The Truth About Cancer
Cancer, Infection, Nutrition, Supplements & IV Therapy
At Kentuckiana Integrative Medicine, we believe that IV Vitamin C, IV Ozone [Major Auto Hemotherapy], IV Meyers Cocktail, IV Alpha Lipoic Acid, IV Glutathione, “Clean Eating” (Sugar Avoidance-Ketogenic Diet-Plant Based Diets, Alkaline Diets) and Distilled Water can all dramatically enhance the effectiveness of conventional cancer therapies and make the side effects more tolerable.
We believe the best outcomes are obtained when BOTH conventional therapies [Traditional chemotherapy, radiation and surgery] are combined with natural therapies such as IV Vitamin C and IV Ozone.
While these therapies are not FDA approved and are not designed to treat, cure or diagnose any particular illness, the breadth and scope of research supporting these non-conventional therapies is impressive. [See below].
For Cancer Specialists
We encourage both patients and cancer specialist to review the research enclosed below. We are confident you will be surprised by the beneficial research information you will discover.
Almost all chemotherapy is made more effective when combined with IV Vitamin C.
“Almost ALL chemotherapy and radiation is made MORE EFFECTIVE when combined with IV Vitamin C [IVC] according numerous research studies.
Definite evidence that with the nearly always fatal PANCREATIC CANCER IV Vitamin C with chemo and radiation simultaneously on the same day is TWICE as effective by 12 months with fewer side-effects , improved well being and energy when compared to Radiation and Gemcitabine WITHOUT IVC. Patients not receiving IVC died a full 12 months sooner with many more chemo-radiation side effects!!!
Summary, the use of chemotherapy-radiation-IV Vitamin C against most Cancers is dramatically more effective than chemotherapy-radiation with NO Vitamin C. The use of IV Vitamin C improves a person’s sense of wellbeing, reduces or eliminates side effects and improves energy levels in most all cancer patients. In the above Pancreatic Cancer study involving ~ 35 patients, the patients treated with chemo-radiation and IVC lived a full 12 months LONGER and felt much better than those who did not receive IVC. Pancreatic Cancer almost always kills its victims like Steve Jobs [Apple Computer genius] and actor Patrick Swayze.
In the above study, two participants out of 14 receiving IV vitamin C-chemo-radiation became eligible for surgery, underwent surgical tumor removal, and at 44 months and 35 months post-diagnosis were without evidence of cancer recurrence. So at 3-4 years after surgery they remained FREE of PANCREATIC CANCER.
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS for a CANCER THAT KILLS MOST ALL OF ITS VICTIMS.
This Pancreatic cancer study confirms the power and synergy of combining both chemo-radiation with natural therapies like IV Vitamin C. We believe it is best to combine all of the above therapies. Treating cancer 100% “with natural therapies or 100% with ONLY chemo radiation is rarely as effective as when both are combined.
A 2014 research review in the ICT journal, for instance, concluded that “Although not exhaustive, high concentrations of vitamin C have been shown to have additive effects in combination with the following chemotherapy agents: cisplatin, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, etoposide, fluorouracil, gemcitamine, irinotecan, paclitaxel, tamoxifen, vincristine,and FOLFIRI and FOLFOX regimens. Conversely, IVC may interfere with the effects of bortezomib115,116 and methotrexate100 based on in vitro data.”.”
Some of the research and clinical experience described below was produced by prestigious institutions like University of Kansas Medical Center, The Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas, Cancer Centers of America and many others. Kentuckiana Integrative Medicine uses protocols developed by Dr. Jeanne Drisko MD from University of Kansas Medical Center, and Dr. Ron Hunninghake, MD, Dr. Thomas Levy MD, JD from the Riordan Clinic.
We will support any patient who refuses conventional cancer therapy, but it’s important to remind all cancer patients that the founder of Kentuckiana Integrative Medicine, Dr. Rafael F. Cruz has an 88 year old father who is a retired urologist. His father has survived and been cured of 5 malignant cancers using ONLY conventional cancer therapy meaning [chemo, surgery and radiation.] He did NOT take any vitamin C supplements.
Also, many patients determined to treat their cancer with only natural therapies often eventually try conventional care when natural therapies fail to bring about the desired results and are very happy they did so.
One our friends, Dr. Bud, a naturopath who originally ONLY believed in a natural approach to cancer was relieved and impressed to discovered how helpful and effective chemo and radiation can be at prolonging life and providing pain relief to a Stage 4 cancer patient. When the pain of bone cancer is involved, radiation therapy can provide great pain relief.
More and more patients and cancer specialists report that the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation are far less than before and much better tolerated by the majority of patients.
WE prefer that you be under the care of a conventional cancer specialist, but we will help you anyway we can and we will encourage 2nd opinions from other local cancer specialists as well as from other cancer centers like MD Anderson in Houston Texas.
More and more conventional cancer specialists in Kentuckiana and across the country are recognizing the value of adding natural therapies to conventional therapy.
Cancer Centers of America focus on conventional approaches to cancer, but also strongly advocate for the use of natural approaches such as Nutrition, IV Vitamin Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Massage and Meditation etc.
We often refer our patients to local oncologists (cancer specialists). Some of the cancer specialists that have received high praises from our patients include Dr. Elisabeth Von Bun [who treated Dr. Rafael F. Cruz] , Dr. Patrick Williams, Dr. Renato Laroca, Dr. Alfonso Cevera, Dr. Bijay Raghavan, Dr. Muneeb Choudry and Dr. John Hamm.
Dr. Elizabeth Von Bon took care of Dr. Rafael F. Cruz and saved him from 2 years of unnecessary Coumadin therapy. She is kind, extremely thorough and tolerant of or accepting of adding natural approaches to assist in the battle against cancer.
The father of western medicine, Hippocrates, is well known for his statement:
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” Too many of us ignore this advice. Through the field of Epigenics we have learned that certain foods encourage cancer while others can discourage its growth. Foods can turn on and OFF cancer causing genes. Red meat and pork are cancer promoters.
IV Vitamin C is a strong immune system booster. Vitamin C is known as an antioxidant; however, it becomes a pro-oxidant when it helps the body generate peroxide and or Highly Reactive Oxygen Species. In healthy cells, catalase breaks down the highly reactive oxygen species and the healthy cells are NOT harmed.
Cancer cells on the other hand lack catalase and are harmed by the peroxide / highly reactive oxygen species.
Vitamin C is chemically and structurally similar to glucose [sugar]. Since most cancers like to use sugar as an energy source, the cancer will mistakenly absorb Vitamin C causing a disruption in cancer metabolism and cancer growth through the production of peroxide / reactive oxygen species. There are 60+ Pub Med research articles regarding IV Vitamin C. Like University of Kansas Medical Center and The Riordan Clinic our clinical patient experiences have been extremely positive at assisting with chemo side effects and maintain energy levels.
IV Ozone is Oxygen with 3 atoms and is also an excellent immune system booster. Ozone is produced by antibodies during the bacterial killing process as discovered by the Scripps Research Institute from California by Lerner, Wentworth et al Science Nov 18, 2002. There are 220+ Pub Med research articles regarding Ozone. Our clinical experience has been very positive.
Ozone has been documented to kill the following bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
- 63 Different Bacteria: Salmonella, Shigella, Vibrio, Campylobacter Jejuni, Yersinia Entercolitica, Legionella
- 15 Viruses: Polio, Echo, Coxsackie
- 25 Fungi And Mold Spores: Aspergillus, Penicillium, Tricoderma
- 13 Fungal Pathogens: Alternaria, Monilinia, Rhizopus
- Encysted Protozoa: Giardia, Cryptosporidium
Ozone up-regulates the immune system. In lymphatic tissues, there is enhanced production of immune based cytokines through the stimulation of the “Cytokine Biologic Cascade”. This process enhances humoral and cell-mediated immunity supporting a person’s own immune system to more effectively combat foreign invaders. This process allows for “immunologic education” facilitating the recognition and death of pathogens.
IV Magnesium and Glutathione are also very helpful.
Magnesium infusions in our “Meyers cocktail” are a beneficial therapy for muscle pain, anxiety, headaches and also can correct mineral imbalances. Magnesium is involved in hundreds of metabolic reactions in the body and many people are magnesium deficient.
IV Glutathione [the most powerful detoxifier of the body] has a large range of benefits for individuals struggling with neurologic symptoms related to metal and environmental toxicity, and impaired liver detoxification.
We also encourage the use of low dose naltrexone, Hyperbaric Oxygen and Infrared Sauna for many conditions including cancer. Go to www.lowdosenaltrexone.org to learn how helpful low dose naltrexone has been to many people with cancer.
We hope to have the privilege of working with you, your cancer specialist and your family.
—Dr. Rafael F. Cruz MD
Recommended Resources For Patients and Practitioners To Read:
Intravenous Vitamin C and Cancer: A Systematic Review. , Gillian Flower, ND, Laura Weeks, PhD, Kieran Cooley, ND, Michael Callachan, BA, Jessie McGowan, PhD, Becky Skidmore, MLS, Leesa Kirchner, ND, FABNO, Dugald Seely, ND, MSc, FABNO
PDQ High-Dose Vitamin C. PDQ® Integrative, Alternative, and Complementary Therapies Editorial Board. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute.
IV Vitamin C and Cancer Stem by Nathan Goodyear | Feb 11, 2018 | Cancer, From The Doctor’s Desk Cells
IV Vitamin C and Ozone Before A Major Surgery
If you must have surgery involving a major joint or organ like belly surgery, heart surgery, joint replacement you should seriously consider preparing yourself by using IV Vitamin C and IV Ozone 2x per week for 3 weeks.
These therapies dramatically reduce your chances of infection and blood clots while enhancing your ability to heal and reducing your need for pain medicine per Dr. Frank Shallenberger. IV Vitamin C saved a comatose septic “blood poisoned” New Zealand farmer who was in a coma for 3 weeks. The hospital doctors had given up hope and wanted to “pull the plug.”
Watch video below:
IV Vitamin C For Sepsis
After hundreds of trials failing to show benefit of drug treatments for sepsis, could a simple, cheap and effective treatment — high-dose vitamin C — be hiding in plain sight? A respected leader in critical care medicine thinks so, and his hospital system is all in.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is depleted during sepsis. That might be bad, because ascorbic acid [Vitamin C] helps maintain the integrity of the endothelium [blood vessels](i.e., the glycocalyx), and is a cofactor required for the production of catecholamines and cortisol: hormones needed for survival from shock.
So why don’t we already rush to replace this vital nutrient in septic patients? Lots of endogenous substances are depleted in sepsis, but as most are markers of illness rather than contributors, replacing them may be useless or harmful (and in the case of activated protein C, expensive to boot). See also “The Normalization Fallacy.”
The Case for Vitamin C Treatment In Sepsis
Vitamin C is believed generally safe at high doses, but can rarely cause acute renal failure through oxalate crystal deposition. Small studies have found high-dose IV vitamin C during critical illness safe and beneficial:
- In Tanka et al(2000), among 37 patients with major burns, those randomized to receive infusion of vitamin C at high doses (e.g., 4-5 grams an hour) for 24 hours on admission required less fluid resuscitation and had fewer ventilator days than those who got usual care.
- Fowler et al (2014)found less organ dysfunction among the 24 patients with severe sepsis randomized to vitamin C infusion vs placebo, with a significant dose-response (up to a maximum dose of ~3-5 grams IV every 6 hours). No safety issues in this Phase I trial.
- Zabet et al(2016) randomized 24 post-surgical patients with septic shock to vitamin C infusion (~1.5-2.5 grams IV every 6 hours) or placebo; the vitamin-C treated patients had significantly lower mortality and need for vasopressors.
The renowned Dr. Paul Marik et al will soon publish in Chest their own small before-and-after unblinded cohort study, born of an anecdote that should intrigue any intensivist: three patients with “fulminant sepsis … almost certainly destined to die” from shock and organ failure, infused with vitamin C and moderate dose hydrocortisone out of desperation. All three patients recovered quickly and left the ICU in days, “with no residual organ dysfunction”.
Inspired by that experience, they went on to enroll and treat 47 septic patients with a cocktail of 1.5 g vitamin C IV every 6 hours, hydrocortisone 50 mg IV every 6 hours, and thiamine 200 mg IV every 12 hours (thiamine inhibits oxalate production and has potential benefits in septic shock). Controls were 47 patients matched in baseline characteristics.
Hospital mortality was 4 of 47 (8.5%) in those treated with the cocktail, compared to 19 of 47 (40%) in those not. [The chances of death were much higher in group NOT given Vitamin C –(40% chance of death) vs only 4% chance of death if given Vitamin C.] Vasopressors were weaned off all cocktail-treated patients, usually in <24 hours (vs. 4 days for the controls). Renal function reportedly improved in all patients with acute kidney injury.
These are exciting preliminary findings, and a large randomized trial seems warranted, but a look at clinicaltrials.gov shows no studies of any size in progress testing vitamin C in sepsis. (There is one, n=170, testing vitamin C for acute lung injury, which is often due to sepsis.)
IV Vitamin C For Energy & Hydration
Local plastic surgeons Dr. Chet Mays and Dr. Bradley Calobrace recommend Aqua Med IV …….. “a healthy dose of Vitamins and minerals through an IV a few days before surgery, on the day of surgery and after surgery to help their body recover and get the best outcome.” IV Therapy is not just for surgical patients…….but those who need a boost of energy after or some extra hydration to recover from a busy weekend or week.
Pre-Surgery Preparation Protocol by Dr. Shallenberger
Dr. Shallenberger recommends that any one facing a major operation involving the chest, abdomen or any joints like the knee should consider receiving 2 IVs per week for 3 weeks of IV Vitamin C and IV Ozone because these therapies strengthen the body to heal, reduce the chances of infection, blood clots and need for pain medication.
How IV Vitamin C Helped One Patient With Colon Cancer
Dr. Shallenberger shared a case study of an independent 85 year old lady with a colon cancer that returned 5 years after it was first removed. Fortunately, it had not spread outside the colon. The problem was that no one wanted to operate on this lady for fear she would die on the surgical table or suffer the consequences of a colostomy, nursing home etc.
Her surgeon declined to re-operate and her family doctor strongly discouraged her from surgery or chemotherapy.
Finally, she found Dr. Shallenberger. He recommended the above protocol [2 IVs per week for 3 weeks of IV Ozone and IV Vitamin C before surgery] and found her a different surgeon. The lady was supposed to be in the hospital for weeks. She was out of the hospital in record time and required no narcotics after her release from the hospital. She continues to drive and live independently.
Regarding surgery-avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary. Always get a 2nd or even a 3rd opinion and not always from a surgeon. Surgeons are trained to fix problems with surgery and often overlook more gentle approaches.
The third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer is medical errors/surgery. According to several medical journals, more unnecessary surgeries are performed in the United States than any other country in the world.
The truth about surgery is that surgery is in fact sometimes the best option especially in emergency situations. However, it should always be the last option until other non-surgical methods have all been considered and or tried.
Too often, other more natural therapies are not considered. Some orthopedic surgeons claim that Mesenchymal Stem Cells Injections, Platelet Rich Plasma Injections, Prolotherapy, Prolozone are ineffective and even “quackery.” This is surprising since many orthopedic journals support the use of these injections / therapies and many orthopedic and non-orthopedic surgeons consistently help patients with these injections. In fact, Dr. Rafael Cruz was trained to harvest Mesenchymal Stem Cells from fat and bone marrow by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ron Gardner from Florida. Dr. Cruz returned the favor by teaching Dr. Gardner about Prolotherapy and Prolozone injections.
In summary, all of the above therapies have proven themselves safe and consistently beneficial in promoting health and wellness, and supporting the body’s ability to heal itself even during the stress of chemotherapy.
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