High Dose Vitamin C IV Therapy
High dose Vitamin C IV therapy is one of the most promising alternative therapies in the fight against cancer and also one of the most misunderstood. Contrary to studies based on oral dosing of Vitamin C which showed no effect, intravenous Vitamin C therapy has been proven to be an effective method of raising extracellular levels of vitamin C.
Levine and associates have examined extensively the body’s absorption of vitamin C and found that while oral intake does reach a saturation point, “when you give doses intravenously they go through the roof in the blood and then they are cleared.”
According to Levine, a 10 gram dose of vitamin C given intravenously produces bloodstream concentrations more than 25-fold higher than concentrations achieved from the same oral dose. Working with cell lines in the laboratory, they used high doses of vitamin C that could only be achieved by IV administration. Levine reported, “At the highest concentration of ascorbic acid, if given intravenously, they don’t touch normal cells and they kill lots of cancer cells.” According to the study, vitamin C led to the formation of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical that can kill cells. This suggests a potential mechanism for therapy.
High doses of vitamin C given intravenously have the interesting effect of being an oxidative treatment. We all know that vitamin C taken orally acts as an antioxidant, but very high doses given intravenously, usually between 25-100 grams have a pro-oxidative effect. The mechanism involves the generation of hydrogen peroxide within the tissues that accumulate the vitamin C. One postulated mechanism of this formation involves vitamin C displacing iron from its carrier protein, with the subsequent intracellular generation of hydrogen peroxide. This is selectively toxic to cancer cells because they lack an enzyme that other healthy cells have in abundance called catalase.
Catalase is one of the fastest enzymes ever studied. Its’ job is to do the following conversion: H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) –> 2 H2O (water) + O2 (oxygen)
The products water and oxygen are of course harmless. If this reaction does not occur efficiently due to lack of the catalase enzyme (i.e. in cancer cells) the hydrogen peroxide can react with the displaced iron and create an excess of free radicals. These free radicals then stimulate apoptosis or cell suicide in the cancer cells sparing normal or healthy cells.
High dose vitamin C is delivered through IV treatments as a slow drip over 45 minutes to 3 hours 1-3 times per week. They are painless, completely non-toxic, and very few if any side effects.
Ozone Therapy is an immune enhancing therapy for the treatment of many diseases including cancer, hepatitis, arthritis, and chronic bacterial and viral infections. Ozone is a chemical compound consisting of three oxygen atoms O3, a highly energetic form of normal atmospheric oxygen (O2). At room temperature, O3 is a colorless gas with a characteristic odor (eg after thunderstorms, at high altitudes or near the sea etc). Due to its being an extremely powerful oxidizing agent and a highly effective disinfectant, it is used throughout the world to destroy germs in water treatment installations supplying drinking water.
Medical ozone is always a mixture of purest ozone and purest oxygen. Ozone concentration is determined according to the medical indication and the patient’s condition. Medical ozone has highly pronounced bactericidal, fungicidal, and virostatic properties, and is thus widely used in disinfecting infected wounds, as well as in bacterially and virally produced diseases. Its ability to stimulate the circulation is useful in the treatment of circulatory disorders and makes it valuable in revitalizing organic functions.
Ozone reactivates the immune system. As a response to this activation through ozone, the body’s immune cells produce special messengers called cytokins. These inform other immune cells, setting off a cascade of positive changes throughout the immune system, which resist disease. This means that the application of medical ozone is extremely useful for immune activation in patients with a low immune status and/or immune deficit.
Ozone Therapy is performed by drawing 150-200mL of blood and infusing it within ozone produced from pure oxygen. This freshly ozonated blood is then infused back into the patient. Treatments are used in conjunction with other specifically indicated nutrient and IV Therapies.