Vitamin C beats statins in cholesterol - heart disease
The solution to high cholesterol and therefore heart attacks - tell us Astra Zeneca and Pfizer, two of the heavyweights in pharmaceutical remedies - is to take their drugs, Crestor and Liptor respectively.
According to what Dr. Mercola tells us in one of his recent articles - Crestor and Other Statins: Are They Really Worth the Risk? - there are serious side effects to these drugs, one of them being that your muscles start to waste away. The side effects are many and potentially serious, so they must be outweighed by the positive effects - after all drugs are rigorously evaluated according to the principle of risk/benefit analysis, where the benefit supposedly always outweighs the risks.
Well - that's the theory. In practice, we find that on the benefit side, those heavy statins are supposed to "lower cholesterol", a goal that may or may not have anything to do with the frequency of heart attacks. Correct that to reading "they lower bad cholesterol" - the low density lipoproteins - but really, there is not much difference. Mercola in his article cites two recent studies showing that with or without the medication, frequency of heart attacks did not significantly change.
The real solutions
One of the alternatives to these obviously inefficient and dangerous drugs is to eat more fish, or to obtain the oils found in fish by popping a fish oil supplement. That is an approach based on experience - people living in the far north such as the Eskimos - experience much fewer heart attacks than we do and one obvious difference is that they eat much fish supplying the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
Another alternative is to see what Dr Rath has found out about heart attacks. His cellular medicine maintains that illnesses occur at the level of cells. It's not the organs that are sick, in other words, but the cells are malnourished or otherwise impeded in their normal tasks.
In his book Why Animals Don't Get Heart Attacks, But People Do! Rath explains that heart attacks are due to a simple deficiency in some basic nutritional elements, which can be easily corrected for pennies a day. Of course the snake oil salesmen of the pharmaceutical camp will tell you this is preposterous. But take a moment to reflect. Who has got billions of dollars of revenues at stake? Read Rath's book or if you want, go to Rath's research site and explore. You will find a host of clinical studies that support the view of vitamin C deficiency being strongly implicated in heart disease.
The solution is simple. Take one or more grams of vitamin C daily. Yes, that's grams, like in a thousand milligrams. The 60 to 90 milligrams our health authorities tell us are quite sufficient for all needs, they leave us virtually starving for the nutrient.
You can confirm this by finding out how much vitamin C any mammalian body (except human bodies and those of a handful of other species) produce daily. It is in the range of several grams a day, to be exact, Linus Pauling says the range is 10 to 12 grams in proportion to the size of a human body.
Since we do not produce, by virtue of some genetic change that happened a long time ago, any vitamin C ourselves, our diet is the only way to get the substance. Vitamin C happens to be a vital ingredient for the production of collagen, exactly the material that blood vessels are made of. When blood vessels degenerate, we have a repair mechanism kicking in - cholesterol - which forms plaque in the arteries to stop them from leaking. What our pharmaceutical medical paradigm tells us that cholesterol is high when people have heart attacks, therefore we have to take drugs to "lower the cholesterol". Never mind that the cholesterol is the repair crew sent in to fix up our leaky arteries. We do everything possible to down size the repair crew and of course heart attack statistics keep going up and up and up.
If we had simply eaten our fruit (lots of it) or taken our vitamin C, as Pauling recommends, we would have eliminated the cause of heart attacks - degrading arterial walls - and on the way we would also have lowered our cholesterol. Naturally, cheaply and definitely.
Now I suppose that's too simple for our health authorities.
Some facts about cholesterol and heart disease
* ...the Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan, it was stated that "high total cholesterol is not positively associated with high coronary heart disease mortality rates among general populations more than 40-50 years of age. More importantly, higher total cholesterol values are associated with lower cancer and all-cause mortality rates among these populations." [Yakugaku Zasshi 125:833-52, 2005]
* It's a documented fact that as many adults experience a mortal heart attack with a total cholesterol count under 200 as over 300. [Medical World News March 27, 1992]
* About half of the patients who are admitted to hospitals for a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. [Atherosclerosis 149: 181-90, 2000]
* More than 500,000 adult Americans experience a sudden mortal heart attack and have low-to-normal cholesterol levels and no more than 60% narrowing of their coronary arteries, not enough to impair oxygen flow to the heart or brain.
See: Heart disease early form of scurvy (lack of Vitamin C).
Petition calls on World Health Organization to investigate Statin Drug Use
Statin therapies are being prescribed to people around the globe. Evidence has emerged that statins can be hazardous to health. The prime rationale for their use is the notion that raised cholesterol is harmful. However, much evidence suggests that a low serum cholesterol is associated with depression, suicide, muscle damage, memory loss and general ill-health. The petition calls on the World Health Organisation to initiate a full and impartial, global investigation into the damage caused by therapeutic doses of all available statins, for the treatment of all forms of hypercholesterolaemia. There are far too many casualties of statin therapy for them all to be statistically insignificant.
Lipitor, Neuromuscular Degeneration, and Recovery
... cholesterol balance can be achieved without drugs, simply and safely by taking 3000-6000 milligrams of vitamin C per day, 1000-2000 mg per meal, for an adult, or about 500 mg per meal for a 50-lb. child, with sufficient water intake, 2 quarts per day for an adult, 1 quart per day for a 50-lb. child. Unfortunately, vitamin C was misclassified as a micronutrient in the 1930s and 1940s, rather than an essential nutrient involved in dozens of body processes, including continual repair of our arteries.
Discovery Shows New Vitamin C Health Benefits
Researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University have made a major discovery about the way vitamin C functions in the human body - a breakthrough that may help explain its possible value in preventing cancer and heart disease.
Arizona State University Researchers Find Scurvy Is Serious Health Problem
by AScribe Newswire on 6/18/2004
THE CONCEPT IN CARDIOLOGY OF "LIVES SAVED" IS TOTALLY MISLEADING - by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, on RedFlags
Vitamin C may be a life-saver
Mega-doses of Vitamin C can counter avian flu, hepatitis and herpes, and can even control the advance of Aids - By Jane Feinmann
Imagine that a deadly virus is sweeping the world, killing and maiming hundreds of thousands of children. Nothing seems able to stop it - until a doctor stands up at the American Medical Association and reports on 60 cases involving severely infected children, all of whom have been cured. Yet his work, subsequently reported in a peer-review journal, is ignored, leaving the virus to wreak havoc for decades...
ONLINE SLIDE SHOW REVEALS CONSPIRACY AGAINST VITAMIN C
Has there been an ongoing conspiracy against vitamin C pills? Did vitamin C researchers, Drs. Linus Pauling and Matthias Rath, uncover the primary cause of coronary heart disease in 1970, only to have their discovery shunned by modern medicine? Were factitious reports about vitamin C widely spread to create public doubt about high-dose vitamin C, such as the false claim that high-dose vitamin C causes gene mutations that could lead to cancer?
Now, in graphic detail, a documentary slide show reveals how government health authorities conducted flawed scientific experiments to hide the many health benefits of vitamin C. British researchers Steve Hickey and Hilary Roberts reveal the flawed science, dispel the false idea that high-dose vitamin C creates nothing more than expensive urine, and show how humans can triple their blood concentrations of vitamin C and dramatically reduce their risk for heart attacks, cataracts, aneurysms, allergy and many other maladies. For the first time the public will view what happens inside arteries when vitamin C levels are low. Viewers will learn that most sudden-death heart attacks are not caused by cholesterol but a type of arterial plaque induced by a shortage of vitamin C.
Oxidative Stress and Vitamin C
Menopausal women who had more abdominal fat and higher cholesterol, already linked with heart disease, also appeared to be experiencing more oxidative stress, Kerrie Moreau of the University of Colorado at Boulder and colleagues reported. Moreau and colleagues studied 31 healthy, sedentary women and found that the arteries of women past menopause were 56 percent less elastic than those of premenopausal women. They tested oxidative stress by giving the women intravenous infusions of ascorbic acid -- better known as vitamin C and a powerful antioxidant. When the postmenopausal women were given ascorbic acid, elasticity in their carotid arteries improved by about 26 percent, Moreau's team reports in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Moreau stresses that the effects of the vitamin C are temporary and that the body quickly excretes the high levels used in her study.
CoQ10 and Statins: The Vitamin C Connection
Are the statin drugs really good for us, or are cardiologists mistaken? How
can drugs that lower the body's production of CoQ10 benefit heart patients?
Are the health benefits attributed to CoQ10 supplementation hype or is it that
there is something fundamentally wrong with the thinking and science being
used by those who market statin drugs?
posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Sunday November 9 2003
updated on Thursday December 2 2010
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