Healthy Beginnings

“Pauling Therapy” for Heart Disease: The Connection Between Vitamin C and CVD

By Robert A. Eslinger, D.O., H.M.D.


Linus Pauling, Ph.D., not only championed the use of vitamin C for the prevention and treatment of the common cold, he developed a protocol to treat CVD (cardiovascular disease). This refers to the accumulation of damage, most commonly in the coronary arteries, that is associated with high blood pressure, plaque deposits and the increased incidence of heart attacks. He called this “chronic scurvy.”

In 1991, he and Mathias Rath, M.D., examined a body of research and concluded that there was a connection between vitamin C deficiency and the development of CVD.

That connection was based on the observation that CVD is, at its core, an accumulation of damage to the collagen and elastin fibers in the walls of the arteries. Vitamin C is required for the creation of replacement collagen fibers. According to Pauling, “CVD is the direct consequence of the inability of humans to synthesize ascorbate (vitamin C) combined with insufficient intake of ascorbate in the modern diet.”

The available epidemiological and clinical evidence is reasonably convincing. Since ascorbate deficiency is the common cause of human CVD, ascorbate supplementation is the universal treatment of the disease.

Despite their (Dr. Pauling and Dr. Rath) success at reversing heart disease, this therapy has yet to hit mainstream medicine. However, a small group of people who are con dent to research their own medical challenges have been routinely reversing their CVD/chronic scurvy.

Scurvy is, essentially, a bleeding disease. Chronic scurvy differs from “normal” scurvy only in degree and the body’s response. Both have, at their core, the inability to repair and replace collagen fibers in the vascular tissue. This leads to the resulting failure of that vascular tissue to contain the blood.

When the arteries get to the point where breakthrough bleeding becomes a danger and the required repairs cannot be made due to nutrient deficiencies, the body has a “Plan B.”

It builds up a layer of material on the inside of the artery wall to protect the damaged area against the blood pressure. This, of course, is plaque deposits, but could be called “nature’s perfect Band-Aid.”

What this phrase means is that the plaque deposits are not “pathological” but instead are an “adaptive response” to weakened arterial walls due to nutritional deficiencies.

The good news is that when these nutrients are adequately supplied and the arteries are repaired (thus removing the reason for the plaque deposits), the plaque deposits gradually disappear on their own!

Yes… you read that right. On a protocol of enough vitamin C (Dr. Pauling also recommended using L-lysine along with it) the plaque buildup in the coronary arteries can be reversed! Heart disease can be cured with proper nutrition!

For more information, contact Reno Integrative Medical Center, 6110 Plumas St., Ste. B, Reno, at 775-829-1009 or