Simple, non-surgical reversal and prevention of coronary heart disease
by Editor, Natural Health Strategies
Sydney Bush explains a new optometric speciality he developed called CardioRetinometry(TM), which in conjunction with nutritional prophylaxis (especially high doses of non-acidic Vitamin C) may lead to effective non-surgical reversal of coronary heart disease, stroke and aneurysm risk.
Bush discovered that the vitamin C he was supplying to contact lens patients was tending to reverse the atheroma visible in the retinal arteries, revealed serendipitously by sequential imaging using the newly introduced variable magnification of the electronic digital fundus camera.
Dr. Bush says that his discovery is the first simple, cheap and effective non-invasive confirmation of Pauling/Rath theory of heart disease, proving that avitaminosis C is a primary cause of atheroma.
Sydney Joseph Bush's exciting work opens the possibility of simple, non-surgical reversal and prevention of coronary heart disease. Here is some of what the Vitamin C Foundation says about CardioRetinometry:
Given that arterial disease is the leading cause of death in developed countries, doctors have employed different technologies to ascertain the onset and severity of cardiovascular disease. Since 1851 when the first ophthalmoscope was developed, doctors have been able to directly view arteries at the back of the eyes. Years later, pictures of the blood vessels were taken which helped eye doctors diagnose and chart the progression of various eye disorders. Then, beginning in the 1960s, cardiologists began injecting dye into blood vessels and viewing an x-ray fluoroscope to find arterial blockages throughout the body. Angiograms, as they are called, usually aren't obtained until symptoms of arterial disease are apparent.
But when eye researchers revealed this past July in the British Medical Journal that narrowing of small arteries at the back of the eyes precedes the development of high blood pressure, it opened up a new non-invasive way of detecting systemic artery disease. Retinal photos could detect hypertension long before blood pressure rises. But what are doctors to do with this discovery? Prescribing medications to adults before they actually develop hypertension would not be advisable.
Then Sydney Bush wrote a letter to British Medical Journal editors citing his experience prescribing vitamin C for arterial cholesterol. This is seen in the majority of patients. His observations were based upon two kinds of photographs of blood vessels. These are pericorneal photographs (of the external eye) recorded by video-biomicroscopy using what is called a slit lamp biomicroscope, and a second type of arterial photograph of the internal eye, the retinal photograph, using the digital electronic retinal camera. These images are capable of great magnification.
In the course of his practice of placing patients on vitamin C to prevent or treat contact lens problems, Dr. Bush serendipitously discovered high-dose vitamin C reversed the tendency to arterial disease, seen in both the external and internal eye images--and he had the photographic evidence to prove it. Bush's letter could be historic. If Bush is correct, millions of strokes, heart attacks, and coronary artery operations could be avoided with early supplementation with vitamin C. Dr. Bush calls this new approach to cardiovascular health from a study of the retinal blood vessels CardioRetinometry. He says that with further research it may prove to be a better surrogate outcome predictor of coronary artery disease than present diagnostic systems.
It certainly seems that retinal photography is a safer way to take stock of arterial health than the more invasive tests often used! That's a great advance in itself, not to mention the positive results many of Bush's patients have had with nutritional (non-pharmaceutical) treatment.