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Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
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Cancer Channel
Reported December 18, 2012

Alternative Cancer Care: Therapy or Quackery?

FAIRFAX, Va. (Ivanhoe Newswire) - Nearly 12 million Americans are living with cancer. Most will try traditional therapies to treat their disease. Now, there’s another way some say is just as successful without the harsh side effects, but the doctor we spoke with isn’t convinced.  Ivanhoe has both sides of the story.

Chemo to kill it, radiation to burn it, or surgery to cut it out.

Greg Babcock tried the standard therapies but when his testicular cancer came back, this busy ad exec didn’t want harsh treatments to slow him down.

“I knew there had to be an alternative,” Greg Babcock, cancer patient, tells Ivanhoe.

Greg found one. Every week high-dose vitamins are pumped into his arm to boost his immune system.

“When the immune system is compromised, that continues to sort of feed the cancer,” said Pete Ewens, the President of Natural Horizons Wellness Center.

The vitamins are combined with IPT, insulin potentiation therapy. Patients fast, then receive insulin. The idea is to starve the cancer cells.

“Now, it’s going to eat anything that comes down the pipeline,” explains Ewens.

Then just 10% of standard chemo is delivered. The very low dose doesn’t pose harsh side effects. In fact, patients here say they have more energy than before treatment. 

But Oncologist David Riseberg says vitamin infusions and IPT are unproven treatments.

“This is kind of on the edge, and there is really no good data to support its use,” said Oncologist David Riseberg. “I think you got to stick with where the science is.” 

One small study did find 10 breast cancer patients who received IPT had smaller increases in tumor size than those on chemo. But the American Cancer Society says: “No scientific studies that show safety and effectiveness have been published in available peer-reviewed journals. These claims cannot be verified.”

A real cancer therapy or an unproven alternative?    

Greg says it worked for him. 

“After 12 weeks, I’m 100% cancer free,” exclaims Greg.

The vitamin cocktails and IPT infusions are personalized for each patient depending on their needs.

The treatments are expensive! At the center we profiled, patients pay between 1,600 and 2,600 dollars a week for a package that includes these two treatments.

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Natural Horizons Wellness Center

Dan Collins, Media Relations
Mercy Medical Center

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