Yes, Owen. I'd like to try the email option.
Please bear with me while I give you some background on my dad.
Brief outline of his medical history:
He had a bypass in 1985, and another bypass in May 1999 and had stents put in during both bypasses.
He had 2 strokes (one sometime in the1990s while travelling) and one in May 2000.
In both cases there was no residual damage though in the one he had in Hong Kong, he had short term memory loss for the time directly after the stroke and the first day in the hospital. (It might have been that he had such quick care that no real damage occurred.)
In November 06 he had an episode of congestive heart failure. That was treated and has not recurred.
His arteries are very thin like angel hair pasta (he was told) so they occlude more quickly.
He also had problems with type II Diabetes but has for many years gotten control of the problem through diet and measures his blood sugar daily
His diet is very very healthy; the Mediterranenan diet, olive oil, fresh vegetables, fish. Low in simple carbs. Extremely low in sugar. He exercises daily on his treadmill.
He loves to garden and he has a good activity level and great social interaction with his many friends.
[He] recently went to Mayo Clinic and had testing done to check his coronary status. ( I forget what type of testing he had done but can find out if you need the info) . The upshot was he has coronary artery blockage. But because of his age, (he is 80) and the location of the blocked artery (ies?) they will not do another bypass or any other surgical procedure on him. He checked with them at Mayo and they OK's his using the Cardio-C saying it wouldn't cause any harm. -
He is on Plavix (because of his stents) and is taking some statin as well. He used to be on
Coumadin (was put on it after his stroke) but since then his doctor has taken him off Coumadin and I've given him Nattokinase to help prevent clotdevelopment.
A few years ago I also started him on Co Enzyme Q-10 which has been a big help giving him and his heart the energy to have the ability to do things and be active.
With everything I read about the Linus Pauling Method (Cardio-C) I felt it was his best shot at clearing those blockages. But he began taking the Cardio-C in March and though he seems to be doing well, we cannot tell whether taking Cardio-C is making any difference or how much difference it is making..I'm very worried and wonder if he should be taking the Card io-C drink 3 times daily instead of 2?
At this point if he really over exerts himself, heavy digging in the yard (which he shouldn't do) he will get some angina and then he takes his Nitroglycerin pill. He doesn't have these episodes very often at all but it worries me that he is having them at all.
What do you think about his Cardio-C dosage considering his condition? Is there any way he or we can gauge if and how this program is working for him? What is your opinion? Any other recommendations?
Please let me know as I would like to have him around as long as possible.
Thanks so much for your help,
S., sorry for the delay. Every symptom you mention is related to too little vitamin C - like most heart patients. Type II diabetes makes it worse - if glucose can't enter cells and remains in the blood, vitamin C (ascorbate) can't either. Ascorbate and glucose are similar and use the same transport.
So 2 Jars of Cardio-C is providing 5000 mg vitamin C daily, but this may be half or 1/4 of what he needs for best of health. However, if the diabetes is not being corrected - any amount of vitamin C and Cardio-C may not help. (I do like the fact that he is able to exert himself)
So, you say his diet is excellent and diabetes under control. I'd visit http://www.healingmatters.com - and make sure you are following Mr. Smith's advice. Basically, NO trans fats, and reintroduce good fats, mostly Omega-3s if my understanding is correct, which helps repair the membranes surrounding trillions of cells.
Step 2 would be to take vitamin C (perhaps as 500 mg pills) every 4 hours. Start with 500 mg every 4 hours. If he tolerates this amount, he might consider doubling it to 1000 mg every 4 hours. (Again, this in addition to his 2 dosages of Cardio-C)
With blood sugar down, and knowing his tolerance to C (before diarrhea and lots of gas) we can discuss whether he might wish to change products to include more nutrients.
I'll reread this and comment more later.