When you think of Naturopathic Medicine and Cancer do you think only of Prevention and Recovery? You may be surprised to learn there are therapies used by naturopathic doctors that actually help in the treatment of the disease process. One such therapy is the use of high-dose vitamin C (ascorbate), administered by IV (intravenous).
Why IV? In order to achieve an effective level of ascorbate in the blood, it needs to be administrated directly in the vein. If you tried to ingest the same amount orally your body could not absorb it efficiently and you would simply end up with ascorbate-rich diarrhea!
Effects of Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy, as supported by the research literature, include:
- support for immune function of patient between chemotherapy treatments
- cytotoxicity (being toxic to many cancer cells)
- inhibition of tumour growth
- protection of healthy tissues from the effects of conventional treatments
- enhancing the effects of some chemotherapeutics
Clinically, seeing people enjoy a greater quality of life while dealing with a terminal cancer diagnosis, and its associated treatments, is the greatest gift of offering this service.
Naturopathic doctors work individually with each client and their personal goals of treatment. Many are looking for treatments to complement the conventional therapies they are currently receiving (Eg. surgery, radiation, chemotherapy). Some are looking for treatments to follow the surgical removal of their tumours, while others elect to postpone conventional treatments in favour of “a natural approach.” Naturopaths strive to honour the personal choices of their patients; however, if a conventional treatment regime is required and is the most appropriate course of action for the individual patient, a naturopath will strongly encourage him or her to seek that therapy.
The take-home message is... you have options worth exploring.
For more information and personalized recommendations, consult your licensed naturopathic doctor.