Most articles on heart disease focus on the dangers of elevated cholesterol levels and the “need” for statins to lower them. I happen to feel this focus is way too narrow and from what I’ve read in research from many different sources, cholesterol levels have less impact on heart disease, and specifically heart attacks than we might think. In fact, a great majority of people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
This article by Dr. Jonny Bowden shares some information from his book written with Dr. Stephen Sinatra that talks about their belief that chronic vitamin C deficiency is a contributing factor to heart disease.
This caught my attention because I’ve read for quite some time in a newsletter I get from Dr. Bruce West that he has long believed that heart disease is a symptom of “beriberi of the heart”. In case you didn’t know, beriberi is a B-vitamin deficiency that Dr. West believes is still active in a sub-clinical form. He believes it no longer attacks the entire muscle structure of the body but instead only the most vulnerable muscle, the heart. He feels it’s the most common cause of heart failure and a common cause of cardiomyopathy.
So that would mean two very basic, foundational vitamins – the B’s and C – could be critical in the fight against heart disease, a top cause of death in our country. It makes sense to me because both are water soluble vitamins that you do not store and especially in the case of vitamin C, stress depletes it!
Instead of immediately adding a drug with serious potential side effects, that may not even address the root problem, why not look to properly nourishing our bodies to create overall health instead? Sometimes it just could be more basic and simple than we think. That’s my thought –
What do you think?