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The diseases of the heart and the cardiovascular system are the number one killers of present-day Americans. The reported incidence of these diseases has been rising sharply. A few years ago heart diseases accounted for over 700,000 deaths annually and strokes took another 200,000. The number of cardiovascular deaths among persons under sixty-five (about 240,000) was about as high as deaths from cancer at all ages. Besides death, heart diseases cause widespread illness and disability and impose a multi-billion-dollar burden on the economy each year. In a recent health survey, it was found that of every hundred persons between the ages of eighteen and seventy-nine, thirteen had definite heart disease and twelve more were suspect. Nearly one-quarter of the population, therefore, lives in jeopardy of succumbing to a disease of the heart or circulatory system. The incidence increases with age.
People who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes can develop DHD. The higher a person's blood sugar level is, the higher his or her risk of DHD.
Diabetes affects heart disease risk in three major ways.
First, diabetes alone is a very serious risk factor for heart disease, just like smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol. In fact, people who have type 2 diabetes have the same risk of heart attack and dying from heart disease as people who already have had heart attacks.
Second, when combined with other risk factors, diabetes further raises the risk of heart disease. Although research is ongoing, it's clear that diabetes and other conditions—such as overweight and obesity and metabolic syndrome—interact to cause harmful physical changes to the heart.
Third, diabetes raises the risk of earlier and more severe heart problems. Also, people who have DHD tend to have less success with some heart disease treatments, such as coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty.
Pauling Therapy for the Reversal of Heart Disease
Vitamin C: to bowel tolerance – as much as you can take without diarrhea. For most people this will be in the range of five to ten grams (5,000-10,000 mg.) each day. Spread this amount into two equal doses 12 hours apart. (Vitamin C prevents further cracking of the blood vessel wall – the beginning of the disease.) L-Proline: 3 grams twice per day (acts to release lipoprotein(a) from plaque formation and prevent further deposition of same). L-Lysine: 3 grams twice each day (acts to release lipoprotein(a) from plaque formation and prevent further deposition of same). Co-enzyme Q10: 90-180 mg. twice per day (strengthens the heart muscle). L-Carnitine: 3 grams twice per day (also strengthens the heart muscle). Niacin: Decreases production of lipoprotein(a) in the liver. Inositol hexanicotinate is a form of niacin which gives less of a problem with flushing and therefore allows for larger therapeutic doses. Begin with 250 mg. at lunch, 500 mg. at dinner and 500 mg. at bedtime the first day; then increase gradually over a few days until you reach four grams per day, or the highest dose under four grams you can tolerate. Be sure to ask your doctor for liver enzyme level tests every two months or less to be sure your liver is able to handle the dose you are taking. Vitamin E: 800-2400 IU per day. (Inhibits proliferation of smooth muscle cells in the walls of arteries undergoing the atherosclerotic changes.)DR. RATH CELLULAR HEALTH FORMULAS