Insulin Potentiation Therapy is a somewhat alternative way of treating Stave IV cancer, though some mainstream physicians have come to accept it. Developed in the 1930s, the treatment initially required doctors to put patients into a coma with heavy doses of insulin. Over the decades, IPT no longer includes the coma stage, and success with the treatment has been shown. However, the AMA has determined that most physicians should not use it.
Cancer cells gorge on blood sugar, and they are also highly receptive to insulin. IPT works because the intense amount of insulin delivered to the patient hit these cells and cause them to be more receptive to the chemotherapy that follows. Done in a medical setting, IPT begins with an IV of insulin. Once blood sugar levels drop drastically, a physician give the patient an IV dose of chemotherapy.
Left in that state, a patient would likely suffer the fallout of severely low blood sugar. Because of that, an IV sugar solution is immediately administered to the patient to bring his blood sugar levels back up. One reason IPT is used by some physicians is its potency. Most of the time, chemotherapy can be given at a much lower dosage than without the use of IPT. Ultimately, the chemotherapy drugs destroy the cancer cells it attacks, with the insulin allowing it to “piggyback” into those targeted cells.
Here are some quick facts about IPT:
- Cancer cells have more insulin receptors than healthy cells
- Once they get blood sugar into them, cancer cells burn through it quickly
- In a sense, cancer cells are greedy and steal glucose from healthy cells, causing cancer patients to lose dramatic amounts of weight
Alternatives to IPT
Although cancer cells are killed through chemotherapy treatment, the body is also left drained of vital nutrients, such as Vitamin C. Intravenous Vitamin C has been shown to kill cancer cells. However, there are IV Vitamin C side effects. Some studies have shown that it decreases the effect of chemotherapy.
Glutathione injections are another way to tackle cancer. They help detoxify the body, which in turn leads to lower risk of developing cancer. However, just like Vitamin C, Glutathione injection side effects include diminishing the effect of chemotherapy such as cisplatin.
There are some types of alternative therapies not recommended for cancer patients. Platelets rich plasma injections, for example, because when combined with chemotherapy, it has been linked to low levels of platelets.