Mistletoe Therapy (Helixor, Iscador, Viscosan) European Mistletoe (Viscum album) is an alternative cancer treatment for patients with all types of cancer or precancerous conditions. It’s use began in the 1920’s with Rudolf Steiner, PhD, founder of the Society for Cancer Research in Arlesheim, Switzerland. Mistletoe is given as subcutaneous or intravenous injections.
Studies have shown that Mistletoe injections have the following effects:
Are Mistletoe Injections Safe?
Collection and evaluation of spontaneously reported side effects in over 300,000 patients over 28 years have shown the relative frequency of side effects to be 0.004%. In 66% of patients there was a harmless local reaction or fever and all side effects were completely reversible with no death and no damage to organs.
Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid (AA) was first implicated as an anti-cancer agent through the research of nobel Prize Winner Dr. Linus Pauling PhD and Dr. Ewan Cameron MD. Their first clinical trial began in 1971 and the results of this and other research was published in the book “Cancer and Vitamin C” in 1979. In their clinical trial they found a four-fold increase in survival time by those individuals treated with 10,000 mg of AA intravenously.
It has been shown that Vitamin C (ascorbic acid/ascorbate) may improve the outcome in cancer through its function in several critical areas:
Vitamin C increases the resistance to infectious agents by improving lymphocyte function, enhancing bactericidal activity, and modulating complement protein thereby strengthening cellular immunity.
Augmentative treatment to medical therapies
Vitamin C may be able to enhance the toxicity of chemotherapy and radiation against cancer cells. The use of chemotherapeutic agents alone in the treatment of cancer often suppresses the immune system and has numerous side effects due to its toxicity to healthy cells.
Slowing the growth or reversing the cancer process
Vitamin C generates large amounts of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) which acts as a potent free radical and is toxic to cells. Healthy cells produce a 10-100 fold greater content than in tumour cells of an enzyme called catalase. Catalase protects against the effects of H2O2. When Vitamin C is given at correct dosages there is a preferential cytotoxicity of cancer cells with negligible effects to the host. Studies have indicated that the intravenous infusion of ascorbic acid to achieve a plasma concentration of 400 mg/dL is lethal to most tumour cells.
Vitamin C strengthens the integrity of the extracellular matrix. This increases stromal resistance and effectively “walls off” the tumour thus preventing its growth and metastasis.
Why Intravenous Versus Oral Dosing of Ascorbic Acid?
Oral AA is absorbed through the intestinal lumen in an energy and dose dependent process. It rapidly peaks so that at doses over 2g orally less than 20% is actually absorbed. Large quantities of Ascorbic Acid in the intestinal tract bring water with it leading to gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea. Research has shown that high doses of vitamin C have significant cyto-toxic effects. These doses can only be achieved in humans by high dose intravenous administration.
Precautions and Potential Side Effects
The side effects experienced with intravenous administration of Vitamin C are infrequent and are generally related to effects that maybe experienced to intravenous treatments in general.
The Mechanism of Action of Vitamin C in Cancer
Vitamin C is an important extracellular anti-oxidant and plays a role in a host of biochemical reactions in the body. Vitamin C has been validated as supportive therapy in Case studies, Preclinical trials and cancer cell research. The results of these studies show that vitamin C acts in the following ways:
Vitamin C in high doses leads to the production of large amounts of hydrogen peroxide in the connective tissue of the body. Hydrogen peroxide is an important oxidative molecule involved in many immune reactions in the body. In healthy cells, the hydrogen peroxide is absorbed and then quenched with intra-cellular anti-oxidants, but in cancer cells they often lack sufficient levels of anti-oxidants so hydrogen peroxide will build up. As levels of hydrogen peroxide rise in cancer cells they eventually go through apoptosis (programmed cell death).
Most tumours require the activity of various enzymes in order to invade and metastasize. Ascorbic Acid inhibits the activity of these enzymes and promotes the production of collagen which may play a role in stabilizing the tumour and preventing local tissue invasion.
Ascorbic Acid has been tested in tissue cultures and animal models in combination with many different chemotherapeutics to evaluate a combined effect on tumours. Most well designed trials have shown a generally positive enhancement of chemotherapeutic success in studies where chemotherapy is combined with Ascorbic Acid.
Glutathione is a unique nutrient synthesized from three amino acids (cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine). It is produced naturally and plays a vital role in three main functions: Antioxidant, Immune enhancer, Detoxifier
The GSH (Glutathione) antioxidant system is the body’s powerhouse for diffusing and disposing of free radicals that threaten cell, tissue and organ damage, thus slowing the approach of aging. Age-specific decreases are seen in all tissues, including the liver, kidney, heart, spleen and brain. This increases the risk of disease and impairment.
Blood glutathione concentrations in younger people (20-40 years) are 20-40% higher than in people aged 60-80 years. Higher glutathione levels corresponded to reduced effects of aging and better general health. Those with higher glutathione levels experience about one-third the rate of arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, circulatory difficulties and other maladies.
As we age, glutathione levels fall and we become increasingly susceptible to the toxic threats of many drugs and pollutants. A reduction in glutathione levels diminishes the body’s ability to detoxify poisons, including toxic doses of acetaminophen.
There is little doubt that cellular oxidative damage contributes to aging and the many diseases that accompany it. We also know that oxy-radicals, or free radicals, are highly destructive. Given that glutathione is a powerful antioxidant, detoxifier and immune stimulant, the connection between longevity and healthy glutathione levels is both fascinating and compelling.
Glutathione is well recognized for the following:
How does Glutathione help prevent cancers and other diseases?
Free radicals are pro-oxidants, a normal by-product of energy production and other cellular activities. As the cell’s major antioxidant, glutathione neutralizes the damaging potential of free radicals. Glutathione enhances the effect of other antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E and selenium, each of which plays their own particular role in the non-stop fight against free radicals.
Glutathione prevents DNA mutation, as well as repairing damaged DNA. It contributes to the synthesis of new DNA.
As a potent detoxifier it neutralizes and facilitates elimination of many environmental carcinogens and mutagens, also heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic).
Glutathione is a crucial player in the immune system and is directly involved in the replication and growth of T-cell lymphocytes. The lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell that targets specific disease agents and helps coordinate the body’s response to infection.
Orally glutathione is generally found in its precursor form. Foods that contain the highest level of pre-formed glutathione include: avocado, cauliflower, parsley, potatoes, squash, okra, walnuts, oranges, beets, carrots, broccoli, asparagus and raw tomatoes.
Intravenous infusion of glutathione is the most bio-available to the system and enables therapeutic effect more rapidly.
Vitamin and Mineral (“ Myers’ Cocktail”)
This formula contains magnesium, calcium, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin C and trace minerals. The nutrient mix is combined specifically by condition and individual requirements.
Why infusion (IV) is preferable to the oral route
When nutrients are infused, there is direct access into the vascular (blood) system. This bypasses absorption via the gastro-intestinal tract, which can often be a limiting factor.
IV nutrients achieve serum concentrations that are not obtainable with oral or even intramuscular administration. Due to saturation of intestinal absorption and an increase in clearance by the kidneys oral dosing reaches a limited concentration in the blood. Delivery by IV administers a plasma level of the nutrient almost 10 times that of oral. These doses are desired to have a more rapid effect. For instance, the acute antiviral effect of vitamin C has been demonstrated at a concentration of 10 to 15 mg/dL. This is a level that can only be obtained by an infusion.
Nutrient infusions have been shown to have the following effects in the body:
Conditions and symptoms treated with Nutrient Infusions include:
Our body deals with bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic pathogens on a daily basis. In some cases the pathogen is not completely cleared from the system resulting in possible chronic effects leading to persistent symptoms. Our immune system does not allow the infections to cause symptoms when we are healthy. When the immune system functions poorly or is overly stressed, the load of chronic infection becomes overwhelming. The result of this may be the sense of feeling generally unwell, fatigued and sore.
In chronically ill individuals we make an extra effort to screen for more common chronic infections such as: Nanobacterium sanguineum, Lyme Disease, Helicobactor Pylori, ASO Titre, and Mycoplasma to name a few. In addition we test for inflammatory markers (ESR, hsCRP, etc) or markers of immune dysfunction (abnormal Vitamin D ratios, elevated heavy metals, etc).
If the test results or the clinical picture suggests an underlying chronic infection, there are a number of treatment options using both traditional methods (antibiotics) or alternative therapies such as Intravenous Vitamin C, Glutathione, MSM, Colloidal Silver, targeted nutrients and botanicals. These are typically administered by intravenous therapy.