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its, etc.—except the addition of vitamin C for a time.
And what were those 50 patients given that so many of them were helped? Most of the patients received 10 grams (10,000 mg.) of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) daily, in four divided doses. Some received more. At first, the vitamin C was administered by injection. But the physicians eventually discovered that it was not neces- sary; they could do just as well starting patients out— and carrying them through to conclusion—on oral vi- tamin C.
In connection with the above experiment, it should be mentioned that oxalic acid (as found in certain foods) can cause kidney stones. It has been charged that vita- min C (ascorbic acid), given in large amounts, might cause them also. But none of the 50 patients developed kidney stones, even though given ascorbic acid in large amounts over an extended period of time.
It was significant that all 50 cases experienced a significant reduction in pain and distress. In those cases with cancer of the urinary tract, all had a significant reduction in the amount of blood in their urine. In at least six cases, the doctors reported “indisputable clini- cal and biochemical evidence” that reversal of termi- nal malignant liver jaundice occurred for a significant period of time.
Cameron and Campbell concluded that a major repeat of this study should be done by national govern- ments. Apparently, that was never done. They also stated that, merely for the relief of pain—just for the easing of pain alone—Vitamin C should be given to all cancer patients. Yet, they added, it would clearly do much more than that, if the patients were given it.
do act as a deterrent to the formation of a carcinogenic substance induced by ultraviolet light.
Since then, it has been discovered that the need for these two antioxidants increased with time and with the amount of sunlight one receives.
Vitamin E has been found to reduce damage to chromosomes and DNA by carcinogens and radiation. This is important. Thus it may be a deterrent to dam- age that possibly would otherwise lead to cancer. It is of interest that vitamin E has reduced the incidence of cancer in laboratory animals fed carcinogens.
While discussing the special antioxidant abilities of vitamins A and E, we should mention the research work of Dr. Otto Warburg, a leading chemist in the mid- twentieth century. In his 1967 book, The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer, he explained his research and thesis. It is this: Cancer derives from an oxygen deprivation at the cellular level. Cells so deprived have their metabolism turned askew, and they literally be- come wild—cancerous. It is well-known among vita- min researchers that vitamin E reduces the need of cells for oxygen, and this may explain its apparent can- cer-retarding effects in animal experiments.
Vitamin E helps protect the colon against cancer. The vitamin interfers with harmful free-radical reac- tions from bowel carcinogens.
Nicholas L. Petrakis, M.D., professor of preventive medicine and international health at the University of California at San Francisco, has found that fluid found in the breasts of women with a high risk of breast can- cer often contains high levels of lipid peroxides. Yet those are the very same deteriorated fats that occur in the absence of vitamin E.
Vitamins C and E are both antioxidants, and both help prevent sun-induced skin cancer. This was the finding of Dr. Homer S. Black and Dr. Wan-Bang Lo, dermatology researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (Nature, December 21-28, 1973).
The two Texas researchers were analyzing how sun- light causes skin cancer. They learned that, after hu- man or animal skin is exposed to ultraviolet light, cho- lesterol in the skin oxidizes and forms by-products (Na- ture, December 3, 1971). One of those by-products is cholesterol alpha-oxide, a known cancer-causing chemi- cal.
Since vitamins C and E were already known to re- duce the oxidation of fats, the two scientists wondered if, adding more of them to the diet, might prevent skin cancer. They found that they did indeed block the for- mation of the cancer-causing cholesterol.
They found that animals, receiving a supplemen- tal dose of the vitamins, had 64 percent more antioxi- dants in their skin after two weeks than did the other animals. The level decreased somewhat after this, but was maintained at about 18 percent above the control level for the next 24 weeks.
They also learned that, as the antioxidant content of the skin increased, the formation of cholesterol al- pha-oxide decreased.
So this study revealed that, when vitamins C and E are given or consumed, they do get to the skin and
Using a special breast pump, he found that those stagnant fluids may contain cigarette smoke by-prod- ucts, chemicals, and peroxidized fats that may cause cancer in the cells lining the breast ducts. As reported in the New York Times (March 23, 1975), he told an American Cancer Society seminar that the amount of lipid peroxides in breast fluid was seven times higher in Caucasian women than in women of Chinese de- scent, who are relatively free of breast cancer.
Vitamin E can help protect the body from the effect of X-rays, which are used to treat cancer, but they can also cause cancer. Dr. Denham Harman, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, says that both these effects are caused in some way by free-radical reactions of the radiation, arising from the separation of water from certain parts of the cell. Free radicals are peculiar atoms whose electron structure is such that they can easily combine with other structures, producing abnormal compounds which do strange things inside cells.
Dr. Harman also found that, in 23 different na- tions, there was a correlation between the consump- tion of fats and oils and the death rates from leukemia and cancer of the breast, ovaries, and rectum in per- sons over 55 years of age. Then, using laboratory fe- male mice, he found that increasing either the amount of unsaturated fats fed or the degree of unsaturation led to significant increases in the incidence of mam- mary tumors.