IPT for Cancer
Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is an integrative cancer therapy that combines elements of conventional cancer protocols together with alternative methods.
The conventional part of the IPT protocol involves low-dose chemotherapy, and the alternative part utilizes insulin to make the chemo’s targeting skills more effective.
This allows the patient to receive a much lower dose of chemo, making the process significantly more comfortable and safe, while also avoiding any serious side effects that would normally accompany chemotherapy usage.
How Does IPT Work?
When doctors discovered that sugar was one of the main sources of food for cancer, an idea arose – what would happen to cancer if a patient’s blood sugar levels were lowered? What would that do to the cancer cells?
The insulin aspect of IPT was introduced and is very important for two reasons:
1. When insulin is injected into a patient’s body, it lowers their sugar levels. This makes the cancer cells very hungry, weak and irritated, creating a state called ‘metabolic stress.’ Because the cancer is starving, it is not strong enough to fight the chemotherapy when it enters the body.
2. Cancer cells have more insulin receptors on their surface than any of the other healthy cells in the body. When insulin is injected, it binds onto these receptors – almost as if it’s targeting the cells for the incoming chemotherapy.
When cancer cells are targeted this way, chemotherapy is actually more prone to going after the cancer cells themselves rather than other cells in the body.
The amount of insulin used varies per patient and is calculated based on the patient’s body weight and blood results. The patient is monitored for roughly 30 minutes after receiving the insulin, to ensure that they have entered the state of metabolic stress. At that point, a low dose (between 10-25% of a conventional dose) of chemotherapy is injected into the body.
Because the cancer is in metabolic stress, the chemotherapy gets a bigger bang for its buck out of every dose with very low side effects.
What Are the Side Effects of IPT?
Despite the involvement of chemotherapy, IPT has almost none of the side effects such as nausea, radical hair loss, liver damage, and DNA distortion that one experiences regularly with standard chemotherapy. Reducing the amount of chemotherapy entering the entire body leads to fewer and much less severe side-effects to the chemotherapy.
Additional Benefits of IPT:
- IPT is believed to help detoxify the body. During the protocol, toxins are flushed into the circulation, enabling them to leave the body, which is why special attention is given to the liver while undergoing IPT.
- IPT may change the blood chemistry for the better. Dr. Perez Garcia believed that changes that occurred in the “biological terrane” of the body after IPT made it less hospitable to future disease.
The History of IPT
IPT was developed in the late 1920s by Dr. Perez Garcia, as an alternative to treating syphilis with almost lethal doses of mercury and arsenic. Back then, it was referred to as cellular therapy, and Dr. Garcia first used this method to treat cancer in 1945.
- How much does insulin potentiation therapy cost?
Insulin potentiation therapy typically costs between $100 and $200 per session.
- How does insulin potentiation therapy work?
IPT uses insulin to improve the effectiveness of conventional chemotherapy. When insulin is injected into the cancer patient’s body, it lowers their blood sugar just like it would for a diabetic patient. This puts the cancer cells into metabolic stress, essentially weakening them so that they are unable to fight the chemotherapy when it enters the body. This creates a higher intracellular concentration of chemotherapy medicine, which then leads to increased drug effectiveness.
- How long does insulin therapy take to work?
IPT starts with an initial evaluation to determine the correct dosage of both chemotherapy drugs and insulin for the patient. IPT may be administered as often as twice a week in its early stages. The schedule and duration are then adjusted based on the individual patient’s results.
- What are the side effects of insulin therapy?
Because IPT is administered in conjunction with traditional chemotherapy, patients can still expect to experience some of chemotherapy’s common side effects, such as hair loss, fatigue, frequent bruising and bleeding, vomiting, anemia, and appetite and weight changes. Notably, reducing the amount of chemotherapy entering the entire body leads to fewer and much less severe side effects of the chemotherapy.