Can orange juice cure cancer?
An apple a day keeps the doctor away--but orange juice cures cancer. At least that's what researchers at the National Institutes of Health are reporting. To be fair, the treatment requires way more than a few glasses of orange juice. In actuality, it requires massive doses of intravenous vitamin C.
Just how promising is the treatment? Well, Dr. Scott Greenberg of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill, NJ has treated several patients successfully.
For example, one of Greenberg's patients was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to his brain, and yet another had breast cancer that could be seen protruding from her chest. Both were told their situations were grim. However, after several months both patients responded well to the vitamin C treatment, and today both are doing well and appear to be cancer free.
In fact, the breast cancer patient is past the critical five-year mark—typically considered a full remission.
While some researchers believe the treatment works by killing the cancer cells outright, others believe it is vitamin C's powerful antioxidant protection at work.
Both theories are right, to a degree. You see, just like chemotherapy, vitamin C produces hydrogen peroxide in the body—the same stuff you've been using to kill germs on cuts and abrasions all your life.
Hydrogen peroxide has a powerful oxidizing effect inside the body. And while oxidation (often referred to as free radical damage) is largely considered a bad thing, the flood of oxygen that results from the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide within the body actually destroys cancer cells—leaving healthy cells unharmed while super-charging the immune system.
However, unlike chemotherapy, side-effects are essentially non-existent. And, although the vitamin C treatment is not currently covered by insurance, the price of each treatment is only $125. Compare that to chemo and radiation therapies, which can easily reach into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Dr. Greenberg says that the therapy can be used in conjunction with more traditional therapies. But, just as is the case with chemo and radiation, the treatment doesn't work for everyone. But it's certainly worth the effort for patients battling with cancer.
About the author
Nationally acclaimed as America’s “Nutrition Physician,” Dr. Spreen has been helping people stay healthy and disease-free as a private doctor, published author, and noted researcher.
In addition to his role as a Senior Member of the prestigious Health Sciences Institute Advisory Panel in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Spreen also coaches diving at the international and Olympic levels. NorthStar Nutritionals is proud to have Dr. Spreen as our Chief Research Advisor.
Dr. Spreen also writes the Guide to Good Health.