IPT- Insulin Potentiation TherapyBy Carol Alt / Post / November 6, 2017
I often find myself reading things just for the thrill of curiosity. On this particular instance, I was looking at different sorts of medical imaging (like x-rays), and came upon one called a PET scan. I hadn’t heard of this, and decided to look into how it worked!
This is what I came up with, and be sure to stay with me. Even if you don’t exactly understand, by the end I should be able to help the idea become a little bit clearer – and the things you don’t need to know anyway will have fallen away.
Now what is a PET scan, and how does it detect disease? When you receive a PET scan, they use a radioactive medicine called 18-fluorodeoxyglucose, which actually fluoresces (glows) when absorbed by a cancer cell so the radiologist can see it. That’s simple enough, right? Doctors can see cancer and other maladies just by looking for the glow. The doctor can say whether or not the cancer is very active or not very active just by the fact of this radioactive material being selectively absorbed by the cancer.How cool is that? PET scans are SUPER useful!
Now separately, let’s discuss another medical practice. Insulin Potentiation Therapy, or IPT, is a protocol which I think is worth mentioning. Here are a few helpful books to get you started!
I definitely understand IPT from a layman’s perspective. It’s tough to really dig your teeth into a subject without first knowing the basics. IPT utilizes chemotherapy along with glucose and insulin to GET INTO and damage the cancer cells more selectively and effectively.
Cancer cells have 1,000 to 10,000 more insulin receptor sites than normal cells. Using what we know about how PET scans work (I mean it absorbs that 18 floral stuff, right?), then you can understand that with so many more receptor sites, at least a small amount of insulin will find each cancer cell.
That’s all well and good, but first you need to be careful with the insulin, right? Insulin should be administered by an experienced nurse in a safe and controlled environment (several glucose levels are taken). Once insulin is taken, it attaches to the cancer cells’ insulin receptor sites. 1,000-10,000 more than regular cells, remember? Chemotherapy and other chosen substances are given, followed by glucose.
So what does this mean? This technique double-baits the cancer cells to selectively take in the chemotherapy and whatever other agents used!
I’m sure some of you wish I was saying this in English, right? In other words: cancer cells have more insulin receptors than normal cells; therefore, insulin should open the MANY doors into the cancer cell for the chemotherapy. Once chemo is given it is followed by a glucose “chaser” since cancer avidly consumes sugar (glucose). Check out my sugar blog for more!
This pushes the medicines into the cells. The medicines are selectively “sandwiched” by insulin and glucose into the cancer cells. Why does this seem to work? This selectively increases the delivery of medicines into the cancer cells, therefore increasing efficacy and decreasing side effects.
Lower doses of chemo are typically utilized, but at an increased frequency. It is felt that since the cancer cells are better targeted with IPT, lower doses can be as effective if not more so than the conventional chemotherapy infusion delivery methods. Because of this, less side effects are seen with IPT.
There is an ongoing clinical study regarding IPT and quality of life. SUPER! I love studies!
Conventional chemotherapy found that low intensity (low dose of chemotherapy) and increasing density (increasing the frequency of administering chemotherapy) shows more effect in certain circumstances, so IPT has taken this method as well.
I think that some conventional physicians ridicule IPT maybe without giving it a chance or maybe without fully understanding it. They call it dangerous because blood sugar is lowered with insulin. Aren’t there are millions of patients who use insulin on a daily bases for diabetes?
Yes- and in this protocol It is administered via a well establish safe protocol by trained and experienced nurses. The chemotherapeutic agents used to treat cancer have more potential dangerous side effects than the IPT!
Some people also lambast IPT’s low dosages, so small they couldn’t possibly be effective. Typically 10 percent of the standard dose (sometimes higher doses are given) is given two times per week for the first and sometimes second month of treatment. Simple math is that at the end of the month, 80 percent of the standard dose is given. Therefore, this should also not be an issue.
IPT shouldn’t be used for all cancers. So speak to your doctor. There are cancers that can be treated by conventional therapies with a high success rate and a low side-effect profile. IPT should be considered when there isn’t an effective traditional chemotherapeutic protocol available or when the patient is end-stage and wants to extend survival time without being debilitated from aggressive, traditional chemotherapy.
Well this changes my mind somewhat about conventional medicine. Like I said, I like complementary medicine- this fits my definition!
Edited by Jake Layton