Alternate Cancer Remedies
“We surmise that the addition of ascorbate to the treatment of patients with cancer at an earlier stage of development might change life expectancy . . from, for example, 5 years to 20 years.”—Linus Pauling and Ewing Cameron, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sci- ences, October 1976. The natural killer (NK) cells are the most important cells in the immune system in the battle against cancer, because they attack and destroy abnormal cells. It has been shown that NK cells are active only if they contain relatively large amounts of vitamin C.
Cameron found that patients given 5 grams of vitamin C orally, on 3 consecutive days, ex- perience a doubling in the number of lympho- cytes in their bloodstream. The high levels con- tinued for another seven days.
A 10-gram dose per day, caused this rate to triple. A dose of 18 grams per day resulted in a fourfold increase.
In some cases, Cameron has used 20 or 30 grams a day on patients, by intravenous drip, with remarkable results.
“With the proper use of vitamin C for cancer, we could cut the death rate by 75%. It is prob- ably wise for every cancer patient to receive vi- tamin C.”—Linus Pauling, quoted in Richard Passwater, Cancer and Its Nutritional Thera- pies, 1978. Back in the United States, the two research- ers were told that their findings could not be ac- cepted until animal research work had been done first. Although this would require years of work, Pauling agreed to it; but, when he applied for grant money, his request was refused.
Five times Pauling, author of more than 400 scientific papers, requested funds; each time to be turned down. The final notation said, “Based on evaluation of scientific merit of this applica- tion disapproval must be recommended.”
Since Pauling and Cameron’s initial studies, a number of other physicians elsewhere have begun quietly prescribing megadoses of vitamin C, along with other nutrients in the treatment of cancer.
One was H.L. Newbold, M.D., of New York City. For skin cancers, he uses a combination of about 15 grams of vitamin C a day by mouth, along with vitamin C ointment applied to the surface of the tumor itself, five or six times a day. He does not always have success, but then he focuses primarily on vitamin C; whereas there are a broad number of nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors which should also be included.
In treating other kinds of cancer, Newbold increases the dosage as high as he can. He says
he can seldom go higher than 50-60 grams a day, when given by mouth. In addition, he gives another 50 grams intravenously. He adds that if he had cancer, he would take at least 50 grams a day intravenously, six days a week, for at least three months; and an equal amount by mouth.
Beginning in December 1977, one patient with a deadly “oat cell” carcinoma of the lung, was placed on 105 grams a day! That is 2,000 times the 60 milligrams recommended daily by the FDA. More than a year later, she was in excellent shape and working hard again.
More recently, Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., of Victoria, British Columbia, and Dr. Pauling car- ried out a study of 40 patients with cancer of the breast, ovary, uterus, or cervix. They continuously received large daily doses of ascorbic acid and other vitamins. At the same time, another 61 pa- tients with other kinds of cancer followed the same regimen while 31 patients received no vitamin supplements and served as the control group.
The control group lived an average of 5.7 months. Of the others, 80 percent of the patients with cancer of breast, ovary, cervix, or uterus, had a mean survival time of 122 months while 47 pa- tients, with the other kinds of cancer, lived for an average of 72 months. The length of life for those using vitamin C was 13 to 21 times longer than those not receiving it (Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine 5, No. 3).
Before concluding this article, it would be well to summarize the relationship of vitamin C to sev- eral vital factors and functions:
Vitamin C stimulates normal cells to increase production of hyaluronidase inhibitor. This com- bines with the hyaluronidase released by the can- cer cells, so it cannot break down normal cell walls, preparatory for invasion.
Vitamin C is an essential co-factor in the syn- thesis of carnitine by the body. It is well-docu- mented that cancer patients have very low levels of carnitine, needed for energy production.
Vitamin C increases the body’s production of interferon, which is a cancer-fighting factor in the body.
Vitamin C helps produce PGE1, also called the prostaglandins, which are needed in lym- phocyte function.
Vitamin C is needed by the body so it can place a wrapper of collagen fibers around can- cer cells until they can be torn apart and dis- charged from the system. Without vitamin C, col- lagen cannot be made; it is the “cell cement” of the body.
Vitamin C protects the body against radia- tion, rendering it less devastating.