"The major obstacle to regular, strenuous exercise, after heart problems, is the profound exhaustion that people over age 40 begin to experience during and after exercise. However, science has also discovered the remedy for this obstacle!"
New information regarding nutrition is often resisted by traditional medicine, and even by some in alternative medicine. Pauling's "news" is not often well-received by those traditionally trained in vitamins, minerals and other so-called micro nutrients. It has not mattered that this finding was carefully tested, documented, and eventually published by one of the world’s greatest scientists. The finding that ‘vitamin’ C, (ascorbic acid), isn’t really a vitamin, but that it is required in many gram amounts, collides with an economic behemoth, the multi-hundred billion dollar per year sales of prescription drugs.
The giant pharmaceutical companies have effectively buried an enormous amount of nutritional knowledge by keeping it out of reach of the general public. The Pauling discovery that vitamin C and the amino acid lysine can postpone, prevent and even reverse heart disease should be welcomed by the body building community. Not only do specific supplements pave the way for those of us over age 50 to revisit our prime, these same supplements have long been proven to improve the physical condition of joints and cartilage.
The amino acid lysine has another benefit: Lysine is required for positive nitrogen balance.
Nutritional knowledge among the body building community contrasts markedly with the medical community where medical doctors are largely untrained in nutrition. Dietitians, trained in older traditional methods, downplay the value of micro-nutrients above the recommended minuscule daily allowance. This is poor advice, especially about vitamin C, a substance which would eliminate the need for hundreds of prescription drugs.
Everyone over the age of 50, before starting a strenuous exercise program, must improve the condition of his or her cardiovascular system by following Linus Pauling’s daily vitamin C/lysine and general antioxidant recommendations. These basic recommendations include daily intakes of 3000 to 18000 mg daily of vitamin C as ascorbic acid (depending on individual bowel tolerance) and from 3000 to 6000 mg of the essential amino acid lysine.
Usually these dosages are divided and taken at least twice daily. The 3000 mg of lysine is preventive, while 6000 mg daily is Pauling’s therapeutic dosage that is required in order to reverse any existing atherosclerotic plaque buildups.
This knowledge of the power of ascorbic acid, long buried by the orthodox medical community, leads us to the promised land of risk-free exercise after age 50. The Pauling high vitamin C/lysine protocol makes it possible for those of advancing age to fully participate in strength training - without risk of heart attack, or angina pain.
Taking both vitamin C and lysine (6000 mg twice per day) are excellent nutritional elements to add to a weight training program, at any age.
Step Two: Prescription Drug Weaning
This article is motivated by the author’s discovery that the common obstacle to strenuous exercise, exhaustion, can be easily overcome at age 50 simply by supplementing the proper amount of CoQ10. In my case, this has meant 300 mg of CoQ10 daily in two divided doses. Younger bodies produce 500 mg of CoQ10 daily, and there is very little danger of overdosing on this "miracle substance."
I experience no exhaustion during or after weight lifting, and
there is almost no muscle pain or soreness. I've begun to feel younger. Its good news that those of us past our prime can now combine strength training knowledge, easily obtainable from the body building community, with the knowledge of the Pauling therapy for improved cardiovascular health.
I am in the process of proving that it is possible to unite body building knowledge, such as the benefits of strenuous versus aerobic exercise, eating more small meals, the addition of high quality proteins, and/or several new methods of highly efficient aerobic exercise, with the knowledge of key nutritional supplements for the middle aged and beyond. It my case it has taken ten years to accumulate the weight, and I'm determined to attain the weight I had, before and while, I attended the U. S. Air Force Academy. If I can accomplish this, then nothing prevents anyone from transforming his/her body into a lean and fit machine.
Step One can be safely begun immediately. Research and follow the recommendations of Linus Pauling in order to achieve a robust and healthy cardiovascular system. The Pauling regimen must be followed for several months before strenuous exercise.
Owen R Fonorow
President, Owen R Fonorow Naturopath and Associates
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