"There are more than ten thousand published scientific papers which clearly show that vitamin C affects - directly or indirectly - to any processes in the organism (eg number of processes in cells and tissues) and to any disease or syndrome (from the common cold to leprosy)"
Dr. Emanuel Cheraskin, Dr. Ringsdorf and Dr. Sisley
from the book "All about vitamin C", 1986
Perhaps you will find this hard to believe, but the answer to the riddle of coronary heart disease - major cause of premature human deaths - is amazingly simple: it is a deficiency of vitamin C.
Here is the chronology of events related to vitamin C and atherosclerosis:
- 1941. Canadian cardiologist J.S.Patterson reports that more than 80% of his patients-"cores" have low level of vitamin C. In 1954, through a series of X-rays first on the guinea pigs, and then on humans Willis shows that taking vitamin C as a dietary supplement, reduces rainfall in the arteries.
Experiments on guinea pigs are reproducible. These animals, like people, can not produce their own vitamin C, and are clearly visible link between low levels of ascorbate and atherosclerosis (and, according to recent data, also lipoprotein (a)). Two of those works performed on guinea pigs and next experiments on humans, have allowed the Canadian doctor Willis declare that atherosclerosis is reversible.
- 1954. J.S.Willis shows that supplementation of vitamin C reduces arterial deposits.
- 1960-th. In 1966, Dr. Boris Sokoloff and co-workers investigated the relationship between vitamin C and cardiovascular disease first on the guinea pigs, and later on 60 patients over age 60 who underwent thrombotic stroke or heart attack. All these patients received during the year from one to three grams of vitamin C daily.
During this time 50 of the 60 patients had improved cardiovascular performance. No heart attack or stroke in this group for the year was not, although the expected number was equal to 6-12.
- 1970. Linus Pauling published his first book about vitamin C.
- 1970-th. Consumption of vitamin C in the U.S. increases by 300%. Mortality from heart disease in the U.S. falls by 30%. United States is the only country with such a significant drop in mortality from heart disease.
- 1986. Pauling summarizes arguments in favor of the effectiveness of vitamin C in the treatment of cardiac and other diseases in his the best-selling book "How to live longer and feel better", which is equipped with an extensive bibliography.
- Between 1984 and 1989 in Finland was carried out a study involving 1,605 randomly selected men aged 42 to 60 years. None of these men had any signs of previous myocardial infarction. It turned out that even with all the additional factors in men with a deficiency of vitamin C for the indicated time was in 3.5 times more heart attacks than those who have not of vitamin C deficiency.
Conclusion of scientists stated: "Vitamin C deficiency, estimated by low concentra-tions of ascorbate in blood plasma, is a risk factor for coronary heart disease" (British Medical Journal, v.314, nmb.708, 1997).
- 1989. Rath and Pauling discover that the optimal intake of vitamin C as a food supplement prevents the deposition of lipoprotein Lp (a) on the artery walls.
- 1991. Dr. Rath and Dr. Pauling published an article entitled "Solution to the Puzzle of Human Cardiovascular Disease". This paper explains (a) that vitamin C deficiency is the direct and the most common cause of heart attacks, (b) how the risk factors in the blood plasma give rise to atherosclerotic deposits in the arteries, (c) why people are more likely to suffer from heart attacks and strokes, but less likely to block of blood vessels in other organs, and (d) why the animals of those species which are able to produce in the body its own vitamin C, there is no coronary disease.
- 1992. Dr. Enstrom and his colleagues at the University of California at Los Angeles for example of 11,000 Americans have shown that increased intake of vitamin C reduces mortality from heart disease by about half and increases life expectancy by more than 6 years.
- 1993. Video of Pauling's lecture "Unified Theory of Heart Disease: Causes and
- 1997. Since 1994, the MEDLINE database has accumulated more than 1100 references to papers on lipoproteins, but none of these works do not have audited Pauling's statements about the possibility of treating atherosclerosis in vitamin C and lysine.
- 1998. Foundation of vitamin C directs the U.S. National Institutes of Health proposal to make formal verification of Pauling's assertions.
I know nothing about whether this test is carried out. I think the past 10 years was not enough for that U.S. official medicine has gained momentum. This is not SDI running and not Iraq occupation. So the question "to drink or not drink" each must decide for himself. But what are the reasons to still take vitamin C, without waiting for official confirmation of its health effects?
To drink or not to drink?
I think the best answer to this question was done by Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin, Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama: "The benefits are so great, and the risk is so minimal that I can not afford myself to expect official confirmation of indisputable facts that I know. Taking a few grams of vitamin C per day, people can add to his life years, and to years - a full life".
Dr. Cheraskin take daily 5,000 mg of vitamin C. Is it too much? Recently eight trials have been conducted, during which people have taken up a few years to 10,000 mg of vitamin C a day. Side effects were not observed. There is also no evidence that vitamin C causes kidney stones. "Adults need to take 250-1000 mg of vitamin C a day" - this is the conclusion of the American Association studies of aging. Well, Linus Pauling believed himself that we will live for 12-18 years more if we use daily 3,200-12,000 mg of vitamin C - the amount contained in the 45-170 oranges.