For over ten years, Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center has been using highdose "vitamin C drips” and a modified Myer’s Cocktail in its cancer support protocols. The initial impetus was from Linus Pauling, who, together with Ewan Cameron, pioneered the use of high-dose C in cancer in the 1960's.

Now, there's new interest in this modality for fighting & supporting cancer patients based on new, exciting research underway at the National Institutes of Health.

May I take oral vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and get the same results?

Oral ascorbic acid is a vitamin whose absorption and uptake is tightly controlled and is an antioxidant. Intravenous administration of vitamin C attains plasma and tissue level concentrations many times above oral dosing. The high level of vitamin C allows the development of hydrogen peroxide in the tissues, (which means it is working as a prooxidant not an antioxidant like the oral form).

Hydrogen peroxide is the agent that is claimed to be responsible for targeting cancer cell death, while leaving normal cells unharmed. Research currently underway has shown that high concentrations of vitamin C can stop the growth, or even kill a wide range of cancer cells and supports the immune system. Only intravenous administration of vitamin C can deliver the high doses found to be effective against cancer and supporting the immune system.

Is the protocol safe and is there a chemotherapy with which it should not be used?

There are no contraindications to giving intravenous vitamin C with any chemotherapy, if the protocol is followed.

Is high dose Vitamin C given intravenously safe?

IV vitamin C, when administered by a trained, experienced IV technician, is safe and well-tolerated, even at doses as high as 100,000 mg (100 grams) per day. Proper blood tests should be done to assure that it is well-tolerated, and the patient must be monitored. Doses should be gradually adjusted upward.

Can I have a Vitamin C IV while getting radiation or Chemo?

We always suggest getting approval from your Oncologist and we will gladly answer any questions or provide studies to your Oncologist. Vitamin C can be safely administered even while patients are undergoing chemo and radiation; in fact, the FDA-approved trial at Kansas University Medical Center explicitly permits the co-administration of vitamin C with conventional treatments.

My oncologist or radiologist is concerned that the intravenous vitamin C will reduce the effectiveness of my chemotherapy or radiology treatments. Is this true?

No. That’s a medical myth. At this time it does not appear that concurrently used intravenous vitamin C reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation. In addition, intravenous vitamin C is not an antioxidant; it is a pro-oxidant and, therefore, seems to augment the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation.

Intravenous vitamin C remains one of the key modalities employed by Orthomolecular Nutrition and Wellness Center in support of recovery from cancer, and it is hoped that additional research, now underway, will further document its benefits. To schedule an appointment or to speak with a practitioner about our IV protocols please call 727-518-9808.