Special Preventive Factors
Familial polyposis is a hereditary disorder in which large numbers of polyps (growths) develop on the lin- ing of the patient’s colon. Any one of these polyps has a high probability of developing into a cancerous tumor.
The standard treatment is colostomy—the entire removal of the colon. But a team of five physicians at a well-known Midwest cancer clinic, the Vince Lombardi Colon Clinic, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has succeeded in eliminating or reducing the number of polyps in five out of eight polyposis patients by giving 3,000 mg. of vitamin C daily. The vitamin C was given to patients who would otherwise have received the colostomy. This breakthrough could conceivably eliminate colon can- cer.
J.U. Schlegel, M.D., of the Department of Surgery of Tulane University, has reported that extra vitamin C can prevent bladder cancer in animals. He recom- mended that human bladder cancer cases be given supplementary vitamin C.
Each patient was given 1 gram of vitamin C in a timed-release capsule in the morning, and again at noon and at night (3 grams total daily). One of the research- ers, Dr. Jerome J. DeCosse, M.D., Ph.D., said: “Com- plete disappearance of polyps in two of our patients and a major reduction in three others, beyond the time limits of spontaneous regression and in excess of any errors in counting. We attribute this effect to ascorbic acid [vitamin C].”
Oddly enough, the experiment was only started be- cause of a theory DeCosse had that polyps and colon cancer might be caused by chemicals in the colon which, when oxidized, become carcinogenic. It was known that people living in areas where there were more bacteria and toxic chemicals—had more colon cancer. So he reasoned that, perhaps, vitamin C might eliminate the cancer, since it had known antioxidizing and anti-tumor properties. Timed-release capsules were used, so as much as possible of the vitamin C would reach the lower part of the colon, without being absorbed into the blood.
Commenting on the seemingly remarkable ability of vitamin C to solve problems in advanced cancer pa- tients, Dr. Ewan Cameron and Dr. Allen Campbell said this: “Our clinical findings support the general conten- tion that large doses of ascorbic acid enhance natural resistance to cancer. Further, we have found this form of medication to have definite palliative [symptomatic relief] value in the management of terminal ‘untreat- able’ human cancer” (Chemico-Biological Interactions, September 1974).
In the same issue of that international science jour- nal, Dr. Cameron and Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, and director of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine in Menlo Park, California, wrote another report on vitamin C. In it, they noted that cancer patients which recover—do not have all the cancer cells removed. They are still in the circulating blood, traveling all through the system. Yet somehow, although they may live for many more years, their bodies manage to control those cancer cells.
They cite a 1972 medical report, indicating that
routine autopsies frequently find small cancers which have evidently been completely controlled for many years. Such cancers, they say, may outnumber actual clinical cases of cancer by as much as 40 to one. This would indicate there is some type of powerful, natural immunity to cancer at work in most human bodies.
Cameron and Pauling go on to point out the fact that vitamin C is needed to give lymphocytes (white blood cells) enough vitality to effectively attack invad- ing foreign bodies. They also noted that there is nor- mally a high concentration of vitamin C in the adrenal and pituitary glands. However, under stress, the vita- min C is quickly depleted. It is known that cancer places great stress upon the body.
Continuing on in that article, the two researchers note that, when laboratory animals are injected with a powerful cancer-causing chemical (methylcholan- threne), their bodies immediately began manufactur- ing much larger amounts of vitamin C. (Only man, the great apes, and guinea pigs cannot synthesis vitamin C within their bodies—but must, instead, obtain it from food.) In rats that develop tumors, the production of vitamin C goes even higher! On a body-weight basis, a rat produces the equivalent (in a 154-pound man) of 16 grams (16,000 mg.) of vitamin C every day!
Why is that done? Cameron and Pauling contend that the animal makes it in order to help it resist the cancer.
Since we must get our vitamin C from the food we eat, the two scientists contend that when people get cancer—they should greatly increase their daily vita- min C intake.
Two British physicians reported in Medical World News (February 24, 1975) that patients with malignant disease tend to be the people who habitually were ob- taining very small amounts of vitamin C in their diet. In that article, they urged all physicians to give all can- cer patients vitamin C supplementation.
Then there is the virus theory of disease. There are a number of scientists who believe cancer is caused by a virus. If that is true, vitamin C would be very help- ful, since it is known to help the body attack and de- stroy viruses. In addition, many cancer patients be- come so weakened that a second bacterial invasion may take him down still further. So vitamin C would help in this way also.
Over a period of several years, Drs. Cameron and Campbell (both of Dunbartonshire Hospital in Scot- land) treated many cancer patients with vitamin C. Fifty of those cases were carefully reported in detail, because they were given only vitamin C (without the standard medical treatments). Each of the 50 were beyond treat- ment and, for practical purposes, beyond hope. Twenty- nine of the 50 patients recovered remarkably well (con- sidering that the only treatment was vitamin C), but 37 died. Many of the 37 seemed to recover for a time be- fore expiring. Keep in mind that all were in an extremely advanced stage of carcinoma, and only vitamin C was given to them. Since these patients were in such an advanced cancerous condition, some were almost too weak to even eat food. Also keep in mind that no other change was made in their diet, lifestyle, smoking hab-