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Vitamin C and Cancer Treatment

Groundbreaking new research on the cancer-fighting potential of vitamin C has made the pages of the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine. A team of researchers from the University of Kansas reportedly tested the effects of vitamin C given in high doses intravenously on a group of human subjects and found that it effectively eradicates cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

Building upon earlier research pioneered in the 1970s by the late Linus Pauling, a chemist from Oregon State University who today is recognized as the world’s foremost proponent of therapeutic vitamin C, the new research involved injecting high doses of vitamin C into human ovarian cells. The tests were conducted in vitro in a lab, as well as directly in both mice and a group of 22 human subjects.

According to BBC News, the tests showed favorable results in all three models, as the vitamin C effectively targeted the ovarian cancer cells while avoiding healthy cells. The benefits of high-dose vitamin C were also observed in conjunction with conventional chemotherapy treatments, which destroy all cells, both healthy and malignant, eventually leading to patient death.

“Patients are looking for safe and low-cost choices in their management of cancer,” stated Dr. Jeanne Drisko, a co-author of the study, to BBC News concerning the findings. “Intravenous vitamin C has that potential based on our basic science research and early clinical data.”

Researchers admit more human trials on intravenous vitamin C unlikely because drug companies cannot patent vitamins
The next step for this type of research would typically involve applying these same parameters in a large-scale clinical human trial to see if they can be replicated and confirmed. While this new study is admittedly convincing on its own, the hurdles to gaining widespread acceptance of its findings include replicating them across a much larger human sample size.

But this may never actually take place. And the reason, says the research team, is that such trials require major funding that typically comes from pharmaceutical companies interested in developing a patented drug. Drug companies, in other words, are hardly interesting in promoting the medicinal benefits of natural substances like vitamin C, which stands to decimate the multibillion-dollar conventional cancer industry if word gets out about its benefits.

“Because vitamin C has no patent potential, its development will not be supported by pharmaceutical companies,” says Qi Chen, lead author of the new study. “We believe that the time has arrived for research agencies to vigorously support thoughtful and meticulous clinical trials with intravenous vitamin C.”

The conventional medical industry’s response to these and similar findings over the years has been nothing short of derisive, which is to be expected. Having to rationalize decades of ushering cancer patients through the gauntlet of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — with dismal results — while ignoring natural cancer-fighting alternatives like vitamin C is a hard pill to swallow for this powerful, high-profit industry, which would rather everyone ignore such findings than think critically about them.

“[A]scorbate is processed by the body in different ways when administered orally versus intravenously,” writes Heidi Ledford for Nature about this commonly misunderstood variance. The medical-industrial complex, it turns out, intentionally corrupts the conversation on vitamin C by convoluting the distinct effects of these very different delivery routes.

“Oral doses [of vitamin C] act as antioxidants, protecting cells from damage caused by reactive compounds that contain oxygen. But vitamin C given intravenously can have the opposite effect by promoting the formation of one of those compounds: hydrogen peroxide. Cancer cells are particularly susceptible to damage by such reactive oxygen-containing compounds.”

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Heartburn, morning sickness, uncontrollable
cravings for French fries
– these are pregnancy
side effects that everyone talks about.
You may have not heard that some women crave dirt (yes, the stuff that comes from the ground!) or produce so much saliva in their mouth that they have to spit. Find out more about these and other surprising pregnancy side effects.
Do you suddenly find
yourself craving non-
food items like ice,
chalk, or even dirt?
Then you may be
suffering from pica. No
one knows what causes these cravings,
but a combination of
biochemical, psychological, and
cultural factors may be
at work.The truth is
that as many as 68%
of all pregnant women
will experience cravings,
usually due to hormonal
The name pica, comes
from the Latin word
Magpie, a bird known to
eat nearly anything.
While it is also
associated with
nutritional deficiencies,
pica can occur when
there are no
The most frequent
deficiency noted is
anemia. This does not
mean that everyone
who has anemia will
crave non-food
substances, nor does it
mean that everyone
who craves non-food
substances has anemia.
For years scientists
have tried to peg each
craving with a specific
nutritional deficiency.
For example: ice is
supposedly either a folic
acid or iron deficiency
(anemia). In fact,
anemia may actually be
a result of the pica as
opposed to a cause.
When a person eats
non-food substances it
can interfere with the
absorption of the
nutrients in their food,
or the person can quit
eating regular foods in
favor of the craved
item. “Ironically, eating
non-food substances
like clay can actually
lead to anemia by
displacing iron-rich foods and interfering with iron absorption,” offers Rick Hall, RD.
Types of Pica
Geophagia is the
consumption of earth
and clay. Geography
guide, Matt Rosenberg
puts it in perspective,
“Most people who eat
dirt live in Central Africa
and the Southern United States. While it is a cultural practice, it also fills a physiological need for nutrients.” He also points out that it may be though of as a relief from common
pregnancy ailments like
Amylophagia is the
consumption of starch
and paste.
Pagophagia is the eating of ice. Ladies actually know this one well. As a normal ice hater, when pregnancy comes, people start driving through every
restaurant and getting
ice. They have my
favorites too. It usually
disappear shortly after
the birth, but it’s very
intense while they are
pregnant. They’ve
never been shown to
have anything that
would cause this.
There is also the
consumption of ash,
chalk, antacids, paint
chips, plaster, wax, and
other substances.
These can be very
harmful substances due to toxicity or blockage concerns.
When the substances
consumed are not toxic
or harmful, such as ice.
It is not necessary to
stop eating the
substance. However, in
some cases eating toxic substances or
substances like dirt and
clay, have actually lead
to the death of the
person. So they should
be informed of the
dangers signs of eating
that particularly
substance. This may
include: pain,lack of
bowel movements,
bloating and/or
distention of the
abdomen, or change in
bowel habits, not
associated with
All in all, not much is
known about pica. The
biggest concern of
practitioners is that
pregnant women will
fear confiding in them
for fear of embarrassment over
eating non-food
substances. This
increases the risks to
both the mother and
the baby’s health.
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