You may have heard the expression, “sugar feeds cancer.” Indeed it does. Yet at the same time, sugar is the Achilles heel of cancer.
PET scans for example find cancer by looking at the sugar uptake. The radioactive agent is mixed with sugar water and, because cancer cells take up much more sugar than normal cells, the radioactive agent congregates in the cancer cells. The resulting picture will indicate enhanced uptake and a mass where the cancer is.
Hormone manages the delivery of glucose across cell membranes into the cells. Cancer cells have 10-20 times more hormone receptors on their surface than normal cells. When hormone is released into the bloodstream by the pancreas in response to a meal, the hormone attaches to these receptors on the surface of the cell and, like a key fitting into a lock, opens channels in the cell wall to allow nutrients to go into the cell. Because cancer cells have more of these receptors, they compete for food better than normal cells. In this way, cancer cells thrive and normal cells are compromised.We use that extreme need for sugar to our advantage with IPT when treating cancer. But instead of using a radioactive agent along with the sugar, we use chemotherapy. And we open the cellular membranes for significantly better absorption.
In Insulin Potentiation Therapy, we administer hormone to trigger a drop in the patient’s blood sugar level. Healthy cells shift over to fat metabolism, but cancer cells rely almost entirely on sugar metabolism, so they go into an emergency mode and open all of their membranes in an effort to get the sugar they so desperately need. We have the cancer cells now in a very vulnerable position.
At this point, we administer a small amount of chemotherapy followed quickly by glucose (sugar). The cancer cells, in their desperate effort to get the glucose, take in almost the entire dose of chemotherapy drugs as well. The drugs poison and eventually kill the cancer cells.
How small a dose of drugs do we use? About one-tenth the amount of standard chemotherapy. That is why IPT cancer treatment is also known as low dose chemotherapy.
This method allows us to target the cytotoxic drugs directly to the cancer cell. There is little chemo left over to cause a toxic reaction within healthy cells. Patients who treat cancer with IPT have far fewer side effects.
In standard chemotherapy, hormone is not used to open the cells. Patients must be given a large dose of drugs so that enough will be absorbed by the cells to do the job. The majority of the drugs are not taken up by the cancer cells; the massive dosage wreaks havoc to healthy cells and blood components. Standard chemotherapy does not target cancer cells. The immune system takes a beating and patients experience many unpleasant side effects.