IV Vitamin C & Cancer

Ascorbic Acid, or vitamin C, is a powerful antiviral and antioxidant that is found in virtually all fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins by enhancing the body's host resistance.

Vitamin C deficiency is known as scurvy, and only 60 mg is needed daily to prevent the emergence of scurvy symptoms. As a medical treatment for cancer and life-threatening infections and toxic exposures, tens to hundred of grams of ascorbic acid must be administered. Doses this large at the oral level would cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea, and would be simply uncomfortable all around for the patient. IV vitamin C allows the nutrients to bypass the gastrointestinal tract and avoid all the uncomfortable side effects of oral supplementation.

Dr. Hugh Riordan was known for testing plasma vitamin C levels in chronically ill patients. He found these patients to be consistently low vitamin C levels, and in cancer patients he was observing very low vitamin C reserves. This matched scientific literature documenting low vitamin C levels in cancer patients. Cancer cells actively take up vitamin C in a way that depleted tissue reserves of the vitamin.

Vitamin C is synthesized from glucose in 4 metabolic steps, and the molecular shape of vitamin C is similar to glucose. Cancer cells will actively transport vitamin C into themselves (probably because they mistake it for glucose), leading to an accumulation of vitamin C in cancer cells. If large amounts of vitamin C are presented to cancer cells, large amounts will be absorbed. In these large concentrations, the antioxidant will start behaving as a pro-oxidant as it interacts with intracellular copper & iron. The chemical reaction produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide.

Because cancer cells are relatively low in intracellular antioxidant enzyme, catalase, the high dose vitamin C induction of peroxide will continue to build up until it eventually kills the cancer cell from the inside out. This makes high dose IV vitamin C a non-toxic chemotherapeutic agent that can be given in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments.

Intravenous vitamin C also does more than just kill cancer cells. It boosts immunity and it can stimulate collagen formation to help the body wall off the tumor. It inhibits the enzyme hyaluronidase, which is the enzyme that tumors use to metastasize and invade other organs throughout the body. It induces cell death to help program cancer cells into dying early. Cancer patients can be tired, listless, bruise easily and have a poor appetite. They don't sleep well and have a low threshold for pain. All of these symptoms make of the classical picture of scurvy.

When patients receive IVC, they report that their pain level goes down and that they are better able to tolerate their chemotherapy. They bounce back quicker since the IVC reduces the toxicity of the chemotherapy and radiation without compromising their cancer cell-killing effects. IVC is complementary to cancer care. IVC can help cancer patients withstand the effects of conventional treatment, heal faster, be more resilient to infection, develop a better appetite, and remain more active overall.

Ideally, IV vitamin C would be best administered before, during, and after chemotherapy treatments. This is to help chemotherapy target cancer cells as well as replenish the patient with vitamins and minerals that are vital towards increasing strength and healing. After chemotherapy, the patient can feel depleted; by continuing the infusions, patients can increase energy and continue replenishment.

Not only is vitamin C included in the IV infusion but other vitamins and minerals that will help support the body overall. Ingredients include B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, selenium, trace minerals.

Proper screening before initiating IVC treatment is mandatory. Please see your Naturopath to ensure proper testing before initiating any vitamin C treatment. Mandatory testing before any IVC is initiated includes, ferritin, CMP, G6PD and a urine analysis before each infusion.

Ariel Mastrich, ND
Naturopathic Physician
Staff Naturopath, 2bwell clinic