The Truth About Cancer: Infection, Nutrition, Supplements & IV Therapy

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, 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.

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.”

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.

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 a 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 never took 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.

More and more conventional cancer specialists in Kentuckiana and across the country are recognizing the value of the addition of natural therapies to conventional therapy.

Cancer Centers of America focuses 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, 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 additional natural approaches to assist with 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. It is clear through the field of Epigenics that certain foods encourage cancer while others can discourage its growth.

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 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 as well as to 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 Parkinson’s disease, metal and environmental toxicity, and impaired liver detoxification.

We also like to use low dose naltrexone, Hyperbaric Oxygen  and Infrared Sauna for many conditions including cancer. Go to to learn how helpful low dose naltrexone has been to many people with cancer.

We hope to have the privilege of working with you and your family.


—Dr. Rafael F. Cruz MD


Recommended Resources For Patients and Practitioners To Read:

FAQ – Questions and Answers About High-Dose Vitamin C

Intravenous Vitamin C as A Cancer Treatment Update – An Interview with Jeanne Drisko, M.D.

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

On March 23, 2017, National Public Radio (NPR) reported on a story about an ICU doctor from Eastern Virginia Medical School Hospital who used IV Vitamin C to treat severe infections –sepsis –“blood poisoning”.  

From Riordan Clinic:

Dr. Paul Marik, MBBCh, of Eastern Virginia Medical School, went out on a limb and gave a combination of IV vitamin C, a steroid called hydrocortisone, and vitamin B1 (thiamine) in an IV solution to hospital patients dying of life-threatening response to infections called sepsis …and…they lived!

They not only lived, but the death rate in Dr. Marik’s hospital from sepsis fell from 40% to 8.5%2!!

His work builds on the work of Dr. Alpha Fowler and others showing survival benefits of giving IV vitamin C for sepsis infections3.

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.

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.  

Finally, she found Dr. Shallenberger.  He recommended a pre-surgical protocol that would prepare her for 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.

The Pre-Surgery protocol consists of receiving 2 IVs per week for 3 weeks before surgery consisting of IV ozone and IV Vitamin C. These therapies improve your circulation and immune system dramatically.

These IV Therapy treatments strengthen your body before surgery and consequently you reduce your chances of serious complications like infection, blood clots and bleeding.  If you want the best chance of avoiding surgical complications invest in yourself with the IV Pre-Surgical protocol.  Even local plastic surgeons Dr. Brad Calobrace and Dr. Chet Mays are recommending IV therapy before and after surgery.

Regarding surgery: Avoid it unless absolutely necessary. Always get a 2nd or even a third opinion and not always from a surgeon.  Surgeons like to “heal with steel.”

The third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in the United States is medical errors/surgery. We perform more unnecessary surgeries 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 very curious since their own literature and many orthopedic and non-orthopedic surgeons consistently help patients with these injections.

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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.

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Stem cell injections at our integrated medical center can help you avoid joint surgery and complete joint replacement. If you want to end your arthritis pain without surgery, you may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy.

Do you want to find out more about IV vitamin C, ozone therapy or other treatments mentioned above? Contact us today for questions or to schedule an appointment!