Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some cancer patients trying vitamin-C treatment

From the Vancouver Sun:
When Sandra Quattrin was diagnosed with breast cancer nine months ago, she choose to treat it with vitamin-C infusions against the advice of her doctor, who prescribed chemotherapy.

The 44-year-old is one of several cancer patients receiving vitamin C intravenously at the Canadian Clinic for Integrative Medicine in Ontario, run by naturopathic doctor Denis Marier and partnered with a local hospice in Windsor.

The therapy is based on research that suggests vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, can be toxic to cancer cells when administered in high doses. First introduced about 30 years ago, the idea that vitamin C can successfully treat cancer is either dismissed outright or hotly debated among oncologists and scientists.

When Marier opened his clinic two years ago, "There was a lot of push back" from oncologists at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre, he said.

"But they're starting to come around. I'm not here to say I've got a different way and my way is better. ...more

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