Vitamin C Drip

High dose IV Vitamin C is contraindicated in patients with an iron overload disease. It is also contraindicated in patients with renal insufficiency or renal failure, or those undergoing dialysis.

Research Studies & Articles on High Dose IV Vitamin C Therapy

Cameron E, Campbell A: The orthomolecular treatment of cancer. II. Clinical trial of high-dose ascorbic acid supplements in advanced human cancer. Chem Biol Interact 9 (4): 285-315, 1974. [PUBMED Abstract]

Cameron E, Pauling L: Supplemental ascorbate in the supportive treatment of cancer: Prolongation of survival times in terminal human cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 73 (10): 3685-9, 1976. [PUBMED Abstract]

Cameron E, Pauling L: Supplemental ascorbate in the supportive treatment of cancer: reevaluation of prolongation of survival times in terminal human cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 75 (9): 4538-42, 1978. [PUBMED Abstract] 

Epigenetic reprogramming of melanoma cells by vitamin C treatment. Gustafson CB1, Yang C2, Dickson KM1, Shao H3, Van Booven D1, Harbour JW4, Liu ZJ5, Wang G

Chen P, Stone J, Sullivan G, et al.: Anti-cancer effect of pharmacologic ascorbate and its interaction with supplementary parenteral glutathione in preclinical cancer models. Free Radic Biol Med 51 (3): 681-7, 2011. [PUBMED Abstract]

Chen Q, Espey MG, Krishna MC, et al.: Pharmacologic ascorbic acid concentrations selectively kill cancer cells: action as a pro-drug to deliver hydrogen peroxide to tissues. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102 (38): 13604-9, 2005. [PUBMED Abstract]

Verrax J, Calderon PB: Pharmacologic concentrations of ascorbate are achieved by parenteral administration and exhibit antitumoral effects. Free Radic Biol Med 47 (1): 32-40, 2009. [PUBMED Abstract]

Chen Q, Espey MG, Sun AY, et al.: Pharmacologic doses of ascorbate act as a prooxidant and decrease growth of aggressive tumor xenografts in mice. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105 (32): 11105-9, 2008. [PUBMED Abstract]

Frömberg A, Gutsch D, Schulze D, et al.: Ascorbate exerts anti-proliferative effects through cell cycle inhibition and sensitizes tumor cells towards cytostatic drugs. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 67 (5): 1157-66, 2011. [PUBMED Abstract]

Chen P, Yu J, Chalmers B, et al.: Pharmacological ascorbate induces cytotoxicity in prostate cancer cells through ATP depletion and induction of autophagy. Anticancer Drugs 23 (4): 437-44, 2012. [PUBMED Abstract]

Du J, Martin SM, Levine M, et al.: Mechanisms of ascorbate-induced cytotoxicity in pancreatic cancer. Clin Cancer Res 16 (2): 509-20, 2010. [PUBMED Abstract]

Espey MG, Chen P, Chalmers B, et al.: Pharmacologic ascorbate synergizes with in preclinical models of pancreatic cancer. Free Radic Biol Med 50 (11): 1610-9, 2011. [PUBMED Abstract]

Lin ZY, Chuang WL: Pharmacologic concentrations of ascorbic acid cause diverse influence on differential expressions of angiogenic chemokine genes in different hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines. Biomed Pharmacother 64 (5): 348-51, 2010. [PUBMED Abstract]

Pathi SS, Lei P, Sreevalsan S, et al.: Pharmacologic doses of ascorbic acid repress specificity protein (Sp) transcription factors and Sp-regulated genes in colon cancer cells. Nutr Cancer 63 (7): 1133-42, 2011. [PUBMED Abstract]

Takemura Y, Satoh M, Satoh K, et al.: High dose of ascorbic acid induces cell death in mesothelioma cells. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 394 (2): 249-53, 2010. [PUBMED Abstract]

Hardaway CM, Badisa RB, Soliman KF: Effect of ascorbic acid and hydrogen peroxide on mouse neuroblastoma cells. Mol Med Report 5 (6): 1449-52, 2012. [PUBMED Abstract]

Casciari JJ1, Riordan NH, Schmidt TL, Meng XL, Jackson JA, Riordan HD. Cytotoxicity of ascorbate, lipoic acid, and other antioxidants in hollow fibre in vitro tumoursBr J Cancer. 2001 Jun 1;84(11):1544-50.

The studies on high-dose Vitamin C are too extensive to list them all here. If you would like to read more, visit PubMed and enter the search term: high dose vitamin c + cancer.

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