Decline in Deaths from Heart Disease and Stroke - United States, 1900-1999
It is not controversial that total mortality from all forms of heart disease peaked between the years 1950 and 1970, and that deaths from coronary heart disease peaked around 1970. It is interesting that in 1970, Nobelist Linus Pauling published his best-selling book Vitamin C and the Common Cold.
Pauling's book brought vitamin C to the attention of millions. The Linus Pauling Institute reports that after publication, average vitamin C consumption in the US increased 300%! Then, during the decade of the 1970s, deaths from Coronary Heart Disease began a steep decline.
The Vitamin C Foundation attributes this staggering 30%-40% decline in heart disease mortality to Pauling's book. The United States was the only developed country to experience such a decline.
The decline in heart disease, matched with the increase awareness and intake of Vitamin C, and other nutrients, strongly supports the Pauling/Rath Unified Vitamin C Theory of heart disease. This long-term decline can not be a statistical fluke.
Something saved these people. A competing hypothesis must explain how and why the decline begins between 1950 and 1970.
Other popular authors deserve credit too, e.g., Adelle Davis, who brought the importance of vitamin C to the public's attention during the 1950s and 1960s.
We contend, and challenge others to refute, based on the Linus Pauling/Matthias Rath Unified Theory of Heart Disease, that Linus Pauling should be credited with saving AT LEAST 250,000 lives annually, and perhaps a majority of the 621,000 deaths that would otherwise have been expected in 1999.
According to Pauling on Page 164 of his book How To Live Longer and Feel Better written in 1986, "741,000 people died of Coronary Heart Disease in 1970." Today, with a much larger population, according to the American Heart Association, between 400,000 and 500,000 Americans will die of Coronary Heart Disease, the Nation's number one killer.
WE ATTRIBUTE THIS DECLINE TO LINUS PAULING'S PUBLICATION OF THE VAST EVIDENCE ABOUT VITAMIN C AND OTHER NUTRIENT ANTI-OXIDANTS IN 1970 AND THEN AGAIN IN 1986. PAULING'S 1992 VIDEO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO IRRADICATE HEART DISEASE FROM PLANET EARTH IF WIDELY VIEWED AND UNDERSTOOD.
Never before in history have so many owed so much to one man.
Copyright Owen Fonorow, 2001