Who Needs Wonder Drugs? We Have Vitamin C!
I’m nowhere near what anyone would call a “News Junkie.” My husband, a former newspaper man, often calls my attention to articles of interest and I see headlines occasionally on various web pages, such as Yahoo or Google. But this type of story seems to come up pretty regularly any more.
Yes, most people in our country are in terrible shape. I probably harp about it more than I need to. But remember what Mark Twain (another newspaper man) once said:
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!”
Same goes for adult-onset diabetes, or Type II. You hear a lot about it and about all the medical establishment has to say is, “Eat a sensible diet and exercise regularly.”
That’s not exactly doing anything about diabetes, in my opinion.
I mean I myself was alleged to have it more than a decade ago, and took care of that and a few other life-threatening problems — all of which I’ve written about at length in this blog and in my recent book about how I lost half my (substantial) body weight without diet, exercise, drugs or surgery.
But if you check anywhere on the web – mainly the traditional medicine sites – you will be told that diabetes can’t be cured, it can only be managed. Usually with insulin or some oral drugs, as well as diet and exercise.
I recently had the honor and pleasure of finding out about the work of Dr. Matthias Rath, his foundation and his website. He talks about just the cardiovascular complications of diabetes, however, and for good reason. Matthias Rath is from Germany, and came to work with Linus Pauling in the States. Dr. Pauling made his world-wide fame as a research chemist. He coined the word “orthomolecular” and was instrumental in developing and promoting mega-vitamin therapy – especially working with Vitamin C. He was active in promoting Vitamin C in high doses for everything from the common cold to cancer. You can see why Pauling was interested in working with Rath.
Like Dr. Pauling, Dr. Rath is a guy from pretty humble origins (farming folks) who had been trained as both a physician and cardiovascular researcher.
He has the one merit I consider overwhelmingly wonderful in a researcher –the ability to see what others cannot, and to ask the right questions about what he sees. Animals (mammals) are the most worthy of comparison with humans on the pathology level. They seem to be remarkably free of heart attacks and strokes. However, other mammals make their own vitamin C – humans cannot. We must get ours from our diet or take supplements.
Arteriosclerosis – also known as “hardening of the arteries –” is the dominant factor in both heart disease and stroke. Dr. Rath has linked vitamin C deficiency to apolipoprotein A deficiency, which is linked to this kind of illness. To say this is mammoth and life-changing knowledge is an understatement. A couple of hundred years ago, young British sailors got scurvy because of Vitamin C deficiency.
Could they have had heart attacks instead if they were older, or farther along in some process? Dr. Rath is an activist, openly anti-pharmaceutical companies. He is convinced that there should be worldwide natural medicine instead. He sees long-term micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) deficiencies as the major cause of illness. If you would like to discover more, Dr. Rath graciously links to his own books online as PDFs. I am digging in and invite you to enjoy the feast.