Vitamin C has taken a backseat in recent years with the advent of many newer antioxidants, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Vitamin C is clearly the ‘grandfather’ of the traditional antioxidants we know of, and its potent health benefits have been clearly established.
Dr. Ronald Hunninghake is an internationally recognized expert on this vitamin. He got his start in this field about 22 years ago when he joined Dr. Hugh Riordan, who conducted research on intravenous (I.V.) vitamin C for cancer patients. His clinic is the successor to Linus Pauling and his work on vitamin C, and there is likely no clinic in the world with as much experience as his.
Dr. Hunninghake’s Experience with Vitamin C for Cancer and Infectious Diseases
Dr. Riordan carried on a 15-year long research project called RECNAC (cancer spelled backwards). His groundbreaking research in cell cultures showed that vitamin C was selectively cytotoxic against cancer cells.
Together, Hunninghake and Riordan conducted studies with a series of patients who had either stage 3 and stage 4 cancer.
“I.V. vitamin C was found to be very beneficial,” Hunninghake says. “It’s not considered a stand-alone therapy for cancer, but it’s a perfect adjunct to any kind of therapy that the cancer patient is receiving at this time.
It will reduce side effects and improve quality of life. There have actually been two major studies now showing how it improves quality of life.”
Cancer is clearly a life threatening disease, and most cancer patients also experience depression, pain, and tremendous fatigue – all of which can make treatment all the more difficult.
These are all signs of scurvy, which is the result of vitamin C deficiency… And if you actually measure vitamin C levels in cancer patients, especially advanced cancer patients, most, if not all, are vitamin C deficient, Hunninghake claims.
“One of the things that I.V. vitamin C does is it immediately relieves their scurvy symptoms,” Hunninghake says. “So they start having a greater sense of well being. They don’t need as much pain medicine. Their appetite improves. Their mood improves. They have a better quality of life.”
Vitamin C may be better known, however, for its benefits for infectious diseases.
Dr. Hunninghake remarked:
“Certainly, anyone that’s got a cold or a flu, or chronic fatigue, or any chronic viral infection, we do use [vitamin C].
… Dr. Levy wrote “Curing the Incurable,” which is a fantastic book about vitamin C for infectious disease and toxin control. So certainly, I.V. vitamin C works very well for infectious diseases, as well as cancer.”
A perfect example of the healing power of this antioxidant vitamin is the dramatic case of Allan Smith, who contracted a serious case of swine flu, and was brought back from the brink of death using a combination of IV and oral vitamin C. (Interestingly, Smith is now also free of the cancer he was diagnosed with while undergoing treatment for swine flu…)
“It’s definitely a very underutilized modality in infectious disease,” Hunninghake says.
“It’s really a premiere treatment for any chronic infection. Again, it’s not typically recognized by conventional medicine.”