As a recent stent recipient I have found great interest in your book, Practicing Medicine Without a License. I only wish I had read it a few months ago!
My wife brought up an interesting question.
It seems the minority of heart disease seems to be among those populations/nations/cultures that eat a simpler diet, free from processed food, free from dairy and high meat consumption. These people also cannot make their own Vitamin C so why are their rates of heart attacks and atherosclerosis so much lower than those who partake of the SAD (Standard American Diet - which has spread to the other industrialized nations)? Shouldn\'t they also suffer from a Vitamin C deficiency and thus heart disease?
Also, I had no input as to the stent that was embedded in my heart last month. I have since learned it is a medicated stent. Rats! I'm still taking 8-10 grams of C and lysine daily. Is it in vain?
After reading about the radioactive stents in your book today I left a message for my cardiologist this morning asking if I have a radioactive stent - and have yet to hear from him. Is it true that if I have that kind of stent Vitamin C and lysine will do no good at all for my cardiac issues?
BTW, I was having frequent nose bleeds for several years and was able to slow them down with a saline nasal spray. (did not have high blood pressure) After reading your book I began to realize my nose bleeds could have been indicative of a light scurvy condition.
I figured if bleeding gums could be a sign of scurvy. - maybe bleeding nose might also be a pre-scuvy indicator. I've stopped the saline spray and only doing mega C doses - and no nose bleeds. What do you think?
Thank you so much for writing your book and your time in answering my questions.
Thanks for reading our book.
Sorry to hear about the stent, but Carol Smith did get medicated stents, if memory serves - after she stopped the program (for the 3rd time) and had her third relapse. We put her latest story on the front page at PaulingTherapy.com. In this case, after the stent, a higher DOSAGE was able to overcome the extreme pain she felt from the stent. If believe it was medicated, and I believe that means that you may have to increase your vitamin C dosage, but there is hope of overcoming the "medication." And in my opinion, Lypo-C can be a huge adjunct in increasing your vitamin C dosage.
I think you are right about nose bleeds being a sign/symptom of sub clinical scurvy
As far as the paleo diet, we have had many discussions in this forum over the years about this issue, and it basically comes down to this. The need for daily vitamin C is drastically reduced when a human is on a diet of fresh foods and fresh meats - no processed foods, and. esp. no trans fats. I believe the eskimos (intuit) who eat mostly
fat - blubber - are healthy with no cardiovascular disease. (Pauling discusses them in his book.) If/when vitamin C was in short supply, these ancients may very well have had heart disease (atherosclerosis) - but there was usually no way to tell. It was rare to live past forty.