Ascorbic Acid/Vitamin C and Cancer
“Each one of us produces several hundred thousand cancer cells every day of our lives. Whether we develop clinical cancer or not depends upon the ability of our immune system to destroy these cancer cells. That’s because cancer thrives in the presence of a deficient immune system.” ~~Douglas Brodie, MD
A patient’s immune system is his or her first line of defense against tumor growth. Vitamin C is required for our immune systems to generate and mobilize the specialized cells that fight cancer and infections, too. The more stress your immune system is under, the more Vitamin C is used, if it is available.
High-dose vitamin C, when administered intravenously, can increase hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels within cancer cells and kill them. I.V. vitamin C also works to kill germs and may be an effective therapy for infectious disease.
In the 1970s, Dr Linus Pauling, often referred to as the "Father of Vitamin C" and twice awarded the Nobel Prize, declared that large intakes of vitamin C each day aids anti-cancer activity within the body. Unlike cancer drugs, I.V. vitamin C selectively killed cancer cells, but not healthy cells, and showed no toxicity.
Vitamin C IV treatments effects when used for prevention and treatment of cancer include:
- Enhancement of the immune system by increased lymphocyte production;
- Stimulation of collagen formation; necessary for “walling off” tumors;
- Inhibition of hyaluronidase, keeping the tumor intact and preventing metastasis;
- Inhibition of oncogenic viruses;
- Correction of an ascorbate deficiency, often seen in cancer patients;
- Expedition of wound healing after cancer surgery;
- Enhancement of the effect of certain chemotherapy drugs;
- Reduction of the toxicity of other chemotherapeutic agents;
- Prevention of cellular free radical damage;
- Neutralization of carcinogenic substances