Quality of Life: Soft Chemo Therapy

One of the most dreaded words one can hear in relation to health is: ‘You have cancer’. This is true not only because cancer can be so devastating in and of itself, but because almost everyone knows or has seen the extent to which people’s bodies become ravaged while undergoing chemo therapy.

More than 40% of people receiving chemo therapy die from malnutrition and more than 10% die from overwhelming infections as their immune system is weakened by the treatment attacking healthy cells as well as cancerous cells. Our research team has been trying to find out if there are alternatives and have discovered Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT), a treatment that administers low dose chemotherapy in combination with insulin and has been in use since the mid 1930s.

How does IPT work? Cancer cells, unlike other cells in human beings are very inefficient at producing energy, and need 19 times more sugar (glucose) than non-cancerous cells. For cells to absorb and burn sugar, insulin is needed, being the “key” that opens the “lock” on the cell to allow sugar to pass through. The “locks” on the cell surface are called insulin receptors and cancer cells have developed a very simple but effective strategy which allows them to get more of the available sugar than their neighbours. They have many more insulin receptors than non-cancerous cells, and so can bind and use more of the available insulin than all the other cells.

We can use this knowledge to target the cancer cell with cytotoxic agents (chemo therapy). By administering small amounts of insulin, it is possible to “select” the cancer cells from amongst all the other cells in the body because they bind the insulin much more quickly. There are a multitude of effects upon cells when insulin binds to them and one of these effects is that the cells become more permeable (creating openings). Once the cancer cells have been targeted by the insulin to “open their doors”, small amounts of the appropriate chemo therapeutic drugs can be administered. This is usually from 5% to 10% of the standard dose. Much of what is administered becomes absorbed into the cancer cells (permeable) and not the normal cells (relatively “hard”). IPT is able, therefore, to take advantage of the powerful cytotoxic (cell-killing) effects of standard chemo therapy by using significantly lower dosages. Because the dosing is low, side effects are minimized and the treatments can be given more frequently giving cancer cells less time to become resistant to the drugs.

It can be looked at like this: a conventional oncologist finds out that there is a burglar in the kitchen, so he throws a hand grenade into the kitchen, whereas an IPT trained physician will inject some poison into a hungry mosquito and then send it into the kitchen thus preserving the kitchen intact, but also knowing that even if the burglar escaped through an open window, having been bitten by the mosquito, he will not survive very long. If the immune system is significantly harmed while attempting to destroy the cancer, it would be a great and perhaps fatal, disservice to the patient. For it is the immune system which keeps us clean, renewed and protected from infections, toxins and cancer. A healthy immune system can be the answer for cancer!

Cancer cells have also developed another strategy to survive that IPT uses to its’ advantage. Not only are there many more insulin receptors on cancer cells but there are also many more ‘growth hormone’ receptors, called IGF-1 and IGF-2. The acronym IGF stands for Insulin-like Growth Factor and therefore insulin can also bind to the IGF receptors. When these receptors are stimulated, cells are triggered to begin the process of dividing. Since many chemo therapeutic drugs are designed to kill cells which are actively dividing, stimulating the cancer cells to divide just before giving the chemo therapy actually increases the number of cancer cells that will be killed during the IPT treatment. IPT doctors are organised in an international group. IPT Treatments are given in Europe in cooperation with these internationally trained physicians.

We hope that this will give inspiration and hope for the ones who need it – miracles can happen – and nourished by a positive spirit of life and realistic common sense – miracles take place more often.

"Count your successes by the organs that you have saved, never by those which you have mutilated."  Hippocrates (460-377 AD).

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Pernille Knudtzon, MD
Tel: 678 253 510

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