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Cardiovascular Disease is an Early Form of Scurvy

This is also the reason that my new book is entitled Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks — But People Do. The answer to this question literally concerns every human being in your town. I urge you to help spread this lifesaving information.

Why animals don't get heart attacks is summarized in the following figure: Cardiovascular disease is an early form of scurvy. The left column shows how the artery walls of animals are stabilized by an optimum production of elastin and collagen molecules. The more vitamin C there is, the more stable and resistant the artery walls are. The right column shows the other extreme: the sailor’s disease, scurvy. During long sea journeys sailors of earlier centuries died within a few months from massive internal and external bleeding. Their bodies did not produce vitamin C, and diet contained hardly any vitamins.

The cause of cardiovascular disease lies right in the middle. We all get a small amount of vitamins in our daily diet, so that open scurvy is rare. However, the vitamin intake from our diet is not sufficient to stabilize the artery walls as in the case with the vitamin C producing animals. Over decades, millions of small cracks and lesions develop at the inner surface of the artery walls. When the surface of the artery walls has become brittle, cholesterol and other repair factors, particularly the sticky lipoprotein-a, enter the artery walls.

The deposition of cholesterol inside the artery wall is therefore not the cause of cardiovascular disease, but a reaction to the underlying problem: vitamin deficiency of the artery wall. With insufficient vitamin supply over many years, the repair of the wall continues and leads to the feared atherosclerotic deposit. If these deposits form inside the coronary arteries of the heart, they lead to heart attack. If these deposits develop in the arteries of the brain, they lead to stroke.

Albert Einstein said: “Truly important discoveries are generally so simple that they can be understood by everyone.”

The connection between scurvy, vitamin C deficiency and cardiovascular disease is no exception. We were able to show our patients that it is not only possible to prevent the further growth of atherosclerotic deposits; we also showed that cardiovascular disease can be reversed without bypass surgery and angioplasty. For this therapy, the amino acids lysine and proline play a particular role. They form a Teflon layer for the artery walls and release the fat particles that are already attached inside the artery walls. Existing deposits are dissolved naturally.

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