According to information presented at a recent American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, babies born to women taking statin drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy have an increased risk of a ventricular septal defect (a hole in the wall that separates the heart’s lower chambers).
Statin drugs are not only dangerous, they completely fail to address the root cause of heart disease. As Dr. Rath’s research has shown, heart disease is not caused by high levels of cholesterol. Instead, it occurs for precisely the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery wall.
While the average human diet provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy, this is not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of the constant pumping action of the heart and an insufficient supply of vitamin C, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently cholesterol, lipoproteins, and other risk factors enter to repair this damage.
Of all these risk factors, by far the most important is a molecule known as Lipoprotein(a). Primarily found in humans and sub-human primates, Lipoprotein(a) functions as a repair molecule compensating for the structural impairment of the vascular wall. In the case of a chronic deficiency of vitamin C, the arterial repair process becomes continuous. Over the course of many years, atherosclerotic deposits develop. This eventually leads to the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes. It therefore follows that the key to preventing heart attacks and strokes is an optimum supply of vitamin C and other collagen-supporting nutrients, to keep the artery walls structurally sound and in a state of optimal repair.
To learn more about the natural prevention and control of heart disease, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks… But People Do!