Vitamin C won’t prevent heart attack

To avoid a heart attack, don’t smoke; get at least 20 minutes a day of uninterrupted cardiovascular exercise; and consume a good diet

W. Gifford-Jones attests that vitamin C and lysine protect against heart attack and stroke, quoting research by Dr. Linus Pauling.  Pauling was a brilliant American scientist who explored the nature of the chemical bond.  He received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1954 for this work.  He later ruined his reputation by advocating the use of vitamin C for various ailments, and he died in 1994.

W. Gifford-Jones does not have a licence to practice medicine in British Columbia.  His statement that vitamin C and lysine protect against heart attack is not advice which doctors give.

I have a licence to practice medicine in British Columbia.  To protect against heart attack and stroke, I recommend the following:  don’t smoke; get at least 20 minutes a day of uninterrupted cardiovascular exercise; consume a good diet (eat food, mostly plants, not too much); and ask your doctor to check your blood pressure and to advise you about how to reduce the risk of heart attack.  The doctor may order a blood test for glucose (sugar) and cholesterol.

Robert Shepherd, MD

Saanich

 

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