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News & Comment – December 2017

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Dangers of commonly prescribed painkillers highlighted in study

NEWS

Commonly prescribed painkillers need to be given for shorter periods of time to reduce the risk of obesity and sleep deprivation, a new study has revealed.

COMMENT

Obesity and sleep deprivation are far from being the only dangers posed by painkillers.

For example, a study published earlier this year showed that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory painkilling drugs such as ibuprofen for just ONE WEEK increases the risk of suffering a heart attack!

Similarly, another recent study found that the risk of major bleeding and death from aspirin is even higher than doctors originally thought it was.

In the case of the widely-used painkilling drug paracetamol (acetaminophen), long term use of this was shown in a 2015 study to raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and early death. Faced with these results, the study researchers concluded that this drug’s risks are greater than doctors currently perceive them to be.

And as if all this weren’t bad enough, painkillers have even been associated with a significantly increased risk of committing homicide!

Permalink 19 December 2017

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Birth Control Pills STILL Linked to Breast Cancer, Study Finds

NEWS

Women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk than those using methods without hormones, scientists in Denmark reported.

COMMENT

Research shows that hormonal birth control pills raise a woman’s risk not just of cancer, but also other health problems. For example, studies have clearly demonstrated that women taking these pills have a significantly increased likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease. The cause of this risk is not a mystery, however. As long ago as 1972, a paper published in the scientific journal Nature described how women taking hormonal contraceptives had significantly lower vitamin C blood levels than normal. A study published in 1975 confirmed these results and concluded that the vitamin C depletion was associated with the estrogen hormone. As we now know from research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, cardiovascular disease is essentially an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease, scurvy.

Worse still, however, the fact is that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives not only decreases levels of vitamin C, but also of other essential nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium. Thus, it is not the birth control pill itself that increases the risk for cardiovascular disease and cancer; instead, it is the resulting depletion of the body’s nutrient stores.

To learn more about the health risks of hormonal contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, read chapter 9 of Dr. Rath’s amazing lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Disease…But People Do!

Permalink 18 December 2017

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

DHA and metabolites may offer vision protection

NEWS

The omega-3 fatty acid DHA and its metabolites known as docosanoids could help to pre-condition vision cells to survive when injured, suggest researchers who liken the effect to a form of vaccine or immunity.

COMMENT

Ensuring an optimum intake of omega-3 fatty acids plays an important role in enhancing and protecting our health. The omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are particularly crucial as our bodies can only manufacture them in limited amounts.

Proper eye health is not only dependent on getting enough omega-3 fatty acids, however. Nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, bioflavonoids, as well as vitamins A and C, play similarly essential roles in the proper functioning of cells in the retina and macula. Just as importantly, the blood vessels that supply blood and nourishment to the eyes are made of cells that require the amino acid arginine for contraction and relaxation, plus vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production to support blood vessel strength and integrity.

To learn more about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy eyes, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 15 December 2017

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New evidence suggests schizophrenia begins during pregnancy

NEWS

A new study has found that schizophrenia could originate as early as the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

COMMENT

A chronic mental health condition characterized by distortions in thinking, perception, emotions, language, sense of self and behavior, schizophrenia often results in patients hearing voices and experiencing delusions. World Health Organization statistics suggest that this distressing condition now affects more than 21 million people worldwide. Nevertheless, not only do orthodox drug approaches not cure schizophrenia, they can also cause uncontrollable movements such as tics, tremors, or muscle spasms; weight gain; drowsiness; dizziness; restlessness; dry mouth; constipation; and nausea.

Significantly, therefore, in a damaging blow to the pharmaceutical industry’s toxic stranglehold on the treatment of schizophrenia, a recent scientific review of worldwide studies has shown that add-on therapy with safe high-dose B vitamins can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard antipsychotic drug treatments used alone. To learn more about this important development, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 14 December 2017

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Study claims eating cheese reduces risk of heart attacks and strokes

NEWS

A new study claims that eating a small portion of cheese every day could reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

COMMENT

As tasty as a nice portion of cheese can be, it will never be the scientific solution to reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. However, it is certainly ironic that a food once maligned as a contributory cause of high cholesterol is now seen by some scientists as potentially useful in helping to prevent heart disease. Clearly, therefore, with even Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society having recently confirmed that the cholesterol theory of heart disease is now “dead”, it is time for doctors and researchers everywhere to throw off the shackles of conventional medical dogma and examine the real cause of the cardiovascular disease pandemic, and its natural solution, for themselves.

To learn about Dr. Rath’s scientifically proven approach to preventing heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular conditions, read his groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 12 December 2017

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Scientists claim cheap herb can help lower risk of high blood pressure and heart attacks

NEWS

The herb oregano could reduce blood pressure and cut heart attack risk, scientists have claimed.

COMMENT

While oregano may be helpful in lowering high blood pressure, the most effective scientifically proven natural approach to eradicating this common health problem utilizes a carefully chosen group of micronutrients. In an impressive demonstration of the efficacy of this approach, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a clinical pilot trial in patients aged between 32 and 60 years old.

At the beginning of the clinical pilot trial, all of the patients had elevated systolic and diastolic blood pressure values. Their average systolic blood pressure value was 167 mm Hg, while their average diastolic pressure was 97 mm Hg. After taking the micronutrient combination for a period of 32 weeks, the blood pressures of all the patients had improved. At the end of the trial they had an average systolic reading of 142 mm Hg and an average diastolic reading of 83 mm Hg. These values represent a reduction in systolic pressure of 15 percent, and a reduction in diastolic pressure of more than 14 percent.

To learn more about Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to controlling high blood pressure, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 12 December 2017

Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

A little stress is good for cellular health and longevity

NEWS

Molecular bioscientists have discovered that a little stress can be good for cellular health.

COMMENT

Experiencing stress for short periods of time is completely normal, and the human body is well designed to deal with it. Indeed, as this latest study suggests, a little stress may even have health benefits.

Thousands of years ago when our ancestors went out hunting wild animals, their levels of cortisol (a stress hormone that speeds up our reactions and makes us more alert) were only high for short periods of time and soon returned to normal. But in today’s high-stress world, things are very different. When cortisol levels remain too high for too long, they can be extremely harmful to our health.

The kinds of stress people deal with in their daily work and family life can cause cortisol levels to constantly skyrocket. This contributes to the development of all kinds of health problems including sleeping disorders, high blood pressure, and even cancer.

To learn more about the biological consequences of excessive stress and what you can do to counteract them, read this article by Mirja Holtrop.

Permalink 11 December 2017

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Is there a better way to treat heart failure patients than a transplant? (Yes, there is)!

NEWS

Fifty years after the first heart transplant, the operation remains very expensive with mixed outcomes.

COMMENT

It is now 50 years since Christiaan Barnard, a South African cardiac surgeon, performed the first heart transplant. While the international mass media has recently been celebrating the half-century anniversary of Barnard’s medical feat, it has been completely ignoring the fact that a safe and effective natural approach to preventing and treating heart failure now exists.

Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine approach provides a scientific breakthrough in the understanding of the causes, prevention, and adjunct treatment of this life-threatening health problem. As Dr. Rath’s research has shown, the primary cause of heart failure is a deficiency of various vitamins and other essential micronutrients that provide bioenergy to the millions of heart muscle cells. These cells are responsible for contraction of the heart muscle and for optimum pumping of the blood into circulation. Deficiencies of vitamins and other essential micronutrients impair the pumping performance of the heart, resulting in the shortness of breath, edema, and fatigue that characterize heart failure.

To learn more about the Cellular Medicine approach to eradicating heart failure, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 10 December 2017

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Residents of major Pakistan city are exposed to harmful pesticides

NEWS

Residents and workers in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, are exposed to harmful levels of pesticides, new research reveals.

COMMENT

Pakistan is by no means the only country in which citizens are being exposed to harmful levels of pesticides. In another example, shocking new data presented at a recent Royal Society of Medicine conference in London shows that the number of toxic chemicals used on UK supermarket vegetables has risen by up to 17-fold over the past 40 years.

It is bad enough that dangerous pesticides are present on our foods. Worse still however, evidence suggests that regulators are blatantly ignoring their toxic effects. Illustrating this, a recent Brussels EU report claims that food consumed in Europe contains levels of pesticides that are within so-called ‘legal limits’. Analyzing over 84,000 samples, the report misleadingly declares that more than 97 percent of those examined had chemical residues which are within the amounts permitted by Brussels EU legislation. Clearly intended as health propaganda to convince the people of Europe that the insect-killing poisons sprayed on their foods are safe for human consumption, the publication blatantly ignores the toxic amplifying effects that combinations of pesticides can have when present together.

To learn about the global work our Foundation is doing to promote natural forms of food production, visit the Free Food for All section on the Movement of Life website and check out the photo albums on the Movement of Life Gallery page.

Permalink 8 December 2017

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Nutrition may play a key role in early psychosis treatment

NEWS

Early psychosis is associated with nutritional deficiencies, new research from Australia has found, potentially presenting new avenues for improving health among the millions of people affected worldwide.

COMMENT

The finding of this research essentially reflects the central principle of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach, namely, that micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of today’s most common diseases. Having established this, Cellular Medicine therefore defines an optimum daily intake of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other micronutrients as a basic preventative measure for maintaining health, as well as the safe and effective control of many diseases.

Studies clearly show that micronutrients are effective in helping to control psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Just recently, for example, a scientific review of worldwide studies found that add-on therapy with high-dose B vitamins can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard antipsychotic drug treatments used alone. Published in Psychological Medicine, one of the world’s leading psychology journals, B-vitamin interventions utilizing higher dosages or combining several vitamins were consistently found to be effective in reducing psychiatric symptoms. Lower doses, in contrast, were ineffective. You can learn more about this fascinating study in this article published on our Foundation website.

Permalink 8 December 2017

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Low vitamin D levels at birth linked to higher autism risk

NEWS

Low vitamin D levels at birth were associated with an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) at the age of 3 years in a recent Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study.

COMMENT

Scientific research has proven the importance of an optimum micronutrient intake during pregnancy. For a variety of reasons, however, many women fail to achieve this.

In the case of vitamin D, an important contributory factor to the widespread incidence of deficiency in this essential micronutrient may be the overuse of sunscreen. Illustrating this, a recent clinical review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests that overuse of sunscreen has caused a dramatic increase in the number of people with deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.

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

Permalink 7 December 2017

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64% of vegetables sold in Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand are ‘unsafe’ due to pesticides

NEWS

The Thailand Pesticide Alert Network, a non-governmental organization, has found that over 60 percent of popular vegetables sold at shopping malls and markets in Bangkok and four other provinces are contaminated with a cocktail of pesticides.

COMMENT

This Thai finding comes hot on the heels of shocking new data regarding pesticides applied to vegetables in the UK. Presented at a recent Royal Society of Medicine conference in London, the data shows that the number of toxic chemicals used on UK supermarket vegetables has risen by up to 17-fold over the past 40 years. Based on an analysis of pesticides applied to wheat, potatoes, onions and leeks, the figures strongly contradict industry claims that the totals have supposedly halved since the 1990s. Commenting on the results, Dr. Michael Antoniou, head of the gene expression and therapy research group at King's College London, said: “All this evidence shows that you should minimize your exposure to pesticides.” Echoing the growing worldwide interest in natural approaches to food production, he added: “The ONLY way to guarantee that is by eating organically.

To learn more about the British findings, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 6 December 2017

Read article on the Bangkok Post website (Thailand)

Babies are 'almost two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer cerebral palsy if their mother took aspirin during pregnancy'

NEWS

Babies are more likely to suffer cerebral palsy if their mother took aspirin during pregnancy, a study suggests.

COMMENT

Aspirin carries dangers for anyone who takes it. Recent research suggests that the risks are especially high for elderly people. Published in The Lancet medical journal in June 2017 by scientists at Oxford University, a prospective population-based cohort study found that more than 3,000 patients die every year in the UK from long-term use of the drug. Significantly, for people over the age of 75, the risk of suffering a disabling or deadly bleed from aspirin treatment was shown to be ten times higher than for younger patients.

You can learn more about the dangers of aspirin in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 5 December 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Study finds only one in ten Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables

NEWS

A new study has found that only 12 percent of Americans meet the recommended daily intake for fruit, and only 9 percent the daily intake of vegetables.

COMMENT

As shocking as these statistics are, the health risks resulting from such a poor intake of fruit and vegetables are even worse than they seem. Studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries show that the micronutrient content of fruit and vegetables has fallen substantially over the past few decades. As a result, it is essentially now impossible to obtain optimum amounts of all the various micronutrients from food intake alone.

With even people in wealthy industrialized countries having such a poor intake of essential micronutrients, it is hardly any wonder that rates of chronic diseases are increasing. Whichever way you look at it, sensible supplementation – based on the principle of micronutrient synergy – therefore makes a whole lot of sense.

Permalink 4 December 2017

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Lutein is ready for a DRI, according to latest review of scientific literature

NEWS

Studies on the carotenoid lutein has enough scientific evidence for it to have its own established dietary reference intake (DRI), according to the latest analysis published last week in the European Journal of Nutrition.

COMMENT

Over the past 20 years, scientific studies have clearly shown that the carotenoid lutein is important for maintaining healthy eyes. Along with other micronutrients including vitamin C, vitamin A, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene and zinc, lutein plays an essential role in helping ensure the proper functioning of cells in the retina and macula of the eye.

To learn about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy eyes, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 3 December 2017

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Pharma company wants to start selling withdrawn drug that caused tens of thousands of deaths

NEWS

Tremeau Pharmaceuticals wants to bring back Vioxx, a drug withdrawn in 2004 after it caused tens of thousands of deaths.

COMMENT

The pharmaceutical industry has a long-established history of continuing to sell toxic drugs even when they are known to cause serious side effects and death. Consider the drug thalidomide, for example, which was initially marketed for pregnant women to take as a treatment for morning sickness but withdrawn in the early 1960s after it was found to cause serious birth defects. Tens of thousands of infants are believed to have been affected by this dangerous drug, a large number of whom died or were stillborn. Despite this tragedy, thalidomide continues to be sold today as a treatment for diseases including cancer and tuberculosis.

The fact that highly dangerous drugs continue to be marketed and sold provides a grim reminder that the pharmaceutical industry knowingly puts profits before people.

Permalink 1 December 2017

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New definition for high blood pressure means half of American adults now supposedly need treatment

NEWS

The American Heart Association (AMA) has redefined high blood pressure and now claims it should be treated when it reaches 130/80 mm Hg, as opposed to the previous limit of 140/90.

COMMENT

With the AMA’s new standard for high blood pressure resulting in almost half the entire adult population of the United States now supposedly needing treatment, the prime beneficiary will be the pharma industry which will make even higher profits from the sale of hypertensive drugs. In a vivid illustration of their extensive influence over the AMA, it is therefore notable that leading pharma companies are involved in a ‘strategic coalition’ with the organization and have provided millions of dollars of funding, grants, and awards.

To learn how Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach enables the natural prevention and control of high blood pressure by addressing its root cause with synergistic combinations of micronutrients, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 1 December 2017

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