In 2013 (at age 71) I had been experiencing intermittent chest pain for months which were gradually getting worse. In December of that year I finally saw a cardiologist (just in time) who did a series of tests which indicated "multiple coronary ischemia," i.e.: coronary heart disease. He summed it up by saying, "You are right on the verge of a heart attack." We made an appointment for me to go into the hospital in a few days for either stents and/or by-pass surgery (exact procedure to be determined in the hospital by one more test). I immediately quit coffee and for the next 2 days ate only salads. (Coffee seemed to bring on chest pain/angina.) Just those simple changes made me feel a little better. The internet suggested possible alternatives to surgery or stents. Since my dietary changes already seemed to bring a bit of improvement I took a chance and cancelled the hospital appointment. Eventually, after much research and experimentation, I settled on Dr. Thomas Levy’s approach and the protocol of nutritional supplements listed in his book, Stop America’s #1 Killer. I took almost all of the 33 supplements he recommended, plus several more of my own choosing based upon my research. The most important supplement was (and still is) vitamin C, which I took as ascorbic acid powder mixed 2:1 with baking soda which makes sodium ascorbate. This I took in 3 divided doses daily adding up to 10-12 grams/day. It was 18 months before my doc considered me to be recovered. For about 12 months of that time I also took liposomal vitamin C, one gram/day, and intermittently took some ascorbyl palmitate (fat soluble vitamin C). It’s important also to mention L-lysine, L-proline, and a lot of magnesium (as magnesium glycinate). And very importantly, I STOPPED taking a calcium supplement (which I had been taking for years – which likely contributed to calcified plaque).
In regard to diet, I avoided milk per Dr. Levy's advice (and avoided all dairy products). And I absolutely avoided processed sugar and processed foods in general. No wheat products (gluten) and no soy. Minimal fruit (one grapefruit and one apple per day). On the plus side, lots of veggies both cooked and raw, sauerkraut, 3-4 eggs/day, lots of various nuts (no peanuts). For meat- only organic chicken and occasionally sardines. The only liquids were/are high-quality vegetable juice and lots of water (filtered). All food organic if available.
Exercise: In his book Dr Levy devotes only two pages to physical exercise. He conservatively suggests that exercise should help. I did him a step better on this score in that I gradually worked up to fairly intense aerobics plus weightlifting, every other day. (Also a brisk walk every morning). It happens that I tested high in lead, and moderately high in mercury and cadmium. Elsewhere Dr. Levy suggested that heavy metals can be sweated out using a sauna. (I read three of his books and listened to his video lectures). I used my exercise sessions to promote maximum sweating (instead of a sauna) by dressing in layers of sweat cloths and super-heating my bathroom where I did my weightlifting.
So now I'm cured!!! The evidence? 1 ~ Now (in a four-story apartment building) I can run many trips up and down the stairs, two steps at a time, at a relatively fast pace for 20 minutes straight with NO angina (no chest pain), and follow that up with 30 minutes of weightlifting. (In December 2013 relatively mild exercise caused chest pain.) 2 ~ My blood work is much improved. The last time my doc wrote across the top page, "Very Good!" 3 ~ My typical blood pressure is 100/65 and pulse 55-60. 4 ~ I'm back to drinking coffee again – two cups, no pain! 5 ~ I have more energy and feel better in general.
If that is not "cured," what is? My GP doc agrees. Thank you, Dr. Levy!! (Also thanks to the late Dr. Linus Pauling, and the Vitamin C Foundation, and the internet.)
I want to emphasize the vitamin C. I consider that to be the most effective supplement toward my cure. If I had taken more the cure probably would have been sooner.