Phillip Minton M.D.

IV Ascorbic Acid as a Cancer Therapy

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.


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