Arteriosclerosis, Cardiac infarction, Stroke
For years we have been told that high cholesterol is directly associated with heart attack and stroke. The total cholesterol value of 300 was lowered to 200 as the upper limit, which made half of our population suffer from high cholesterol overnight. Accordingly, many 'patients with high cholesterol' were prescribed statins to help lower these values. This chemical intervention to adjust cholesterol levels to the new standard satisfied patient and physician. However, no one seemed to care about the fact that these drugs have devastating side effects—among others they damage the liver, cause kidney failure and attack the pancreas. We also know now that statins cause considerable damage to mitochondrial function.
First, we are glad that our cholesterol is back in the clear, which is making us believe that we are healthy. And that way, we are quite successful in pushing aside the fact that the possible damages caused by the medication can be more dangerous and serious than the original problem. A brief look at the package insert is all it takes to realize that we can easily get into hot water.
Cholesterin and cardiac infarction
Let us make it clear first that in order to measure the cholesterol level, it is not the cholesterol itself that is measured but the means of transport that gets the cholesterol in circulation. So, not the cholesterol is measured, but the amount of proteins used by the cholesterol as the carrier. What we can measure and determine is traffic and traffic density of these proteins, namely the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and the HDL (high-density lipoprotein).
Now, we are told that the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) constitutes the main cause of heart attacks and strokes, and that therefore, this value should be as low as possible. What we are not told is how vital and important cholesterol is to our bodies, and that our cells (especially the mitochondria) need it to help regulate hormonal balance, and much more. The transport LDL picks up the cholesterol in the liver and carries it to where our body needs it. So, a high LDL traffic indicates that somewhere in our body, LDL is needed. Dr. Rath, for example, says that with age, our arteries become brittle and form small tears in the arterial lining. There, the LDL-transported cholesterol steps in to fill these cracks and to prevent further damage. With time, however, much cholesterol is deposited, constricting our arteries until they quench the flow of blood, causing what we know as a heart attack. The LDL gets branded as 'the bad guy'. But there seems to be little interest in the real reason for the increased LDL activity culminating in this arterial damage. According to Dr. Rath and many other physicians and scientists, the reason is a vitamin C deficiency similar to scurvy in seamen of the past whose massive vitamin C deficiency caused internal bleeding because their artery walls lost their elasticity and became permeable. Meanwhile, many doctors have come to believe that vitamin C deficiency is actually the main cause of heart attacks. The good news, however, is: This deficiency and the resulting damage caused to the arteries' inside walls can be fixed. This will not happen overnight; it takes time, just as the damage happened gradually. So, vitamin C can make the artery walls smooth and dense again, but not if you just take tablets. Only intravenous administration or the vitamin taken in liposomal form has a bioavailability sufficient to achieve that goal. See Efficacy and dosage of liposomal vitamin C.
Vitamin C deficiency?
How did this vitamin C deficiency come about? Why is it increasingly noticeable today, why not in the past? Why do more and more younger people die of a heart attack?
Beyond a doubt, our unhealthy diet plays an important role. Fruits and vegetables in our meals have increasingly been replaced by fast food, wholemeal bread by white bread; sugary drinks are on the rise, and the comsumption of sweets and candy has increased a hundredfold. Let's not forget that there was a time when organic vegetables and fruits was the norm, but today you have to pay considerably higher prices for organic food. The vitamin and mineral content in today's conventionally grown vegetables and fruits is way lower than in the quality food of yesteryear. The soils are contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides, and possibly genetically modified cereals and fruits fill our stomach, but the nutritional value is steadily decreasing. Sweets have flooded our supermarkets where they constitute an integral part of the offering. It is not surprising that the necessary vitamins are no longer sufficiently present in our daily diet.
We should also mention at this point, however, that the daily stress in our lives calls for much more quality food—but its nutritional value is decreasing. With all the abundance of food we starve imperceptibly as our stomachs are filled, but are deprived of the necessary materials. The result is now known to everyone: obese children, diabetes in children, heart attacks in younger and younger people, and epidemic occurrences of cancer. We need to tackle this damage first with high-dose vitamins, then proceed with a healthy diet.