In cancer, ovarian cancer on February 10, 2014 at 11:44 am
Alternative practitioners have for decades used intravenous vitamin C in cancer treatment. My experience with this natural modality has been positive. My observations of hundreds of patients over the past two decades is that high dose ascorbic acid, given intravenously, seems to enliven the immune system, fight off toxicity, and strengthen and invigorate the cancer patient. Most importantly, it seemed to have a noticeable beneficial effect in many types of solid tumors. My observations led me to another conclusion, and that is that it does not seem to be beneficial in cancers which derived from the immune system. So I do not utilize it for lymphomas and other “immune system” cancers.
As you might guess, those few physicians who employed high dose ascorbic acid as a cancer treatment have for many decades faced serious negative commentary from conventional practitioners. The reason is the lack of “proof”. Never mind that experts tell us that far more than half of all conventional medical and surgical treatments have never been “proved”, those of us in natural medicine are faulted for anything we use that isn’t “proved”.
One of the main reasons for lack of scientific validation for alternative therapies is that there is little funding to prove or disprove their usefulness. We physicians are often left to observe, and refine our natural armamentarium based on what we see to work. Thankfully, we a re now seeing some funding for research into whether such therapies work, and how they do so. A recent study tested intravenous vitamin C therapy for ovarian cancer. It showed significant efficacy and safety both against cancer cells themselves, and in potentiating the anti-cancer effects of chemotherapy. Interestingly, the same findings were not found with oral vitamin C, perhaps because of the limitations as to the amount that can get into the blood stream at any given time.
In cancer, non-hodgkins lymphoma on September 1, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Conventional medical care in America is shockingly expensive. If you have ever had the sad experience of being on the receiving end of hospital, laboratory, or medical office bills that are not covered by some government or private program, you know what I mean. How much do you think a chest x-ray would cost? Thousands are done daily, and it is an old technology. It shouldn’t cost that much, don’t you think? Would twenty dollars be fair? as a medical doctor I would think so, and as it turns out, so does Medicare. Medicare allows hospitals to charge them about $20 for a routine CXR. But is that what a normal cash paying patient is billed? No way. How about nearly 15 times that much…around $280?
A recent article in Time Magazine detailed the plight of a man newly diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a very serious type of cancer. His medical insurance paid only up to $2,000 per day for hospital care. However it was nothing compared with the actual cost. Here are some of the charges he incurred:
In Uncategorized on August 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm
Amazingly, even simple, common, everyday forms of chocolate may measurably improve brain function and fight dementia. Yet another study is in linking chocolate to improved mental functioning. Alzheimers and vascular dementia are two types of cognitive impairments that experts think are related to the brain cells not getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Chocolate is known to improve blood flow in the general circulation. So the study tried something simple to see if common chocolate could improve cognitive function in older test subjects. The answer was yes, it did. Simply two servings of hot cocoa daily measurably raised brain function in the test subjects. Amazing!