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Low Dose Chemotherapy

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT)

One of the worst complaints cancer patients have about chemotherapy treatments are the side effects. We’ve all seen people suffering through chemo. They lose their hair. They have no energy. They bruise easily. Their immune system is so low, they often suffer through infections. They feel awful, often suffering through nausea and vomiting. What they have to go through to fight their cancer is terrible.

What if cancer patients could get all of the cancer-killing benefits of chemotherapy without all the terrible side effects? It might seem too good to be true. But doctors have been using a much safer form of chemotherapy for decades. It’s called insulin potentiation therapy or IPT.

In 1945, Donato Perez Garcia, MD first used IPT to treat cancer. For over 20 years, he had been studying how to use insulin to treat disease. Everyone knew it could help diabetics. However, Dr. Garcia wanted to see if he could use it to treat chronic digestive illnesses. When he found that he could, he moved on to other illnesses. When it first treated cancer in 1945, the results were astonishing.

How does IPT work? It’s really very simple. Cancer cells burn glucose for energy. In fact, glucose is cancer’s primarily source for energy. While other cells in the body can burn fat, cancer cells require glucose. Almost all cells in the human body require insulin to allow the glucose to enter. Since cancer cells are totally dependent on glucose as their only energy source, they have many more insulin receptors on their membranes. They may have from six to fifteen times the number of insulin receptors as normal cells. This allows them to eat up glucose much faster than normal cells.

When insulin opens up the cancer cell for the glucose to enter, it also allows other substances to enter – including chemotherapy drugs. Since cancer cells have so many more insulin receptors than normal cells, administering insulin prior to giving chemotherapy opens up the cancer cells. These open cancer cells will then “suck up” the chemotherapy drugs. This does two things: It keeps the normal cells from soaking up so much of the chemotherapy and it allows the doctor to target the cancer cells with the chemotherapy. The benefits are obvious:

  • Less chemotherapy is needed to attack the cancer
  • The patient experiences fewer negative side effects
  • The cancer cells absorb more chemotherapy allowing the drugs to poison and kill the cells.

A study in the early 1980s showed that the chemotherapy drug methotrexate had its ability to kill breast cancer cells magnified 10,000 times when the cells were prepared with insulin!

Insulin has another benefit in fighting cancer. It causes cancer cells to enter a phase of DNA synthesis and cell division. This is when cells become the most vulnerable. So it not only opens the cells up, it also makes them more vulnerable to the chemo.

If you would like more information on low dose chemotherapy (IPT), please contact Real Health Medical by calling 678-990-5401 or completing a contact form.