Over the past decades, research into the health benefits of vitamins and other micronutrients has been one of the fastest-growing fields of medicine.
The unprecedented explosion of knowledge in this field is well documented on the website of the world’s largest online health library, Pubmed.gov, organized by the US government’s National Institutes of Health.
Entering the search terms ‘vitamin and cardiovascular’ on this website shows the graph documenting a dramatic increase in the number of scientific publications related to the health benefits of vitamins in the prevention and therapy of heart attacks, strokes, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.
A similar increase in knowledge also occurred in relation to the health benefits of vitamins in the fight against cancer, infections, and other diseases. It is noteworthy that the explosion of research interests in all these fields started about three decades ago, at the beginning of the 1990s.
One of the greatest discoveries in Medicine
Why were the years 1990 to 1994 a watershed event for human health?
Between 1990 and 1992, several landmark discoveries about the role of vitamins and other micronutrients in the global battle against cardiovascular disease were published by Dr. Rath – together with twotime Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling (+1994).
This new scientific concept defined longterm vitamin deficiency as the primary cause for the development of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart attacks and strokes. This new understanding about a common root cause of cardiovascular diseases provided – for the first time – answers to some of the most important open questions of cardiology.
- Why are infarctions of the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks, the most frequent form of cardiovascular disease?
- Why do the dangerous atherosclerotic plaques develop in the arteries but not in veins?
- And, most importantly, why do animals not get heart attacks, but humans do?
Dr. Pauling described this work as one of the greatest discoveries in medicine.
The world’s first patented technology for the ‘Prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease’ that included vitamin C (ascorbate) and other micronutrients. The patent was awarded to Dr. Rath and Dr. Pauling by the US Patent Office in January 1994.
Two years later, in 1996, this discovery was confirmed in a clinical study in 55 patients with cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C in combination with certain other micronutrients was able to halt the progression of coronary artery disease. In some cases the calcium deposits in the coronary arteries completely disappeared. This was the first time ever that the natural reversal of coronary artery disease with a defined micronutrient combination was documented.
Despite all resistance from lobbyists of the pharmaceutical investment interests these discoveries and the International Call lead to an explosion of natural health research and a significant multiplication of global vitamin production and consumption.
While the global community of scientists responded to these new discoveries with great interest, the media in most countries remained silent.
Lobbyist in medicine, media and politics — especially from those countries thriving on the multitrillioneuro export business of patented pharmaceutical drugs — even tried to actively suppress the global spread of this information.
The discovery, that a natural vitamin molecules would be the answer to the cardiovascular pandemic was a direct threat to their most lucrative global drug markets of cholesterollowering drugs, calcium antagonists, betablockers etc. To overcome this health censorship, Dr. Rath summarized the lifesaving discoveries of the connection between vitamin deficiency and heart disease in his popular book entitled ‘Why animals don’t get heart attacks – but people do’. Over the last three decades, this book has been translated into more than 20 languages and has reached millions of people on all continents.
The rapidly increasing knowledge about the beneficial role of vitamin C in the prevention of cardiovascular disease led to a significant increase in the global production of vitamin C, as well as other vitamins (A).
The globally increased vitamin C production/consumption, in turn, was paralleled by a decrease in the mortality from heart attacks in many regions of the world (B).
In some countries, the number of deaths from heart attacks decreased by 50% and more. In the Netherlands, for example the death rate from myocardial infarction’s decreased by more than two thirds (C).
It is hardly a coincidence, that these trends
- exploding increase in published scientific information about the health benefits of vitamins
- increased global production of vitamin C
- the significant decline in the global mortality from heart attacks all started during the 1990’s and essentially continued until today.
Cutting global heart attacks almost in half
Based on these discoveries, Dr. Pauling and Dr. Rath issued a ‘Call for an International Scientific Effort to Abolish Heart Disease’. This Call should become the last public Appeal of the twotime Nobel Laureate. This Call ends with the farreaching conclusion: