?>Linus Pauling was right after all.
High doses of vitamin C, given intravenously, can actually halt and shrink tumors and bring about remissions and longer survival for people with cancer--even in advanced stages, according to stunning new research by Mark Levine, M.D., and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH researchers have thoroughly documented and published three cases in which vitamin C reversed cancer that was considered terminal. Here are the details:
A 49-year-old man diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer in 1996 declined chemotherapy in favor of high-dose vitamin C infusions. Nine years later he is alive and cancer-free.
A 66-year-old woman with an aggressive lymphoma and a "dismal prognosis" in 1995 also rejected chemotherapy, but had radiation, and intravenous high-dose vitamin C. She, too, is alive 10 years later. A 51-year-old woman with kidney cancer that had spread to her lungs, opted for alternative therapy, including high-dose intravenous vitamin C given twice weekly for 10 months. Within two months, scans showed the tumors had vanished. Her cancer remained in remission for four years. A smoker, she died of lung cancer that did not respond to the same therapy.
Further, NIH's Levine has shown that vitamin C selectively kills cancer cells, leaving normal cells unharmed. In his lab tests, high doses
of vitamin C rapidly killed 100% of lymphoma cells. Vitamin C also was lethal to breast, lung, kidney, colon and ovarian cancer cells.
Researchers at the University of Kansas have also reversed advanced ovarian cancer by injecting 60,000 milligrams of vitamin C intravenously twice a week along with conventional chemotherapy., keeping two women cancer-free for 3 and a half years.
Dr. Levine explains that high concentrations of vitamin C needed to kill cancer cells can be achieved only by high doses administered intravenously, as Linus Pauling insisted. Oral doses are excreted too quickly from the body to become lethal to cancer cells. (Padayatty SJ, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2006 Mar 28:174(7): 937-942)
Note: This good news about vitamin C was missed by a recent Wall Street Journal article--The Case Against Vitamins-- that instead declared vitamin C dangerous to cancer patients. Read Jean Carper's analysis of other serious errors in the WSJ's report here.
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