Cardiovascular Disease

A Unified Theory of The Cause & Treatment

The two-time unshared Nobel Prize recipient Linus Pauling (1901 – 1994) and the German medical doctor Matthias Rath (born 1955) presented in 1989 a new theory of cardiovascular disease.

They hypothesized that heart disease is a manifestation of chronic scurvy, and atherosclerotic plaque is a mechanism evolved to repair or patch blood vessels and arteries damaged by chronic vitamin C deficiency. Plaque deposits found in human aortas are made up of a blood lipid called lipoprotein(a).

The solution Pauling and Rath suggested on this problem were that high dosages of vitamin C and lysine in combination neutralize lipoprotein(a). This may according to the researchers prevent and cure cardiovascular disease. The following is a video with Linus Pauling from 1993. The video has an introduction by Patrick Holford.



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Rath M, Pauling L. Solution to the Puzzle of Human Cardiovascular Disease: Its Primary Cause is Ascorbate deficiency, leading to the deposition of lipoprotein(a) and fibrinogen/fibrin in the vascular wall. J Orthomol Med 1991; 6(3-4): 125-34.

Rath M, Pauling L. A unified theory of human cardiovascular disease leading the way to abolition of this disease as a cause for human mortality. J Orthomol Med 1992; 7(1): 5-12.