Sugar – The Sweet Spot for Cancer
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.
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 IPT, we administer 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 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, IPT 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.