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Withholding vitamin supplement helps to control prostate cancer

Oncologists in Whittier, California successfully controlled prostate cancer in a 71-year-old patient whose case had been diagnosed as untreatable. They simply had the man stop taking extreme amounts of vitamin B12 and folic acid.

The doctors have described their noteworthy medical success in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. Having found an increased concentration of the 'prostate cancer protein' PSA in their patient's blood, they subsequently diagnosed prostate cancer by means of a puncture biopsy. The Gleason score was 3+4=7, which means that, although the cancer cells were spreading throughout the prostate itself, they had not yet spread further.

The doctors first treated the patient with cocktails of anti-androgens, but he failed to respond; despite this treatment, his PSA continued to rise. They then began chemotherapy and administered docetaxel. Once again, the patient failed to respond, and his PSA rose even higher.

The patient was also taking the supplement Intrinsi B12/Folate manufactured by Metagenics. Each tablet contains 800 micrograms of folic acid and 500 micrograms of vitamin B12 in addition to a complex of substances intended to improve the absorption of the vitamins. The man took 10 pills each day, amounting to 8 milligrams of folic acid and 5 milligrams of vitamin B12 daily. Two weeks after he had stopped taking such a very large dose, his PSA began to decrease.

Withholding vitamin supplement helps to control prostate cancer

The fact that large amounts of synthetic folic acid increase the risk of cancer is not a new one. However, the industry and scientists working for companies aligned with it have kept this information from the general public since manufacturers are eager to market breakfast products, healthy juices and energy drinks that are all enriched with folic acid.

As early as 1946 Science published an animal study showing that synthetic folic acid - then called 'liver Lactobacillus casei factor' increased the risk of cancer and shorted the life expectancy of sick animals. [Science. 1946 Nov 8;104(2706):436.] Two years later, in 1948, the New England Journal of Medicine published a human study showing that administering folic acid to children with leukaemia accelerated the development of the disease. [N Engl J Med. 1948 Jun 3;238(23):787-93.]

Cells that divide quickly need folic acid, and this also applies to quickly dividing cancer cells.

J Med Case Rep. 2011 Aug 25;5:413.

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