Vitamin C in Cancer
Some of the major mechanisms are: Hydrogen peroxide production; competition for glucose uptake; ‘walling off’ of tumors by collagen and proteoglycan production; mitochondrial nitric oxide production; induction of apoptosis (a mechanism by which cells kill themselves) and other cell death mechanisms; improved immune surveillance and tumor recognition. Studies have shown that higher intakes of vitamin C are associated with decreased incidences of cancers of the mouth, throat, and vocal chords, oesophagus and stomach, pancreas, colon, rectum, renal cell, lung, and prostate. There is also a strong inverse association between total vitamin C from foods and breast cancer.
Vitamin C in high concentrations that are only achievable through intravenous infusions have been demonstrated to be cytotoxic to cancer cells without damaging normal cells. Maximum concentration with oral dosing is 2-4 mg% (13,000-14,000 umol/L), which equals plasma concentrations 100 times higher than with oral dosing.
Recent research has shown that high doses of vitamin C, administered intravenously with traditional chemotherapy, helped kill cancer cells while reducing the toxic effects of chemotherapy for some cancer patients.
Vitamin C in Heart Disease
In the treatment of heart disease, studies have shown that vitamin C helps prevent oxidation (rusting) of so-called bad cholesterol – a process that contributes to plaque formation in the arteries (blockages). At my clinic we also have IV chelation therapy (internal artery cleaning). Scientific studies suggest that vitamin C may help protect blood vessels from atherosclerosis.
Vitamin C in Collagen Formation
Vitamin C is needed for growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. It is necessary to form collagen, the primary protein used to make connective tissue, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and scar tissue. It is essential for wound healing, repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. I have numerous patients suffering different types of arthritis who have had significant clinical improvement in joint function and mobility.
Vitamin C Deficiency
Vitamin C deficiency can lead to dry and splitting hair, inflammation of gums, all types of skin conditions, swollen and painful joints, anaemia, increased infections and poor wellbeing. Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer, atherosclerosis, arthritis, cataracts, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin C in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, vitamin C, in supporting the immune system and adrenal function will, after a time, get rid of your tiredness in most cases. Vitamin C in increasing the integrity of connective tissues, will get rid of the pain in inflamed muscles due to fibromyalgia or in the inflamed joints of arthritis.
Vitamin C and the immune System
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants are nutrients that block damage by free radicals which cause oxidative stress. Chronic oxidative stress will ultimately lead to chronic degenerative diseases – for example, heart disease, cancer, arthritis. It is now known that vitamin C is critical to proper immune function. Stress, inflammation and infections increase the body’s demand for vitamin C. As vitamin C is water soluble and not stored in the body, it needs constant replacement to maximise immune function and overcome infections. Therapeutic doses for the treatment of chronic degenerative diseases can only be achieved intervenously.
Therapeutic Uses of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for human beings as our bodies are unable to produce it the way most animals do. The therapeutic uses of vitamin C are listed below:
- Immune function
- Oxidative stress
- Cancer support
- Wound healing
- Over-training syndrome in athletes
- Cardiovascular disease risk
- Capillary fragility
- Cervical dysplasia
- Prevention of cataracts
- Connective integrity – bleeding gums, bruising, arthritis
- Post surgery
- Sports injury
In summary, IV vitamin C is the best form of free radical scavenger because it by passes digestion when injected intravenously and goes to treat the oxidative stress (rusting) that is causing degenerative diseases (cancer, heart disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s), which are robbing us of our optimal health potential.
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