Earlier this year the University of Kansas published a study on the effectiveness of high dose, IV vitamin C in the treatment of ovarian cancer. It is interesting to note that the University of Kansas has been looking into high dose vitamin C (IV) for a few years now and the results are showing what naturopathic clinicians have found: that high dose vitamin C (intravenous Vitamin C) is an effective addition to chemotherapy. I, myself, have seen high doses of vitamin C give hope where the conventional treatment has left none. My preference is a complimentary approach to cancer - not one or the other but both conventional and naturopathic. The science continues to grow for alternative treatments. This helps yet further dismiss one of my pet peeves: uninformed people who say there is no science behind complementary treatment when actually there is quite a bit, but that is for another post.
I use high dose vitamin C to treat cancer patients on a regular basis and find that it is well tolerated by patients and can be quite effective. It is important to note that you cannot simply take lots of vitamin C orally and hope it will work - it won't. The maximum daily oral dose that can be absorbed into the blood stream from the gut by whatever formulations one wants to concoct is about 8 g (8000 mg). With IV, most naturopathic doctors start at 25 g directly in the blood stream and get to a value of 100 g or more over time.
The other important thing to remember is that at low doses (oral doses) vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant and may actually help cancer cells survive (theoretically). However, at high doses (IV) vitamin C is a pro-oxidant which can aid in the killing of cancer cells.
If you or a loved one is suffering from cancer and would like to find out more about this treatment or any other complimentary (naturopathic) cancer treatments do not hesitate to get a hold of me. I would be happy to talk with you. (Contact us!)
Note: for more on the University of Kansas story: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/592898-high-dose-vitamin-c-helps-ovarian-cancer-researchers-say
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