Insulin Potentiation Therapy
Chemotherapy has been the conventional mode of treating cancer by killing cancerous cells through different drugs. An example of such drugs would be methotrexate. The downside to this sort of treatment is that guarantee of total cancer cell elimination is not guaranteed in this case. Moreover, the costs, pain, and side effects of the therapy disturb the quality of life to a significant extent.
The most debilitating effects include anxiety, stress, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, and depression in such individuals that accompany pain. The continuous rounds of having chemotherapy every now and then affect the quality of life by affecting the normal routine of the individual, making the disease even more painful to deal with.
This calls for an alternate route for treatment that addresses the drug dose and reduces the side effects of the disease in the right way. Insulin Potentiation Therapy stands as a capable alternate cancer treatment route to conventional chemotherapy that modifies the induction of chemotherapy in the cells.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
Insulin Potentiation Therapy was developed by Dr. Donato Garcia in the 1930s in New Mexico and is known to be an alternate therapy for cancer in subjects of the disease over some studies in some retrospect cases.
How Does Insulin Potentiation Therapy Work?
Insulin Potentiation Therapy or IPT works by the principle that cancer cells have way more insulin receptors on their cells than healthy cells. When all gateways of these insulin receptors are open, they tend to absorb more glucose inside them to generate energy for the cells. The idea is to administer the cancer patient with insulin dosage from an external source to shift the body’s metabolism from glucose to fat as the primary energy source.
As this happens, the healthy cells, as well as the cancer cells, start working through fat metabolism. Cancer cells, with their high number of insulin receptors, open their gateways to welcome any incoming glucose. In such a state, the patient is administered with some glucose, followed by a low dose of a chemotherapy drug in the body.
Because of doing so, the body that was once getting a high dose of chemotherapy drugs now gets a low dose of the drugs and still is able to kill cancer cells effectively. The glucose enters the cancer cells through insulin receptors on them containing chemotherapy drugs. So basically, almost all the drug gets absorbed in the cancerous cells instead of the healthy cells.
This way, the healthy cells are kept safe from the effects of chemotherapy and are not killed this way. The patient who experienced pain, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms because of the damage to their healthy cells would now get a better response to the treatment even with a low dose of the drugs like methotrexate.
The primary goal of the treatment is to kill cancer cells with minimum damage to healthy cells in the body of the cancer patients.
Insulin and Insulin-Like Growth Factor
An explanation suggests that IGF shows an effect on adhesion, migration, and proliferation of healthy and cancerous cells, and several IGF receptors are overexpressed in a lot of cancer forms. So, these cells might show more sensitivity towards IGF than normal cells. The insulin increases the permeability of the cellular membranes that lead to the excess intracellular concentrations and the cytotoxic effects of the chemotherapy drugs.
Advocates suggest that insulin synergistically improves the efficiency of chemotherapy drugs so that a decreased dose is used with similar cytotoxic effects. However, the IGF receptor’s role in cancer treatment is thought to be quite complex in nature.
What is the Catch?
The alternate route is still under study as there is a need for extensive research and funding by different governments to note the success rates in wider populations. However, what is seen points to a powerful future of the alternate route of cancer treatment. If proved to be a successful treatment from a global perspective, it can dramatically change the course people view cancer treatments. The morbidity rates of the disease can also be significantly decreased because of the lessened adverse effects produced by the conventional chemotherapies and the way they kill healthy cells as well as cancer cells.
Other Alternative Treatments
There are also some other alternative treatments for cancer, including the following:
- High Dose Vitamin C Therapy – Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant known to fight free radical damage and inflammation in the body, thus also helping in the destruction of the oxidative cancer cells in the body of the cancer patient.
- Immune Boost IV – The combination of Myers and Vitamin C helps in the detoxification of the body as well as the improvement of the immunity of the otherwise immunocompromised body of the cancer patient.
- Colon Hydrotherapy – It is especially used for treating special cancers like colon cancer by administering chelating agents through powders, pills, and teas in the interstitial of the cancer patient or through the administration of the agent via the rectum of the patient for detoxification and elimination of headache, dizziness, fatigue, and other symptoms.
- Infrared Sauna – Different therapeutic mechanisms blend in together to provide instant and synergistic support for cancer patients.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – This type of therapy utilizes oxygen as a way to improve the immune system, recover the damaged normal cells, replace the impaired tissues, lessen the growth of the cancer cells, and cure the infection.
These are some of the alternate routes that are being adopted at a minor level for treating cancer in different settings. With more research, knowledge, and cooperation from the funding bodies, we hope to get to a stage where we are able to incorporate less invasive and less debilitating treatment routes that suggest better results for the patient in the long run. With the application of such treatment methods instead of the conventional methods, we hope to not only increase the quality of life of the patient but also possibly reverse the condition and decrease the mortality rate to a significant extent.