Monday, September 11, 2006

The Fight Against Heart Disease II

High dosage Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins cure heart disease. Many people have taken vitamins and become well. So - what's the problem? Why isn't everyone taking high dosage vitamins and getting/staying well?

My father-in-law and my mother both suffered from the early stages of heart disease as evidenced by high LDL, low HDL and high triglycerides. My father-in-law had angina and stress testing measured blockages in coronary arteries. My father-in-law both took vitamins and statin drugs. My mother only took the vitamins. Almost 10 years later, both of them now have normal blood lipids. Neither of them recommend vitamins for the treatment of heart disease. They simply aren't sure that they wouldn't have healed without the vitamins. Side effects contribute to the reluctance of my father-in-law to speak up. 10-years ago he started by taking 10 gm/day vitamin C, 500 mg/day of time release niacin, a B-100 B-complex vitamin, and a multivitamin. Today he takes no more than 5 gm/day of vitamin C (except when fighting a cold) and a multi-vitamin because he developed unpleasant side effects to higher doses.

I didn't have heart disease, I suffered from chronic sinusitis. My sister-in-law suffered from adult-onset epilepsy. My son suffered from hyperactivity. My daughter suffered from asthma. We all took high dosage vitamins and we are all now well. We all take much lower doses of vitamins because of side effects. I was, and remain, the only strong advocate for vitamin therapy. Among other reasons, my family does not want the responsibility for helping others with the difficult task of managing side effects.

This isn't the only problem. The vitamins did not make my family feel like they were getting better. They made them feel different. Their condition slowly improved, while the vitamins slowly made them feel worse. As they backed down on vitamin dosage, they continued to get better. This makes it much more difficult to make the case that the vitamins are curing the disease.

The RDA committee has charged itself both with preventing deficiency diseases and preventing side effects. They have set UL values - values that they believe almost everyone can take every day for the rest of their lives without side effects. The UL values are all available at the Linus Pauling institute website, and are typically only 2 to 5 times the value of the RDA.

So - what's the cure for heart disease? Go see your physician and follow the instrutions (you'll probably get prescribed a statin drug). On your own, take 10 gm/day of vitamin C, 250 mg/day of time release niacin, a B-50 B-complex, and a multi-vitamin. You'll start feeling better soon, and you'll get a really good score on your next blood lipid test. Then the vitamin side effects are likely to start (niacin is the most difficult - the UL is 35 mg. Heart doctors recommend 200- 4000 mg/day time release niacin and within months it causes intolerable side effects in almost everyone). You probably won't want to back down on the vitamins too much because you're afraid of the heart disease coming back. So you suffer until you can't stand it and then reduce the vitamin doses (start by cutting the niacin tablets in half). You get relief, and another good test. And then the side effects start up again (and sometimes new ones that you suffer with for weeks because you don't think the vitamins are the cause). This goes on and on until you are well. Your heart Dr. is pleased. There you are, taking the statin and a multivitamin (and maybe exercising more and eating better) just like he recommended and you are in excellent health.

These problems can be solved. Heart disease will be eliminated. The path forward is to accept the problems (side effects and the reluctance of beneficiaries of vitamins to advocate for vitamins) and work to overcome them. Who's with me?

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Fight Against Heart Disease

In order to prevent the leading killer of Americans, heart disease, the medical profession has been advocating a low-fat diet to reduce lipid levels of cholesterol. If your cholesterol levels do not respond adequately (a moving target), “statin” drugs are very often prescribed. A want to share a couple interesting things about this with you.

First, I was watching TV and a Crestor© ad came on (these drugs are BIG business). During the ad, some text came on the bottom of the screen that said Crestor© has not been proven to prevent heart attacks. I thought, but isn’t that the whole point?

And how about the low-fat diet? Many people are watching their fat intake and the food manufacturers have jumped on this in response. Well, here are the results of a huge study.

Study Finds Low-Fat Diet Won't Stop Cancer or Heart Disease

Results of an eight-year, $415 million “low-fat” diet study of nearly 49,000 over-50 post-menopausal women shows “no significant” reduction in the incidence of colon cancer, breast cancer or heart disease as those who ate whatever they pleased. This finding was surprising (well, to some at least), especially in terms of heart disease, as the conventional wisdom is that dietary fats and cholesterol are the culprits for heart disease. Two theories of possible explanations for the lack of expected results are being presented:

1)It may be too late in life and the damage has already been done for the study participants. A low-fat diet might, therefore, be beneficial for younger people.
2)The low-fat diet did not include any increase in “good fats” found in fish oils

OK, there may be some truth to both of these, but if there was any advantage of a low-fat diet you would have to believe that this study would have had positive results, however small. But NO.

Where does this leave us? To me it screams loud and clear that the reasons for heart disease are, quite obviously, somewhere else. How about the Pauling/Rath theory that chronic vitamin C deficiency leads to a deteriorated arterial wall that is “patched” with a build-up of plaque? Maybe adding adequate vitamin C to your diet will help. It doesn’t have to do very much to be better than “statin” drugs or a low-fat diet. That is for sure.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

COPD and Vitamin C

My 54-year-old dad was just diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: chronic asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis) The Dr's ran a bunch of bloodwork and he's going to see them on 9/20. His blood pressure is normal and they think his heart's ok too. He smoked for almost 40 years. I've been doing lots of research on supplements and am wondering about sodium ascorbate. I gave him a bottle of NOW brand SA and have him taking 1/2 tsp a few times a day, haven't talked w/him about bowel tolerance yet. Does anyone know anything about COPD or lung disease and mega Vit C that you can share with me. I know he needs a lot more than the amt of vit c I told him to take but I just want to make sure it's ok (even though I know it is, iykwim). Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!!!