Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer Boulder / Denver
NatureMed in located in Boulder Colorado and has a complementary cancer care program that serves the greater Denver area. We offer complementary therapies that allow chemotherapy to work better while reducing side effects. This page is meant to help patients understand more about the use of sodium ascorbate (vitamin C) and cancer. Vitamin C is typically given intravenously in doses ranging from a few thousand milligrams to one hundred thousand milligrams. At high doses intravenous vitamin C is antiviral, promotes natural detoxification including mold toxins, kills cancer cells and can help regulate the immune system. All the treatments we use at NatureMed at our Boulder clinic are based on scientific evidence. Therefore, the references for intravenous Vitamin C are listed below. Although the practice of IV C appears to have a great deal of promise in helping patients with cancer, we do not recommend IV Vitamin C alone as a viable treatment of cancer or as a replacement to conventional oncology care.
CANCER: In two Scottish studies, terminal cancer patients given intravenous vitamin C (10 g day-1) showed longer survival times than historical controls. A Japanese study yielded similar results, but 2 double-blind studies at the Mayo clinic using oral vitamin C (10 g day-1) showed no benefit. Oral vitamin C supplementation is unlikely to produce plasma ascorbate levels sufficient to kill tumor cells directly and it for this reason that we give it intravenously. Intravenous vitamin C is toxic to cancer cells turning into hydrogen peroxide inside cancer cells and causing these cells to die. Normal cells have a mechanism for combating the damage caused by hydrogen peroxide whereas cancer cells do not. The use of intravenous vitamin C is currently being studied by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. Researchers from the NIH reported in the August 5, 2008 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that high-dose vitamin C reduced tumor weight and growth rate by about 50 percent in mice with brain, ovarian and pancreatic cancers. The researchers traced vitamin C's anti-cancer effect to the formation of hydrogen peroxide in the extracellular fluid surrounding the tumors. Normal cells were unaffected.
Current Human Trials on Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer
The University of Kansas Medical Center has a gynecologic cancer and antioxidant study underway headed by Dr. Drisko. Read more about it here.
Selected Scientific Papers on Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer
Other Uses for Intravenous Vitamin C
Antiviral Activity (Herpes, Epstein Barr, Hepatitis C) - Extracellular levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin c) attainable only by high-dose, intravenous administration, are reported to have in vitro and in vivo anti-cancer and anti-viral effects in humans and animals. Ascorbic acid briefly generates extracellular hydrogen peroxide, an oxidative stress specifically toxic to cancer cells and cells infected with viruses, including HCV, but not to normal cells.
Mold Toxins (Mycotoxins)
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