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    Oct. 22, 2009

    Why would I travel to snowy England in January? I had the chance to spend a week studying with Dr. Sydney Bush, a distinguished English professor of optometry. This week, why I believe his research on the cause of coronary artery disease deserves a Nobel Prize, and how you can benefit from his research.
    What causes coronary attack? Authorities say it's due to increased blood cholesterol. But I've always questioned this theorysinceinterviewing Dr. Linus Pauling (the only person to receive two Nobel Prizes).
    Years ago Pauling told me animals manufacture vitamin C, but humans do not. For instance, goats produce 13,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily! Humans lost this ability during the course of evolution. That's why cats survived voyages to the New World while sailors died of scurvy.
    Why is vitamin C so important in preventing heart attack? Brick walls are held together by mortar and we all know what happens if mortar crumbles. Cells are glued together by collagen and vitamin C is necessary to manufacture it and maintain its strength. Pauling believed that an insufficient amount of vitamin C weakens coronary vessels, causing tiny cracks. Blood clots develop, and the result is lethal.
    Years later, Dr. William Stehbens, professor of pathology at Wellington University, New Zealand, reported that mechanical stress from each heart beat causes coronary attack. This added further evidence to Pauling's theory that increased pressure along with poor coronary glue triggers heart attack.

    Now Bush has made another historic discovery. He prescribed high doses of vitamin C to patients suffering from eye infections and allergies. Luckily, he also took photos of the retina (the back part of the eye) before C was given and then one year later. The retina is the only part of the body where doctors can see arteries and veins.
    To his surprise, he discovered that large doses of vitamin C caused cholesterol deposits to decrease in size, arteries became larger and there was increased blood flow to the retina. What happens to arteries in the retina must also happen to arteries in the heart.
    In effect, Bush's research shows atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) can be reversed. And that the heart is not healthy until the eyes say so. This finding could save millions from premature coronary death and it should have made headlines around the world.

    Pauling also advised the use of lysine along with vitamin C. Lysine is an amino acid, one of the building blocks of protein. Lysine has the ability to inactivate bad cholesterol decreasing the risk of heart attack.
    Since returning to Canada I'm convinced that ideally everyone, particularly those at greater risk of heart attack, should have a retinal photo taken. If life-threatening changes are visible this is a great motivator to change lifestyle habits and start treatment with vitamin C and Lysine.
    I'm acutely aware that this approach to preventing coronary attack will be criticized by main stream medical thinking. But I hope that some physicians, particularly cardiologists, will also have an open mind on this matter. Retinal photos take just a few minutes and in most cases do not require drops in the eye.

    Dr. Dennis Ruskin, a respected Toronto optometrist, is willing to take retinal photos and e-mail them to Bush in England. Bush will then use his years of experience to determine if treatment is required to help circumvent the risk of coronary attack and other cardiovascular problems.
    For now this program is available only to those living in the Toronto area, but hopefully it will expand to other areas as participating optometrists are located in other cities. At the moment this test is not covered by any medical insurance.

    This column and program are not meant to displace the advice of your own eye doctor or physician. So in health matters always discuss this information with your doctor.
    But if, after consultation, you wish to consider this test in Toronto (or in future other locations) you can get more information at info@cardio-retinometry.org or call 416-917-4396
    Dr. Gifford-Jones' common sense-based medical column, offered with the occasional dash of humour, has been published in Canadian newspapers for 30 years.

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    This is not new. Pauling first proposed it when? the thirties? the forties? and it's been picked up in other publications subsequently. I've commented on it elsewhere on this site. Now I'm trying to remember the name of the researcher who misled the world on the diet-cholesterol relationship. Help! Anybody?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander
    This is not new. Pauling first proposed it when? the thirties? the forties? and it's been picked up in other publications subsequently. I've commented on it elsewhere on this site. Now I'm trying to remember the name of the researcher who misled the world on the diet-cholesterol relationship. Help! Anybody?
    Wasn't that Tarnower and his Scarsdale diet of the '78? Horrible diet. Wish I knew better. I starved myself on that stupid thing in an attempt to lose 10lbs on my 135lb frame back then because my Dr. told me I was fat. I was 17years old back then, and only 5'4". I had great muscle mass. Not fat by a long shot....!!! ...I'll never eat grapefruit or tuna again!!

    Or are you thinking of Atkins?

    BTW, I have upped my Vit. C intake over the past several weeks and I can say the results are nothing short of amazing! I also discovered that my body will only tolerate 2000IU of Vit D for now...anything more right now and I seem to become an insomniac...I plan to go up gradually.
    I'll bet my thyroid didn't know what hit it!! lol
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    Thanks Emma but no, neither of those, but his findings did initiate the lowfat craze. He did a multicultural study of diets and CHD, and claimed —

    AH! Got it! Ancel Keyes!

    ...claimed to find a correlation between animal fats and heart disease. What happened was, the results were inconclusive, so he cherrypicked the results he'd been hoping to find. But for every ethnic or cultural group where there was a correlation, there was an equal number of groups with the opposite. There's a word for what happens when someone publishes a study and everyone jumps on the bandwagon without themselves checking the data—another word I can't remember, but that's what happened. The media bought the whole enchilada and we were off for a generation or more of the lowfat craze. Still out there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmmaPeel
    BTW, I have upped my Vit. C intake over the past several weeks and I can say the results are nothing short of amazing!
    What differences do you see/feel?

    It seems no matter what I add or subtract from my diet or supplement regimen, I feel no different. I just assume that good things are going on deep inside where I will never find them. So I'm curious. Did something change?

    P.S. One obvious result I attribute to all the Vitamin C (and D): I'm never sick.

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    The most profound thing I noticed was an increased sense of well being.

    This likely has occurred due to having more energy, less infection issues, better eyesight thus less eyestrain thus less migraines, and my GI issues are all but gone! I also seem to have less issues with stable angina since increasing my C intake. In fact, I walked along a warf for 50 minutes today, and rode my bike for about 20...no problem!!


    Less inflammation=less work for the body=better quality of life!!

    I also found that the Vit. D spray has been a contributing factor too!

    Right now I am at 1500mg of C and 2000IU of D each day. I know by some standards this is low, but I am gradually adjusting my body to change. I plan to up my C to about 3000mg and my D to 4-5000IU within a few weeks.
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    That all makes sense. Isn't it cool that we here know how to reverse CHD!?

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    My "desert island" supplements would have to include vitamin D, vitamin C, and L-lysine, thanks to the writings of Dr. Pauling and Dr. Rath.

    Emma Peel, thank you for the little light bulb that you turned on over my head about vitamin D possibly leading to insomnia. It just did not occur to me that my current difficulties in getting a good night's sleep might be connected to my increasing my dietary intake of vitamin D. This year I started increasing the vitamin D earlier, as summer ended in late August in this part of the world, and as my awareness of the greater amount of vitamin D we might need has grown.

    As to Ancel Keys, my understanding is that back in the 1950s his research on fats grouped saturated fats and trans fats together. When damaging effects were found from ingesting these fats, the harmful effects were attributed to the saturated fats, damning them forever. In the meanwhile, we the people have vastly increased our intake of trans fats, over the amount available in the 1950s, thinking this all was OK, as long as we stayed away from the "deadly" saturated fats. If the studies done by Ancel Keys were to be done today, with separate observations for the saturated fats versus the trans fats, we would see much different conclusions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maurya

    Emma Peel, thank you for the little light bulb that you turned on over my head about vitamin D possibly leading to insomnia. It just did not occur to me that my current difficulties in getting a good night's sleep might be connected to my increasing my dietary intake of vitamin D. This year I started increasing the vitamin D earlier, as summer ended in late August in this part of the world, and as my awareness of the greater amount of vitamin D we might need has grown.
    You're welcome Maurya! I never connected the dots with regard to my Vit D intake and insomnia until I read on Mercola's site about someone else that was having similar issues! I even have to stagger the days I take my Vit D, or I just can't sleep well. Someone had explained it as the Vit D stimulating a sluggish thyroid...well, that would explain it!

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