Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has been demonstrated to improve immune function, increase resistance to infection and protect against a wide range of diseases.
When given in high doses into the blood stream, Vitamin C, has been shown to have therapeutic benefit in the process of wound healing, treating burns and snake bites, fighting viral infections, metabolizing anesthetic agents and anti-cancer effects that can help support patients naturally in the fight against cancer.
How does Vitamin C cause this non-toxic chemotherapeutic effect in the body without damaging normal healthy cells?
Essentially, at high doses, Vitamin C interacts with Iron and other metals in the body to create hydrogen peroxide. Healthy cells are not susceptible to the hydrogen peroxide, but in cancer cells it damages the DNA and the mitochondria of the cell, shutting down their energy supply and resulting in death of the cancer cell, all the while leaving healthy cells unaffected.
It is also known to stimulate collagen formation around the tumor, helping the body to wall off the mass. Additionally, it helps to prevent metastasis and spread to other areas of the body through its inhibition of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that tumors use to spread to other distant sites in the body.
Unfortunately, just giving oral Vitamin C supplements by mouth will not result in high enough blood levels to induce the anti-tumor effects. It must be administered Intravenously (via a blood vessel) and is delivered over 1 to 2 hours as a slow IV drip.
Indications for IV Vitamin C Therapy include cancer, burns, snakebites, poorly healing wounds, viral infections, immune deficiencies and can also be administered to senior pets after anesthesia and surgery to help them metabolize the anesthetic agent and hasten their recover from anesthesia and surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about IV Vitamin C an option for your pet, please contact us at (248) 779-8000 for more information or to schedule an Integrative Medicine Consultation.