Tracy A. Lord, DVM
Vitamin C Therapy
We all know that Vitamin C is a very potent and effective anti-oxidant, but
did you know that when given at high doses of vitamin C actually goes
from being an antioxidant to an oxidant? It is true. At levels that can only
practically be achieved by giving a pure form of Vitamin C in an IV drip,
Vitamin C becomes an oxidant that is highly effective in treating a variety of conditions. At these very high concentrations, Vitamin C forms a hydroxyl radical (an oxidant) which healthy cells are able to breakdown with a catalase. Cancer cells and other “stressed” cells do not have this catalase and will thus be damaged or killed. Thus the vitamin C is going to be working selectively as an oxidant and can be used in the treatment of many types of cancer and other conditions such as arthritis in which inflammation is a factor.
Most of the research on this therapy is coming out of the human field with
the Riorden clinic in Texas and Kansas University doing most of the work.
There are a few veterinary clinics that have been using this modality
extensively for long periods of time and we've been working with them to
develop our protocols at Four Paws.
Clinically, we cannot guarantee that tumors will shrink or that organs in
failure will improve. We do, however, expect that virtually all of our
patients will feel better from the therapy as it is an intense detoxification.
In cases of cancer it is most effective in the early stages of disease.
Severe arthritis and other conditions can also be effectively treated.
At Four Paws, we do not use this as a stand alone therapy for most
disease processes, but as an important part of therapy that can work with
our other modalities to greatly improve quality of life for a great number of
Miss Gracie looks great at her post- Vitamin C follow-up. Can you believe she was diagnosed with cardiac hemangiosarcoma before she came to see us?