Cheap nutrient allows cancer patients to live longer, better lives
November 24, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 92
Many years ago, I helped a friend with breast cancer find a doctor who could treat the cancer without all the drastic side effects she experience with chemotherapy. While meeting with the doctor, he said something that surprised her. He said, “I cannot cure cancer. Only God can do that. But I can help you live a long productive life with the cancer.”
The problem with his answer was that his protocol required very expensive treatments that weren’t covered by insurance. They worked incredibly well. But it would cost a fortune to maintain the treatments. What he didn’t know at that time is that there’s a very inexpensive nutrient that can help do the same thing.
A recent study out of Norway measured the vitamin D levels of 658 cancer patients at the time of their diagnosis. Then they divided the patients into one of four groups based on their vitamin D levels. The groups ranged from high (high for the participants, not actual high levels of vitamin D), medium-high, medium-low, and low levels of the nutrient. Then they compared their risk of dying. What they found is astounding. Those in the “low” group were 2.5 times more likely to die from their disease than those in the “high” group.
What’s more, they found this to be true no matter what cancer they had. The participants had either breast, colon, lung or lymphoma cancer. In every case, those patients with the lowest levels of vitamin D had the poorest prognosis.
If that weren’t enough, other studies are finding that the treatment these patients chose can make their prognosis even worse. If they chose chemotherapy, for instance, it can dramatically shorten their expected life span. One study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in New York found that the cancer patients using chemotherapy were 400% more likely to have “severely low” (less than 15 mg/ml) vitamin D levels.
Another study showed that 79.5% of breast cancer patients were deficient in vitamin D (levels below 30 ng/ml) prior to treatment. That number went up to 97.4% after treatment with chemotherapy. The chemotherapy caused the median vitamin D level to drop from 21.3 ng/ml to 14.7 ng/ml. In other words, the chemotherapy made almost every single cancer patient severely deficient in a nutrient that can extend their life.
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Finally, another study from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that vitamin D doses of 2,000 IU daily were not enough to restore the blood levels of chemotherapy patients to a healthy level. It took doses of 50,000 IU weekly to get levels above 50 ng/ml – a healthy level of vitamin D.
So if you have cancer, whether you take chemotherapy or not, you have to pay attention to your vitamin D levels. It may not cure your cancer, but it can help you live longer. And it will boost your immune system, which is vital if you want to cure the disease. If you’re taking chemotherapy, you’ll want to work with an integrative physician (find one at www.acam.org) who can help you find the right high-dose regimen to follow for your case. Sometimes it takes 10,000 IU a day or more to keep your levels in the optimum levels. Make sure your doctor tests your vitamin D levels regularly to make sure you stay above 50 ng/ml.
One final note: Taking 5,000 IU of vitamin D every day may help you avoid cancer in the first place. Almost all cancer patients are low in vitamin D. So make sure you’re taking it. You can order a high-dose vitamin D tablet (5,000 IU per tablet) by following this link
Your Insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.