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IPT Cancer Treatment

Insulin potentiation therapy, also known as IPT, is a potentially transformative approach to treating cancer. Insulin potentiation therapy uses the hormone insulin, which the body produces naturally, to make cancer cell membranes more permeable. The goal is to make pharmacological treatments more effective.

Dr. Joseph Shaw Jones, Medical Director at Natural Horizons, is one of 135 physicians in the world trained in this innovative, experimental therapy. 

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Natural Horizons Wellness Centers Offers IPT Therapy To Control Cancer Growth 

IPT To Control Cancer Growth

Insulin Potentiation Therapy (IPT) is a type of alternative cancer treatment that attacks cancer by targeting vulnerabilities in cancer cells.

IPT combines two orthodox and well-researched drugs — insulin and a chemotherapy drug — to target cancer cells.

IPT takes special advantage of the fact that cancer cells burn glucose, a form of sugar, for energy. Unlike healthy cells that use a glucose/fat combination, cancer cells are almost entirely dependent on glucose as fuel.

IPT Works in Combination with Low-Dose Chemotherapy

Like healthy cells, cancer cells require insulin to help them absorb glucose from the blood. Special insulin receptors line the outside of cell membranes. Insulin latches onto these insulin receptors and act like a key, unlocking the cell’s membrane so that glucose may enter. Other chemicals, such as chemotherapy drugs, can also enter the cell more easily after insulin docks to the cell’s receptor.

Since cancer cells are completely dependent on glucose as an energy source, cancer cells have six to 15 times as many insulin receptors than normal cells. When insulin attaches to the huge number of receptors, it creates an enormous opportunity for chemotherapy drugs to enter and overwhelm the cancer cell.

IPT also helps larger concentrations of chemotherapy drugs enter cancer cells: A Georgetown University Medical School showed methotrexate, a chemotherapy drug, could penetrate cancer cells 10,000 faster when scientists prepared the cells with insulin. 

IPT can protect healthy cells, too. Chemotherapy drugs do not enter healthy cells at the same rate because normal cells have fewer receptors as compared with cancer cells. This means that IPT helps chemotherapy drugs target cancer cells — while having little effect on healthy cells.

Insulin can also trigger cancer cells into entering a phase of DNA synthesis and cell division — a stage where the reproduction mechanism in cancer cells are particularly vulnerable to chemotherapy drugs.

IPT Therapy is for Patients Who Need Low-Dose Chemotherapy

IPT therapy helps reduce the dosage of chemotherapy drugs needed to kill cancer cells. Insulin potentiation therapy and low-dose chemotherapy present less toxicity to normal cells — this means fewer side effects for patients. The most effective IPT therapies use only 4 to 10 percent of the standard chemotherapy dose. IPT is essential for patients who cannot tolerate the extreme side effects associated with larger doses of chemotherapy drugs. 

IPT therapy is an alternative cancer treatment that is revolutionizing how medical scientists think about treating cancer. Researchers are still working to understand the underlying principles of this novel approach, which allows chemotherapy to attack cancer cells by overwhelming them with food and insulin. Only clinicians with extensive training in oncology and cancer treatment can determine whether IPT is right for a patient, and administer insulin potentiation therapy as needed to fight cancer without causing overwhelming side effects.

Dr. Joseph Shaw Jones and the compassionate, caring staff at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers has the specialized training and expertise necessary to offer IPT cancer treatment. Call Natural Horizons Wellness Centers or fill out a contact form to set up an appointment for a free consultation today. 



Dr. Shaw Jones is a medical doctor with extensive experience in natural forms of medicine and IPT, but he is not an oncologist. While the information on this site represents the opinions of Dr. Jones, based upon his knowledge, experience and training as to safety and effectiveness, these recommendations have not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The drugs that are used in this protocol are approved for other uses by FDA, either in the treatment of cancer at larger doses or for the treatment of diabetes, but their uses in this protocol are not FDA approved nor are they at this time recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or other medical societies involved in oncology. The use of insulin in this treatment is an off-label use, and the chemotherapeutic agents are those customarily used for specific tumors, but their use in low doses is outside recommended protocols. Studies in Mexico have been promising, but this research has not been subjected to sufficient validation in order to gain acceptance beyond a small community of physicians.

The material provided on this site is for educational purposes only and any recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of your physician. You are encouraged to seek advice from a competent medical professional regarding the applicability of any recommendations with regard to your symptoms or condition.

It is important that you do not reduce, change, or discontinue any medication or treatment without consulting your physician first.