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News & Comment – September 2016

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Choline and betaine may counter insulin resistance: Study

NEWS

Increased intakes of choline and betaine may improve insulin resistance in the general population, says a new study.

COMMENT

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the uptake of glucose into cells is impaired due to a decreased sensitivity of the cells to insulin, despite insulin being secreted by the pancreas. Over time, insulin resistance can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes.

Conventional medicine is confined to treating the symptoms of type 2 diabetes by lowering the elevated blood sugar levels that occur in this disease. However, cardiovascular disease and other complications still occur in diabetic patients whose blood sugar levels are controlled. Thus, it follows that while necessary, lowering blood sugar levels is an incomplete treatment approach for diabetic disorders.

Modern Cellular Medicine provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention, and adjunct treatment of adult diabetes. As Dr. Rath has shown, the primary cause of type 2 diabetes is a long-term deficiency of certain vitamins and other essential nutrients in the millions of cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin), the liver, the blood vessel walls, and other organs.

To learn how diabetes can be controlled safely and naturally through using the correct micronutrients, read chapter 7 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

You can learn more about using micronutrients to support blood sugar metabolism by reading this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 25 September 2016

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Fighting for a daughter’s life

NEWS

Robert Verkerk provides further insights on a Polish mother’s legal battle to deliver non-standard cancer treatment to her neuroblastoma-afflicted daughter in the UK.

COMMENT

Fleeing the UK with her 4-and-a-half-year-old daughter after the child had endured 3 out of 8 prescribed rounds of chemotherapy, this mother was convinced that the toxic chemical treatment might kill the girl. She also felt that her daughter’s prospects of recovery would be better if she used alternative cancer approaches. This was seen by the UK authorities as illegal and a refusal of treatment.

As Robert Verkerk notes in this article, for many parents who question mainstream medical wisdom and contemplate alternatives, it is the fear of their child being made a ward of court that encourages them to continue with orthodox drug-based treatments. Not for no reason is the enforcing of such treatments on children increasingly seen by some as state-sponsored child abuse.

Our Foundation has long witnessed the lengths to which legal and medical stakeholders of the pharmaceutical industry will go in order to prevent parents from accessing scientifically-proven natural cancer treatments for their children. In this respect, we are particularly mindful of the case history of a young German boy, Dominik Feld, who received a diagnosis of bone cancer in September 2002.

Our Foundation’s commitment to the memory of Dominik is that he did not die in vain. To the contrary, his battle against cancer helped prepare the way for a new era in scientifically-based natural medicine, in which a diagnosis of cancer will no longer be seen as a death sentence. Dominik’s parents, and all others who want to pursue safe and effective alternative cancer treatment approaches for their children, are on the side of truth. Ultimately it is the scientific facts, not the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’, that will prevail.

Permalink 24 September 2016

Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health International website

Could DHA supplements during pregnancy boost attention in children?

NEWS

Prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexanoic acid (DHA) may improve measures of attention in the children at age 5, says a new study from an international team of researchers.

COMMENT

The majority of children do not get enough micronutrients from the food they eat. Too few fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the consumption of highly processed food, results in chronic deficiencies of essential micronutrients in children that impair their growth and health.

Some people mistakenly believe that malnutrition in children is only a problem in developing countries. This is not true, however. In their quest for massive food production, developed countries have indiscriminately used pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and other poor farming practices. This has led to a severe depletion of nutrients in their soils. In addition, micronutrient deficiencies are widespread due to the global promotion of highly processed food. A study published in 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition confirms a significant decline in the nutritive value of food produced in the last 50 years.

To learn how the benefits of supplementary micronutrients have been documented in children, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 23 September 2016

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Researchers prove that moderate to high aerobic capacity decreases the risk of suffering a sudden death event

NEWS

UCA researchers, collaborating with the Exercise and Epidemiology Science and Biostatistics Departments from the University of South Carolina in Columbine (USA), have carried out a study focused on the importance of aerobic capacity in the prevention of sudden death, paying special attention to those people who have some pathology such as obesity and hypertension.

COMMENT

There can be no doubt that regular physical activity is a precondition for good cardiovascular health. In recent years, many studies have demonstrated the benefits of exercise in improving health and reducing the risk of diseases and early death.

However, it is important to understand that people who engage in regular physical exercise are dependent upon an optimal intake of essential micronutrients. The increased heart rate that occurs during exercise requires a tremendous amount of energy. A strong heart muscle and intact blood vessels are critical for the continuous pumping of blood at a faster rate.

Micronutrients such as carnitine, coenzyme Q-10, vitamin C, and B vitamins are essential for the energy production in heart muscle cells that is required for sustained physical endurance. Similarly, healthy blood vessels are also critical for maintaining an optimum blood supply to the heart and other muscles in order to avoid fatigue. Magnesium regulates the levels of other minerals within the cells such as sodium, potassium, and calcium. Excessive loss of these minerals through perspiration is one of the main reasons for exercise-induced muscle cramps and injuries. Alpha lipoic acid supports the muscles during training to avoid fatigue and build endurance.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients for people who exercise regularly, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter. To learn how cardiovascular diseases can be prevented and controlled naturally through an optimum intake of the correct micronutrients, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 22 September 2016

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Bayer confirms $66bn Monsanto takeover

NEWS

German chemicals giant Bayer has confirmed its record-breaking $66bn takeover of GM seeds business Monsanto - a deal that would create the world's biggest seeds and pesticides company.

COMMENT

It is somehow quite fitting that Bayer should takeover Monsanto, a corporation viewed by many people as being one of the world’s most reviled companies.

The records of the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials document that, as part of the infamous IG Farben Cartel, Bayer gave more than 80 million Reichsmark to the Nazis and their sub-organizations. (In today’s money, this amount would be equivalent to over half a billion US dollars)! During WWII, in return for this “investment”, IG Farben took over the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petrochemical industries of the occupied countries with the ultimate goal of creating and dominating a single “European Market”. This Nazi/IG Farben model for Europe was subsequently used as the blueprint for the Brussels EU of today.

But that is not all. Bayer’s pharmaceutical division used thousands of wartime concentration camp prisoners as guinea pigs for the conducting of deadly medical experiments. Chemicals used in these tests eventually went on to become the first generation of chemotherapy drugs. To the managers who ordered the experiments, it didn’t matter that the substances used had a high toxicity and risk of serious side effects, including death, as the Auschwitz concentration camp provided them with an almost endless supply of victims.

After WWII, Fritz ter Meer, a senior director of Bayer and IG Farben, was convicted in Nuremberg for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Astonishingly sentenced to a mere 7 years in prison he was given early release and then reemployed by Bayer, who appointed him as chairman of its supervisory board. Even as recently as 2006 it is reported that the company was still laying wreaths on his grave.

Far from improving Bayer’s image, we expect its purchase of Monsanto will likely instead simply raise further awareness of the company’s shameful past.

Permalink 22 September 2016

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

EU leaders will look to exploit Brexit to create a European Army and break through ‘last bastion of national sovereignty’

NEWS

Senior officials are planning to use the creation of a European army to relaunch the EU after Britain leaves.

COMMENT

The Lisbon Treaty, which became law in Europe in December 2009, specifically provides for the creation of a Brussels EU army by legislating that member countries shall make civilian and military capabilities available to the construct. Openly backed by German leader Angela Merkel, not only could this give the Brussels EU direct access to, and possibly control over, nuclear weapons via French participation, it could also result in the implementation of civilian conscription.

With unelected Brussels EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker already having called for the creation of an army 18 months ago, it is clear that, following the UK’s Brexit vote, the construct now sees the way open to push ahead with the plan.

The formation of a Brussels EU army is an unmistakable step towards securing the Oil and Drug Cartel’s global interests and markets through military means. In the interests of planetary peace and the lives of all 7.4 billion inhabitants of our world, we must oppose it.

Permalink 20 September 2016

Read article in The Sun (UK)

Blood pressure checks could save thousands of lives from heart attacks and strokes

NEWS

If everyone in Britain had their blood pressure checked every year it would prevent 45,000 heart attacks and strokes in the next decade, experts have calculated. One in three people in Britain - 16million in total - are living with high blood pressure. Yet at least 5million people have not had the problem diagnosed.

COMMENT

Frequently termed the "silent killer" because there are no significant warning signs, consistent high blood pressure damages multiple organ systems in the body. Over a long period, unregulated high blood pressure increases a person's risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke and is a cause of many other debilitating conditions such as heart failure, kidney damage, and various eye problems including blindness. Some people may have an inherited risk of high blood pressure, or their raised blood pressure may originate from organs such as the kidneys, adrenals, thyroid, or develop during pregnancy. However, in most other situations high blood pressure is referred to as "essential hypertension," indicating that its cause is unknown.

Dr. Rath’s breakthrough understanding of the root cause of high blood pressure opens up a new possibility for controlling it. The main cause of this health problem is a chronic deficiency of essential micronutrients in the millions of smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessel walls. Nutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, arginine, magnesium and others are critical for maintaining the strength and elasticity of the blood vessels – and thereby for maintaining normal blood pressure.

To learn how Dr. Rath’s innovative Cellular Medicine approach safely and effectively targets the root cause of high blood pressure at the cellular level, read Chapter 4 of his classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 20 September 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Anti-depressants given to children soar by nearly 30 per cent in 10 years

NEWS

A study of almost 360,000 patients aged six to 18 in Wales found there had been a 28 per cent rise in anti-depressants given out by GPs, raising fears of the “medicalisation” of unhappiness and the ordinary emotional turmoil experienced by teenagers.

COMMENT

For major depression, the pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders would have you believe that drugs are the only therapeutic option available. However, a meta-analysis published earlier this year found that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder. Examining 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from the condition, the researchers noted that higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial.

In contrast, 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 ‘business with disease’ would prefer patients weren’t told about. Studies show that through affecting the brain and altering the way people think, these mind-altering chemicals are capable of causing hostility, aggression, mania, violence, and even suicide.

Permalink 19 September 2016

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Warning over vitamin D deficiency in southern Australian youngsters

NEWS

A high percentage of children and teens in southern Australia may be deficient in vitamin D, putting them at increased risk of bone fractures and higher long-term risk of osteoporosis, warn researchers.

COMMENT

Given that the incidence of vitamin D deficiency has reached crisis levels even in Australia – a country where people enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine – we should hardly be surprised to learn it is now a worldwide problem.

In the United States and Canada, vitamin D deficiency is well-known to be widespread. In Europe, levels in the blood have been shown to be low in 50% to 70% of the population. Pregnant Arab women have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency, whilst India is also now home to a growing epidemic of it.

With research indicating vitamin D deficiency plays a role in causing a variety of different cancers and other diseases, the importance of ensuring an optimum daily supply of this key micronutrient for our body cells cannot be underestimated.

Permalink 17 September 2016

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Zika virus in Florida: 'No one can give you a straight answer,' says pregnant Canadian

NEWS

Mosquitoes have infected 50 people in Miami, but advice on protection remains the same.

COMMENT

The Zika virus is not a new virus and is similar to other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes such as West Nile virus, dengue, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis. The symptoms of Zika virus infection are similar to normal flu symptoms. They include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, rash and conjunctivitis. Often there are no symptoms, and in most cases people are not aware that they are infected while they are spreading the virus.

Currently, mosquito control is the only way for prevention from Zika infection and there are no treatments available. Therefore, it is prudent to understand how to support our body’s immune system and protect it against Zika or other viral and infectious pathogens.

To learn how an optimum supply of synergistic micronutrients can support the immune system in fighting both Zika AND other viral infections, read this article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 15 September 2016

Read article on the CBC News website (Canada)

Eating your greens could enhance sport performance

NEWS

Nitrate supplementation in conjunction with Sprint Interval Training in low oxygen conditions could enhance sport performance a study has found. Nitrate is commonly found in diets rich in leafy green foods, like spinach and is important for the functioning of the human body, especially during exercising.

COMMENT

While many athletes recognize the role of macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and other healthy food components, the importance of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids is still often neglected.

On the other hand, some athletes take haphazard combinations of supplements that can create or aggravate micronutrient imbalances or insufficiencies. Micronutrient insufficiencies frequently lead to easy fatigue, muscle or bone injury, and other ailments such as arthritis.

To learn how scientifically designed synergistic combinations of supplementary micronutrients can enhance athletic performance, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 15 September 2016

Read article at sciencedaily.com

A healthy circulation is the key to living a longer life: 'Superagers' have good blood flow to the body's smallest capillaries

NEWS

Having a healthy blood circulation is the key to a longer life, according to new research. Centenarians whose body could pump blood to the far reaches of muscles and organs had a circulation system as efficient as people 30 years younger.

COMMENT

The body’s blood vessel system is around 60,000 miles in length. To propel the blood through this system and around the body, the heart beats around 100,000 times a day. In doing so it performs the greatest amount of work of all the body’s organs.

As Dr. Rath describes in his classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do, your body is as old as your cardiovascular system. The good news, therefore, is that through taking advantage of the latest research in nutritional and Cellular Medicine, it is possible to optimize your cardiovascular system and add years to your life.

Pumping the blood to the far reaches of the body requires proper balanced amounts of all the various vitamins and other essential micronutrients that are responsible for providing bioenergy to millions of heart muscle cells. These cells enable the contraction of the heart muscle and the pumping of the blood into circulation.

To learn how micronutrients can help even if you have multiple risks for heart disease, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 14 September 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Junk food is causing an 'epidemic of mental illness' due to a lack of vitamins and minerals in our diet, expert warns

NEWS

We all know gorging on junk food and sweet treats is bad for our waistline. But eating processed foods might actually cause mental illness too, researchers claim.

COMMENT

As Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept explains, the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a chronic deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other specific micronutrients. Once one understands this principle it is easy to appreciate why a diet consisting of junk foods and processed foods, which are low in micronutrients, is so harmful to human health.

Ultimately, the most effective medicines for the health care system of the future will be grown organically in our gardens, on cultivated land within our communities, and on the fields of our farms. The sooner all the people of the world are taught about this and are able to obtain an optimum daily intake of micronutrients, the sooner we will be effective in preventing today’s chronic diseases and reducing their occurrence to a fraction of their current incidence.

Permalink 14 September 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Canadian chemists use vitamins in new sustainable lithium battery

NEWS

Chemists at the University of Toronto have developed a new battery that stores energy in a cathode derived from vitamins. The breakthrough could eventually lead to batteries that are much cheaper and more environmentally friendly than regular lithium-based batteries, but with similar performance.

COMMENT

The development of this fascinating battery is a reminder that the world is now on a path that will eventually lead to the widespread use of sustainable ways of generating and storing energy. That said, however, how soon we get there is directly dependent upon the extent to which we are all willing to become active and demand positive change.

For over a century now, special interests have been controlling the people of the world through maintaining the “tyranny of oil”. Even today, despite the fact that there are natural non-polluting alternatives available to oil, gas and other fossil fuels, these interest groups are trying to prevent us from learning about them and accessing them. Why are they doing this? They are doing it for profit and to maintain their control over the world’s energy supplies.

In the area of energy, therefore, the goal of the Movement of Life is to end the global dependency on oil and bring about a change to renewable, sustainable forms of energy. To learn more, visit the Free Energy for All section of the Movement of Life website.

Permalink 13 September 2016

Read article at inhabitat.com (USA)

Taking supplements while breastfeeding boosts vitamin D status of baby too: Study

NEWS

New research has found that giving breastfeeding mothers monthly high-dose vitamin D supplements may help improve their babies’ vitamin D status.

COMMENT

Studies have shown that ensuring proper amounts of micronutrients for growing babies is of vital importance to their future health.

In view of this it is highly advisable for mothers who are breastfeeding to take supplements containing not only vitamin D but also folic acid, vitamins B1, B2 and B6, vitamin C, and other key micronutrients. As the baby grows and its micronutrient demands increase, such supplementation acts as a valuable insurance against micronutrient deficiency for both mother and child.

To learn how women can benefit from proper micronutrient supplementation at all stages of their lives, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 13 September 2016

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Harvard Health Letter sheds light on how medications may lead to nutrient depletion

NEWS

Long-term use of commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals may lead to nutrient deficiency, with the Council for Responsible Nutrition welcoming the coverage of an issue that, it says, is not talked about enough.

COMMENT

Drug-induced nutrient depletion is one of the Pharma Cartel’s biggest secrets. Aware that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a chronic deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other specific micronutrients, the deliberate non-communication of information about the nutrient depleting effects of drugs is designed to protect the trillion dollars a year the Cartel makes from the sale of pharmaceutical drugs.

Categories of drugs that have been shown to deplete nutrient levels in the body include antacids; antibiotics; anti-inflammatories; antiretrovirals; beta-blockers; cholesterol-lowering drugs; contraceptives; corticosteroids; diabetic drugs; diuretics; gout medications; laxatives; psychotherapeutics; ulcer drugs; and others.

To learn more about drug-induced nutrient depletion, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 12 September 2016

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Selenium status influences cancer risk

NEWS

As a nutritional trace element, selenium forms an essential part of our diet. In collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer, researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin have been able to show that high blood selenium levels are associated with a decreased risk of developing liver cancer.

COMMENT

In identifying that selenium deficiency is a major factor for liver cancer, the findings of this study are consistent with the key principle of Cellular Medicine, namely that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases – including not only cancer but also various forms of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and others – is a chronic deficiency of specific micronutrients.

However, it is important to understand that while selenium is essential for the normal functioning of the body, it does not work alone. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other micronutrients participate together in complex metabolic processes and interact with each other either by enhancing or opposing their respective actions. The optimal synergistic interaction of micronutrients, and their cellular balance, is the very basis of health.

So while selenium is clearly an important micronutrient, it is only one of many. Achieving an optimum balance of all the key micronutrients in the body will always be the most effective nutritional approach to health.

Permalink 12 September 2016

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Modern life is killing our children: Cancer rate in young people up 40 per cent in 16 years

NEWS

Modern life is killing children with the number of youngsters diagnosed with cancer rising 40 per cent in the past 16 years because of air pollution, pesticides, poor diets and radiation, scientists have warned.

COMMENT

There can be no doubt that air pollution, pesticides, and radiation are contributing to a rise in cancer cases. As Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine research has shown, however, the primary cause is a chronic deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other key micronutrients in the diet. This fact explains why toxic chemotherapy is not – and never will be – a cure for cancer. Ultimately, the successful control of cancer can only be achieved by addressing its root cause.

In contrast to the ineffectiveness of chemotherapy in combatting the cancer epidemic, research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has clearly shown that cancers of the cervix, bladder, kidney, skin, ovary, pancreas, breast, boneprostate, colon and lung – as well as lymphomas, leukemia, and sarcomas in both adults and children – can be controlled using the micronutrient synergy approach. Through the proper selection and correct combining of micronutrients, these studies are paving the way towards cancer becoming a manageable disease.

To learn more about the natural control of cancer with micronutrients, read the book Victory Over Cancer by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 10 September 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Oshin Kiszko cancer treatment: Parents of 6yo Perth boy with brain tumour win court battle

NEWS

The parents of a six-year-old Perth boy with brain cancer have won another court battle against his doctors to stop him having chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

COMMENT

In what can only be described as a distressing example of state-sponsored child abuse, the parents of young Oshin Kiszko had previously been forced by the court to enroll him in toxic chemotherapy treatment. With the boy’s mother stating that the legal enforcing of the dangerous drugs on her son almost felt “like Nazi Germany”, and a family friend reported as saying of her that she had made “an informed decision that there are better options available elsewhere”, it is clear that awareness of the facts about this brutal form of treatment is reaching all corners of the globe.

There is an alternative to chemotherapy, and it doesn’t involve toxic pharmaceutical drugs. Pioneered by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, the Cellular Medicine approach to cancer has been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease.

To watch the fantastic interview with Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki from Ty Bollinger’s ‘The Truth About Cancer’ documentary, visit our Foundation’s YouTube channel.

Permalink 9 September 2016

Read article on the ABC News website (Australia)

Vitamin D can help treat severe asthma if taken daily, according to new study

NEWS

A daily dose of Vitamin D halves the risk of severe asthma attacks, a new study has shown.

COMMENT

Rather than relying on the single nutrient approach as was used in this vitamin D study, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California have conducted a clinical pilot trial using a synergistic multinutrient approach. Involving asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old, the study tested a specific combination of micronutrients for a period of three months. During this time, the participants were intermittently subjected to lung function tests. At the end of the three months all of them experienced increased lung capacity. In fact, many patients recorded almost double the lung capacity compared to their values before starting the trial.

The trial’s results prove that through supplementing with a synergistic combination of micronutrients, asthma sufferers can safely improve their symptoms without any risk to their health.

To learn more about how the micronutrient synergy approach can help asthma patients, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 8 September 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Low vitamin D during pregnancy linked with learning disabilities: Study

NEWS

Lower levels of vitamin D in pregnant women could be associated with certain learning disabilities in children, as a British study highlights seasonal variations as a factor in brain development.

COMMENT

As this study illustrates, ensuring sufficient levels of micronutrients for the developing child is of vital importance in pregnancy.

Pregnant – and also breastfeeding – women have higher nutrient requirements than normal. This is because the growing child is at a particularly vital developmental stage and is removing nutrients from the mother’s body. Accordingly, it is highly advisable for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding to take supplements containing not only vitamin D but also folic acid, vitamins B1, B2 and B6, vitamin C, and other key micronutrients.

While the child is in the womb, the development of bone removes calcium, magnesium, and other important minerals and trace elements from the mother's body. Moreover, many women suffer from vomiting at the beginning of pregnancy, thus further limiting the supply of nutrients available to the developing child.

To learn how women can benefit from proper micronutrient supplementation at all stages of life, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 7 September 2016

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British study finds risk of breast cancer nearly tripled by combined HRT

NEWS

Women who rely on the most commonly used form of hormone replacement therapy are roughly three times more likely to develop breast cancer than those who do not use it, according to a study whose results suggest the risk of illness has been previously understated.

COMMENT

Long-term intake of estrogen and other hormones – either as hormone replacement therapy or hormonal contraception – causes a depletion of vitamins and other micronutrients in the body. This is the reason why women taking these substances have an increased risk not only of breast cancer, but also of heart attacks, strokes, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

In the case of cardiovascular disease, it is not even as if this information is new. As long ago as 1972, for example, a study in the scientific journal Nature reported that women taking hormonal contraceptives had significantly lower vitamin C blood levels than normal.

The fact is that long-term use of hormones in women decreases the body’s levels of vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, and other essential nutrients. This is clearly a danger to their health.

To learn how supplemental micronutrients may reduce the health risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 6 September 2016

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Can omega-3 intake aid in concussion recovery?

NEWS

According to emerging science and clinical experience, aggressive intake of omega-3 fatty acids (n-3FA) seems to be beneficial to traumatic brain injury, concussion, and post-concussion syndrome patients.

COMMENT

Published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, this interesting scientific review provides a thought-provoking example of how micronutrients may potentially be beneficial in the treatment of even life-threatening brain injuries.

As the review’s author, Michael D. Lewis, describes, orthodox clinical studies have thus far failed to identify an effective treatment strategy when a combination of targets controlling aspects of neuroprotection, neuroinflammation, and neuroregeneration is needed. Promisingly, therefore, he believes omega-3 fatty acids may offer the advantage of this polytarget approach.

With a growing body of strong preclinical evidence and clinical experience supporting the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in brain injury situations, it seems nutritional regimens incorporating these micronutrients could eventually come to play a key role in safely and effectively improving patient outcomes.

Permalink 6 September 2016

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Chemicals banned decades ago linked to increased autism risk today

NEWS

Chemicals used in certain pesticides and as insulating material banned in the 1970s may still be haunting us, according to new research that suggests links between higher levels of exposure during pregnancy and significantly increased odds of autism spectrum disorder in children.

COMMENT

Scientific evidence increasingly suggests that the health effects of chemicals in our food and environment may be significantly more harmful than originally believed. In Denmark, for example, research carried out in 2015 at its National Food Institute at the Technical University demonstrated that even small doses of substances such as pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations.

To learn more about this important issue, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 5 September 2016

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Mediterranean diet better than statins for tackling heart disease – study

NEWS

Study finds people already suffering from heart problems are 37% less likely to die early if they eat a diet rich in vegetables, nuts and fish.

COMMENT

Given the fact that the underlying cause of heart disease is a chronic deficiency of vitamin C and other key micronutrients, the finding of this study is of course just common sense. The Mediterranean diet is rich in plant nutrition and high in fiber and vitamins, all of which enhance cardiovascular health.

Drugs such as statins are not the answer to heart disease – and never will be – as they do nothing to address the micronutrient deficiencies that allow it to occur. By perpetuating the myth that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease, these drugs simply condemn millions of patients to needless suffering and avoidable death.

To learn how you can optimize your cardiovascular system and reduce your risk of heart disease naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 5 September 2016

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

More chemo drugs don't improve treatment of rare bone cancer

NEWS

Osteosarcoma patients with tumors that haven't responded well to the standard chemotherapy regimen have unimproved outcomes and more side effects when given two additional drugs, a large international trial has found.

COMMENT

Osteosarcoma is actually the most common type of bone cancer, frequently occurring in children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 30. People over 60 are also at an increased risk of developing it. In the United States almost 800 new cases of osteosarcoma are diagnosed every year, of which more than 400 are in children and teens younger than 20.

In this situation, the blatantly false claims that the pharmaceutical and medical status quo has made about chemotherapy and radiation as treatments for osteosarcoma are no longer credible. With public trust in the efficacy of these toxic approaches collapsing, people are increasingly turning to natural health approaches that can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease.

To learn how bone cancer has been scientifically shown to respond to the micronutrient synergy approach, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 3 September 2016

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Vitamin C may boost effectiveness of acute myeloid leukemia treatment

NEWS

New findings published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed in lab studies that supplementing an epigenetic cancer drug called decitabine with vitamin C enhanced the drug's ability to impede cancer cell growth and trigger cellular self-destruction in cancer cell lines.

COMMENT

Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow, which produces blood cells. Patients with leukemia experience an excessive production of white blood cells, also known as leukocytes. In the United States today, leukemia is the tenth most commonly diagnosed cancer and the most common cancer in children.

In many cases leukemia patients die from the failure of various organs, in particular the body’s ‘filter organs’ – the liver and spleen. Millions of white blood cells invade these organs from the blood stream. But they don’t just pass through them like healthy white blood cells would do. Instead, these cancerous white blood cells produce immense amounts of collagen digesting enzymes, literally digesting these organs from within.

While it is clearly a positive step that the scientists in this study are at least investigating the use of vitamin C in patients with leukemia, chemotherapy drugs such as decitabine will never be the answer to conquering this disease as they are highly toxic to the body and don’t address the chronic micronutrient deficiencies that are its primary cause.

To learn about research conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute showing the superiority of the micronutrient synergy approach in leukemia, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

To read how the micronutrient synergy approach has been shown in scientific studies to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease, read the groundbreaking book ‘Victory Over Cancer’ by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 2 September 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Targeted intervention boosts Irish athletes’ vitamin D levels

NEWS

Targeted vitamin D supplementation of elite Irish athletes, prompted by research showing high deficiency levels five years ago, has helped cut deficiency rates according to a new study.

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These days, given the increasing millions of dollars at stake, professional sports teams are monitoring the nutritional status of their players more closely than ever. Not surprisingly, therefore, with a recent study suggesting almost 70% of elite Dutch athletes may have insufficient or deficient levels of vitamin D, there is growing interest in the use of the “sunshine nutrient” for maximizing sporting performance.

In the world of professional sport, winning trophies is directly dependent on optimizing the performance of players and ensuring they stay injury-free. Significantly therefore, towards this goal, teams in all U.S. major leagues, some college athletic departments, and the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams are all now believed to have started tracking their players’ vitamin D levels and intake.

To learn more, including why everyone can benefit from vitamin D supplements, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 1 September 2016

Read article at nutraingredients.com

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