Most Strokes May Be Caused by Scurvy

Published: 16th June 2010
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It is beginning to appear that the root cause of most strokes may be a condition called sub-clinical scurvy. With acute scurvy, the more obvious type, your body literally falls apart: connective tissue called collagen begins to dissolve, affecting every organ in the body, including the main body structure itself. With sub-clinical scurvy the process is much slower, but the ultimate result is death by heart attack or stroke.

Acute Scurvy

Teeth loosen, joints wear fast, tendons shrivel and blood vessels become weak, thin and begin to leak blood, which causes a bruise like coloring on the skin. This can happen in as little as three months, as the old British navy discovered with their ships losing many members of their crews to scurvy.

The cure was actually rather simple, a few spoonfuls of lemon juice daily and the death rate dropped almost to zero.

Today, modern medicine tells us that 68mg of Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) is sufficient to arrest scurvy. It may be enough to control the acute form of scurvy, but not nearly enough to deal effectively with sub-clinical scurvy. Sub-clinical scurvy requires at least 800 mg daily, but depending on the individual, maybe much more.

During periods of illness, the body's requirements for Ascorbic acid soar to many thousands of mg, depending on the severity of the illness.

Collagen is the most abundant substance in the body. More than 30% of the body's protein is collagen. Ascorbic acid is needed every daily in sufficient quantities to keep this collagen abundant and healthy. Without daily Ascorbic acid, the body looses collagen; the resultant condition is called sub-clinical scurvy.

With scurvy capable of chewing up to 30% of your body structure (the collagen), it's now easy to see why keeping this substance in good health is vitally important to our overall general health.

For this discussion on strokes, we are interested in the part Vitamin C plays in keeping the structure of our arteries strong and intact, the collagen part of the arteries.

Collagen gives our blood vessels form, strength and flexibility. The arteries closest to and on the discharge side of the heart are the ones that fail the most; this is because they are under the most stress.

The Two Types of Strokes

With sub clinical scurvy, when the intake of vitamin C is well below 800 mg, the collagen loss in the area of artery near the heart weakens the artery so much that small cracks develop, allowing blood to leak through. The body defensive mechanism in an endeavour to arrest this leaking, utilizes a substance it manufactures from cholesterol as a putty to seal the cracks. This substance develops into plaque. If the vitamin C deficit continues for too long, this putty, being very sticky, catches other cholesterol particles floating past in the blood stream and the plaque begins to build up, eventually restricting blood flow, this is what is called cardiovascular disease. At some point in time, small pieces of this putty, or plaque as it is called, can break away and lodge in the narrow veins in the brain, effectively blocking off the blood flow, this is called an Ischemic stroke.

Collagen has weakened the brain vein to such an extent that any exertion can increase the blood pressure to such a point that the weakened vein can burst, blood is then released into the brain cavity. This type of stroke is called an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke.

It is interesting to note that in all instances mentioned above, the initial cause was not the plaque build up, or the hardening of the arteries, but an insufficiency of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) The low levels of Vitamin C were the catalyst that weakened the artery/vein, resulting in it bursting and leaking blood. The bodies' reaction is to plug the leak with a substance it manufactures from cholesterol. Plaque is a build up of that substance along with calcium. It is fragments of that plaque that can break away and lodge in a vein in the brain, blocking blood flow and causing an ischemic stroke.

What's the solution? According to Linus Pauling, twice Nobel Prize laureate and a major researcher into cardiovascular disease causes and remedies, a daily intake of at least 800 mg is needed to stop this arterial destruction in its tracks,

It has been known since the 1930's that Vitamin C was essential for cardiovascular health; this is a quote from The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Life Yearbook 1939:

"Even when there is not a single outward symptom of trouble, a person may be in a state of vitamin C deficiency more dangerous than scurvy itself. When such a condition is not detected and continues uncorrected, the teeth and bones will be damaged, and what may be even more serious, the blood stream is weakened to the point where it can no longer resist or fight infections not so easily cured as scurvy."

Curing Cardiovascular Disease by Dissolving this Plaque

Linus Pauling demonstrated how you can dissolve this plaque using high doses of vitamin C along with the amino acid L-lysine. The vitamin C restores the lost collagen, chelates the calcium in the plaque and along with the L-lysine clears away the remaining plaque.

The now strengthened artery has no further need for plaque to plug leaks just as long as a daily sufficient maintenance dose of vitamin C along with the L-lysene is taken.

Pauling states that a prevention or maintenance dose after the arteries/veins are cleared of plaque and restored to their correct collagen levels to be: a minimum of 3 grams (3,000mg) ascorbic acid (vitamin C) along with 1 - 2 grams (1,000 to 2,000mg) L-lysine.

A dose sufficient to restore already atheroscrotic arteries/veins to their proper strength and flexibility would be: 3 -6 grams vitamin C and 2-3 grams of l-lysine daily and for those who have actually had a heart attack or stroke the dose should be: 6 or more grams of vitamin C and 4-6 grams of L-lysine.

Complete Reversal of the Atherosclerotic Process

Linus Pauling stated that he is fully confident that they now have complete control of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and strokes by the correct use of vitamin C and L-lysine. It can both prevent cardiovascular disease and cure it.

Mervyn Penny is a retired Australian living in the southern Philippines. He publishes a website called, which is dedicated to health issues affecting the elderly and those approaching old age.

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