Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy and Cancer

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What is  Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy?

 This therapy can be used in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation.  Several studies have been performed that show enhanced benefits of chemotherapy/radiation when performing High Dose Vitamin C Intravenously at the same time.

Why Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy?

Medicine needs to start taking an integrative approach.  Natural medicine and conventional medicine need to work together to offer patients the best health care possible. 

When to begin treatment?

IV Vitamin C Therapy can be implemented for the following cases:

a) You are currently receiving Chemotherapy.  IV vitamin C has been shown in some studies to increase the efficacy of chemotherapy and reduce the negative side effects.

b)  You are currently receiving Radiation Therapy.  IV Vitamin C has been shown in some studies to increase the efficacy of radiation and reduce the negative side effects.

How frequent will treatment be required?

Treatment varies depending on if you are a cancer survivor, at risk for cancer, or are currently diagnosed with active cancer.

For patients at risk, or in remission our Naturopathic Doctors will assess the risk to determine the appropriate treatment protocol.

How do you determine dosage level?

Dosage level is determined by the naturopathic doctor.  Typically dosage ranges from 25,000mg of Vitamin C to 100,000mg of vitamin C. The higher the dose the longer the treatment will take.  Treatment can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours.

 Any side effects to the Intravenous Treatment?

Side effects that may occur with an Intravenous Treatment are as follows:

  • Pain and invasiveness of injection

  • Infection

  • Phlebitis

  • Infiltration

  • Fluid overload

  • Electrolyte imbalance

  • Embolism

Side effects that occur that are specific to Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy are:

  • fatigue

What training is required to become certified in IV Therapy?

Our Naturopathic Doctors are licensed in IV Therapy. To become licensed they must take an accredited IV Therapy course and write a practical and written exam to pass.  Once this is completed IV emergency and Procedure courses must be taken along with annual CPR training.

What other steps would you take to enhance the efficacy of IV Vitamin C Therapy for cancer treatment?

When treating cancer our Naturopathic Doctors typically recommend the IV Vitamin C Therapy alongside Mistletoe Injections, as well as botanical and nutritional supplementation and dietary changes.  Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are also used in treatment.

What studies have been done to prove this therapy for cancer treatment? 

Please refer to the resources page for studies done on Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy for Cancer.


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