If you or a loved one ever develops bladder cancer, conventional medicine can usually treat it well enough to send it into remission — especially if they find it early. But anyone who has had bladder cancer has an extremely high risk of recurrence. That means they only killed the cancer cells that were present. They didn't treat the cause of the tumor in the first place. And many times the recurrence is resistant to the drugs.
As a result, many integrative physicians will use vitamin C intravenously to battle the cancer. High-dose IV vitamin C is a powerful way to supercharge your immune system without any side effects. Taking high doses of vitamin C by mouth can cause diarrhea. So it's hard to take enough to get the highest effective doses.
But research recently found a way to battle this disease simply by combining vitamin C with extracts from the maitake mushroom.
In the study, researchers tested various natural treatments on bladder cancer. The only one that worked was the mushroom extracts. And when they combined the mushroom with vitamin C, they reduced the growth of cancer cells in the bladder by more than 90%.
What's more, there were some cases where the combination killed all of the cancer cells.
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The researchers said, "Vitamin C appears to act synergistically with these fractions to potentiate their bioactivity (cytotoxicity). No other products tested demonstrated such a synergistic potentiation with vitamin C.... It is thus plausible that these substances could be used, solely or combined with conventional modalities, for the treatment of superficial bladder cancer."
The reason the mushroom extracts and vitamin C worked so well is because both of them are fantastic immune-system boosters. And when you combine them, they seem to supercharge your immune system so it can fight the cancer directly without the destructive drugs.
It's quite possible many integrative doctors will begin using mushroom extracts in their cancer protocols. Some are already doing so. You can find a doctor near you who is willing to use these nutrients at www.acam.org.
But with cancer, it's always better to prevent than to treat. So it's a good idea to take medicinal mushrooms daily along with oral vitamin C (up to bowel tolerance). The best immune-boosting mushroom formula I know of is MycoPhyto Complex. It is a proven immune-system booster and can help your immune system fight cancer before it takes hold.
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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.