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Default High Dose Vitamin C and Terminal Cancer Patients

High Dose Vitamin C Improves Quality of Life in Terminal Cancer Patients

Summary: In a study involving 39 terminal cancer patients, high dose vitamin C therapy was found to significantly improve quality of life.

Patients were given an IV dose of vitamin C (10 g) twice, with a 3-day interval. In addition, they were given 4 g/day vitamin C, taken orally, for one week.

Results showed significant improvements in health score (assessed via the global health/quality of life scale), from 36 at baseline to 55 after vitamin C therapy. Significant reductions in fatigue, nausea/vomiting, pain, and appetite loss were reported.

Furthermore, higher scores for physical function, emotions, and cognitive function were reported.

The authors conclude, "Although there is still controversy regarding anticancer effects of vitamin C, the use of vitamin C is considered a safe and effective therapy to improve the quality of life of terminal cancer patients." Additional research is warranted.

And then there's this:

There is actually a wide spectrum of medical uses for vitamin C. Evidence exists documenting it as the best antiviral agent now available ... IF used at the proper dose. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. Vitamin C will enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system's ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections.

Now the National Institutes of Health has published evidence demonstrating vitamin C's anti-cancer properties. With so many medical benefits, why do so few doctors know of them?

One explanation stems from ascorbic acid's designation as a "vitamin." Consider Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary's definition of vitamin: A general term for a number of unrelated organic substances that occur in many foods in small amounts that are necessary in trace amounts for the normal metabolic functioning of the body.

As a vitamin, only a minuscule 60 mg of ascorbic acid is needed to prevent the emergence of scurvy symptoms. As a medical treatment for cancer and life-threatening infections and toxic exposures, tens of thousands of milligrams of ascorbic acid must be administered, often by the intravenous (IV) as well as the oral route.

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