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News & Comment – December 2015

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Low levels of vitamin D may increase risk of stress fractures in active individuals

NEWS

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in ensuring appropriate bone density. Active individuals who enjoy participating in higher impact activities may need to maintain higher vitamin D levels to reduce their risk of stress fractures, report investigators in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

COMMENT

A common misperception is that vitamin D and calcium are the only nutrients needed for healthy bones. However, this overlooks the fact that the framework of the bone on which calcium and other minerals are deposited is made of a protein – collagen.

Without healthy collagen, bone cannot form or function properly. Healthy bone formation depends not only on sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D, but more importantly on a proper supply of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen supporting micronutrients.

Since the human body cannot produce vitamin C or lysine internally, deficiency of these critical nutrients is very likely and can be further depleted by the stress associated with a bone fracture.

To learn more about important micronutrients that are rarely considered for healing bone fractures, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly newsletter.

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Permalink 28 December 2015

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Nurofen's maker misled consumers over painkillers' contents, court rules

NEWS

A court in Australia has ordered drug giant Reckitt Benckiser to stop selling some of its popular Nurofen painkiller brands after finding tablets marketed for specific complaints such as back pain or migraines contained exactly the same active ingredient.

COMMENT

Reckitt Benckiser may have been caught for the fraudulent promotion of its painkillers, but what the above article doesn’t tell us is that the entire trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry is a fraud.

The largest deception and fraud business in human history, the promises of “health” that drug companies make to patients are not delivered to them. Instead, what patients most often get are the exact opposite: side effects, new diseases, and death.

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Permalink 26 December 2015

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Treating colon cancer with vitamin A

NEWS

A leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, colon cancer is famously resistant to treatment. There are many reasons for this, but one has to do with a group of persisting cancer cells in the colon that cause relapses. Conventional therapies against them are mostly ineffective. EPFL scientists have now identified a biological mechanism that can be exploited to counteract colon cancer relapses. The approach activates a protein that is lost in the persisting cancer cells. The researchers were able to reactivate it using vitamin A, thus eliminating the cancer cells and preventing metastasis.

COMMENT

Scientists working at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki have shown that, by simultaneously targeting multiple cancer mechanisms, a combination of specific micronutrients working in synergy can be more effective in controlling colon cancer than individual nutrients used alone.

In multiple studies, they have documented that vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and other important components combined in synergistic proportions can be effective in halting metastasis (the spread of cancer cells), decreasing tumor growth and eliminating cancer cells without harming healthy cells. Impressively, they found that these micronutrients could completely stop the spread of colon cancer cells.

To learn more, read this edition of the Research Institute’s fortnightly newsletter.

Permalink 22 December 2015

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Taking antidepressants in pregnancy ‘could double the risk of autism in toddlers’

NEWS

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy could almost double the risk of a child being diagnosed with autism in the first years of life, a major study of nearly 150,000 pregnancies has suggested.

COMMENT

All pharma drugs are dangerous. But as this study reminds us, in pregnancy it is not just the health and life of one human being that is at risk of being damaged, but two. Worse still, pharma companies have deliberately attempted to cover up the risks of their drugs to the unborn child.

Secret files obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia, for example, reveal that Grunenthal, the company that manufactured thalidomide – a drug designed to treat morning sickness in pregnant women but which resulted in over 10,000 children being born with severe birth defects – ignored and covered-up repeated warnings it could damage unborn babies.

To download the legal documents containing these files, click here and here.

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Permalink 22 December 2015

Read article in the Independent (UK)

Could widespread low omega-3 levels be putting American hearts at risk?

NEWS

About 95% of Americans may have sub-optimal levels of omega-3s that put them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study.

COMMENT

Studies have clearly shown that omega-3 fatty acids are effective in helping control not only cardiovascular disease but also neurological diseases, chronic inflammation and cancer.

To learn more, and to see the scientific evidence for yourself, visit the worldwide studies and research section of our Foundation website.

Permalink 22 December 2015

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.org

Jacob Zuma accused of 'grotesque irresponsiblity' after sacking South Africa's finance minister

NEWS

With the economy in trouble and South African debt hovering above junk status, the president has sacked one of the few respected ministers.

COMMENT

Back in June, in an article on our website, we took a look at Zuma’s South Africa and asked what has happened to Nelson Mandela’s dream. For, even before he took up the post of president in 2009, Zuma was facing an astonishing 783 counts of alleged fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and corruption.

But in an outcome that has essentially come to symbolize his rule, the charges were quashed on procedural grounds without being properly tested in court. Similarly, the corruption revelations surrounding the over 200 million Rand (US$16.5 million) of taxpayer’s money, spent by Zuma on dubious “security upgrades” to his private homestead in Nkandla, haven’t done his reputation any favours either.

Despite the money having been squandered on the compound under suspicious circumstances, Zuma defiantly refused to resign his presidency and the scandals, cronyism and charges of graft continued just as before.

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Permalink 21 December 2015

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Vitamin D Could Repair Nerve Damage in Multiple Sclerosis, Study Suggests

NEWS

A protein activated by vitamin D could be involved in repairing damage to myelin in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The study, published today in the Journal of Cell Biology, offers significant evidence that vitamin D could be a possible treatment for MS in the future.

COMMENT

A recent 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.

For now, however, how quickly the implications of this research are acted upon may well depend not upon politicians or doctors but on multiple sclerosis sufferers, and those at risk from the disease, taking matters into their own hands.

Permalink 21 December 2015

Read article at biosciencetechnology.com (USA)

Monsanto to face ‘tribunal’ in The Hague for ‘damage to human health and environment’

NEWS

A global group of professionals, scientists and environmentalists – the Monsanto Tribunal – are preparing a trial for the GMO seed giant in The Hague. They say the crowdfunded action, determined to charge Monsanto with “ecocide,” is more than a symbolic move.

COMMENT

The announcement of this tribunal reminds us of the words of Telford Taylor, US Chief Prosecutor at the post-WWII Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal against the executives of the IG Farben cartel in 1947: “If the crimes committed by the accused are not brought to the daylight and if they are not held accountable, they will do even more harm in the future.”

Every day that formal legal proceedings against multinational corporations who place profit over life are delayed, the greater will be the consequent loss of life and risk of another world war.

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Permalink 17 December 2015

Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Concern over drug industry involvement at India's 'health camps'

NEWS

Pharmaceutical sales representatives are screening people in India in return for prescriptions for their products, finds a special report published by The BMJ today.

COMMENT

The pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ only profits when people are diagnosed as suffering from a health problem, or when they are deemed to be at risk of developing one.

Not content with the trillion dollars a year it already rakes in from manufacturing the patented toxic chemicals it portrays as ‘medicines’, the Drug Cartel is callously taking advantage of poverty and slum areas in India, which it sees as a source of still further profits.

The largest fraud business in human history, the termination of this unscrupulous abuse of human life is essential if we are to make natural preventive health a human right.

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Permalink 17 December 2015

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Looking for the best antioxidant fruit? Search no further than Black Raspberries

NEWS

As far as healthy foods go, berries make the top of the list. They contain potent antioxidants, which decrease or reverse the effects of free radicals – natural by products of energy production that can play havoc on the body and that are closely linked with heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke or respiratory diseases.

COMMENT

Studies have shown that specific compounds from plants can provide a wide range of benefits to our health. Examples of such compounds include green tea extracts, quercetin, resveratrol, curcumin, and cruciferous vegetable extracts.

To learn more, visit the phytobiologicals.com website

Permalink 16 December 2015

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Defense Contractors Cite “Benefits” of Escalating Conflicts in the Middle East

NEWS

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh, and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a Credit Suisse conference in West Palm Beach this week that they stand to gain from the escalating conflicts in the Middle East. Lockheed Martin Executive Vice President Bruce Tanner told the conference his company will see “indirect benefits” from the war in Syria, citing the Turkish military’s recent decision to shoot down a Russian warplane.

COMMENT

Never doubt that there are “special interests” who benefit financially from escalating conflicts around the world.

As the material on our Profit Over Life website proves, this has been going on for a very long time now. WWII happened as a direct result of corporate interests whose purpose was to turn the German nation into a military machine.

The goal of these interests was firstly the takeover of Europe, and then the world. Still unrealized by millions of people worldwide, this is also the goal of the so-called “Brussels EU” today.

To learn more, read our free online book: The Nazi Roots of the ‘Brussels EU’.

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Permalink 16 December 2015

Read article at theintercept.com

S.O.S. – Save Our Soils

NEWS

Drawing attention to the world’s soil has never been so important. Over half of the world’s topsoil – the important fertile layer that cover’s the crust of our planet – has been lost over the past 150 years. This loss leads to the creation of deserts (desertification), loss of farmland, increased flooding and polluted waterways, amongst other impacts. The annual global loss from desertification alone is $42 billion, but as soil takes at least 200 years to form a layer just 1 cm deep, and thousands of years to develop a fertile soil ecosystem, much of this loss is irreversible so will have dire consequences in the future.

COMMENT

Research suggests that the ongoing deterioration in the quality of our soils may have contributed to changes in the levels of micronutrients in our foods.

Studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries show that the nutrient micronutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades.

With Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept explaining that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases – including various forms of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and others – is a chronic deficiency of micronutrients, it can be seen that the deterioration in the quality of our soils could well be a contributory cause of these health problems.

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Permalink 15 December 2015

Read article at anhinternational.org

Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food

NEWS

Russia could become the world's largest supplier of ecologically clean and high-quality organic food, said President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. He also called on the country to become completely self-sufficient in food production by 2020.

COMMENT

In light of this development it is notable that 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.

Significantly, therefore, a new study 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 in the United States 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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Permalink 15 December 2015

Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Gilead was focused on profits, not patients: Report

NEWS

A bipartisan investigation by U.S. senators finds that the makers of a breakthrough drug for hepatitis C infection put profits before patients in pricing the $1,000-per-pill cure.

COMMENT

Putting profits before patients is not the exception in the pharma industry, it is actually the rule.

As such, while the U.S. Senate is to be congratulated for reaching the right conclusion in its investigation, the fact is that its principal finding here essentially applies not just to Gilead but to the entire pharma industry. Driven by the profits they have to make for their shareholders, improving the health of patients is not the driving force of drug companies.

Based on their creation and patenting of new synthetic chemicals, pharmaceutical manufacturers are able to arbitrarily define their own profits.

Permalink 14 December 2015

Read article at cnbc.com (USA)

Denmark delivers snub to Brussels with 'no' in EU rules referendum

NEWS

Danish voters reject proposal to give up their exemption from a list of EU justice and home affairs laws.

COMMENT

The ‘Brussels EU’ is a dictatorial structure serving global corporate interests that threaten the health and lives of hundreds of millions of people across Europe.

Moreover, unless European citizens take concerted action to free themselves from it, this structure will remain in place for generations to come and will eventually subjugate the entire world under its control. Due to its fundamentally undemocratic design – with the EU Commission holding all executive power and the EU Parliament serving merely as a fig leaf – the construct of the ‘Brussels EU’ is not reformable. It therefore needs to be publicly rejected by the people of Europe, dismantled and eventually replaced by a truly democratic system of representation: a Europe for the people, by the people.

The sooner all European citizens demand and hold referendums on their countries’ membership of the Brussels EU, the sooner a more democratic Europe can be brought about.

Permalink 14 December 2015

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Analysis reveals big costs savings for DHA supplements during pregnancy

NEWS

Supplementing pregnant mothers with DHA omega-3 could lead to significant costs savings for patients and healthcare systems, according to a new analysis from Australia.

COMMENT

Evidence continues to grow that supplements can reduce national healthcare costs.

In one example, a study published in February 2013 found that supplement use can cut the length of hospital stays, decrease costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions.

Particularly impressively, the researchers found that supplement use reduced the average length of hospital stays by over 2 days and the average cost by more than $4,700.

Permalink 11 December 2015

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Martin Shkreli: 'Most hated man on the internet' breaks pledge to lower cost of HIV-treating drug

NEWS

Martin Shkreli, the man dubbed ‘the most hated on the internet’, has maintained the 5,000 per cent inflated price of HIV-treating drugs despite pledging to lower it after international outcry.

COMMENT

Having previously attempted to portray his 5000% price rise as “altruistic”, Shkreli perfectly demonstrates here why we refer to the pharmaceutical industry as the ‘business with disease’.

Through the ownership and control of synthetic chemicals portrayed as “medicines”, drug manufacturers can arbitrarily define their profits. Functioning as corporate stakeholders feeding a ruthless and cynical investment industry driven by shareholder value, improving human health is not their focus.

For the robber barons behind this industry, profits, not the interests of patients, are the highest priority.

Permalink 10 December 2015

Read article in the Independent (UK)

Food fight erupts as top nutritionists gather to define healthy eating

NEWS

Their job was simple: Define a healthy diet. But when 21 of the top nutrition scientists in the world gathered in Boston last week to agree upon universal principles for sound eating, more than one described their final dinner together as a cage fight.

COMMENT

Significantly, the so-called “consensus statement” agreed at the end of this conference confirmed that there is little science to substantiate any of the diet trends the attendees discussed.

Moreover, the crucial importance of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids in our diets, and the fact that studies show the nutrient content of our food has fallen substantially over the past few decades, gets no mention at all in it. Nor either does the issue of GMO foods and their dangers.

Rather than following the latest diet fads such as those discussed here, consumers instead need to understand that an optimum dietary supplementation of vitamins and other essential micronutrients is the scientific key to the prevention and effective control ofcardiovascular diseasecancer and other chronic health conditions.

Permalink 9 December 2015

Read article at statnews.com

Pollution partly to blame for India’s low vitamin D status

NEWS

High levels of environmental pollution have been blamed for being among the causes for elevated vitamin D deficiency in India after a study found that three-quarters of the population did not produce enough of the compound.

COMMENT

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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Permalink 4 December 2015

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Supplements may improve teenage behaviour in school: Oxford researchers

NEWS

Giving nutrition supplements to teenagers may improve behaviour in schools, research from the University of Oxford has suggested.

COMMENT

For some years now, scientific interest has been growing in the possibility that behavioural problems may be treated through the use of nutritional supplements.

Notably therefore, 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 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.

Permalink 3 December 2015

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Soper Farms Triples Net Income Switching From GMO Crops to Organic

NEWS

Making the transition from conventional to organic farming can be a big leap, but Harn Soper will tell you—based on experience—that it is worth it in terms of better crops, soil and financial returns.

COMMENT

The health benefits of organic food are becoming increasingly clear. For example, a recent 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 eating organically.

Permalink 2 December 2015

Read article at nationofchange.org (USA)

How fast your heart beats predicts if you will die early

NEWS

Chinese researchers found that the risk of dying from any illness raises by around nine per cent for every extra 10 beats per minute.

COMMENT

The average heart beats around 100,000 times every day, meaning it performs the greatest amount of work of all organs. Your body is ultimately as old as its cardiovascular system, and optimizing your cardiovascular health can therefore add years to your life.

To learn how to take care of your heart naturally, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks...But People Do!

Permalink 1 December 2015

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Earlier comments can be found on the pages for November, October, September, August, July and June 2015.