Cocoa powder and cocoa oil are unusually healthy products of the cocoa bean. Based on all the research I have done, it seems evident that cocoa is so loaded with healthful ingredients that even heating or processing it to various extents leaves it as a very powerful health food. Still, I cannot help but admire those who seek to obtain an even more powerful “health hit” from cocoa and chocolate. Many chocolate manufacturers and wholesalers are working on various ways to maximize the healthy nature of chocolate. One group of healthful components found naturally in the cocoa bean that they try to preserve or enhance are the many antioxidants in cocoa. Perhaps the most common way they do this is to minimize the processing of the cocoa bean. Some interesting articles on ways to boost the natural healthiness of hot chocolate ( hot cocoa ) have been published lately.
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.
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: