The George Protocol had its beginnings in the early 1980s when Dr. Frank George was completing his internship at the Riverside Osteopathic Hospital in Michigan. He saw that a combination of glucose, insulin, and potassium – called GIK solution – was used to treat patients who had suffered from heart attacks. It was a safe, simple, inexpensive way to significantly reduce mortality. The GIK solution stabilized the cell membrane which improved cardiac function.
Insulin is familiar to most people because of its role in diabetes – insulin is the body’s hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin also has important non-diabetic functions you don’t hear as much about. At the top of the list, insulin increases “cellular permeability,” meaning that things go in and out of the cells much easier. Your body has 50 to 75 trillion cells, so when nutrients can get in easily and toxics (metabolic waste) can get out, the cells simply work better. Healing comes faster, toxic reactions decrease, circulation and blood pressure improve, and a person is less prone to infections.
One of the reasons so many people complain of fatigue today is because their cells are malnourished. Needed nutrients like iodine have a hard time getting in. Each cell contains an energy factory, and it needs vitamins, minerals and thyroid to run at top speed.
In the 1990s, Dr. George had a general, integrative practice treating hypertension, autism, heart disease, pediatrics, and cancer. He began searching for the safest, most effective methods to knock out cancer. He looked into vitamin C, oral supplements, detoxification, coffee enemas, castor oil packs – and insulin. He traveled to other countries to study the use of Insulin Potentiation Therapy, IPT, a form of low-dose chemotherapy that uses insulin to target cancer cells. He saw one patient who received insulin and just 6 mg of the chemo drug Cisplatin instead of the normal amount of perhaps 90 mg. After two treatments, the man was pushing his own wheelchair and was off all prescription medications. Insulin made the difference in his case and many others. Dr. George’s studies of IPT intensified.