Linus Pauling was right

Truthfully, I haven’t read the work of Linus Pauling, but I know he was a big advocate of Vitamin C as a powerful human health enhancer. We’ve all heard about the importance of anti-oxidants like Vitamin C: they scavenge for free radicals in the body and convert them into normal molecules. Well, turns out that in high doses, much higher than one could ever consume orally, Vitamin C becomes a pro-oxidant, effectively creating small amounts of hydrogen peroxide, which cause abnormal cells like cancer cells to die. Here is an article that discusses the sciences in some detail (and there are MANY others as a Google search will reveal): Others of interest:,,

This unique ability of intravenous Vitamin C to cause apoptosis (the death of cancer cells) was first mentioned to us by the folks at Amitabha Clinic in Sebastopol, an integrative oncology center where we went for a consult on the recommendation of Ed Bauman. This past Monday Tad had his first treatment, 25 grams of C in a “cocktail” that also included some trace minerals. The dose will build gradually to 50 grams of C with Vitamin K1 included in the mix.

Tad will have a treatment every Monday for several weeks ($240 a pop with no help from Blue Shield, ouch!). The purpose is to super-charge the effect of his conventional chemotherapy, and we will monitor the impact by following his tumor marker (CEA) and liver enzyme numbers.

It always feels good to add something new and potentially potent to the program — every proactive step in this journey increases the possibility of a complete cure for Tad’s cancer. We are keeping the faith that it can happen!

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6)

The brand Tad is taking

Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) has shown impressive anti-tumor effects in scientific studies in the USA, Japan, and elsewhere (see websites mentioned below for details). Through a complex process I couldn’t explain if my life depended on it, it can target malignant cells and revert them to normal cell function.

We first heard about IP6 from Ed Bauman — one more thing to thank him for. Not surprisingly, our oncologist never mentioned it. Despite very promising studies, it’s not one of the annointed chemotherapy drugs from Big Pharma, so it is relegated to the sidelines.

IP6 derived from rice bran is available in pill form. IP-6 occurs naturally in grains like brown rice and corn, sesame seeds, legumes, and other high-fiber foods. It is a food, not a drug — meaning no digestion issues and no detox issues when used in recommended doses. Since it could help a lot and couldn’t hurt, it has become a regular part of Tad’s regimen.

Any trained scientists among you will understand the research better than I do, so I invite you to see the following. As for me, just reading the abstracts was encouraging enough to put it on our list.

Here are a few interesting tidbits from the research:

“Nature’s most effective iron-chelating molecule is inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), found naturally in seeds and bran. IP6 is a selective agent against cancer cells. Because cancer cells are high in iron content, IP6 directs most of its attention to abnormal cells. IP6 selectively removes iron from tumors cells, which deprives them of their primary growth factor. IP6 does not remove iron from red blood cells, which are tightly bound to hemoglobin. Unlike cancer drugs, healthy cells are not affected with IP6, so IP6 has very low toxicity. [Deliliers GL, British J Haematology 117: 577–87, 2002]”

“There have been numerous lab dish and animal studies that conclusively prove IP6 is an effective and non-toxic anti-cancer molecule. But the National Cancer Institute has never seen fit to conduct a human trial even though IP6 made it on a list of promising anti-cancer agents. [Fox CH, Complementary Therapy Med 10: 229–34, 2003]”

“In 2001 Food and Drug Administration researchers reported that 8 of 12 chelating agents tested were mutagenic (caused gene mutations). Among the four non-toxic chelators was IP6. [Whittaker P, Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis 38: 347–56, 2001]”

As an alternative to chelating drugs, IP6 has been shown to desirably alter the expression of proteins produced by the p21 and p53 genes that control cancer growth, but goes unused as a cancer treatment. [Saied IT, Anticancer Research 18: 1479–84, 1998]”

IP6 enhances the anti-cancer effects of Adriamycin and Tamoxifen, two commonly used cancer drugs. [Tantivejkul K, Breast Cancer Research Treatment 79: 301–12, 2003]”


The Avemar Adventure

UPDATE: Since writing the following post, I have learned that AveUltra is temporarily unavailable. A local herb impresario informs me that his distributors have been told they can no longer carry it. Something is afoot behind the scenes, which I don’t have time to investigate fully at the moment. So, we have ordered the OLD version of Avemar, produced in Hungary, now sold as AWGE (Avemar Wheat Germ Extract). It is the very version all the studies used, so nothing to worry about except more fructose in the mix (cancer loves sugar, you know, but we believe the benefits outweigh the risks). According to the sole U.S. distributor of this earlier form of Avemar, the two products are not molecularly identical and lawsuits are currently underway regarding the poor efficacy of AveUltra.  Pending further developments, we have switched our allegiance to AWGE . Learn more about it HERE.

It was the nutritionist at the chemo clinic who first mentioned a fermented wheat germ anti-cancer supplement called Avemar. Her job is to check in with cancer patients as they sit in their recliners being fed the chemo drugs, and it was clear in our very first conversation that we shared a passion for the food-health connection. She had samples of Avemar in her desk draw and sent us home with one.

After checking with Ed B. about it, Tad and I decided to hold off, since the chemical soup in Tad’s veins was already rich enough. Ed knew Avemar would be an expensive addition to the supplement plan and didn’t want us to waste our money on something whose effectiveness would likely be cancelled out by chemo, etc. (I later learned that the studies on Avemar deem it very helpful for patients on chemo, so everyone needs to make that call for themselves.)

Once Tad decided to quit the chemo, Avemar was back on our minds. After reading all I could find about it on the Internet, I was impressed enough to order it and went online to do so, only to learn that the situation was a bit complicated. Last fall, the product’s inventor, a Hungarian scientist named Mate Hidvegi, developed a new freeze-dried form of Avemar to replace the earlier version. Previously, each dose of powder weighed 17.5g, 5 g of Avemar and most of the rest fructose. The new product, called AveUltra, weighs only 5.3g per dose, 5g of Avemar and the rest fructose and stevia to improve the taste. Both versions were still available for purchase and I wasn’t sure which way to go.

I was concerned about the fact that the clinical studies on the product had all been done using the original form, but a conversation with a high-up employee of the AveUltra distributor assured me that every batch of the product is tested on cancer cell lines to insure a high standard of effectiveness.

Avemar has been part of Tad’s regimen for almost a month now, and we feel certain it’s part of the synergy that is healing the cancer and keeping him feeling well. Last week he paused as he was putting on his shoes for our daily walk, looked over at me and said, “You know what, we’re going to pull off this miracle. I can feel it in my body.” Such words are food for my heart and soul. I feel so grateful for Avemar, IP6, and all the other supps that are helping to make the magic happen.