Vitamin C and cancer. Cure?

Going as far back as the 1950’s, doctor’s speculated the cause of cancer was a vitamin C deficiency.  In the 1970’s the relationship between vitamin C and cancer was studied when it was discovered that high doses of vitamin C help fight cancer cell growth. 

There is no debate amongst the scientific community about the veracity of this. It has been repeatedly observed high doses of vitamin C administered intravenously were effective in many patients suffering from prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, and other types of cancer. In chemotherapy treatment is has been shown to lessen the discomfort experienced by patients.

Recently the mechanism behind this has been discovered. Apparently vitamin C turns into hydrogen peroxide in the body which is damaging to all tissue and DNA. Whilst normal healthy cells tend to get rid of the hydrogen-peroxide quite quickly, tumor cells have low levels of the catalase enzyme which makes it harder for them, effectively killing them.

This does not mean start taking 20 grams of vitamin C every day. Even if you don’t get kidney stones it will be very hard on your kidneys. Besides, in studies the effect was mainly seen when administered intravenously.

However, there is no argument whether or not it does aid treatment.

Vitamin C passes human safety trial.

Although the group observed was very small in number, the effect was indisputable. 11 patients suffering from brain cancer were administered with vitamin C for a total period of 9 months, along with the standard chemo and radation  therapy.

The tests were a success with patients who were in the vitamin C group surviving for up 4 to 6 months longer than the patients receiving conventional treatment.  Those suffering from Glioblastoma survived for a longer 22 months compared to the average groups 16 months. Next tests will be targeting lung cancer.

 

Are multi-vitamins creating monster sewer rats?

Our obsession with multi-vitamins is well documented.  In 2017 the global market for multi-vitamins amassed $383.06 billion.  By 2023 it is expected to reach $561.38 billion. Which perfectly expains why even our physicians recommend the daily intake of a multi-vitamin for a healthy adult despite there being next to no evidence of this being at all beneficial.

“There’s no evidence, no hard evidence that in the nutritionally replete, the person who consumes some fruits and vegetables every day, benefits. I don’t know why doctors recommend them. But it’s very time-consuming trying to talk someone out of doing something that’s pretty innocuous.”  – Thomas Barringer, M.D., medical director of the center for cardiovascular health at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C

A large percentage of all these multi-vitamins simply cannot be absorbed by the body. Even if your body is in dire need of vitamin C  that 1000mg capsule you’re popping will only be absorbed at max 50%. Where does the rest go? Down the toilet.

So what effect does this have on our rats?

In the early 2000’s there was a huge rat found in a New York pizza franchise. Online he was affectionately nicknamed “Master Splinter.” and sometimes referred to as the “Beast of the Bronx.”

Master Splinter/ The Beast of the Bronx.

Whilst there’s nothing normal about rat infestations on food preparing premises, the main conversational topic was it’s size.

This rat, the Rattus norvegicus. Is meant to be 350gram.

Clearly this rat has surpassed these  expectations, so what can explain it’s size? Could multi-vitamins have been the cause of this? One PhD student of Fordham University who conducted a study on the brown rat of New York City seems to think so.

However it seems there is a physiological limit to the brown rat’s maximum size, further increase is simply not possible(yet.)

Maybe what we should really be worried about are all those antibiotics were flushing down the toilet,  researchers at the University of British Columbia have recently found rats with strains of Salmonella and E Coli which were immune to antibiotic treatment.