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Intravenous vitamin C – Mr Hemingway’s experience

Posted by Jonathan Chamberlain on April 30, 2008

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Mr Hemingway’s Experience

(This was one of my first posts and I have just found that I have not attributed its source – I am sure I got it from Bill Henderson’s Beating Cancer Gently website and magazine (apologies). The rest is in Bill’s words):

I told you about Don
Hemingway who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer and made an
independent decision to forgo surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Instead, he immediately began receiving intravenous vitamin C (IVC)

A few days after that e-Alert went out, I was very pleased to receive an
e-mail from Mr. Hemingway. After expressing his thanks he noted that he
lives in Souris, Manitoba, Canada (I had mistakenly noted that he lived
in Brandon, Minnesota), but he didn’t add any information about his
condition. When I wrote back to find out how he’s doing, I received a
reply that offers an invaluable insider’s perspective on IVC cancer
therapy, as well as practical advice for men who are experiencing
prostate problems.
Sufficient reason
Mr. Hemingway is a veterinarian who describes himself as having a good
understanding of many orthomolecular and allopathic medical treatments.
Here’s how he begins his story:

“My Father and his two brothers had prostate problems but because I
lived a few thousand miles from them, I do not know many details.
Surgery and drugs were used but I do not know which ones. For this
reason I have tried to eat well and take supplements but it wasn’t
totally preventative. We will never know, but maybe what I was doing
delayed the onset by 10 years.

“A routine test in March 2005 showed a serum PSA level of 14.5 ng/ml.
Repeat tests in September 2005, (PSA 17.9) and November (22.5) which is
about a 1 unit rise per month indicated that I had a serious problem. I
refused a biopsy because if the problem was an infection or cancer there
is a high probability that the biopsy would spread the disease. The
rising PSA and a positive digital rectal exam was sufficient reason for
me to treat my problem as Cancer.”
PSA roller coaster
“I had known for many years that zinc was essential for a healthy
prostate but the various products that I had taken over a 20 year period
were not successful in getting my tissue levels to a ‘normal’ level.
Test results in May 2005 showed that my zinc levels were low. I started
searching for a better absorbed zinc product. In September, I started
taking an expensive zinc supplement and tests in January 2006 indicated
that my tissue levels were the highest it had been in 20 years, better
but still could be higher.

“I started Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) in July 2005 at 25 gm doses and
increased to 50 gm twice weekly but when the PSA tests in September were
still increasing, I started searching for more information. I made an
appointment to see the Doctors at The Olive W. Garvey Center in Wichita,
( during November. Comprehensive testing at ‘The
‘ indicated that I should be taking 100 gm of IVC at least weekly.
Since I could not be an outpatient, they gave me directions that I could
give to a Doctor that was willing to give me the IVC. The PSA test in
November at The Center was 22.5 ng/ml of serum.

“I have continued to take 100 gm IVC every 5 or 6 days since November
and the PSA tests have been as follows: January 20.32, March 16.36, and
May 13.6. The discomfort in the area of the prostate gland has
disappeared and the declining PSA test tells me that I am on the right

“I have not had any side effects. The side benefits are that I have been
able to continue with my regular duties, as well as play hockey and swim
with my family and grand-children.”
Immune system support
“The principles of IVC treatments are that at high doses the vitamin C
is toxic to most cancer cells and is non-toxic to normal cells. Vitamin
C supports tissue repair whereas radiation damages tissues. Vitamin C
supports the immune system whereas most chemotherapy depresses the
immune system and people become more susceptible to other infections.
Vitamin C helps the body to detoxify ‘foreign’ chemicals which includes
the breakdown products of dead cancer cells. Most people can continue
with their normal routine on the days between IVC treatments which is
certainly a plus.

“In my search for information on Prostate Cancer, I have found that many
cancers are caused by toxins produced by fungus (Costantini, AV). Dr.
Costantini has published information that states that the chemical
identified as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is actually a serine
protease with a molecular weight of 33-kDa. Several researchers have
identified this chemical as being produced by various species of fungus.
The chemical identified in the PSA test has also been found in breast,
pancreatic and colon cancers. It is not specific for Prostate Cancer. A
treatment with an antifungal drug can be given previous to the IVC
treatment or in conjunction with the IVC treatment.”
O Canada
Don Hemingway is a perfect example of just how effective health care can
be when you research diligently and stand your ground. His experience
also demonstrates how important it is for men and their doctors to avoid
drawing conclusions from a single PSA test. (See the e-Alert “Test
Busters” 1/25/06, for more details about the pros and cons of PSA

At the end of his e-mail, Mr. Hemingway included his address with this
note: “I think if people are willing to take the time to write they are
genuinely interested in information.”

So if you’d like more information…
Don C. Hemingway
Box 1126, Souris, MB. Canada, R0K 2C0


4 Responses to “Intravenous vitamin C – Mr Hemingway’s experience”

  1. EC said

    For patients who make an educated decision to use intravenous vitamin C, I think it would be worthwhile for the patient to request that their plasma vitamin C concentration be measured after an IV. The concentration should be at or above 400 mg/dl, as research at the above mentioned center has showed. This is most important for patients who receive less than 75 grams per IV, and “probably” less important for patients who receive around 100 grams per IV. I do not think the IV C replaces conventional therapy in most cases, but is a useful adjunct.

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  4. Mark said

    May 2006, PSA 13.6. August 2006, Mr Hemingway passes away – The article doesn’t state the cause of death. The problem I see in his case as related here is that PSA is not a great measure of success. Perhaps he should have had the tumor imaged and then followed its progression or digression. Anyway, just a word of caution to those thinking this might be a success story. Maybe yes, but maybe no.

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