The following text is an excerpt from the excellent book “Cancer Step Out of the Box” by Ty Bollinger. Reproduced here, with his kind permission.
Vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen, the protein “cement” that holds our cells together. Think of cells like bricks in a wall. The strength of a brick wall is not really in the bricks but it is in the cement between the bricks.
Collagen is this cement that holds your cells together. If collagen is abundant and strong, your cells hold together well. If cells stick together, tumors have a tough time spreading through them. Strong collagen can thereby arrest the spread of cancer.
Cancer cells secrete an enzyme called “hyaluronidase,” which helps them eat away at collagen and break out into the rest of the body. This is described in great detail in the book Hyaluronidase and Cancer by Dr. Ewan Cameron. In order to prevent the hyaluronidase enzymes from dissolving collagen, Dr. Matthias Rath advocates increased consumption of the amino acids L-Lysine and L-Proline and EGCG (a polyphenol catechin found in Green Tea) as companion nutrients with vitamin C. Laboratory trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of the combination of these four substances at blocking the hyaluronidase enzymes.
Vitamin C is required for our immune systems to generate and mobilize the leukocytes that fight cancer. Maximum immune function is vital if we want the body to fend off cancer. As I have mentioned, orthodox treatments like chemo and radiation destroy the immune system. In a 1995 publication, several physicians presented evidence that ascorbic acid is preferentially toxic to cancerous cells. In other words, vitamin C kills cancer cells while leaving normal cells alone. So, it appears that vitamin C not only strengthens the immune system, but it also preferentially kills cancer cells. This is fascinating. Preferential toxicity occurred in vitro in multiple tumor cell types. They also presented data suggesting that plasma concentrations of ascorbate required for killing tumor cells is achievable in humans. (Riordan, Meng, Li, Jackson, “Intravenous ascorbate as a tumor cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agent,” Medical Hypotheses, 1995) and how to use them as an adjunct standard and experimental therapies” Expert Rev Anticancer Therapy , 12/2003, 903-15)
Doctors A. Goth and I. Littmann in a paper entitled “Ascorbic Acid Content in Human Cancer Tissue” ( Cancer Research , Vol. 8, 1948) described how cancer most frequently originates in organs with ascorbic acid (vitamin C) levels below 4.5 mg% and rarely grows in organs with higher levels. Do you see the connection? Remember how hydrogen peroxide is poured on wounds to kill germs? Research published in September of 2005 by Dr. Mark Levine has shown that high-dose intravenous vitamin C can increase hydrogen peroxide (H 2 O 2 ) levels within cancer cells and eradicate the cancer cells. www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/102/38/13604
The awareness that vitamin C is useful in the treatment of cancer is chiefly attributable to the pioneering work of Dr. Linus Pauling. In 1976, he and a Scottish surgeon, Dr. Ewan Cameron, reported that patients treated with high doses of vitamin C had survived three to four times longer than similar patients who did not receive vitamin C supplements. The study was conducted during the early 1970s at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Loch Lomonside, Scotland. Dr Cameron treated 100 advanced cancer patients with 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day.
The progress of these patients was then compared with that of 1,000 patients ( of other doctors ) who had not received vitamin C. The findings were published in 1976, with Pauling as co-author, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . The 1976 report emphasized that all of the patients had previously received conventional treatment ( i.e., the “Big 3”). The vitamin C patients were reported to have a mean survival time of 300 days longer than the other patients, with an improved quality of life. Their experiments proved conclusively that vitamin C is a superior treatment for terminal patients versus chemotherapy.
The Cancer Industry was furious with Pauling and Cameron. There was no way that these two “quacks” and their vitamin therapy were going to cut into the chemotherapy cash cow ! There was too much at stake for the Cancer Industry. Shareholders needed huge profits! The Boards of Directors needed 7-figure salaries and golden parachutes! Children needed Ivy League educations! So, following standard operating procedure, there was a “smear” campaign to discredit Dr. Pauling. The truth about what Cameron and Pauling had discovered had to be crushed. But they had a big problem: The results of these tests had already been published in Cameron and Pauling’s book, Cancer and Vitamin C .
So, the Cancer Industry and their cronies quickly went to work. They conducted three bogus studies with “predetermined” outcomes, all of which contradicted the findings of Cameron and Pauling. Here’s their dirty little secret: in all three studies, they failed to follow the selection protocol, failed to follow the treatment protocol, and performed some fancy linguistic and statistical tricks.
And if that’s not enough reason to take vitamin C, then check this out: vitamin C assists with oxygen transport and is a powerful antioxidant. According to Dr. David Gregg, “Basically, the vitamin C is transported to the lungs in the blood where it is oxidized. It then is transported to the cells where it diffuses to the mitochondria and delivers its oxidation potential, powering the respiratory chain, and cycle repeats.”
Dr. Gregg theorizes that the primary effect of the large doses of vitamin C is to serve as an oxygen transport molecule in the blood, substituting for hemoglobin, which cannot provide oxygen to cancer cells. He recommends a combination of vitamin C and vitamin E, since vitamin C transports oxygen in the cytoplasm and vitamin E carries oxygen through the cell walls.
Dr. K.N. Prasad’s theory is that normal cells require only a minute, precisely controlled amount of antioxidants in order to function. They reject any excess. But among other defects, malignant cells have lost the capacity to regulate their uptake of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E. Antioxidants can therefore accumulate in cancer tissue in levels that can lead to the breakdown and death of malignant cells. (Prasad KN. “Antioxidants in cancer care: when
Is it any wonder that, in the end, the Cancer Industry proudly proclaimed that Cameron and Pauling were quacks and that their research was not to be trusted? However, four totally independent studies used the same treatment protocol and got the same results as Pauling and Cameron. The three bogus studies did not use the same treatment protocol and did not get the same results.
According to Webster Kehr, “ The Mayo Clinic studies were done specifically to discredit the work of two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. Linus Pauling was getting people to believe there was “scientific evidence” for Vitamin C, and he had to be stopped. It is totally unacceptable (from the viewpoint of Big Pharma) for our corrupt government to allow any scientific evidence for alternative treatments of cancer. Because there was scientific evidence for Vitamin C, and because they could not shut-up a two-time Nobel Prize winner, there had to be bogus studies designed to divert people’s attention from the valid studies. Once the bogus studies were finished, the media could then take over the suppression of truth and immediately start blacklisting the valid studies .” www.cancertutor.com Dr. Abram Hoffer is commonly credited with being the principal founder of the alternative health movement using nutritional (orthomolecular) treatment methods. During his practice, extending more than 40 years, he treated thousands of patients primarily for cancer and schizophrenia, authoring many journal articles and books. As part of this effort, he collaborated with Dr. Linus Pauling in his focus on utilizing vitamin C (along with other nutrients) for the treatment of cancer.
How much vitamin C should you take? Studies have shown that in order to pump adequate levels of vitamin C into the cancerous cells, intravenous vitamin C (IVC) is the best protocol. Of course, you will need to be under the supervision of a doctor – you don’t want to try to give yourself an IV of vitamin C! The key is to be consistent with large quantities of vitamin C. It needs to be taken several times every day.
The Riordan Clinic, a large research clinic, in Wichita, Kansas, offers IVC therapy. Their website is http://riordanclinic.org . For a good video on IVC therapy, visit www.internetwks.com/cathcart/Cathcart2low.rm . Dr. Cameron’s entire protocol is available at the following website: www.doctoryourself.com/cameron.html .