A quote, "I think I know what the answer is... we can get almost complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the proper use of this (vitamin C and lysine) therapy... even cure it.... Its almost miraculous...
" - Linus Pauling (1992 Heart Disease Video)
In his retirement, Linus Pauling, the father of modern chemistry and a two time Nobel prize winner became interested in using vitamin C with the essential amino acid lysine to cure heart disease, which he patented.
His theory was laid out in the paper titled, "A Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease Leading the Way to the Abolition of this Disease as a Cause for Human Mortality".
To summarize, Pauling states that cardiovascular disease is simply scurvy of the blood vessels. Mankind along with a few other mammals have lost the ability to manufacture ascorbate (vitamin C) in the liver, thus vitamin C must be obtained from outside sources. Adjusted for body weight species that make vitamin C make 10 grams / day.
Pauling states that vitamin C is used to make collagen, the bodies supporting structure that gives the blood vessels strenght and elastic properties. The body is smart and has a back up system available if ascorbate supplies are limited and collagen can't be manufactured. LDL cholesterol, specifically LP(a) will be used by the body to patch the weak artery. Pauling mentions in one of his video that he thinks that LP(a) was an adaption due to our bodies lacking the ability to make vitamin C.
When blood vessels become damaged lysine binding sites become exposed. The best repair solution is to manufacture collagen. If none is available then the body uses LP(a) cholesterol as a patch. The LP(a) cholesterol molecules have lysine receptors that allow them to bind or stick to the exposed lysine binding sites on the blood vessels. To make the patch stronger the body will calcify the patch.
Pauling claims that by using high doses of vitamin C with lysine damaged blood vessels can be repaired and possibly reversed. After Pauling's death the therapy has been revised to include vitamin K2 and vitamin (hormone) D3. Vitamin C and lysine are non toxic.
Link to the Pauling therapy protocol:
Link to additional websites:
Dr Pauling's Standford medical school lecture on vitamin C and cardiovascular disease. He discusses cardiovascular disease starting at 27 min but the entire lecture is worth listening to:
Dr Owen Fonorow (ND) - Direction of Vitamin C Foundation:
Living Proof Vitamin C Miracle Cure 60 Minutes Video 3 News. A little off topic as it deals with swine flu instead of CVD:
Dr Thomas Levy: Vitamin C & The Great Supression. Dr Levy is the doctor MD (cardiologist / lawyer) that Alan Smith's family received vitamin C advice from in the Miracle Cure documentary linked above:
I have been following the Pauling vitamin C protocol shortly after I was diagnosed with typeII diabetes in Dec 2013. I stumbled across the vitamin C info while researching T2D. I didn't have any diagnosed heart issues other than fatty liver, leaky kidney, metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, waist, low HDL, high trig's, high fasting blood glucose) and whatever damage was done by many years or possible decades of elevated insulin levels. When I started the Pauling Therapy it took a lot of C (15-20 g/day) to reach bowel tolerance. Presently I reach bowel tolerance with 8 grams / day.
In the words of Mark Twain, "Be careful in reading health books. You may die of a misprint."
"Do not let either the medical authorities or politicians mislead you. Find out what the facts are, and make your own decisions about how to lead a happy life and how to work for a better world." - Linus Pauling.