The IV C files #5 – Q: “Should I try intravenous vitamin C as a cure for cancer?”

Updated 10 November 2013

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that IV C did not work for me.

In fact, so far I’ve only come across two women with breast tumours (that were cancerous) for whom it worked – they are still alive and in remission more than 5 years later.

I also met a man who used IV C for lung tumours – they shrank.  But he also had a squamous cell carcinoma that had developed from a tumour on his tonsil – and that did not respond to IV C.

I met a woman who had 3 tumours in her breast – one shrank, one grew and one vanished through IV C.

So as you can see, it seems a bit hit-and-miss.

If you’re asking yourself:  “should I do IV C?” then the following will guide you:

1. If it’s a small primary tumour, get it removed first before doing IV C. By removing the tumour, you are removing the tumour load on your body’s immune system and also the circulating tumour cells that are shed by every tumour. These CTCs have the potential to migrate to other parts of the body and create new growths. People don’t die from the primary tumour if it isn’t impeding an organ. They die from the spread of the cancer as it munches its way through the body.

2. If it’s a large primary, get it removed first before doing IV C. However, if it’s inoperable, or a recurrence, and you feel you have nothing to lose, then by all means try IV C, but only in combination with other therapies.

3. If you’re still determined to do IV C, then I suggest getting the RGCC chemosensitivity test. It shows the sensitivity of your cancer cells to various chemotherapeutic agents and natural substances (vitamin C is one of them).

There is another lab I’ve come across that has a very good reputation for accuracy – it is Maintrac in Germany:

4. Get tested for Multi Drug Resistance (MDR1) protein expression. A high level means that cancer cells have efficient protein pumps that are able to pump out chemo agents before it can do damage. It may indicate resistance in the cancer cells to chemotherapy and this may include IV C which in high doses acts like chemo.

MDR1 levels are included in the RGCC chemosensitivity test, and also as a separate test from Neuro Lab.

For both RGCC and Neuro Lab tests, you need to find a doctor who’s willing to draw the bloods for the tests and send the bloods off to Greece (for RGCC). In the UK, contact Dr Nicola Hembry, or Dr Ziegfried Trefzer.

As with all tests, accuracy is in interpreting the results. You need to find a practitioner who has been trained by RGCC to interpret the results.

There is another lab I’ve come across that has a very good reputation for accuracy – it is Maintrac in Germany:

5.  In the US, make sure that you are tested for plasma levels of Vitamin C.  This will ensure that you are getting the optimum level of Vitamin C.  In the US, any doctor can just scribble “plasma vitamin C” on a prescription pad and the lab will know what to do.

The tricky part with this test is that the sample must be taken from the other arm, immediately after the infusion; the sample must be diluted (I think 20:1 is typical) else the reading just maxes out.  The dilution test is not standard, and it is best to telephone the lab director in advance and discuss it, so they will be on the lookout.

The sample must be promptly processed and shipped frozen; delays reduce the reported level of vitamin C, and since they are really quite high they fall rapidly.

6.  Make sure that after every high dose IV C session, the vein is flushed out using saline. If not, the veins can harden and vanish just like if you’ve had chemo. Mine did.  An alternative is to use magnesium in the infusion – this helps veins to relax, opens the vein and makes the infusion more comfortable.

7. Be prepared for bladder issues. I know a German cance.r clinic which will not use more than 15g of IV C because higher doses can lead to kidney problems. I used to have an issue holding pee in if I needed to go, fortunately, the issue has now been resolved.

8. Be prepared to spend about £10K, possibly more, for a single cycle of IV C (that’s 3 weeks of daily plus 3 months of twice weekly). In the UK, a single infusion of IV C can cost from £100 to £200 depending on the dose and location. In Germany, a dose of 15g IV C costs from about Euro 15. Go figure.

9. Be prepared for IV C not to work and have a plan B.

10. Do not do IV C as a monotherapy. It has to be combined with other treatments. You’ve got to hit cancer in as many ways as possible.  Even the two women I mentioned at the beginning of the post used IV C in conjunction with intranvenous B17 and DMSO.  Unfortunately, both are now illegal in the UK.

11. Do not waste time doing more than 1 cycle of IV C. If it doesn’t respond, try something else.

12. How will you know that IV C is working? If you have a tumour or tumours, they should start shrinking. How will you know they are shrinking? Well, if they’re not close to the surface or palpable, an ultrasound or Pet scan will show you what’s happening. If you’re adverse to ultrasounds or Pet Scans, I’m not sure what else would give you accurate results.

13. Here is a protocol being investigated by Dr. Jeanne Drisko of the University of Kansas  on Cancer and Intravenous Vitamin C – What’s New in Clinical Research – she uses IV C as an adjunct to chemotherapy.

14.  Please note that in the protocol, Dr Drisko advises that glutathione and B vitamins should not be part of the infusions or even given on the same day because it inhibits the formation of hydrogen peroxide.

15.  If you can afford to do IV C, consider doing it in a German oncology clinic where it will be cheaper and will be partnered with other treatments that are not available in the UK.

16.  Or go to the Oasis of Hope clinic in Mexico where they have developed a fantastic protocol for intravenous Vitamin C and overcoming any of the issues that could causes resistance to the treatment.