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Eyes: A Window to the Heart

By Gailon Totheroh   from; http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/healthscience/060621a.aspx
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CBN.com(CBN News) -There are all kinds of tests to gauge the status of the heart and circulation 每 from cholesterol checks to specialized blood vessels scans.

But there's good money that says you've never heard of Cardioretinometry.

The "Cardio-" refers to the heart and blood vessels. The "-retin-" refers to the center of vision at the back of the eye, the retina. And the "-ometry" refers to measuring.

Put it all together and you've got a way to measure the health of the heart and blood vessels by looking at the vessels at the back of the eye.

Dr. Sydney Bush, a noted British optometrist, is the founder of this new medical field that analyzes the future health of the heart.

"We are looking into life's secrets,§ Bush said. ※When we look inside the eye 每 to call it a crystal ball of your future is an understatement."
 
In addition, Bush found that vitamin C can improve that future. With Cardioretinometry, doctors can actually track how much vitamin C diminishes the amount of cholesterol in the blood vessels.

How does an eye specialist look at the back of the eye? By using a retinal camera. Here*s a sample conversation Bush had with one of his patients while checking his retina.

"Head up to the bar, thank you very much, indeed,§ Bush said to the patient. ※If you cover that eye, that's fine 每 we don't need to use any drugs with this system, very unusual to have to use drugs. So open a little wider, please. Thank you. That's excellent, thank you."

Bush then brought up the retinal image to find points where the blood wasn't flowing as well as it should.

"This is a vein where we begin to see a white flurry down the center of the vein,§ Bush explained as he looked at the retinal image. ※#and not so much this one, and this one is pretty clear. This artery is showing a fair bit of cholesterol as well."

Bush then recommended doses of vitamin C to help clear the veins and arteries.

Before and after photographs, following four months of vitamin C at just 1,000 milligrams daily, are the proof.

Bush explained, ※If you look at the cholesterol in the artery, you see almost a continuous line of cholesterol... And there it's reducing#you see the blood vessels are starting to close up, and they've come back again 每 all those blood vessels are re-appearing."

Some doctors and scientists have suggested for more than 50 years that vitamin C was the key to a healthy heart and circulation. Bush agreed that there is no reason to think that this process wouldn't continue to reduce the cholesterol all over the body.

Dr. Steve Hickey, author of Ascorbate: The Science of Vitamin C, says that Cardioretinometry is clear evidence of how vitamin C can reduce heart disease.

Further evidence comes from nutrition researcher Dr. Carol Johnston. She found that in college females, 500 milligrams of vitamin C strengthened blood vessels within a few weeks.

But Johnston warned that you shouldn't take it for a couple weeks and then stop. It's a lifelong process because we need vitamin C every day. Johnston takes about 2,000 milligrams a day, and more when she's fighting viruses and bacteria.

"I even do that on occasion 每 consume the higher levels if I have a cold,§ said Johnston. ※The pharmaceutical drugs you can take to alleviate the symptoms of colds have many side effects."

Nutrition expert Dr. Luke Bucci suggested a minimum of 1,000 milligrams, or 1 gram.

"If you're taking more than 1,000 milligrams a day, you're starting to see some benefits whether you're looking for more antioxidant protection, more cartilage synthesis, more immune function, better exercise performance, whatever, you have a threshold. So if you're at 1,000 milligrams or below from food, supplements, anything, it's just not going to work as well."

Bush takes 15 grams a day 每 that's 15,000 milligrams.

But Bush said he couldn't take that much regular vitamin C because it is ascorbic acid and that much would be too acidic. He recommended sodium ascorbate, which is non-acidic and easy on the stomach.

Sodium ascorbate is also versatile because you can add it to soups or sprinkle it on salad as a healthy salt substitute...or even mix a little with water and brush your teeth 每 avoiding that toxic fluoride, fighting dental bacteria and promoting healthy gums. Plus, you can swallow it afterwards.

Other non-acidic forms of vitamin C include key mineral nutrients like magnesium ascorbate and zinc ascorbate.

And some herbs go well with vitamin C such as Quercetin, which helps make the vitamin C more effective by protecting it from damage inside the body.

And then there's cancer. Hickey has written an online book about oral and intravenous vitamin C fighting cancer. Despite the evidence, there's been no research.

"I cannot explain this,§ said Hickey, ※because for 35 years we have known of the possibility that vitamin C may be an effective treatment or even a cure for cancer."
 
Bucci, who is also a Schiff Vitamin spokesperson said, "You can have some scientist say, 'Well, the studies don't show that vitamin C works.'  Well, they didn't use enough. It'd be like putting your family sedan into the Indy 500 and not winning, 'Gee, their car didn't win the Indianapolis 500 每 it didn't work.' Well, duh..."

Still, Bush said that for our health we need to look into our eyes and realize that vitamin C is foundational to health.
 
He said, "I can't think in my 50 years of experience of a more significant development than visual proof. Simply by putting more vitamin C into a person's system# we can produce such dramatic changes."