They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Have a look at this graph constructed from National Institutes of Health data:
-Figure 1 is from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4830a1.htm
MMWR Weekly - Decline in CVD Death Rates, Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Decline in Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke -- United States, 1900-1999
-The idea for this post comes from Jeffrey Dach M.D. http://jeffreydach.com/2008/11/27/heart-disease-ascorbate-lysine-and-linus-pauling-by-jeffrey-dach-md.aspx
Can Pauling be nominated posthumously for a 3rd Nobel prize, this time in Medicine?