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Large Doses of Vitamin C Can Help in Shrinking Cancer Tumours

Large Doses of Vitamin C Can Help in Shrinking Cancer Tumours

Friday, April 21st 2006

New research suggesting that vitamin C can be effective in curing cancer will renew interest in the "alternative" treatment for the terminal disease.

Three cancer patients who were given large intravenous doses over a period of several months had their lives extended and their tumours shrunk, doctors reported yesterday.

A 49-year-old man diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in 1996 was still alive and cancer-free nine years later, having declined chemotherapy and radiotherapy in favour of regular infusions of vitamin C.

A 66-year-old woman with an aggressive lymphoma who had a "dismal prognosis" in 1995 was similarly treated and is still alive 10 years later. A 51-year-old woman with kidney cancer that spread to her lungs diagnosed in 1995 had a normal chest x-ray two years later. The findings were confirmed by pathologists. Although they do not prove the vitamin cured the cancer they do increase the "clinical plausibility" of the idea, the researchers say.

Vitamin C therapy was first promoted by Linus Pauling, the Nobel Prize winner, 30 years ago. Dr Pauling's claims sparked the continuing boom in sales of vitamin C, but attempts to confirm his findings failed and high-dose vitamin C became an "alternative" therapy.

The latest study, published in the Canadian Association's Medical Journal, could trigger renewed interest in Dr Pauling's claims. Studies show that vitamin C is toxic to some cancer cells but not to normal cells. The problem has been delivering a high enough dose. The researchers say attempts to replicate Dr Pauling's work failed because they used oral doses of the drug, which is rapidly excreted.

However, injections achieve blood levels 25 times higher that persist for longer. At these very high doses, the blood level of vitamin C is high enough to selectively kill cancer cells.

Source, New Zealand Herald, 31st March 2006

Footnote from Ideal Health:

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Ester-C 1000mg plus Bioflavonoids
Ester-C Echinacea Chewables
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Ezziac Tea
Good Green Stuff
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Family C Powder
Hi Strength Fish Oil
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Olive Leaf Complex
Vir Defence
Vitamin C with Hesperidin Complex
Winter Guard
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Related health information can be found here:

Cold & Flu
Cold Sores
Lyprinol - a Green Lipped Mussel extract to assist with arthritis
Nutrient use for specific cancers
Skin Health
Soy isoflavones for disease prevention
Vitamin C is essential for fighting infections, wound healing and coping with stress
Winter ailments and immune boosting

Related articles can be found here:

Dietary Changes Can Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Don't let the winter bug get you!
Is it really "all in your food"?
Second Prostate Cancer Gene Found
Vitamin C Use May Lower Heart Disease Risk
Year Round Immune Building

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Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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