I'm no physician, but I do have the sense to know when great men of medicine are telling truths. I believe that Drs. Pauling and Rath were exactly on track with the Unified Theory of Cardiovascular Disease for which the Nobel prize was issued. An explanation of that mechanism that causes atherosclerosis, the precursor to heart disease (CVD), presented in layman's terms makes perfect sense. I haven't seen any challenge by the proponents of conventional medicine to the veracity of that mechanism. Instead the consensus is to sidestep the issue altogether.
Dr. Sydney Burke, a British optometrist, has demonstrated conclusively that sufficient amounts of supplementary vitamin C in his patients' diets has resulted in the arrest, and often reversal, of atheromatic plaques in the blood vessels of the retina. Dr. Burke has the photomicrographic evidence to prove the effects. One could be confident from the findings of Dr. Burke that atheromatic plaques in the general vascular system would be similarly affected.
Armed with the evidence of the positive effects of vitamin C supplementation in one's daily diet I embarked three years ago on a supplementation regimen including 10 grams of vitamin C in five divided doses over the course of the day from breakfast to bedtime. Successive yearly ultrasonograms of my carotids and abdominal aorta demonstrated no increase in the volume of existing atherosclerosis in the critical regions of those arteries, the four bifurcations of the carotids and the bifurcation of the aorta at the femural arteries. The attending technician also noticed that the intima of my carotids had increased in thickness, but with no change in elasticity or reduction of the area of the lumen; in other words, my carotids have become younger and stronger. Furthermore, the progression of a cataract in my left eye has been arrested. A cataract in my right eye had developed to a critical stage two years before I embarked on the vitamin C regimen; that cloudy lens was extracted and replaced with a prosthetic device.
Vitamin C taken in sufficient quantities is, in my opinion, the key to good health and the prevention of a myriad of the diseases of aging. Every day Dr. Pauling is vindicated as the truth slowly emerges thanks in part to forums such as this one.