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News & Comment – January 2016

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Cranberry extract confirmed to fight urinary tract infections in breastfed babies under age one

NEWS

Researchers from the universities of Granada (Spain) and Kvopio (Finland) have confirmed that cranberry extract fights urinary tract infections (UTIs) in breastfed babies under one year of age. Their work has proven that this compound reduces the need for antibiotics in the prophylaxis for recurrent urinary tract infections in infants with vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), thus preventing the progression of bacterial antibiotic resistance.

COMMENT

As this study demonstrates, naturally-occurring micronutrients are so safe they can be administered to babies.

Notably, previous research had already shown that cranberry juice with high concentrations of proanthocyanidins, a class of polyphenols, is effective in preventing urinary tract infections in children. One of the many compounds present in cranberries is resveratrol, a polyphenol that has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, as well as anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive activity.

You can learn more about resveratrol in this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly newsletter. 

Permalink 24 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Deficiency of vitamin B12 a concern among elderly

NEWS

Lack of vitamin B12 among the elderly has been linked with serious health conditions, and researchers in Canada found that vitamin B12 deficiency is prevalent in long-term care facilities.

COMMENT

While elderly people generally have lower metabolic rates than younger people and are also less active, their vitamin requirements are certainly not lower. Indeed, they are often higher.

Due to the ageing process, elderly people may need significantly larger quantities of certain micronutrients. If the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract is impaired, for example, absorption from the diet may be poor – thus necessitating supplementation to avoid vitamin deficiency and ensure an optimum availability of micronutrients.

Permalink 30 January 2016

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Elite Athletes Try a New Training Tactic: More Vitamin D

NEWS

Professional and college sports teams think they have found a cutting-edge advantage hidden in one of the most basic nutrients: vitamin D.

COMMENT

With scientific research having proven that vitamin D is a crucial factor for our health, more and more experts are recommending supplements of this vital nutrient.

Significantly therefore, and as this Wall Street Journal article describes, with millions of dollars at stake elite sports teams are now monitoring the health of their players more precisely than ever to make sure they maximize their performance and stay injury-free. For example, teams in all U.S. major leagues, some college athletic departments and the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams are said to have started tracking their players’ vitamin D levels and intake.

Are YOU getting enough of this vital nutrient to ensure optimum health?

Permalink 28 January 2016

Read article in the Wall Street Journal (USA)

The effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on pharmaceutical innovation

NEWS

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multi-national trade agreement now being considered by 12 countries. In an insightful commentary in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), the ramifications of major components of the agreement are discussed, especially those potentially impacting the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.

COMMENT

As this article correctly points out, the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement could include raising drug prices and increasing the likelihood of litigation in any countries whose policies adversely affect drug company profits.

Clearly, such outcomes would be at odds with the interests of public health. But the fact that the TPP is being negotiated in clandestine shows it is not intended to help ordinary people. Instead, its purpose is to benefit multinational corporations – especially the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

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Permalink 28 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Lack of vitamin B1 blamed for sailors' deaths

NEWS

Vitamin B1 deficiency is the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of six Cambodian and Thai sailors and illness among 25 others during a nine-month fishing expedition in the Indian Ocean, a preliminary examination by public health officials has found.

COMMENT

This news reminds us that, if not ingested sufficiently regularly, water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin B1 can be quickly and easily depleted.

In an earlier historical example of deaths at sea from vitamin deficiency, between 1500 and 1800 it is estimated that scurvy, the clinical vitamin C deficiency disease, killed between one and two million seamen. Significantly, however, even after Dr. James Lind, a Scottish physician, published a book in 1753 that summarized his findings on the health benefits of citrus fruits in preventing and curing scurvy, it still took another 40 years before his recommendations were adopted by the British admiralty and lemon juice and limes were distributed to every sailor.

In a similar way, in the modern-day world, despite the fact we now know they are primarily caused by vitamin deficiencies, chronic diseases are killing millions of people every year. And, just like the British admiralty in the past, the status quo is resisting the widespread adoption of vitamin therapies by national health services.

As the famous philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it!”

Permalink 27 January 2016

Read article in the Bangkok Post (Thailand)

Brazil: Nestle Fined for Concealing Use of GMOs

NEWS

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has imposed fines on Nestle and five other food manufacturers after failing to inform the public over the use of GMOs.

COMMENT

Particularly notably, the list of companies fined in Brazil for not indicating on their labelling that their products contained GMOs includes Pepsico. The multibillion-dollar manufacturer of the Pepsi Cola soft drink, Pepsico is a staunch opponent of GMO labelling.

Revealingly, therefore, we note that its website contains a statement from 2013 which claims: “The use of genetically modified (GM) ingredients is safe for people and our planet, and also has a number of important benefits.” This same statement also adds that “PepsiCo will continue to engage in an informative dialogue with our consumers so that they understand the safety, prevalence and benefits of GM ingredients and can make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

Quite how Brazilian consumers were supposed to make such “informed choices” when Pepsico’s labelling didn’t mention that its products contained GMOs, we have no idea.

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Permalink 26 January 2016

Read article at telesurtv.net (Venezuela)

Why Wikipedia is in Trouble

NEWS

As the user-editing encyclopedia turns 15, dedicated editors are getting scarcer by the day.

COMMENT

Some people naively consider Wikipedia to be an independent source of information and imagine that anyone can contribute to it. Perhaps not surprisingly, therefore, such impressions are being deliberately fostered by Wikipedia itself.

In reality, however, the truth is very different. Under the cloaks of ‘democracy’, ‘free speech’ and ‘open society’, Wikipedia has been developed and is being used as a vehicle to influence and control public opinion worldwide. Any information you attempt to publish on it that threatens the interests of the Oil and Drug Cartel is being carefully monitored and swiftly removed by the ‘gatekeepers’ of these interests within Wikipedia.

In particular, the targeted topics include ‘alternative energy’ and advances in ‘science-based natural health’. Essentially, the gatekeepers’ strategy is to systematically downplay the value of such advances and openly defame their proponents. Faced with such organized resistance to the scientific facts, it is therefore hardly any wonder that honest and well-meaning Wikipedia editors are departing the website in droves.

To learn the truth about Wikipedia that the mass media isn’t reporting, visit the Wiki-Rath website.

Permalink 25 January 2016

Read article at time.com (USA)

Curcumin supplement may improve endothelial function & boost heart health for older people

NEWS

Consuming curcumin supplements may improve endothelial-dependent dilation (EDD) of blood vessels in middle-aged and older, says a new study.

COMMENT

Curcumin is the most abundant natural phenol (curcuminoid) present in turmeric, the Indian curry spice, and gives it its yellow color. Obtained from the rhizomes of the Curcuma longa plant, turmeric powder is used extensively in South-Asian cooking and food preservation.

Due to its various medicinal properties, turmeric is still used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, liver disorders, muscle sprains, joint pains and wound healing. In the past few decades, curcumin has been studied to evaluate its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and immune modulation properties.

To learn more about this fascinating nutrient, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s fortnightly newsletter. Studies on the health benefits of curcumin and other plant compounds can be accessed on the phytobiologicals.com website.

Permalink 24 January 2016

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Nerve damage from chemo may affect cancer survivors for years

NEWS

Many women who survive cancer have symptoms of chemotherapy-related nerve damage in their feet and hands years after treatment, a new study reveals.

COMMENT

Chemotherapy treatments are extremely toxic. So much so, in fact, that, even after they are excreted through the skin, urine, stool, tears, semen or vaginal fluid, they remain toxic and dangerous. The people at particular risk include the patient’s family members, caregivers and literally anyone who comes into contact with them.

The first chemotherapy drug was derived from ‘mustard gas’ – a chemical warfare agent used in World War I as a weapon. Astonishingly, derivatives of this deadly gas are still being administered to cancer patients today as mechlorethamine, cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil and ifosfamide.

Fortunately, however, as the Victory Over Cancer book shows, natural health approaches now exist that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. The sooner all cancer patients can learn about these safe and effective natural therapies, the sooner cancer can become a manageable disease.

Permalink 23 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Don't mention the Brexit: EU bans Plan B studies

NEWS

European Commission economists have been banned from researching the impact of Britain leaving the 28-nation bloc, or even talking about it, for fear of getting embroiled in the heated British debate ahead of a referendum, officials said.

COMMENT

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised the British people a referendum on their country’s membership of the Brussels EU.

With the vote expected to take place either this year or next, polls currently suggest a clear majority of people will vote in favor of leaving the construct. As such, far from worrying about getting embroiled in the British debate, the real reason Brussels EU economists have been banned from drawing attention to this issue is that the dictatorial construct fears their doing so could encourage other European countries to hold similar referendums – thus accelerating its own demise.

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Permalink 22 January 2016

Read article at reuters.com

Prevalence of folate deficiency 14.1 percent in multiple myeloma

NEWS

The prevalence of folate deficiency is 14.1 percent among patients with multiple myeloma (MM), according to a letter to the editor published online Dec. 19 in the International Journal of Laboratory Hematology.

COMMENT

Based on a 10-year retrospective study, this finding is consistent with the scientific principles of Cellular Medicine.

Defining an optimum daily intake of specific micronutrients as a basic preventative measure for maintaining optimum health, the Cellular Medicine approach explains how chronic deficiencies of vitamins, amino acids and other specific nutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and others.

Permalink 21 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

David Bowie Dies After 18-Month Cancer Battle

NEWS

David Bowie has died after an 18-month battle with cancer, the singer's son has confirmed.

COMMENT

Like millions of cancer patients before him, David Bowie died from a disease that the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t want to be either prevented or cured.

The biggest earning disease for drug makers, global sales of drugs for cancer were worth a staggering 74 billion dollars in 2014. What interest can pharmaceutical companies possibly have in trying to prevent or cure cancer if they can earn this amount of money for as long as the disease continues to exist?

Significantly, therefore, in Victory Over Cancer, Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki describe natural health approaches that can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease.

If you suffer from cancer and would like further information about these approaches, please contact us, we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

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Permalink 21 January 2016

Read article on the Sky News website

Man left brain-dead after French drug trial dies in hospital

NEWS

Five other men are still in a stable condition after testing the pain-relief drug, although doctors fear three may have suffered irreversible brain damage.

COMMENT

The tragic outcome of this trial provides us with a grim reminder of the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs. So dangerous is the pharma approach to medicine that orthodox doctors, hospitals and their treatments have been shown in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Similarly, a JAMA study published in 1998 estimated that in 1994 around 2,216,000 hospitalised patients in the United States had suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) and that 106,000 suffered a fatal ADR. In sharp contrast to the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs, natural health therapies are both free from side effects AND effective in controlling diseases. Moreover, an abundance of knowledge and scientific data to prove this has been available for several decades now.

Imagine, if this natural health information had not been suppressed by the "business with disease" for all these years. How many lives could have been saved?

Permalink 20 January 2016

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Statins CAN cause heart disease - Shock research warns drug risks hardened arteries

NEWS

Controversial drug statins can actually increase the risk of heart disease, shock new research has shown.

COMMENT

Statin drugs are well known to cause a long list of side-effects and serious health problems.

These include, for example, an increased risk of developing cataractsbreast cancermuscle pain and muscular injuriesserious kidney problemsosteoarthritis of the kneenerve damageeye damage, fatigue, and diabetes. Significantly, therefore, it has been calculated that taking statins only adds a mere 3 DAYS to a patient’s life!

To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without drugs, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Permalink 19 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Hospital sued after man dies from chemotherapy

NEWS

A man who was told he had nerve pain only to find out he had cancer died after he was given an accidental overdose of chemotherapy.

COMMENT

Tragic though this case is, the reality is that chemotherapy is a highly dangerous treatment even when given at the supposedly “correct” dosages.

Worse still, this man died seemingly without ever knowing that safe and effective natural alternatives to chemotherapy exist that can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease.

The sooner this information is spread all around the globe, the sooner we can save millions of lives and show that victory over cancer is possible!

Permalink 17 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Researchers link higher risk of leukemia to low sunlight and vitamin D

NEWS

Epidemiologists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that persons residing at higher latitudes, with lower sunlight/ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure and greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, are at least two times at greater risk of developing leukemia than equatorial populations.

COMMENT

The scientific facts about leukemia are NOT as we have been led to believe by the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders in politics, the mass media and orthodox medicine.

To the contrary, studies clearly show that this disease CAN be controlled using micronutrients. Anyone from the aforesaid three stakeholder groups who publicly or privately questions the health value of micronutrients therefore does not serve YOUR interests, but rather those of the pharmaceutical 'business with disease'.

To read the real-life stories of patients who have successfully used the Cellular Medicine approach to recover from cancer and leukemia, download a free copy of ‘The Proof’.

To read about leukemia studies carried out by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California, read this issue of the institute’s fortnightly newsletter.

Permalink 17 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

No Deaths from Vitamins. Absolutely None. Safety Confirmed by America's Largest Database

NEWS

There were no deaths whatsoever from vitamins in the year 2014. The 32th annual report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins. And, there were no deaths whatsoever from vitamin A, niacin, vitamin B-6, any other B-vitamin. There were no deaths from vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, or from any vitamin at all.

COMMENT

Preferring to ignore the above facts, the mass media instead presents alarming articles about the supposed dangers of taking vitamin supplements. Invariably, however, such articles are either without any merit or they exaggerate and misinterpret the studies referred to.

On the other hand, numerous reports on how an insufficient intake of vitamins contributes to many health problems, as well as the impressive health benefits that result from regular dietary micronutrient supplementation, are much less publicized and often completely ignored. Vitamins are very safe substances and their benefits to our health are indisputable.

Ultimately, therefore, the reality that the mass media is not sharing with you is that vitamins are dangerous ONLY to the pharmaceutical business, which perceives them as undermining its disease market and reducing the outlet for dangerous patented pharmaceutical drug compounds.

Permalink 16 January 2016

Read article at orthomolecular.org

Venezuela Passes Law Banning GMOs, by Popular Demand

NEWS

The National Assembly of Venezuela, in its final session before a neoliberal dominated opposition takes the helm of legislative power on January 5, passed one of the most progressive seed laws in the world on December 23, 2015; it was promptly signed into law by President Nicolas Maduro.

COMMENT

The real reason why companies such as Monsanto are so interested in genetically modified (GM) seeds is that, unlike regular seeds, they can be patented.

Patents on GM seeds, and the multi-billion dollar profits and market control that result from them, act as powerful incentives for manufacturers to find ways of forcing such foods onto consumers' dinner plates, regardless of the possible dangers to human health.

As such, for standing up to the GM lobby and protecting the interests of Argentinian citizens, the National Assembly of Venezuela deserves to be heartily congratulated.

Permalink 14 January 2016

Read article at counterpunch.org

High dose vitamin D could treat multiple sclerosis, scientists find

NEWS

Low levels of vitamin D are known to be associated with an increased risk of developing MS but it is the first study to show that supplements can help the condition.

COMMENT

With it already having been shown that a lack of vitamin D increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, the publication of this latest study further demonstrates that supplements can help to control this debilitating neurological condition.

Moreover, it is also notable that other micronutrients such as coenzyme Q10biotinlipoic acidvitamin B12L-carnitine, polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E have similarly been shown to be useful. As such, rather than patients having to heed the advice of the large pharma-influenced multiple sclerosis charities and place their hopes in patented chemical drug research, the evidence clearly now shows that micronutrients offer a safe and effective alternative.

Permalink 13 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Up to half of adults should be offered blood pressure pills

NEWS

Up to half the adult population should be offered cheap blood pressure pills to cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, an Oxford University study has concluded.

COMMENT

What the mass media failed to report when promoting this Oxford University study was that the researchers who published it have received grants, honoraria, travel reimbursement and personal fees from a long list of drug companies.

Some of them have even been on drug company steering committees or advisory boards. In light of this information, patients afflicted with high blood pressure may well now be wondering whether the publication of this study was a deliberate attempt to deceive them.

This is particularly the case given the fact that this health problem can now be eradicated naturally, without drugs. To learn how, visit the Cellular Health section of our website.

Permalink 13 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph

Could a vitamin end your migraine misery?

NEWS

They have long been a mystery to doctors, a painful and debilitating condition with so many apparent causes and symptoms that a “one size fits all” treatment seemed an impossibility. That may no longer be true.

COMMENT

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you're not alone. About 12 percent of the U.S. population gets them.

Causing moderate to severe pain in recurring attacks, migraines produce a throbbing or pulsing sensation that is often located on one side of the head. During this type of headache, people are very sensitive to light and sound. They may also become nauseated and vomit.

Fortunately, therefore, a variety of micronutrients have been shown to be helpful in controlling this unpleasant health problem. Such natural approaches include the use of folate; vitamin D and calcium; magnesium, coenzyme Q10, riboflavin and vitamin B12; vitamin E; vitamin B2; and other micronutrients.

Permalink 13 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Croatian president nominates pharmaceutical executive as next PM

NEWS

Croatia's president on Wednesday designated pharmaceutical executive Tihomir Oreskovic to become prime minister, nominating a technocrat put forward by conservatives and reformists after weeks of talks following an inconclusive Nov. 8 election.

COMMENT

Our Foundation has for many years now reported on the close links between senior politicians and the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’. This latest example, from Croatia, is simply the latest in a long line of instances in which political leaders are drawn from within the ranks of pharmaceutical executives.

Other examples include former French President Nicolas Sarkozy who, in 2004, coerced the marriage between French pharmaceutical dwarf Sanofi and Swiss/German drug giant Aventis/Hoechst. Early in his career Sarkozy was groomed for this role when he worked for French drug maker Servier as a lawyer.

Similarly, Helmut Kohl, Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998, had previously worked for the ex-IG Farben Cartel company BASF and was a paid lobbyist for the German drug and chemical industries.

Permalink 12 January 2016

Read news report at reuters.com

Bacteria that resist 'last antibiotic' found in UK

NEWS

Bacteria that resist the most common antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK.

COMMENT

Tellingly, while the people of the world are being frightened into thinking there are no alternatives to antibiotics when dealing with infections, no mention is being made by the mass media of the fact that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical to support cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response and a strong immune system.

In this respect, Dr. Rath’s breakthrough discoveries in this field have lifesaving scientific implications for controlling both viral and bacterial infections. There is therefore now an urgent need for us to share the truth as widely as possible: vitamins and other essential micronutrients are both safe AND effective in controlling infectious diseases.

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Permalink 11 January 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

A New EU Rebellion? Spanish Election Results to Cause Headaches in Brussels

NEWS

Spain is preparing for an extended period of uncertainty after political newcomers emphatically busted open the country's traditional two-party dominance in Sunday's general election. While the effects are sure to be felt in Spain, the repercussions also look set to have an impact in Brussels.

COMMENT

Coming hot on the heels of the recent referendum in Denmark, in which voters rejected a proposal to give up their country’s exemption from a list of Brussels EU laws, Spanish voters have now delivered yet another blow to the dictatorial construct.

While only time will tell what happens next, one thing is already certain: The days of the Brussels EU are numbered and it will eventually be replaced by a Europe for the People, by the People. It is no longer a matter of whether this will happen, but simply a matter of when.

Image by Podemos Uvieu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Permalink 8 January 2016

Read article at sputniknews.com (Russia)

New statistics show one of every three US deaths caused by cardiovascular disease

NEWS

One of every three deaths in the U.S. in 2013 were from heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, while heart disease and stroke were the No. 1 and No. 2 killers worldwide, according to American Heart Association's 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

COMMENT

Around the world, heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease have already cost hundreds of millions of lives.

Today, however, we know that the “cardiovascular epidemic” is the result of long-term deficiencies of vitamins and other essential nutrients in the cells of our blood vessel walls. As such, contrary to the impression that is generally conveyed by the mass media, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases CAN be prevented.

To learn how, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 8 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Cancer is not just 'bad luck' but down to environment, study suggests

NEWS

Cancer is overwhelmingly a result of environmental factors and not largely down to bad luck, a study suggests.

COMMENT

The mass media continues to blur, distort and ignore a mountain of evidence showing that cancer is in fact preventable, that it can be controlled and that tumor development is too complex to be branded simply as “bad luck.” Moreover, nor is the development of cancer solely related to our genes.

The genesis of cancer is more complex than this, as different genes and their interactions with the intra- and extra-cellular environment are simultaneously involved in the process. Significantly, therefore, work carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute indicates that many natural dietary factors, including micronutrients, can suppress the development of cancer by simultaneously acting on many steps of its development.

To learn more about why cancer is not simply ‘bad luck’, read this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 7 January 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

GMO Fraud Revealed

NEWS

A French court has found that fraud and defamation were employed to discredit a study linking GMOs to cancer in rats.

COMMENT

Fraud and the discrediting of opponents are the norm in both the GMO and pharma industries alike.

A classic example of this deliberate defamation is Wikipedia’s article on Dr. Rath. An intricately woven fabric of half-truths, deliberate distortions and outright untruths, its aim is to discredit Dr. Rath and, in so doing, defend the trillion-dollar-a-year monopoly of the pharmaceutical industry in the healthcare sector.

As a means of redressing the balance, the information on our Wiki-Rath website is available for anyone who is interested in the truth.

Permalink 7 January 2016

Read article at anh-usa.org

Certain antidepressants linked to heightened risk of mania and bipolar disorder

NEWS

Taking certain antidepressants for depression is linked to a heightened risk of subsequent mania and bipolar disorder, new research reveals. The strongest association seemed to be for serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short, and the dual action antidepressant venlafaxine, the analysis indicated.

COMMENT

A heightened risk of mania and bipolar disorder are merely the latest in a long list of problems that have been shown to be a caused by antidepressants. Among the most serious of these, as shown in a recent study, is an increased risk of committing homicide.

To learn more, read this article.

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Permalink 6 January 2016

Read article at sciencedaily.com

Bayer sued in Germany over contraceptive pill after health scares

NEWS

"If I'd known, I'd never have taken this pill," says Felicitas Rohrer, who is suing German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer, claiming its oral contraceptive Yasminelle caused her to suffer a pulmonary embolism.

COMMENT

Long-term intake of estrogen and other hormones — both as hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy during menopause — are well-known to cause a depletion of vitamins and other cellular nutrients in the body.

This is the real reason why women taking these hormones have an increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Several scientific studies have shown that women who take hormonal contraceptives (“the Pill”) significantly increase their risk for cardiovascular disease. As long ago as 1972, for example, a report published in the scientific journal Nature described how women taking hormonal contraceptives have significantly lower vitamin C blood levels than normal.

Today, we know that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives decreases the body pool of vitamin C and other essential nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium. Thus, it is not the birth control pill itself that increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, but the associated depletion of the vitamin body pool, which weakens the blood vessel walls.

Image by Michielverbeek (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Permalink 6 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Researchers find magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer

NEWS

Indiana University researchers have found that magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer.

COMMENT

Cancer of the pancreas is a serious and almost always fatal disease. The twelfth most common cancer worldwide, with around 338,000 new cases diagnosed in 2012, one of the reasons why it is fatal is because it has usually already spread by the time it is diagnosed.

However, research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated that micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and others are effective in blocking specific enzymes which facilitate the spread of not only pancreatic cancer but also other types of cancer as well.

To learn more, read this issue of the research institute’s fortnightly newsletter.

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Permalink 5 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Martin Shkreli Arrested on Fraud Charges

NEWS

Martin Shkreli, a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and former hedge fund manager who has been widely criticized for drug price gouging, was arrested Thursday morning by the federal authorities.

COMMENT

Fraudulent behaviour is an ever-present reality in the pharmaceutical “business with disease”.

Ultimately, therefore, in order for Health for All to become a reality for the people of the world, it is necessary for the unscrupulous individuals behind the drug industry to be held to account for their crimes – both past and present.

As such, while Shkreli’s ultimate fate will be a matter for the courts to determine, given his recent history we rather doubt there will be many people mourning his arrest and subsequent downfall.

Permalink 5 January 2016

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

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