by Helen Watt
I think it’s easiest to explain how insulin potentiation therapy (IPT) works by starting with a definition of the word “potentiate.” It means that one substance — in this case insulin — enhances the effectiveness of another substance. By treating cancer with IPT, insulin boosts the ability of the drugs used in chemotherapy to kill cancer cells, meaning we can use a much lower dose of those drugs than is used in standard chemotherapy.
Why insulin? Cancer cells rely almost exclusively on sugar metabolism to thrive. IPT uses insulin to trigger a drop in blood sugar and leaves the cancer cells vulnerable. Chemotherapy drugs are administered followed quickly by glucose. Because the cancer cells are desperate for sugar, they take in virtually all of the drugs as well, which eventually kill the cells. This is why IPT is often called low-dose chemotherapy.
Of course, most of our patients still have questions about IPT once they arrive at EuroMed Foundation. Three of the most common questions are:
- What are the advantages of IPT over traditional treatments? IPT is part of a holistic approach to cancer treatment. Chemotherapy doses are reduced by 90% and complementary therapies are included to enhance your immune system and detoxify your body. We customize your therapy for your specific chemistry and cancer.
- What happens during a treatment session? Patients arrive in the morning after fasting overnight. After checking the blood glucose, Insulin is administered using an IV in a private room, while our medical staff closely monitors your blood sugar level. At the correct time, chemotherapy is started, followed rapidly by concentrated glucose. From start to finish the treatment lasts about 1.5 to 2 hours. The procedure is well tolerated.
- Are there any side effects? One of the most desirable features of IPT is the almost total lack of side effects that plague patients treated with traditional chemotherapy.