Mum had just returned from her first session of intravenous vitamin C. She’d taken a bag full of books on cancer to keep her busy – but she needn’t have bothered. During the hour and a half it took for the vitamin solution to transfuse, she’d made friends and swapped stories about everything from hydrogen peroxide and coffee enemas to mobile phone protectors and where to buy organic, yeast-free spelt bread (according to Paul, it’s best grain to eat if you have cancer).
Paul is an inspiration for anyone who becomes part of the regular IV drip crew. He was diagnosed with liver cancer two years ago, and, with two small children, he’s determined to stick around. The cancer meant he had to quit his job as a pilot and he has since spent his time reading everything there is to know about alternative cancer treatments – and sharing his knowledge with anyone who’s interested.
Apparently it’s like the second coming when Paul arrives, always amid a chorus of ‘Paul what do you think about magnetic healing…’or ‘ Paul can you tell me the name of that website again?’ He is currently writing a book about cancer, which Mum and I (and the rest of Paul’s disciples) are eagerly anticipating.
But for now… back to IV Vitamin C.
How does it work, and why do you need to inject it?
‘ Instead of treating cancer with chemotherapy, you can give intravenous Vitamin C at, 30, 60, 100,000 milligrams a day, directly into the bloodstream and that will kill cancer cells. With vitamin C, there is no damage to healthy cells,’ says Andrew Saul in the revolutionary film Food Matters , which mum happened to watch just before her diagnosis.
In the 1970s Dr Linus Pauling and Dr Ewan Cameron conducted a number of studies, looking at the efficacy of Vitamin C in cancer patients. In 1971, 100 terminal cancer patients were given 10g (10,000 mg) of vitamin C intravenously a day, compared to a control group of 1000 patients who were treated by conventional methods. (Just to give you some idea of how much Vitamin C we’re talking – the RDA is 80mg).
Five years after the beginning of the study, 18 of the 100 vitamin C-treated patients were still living while all the controls had died. ( Tomorrow’s Cancer Cures TODAY, Dr Allan Spreen)
A more recent study, mentioned in Patrick Holford’s fantastic book Say No To Cancer ( Piatkus), was carried out by researchers from Saga University in Japan. They found that cancer patients on 5-30 g of vitamin C lived six times longer than those on 4g or less, while those suffering from cancer of the uterus lived 15 times longer on vitamin C therapy.
So why haven’t we heard more about high-dose vitamin C?
Firstly there’s no money in it for pharmaceutical companies; secondly, unlike chemo, it’s not subsidized by the government so it can leave you out of pocket; and thirdly Pauling and Cameron’s study was discredited by a similar trial, undertaken by the Mayo Clinic in the US, which found no difference in survival rates for those given vitamin C.
But there was one key difference between the two studies. While Pauling and Cameron administered 10g vitamin C by IV, the Mayo participants were given the same dose orally.
So why does vitamin C work so well when it’s injected?
Here’s a great explanation from Tomorrow’s Cancer Cure’s TODAY by Dr Allan Spreen:
‘ …when the absorption of vitamin C is increased and the levels go up so much, it starts to act as a pro-oxidant, instead of an antioxidant… because it starts to interact with the copper and iron in our cells, causing a reaction that produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide (the same peroxide that you apply to cuts and scrapes to kill germs). Interestingly, human white blood cells are able to make and break down their own peroxide to kill germs, which cancer cells are not able to do because they lack the enzyme catalase. Bottom line: the high-dose IV vitamin C produces peroxide, and continued build-up of peroxide makes the cancer cell burst.’
I like the image of bloated-cancer cells bursting. I also like a story I read this week, about a German doctor, bursting the bubble of a drug-company salesman.
‘The salesman asked the doctor how many cancer patients he had. After hearing the doctor’s estimate, the salesman whipped out his laptop computer and crunched some numbers. Then the salesman looked up and offered to sneak the doctor 3.7 million Euros under the table after a year, if he’d give all his cancer patients big doses of an expensive chemo drug. The doctor …refused the bribe. And the drug salesman was stunned. ‘You’re from a different planet,’ the salesman marveled. ‘Every hospital works together with us.’
To find a practitioner in Australia who offers vitamin injections you may go to the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine: acnem.org
Those living in the UK may wish to contact the charity Yes To Life. They provides a directory of physicians trained in alternative and complementary medicine, including IV vitamin C: www.yestolife.org.uk
Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C – Touted as the ‘take-home vitamin injection’ this is a great one for those on a budget, or those on the road. The innovative nano-sphere technology allows for maximum absorption and eliminates the need for binders, fillers and gelatins. Snip the sachet, mix in juice and take on an empty stomach. British readers can go to Abundance and Health and Australians can purchase the product here:www.livonlabs.com
Laura Bond is a journalist, author and nutritional health coach. She specialises in helping clients beat stress, balance their gut flora, lose weight and prepare their bodies for babies. For more information, click here.
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