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Top 3 Questions on Insulin Potentiation Therapy

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.

6 Responses to Top 3 Questions on Insulin Potentiation Therapy

  • Isabel Nogueira says:

    “I was wondering if the Insulin you give is dangerous. I read that there can be terrible side effects from Insulin.”

    • Helen Watt says:

      Thank you for your comment Isabel. The amount of Insulin we give is just enough to bring the patient’s blood glucose down around 60% from the level at start of treatment. This usually produces slight perspiration or light headedness. However these symptoms disappear within a few minutes when a glucose IV bolus is given after the chemotherapy is injected. The entire process is well tolerated, even in elderly or frail patients. Insulin Potentiated Therapy (IPT) has been well tolerated by patients world wide for over 70 years. Our patients that have initial anxiety about getting IPT soon realize after their first treatment that it’s an easy procedure to go through.

    • Helen Watt says:

      Hi Roxana, thank you for posting here. Our treatment approach to ER/PR positive breast cancer involves three categories, each of which must be optimized to achieve a favorable sustained response.

      1) We must decrease the population of breast cancer cells by direct treatment with IPT (insulin potentiated therapy) very low dose chemotherapy. Because cancer cells produce significant immune suppression, knocking down their population relieves much of the burden on the immune system. The primary advantages of IPT are:
      a) that we can use very small amounts of chemotherapy, thus avoiding treatment at the expense of immune function and
      b) because we are using such small does (about 10% of the standard dose) we can safely combine multiple drugs together which are usually more effective than if we used them separately. Combining these drugs at full dose, as is done with conventional treatment, would be too toxic.

      2) Strengthen immune function. We view the cancer as a side effect of a much bigger problem in a faulty immune system. We provide various IV’s and therapies to improve core strength while weakening the cancer. Some of these consist of high doses of vitamin C, Glutathione, alpha lipoid acid, etc. We also oxygenate using ozone while applying heat, utilize lymphatic drainage therapy, detox, chelation, etc.

      3) We must optimize the patient’s chemistry through diet and/or supplements if needed. We spend considerable time refining the patient’s diet to alkalinize their chemistry, as well as understand what may be contributing to the growth of their cancer including high copper and copper carrying protein, Mg/Zinc ratios, Vitamin D, etc. We utilize blood and urine testing as a guide to optimizing the patient’s chemistry.

  • Roxana says:

    I’m interested in your clinic, can you please explain your treatment approach to breast cancer? (estrogen/progesterone positive receptors)

    • Helen Watt says:

      Hi Deanna, thank you for your question. Depending on the type of cancer you have, there is usually an intense phase of treatment that typically lasts four consecutive weeks. During this time we do two primary things: 1) Drive the cancer back and into remission and 2) Understand your particular rate of response to treatment. Your rate of response determines your ongoing frequency of treatments and follow up care. We would need to review your medical records in order to provide more details regarding your particular case. We are dedicated to not just driving the cancer into remission, but keeping it there by closely monitoring you at home and providing timely intervention if an exacerbation or flare should occur.

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