Revenues from the sale of oncology (cancer) drugs increased by 96% over the past decade, from $52.8 billion USD in 2010 to $103.5 billion USD in 2019. Is it any wonder there is no interest in Vitamin C?
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Can Vitamin C Cure Cancer?
For many years it was thought that a person only required 20mg of vitamin C each day, in order to prevent scurvy. Government agencies still maintain that 60mg of vitamin C per day is enough. The fact is that most of us do not get enough vitamin C in our daily diet. Where does vitamin C come from primarily? from fresh vegetables and fruits, in their raw, fresh and un-processed state. This is why we have so little vitamin C left in our diet; the emphasis today is convenience, processed foods, and the reality for many is that they consume a nutrient depleted diet.
Treating cancer with vitamin C has been a controversial issue since Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, began to recommend it back in the 1970’s. I can still remember reading his book when I was a naturopathic student; called ‘Vitamin C and the Common Cold’. Pauling worked with a Scottish surgeon, Dr. Ewan Cameron, and decided to investigate the possibility that vitamin C might favourably help patients who already have cancer. This was the second book by Pauling, and also well worth reading even today, called ‘Cancer and Vitamin C’. Whilst vitamin C does not ‘cure’ cancer, it certainly prolongs the life of a cancer patient by a long shot. Vitamin C appears to provide various levels of protection against cancer, but it doesn’t only affect the immune system.
Vitamin C has such a broad range of action in the body, that I recommended this vitamin daily for all, whether they have cancer or not. Research shows that white blood cells (WBCs) taken from cancer patents have much less vitamin C than do WBCs from healthy people. WBCs, the immune system’s primary fighting force, contain high levels of vitamin C. Vitamin C favourably affects the immune system, which must be functioning well to combat cancer.
I still meet people regularly who take vitamin C for granted, and believe that there is enough in their multivitamin pill they take each day. Well, if you are not even taking that multivitamin pill daily, the 60 milligrams you take daily on average in you diet will not even cover adequately the 200mg you require every day for the healthy function of your body. For optimal health, try between 2000 – 4000 mg per day.
Vitamin C is best taken daily long term, it is low cost, readily available and non toxic. To gain the most cancer protective effects from vitamin C, it needs to be taken every day. It only lasts 4 hours in the blood, so taking it a few times a day makes more sense than only 1 tablet of 500mg per day.
Purchase good quality vitamin C powder, a 500 gram tub, and ask for a buffered vitamin C, which is gentle on your tummy. Ensure it is 100% free from any sugars, colours and flavourings. Start on a level teaspoon twice daily in good quality water; take before breakfast and before dinner, and build up to three to four times daily. You will find it easier if you experiment and have this powder in some vegetable or fruit juice.
In an international journal entitled Urology, a study revealed in 2003 that vitamin C helps to prevent prostate cancer and inhibits the further growth and division of existing prostate cancer cells. If we look at what effect vitamin C had on breast cancer patients in the Pauling study, we find survival times of more than 487 days versus 52 days of patients not taking any vitamin C. This is quite incredible, when you consider that all of these patients were diagnosed as ‘terminal’. However, this study tells us very little about using vitamin C to treat early-stage disease, or to take it in reasonable amounts daily to prevent cancer. If vitamin C can do this with cancer, imagine what it can do in terms of prevention and boosting your immunity in general! Dr Linus Pauling’s recommended optimal daily consumption: 2,500 – 10,000 mg per day.
Intravenous Vitamin C
Intravenous administration of vitamin C may well prolong the life span of cancer patients and help to reduce the pain in cancer patients. This is important information for the cancer patient, I have known many patients over the years who have come to rely on morphine for pain control, and all the side-effects it brings – particularly the constipation. Both IV and oral doses of Vitamin C has been shown to minimise the toxic side-effects of chemotherapy, may assist in halting the further spread of cancer, and may also assist in the production of fibroplasia (a type of tissue that creates an obstacle to the further spread of cancer).
NEW Research: Vitamin C Gets Inside The Tumour
Cancerous colon tumours removed from patients given high dose vitamin C infusions before surgery retained the vitamin – a key piece of information in the search for evidence of the vitamin’s possible role in cancer treatment.
A world-first study was carried out by researchers and clinicians at the University of Otago, Christchurch and the Canterbury District Health Board, and published in the Frontiers in Oncology journal. It is the first to show that high doses of vitamin C, also called ascorbate, actually get inside tumours. The researchers are now studying patients with other cancers to see if vitamin C also infiltrates them. They are planning long-running trials looking at how the vitamin affects cancer patients’ cells, response to treatment and outcomes.
Acute Glandular Fever Recovery
The most amazing acute recovery of glandular fever I have ever seen was when a 16 year old patient received a large dose of intravenous Vitamin C. The infusion took twenty minutes, and ten minutes after receiving a 20 gram (20,000mg) dose, she was essentially a normal 16yr old girl! After three infusions over the following week, it wasn’t long before she was back at school and functioning normally. In glandular fever, vitamin C gets used up very quickly in the body. A person with acute glandular fever may require doses of beyond 100, 000 mg (that’s right – 100 grams) per day to provoke loose bowel motions.
A normal healthy person in good health only needs to take between 4 – 15 grams, (4000 – 15,000 milligrams) in order to reach the level their bowel will tolerate. Try it yourself, and find what your level of bowel tolerance is when you are healthy. You will be surprised how this changes if you have hay fever or asthma, 15 – 50 grams are required until bowel tolerance is reached, with burns, wounds or surgery you will find that anywhere between 25 – 150 grams is required to provoke a bowel response, with a mild cold you may need from 30 – 60 grams per 24 hrs until your bowel tolerance is reached, with a severe cold: 60 – 100 grams, and with a bad case of influenza, it can be an amazing 100 – 150 grams of vitamin C, and with viral pneumonia a whopping 150 – 200 grams of vitamin C are required until you get diarrhoea!
It has been estimated with cancer anywhere between 15 to 100 grams in a 24 hour period are required to stimulate the bowels.
What does all this tell you? – it tells you that when you are sick acutely or chronically – your requirements for vitamin C increase accordingly. In the absence of IV vitamin C, I ask all cancer patients to take between 6 – 12 grams of vitamin C every day, every 4 – 6 hours, depending on their individual requirements. The only common side effect, diarrhoea; can be controlled by simply lowering the dose. For a difference, try mixing your vitamin C powder in with fruit or vegetable juices.
You can well imagine, trying to get a huge dose of vitamin C into the body, without stimulating the bowel – you need to accomplish this by way of an intravenous solution. This way you bypass the digestive system and place vitamin C exactly where it does the most good: in the bloodstream.
Are you still convinced that there is enough vitamin C in your multivitamin pill? You need vitamin C in good amounts daily, period. Try it orally for 3 months every day, twice daily, and tell me that you did not benefit at all, and I simply won’t believe you!
It is sad fact that the least toxic and most cost effective cancer treatments available in this country such as vitamin C are still considered ‘alternative’, or ‘unproven’ (read: unprofitable) yet the most expensive and toxic options are still offered as first line treatment.
Possible links between large doses of vitamin C and kidney stones have been suggested; but in the absence of a person’s history of kidney stones, vitamin C appears to be relatively safe. Avoid the chewable tablet forms of vitamin C; some of these tablets contain sugar. And if you’re considering taking high dose vitamin C, it’s particularly important to talk with a health-care professional, preferably someone well-versed in vitamin C supplementation such as your naturopath or nutrition orientated doctor.