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News & Comment – August 2017

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'Breakthrough' as scientists discover vitamin can cut birth defects and miscarriages

NEWS

Scientists say the discovery that vitamin B3 can cure molecular deficiencies will transform the way pregnant women are cared for.

COMMENT

In many countries it is already commonplace for women who want to become pregnant to be recommended to take supplements of the B vitamin folic acid, which has been shown to prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. The Australian scientist who completed this new study, Professor Sally Dunwoodie, now wants vitamin B3 to similarly be recommended for all pregnant women and women who are trying to become pregnant.

However, the fact is that optimum function of the human body is not built on any one or two vitamins alone. To the contrary, a great many nutrients are required in order to ensure that pregnant women and their developing babies stay healthy.

Nutrients such as vitamin C, lysine and proline are essential for a healthy baby and delivery, as well as for preventing complications during pregnancy. Minerals such as iron and zinc are important for prevention of anemia, and improve the immune system of both 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. Moreover, the requirements of many nutrients are increased during pregnancy – thus making synergistic supplementation essential.

As always, you can learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy in parts one and two of the special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 22 August 2017

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Antidepressant use increases risk of head injuries among persons with Alzheimer's disease

NEWS

Antidepressant use is associated with an increased risk of head injuries and traumatic brain injuries among persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.

COMMENT

Contrary to what the pharmaceutical industry would have you believe, there are alternative ways of preventing and controlling depression that do not involve the use of drugs. To take one example, a recent scientific review found that low levels of B vitamins are common in patients with depression and that supplementation with this group of nutrients improves depression outcomes.

Interestingly, therefore, when patients have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins have also been shown to prevent brain shrinkage, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness of B vitamins and other micronutrients against Alzheimer’s disease can be found on the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.

Permalink 21 August 2017

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Tuberculosis a tragedy in India, and a grave concern for the rest of the world

NEWS

A study published recently in The Lancet has drawn the world's attention to the specter of particularly dangerous types of tuberculosis, called multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant, in four countries. The study estimated that the percentage of multidrug-resistant TB among all cases in India, which already has the highest burden of the disease of any country, is set to increase to more than 12 percent in India by 2040.

COMMENT

Nearly one third of the world’s population is infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria, even if they may not have any symptoms. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 8.6 million people had active illness and 1.3 million died from TB in 2012. In developing countries, more than 90% of TB infections and deaths occur in young adults between the ages of 15-44. The death rate is expected to increase worldwide because TB bacteria have developed resistance to almost all available treatment options. As such, new approaches to TB are desperately needed.

The Dr. Rath Research Institute has conducted a clinical trial in 120 hospitalized patients with active pulmonary TB to investigate how a combination of specific micronutrients taken along with the standard TB treatment affects the healing process. At the end of the trial period the patients taking micronutrients had significantly higher signs of healing, as seen on their chest X-rays and other parameters. Their cavity healing was almost 30% higher than that of the control group of patients who received only the standard TB treatment. Moreover, all (100%) of the patients in the group taking micronutrients tested negative to the TB bacteria while only 88% of the patients in the control group had a negative TB test.

To learn more about the clinical benefits of micronutrients in TB, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 18 August 2017

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Niacin may have a role in melanoma prevention, suggests review

NEWS

Nicotinamide, a form of niacin, may have the potential to prevent melanoma in high-risk individuals, propose authors of a review.

COMMENT

Previous research has found that the nicotinamide form of B3 also lowers the risk of non-melanoma skin cancers. As impressive as such findings are, however, the fact remains that they are still based on the outdated single nutrient approach. In contrast, the research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute under the direction of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki is based on the scientific principle that it is not the intake of any one single nutrient that ensures full health, but the intake of a complete spectrum of various different micronutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements. Known as the Nutrient Synergy approach, the clinical effectiveness of this methodology, both in the control of cancer and other diseases, has repeatedly been confirmed in scientific publications published in peer-reviewed journals by the institute’s researchers.

As Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki describe in their groundbreaking book, “Victory Over Cancer”, applying the Nutrient Synergy principle to the control of cancer results in high doses of individual vitamins proving to be less effective than moderate amounts of carefully selected micronutrients combined in groups. In other words, the effect of the right combination of micronutrients working together in a group is greater than the sum of its individual components. Using the Nutrient Synergy approach, all of the key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease – including tumor growth, invasion and metastasis, angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels in tumors) and the immortality of cancer cells – can be controlled safely and effectively.

Permalink 18 August 2017

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How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic

NEWS

"A crippling problem." "A total epidemic." "A problem like nobody understands." These are the words President Trump used to describe the opioid epidemic ravaging the country during a White House listening session in March.

COMMENT

Painkillers are the third-highest earning class of medications for the pharmaceutical business, with sales of over 56 billion dollars in 2015 alone. The money made from this category of drugs is exceeded only by that earned from diabetes and cancer.

In this situation, given that it is earning a vast fortune from the sale of painkillers, the pharma industry has no intention of ending the opioid epidemic. To the contrary, maintaining and expanding the use of these and other chemical drugs is a precondition for its continued existence and growth.

A key strategy used by pharma companies to increase their profits is the development of drugs that merely mask symptoms and avoid the cure or elimination of diseases. Their use in acute medical situations aside, painkillers are arguably the classic example of this.

To learn more about the deceptive strategies used by drug companies, read The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry on our Foundation website.

Permalink 17 August 2017

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Poison Controls Centers Study “Exaggerates Supplements Safety Risk”

NEWS

Researchers behind a study showing that calls to US Poison Control Centers about supplements rose by nearly 50% from 2000-2012 have been accused of “significantly exaggerating” the safety risk of dietary supplements, while playing down supplements’ superior overall safety record.

COMMENT

Time and again, pro-pharma interests make alarming claims about the supposed dangers of taking dietary supplements. Invariably, their arguments are either without any merit and/or they exaggerate and misinterpret the data referred to. On the other hand, numerous reports on how an insufficient intake of micronutrients contributes to many health problems, as well as the impressive health benefits that result from regular supplementation, are far less publicized and often completely ignored.

Ultimately, the reality is that micronutrient supplements are dangerous ONLY to the pharmaceutical business, which sees that they undermine its disease market and reduce the outlet for dangerous patented pharmaceutical drug compounds.

To learn the facts about the need for supplementation, and the proven safety of vitamins, read this article by the head of the Dr. Rath Research Institute, Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 16 August 2017

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Scientists develop new toothpaste formula made with green tea that eases pain and prevents cavities

NEWS

Scientists have invented a new formula made with an extract from green tea that could ease the pain from sensitive teeth and help prevent cavities.

COMMENT

The extract from green tea referred to in this article, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is well-known for its wide-ranging health benefits. A key nutritional component of research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, EGCG has demonstrated multifaceted actions in cancer prevention and carcinogenesis. It works in synergy with other micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, and proline in simultaneously controlling multiple mechanisms in cancer growth and spread. Studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have proved that a specific micronutrient combination containing EGCG is effective in preventing metastasis by inhibiting the action of collagen digesting enzymes and the growth of new blood vessels to the tumor (anti-angiogenesis).

To learn more about the health-protective effects of EGCG and other green tea extracts, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 16 August 2017

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Study claims almost every older person should be taking statins

NEWS

Physicians are worried they could be encouraged to prescribe the drugs to most of their patients.

COMMENT

With drug industry profits from statins collapsing, a new scientific review published in the Pharmaceutical Journal – a publication of Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society – has added fuel to the fire by confirming the cholesterol theory of heart disease is now “dead”. Pointing out that the lives of heart attack survivors participating in pharma-sponsored statin trials have been shown to be extended by an average of just 4 days, the authors say there is an “ethical and moral imperative” for the potential harms of these drugs to be discussed.

You can learn more about this highly significant development in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 15 August 2017

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'Project dietitian' appointed to help overhaul Ireland's hospital food

NEWS

The Irish Health Service Executive has hired a dietitian to help oversee improvements in the standard of food on offer at Irish hospitals – for staff as well as patients.

COMMENT

Given the extraordinarily minor role that nutrition plays in modern medical school teaching, it is no coincidence that the food served to hospital patients tends to be dismally unappetizing. In no small part, far from primarily being caused by a lack of funding as is sometimes claimed, the growing global healthcare crisis is essentially the result of patients being overmedicated with toxic drugs while their nutritional needs are treated with a cavalier disregard that borders on outright medical negligence.

But while nutritious cuisine may still be a rarity in modern hospitals, this is sadly not the case for junk food. Revealingly, a U.S. study published in 2006 surveyed children’s hospitals and found that 59 out of 200 had fast food restaurants located in them. Moreover, in a survey of parents, the presence of a McDonald's restaurant in a children's hospital was associated with significantly increased purchase of McDonald's food; a belief that the McDonald's Corporation supported the hospital financially; and – perhaps most tellingly of all – a higher rating of the healthiness of McDonald's food!

Permalink 15 August 2017

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Martin Shkreli Is Found Guilty of Fraud

NEWS

Martin Shkreli, 34, has confidently courted controversy in recent years, bulldozing his way into Wall Street and the drug industry, raising the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent overnight, boasting that he would outwit prosecutors in his federal fraud case, and live-streaming and tweeting throughout his five-week trial.

COMMENT

The reputation and credibility of the pharma industry sank to a new low in 2015 when the price of Daraprim (Pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic drug that is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, was raised from $13.50 to $750 per tablet. Marketed since the 1950s, the drug was acquired by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company run by the now-notorious Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager. Astonishingly, however, with even the global mass media seemingly aghast at this breathtaking case of pharma greed, Shkreli shamelessly attempted to portray his 5000% price rise as “altruistic”.

With Shkreli now having been found guilty of fraud and potentially facing up to 45 years in prison, one would imagine that few patients will have any sympathy for him.

Permalink 14 August 2017

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How a chemo drug can help cancer spread from the breast to the lungs

NEWS

As many patients have learned to their cost, chemotherapy has a dark side.

COMMENT

Providing clear evidence of the toxicity of chemotherapy, a study published in 2016 found that, in some British hospitals, it is killing many cancer patients within 30 days of treatment starting. Using data from a full 12-month period in 2014, the study included 23,228 patients with breast cancer and 9,634 patients with non-small cell lung cancer, all of whom were 24 years of age or older. While death rates varied across different regions of the UK, the study clearly showed that chemotherapy, as opposed to the cancer itself, was killing hundreds of patients within 30 days of treatment commencing.

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.

Permalink 13 August 2017

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BCAA supplementation may beat simple rest for muscle recovery among athletes, meta-analysis suggests

NEWS

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation is better than rest to reduce muscle soreness after exercise, according to a meta-analysis of eight studies conducted on athletes.

COMMENT

This meta-analysis builds on earlier studies that have clearly shown the power of nutrient supplementation for athletes and sportspeople. In recent years, for example, research has demonstrated that vitamin D supplements can help improve exercise performance. As a result, elite athletes are now using vitamin D and tracking their blood levels in order to gain maximum advantage from it.

But it is not only professional athletes who can benefit from scientifically designed micronutrient supplements. Anybody, young or old, who engages in sport or exercise can take advantage of the beneficial effects of micronutrients on muscles, joints, and overall health. To learn more about the importance of micronutrients for athletic performance, read this edition of the Dr. Rath’s Research Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 11 August 2017

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Study reveals higher opioid use among cancer survivors

NEWS

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer.

COMMENT

Treating cancer is a financial goldmine for the pharmaceutical industry. This stems from the fact that chemotherapy affects not just cancer cells, but all of the body’s organs and cell systems. As such, for most patients, each cycle of these poisonous drugs results not only in severe pain but also a multitude of additional health problems. In order to help patients cope with this, more drugs are prescribed. These inevitably result in still further side effects, suffering and misery. Despite there being no significant benefit, in many patients chemotherapy continues to be administered almost right up to the point of death.

Hardly surprising, then, that oncology drugs are now the highest-earning therapy area for the ‘business with disease’. Sales of drugs for cancer now rake in almost $80 billion dollars a year, with sales of opioid painkillers and other classes of drugs contributing still further to the ongoing profits the pharma industry makes from this disease.

But with a chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific micronutrients now known to be the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases, the fact is that drugs are not – and will never be – a cure for cancer. Instead, and as growing numbers of patients around the world now know, cancer can be beaten using safe, effective, natural approaches. To learn how, read the groundbreaking book by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer!

Permalink 11 August 2017

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‘Powerful’: Raising vitamin D levels may slash preterm birth risk

NEWS

Maintaining good blood levels of vitamin D during pregnancy may help reduce the risk of preterm birth by 60%, says a new study.

COMMENT

Proper nutrition, and especially a constant supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other micronutrients, is very important for preventing preterm birth. Particularly significantly, research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that supplementing with vitamin C and other micronutrients such as lysine, proline, and green tea extract, can help reduce the risk of it occurring.

To learn about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, read parts one and two of a special feature on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 10 August 2017

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Ronnie Wood rejected chemotherapy for lung cancer: 'This hair wasn’t going anywhere'

NEWS

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year.

COMMENT

Ronnie Wood was very wise to reject chemotherapy. The chemicals used in the conventional treatment of cancer are among some of the most toxic substances known to man. The first chemotherapy drug was directly derived from mustard gas, a chemical warfare agent used in World War I as a weapon. Derivatives of this deadly gas, such as mechlorethamine, cyclophosphamide, chlorambucil and ifosfamide, are still being used on cancer patients today.

While handling chemotherapy drugs, even health professionals have to be informed about the health risks they are being exposed to. These risks include damage to DNA, the development of cancers, and organ damage. Because of these risks, health professionals have to wear special gloves, goggles and gowns when preparing and administering chemotherapy agents.

To learn about safe natural approaches to cancer that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, read the groundbreaking book by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer!

Permalink 9 August 2017

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Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study finds

NEWS

Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.

COMMENT

Ageing is not something that just happens or that we have no control over. It is a natural process and part of the human condition. However, accelerated ageing is essentially a man-made disease.

Nobody wants to live in declining health with a weak and fragile body, diminished mental capacity, and the ultimate indignity of having to depend on others on a daily basis in order to function.

Biologically speaking, it is entirely possible to be much younger than your chronological age. Your body is a self-repairing system and is designed to keep you fully functional for as long as you take care of it. With the right lifestyle, you can become even healthier than you were when you were younger.

To learn how, by working in line with nature, we can control how we age, read this article by Mirja Holtrop.

Permalink 9 August 2017

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Food-based iodine during pregnancy important for child brain development

NEWS

Low levels of maternal iodine may be linked to reduced brain development at age three, a new study has suggested.

COMMENT

While iodine is certainly important for child brain development during pregnancy, the fact is that a whole range of other micronutrients also play vital roles in protecting the health of both the mother and the developing child.

For example, vitamin C is involved in a wide 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. Additionally, vitamin C and other micronutrients such as lysine, proline and green tea extract, help reduce the risk of premature delivery.

Some pregnant women are susceptible to pregnancy-induced hypertension, 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.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, read parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 8 August 2017

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Maternal vitamin D may be vital to childhood development

NEWS

Preventing vitamin D deficiencies in pregnant women might be important for ensuring normal development in children, say UK researchers.

COMMENT

The progress and outcome of a pregnancy depend on multiple factors. These include the mother’s diet and lifestyle before and during pregnancy, the genetic makeup of the parents, as well as the physical and psychological health of the woman.

Every woman of childbearing age should take care of her health at all times. The early days and weeks of pregnancy, when a woman may not necessarily be aware she is pregnant, are particularly critical for fetal development. It therefore follows that all women who want to become pregnant, or those with multiple or closely spaced pregnancies, must pay careful attention to nutrition. Otherwise they risk developing micronutrient deficiencies that could impair both their own health and that of the developing child.

You can learn more about the various roles micronutrients play in ensuring normal childhood development in parts one and two of a special pregnancy feature on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 8 August 2017

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Britain Joins the Shift to Electric Cars

NEWS

The drive to switch to electric cars went a mile further last Wednesday when Britain joined France in pledging to end the sale of new gas and diesel cars by 2040. Norway and India have also said they want to get rid of gas and diesel cars, and at least 10 other countries have set targets for electric cars.

COMMENT

It is possible that the switch to electric cars may happen more quickly than many people yet realize. A groundbreaking new report recently sent shockwaves through the world’s major oil producers by forecasting that, within just 8 years from now, every new vehicle manufactured will be electric. Written by Stanford University economist Professor Tony Seba, the report suggests that as people start to switch from car ownership to on-demand driverless electric vehicles the resulting crash in oil prices will lead to the collapse of the petroleum industry.

Stating that “we are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history,” Tony Seba predicts that the coming revolution will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and, in the process, reshape the world’s energy economy.

Meanwhile, of course, we still have the pollution from gas and diesel vehicles to content with. Significantly, therefore, in further evidence that essential micronutrients are highly effective in protecting human health, a recent study from the United States found that high-dose B vitamins may “completely offset” the damage caused by the most dangerous type of air pollution. Published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, the researchers showed that exposure to fine particulate matter of the type produced by burning fossil fuels in motor vehicles can be mitigated by a daily supplement of B vitamins. With such pollution being known to have significant adverse effects on human health, the finding has profound implications for public health policies worldwide.

Permalink 6 August 2017

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Charlie Gard: A case that changed everything?

NEWS

Few British legal cases in recent years have proved as controversial or emotionally charged as that over the fate of Charlie Gard, the 11-month-old baby who died on Friday after a lengthy battle over his medical treatment.

COMMENT

Charlie Gard had a rare condition known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome. A fatal disorder affecting the genetic building blocks that provide energy to the body’s cells, it results in progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. His parents wanted to take him to the United States where a pioneering treatment is available. But in a decision that devastated them, the British courts ruled that the hospital treating him could instead withdraw his life support and simply let him die. After fighting bravely for their son over a period of several months, the parents were eventually left with no option but to allow Charlie to die in a hospice.

At the root of this case, the key question concerns who our children ultimately belong to. In other words, whose responsibility is it to decide what is best for them? Are parents merely guardians who look after their children on behalf of the state they will eventually grow up under and pay taxes to? Most parents would surely disagree that this is the right way for their children’s wellbeing to be determined.

In the healthcare systems of the future, there is no doubt that deaths from diseases can be reduced to a fraction of their current occurrence. Natural preventive approaches will ultimately become the cornerstone of modern medicine, and many diagnoses that are today seen as terminal will no longer be death sentences. As a result, children will grow up to live longer, healthier lives, and the elderly will remain active and independent through to advanced ages.

Though many people do not yet realize it, this new era in scientifically-based natural medicine is already now at hand. Groundbreaking nutritional and Cellular Medicine approaches are available and stand ready to be at the center of this transformation. Quite simply, how soon they are implemented into our healthcare systems will be directly dependent on how active we all are in sharing the facts.

Permalink 4 August 2017

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Vitamin D pills may boost quality of life for osteoarthritis patients: Study

NEWS

High-dose supplementation with vitamin D2 may improve pain scores and measures of “quality of life” in people with osteoarthritis, says a new study.

COMMENT

Vitamin D is increasingly being shown to play important roles in preventing the health problems and diseases that occur in human ageing. For example, a study of postmenopausal women has shown that vitamin D3 supplements can significantly increase muscle strength, protect against muscle loss and reduce the risk of falls. Impressively, the researchers observed these benefits in women even as late as 12 or more years after menopause. Similarly, in men, vitamin D supplements have been found to slow down or reverse the progression of prostate cancer.

To learn about the benefits of the micronutrient synergy approach in inflammation, a key health problem associated with arthritic complaints, cancer, and a wide variety of common diseases, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 4 August 2017

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Meta-analysis supports potential of omega-3s for ADHD

NEWS

Omega-3s fatty acid supplements may improve symptoms and cognitive performance in children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a meta-analysis of gold standard clinical trials.

COMMENT

A large number of scientific studies now exist that prove the importance and effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention and control of diseases. 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.

It is well known that the majority of children and adolescents do not obtain sufficient amounts of micronutrients from the food they eat. Too few fresh fruits and vegetables, along with the consumption of highly processed food, results in chronic nutrient deficiencies that increase the likelihood of children developing health problems. Therefore, providing appropriate nutrition is the obvious first step in supporting the healthy development of a child at any age.

To learn how the health benefits of micronutrient supplements have been scientifically documented in children, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 3 August 2017

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Low omega-3 levels linked to prenatal depression: Taiwan study

NEWS

Omega-3 deficiency and heightened inflammation are associated with prenatal depression (PND), with the former resulting in longer depressive episodes, according to a recent Taiwanese study.

COMMENT

Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are effective in the control of depression. So much so, in fact, they have even been found helpful in reducing symptoms of major depressive disorder. In a meta-analysis published in 2016, researchers examined 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from major depressive disorder and noted that higher doses of the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial.

Pregnancy increases the demand for specific nutrients which may not be met through diet alone. Just as in any other life situation, nutrient deficiencies during pregnancy can therefore increase the risk of health problems – both physical and mental. Therefore, proper nourishment during and after pregnancy, and also while nursing, is critical for the mother’s health.

You can learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy in parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 2 August 2017

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

NEWS

United States lawmakers in both the House and Senate collected $44,000 from drug company Mallinckrodt in the first quarter of 2017, nearly nine times what they got from it in the same period two years ago. The company also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress.

COMMENT

To achieve and maintain its control over the practice of medicine, the pharma industry has placed its lobbyists in key positions of influence in all leading drug export nations. In an illustration of the extent of this, an investigation in 2016 found that more than 130 officials employed in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) had simultaneously been paid as consultants by pharmaceutical companies.

The officials concerned, most of whom are believed to be managers or other senior administrators, were involved in assessing which drugs the NHS should give to patients. Suggesting the actual number who have been taking money from the pharma industry may even be higher than reported, the Daily Telegraph, the British newspaper that uncovered the story, described the problem as being “systemic” within the NHS.

At the global level, the reality is that pharma-related conflicts of interest such as those uncovered by the Daily Telegraph are now endemic in orthodox medicine. Ultimately, therefore, the choice facing us 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.

To learn more about the underhand tactics used by drug companies, read about The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry on our Foundation website.

Permalink 2 August 2017

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Natural Compounds in Ordinary Foods Beat Prostate Cancer

NEWS

Adding common foods to your diet can help you beat — or even avoid developing — prostate cancer, hints a study conducted at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers discovered that several natural compounds found in foods starve cancerous tumors of the nutrition they need to thrive and spread.

COMMENT

Prostate cancer is the leading cancer in men; one in every six will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. In developed countries it is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in men.

Although screening may help in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer, orthodox treatment options are very limited. Contrary to the impression often given by the media, any type of conventional prostate cancer treatment risks serious side effects and does not provide a cure. For example, surgery has only limited use. Hormonal treatment, which blocks the action of testosterone, increases the risk of impotence, hot flashes, breast growth, osteoporosis and liver complications. Radiotherapy has varying success and can induce new cancers.

Fortunately, therefore, natural approaches are opening up exciting new possibilities in the treatment of prostate cancer. Researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have studied the effects of a specific combination of micronutrients including vitamin C, green tea extract, selenium and others on the growth of prostate cancer and its ability to spread. To learn how their work has demonstrated that dietary supplementation with this micronutrient combination can decrease the growth of prostate tumors, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 1 August 2017

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