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A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society describes how older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death. Providing further shocking evidence of the dangers of “polypharmacy”, the researchers found that each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated with a 22% increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying during the period of the study.

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The World Health Organization – the WHO – has proclaimed February 4 as world cancer day in order to promote worldwide awareness for one of the big unresolved problems of mankind – the epidemic of cancer. While every effort to create worldwide awareness about the need to end this epidemic should be applauded, there are serious doubts that the World Health Organization is able to help accomplish this goal. Why? Today, almost one third of the money financing the WHO’s operations comes from multinational pharmaceutical companies. As ‘return’ for this ‘investment’ into the WHO, the drug industry expects a huge ‘return on their investments’ from this world body. Thus, the WHO is no longer independent but its programs and activities – including ‘world cancer day’ – essentially turn into marketing campaigns for patented chemical drugs.

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A recent article published in the Wall Street Journal described how professional and college sports teams think they have found a cutting-edge advantage in one of the most basic nutrients: vitamin D. With scientific research having proven that an optimum supply of vitamin D is a crucial factor for our health, and with deficiency well-known to be widespread, the sporting world’s newfound advocacy of the “sunshine vitamin” follows the growing trend of health experts recommending a supplementary intake for everyone to support cellular metabolism.

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A recent medical trial in France has left one person dead, three others with possibly irreversible brain damage, and a grim reminder of the dangers of drugs. The study, carried out by Biotrial, a pharmaceutical research firm, was using healthy volunteers to determine the maximum tolerability of an experimental painkiller manufactured by Bial, a Portuguese drug maker. In return for their taking part in the two-week test, the volunteers are said to have each been paid a fee of 1,900 euros (US $2,070). With two more men also said to have been hospitalized, and all six participants having taken the drug at the highest dosage used in the trial, the outcome has been described as the worst tragedy of its kind to have taken place in France.

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A recent study claims that many more people should be taking “intensive blood pressure-lowering” drugs to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes. Published in The Lancet medical journal in the form of a meta-analysis of 19 trials, the paper essentially asserts that all people deemed to be at risk should be given drug medication – even if their current blood pressure level is normal and irrespective of the danger of severe side-effects. Significantly, however, in its promotion of the study, the mass media failed to draw attention to the fact that half of the researchers who carried it out had connections to multinational drug companies or pro-pharmaceutical research interests.

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With their recent election the people of Spain have written history and created a signal of hope for the preservation of democracy in Europe. They have identified multi-national corporate interests, and their masterplan to build a corporate dictatorship, as the main cause of the current crisis across Europe. Moreover, they have also exposed the Brussels EU as the politburo of these interests; the German petrochemical, chemical and pharmaceutical cartel – The Oil and Drug Cartel – as its driving force and primary economic profiteers; and Angela Merkel as its political enforcer. The public statement of Pablo Iglesias on the eve of the election summarized this analysis for the world to see: “Spain will never again be the periphery of Germany. We will restore the meaning of sovereignty.”

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The central core of the work of our Foundation involves fighting to improve human health, with the ultimate goal of saving millions of lives. In this respect, any improvement in human health has to start with science. This year, in the field of cardiovascular research, I am pleased to report that we have moved forward scientifically in a very significant way. Building on work I began over a quarter of a century ago, we have reached a point in history where the stage is now set for the dream of abolishing heart disease as a cause of human mortality to become a reality.

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In George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, Winston Smith, the main character, defines freedom as being the right to say that two plus two makes four. “If that is granted,” he says, “all else follows.” In a notable parallel to Orwell’s observation regarding the nature of totalitarian regimes, government restrictions on our right to communicate the scientific facts about natural therapies impose senselessly strict limits on what we can and cannot say. But when, eventually, we reach the point that these constraints on our freedom of speech no longer exist, so far as our goal of Health for All is concerned all else will inevitably follow.

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In this webinar, Dr. Rath summarizes the breakthrough nature of the cellular medicine approach to medicine and stresses the importance of the scientific proof we now have that cardiovascular disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy.

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All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. -- Arthur Schopenhauer.

In a welcome development, we were recently pleased to learn that the German Protestant Church has begun promoting vitamin-rich nutrition for the developing world. Previously better known for its advocacy of toxic antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for HIV and AIDS in poor countries, the church’s ‘Bread for the World’ campaign is calling for an end to undernourishment and malnutrition. Significantly, its public recognition of the important roles micronutrients can play in the prevention of diseases came only two months after the recent annual conference of the Dr. Rath Health Alliance in Koblenz, Germany. At that meeting we notably reported on the latest progress of the Movement of Life’s ‘End Heart Disease: Plant a Fruit Tree’ campaign, with particular reference to its relevance in the developing world, as well as the roles of vitamin C and other micronutrients in the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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Since 1988, December 1st has been designated as World AIDS Day. One of eight annual global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), the main focus of this year’s initiative was “emphasizing that expanding antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to all people living with HIV is key to ending the AIDS epidemic within a generation.” Apparently, it would seem the officials in charge of this campaign are unaware of the large volume of scientific studies now documenting the effectiveness of vitamins and other micronutrients in controlling HIV and AIDS. Either that, or they are deliberately misleading the 35 million people worldwide reported to be living with HIV/AIDS, as well as the 1.5 million people who die each year from AIDS-related illnesses.

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With criticism of soaring drug prices continuing to grow, health data firm IMS Health has forecast that the pharmaceutical industry’s annual global sales will increase by 30 percent to reach a dizzying 1.4 trillion dollars by 2020. Worryingly, the forecast furthermore predicts that by the same year more than half the world’s population will be living in countries where drug use will exceed one dose per person per day. Driven by the skyrocketing prices of new drugs, scandalous price rises for existing ones and disease-mongering propaganda that attempts to place entire populations into at-risk groups requiring drug treatment, there can now be no doubt that the “business with disease” is financially unsustainable. Unless mankind is therefore able to free itself from the strangulating grip of the Pharma Cartel, national healthcare systems will become increasingly at risk of bankruptcy.

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Following the special feature webinar on the natural control of cancer that was recently presented by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, we’re pleased to announce that a video recording of this is now available online for free viewing on our WebEx platform. Dr. Niedzwiecki is the Head of Research at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California and co-author of the groundbreaking Victory Over Cancer book. In this fascinating webinar, she summarized the Cellular Medicine approach to controlling cancer and answered some of the most commonly asked questions on this subject.

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Results presented at a recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Rheumatology show that supplements of chondroitin sulfate, a natural substance that is an important structural component of cartilage, are significantly better than celecoxib, a multi-billion dollar anti-inflammatory drug, in reducing long term progression of knee osteoarthritis. Carried out by researchers from Canada over a period of two years, the study found that, unlike celecoxib, chondroitin sulfate was able to slow down the progression of osteoarthritis by reducing the loss of cartilage. Noting that this is the first time the superiority of chondroitin sulfate over celecoxib has been demonstrated in a study of this type, the researchers concluded that their findings have important implications regarding the usefulness of the supplement for long term management of knee osteoarthritis and its impact on disease outcome. 

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As Dr. Rath has recently pointed out, the international attention being given to Ty Bollinger’s 'Truth About Cancer' documentary is a wake-up call to the world’s political decision takers. In this situation, the blatantly false claims that the pharmaceutical and medical status quo has made about chemotherapy and radiation as treatments for cancer are no longer credible. With public trust in the efficacy of these toxic approaches collapsing, people are increasingly turning to natural health approaches that can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. Promisingly, therefore, a recent study from the United States provides further evidence that, in the scientific arena, the orthodoxy is beginning to wake up and take notice.

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A new pilot study from Scotland has shown that taking vitamin D can lower blood pressure and improve exercise performance. Carried out by researchers from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh and presented at this year’s Society for Endocrinology annual conference, the study notes that volunteers given the supplements for two weeks were able to cycle for longer with less exertion than those given placebo pills. Commenting on the results, researcher Dr Raquel Revuelta Iniesta said they suggest that “taking vitamin D supplements can improve fitness levels and lower cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure."

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A new study measuring the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period – immediately before, during or right after a surgical procedure – suggests that mistakes or adverse events occur in around 50 percent of operations and in 5 percent of drug administrations. Examining 277 randomly selected operations conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in the United States, the study, which will appear in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, found that a third of the errors uncovered resulted in adverse drug events or harm to patients. 

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An eye-opening report in The Times of India recently described how 75 percent of the Indian population are believed to be deficient in several key vitamins. Summarizing a study carried out across four different areas of India, the article explained how alarming levels of vitamin deficiency have shown up among the country’s population. Notably, therefore, in an unexpected parallel, an award-winning analysis of the American population has found that not only do large portions of people in the United States have too low an intake of micronutrients, they are not even obtaining sufficient amounts when using dietary supplements. As such, with the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases now known to be an inadequate supply to our bodies of essential micronutrients, taken together these two studies confirm that micronutrient deficiency is a global problem that requires a globally sustainable solution.

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A new study conducted in the United States has shown that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in children's bodies. Examining 40 children between 3 and 6 years of age, researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley found that an organic diet quickly lowered their levels of several pesticides by between one-quarter and one-half. Consistent with other research reporting similar findings, the study is the latest in a long line of scientific investigations confirming the health benefits of organic food.

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As many women have learned over the years when visiting their doctors, conventional medicine essentially sees the loss of muscle strength that occurs with ageing as untreatable and inevitable.

After the age of 30, human beings typically lose 3-8 percent of their muscle mass each decade. Over time this results in a decrease in muscle strength and a consequent increase in falls and mortality.

However, a new study of postmenopausal women from Brazil has shown that vitamin D3 supplements can significantly increase muscle strength, protect against muscle loss and reduce the risk of falls. Impressively, the researchers observed these benefits in women even as late as 12 or more years after menopause.

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At the opening of this week’s United Nations General Assembly meeting, the focus was on the Sustainable Development Summit in which world leaders committed to 17 new goals intended to make our planet a better place. Predictably, a great deal of prominence was given to the highly laudable aim of ending global hunger by 2030. But with around 795 million people, or one in nine of the 7.3 billion population of planet Earth, still suffering from chronic undernourishment, the impression given by much of the mass media is that achieving this objective would be a gargantuan and expensive task necessitating the widespread adoption of GM crops. When one looks behind this deceptive analysis, however, a very different reality emerges.

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The reputation and credibility of the pharma industry sank to a new low this week with news that the price of Daraprim (Pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic drug that is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, had been raised from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. Marketed since the 1950s, the drug was acquired last month by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company run by Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager. Astonishingly, with even the global mass media seemingly aghast at this latest case of pharma greed, Shkreli shamelessly attempted to portray the 5000% price rise as “altruistic”.

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In a cutting edge experiment, researchers in the Netherlands are preparing to start a major study in which prisoners with anger management problems will be given food supplements to determine whether improving nutritional status can reduce aggressive and antisocial behaviour. Building on previous work done in this area, inmates in five Dutch jails and two youth detention centres will be given vitamins, minerals and fish oil from early next year. If the approach proves successful, the country’s justice ministry plans to expand the program and offer the supplements to further prisoners with violent tendencies.

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A recent perspective published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) argues that the United States government should change its position and require labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods. Entitled ‘GMOs, Herbicides and Public Health’, the article points out that sharp increases have taken place in the amounts and numbers of chemical herbicides applied to GM crops and that still further increases – the largest in a generation – are scheduled to occur in the next few years. With GM crops now being the agricultural products most heavily treated with herbicides, the authors state they believe that the time has come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology.

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In a dramatic development, a senior German diplomat, Michael Steiner, has told Spiegel magazine that, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, the George W. Bush regime had considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan. Stating that the U.S. government had “played through all the possibilities,” he categorically confirmed that the papers for such a plan had been written. What this therefore tells us is that Dr. Rath’s analysis of the risks of nuclear war occurring in the immediate post-9/11 years, as outlined in his Open Letters at that time, was absolutely correct. 

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A new study published in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine has added to the mounting evidence that a lack of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Analyzing data on over 14 thousand people suffering from the disease and around 24 thousand without it, the researchers found that people with a genetic tendency to vitamin D deficiency were twice as likely to develop the neurological disorder. With vitamin D insufficiency now known to be widespread and supplementation being both safe and cost-effective, the researchers say their findings may have important public health implications.

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Healthcare industry analysts IMS Health recently reported that global spending on pharmaceutical drugs exceeded an astonishing $1 trillion in 2014. Equating to around 1.3% of global GDP, this means that the amount of money earned by the drug industry in a single year now exceeds the GDPs of all but the world’s 15 wealthiest countries. Inevitably, therefore, at the very highest political levels, an income like this buys a vast amount of power and influence. As such, with drug industry annual earnings forecast to increase still further to $1.3 trillion by 2018, the need to move away from this unsustainable model and establish a new healthcare system, based upon scientific breakthroughs in the areas of nutritional and Cellular Medicine, has never been greater.

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Providing further evidence of the blind alley that orthodox approaches to cancer treatment are now lost in, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has confirmed that chemotherapy does not extend life for cancer patients diagnosed as terminal. Far from being of benefit, the researchers found the treatment was associated with a reduced quality of life in patients who were otherwise in reasonable health and active at the start of the study. Moreover, in yet another this-is-not-rocket-science finding, terminal cancer patients who didn’t have chemotherapy were shown to have a better quality of life than those who did.

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Wednesday 15 July saw the official launch of our End Heart Disease: Plant a Fruit Tree campaign. A Movement of Life global project coordinated by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, its aim is to educate people how heart disease is caused by a long term lack of vitamin C. The inspiration for the campaign is Dr. Matthias Rath’s scientific discovery about the development of heart disease, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 1990, and the inverse relationship between its incidence and our intake of vitamin C. Following the recent release, by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, of scientific proof that atherosclerosis is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy, it is clear that the elimination of heart disease as a cause of human mortality is now possible.

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A recent survey conducted among cardiologists in the United States found that the majority of them now recommend the important cellular nutrient Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) for their patients. However, despite this promising finding, the same study also revealed that many of these physicians did not know why supplementation with this key micronutrient is vital for anyone taking statin drugs. Apparently, U.S. cardiologists still haven’t been properly educated about the nutrient-robbing nature of these aggressively-hyped cholesterol-lowering chemicals.

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Throughout our lives, omega-3 fatty acids play vital roles in maintaining our health. Required for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, eyes and other organs, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are particularly crucial as the human body can only manufacture them in limited amounts. Significantly, therefore, research suggests that supplementing our diets with these key micronutrients can provide a wide variety of impressive benefits to our health.

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Barely a week goes by these days without a media headline telling us that antibiotic resistant “superbugs” have become one of the world’s most pressing health concerns. Declaring that we stand on the threshold of the post-antibiotic era, such news stories try to frighten us into believing that, by the middle of this century, superbugs could be killing millions of people every year. Notably, however, whenever the question is raised as to what alternative approaches might be available for controlling infections, no mention whatsoever is made of the key roles played by essential micronutrients in the proper functioning of the immune system.

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Over 3 million Americans over 40 suffer from some sort of visual impairment. Vision loss is one of the major causes of disabilities, and agerelated eye diseases (AREDs) are rapidly becoming a public health problem in developed countries. Visual impairment caused by AREDs can lead to other serious health issues including decreased mobility, depression, hip fractures, other accidents, and an overall lower quality of life. Most AREDs do not have effective treatments and it is therefore important to maintain eye health and prevent vision deterioration.

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Twenty five years ago the world was celebrating the end of apartheid in South Africa. In only a few short months, following a struggle that had lasted over 40 years, the ban on the African National Congress (ANC) had been lifted, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and the stage seemed set for the dream of a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world to become a reality.

Today, however, with over 26 percent of South Africans unemployed, poverty rife and anti-immigrant unrest spreading, Mandela’s ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities seems further away than ever. So what’s gone wrong?

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In a new study published in the Clinical Nutrition journal, Australian scientists show how fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation for people with chronic kidney disease. Describing how their work shows that, by supplementing such patients with fatty acids, the body’s synthesis of blood factors that help resolve inflammation can be increased, the researchers conclude this may have important implications for limiting inflammatory problems in chronic kidney disease.

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Scurvy (also known as the “Sailors’ Disease”) is a condition resulting from a complete bodily depletion of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It is a fatal disease characterized by a slow dissolution of connective tissue throughout the body, including the walls of the blood vessels. This disease was quite common in earlier centuries, especially among sailors whose diets were deprived of vitamin C. During long voyages at sea many sailors died within months from tremendous blood loss. Today, fully developed scurvy is rare; however, subclinical scurvy is very common especially in the elderly, infants, children on special diets and people with poor dietary habits.

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With 70 million Americans known to be taking mind-altering pharmaceuticals and the number of mass shootings in the United States having risen sharply in recent years, speculation has been rife for some time now that certain classes of prescription drugs may be a contributory cause in homicidal behaviour. Further attention was drawn to this thought-provoking hypothesis just recently when the co-pilot responsible for the deliberate crashing of Germanwings flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain was subsequently found to have been taking antidepressants. Now, for the first time, a study published in the World Psychiatry journal has found that painkillers and sedatives are associated with a significantly increased risk of committing homicide.

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A new study published in the medical journal Cancer Prevention Research provides further evidence that supplements containing green tea catechins may help reduce the incidence of prostate cancer. In a randomized placebo controlled trial, men with precancerous lesions in their prostates took capsules containing 400 mg of the green tea extract epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) per day or a placebo. Carried out over a period of one year, the study found that the men who took EGCG experienced a significant decrease in levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA). This is important as when assessed in combination with other key risk factors, high levels of PSA can indicate an increased risk of prostate cancer.

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In a study providing further scientific confirmation that micronutrients can reduce the occurrence of cancer, researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have found that nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, lowers the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers. The research was conducted via a clinical trial involving 386 people in Australia, aged between 30 and 91 years old, who had had non-melanoma skin cancers two or more times during the previous five years. Patients who took 500 milligrams of nicotinamide twice a day were found to have a 23 percent lower risk of developing new cancers compared to those given placebo pills.

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Heart attacks and strokes have consistently remained the leading causes of death. Atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of these diseases, results in 17 million deaths worldwide each year. Yet, high blood cholesterol levels, a fatty diet and obesity have been blamed as the causes of heart disease. However, cutting down dietary fat and the artificial reduction of blood cholesterol with cholesterol-reducing medicines have not been successful in addressing this issue. Atherosclerotic plaques occur primarily in the coronary arteries rather than in the entire 60,000-mile-long vascular system. The absence of plaque in the veins, and the fact that animals do not suffer from atherosclerosis while humans do, cannot be explained by conventional medicine and the cholesterol theory of heart disease.

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In further damaging news for the pharma industry, a new systematic review and meta-analysis covering over 300,000 patients has proved that digoxin, a drug widely used to treat heart failure, is associated with an increased risk of death. Carried out by researchers from the JW Goethe University in Frankfurt, the study was published online in the European Heart Journal and revealed that digoxin increases the risk of death in heart patients by over 20 percent. For patients being treated for atrial fibrillation, a type of arrhythmia that can cause rapid, irregular beating of the heart's upper chambers, the increase in risk was even higher, at 29 percent.

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With almost one billion websites now online and the number increasing day by day, the amount of information available on the World Wide Web seems almost limitless. For many people, when searching for information online, a key source they turn to is Wikipedia, the self-styled “free” encyclopedia. Launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and containing material largely written by anonymous users, Wikipedia now contains 35 million articles in 288 different languages and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top ten most popular websites. Behind all the hype, however, serious questions are being raised about the accuracy of its content.

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In a study providing further evidence of the impressive health benefits of fish-liver oil, researchers from Iceland say consuming it in adolescence or midlife may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in women when they get older. Examining a total of 3326 women aged between 66 and 96 years of age, the researchers found that those who consumed fish-liver oil at least three times a week in adolescence or midlife had a decreased risk of coronary heart disease compared to women with no intake at all. Concluding that consuming fish-liver oil from early life may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease in older women, the researchers say the study provides important evidence of the preventive role of lifelong nutrition.

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End of heart disease now possible – New study proves atherosclerosis is early form of scurvy

25 April, 2015 -- Scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California have published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Matthias Rath in the early 1990s, this publication deals a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

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A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that supplements can halt the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Carried out over a period of two years by scientists at University of Oxford in the UK, it followed 168 elderly people and showed that a combination of B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition. A potentially groundbreaking development in the control of Alzheimer’s disease, by employing a micronutrient synergy-type approach it provides further clinical evidence that the most effective supplementation can be achieved by utilizing carefully chosen combinations of nutrients acting in biological synergy.

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In a further show of strength against the dictatorial Brussels EU, the government of Greece is demanding the payment of €279 billion by Germany as reparations for Nazi-era crimes. Presented by deputy Greek finance minister Dimitris Mardas in a long-awaited announcement, the amount cited includes repayment of an occupation loan that Nazi Germany forced the Bank of Greece to make in 1942. With the Greek national debt now amounting to over €316 billion, the settling of this demand in full by Germany would effectively bring an end to the economic austerity measures that Greece is currently subject to and free it from the control of the so-called Troika (the International Monetary Fund, the Brussels EU and the European Central Bank).

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Important new research from Denmark has shown how the health effects of chemicals in our food supply may be significantly more harmful than originally believed. Recognizing that chemicals are consumed not individually but in cocktails, the assessment was carried out by the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark and demonstrated that even small doses of substances such as pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations. This finding essentially confirms concerns that we ourselves first raised years ago.

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A recent study carried out by researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina in the United States found that vitamin D supplements may slow down or reverse the progression of low-grade prostate cancer tumors. With one in six men now expected to develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes, the study adds to the growing scientific evidence that natural approaches are effective in controlling this disease.

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Over the past few days, newspaper headlines have excitedly been proclaiming that Google is working on a cure for cancer. In a patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on 5 March, a wrist-worn device is described that “can automatically modify or destroy one or more targets in the blood that have an adverse health effect.” Widely trumpeted by the media, the patent specifically refers to the possibility that such targets could include cancer cells. So is this science, or hype?

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In a revealing newspaper interview in Germany recently, the Brussels EU commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, called for the construct to have its own army. A long-time advocate for the Brussels EU to militarize Europe at the continental level, Juncker bizarrely claimed that having such a force would help address the construct’s image problem, which he admitted has “suffered dramatically.” More worryingly, he also hoped it might address the issue of Brussels EU foreign policy not being taken seriously.

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These days, it seems fewer people than ever are under the illusion that pharmaceutical drugs are safe. With barely a day going by now without news that one drug or another has been found to cause unexpected side-effects and raise the risk of patients actually developing diseases rather than being cured from them, it is hardly surprising that interest in natural therapies has increased exponentially in recent years.

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In a surprising turnaround, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently admitted that the “available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol." Potentially representing a significant change in US government health policy, the statement was contained in new draft Dietary Guidelines for Americans that no longer contain warnings about eating foods high in cholesterol. Whilst effectively amounting to a belated admittance that the vast majority of cholesterol in the human body is produced by the body itself, the fact remains that, both in the US and elsewhere, our governments are still not telling us the whole truth. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, we are still apparently supposed to believe that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease.

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Every year on February 4, World Cancer Day is observed with the goal of raising awareness of cancer and encouraging its prevention, detection and treatment. Steered by the big cancer charities, who use the ensuing media blitz as an opportunity to maximize their fundraising campaigns, the impression given is that discovering so-called “miracle” drugs, and beating cancer, will only be possible if we all give generously enough. What these charities don’t tell you, however, is that the pharmaceutical industry’s annual global sales already amount to over 1 TRILLION dollars annually. Moreover, by 2018, sales of drugs are expected to reach a staggering 1.3 trillion dollars a year. As such, the question has to be asked: Why should a trillion-dollar-a-year industry expect us to donate money to support its research?

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By Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Dr. Rath Research Institute

In the never-ending race to attract public attention (and better ratings), the media will use any opportunity to bring ‘exciting’ news – but without considering its truthfulness or far-reaching consequences.

The most recent example of such media hype relates to the publication of a scientific study in January 2015, which concluded that cancer is no more than ‘bad luck’.

Taking into account the public health consequences of spreading such nihilistic views based on inadequate data, we feel that this topic needs to be addressed in a wider context.

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On October 19, 2014, a memorable event took place in Southern Italy in the historic town of Barletta. Addressing the audience and the people of the world, Dr. Matthias Rath gave a keynote speech in which he outlined the cornerstones of a future preventive health care system. Demanding that powerful corporate interests should be stopped from imposing the “business with disease” on the people of the world, he described unique and impressive strategies that will allow mankind to free itself from the current dictatorial system of health care.

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Commentary on the Safety of Vitamins, by Dr Aleksandra Niedzwiecki: Time and again, the mass media presents alarming articles about the supposed dangers of taking vitamin supplements. Invariably, such articles are either without any merit or they exaggerate and misinterpret the studies referred to.

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