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News & Comment – October 2016

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Euro 'house of cards' to collapse, warns ECB prophet

NEWS

The European Central Bank is becoming dangerously over-extended and the whole euro project is unworkable in its current form, the founding architect of the monetary union has warned.

COMMENT

The statement made here by Professor Otmar Issing, the European Central Bank’s first chief economist, was simply the latest in a long line of predictions from financial insiders warning of the likely collapse of the euro currency.

Only 2 months ago, for example, Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz openly stated that Europe is heading towards a "cataclysmic event" that could lead not only to the collapse of the euro currency but also the end of the Brussels EU itself. A former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Stiglitz believes that one more political event similar to Brexit is now all it would take to trigger these outcomes.

Due to its fundamentally undemocratic structure – with the EU Commission holding all executive power and the EU Parliament serving merely as a fig leaf – the Brussels EU needs to be publicly rejected by its citizens, dismantled, and eventually replaced by a truly democratic system of representation: A Europe for the People, by the People. Until such time as this happens, the 500 million people of Europe will continue to remain subject to economic dictatorship, widespread unemployment, and a political model in which democracy increasingly becomes a thing of the past.

Permalink 31 October 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Dying cancer patients 'should not always be given chemotherapy': It often does more harm than good, say top doctors

NEWS

Doctors should think twice before offering chemotherapy to dying cancer patients, according to senior medical experts.

COMMENT

A study published in 2015 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) proved 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.

Worse still, in a damning indictment of the dangers and ineffectiveness of cancer drugs, recent research carried out in the UK has found that, in some hospitals, within 30 days of starting treatment, chemotherapy is killing up to 50 per cent of patients who receive it. With even the normally pro-pharma British media expressing shock and saying patients should be warned about the dangers of these toxic chemical treatments, the study provided further evidence that the credibility of chemotherapy as a cure for cancer is collapsing.

Fortunately, with each passing day, more and more cancer patients are learning about the Cellular Medicine approach to cancer. Empowered through realizing that a cancer-free world is possible, they are turning their backs on toxic chemotherapy and taking their own decisions about what is best for their health. If enough of us become active in sharing the facts about natural cancer treatment as widely as possible, needless suffering and deaths from chemotherapy can be avoided and, as a result, millions of lives saved.

Permalink 29 October 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Study reveals high levels of vitamin D inadequacy in UK adolescents

NEWS

A study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has shown high levels of vitamin D inadequacy in UK adolescents, and – for the first time – identified the intake needed by adolescents in order to maintain adequate serum vitamin D levels during the winter time.

COMMENT

The majority of children do not get enough micronutrients from the food they eat. Consuming too few fresh fruits and vegetables, along with eating highly processed food, results in chronic deficiencies of essential micronutrients that impair growth and health. This inevitably makes children prone to diseases.

Children are especially vulnerable to micronutrient deficiencies because vitamins, minerals, and other natural compounds are essential to support healthy development of the blood, bones and all organ systems, particularly the nervous and immune systems. Inadequate nutrition impairs physical growth, as well as development of the brain and nervous system, and reduces a child's immunity and learning ability. Therefore, providing appropriate nutrition is the obvious first step in supporting the healthy development of a child at any age.

To read about a clinical evaluation conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute, in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, in which the health benefits of micronutrient supplementation in school-age children were clearly documented, read this edition of the Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 28 October 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Resveratrol can help correct hormone imbalance in women with PCOS

NEWS

Resveratrol – a natural compound found in red wine and grapes – can help address a hormone imbalance in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility in women, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

COMMENT

Resveratrol is commonly known for its anti-aging actions. Most of these anti-aging properties can be attributed to its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Additionally, resveratrol has been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-hypertensive actions.

Researchers have also found resveratrol to be effective in promoting heart health. Here, it helps prevent damage to the blood vessels, reduces bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol, and prevents formation of blood clots. In addition to its antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties, resveratrol is also proven to have effective blood-thinning properties via its action on inhibition of platelet aggregation. Through production of nitric oxide and the relaxation of blood vessels, resveratrol helps to maintain blood pressure levels in the optimum range.

To learn more about the health protective effects of resveratrol, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 27 October 2016

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Fish oil during pregnancy may protect infants from allergy

NEWS

Supplements of omega-3-rich fish oils during pregnancy may reduce the risk of allergy in children, according to a new study from Sweden.

COMMENT

In addition to the greater caloric demands, pregnancy also increases the demand for specific micronutrients which may not be met through diet alone.

Proper nourishment during pregnancy is critical for the health of the developing child. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins are essential for a healthy baby and for preventing complications during pregnancy.

Vitamin C is involved in a variety of cellular functions such as antioxidant protection, hormone production, immune system support, bone formation, and maintaining the integrity of the blood vessels. It also enhances the absorption of iron and helps in prevention of anemia in the mother. Along with other micronutrients, such as lysine, proline, and green tea extract, vitamin C additionally helps reduce the risk of premature delivery.

Some pregnant women are susceptible to pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), which is sometimes difficult to control and can result in a serious condition called eclampsia. Vitamin C in combination with arginine, magnesium and other micronutrients, helps increase the elasticity of the blood vessels and maintain normal blood pressure. Micronutrients are also essential as natural inhibitors of tissue destruction and reduce the risk of premature rupture of fetal membranes, which initiates the process of delivery.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients in pregnancy, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 26 October 2016

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Doctors 'know too little about nutrition and exercise'

NEWS

Most doctors are ill-equipped to tackle Britain’s increasing frequency of lifestyle-related diseases because they know worryingly little about how nutrition and exercise can improve health, a group of prominent medics has claimed.

COMMENT

Sadly, this is not just a problem in Britain. Throughout the world, doctors have become victims of a medical training system that degrades the medical profession, essentially reducing it to a sales force for the pharmaceutical investment business. Still unrealized by most doctors today, knowledge about Cellular Medicine and other nutritional approaches to preventing and controlling the root causes of diseases has been deliberately denied to them.

Ultimately, the choice now facing the people of the world is a very simple one: Either we allow this and all future generations of mankind to become completely dependent on the Pharma Cartel and be controlled by its stakeholders, or we take responsibility for creating a new prevention-oriented healthcare system that is run for the people and by the people. In the coming years, whether we are successful in saving millions of lives will be determined by all of us, collectively, making the right choice.

Permalink 26 October 2016

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Fewer indications of ADHD in children whose mothers took vitamin D during pregnancy

NEWS

Children of mothers who took vitamin D during pregnancy with resultant high levels of the vitamin in the umbilical blood have fewer symptoms of ADHD at the age of two and a half years.

COMMENT

Pregnancy increases the body’s demand for specific nutrients which may not be met through diet alone. As such, a failure to meet this demand can result in the baby being subject to all manner of health problems.

Nutritional requirements change constantly during different stages of pregnancy, delivery, and while breastfeeding. In particular, the process of giving birth puts tremendous stress on a woman’s body and a large amount of blood and nutrients are lost. This inevitably depletes the energy reserves in her body. Therefore, proper nourishment during and after pregnancy, and while nursing, is critical for the health of both mother and child.

Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins, among others, are essential for a healthy baby and delivery, and for preventing complications during pregnancy. Similarly, minerals such as iron and zinc are important for prevention of anemia and for improving the immune system of the mother and baby. Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, in synergy with vitamins C and D, aid the development of the baby’s bones and teeth, support normal blood pressure in the mother, and prevent muscle cramps and preterm delivery. The requirement for these minerals increases by more than 50% during pregnancy.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 25 October 2016

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Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation

NEWS

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a "sugar tax" on soft drinks.

COMMENT

Sugar is added to most supermarket products. There are around 200 different names for it, if you look carefully you will likely find at least one of them on the labels of your shopping. Check your favorite cereal, veggie stock or crisps. Every ingredient name that ends with –ose or –syrup is sugar. So-called light or diet products contain aspartame, which is even more toxic than sugar.

Nowhere in nature do we find foods with such high contents of both sugar and fat as are found in cheesecake. Nature simply doesn’t do this. Foods like cheesecake are man-made and designed by a food industry that benefits from us overeating. Powerful commercial interests don’t want you to know about your diet and the magnitude of the health disaster that non-natural foods create. The food industry is actively working to suppress this information by obscuring it in a fog of misleading junk science and food-industry propaganda.

To learn more about the health dangers of sugar, and why it is time that our children learn a new way to eat, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 25 September 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Antidepressants during pregnancy associated with childhood language disorders

NEWS

Mothers who purchased antidepressants at least twice during pregnancy had a 37-percent increased risk of speech and/or language disorders among their offspring compared to mothers with depression and other psychiatric disorders who were not treated with antidepressants, according to new research.

COMMENT

For over half a century now, evidence has been accumulating regarding the dangers that pharmaceutical drugs pose to the unborn child. In perhaps the most shocking example, thalidomide, a drug marketed in the late 1950s as a treatment for morning sickness in pregnant women, was eventually banned in 1962 after it was found to cause grievous birth defects. In all, the drug caused deformities in up to 12,000 infants. Arguably the worst drug scandal of all time, it has been suggested that thalidomide may even have been developed by the pharmaceutical and chemical cartel IG Farben and tested on prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.

To read how omega-3 supplements and other natural approaches have been shown to help treat depression safely and naturally, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 24 October 2016

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‘World on dangerous threshold’: Gorbachev warns of nuclear threat amid international tensions

NEWS

Mikhail Gorbachev has called the current state of relations between Russia and US the “collapse of mutual trust” and urged the sides to resume dialogue and push towards demilitarization and complete nuclear disarmament.

COMMENT

With the world’s nuclear-armed states currently possessing a combined total of roughly 15,500 nuclear warheads, the possibility they may one day be used represents a real and growing danger. In this respect, the message behind Dr. Rath’s landmark Make Health – Not War open letter, published in the New York Times on February 2, 2003, remains just as relevant today as it ever was.

In order for a truly healthy world to become possible, it is essential that we put pressure on our political leaders to commit to the restoration of global peace and abolition of nuclear weapons. For, as Albert Einstein once said: “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Permalink 23 October 2016

Read article at rt.com (Russia)

Antidepressants drugs make people ‘twice as likely to think about suicide’

NEWS

Taking anti-depressants could double the risk of having feelings which could lead to suicide - a controversial new study has suggested.

COMMENT

So unsuccessful have patented drugs been in curing depression that pharma companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Merck and Sanofi are all reported to have essentially stopped looking for new antidepressant treatments. As for those drugs that already exist, evidence strongly suggests they do more harm than good and that the antidepressant drug market has an underreported dark side the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ would prefer patients weren’t told about. Studies confirm that through affecting the brain and altering the way people think, these mind-altering chemicals are capable of causing hostility, aggression, mania, violence, and ultimately even suicide.

To read how omega-3 supplements and other natural approaches have been shown to help treat even major depression, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 22 October 2016

Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Vitamin research points to multi-life stage benefits

NEWS

A selection of vitamin D and E studies re-emphasizes their contribution at a number of pivotal life stages, as the findings stress the long-term consequences of vitamin deficiency.

COMMENT

A UNICEF report published in 2004 states that vitamin and mineral deficiencies affect a third of the world's people. In reality, however, this figure only includes people who fail to achieve even the minimal daily amounts recommended by government authorities. To prevent chronic diseases and attain optimum health, higher intakes are necessary. In this respect, it is widely underreported that the vast majority of people on our planet today do not obtain sufficient micronutrients in their daily diets.

To take a good example, animals don’t get heart attacks because they produce large amounts of vitamin C in their bodies. Vitamin C optimizes the production of collagen and other key reinforcement molecules in the body, thereby stabilizing the walls of the arteries and preventing atherosclerotic deposits, heart attacks, and strokes. However, human beings cannot manufacture even a single molecule of vitamin C in their bodies and, to make matters worse, almost everyone gets too few vitamins from their daily diet. The inevitable consequence of this is a weakening of the artery walls, which triggers artery wall deposits (atherosclerosis). Thus, chronic vitamin deficiency — not high cholesterol — is the main cause of the cardiovascular disease epidemic.

To summarize, therefore, an optimum supplementary daily intake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other key micronutrients is the key preventative measure for maintaining health and preventing disease.

Permalink 21 October 2016

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Elderly being pumped with drugs they don't need

NEWS

Many elderly patients might be prescribed unnecessary medication, putting them at needless risk of side effects and costing millions, new studies have shown.

COMMENT

A recent 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.

Carried out in Australia, a country where half of people aged 65 and over now take at least five different types of drugs, the study followed 1,705 men aged 70 and older over a nine-year period. Significantly, even for men who were considered to be in robust health at the start of the study, the prescribing of additional drugs was clearly demonstrated to result in an increased risk of mortality.

To learn more about the dangers of “polypharmacy”, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 20 October 2016

Read article on the Times Live website (South Africa)

Statistical review shows low Vitamin K2 as risky as smoking for heart disease

NEWS

A new study that applies a statistical analysis to food intake and disease prevalence data from a number of countries has concluded that vitamin K2 deficiency is as big a risk for developing heart disease as is smoking.

COMMENT

As interesting as the outcome of this statistical review is, it should be noted that it essentially only examines the likelihood of developing heart disease if a person is deficient in a single micronutrient (vitamin K). Were the researchers to have worked out the risks for people with multiple micronutrient deficiencies, the existence of which are widespread in the world today, there can be no doubt the odds would be significantly higher.

As Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept explains, the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases – including not only heart disease but also cancer, diabetes, and others – is a chronic deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other specific micronutrients. An optimum daily intake of these safe natural food elements, chosen and balanced according to the scientific principle of nutrient synergy, is the most important measure we can take towards maintaining our health and preventing disease.

Permalink 19 October 2016

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Hidden lobbying could go unchecked under poor EU transparency proposals, says watchdog

NEWS

Industry lobbying activities could continue to go “unchecked” with insufficient Commission proposals for a new mandatory transparency register, according to transparency watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory.

COMMENT

As we have often described on these pages, the ‘Brussels EU’ is not a democratic body. Neither its president nor its executive body, the so-called ‘EU Commission’, can be elected – or unelected – by the people. Even the ‘Brussels EU’ Parliament, which parades itself as a democratic institution, is little more than a ‘fig leaf’ that lacks fundamental principles of democracy such as the right to initiate new legislation. Under this antidemocratic system, transparency and the interests of the people of Europe are completely secondary to corporate profits.

As a consequence, restrictive pro-corporate protectionist laws affecting natural health in Europe, such as the Food Supplements Directive and the Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims, have been deliberately designed by the ‘Brussels EU Commission’ to protect the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and its sought-for monopoly on health. Despite over 44,000 natural health claims having been submitted to the Brussels EU for approval, for example, less than 300 have been given authorization. And this is despite over a century of scientific research now existing on vitamins and other essential micronutrients!

In short, the Brussels EU has no interest in restricting industry lobbying activities. Instead, it will do whatever is necessary in order to protect and even extend them.

Permalink 18 October 2016

Read article at foodnavigator.com

Could other people's pills be ending up in your tap water?

NEWS

Every time you enjoy a cool, clear glass of tap water, you could be drinking a cocktail of other people’s second-hand medications.

COMMENT

With the pharma industry’s annual global sales forecast to reach $1.4 trillion by 2020, it is clearly financially unsustainable. However, as studies are increasingly showing, it is also unsustainable from an environmental perspective. Evidence is growing worldwide that pharma companies are polluting the environment and that even our drinking water supplies are now contaminated with measurable amounts of dangerous chemical drugs.

A study published in 2009, for example, found that fish caught near wastewater treatment plants serving five major U.S. cities had residues of pharmaceuticals in them. Testing has also revealed that at least 46 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with pharmaceuticals. Meanwhile, scientists in the UK have found cancer drugs in tap water and rising levels of antidepressant drugs in coastal waters which they fear could seriously upset the natural balance of the ecosystem and potentially damage the food-chain. The world’s highest drug levels in water are believed to occur in India, where 21 different active pharmaceutical ingredients – at 150 times the highest levels detected in the U.S. – have been found.

Permalink 17 October 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

More than half of persons with Alzheimer's disease aged 90 years or more use psychotropic drugs

NEWS

Psychotropic drug use is rather common among persons aged 90 years or more diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, compared with those who were diagnosed at younger age, concludes a study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. Persons aged 90 years or more used antipsychotics five times more often and antidepressants 2.5 times more often than those without the disease in the same age group.

COMMENT

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society earlier this year describes how older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death. This should hardly be viewed as surprising, of course, as causing new diseases with drugs is one of the key principles governing the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

But even for elderly patients who have already developed Alzheimer’s disease, there is hope. Scientific studies have clearly shown that vitamins, essential fatty acids, and other micronutrients are effective against this neurological problem. To learn more, visit the special Alzheimer’s disease section on the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.

Permalink 16 October 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Probiotics may ease severity of multiple sclerosis: Study

NEWS

Patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), whose diets were supplemented with probiotics, demonstrated a reduction in the severity of their condition as well as improvements to mental health.

COMMENT

Studies show that the colonization of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract can lead to numerous diseases and that use of probiotic bacterial strains may be an effective means of prevention. In this respect, the use of probiotics not only contributes to the maintenance and recovery of protective microbiotica but also in repairing connective structures of the intestinal wall damaged by pathogenic germs. Such repairs assist in the strengthening of the intestinal barrier and consequently to the effective protection of the body.

Notably, therefore, in addition to multiple sclerosis, research has also demonstrated positive effects of probiotics against infectious diseases; diarrhea; cancer; inflammatory bowel disease; allergies; metabolic diseases; and other health problems.

In other scientific work, there is now mounting evidence that a lack of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. A study published in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) Medicine in 2015 analyzed data on over 14 thousand people suffering from the disease and around 24 thousand without it and 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.

Permalink 15 October 2016

Read article at nutraingredients.com

French consumer group finds cocktail of pesticide residues on fruit samples

NEWS

Pesticide residue tests conducted for French consumer group Que Choisir found 85 different chemicals on fruit samples, while all those that were pesticide-free were organic, bar one.

COMMENT

Contrary to what the chemical industry would have us believe, research has shown that even small doses of pesticides and other non-natural substances can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations. Notably, therefore, in recent years, scientific studies have increasingly been confirming the health benefits of food produced organically without these inputs.

In one particularly notable investigation, researchers in the United States found 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.

In the preventive healthcare system of the future, as envisaged by Dr. Rath in the Barletta Declaration, the fruits and vegetables we plant and eat will be organically grown and free of pesticides and GMOs. Accompanied by clean air and water, they will be grown naturally in our gardens, on cultivated land within our communities and on the fields of our farms. But as Dr. Rath points out, this quantum leap forward for mankind will not come by itself – we need to organize it! By creating a home vegetable garden, learning about composting and natural, sustainable approaches to growing food, not only can you save money and protect your health, you can also contribute towards creating a world in which Free Food and a healthy environment become a reality for us all.

Permalink 14 October 2016

Read article at foodnavigator.com

More than 10% of the US population has high concentrations of 10 or more persistent organic pollutants

NEWS

A study led by researchers at the IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has analysed the number of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) detected at high concentrations in the population of the U.S. and found relationships with socioeconomic factors, including gender, race, body mass index, education and poverty. More than 10% of the U.S. population has 10 or more POPs, each and all of them at a 'top 10' concentration; that is, at a concentration above the 90th percentile.

COMMENT

In view of this study, it is significant that research carried out by the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark has shown that even small doses of pesticides and other non-natural chemicals can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations. Worryingly, to the clear benefit of their manufacturers, the traditional approach to the risk assessment of chemicals in the environment has essentially only taken the effects of each individual compound into account.

Even at the global regulatory level, the reality is that no substantive consideration has been given by the Codex Alimentarius Commission to the fact that pesticides, artificial food additives, and other synthetic chemicals are consumed not in isolation but in tandem with each other. To all intents and purposes, the cumulative long-term effect that the ingestion of multiple chemicals has been having on the health of consumers has thus far been largely ignored.

Permalink 12 October 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Prescription painkillers are claiming more lives than heroin and cocaine, expert warns

NEWS

A prescription painkiller is killing more people than heroin and cocaine, a leading pathologist warns. Tramadol is claiming more lives than any other drug and should be upgraded to the Class A category, an expert claims.

COMMENT

Consistent with the concern over Tramadol, a recent coroners court report has found that pharmaceuticals were involved in around 80 percent of overdose deaths in the Australian state of Victoria last year. Revealingly, while the deadliest illicit drug cited in the report was heroin, which contributed to a total of 168 deaths, pharma drugs played a role in almost double this number, at 330 fatalities. With urgent calls now being made for a real-time prescription monitoring system to be set up in Victoria, the implication that, nationally, thousands of Australian lives are being lost each year to pharmaceutical overdoses has been described as a national catastrophe.

Clearly, treating the symptoms of disease with toxic pharmaceuticals is not the answer to saving lives. Instead, we need to understand that health and disease are determined not at the level of the body’s organs, but at the level of the billions of cells that make up those organs. The cells of the body need to be properly nourished on a daily basis, which means we have to know what types of food – and which specific micronutrients – are required in order for them to function optimally.

This means that creating a new global healthcare system requires providing natural health education. In other words, we have to share the groundbreaking scientific understanding that micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of chronic diseases and that, through ensuring an optimum supply to our bodies of these health-giving substances, malfunctions of the body can safely and effectively be prevented.

The bottom line here is that deaths from Tramadol and other dangerous painkillers can only be prevented if we spread this lifesaving information as widely as possible.

Permalink 11 October 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Vitamin E may prevent pneumonia in nonsmoking elderly men

NEWS

Administration of 50 mg per day of vitamin E decreased the risk of pneumonia in elderly male smokers by 72% after they quit smoking, according to a paper published in Clinical Interventions in Aging.

COMMENT

Dr. Rath’s breakthrough discoveries have wide implications which include, among others, defining new biological targets in developing effective natural approaches to controlling viral and bacterial infections. These discoveries stress the importance of connective tissue stability and integrity in our understanding of how infectious diseases spread in the body, and how specific micronutrients can protect and stabilize this biological barrier which is important in hindering infections.

Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach explains and proves that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical in supporting various cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response, a strong immune system, and health. Micronutrients are needed for the thousands of biochemical reactions taking place in each cell of the body. They play a critical role in affecting the ability of the infectious agent to invade our body cells and multiply, and in the proper functioning of the immune system. A chronic lack of specific micronutrients in our body’s cells weakens the immune system and makes us prone to infections and immune deficiency diseases. This cause can be eliminated through simple, safe, and effective means – including optimum nutrition and specific micronutrient supplementation.

Permalink 10 October 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

NEWS

Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade. At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century". The funds will be distributed by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which they created in December 2015.

COMMENT

Global tech giants are increasingly turning their attention to health. In the same week that Zuckerberg and Chan made their announcement, Microsoft claimed it will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells back to a healthy state. Supposedly, its scientists, engineers, and programmers are trying to use algorithms and computers to figure out new treatments for the disease.

Similarly, in 2015 Google also proclaimed that it is working on a cure for cancer. In a patent it filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization, 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 global media at the time, the patent specifically refers to the possibility that such targets could include cancer cells.

In all of these cases, however, the reality is that the proposed approaches ignore the primary cause of chronic diseases. For as Dr. Rath’s research has shown, it is only through ensuring an optimum daily intake of micronutrients that chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer can be controlled.

Rather than pinning their hopes and lives on hi-tech projects that do not address the primary cause of diseases, patients would therefore be better advised to take advantage of the existing science behind Cellular Medicine and other cutting edge micronutrient-based therapies. Not only are these approaches already available, they are scientifically proven and have long been shown to be safe. Ultimately it is only science, not hi-tech hype, that can lead us towards a truly healthy world.

Permalink 7 October 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Poor food 'risks health of half the world'

NEWS

Poor diets are undermining the health of one in three of the world's people, an independent panel of food and agriculture experts has warned. The report says under-nourishment is stunting the growth of nearly a quarter of children under five.

COMMENT

This report was prepared by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition and says two billion people lack the range of vitamins and minerals in their diet needed to keep them healthy and prevent chronic diseases. While it is of course good that the panel is recognizing the importance of micronutrients in preventing chronic diseases, the reality is that not just two billion people but practically everyone can benefit their health by increasing their intake of essential micronutrients.

When using nutritional supplements, however, selecting the most effective products is not an easy task. Especially considering that most of the supplements you find on the store shelves are either individual compounds or randomly combined ingredients, often selected according to marketing trends.

To learn how taking advantage of the micronutrient synergy principle is the most effective approach to improving your health and reducing the risk of disease, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 7 October 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Many patients enter cancer trials with unrealistic expectations

NEWS

Many cancer patients hold unrealistic hopes when they decide to join early stage clinical trials of experimental treatments, new research shows.

COMMENT

It is not only cancer patients taking part in early stage drug trials who have unrealistic expectations of their effectiveness. Those undergoing supposedly “standard” chemotherapy treatment are not being given the full facts either. Research has estimated the overall contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year cancer survival in adults to be a mere 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.

Moreover, in a damning indictment of the dangers and ineffectiveness of cancer drugs, new research carried out in the UK has found that, in some hospitals, within 30 days of starting treatment, chemotherapy is killing up to 50 per cent of patients who receive it.

In contrast, and as the Cellular Medicine research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki has clearly shown, natural micronutrient-based approaches are safe and effective in blocking all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. These mechanisms include inhibiting the invasion and metastasis of cancer cells, curbing blood supply (angiogenesis) in tumors, and inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis). You can learn more about these scientific breakthroughs in the groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 6 October 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Chemical exposure linked to lower vitamin D levels

NEWS

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may reduce levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

COMMENT

It is already known that synthetic chemical drugs lower levels of nutrients in the body. We should therefore hardly be surprised to learn that exposure to chemicals such as bisphenol A is linked to lowering levels of vitamin D.

Moreover, research from Denmark has shown how the health effects of chemicals in our food supply may actually be significantly more harmful than originally believed. Recognizing that chemicals are consumed not individually but in cocktails, an assessment carried out by the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark demonstrated that even small doses of substances such as pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations.

Notably, therefore, drugs and chemicals are often produced by the same companies. As such, it is not difficult to imagine that the widespread proliferation of chemicals in foods may potentially be seen by such manufacturers as having a dual financial benefit, in that they also increase the sales of the drugs they sell to treat the diseases they cause. In this respect, a glance down the list of full members of the UK Chemical Industries Association, the organization that represents chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the UK, illustrates just how closely these two industries, and their biotech and petrochemical counterparts, are related.

Permalink 5 October 2016

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Painkillers like ibuprofen may raise risk of hospital admission for heart failure

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Taking common painkillers like ibuprofen raises the risk of being admitted to hospital for heart failure for a fortnight, the biggest ever study has shown.

COMMENT

This study is simply the latest in a long line of research showing the dangers of ibuprofen. The drug is already known to carry a risk of life-threatening side effects such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, serious adverse gastrointestinal problems, and renal injury.

Nor are other painkillers necessarily safer. Long term use of paracetamol, for example, similarly raises the risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and early death.

For patients who have already developed heart failure, there is hope. A clinical pilot trial conducted by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that a synergistic combination of micronutrients can safely and effectively improve cardiac pumping action by providing bio-energy for the optimum functioning of heart muscle cells. To learn more, read this issue of the Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 4 October 2016

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Mother’s vitamin B levels affect eczema risk, study finds

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Mothers, who have higher levels of vitamin B during pregnancy, tend to produce offspring less likely to develop eczema, a study has found.

COMMENT

The publication of this study follows similar research showing that mothers supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy could cut the risk of their babies developing eczema by over a third.

Research clearly shows that a mother’s diet and lifestyle, both before and during pregnancy, play a vital role in helping ensure a successful outcome and healthy baby. In this respect, proper nutrition, and especially a constant supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other micronutrients, is of vital importance for the developing fetus. Inadequate nourishment in any phase of pregnancy will affect the organ systems, birth weight, and survival of the baby.

There will be a special feature on micronutrients and pregnancy in an upcoming issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter. If you don’t already receive this newsletter and would like to subscribe to it, we invite you to visit the subscription page here.

Permalink 4 October 2016

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Resveratrol can help to reduce inflammation, study finds

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A component of red wine and grapes can help control inflammation induced by a bacterial pathogen that is linked to upper respiratory tract inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and middle ear infection (otitis media), according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University.

COMMENT

Inflammation is by far the most frequent health problem we face during our lives. It is associated with every infection that occurs in the body, such as the flu or lung infections. But inflammation is not confined solely to infections, it is also associated with common diseases like arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, arthritis, as well as cancer processes. Moreover, inflammation is also the body's response to primarily 'external' injuries such as sunburn, cuts, and even a twisted ankle.

The characteristic symptoms of all inflammations are redness, a feeling of heat, swelling, and pain. These symptoms are part of the healing process and generally subside after a short time. However, long-lasting chronic inflammation has detrimental effects on the body and has been associated with a wide variety of diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and cancer.

To learn about the benefits of using the micronutrient synergy approach to control inflammation, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 3 October 2016

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A Trump Empire Built on Inside Connections and $885 Million in Tax Breaks

NEWS

The way Donald J. Trump tells it, his first solo project as a real estate developer, the conversion of a faded railroad hotel on 42nd Street into the sleek, 30-story Grand Hyatt, was a triumph from the very beginning.

COMMENT

Donald Trump’s alleged mob connections raise serious questions about his suitability for the role of US president. Described by CNN – citing an interview with investigative journalist Wayne Barrett – as being "extraordinarily extensive," Trump’s suspected ties to New York and Philadelphia organized crime families are said to go back decades.

In his 1992 biography of the billionaire, Trump: The Deals and the Downfall, Barrett wrote that Trump’s life “intertwines with the underworld.” At the time, a Philadelphia Inquirer article notably summarized Barrett’s book by stating that “throughout his adult life, Donald Trump has done business with major organized-crime figures and performed favors for their associates.” It added that Trump had had “numerous” dealings with officials of “mob-controlled” firms and with “mob-influenced unions”. Newsweek has recently weighed in with similar allegations, saying that during his career “Trump has willingly teamed up with a succession of mob-tied figures.”

To learn more about mob connections in global politics, as well as Trump’s common trait with the Brussels EU, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 20 September 2016

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 supplement improves reading for children

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Supplement of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may improve reading skills of mainstream schoolchildren, according to a new study from Sahlgrenska Academy, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Children with attention problems, in particular, may be helped in their reading with the addition of these fatty acids.

COMMENT

Throughout our lives, omega-3 and omega-6 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.

Over the past couple of decades, a succession of studies has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in preventing and controlling diseases such as cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, cancer, and others. Recent research has added to our knowledge regarding this important class of micronutrients by finding they can also help reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease and, when combined with B vitamins, stop the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

To learn more about enhancing and protecting health through ensuring an optimum supply of omega-3 fatty acids, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 25 September 2016

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