Dr. Budwig was convinced that we should be getting our vitamins in a natural form
the food we eat. For example did you know that just one serving of turnips has 50% of
the daily requirement for Vitamin C, plus a whole lot of other great stuff.
The problem with supplements is when they are "purified" "modified" or "refined" and our
bodies no longer identify them as natural. They can become "toxic" to our systems once
they have been altered to an unnatural state.
Budwig said that "supplements above a certain level can become a problem." Unknown
to most consumers worldwide, there are no brand name vitamin companies that actually
manufacture their own vitamin material. They may create the formulas and manufacture
the tablets, but they do not create the vitamin material. It is all manufactured by 14
companies worldwide and seven of them are located in the United States. 100% of the
vitamins made by these companies are synthetic or identical to synthetic.
Among these are vitamins derived from so-called ”natural sources,” and even these are
stripped of their natural protein bonds and other food attachments, including enzymes.
They frequently contain detectable amounts of petroleum-based extraction solvents such
as Hexane. Almost all vitamins on the market today, whether labelled ”natural source”
or ”natural base,” have been so processed as to leave them in a totally unnatural free
form, not in the natural form in which nutrients are delivered in food.
But if we use the nutrients in food as our model, which is the delivery system used by
nature for human life over thousands of years, then what we find is that vitamins and
minerals as found in food are always an integral part of a complex matrix of nutrient
factors that is essential.
If you are doing Budwig, just get the amounts in the foods. . Cancer cells have abundant
vitamin C anyway. Adding a lot more can take you in either direction. It also depends on
what else you are doing. Vitamin C can interrupt some protocols other than Budwig.
On the other hand, in some people vitamin C extends survival time. The problem is that
you cannot determine the effect ahead of time with confidence.
Vitamin C enters cancer cells along with glucose in the form of dehydroascorbate. It
is converted into ascorbic acid in the cell. Glucose does not enter the mitochondria,
but is first broken down into pyruvate and NADH. This means that there is relatively
little vitamin C in the mitochondria, even when there are massive amounts of it in the
cell cytoplasm. In the cytoplasm the C acts as a pro-oxidant when it encounters iron
or copper. Hydrogen peroxide is generated and the cell takes a hit. This won't happen
if the cell has enough cytoplasmic catalase to counter it. In the mitochondria the C can
only act as an antioxidant, because there is much less of it. As an antioxidant it prevents
the oxidative stress along the inner membrane that would be generated by the excess of
electrons donated via the oil. Those electrons have nowhere to go when the cell has low
oxygen pressure, so they damage the membrane (unless countered by the vitamin C)
causing a leakage of cytochrome c, which can trigger natural cell death (apoptosis).
High dose intravenous vitamin C has a pro-oxidant effect as opposed to the antioxidant
effects of high doses of oral vitamin C, there is still some residual antioxidant action
associated with the intravenous administration of vitamin C that interferes too much
with the action of the flax oil within the membranes of cancer cells. vitamin C regime
comes to act like an antioxidant in addition to a pro-oxidant. Anti oxidants can nullify the
benefits of the Budwig protocol.