Insulin Potentiation Therapy is a tool that physicians can use when treating Stage IV cancer. The treatment has been around for years, developed in the 1930s, but has become more effective with fewer side effects over time. Although the IPT has proven success, the AMA has decided that, in most states, traditional physicians should not be using it.
Some doctors have also espoused IPT treatment for infectious diseases, arthritis and other conditions. However, there is a subset of society that believes this type of treatment is not effective and can actually cause serious bodily harm due to a severe drop in blood sugar.
How IPT works
Simply put, IPT works on the premise that cancer cells tend to be very susceptible to insulin. They have more insulin receptors than healthy cells. A patient receiving IPT treatment must have it in a medical setting. A doctor administers IV insulin, dropping the blood sugar level to very low levels. At that point, chemotherapy drugs are administered.
Immediately after chemotherapy drugs are given, an IV sugar solution is given to the patient to bring up his blood sugar levels. In general cases, chemotherapy drugs can be given in much lower doses than traditional chemotherapy treatment. It is still the chemotherapy that kills cancer cells, while the insulin serves as a means to target specific cancer cells.
Here are three benefits of IPT:
- Less medication required
- Fewer side effects
- Targets cancer cells
New versus old IPT
Previously, IPT required patients to be placed into an insulin-induced coma in order for the treatment to be effective. This is the reason why much traditional medicine tends to not accept IPT. Dropping blood sugar levels so low can cause coma, shock, stoke or death. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, there is no data that supports the claim the IPT does in fact work to treat cancer better than traditional cancer treatment.
There are new ways of doing IPT including DMSO Potentiation Therapy, which amplifies the treatment. DMSO binds to the chemotherapy drugs and insulin helps it pass through the membranes of cancer cells. Alternative treatments, such as ancient Chinese herbal remedies, can be used in place of or in tandem with chemotherapy that is used in IPT. The Center for Integrated Medicine, a facility in Visalia, California, uses holistic approaches such as acupuncture and cupping to aid in cancer treatment.