Presented by Richard Z. Cheng, MD, PhD
OMNS (May 1, 2022) Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death, killing some 18 million people globally, costing more than $320 billion annually in the USA alone. About 2/3 of these deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, with atherosclerosis the key pathology. Although the causes of CVDs continue to be debated, it is generally accepted in the literature that atherosclerotic CVDs are inflammatory diseases with elevated oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is due to the imbalance of excessive oxidants (toxins) and deficient antioxidants. The resulting deficiency of vitamin C, a primary antioxidant, leads to impairment of collagen synthesis. Collagen plays a critical role in the integrity of arterial walls. Collagen deficiency results in arterial wall damage and an inflammatory response leading to atherosclerosis and associated pathologies including coronary artery stenosis and occlusion.
Based on the review and analysis of decades of research, we have previously proposed an integrative orthomolecular medicine approach that includes healthy lifestyle, nutritional supplementation with a focus on high dose vitamin C and other antioxidants, and toxin avoidance and removal (detox). We report here that with this protocol we have reversed two cases of atherosclerotic CVDs. Existing evidence and clinical experience suggest that atherosclerosis is preventable and reversible.
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More Cardiovascular Disease articles from OMNS:
Spencer A, Saul AW (2010) Vitamin C and Cardiovascular Disease. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n20.shtml
Smith RG, Saul AW (2011) Two Vitamin C Tablets Every Day Could Save 200,000 Lives Every Year: Ascorbate Supplementation Reduces Heart Failure. Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n14.shtml
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (2005) Vitamin C Fights Heart Disease - Vitamin C Saves Lives. http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v01n02.shtml