Re: The other side of high cholesterol
Actually, Pauling wasn't the only one to claim that vitamin C can reduce plaque deposits. In fact, this has been known since at least as far back as 1954, before Pauling even began studying vitamin C. A Canadian physician, G.C. Willis, conducted experiments on his patients. He divided patients into two groups. One group was given 500mg of vitamin C, three times daily. Willis was able to take pictures and see the inside of human arteries for the first time. What he discovered was that 60% of those taking vitamin C improved, that is, their plaques were reduced. In 30% the plaques remained about the same, and in 10% he saw their plaques increase slightly. None of the control's plaques were reduced. As promising as these results were, the scientific and medical communities showed little interest in the Willis experiments. And these results were obtained with only 1500mg vitamin C per day. We now know that 1500mg is probably not a high enough dose, and better results can most likely be obtained with doses closer to what Pauling recommended, along with the lipoprotein(a) binders lysine and proline. If the medical community had only paid attention to the Willis studies back in 1954, then I think the incidence of heart disease would be much lower today.
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