What if there was an alternative to chemotherapy that didn’t leave the patient in a state of complete biological breakdown? What if the worst side effect someone experienced was diarrhea? And what if the cost of this treatment was next to nothing?
Now, you might be saying to yourself, “How can something as mundane as a little C (vitamin) ever be able to conquer the big C (cancer)?” Well, to put it in simple terms, Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is given intravenously to patients — 25 to 100+ grams in many cases — until it becomes toxic to cancer cells. This is referred to as mega-dosing. (Consider a typical Vitamin C tablet is 500 mg, or half a gram.)
This isn’t something you will see on a standard “menu” of services in a doctor’s office and many MDs won’t even know what it is. There are varying reasons for this, from the minimal amount of attention paid to nutrition during present-day medical education to a concerted effort by big pharma to steer doctors away from inexpensive treatments.
Within the Denver metro area, it’s tough to find a clinic that offers Vitamin C mega-dosing, but they do exist. At Longevity Centres of America in Denver, a 25 to 100 gram infusion is given over a period of 30 minutes to 3 hours. The rapid delivery and the high dose allow the Vitamin C to peak in the blood and at high-enough levels are said to be toxic to tumor cells. It’s also believed to minimize pain and improve a patient’s outlook and mood.
The body of research to support this is considerable, and it goes back many years. In 1971, Frederick R. Klenner, MD, discusses a wide range of therapeutic benefits from Vitamin C intake, including significant extensions in cancer survival rates, in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, Vol. 23.
Irwin Stone, an orthomolecular biochemist, wrote the book The Healing Factor: Vitamin C Against Disease in 1972. According to the National Health Federation, it “may be one of the most important health books ever written.” In this book, Stone documents numerous case studies of terminal cancer patients who were successfully treated with very high doses of Vitamin C, up to 150 grams. Stone influenced Linas Pauling, one of the biggest names and oft-cited individuals in Vitamin C research.
More recently, practitioners have been having considerable success at the Riordan Clinic in Kansas. Founded by Dr. Hugh D. Riordan, the clinic is focused on high-dose IV Vitamin C treatment. They have several testimonials on their site and are convinced that ascorbic acid is one of the best antiviral agents available.
There are of course many critics out there who believe that high-dose Vitamin C treatment has no beneficial effects, though they generally agree on the relative safety of the treatment. Despite few side effects, they often cite the lack of proven studies regarding high-dose therapy. But proponents explain that the reason double-blind studies are nearly impossible to conduct is because each person requires different amounts of Vitamin C based on the stress to their system.
Meaning that patients are given as much ascorbic acid as their bodies will tolerate. In the case of cancer, which causes a tremendous stress on the body, this can be a very large amount.
At the end of the day, each person will make a decision for treatment based on what they believe will be most beneficial to them. But it’s good to know cancer patients have choices, even if they’re not readily available in mainstream medicine.
Do you know anyone who has used high-dose Vitamin C therapy to treat cancer? What was the outcome?