BBC Interviews Dr. Sydney Bush
BBC Interviews Dr. Sydney Bush

Dr. Bush's controversial stance on vitamin C and heart disease captures media attention.  (Courtesy Dr. Sydney Bush)
Dr. Bush's controversial stance on vitamin C and heart disease captures media attention. (Courtesy Dr. Sydney Bush)

Andy Comfort: Heart disease is one of the U.K.’s biggest killers. Around 2.5 million people in the country live with this, and it kills 250 people every day. An optician in Hull [England] claims to be able to cure this, and Dr. Sydney Bush joins me in the studio to tell me all about this. Good morning, Sydney. Thank you for coming in.

I know you’ve got signs in your shop windows saying you cure heart disease. Now that’s a huge claim. Why do you say that?

Dr. Sydney Bush: Well, it’s quite simple. The doctors are stuck with a system of diagnosing heart disease that involves X-rays, and X-rays are hopelessly inadequate for demonstrating coronary atheroma [atherosclerosis]. They simply pass right through it.

Until there is a very, very substantial blockage, the X-rays fail to show that it is there. So the optometrist can legitimately claim to cure heart disease at a stage long before the doctors can demonstrate its presence.

Mr. Comfort: When you say “cure heart disease,” I understand that you can spot early signs of it. That’s different, isn’t it?

Dr. Bush: Going back to 1979, three very clever cardiologists and an ophthalmologist rather shot the medical profession in the foot because they found that there is a very tight correlation between the amount of disease showing in the eye (which wasn’t recognized until I did this work), …  in the retinal arteries, and the same amount showing in the heart, using the crude X-rays of the day.

They were able to prove quite conclusively that the eye is in fact a perfect surrogate outcome indicator of the increase or decrease of coronary artery disease.

We were taught in optometry school that the arterial disease was [in the] sheathing around the arteries, and it isn’t in fact [in] the sheathing at all. It is cholesterol inside the arteries. The confusion came because—just like tropical fish that you can see right through—we are looking at these miniscule arterioles in the eye, and we are looking right through them. And so you can see the cholesterol inside them.

Mr. Comfort: What have doctors said to you about your claims because they still use X-rays to this day? What have they said?

Dr. Bush: Well, they don’t want to know.

Mr. Comfort: Why not?

Dr. Bush: Because it puts them in a very difficult position because the medical archive is corrupt. It has been distorted.

All the work that should have been done on vitamin C has not been approved for funding, and the work that has been done doesn’t gain prominence because it is hardly quoted in the newspapers that tend to be controlled by pharmacy. So the public never gets to hear what is in the learned journals.

Mr. Comfort: Which journals are these then because … there has been a lot of criticism of your claims?

Dr. Bush: Yes. Well, for instance, I have written five letters, which have been published. To the credit of the British Medical Journal, they have published five letters from me since 2004, but they fail to be reported in the media, and these letters are of vital public interest.

One, for example, was—and I wrote twice—to say that MRSA bugs can be cured, and the media completely ignored that. In the final letter … I said that [if I had MRSA] if the doctors didn’t provide [me with] sufficient vitamin C to cure MRSA, I would discharge myself from hospital to do it myself.

Mr. Comfort: Let me just read what the NHS [National Health Service] says. We did ask them to come on and talk to us. They have given us a statement and said that NHS Hull is aware that Sydney Bush is making claims regarding the prevention and cure of coronary heart disease.

NHS Hull has advised Mr. Bush that all cardiovascular services are commissioned using evidence set out by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence. The Primary Care Trust has sought the advice of the General Optical Council with regard to Mr. Bush’s continued promotion of CardioRetinometry.

Later in the program we will hear more about … that. … They clearly … are not happy with what you are saying. They clearly are quite adamant that their evidence is there, set out by NICE, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.

Dr. Bush: Yes. Well, apropos of that there is a very interesting story [that] just came out from New Zealand where a New Zealand family had to actually fight the doctors to get them to inject the vitamin C to save a farmer from dying of swine flu. I don’t know if you saw that story. But it came to a stand-up fight between the family and the doctors.

The family had to get the law on their side and force the hospital to provide the injections of vitamin C. The farmer’s lungs … [cleared up] magically on the X-ray within two days of being injected with vitamin C.

So then the farmer was discharged to his local hospital, and again there was a stand-up fight between the family and the doctors in the hospital. Neither hospital in Auckland [n]or the local hospital would provide an interview with the media.

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