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Could vitamin C jabs cure cancer? This man says it’s put his prostate tumour into reverse.

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Conductor Denis Vaughan

Conductor Denis Vaughan

A Check-up six months ago revealed Denis Vaughan’s prostate cancer was becoming more active.

Vaughan, an orchestral conductor and one of the driving forces behind the creation of the National Lottery, has had prostate cancer for 12 years.

Because the tumour wasn’t considered aggressive enough for surgery or radiotherapy, his consultant at University College Hospital had agreed on a policy of watchful waiting, while Denis kept it at bay with diet and exercise.

Then, his prostate specific antigen (PSA) score, which measures how active the tumour is, went from 13 to 18.5 ‘and the watching became a bit anxious’.

His oncologist wanted him to take drugs or begin radiotherapy, but Vaughan, who is a strong believer in a natural approach to health, preferred to try a treatment offered by his London GP that involved infusing vitamin C into the bloodstream.

He underwent weekly treatment – with up to 75 grams of vitamin C at a time (the recommended daily amount is 60mg).

The treatment, which cost £100 a time (around $200 US), appears to have worked – after seven weeks, his PSA dropped back down to 13, a level described as moderately elevated, and he’s back on watchful waiting. His oncologist has said he now doesn’t need to see Vaughan for another year.

It’s an unorthodox approach, but one that seems to be backed up by research published earlier this month, which found that injecting large amounts of vitamin C into laboratory mice with aggressive and hard-to-treat tumours, caused the cancers to shrink by between 41 and 53 per cent.

The American study – reported in top science journal Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences – was greeted cautiously by UK cancer experts.

They emphasised that there is no evidence from clinical trials that Intravenous Vitamin C (IVC) is effective in humans.

Experts also say that while the doses seem comparable to the official daily amounts, there is a big difference between injecting the vitamin directly into the bloodstream – circumventing the body’s own defences – and getting it in food or as a pill.

Hundreds of patients in the UK have already received IVC as a treatment for cancer – without apparent side-effects.

Dr Julian Kenyon, a private GP in Harley Street, says: ‘What the American study shows is that when you infuse amounts as high as 4 grams per kilo – the equivalent of around 75 grams for an average adult – vitamin C causes a build up of a chemical called hydrogen peroxide, which destroys the tumour.’

Dr Kenyon has treated more than 100 patients over the past ten years with IVC and claims there is now quite a body of experience about how to use it.

The chief researcher of the American trial, Dr Mark Levine of the American National Institutes of Health, has been investigating vitamin C’s cancer killing abilities for several years.

He’s already shown that it’s effective in a test tube and, two years ago, he published a report on three patients who were treated for serious and advanced cancers and survived far longer that would normally be expected.

‘We now know that the vitamin C gets into tumours in large amounts and that it kills them by causing a build up of hydrogen peroxide.

‘That’s the same stuff that’s used as bleach but cells in your body also use it to defend themselves,’ he says.

In fact, vitamin C is hardly a new anti-cancer treatment.

It was famously used by double Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling more than 30 years ago, who found that terminal cancer patients treated with vitamin C lived much longer.

However, when his trials were repeated at the prestigious Mayo clinic in America, the researchers found no benefit. Proponents of vitamin C point out the clinic only used oral vitamin C which can work differently.

‘Actually, the finding that vitamin C is a potent anti-cancer substance goes back even further,’ says Dr Steven Hickey, who has researched vitamin C and cancer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and written several books on the history and chemistry of vitamin C.

‘The discovery that hydrogen peroxide kills tumours in mice was made in 1957, and less than ten years later researchers found that vitamin C would selectively kill cancer cells without harming normal cells,’ he says.

Other researchers achieved similar results to Pauling’s, including some in Japan in 1982 and the eminent Canadian psychiatrist Dr Abram Hoffer of Saskatchewan University.

One of the researchers in the latest American study, Jeanne Drisko, professor of orthomolecular medicine at the University of Kansas, is now running human trials to test for safety and tolerability of the treatment in humans, and is also just starting a trial to test it against hepatitis C.

Her unit also currently offers IVC to patients. She says they carefully monitor patients for signs of trouble.

Among those offering the treatment in the UK is Dr Damien Downing, the president of the British Society for Ecological Medicine.

‘The Society has protocols and standard procedures in place and we make it clear that it is an experimental treatment,’ he says.

But everyone agrees that IVC needs more research. The question is, since you can’t patent vitamin C, who is going to pay for it? Not the drug companies.

‘This is just the sort of thing that public money should be spent on,’ says Dr George Lewith, of the University of Southampton, who assesses complementary and alternative medicines for the National Cancer Research Institute.

‘I would be strongly in favour of running a proper clinical trial of IVC as soon as possible.

Source: Daily Mail

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Written by Tracey

September 25, 2008 at 6:59 pm

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  1. Its really very surprising news that how vitamin C is helpful to cure cancer…

    cancercureindia

    October 7, 2008 at 5:41 am

  2. Hello, cancercureindia. Thank you for your blog to our site. I was surprised to find that Vit. C, in huge doses, can kill cancer cells too. The thing to keep in mind though, is that a person cannot take enough vitamin C orally for it to work. I take 3 intravenous (IVs) a week and the base of my IV cocktail is 50,000 mg of C with a LOT of added stuff like sodium bicarbonate, plus other vitamins and minerals.

    To better understand how this works, Tracey has posted another article on Vitamin C that shows the molecular structure of glucose and Vit. C and how they look so similar that the C fools the cancer cell into opening up to receive the C that, once inside the cancer cell, turns into hydrogen peroxide that destroys the cancer cell. The article explains it much better than I just did.

    Anyway, what this article also points out is that when a person just takes vitamin C by mouth, they can end up causing more damage and end up feeding the cancer rather than destroying it. I am under the care of a naturopathic medical doctor who has a 94% remission on all types of cancer. When I asked what was required to put a patient into remission, she said when a patient showed NO sign of a tumor, she put them in remission… not before! She cannot claim to “cure” cancer as she uses several treatments, plus the standard medical and political pressure she would face is unbelievable.

    One other point I wish to make is this… after a patient goes into remission using mega doses of Vit. C, they need to be weaned off it for a couple of months because the body quickly becomes used to having so much Vit. C. If you stop too quickly, you can be thrown into problems so my recommendation is to find someone who is qualified to work with you if you decide to use Vitamin C IVs as part of the therapy you choose.

    I hope this helps,
    Julia

    juliahall

    October 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

  3. People should read this.

    Nita

    November 10, 2008 at 11:20 pm


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