IV Therapy

High Doses Vitamin C IV

It is considered that a dose of vitamin C below 15 grams has an anti-oxidant effect while a dose above 15g has a pro-oxidant effect.  In cancer treatment, high doses vitamin C IV are used for their pro-oxidative effect. The mechanism of action is as follows:  Cancer cells are anaerobic (do not use oxygen to produce energy) and use glucose instead.  Therefore, they require more glucose than normal cells and are very avid of glucose. Vitamin C and glucose are similar in structure and when large amounts of vitamin C are in the blood, cancer cells accept a lot of vitamin C thinking it is glucose and get saturated with vitamin C.  Vitamin C reacts with iron to make hydrogen peroxide which is processed by normal cells to non-toxic compounds through the enzyme catalase.  However, cancer cells are catalase deficient, and cannot process hydrogen peroxide, which becomes toxic to them and destroys them. High doses vitamin C therapy has been researched and is now widely accepted in the US as a complementary cancer treatment.  High doses IVC do not have side effects, and can be used to treat most types of cancers.  We use a non-corn source, made from casaba.

High doses of vitamin C IV have been studied in many types of cancer:  Lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and has shown positive results.  It is our experience that high doses of vitamin C used in conjunction with other therapies contributes efficaciously to decrease tumor load.

IVC and chemotherapy Studies show that HDIVC reinforces the efficacy of chemotherapeutic drugs.


 An enzyme called Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) must be measured prior to administering high doses of vitamin C and must be within normal limits.  Note that we have had patients who showed a low G6PD after chemotherapy and who’s G6PD came back within normal range 10 days after chemotherapy. Kidney function must be normal and High Doses vitamin C IV is contraindicated in the case of kidney failure.  Infusions have been administered successfully to patients with kidney cancer after nephrectomy.

Side effects:

Dehydration.  It is important to drink water during or after the infusion.

Lowering of the blood sugar. This effect is due to glucose and vitamin C similarity in structure.  They both stimulate the release of insulin from the pancreas and subsequently lower blood sugar.