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News & Comment – February 2017

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President of Australian Medical Association claims vitamins just create ‘very expensive urine

NEWS

The President of the Australian Medical Association has absurdly claimed that vitamins just create ‘very expensive urine’.

COMMENT

Contrary to what the President of the Australian Medical Association would have us believe, there is a wealth of scientific evidence that nutritional approaches based on the use of vitamins and other micronutrients are effective in preventing disease and maintaining health. You can find easy-to-read summaries of many such scientific studies on our Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.

Another claim that is commonly made through the mass media is that vitamins aren’t safe. Here again, this claim simply isn’t true. Moreover, numerous reports on how an insufficient intake of vitamins actually contributes to many health problems, as well as the impressive health benefits that result from regular dietary micronutrient supplementation, are much less publicized by the media and often completely ignored. To learn the facts about the safety of vitamins, read this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 28 February 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Green tea compound may halt molecular cause of often-fatal condition

NEWS

A compound found in green tea could have lifesaving potential for patients with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, who face often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders, according to a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis and their German collaborators.

COMMENT

Research has shown that the green tea compound referred to in this article, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has 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. Demonstrating this, studies conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have proven that a specific micronutrient combination containing EGCG is effective in preventing cancer metastasis by inhibiting the action of collagen digesting enzymes and, in addition, the growth of new blood vessels to tumors (anti-angiogenesis).

To learn more about the exciting anti-cancer and health protective effects of this important green tea extract, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 28 February 2017

Read article at sci-news.com

Study finds that melatonin content of supplements varies widely

NEWS

A new study suggests that the melatonin content of dietary supplements often varies widely from what is listed on the label.

COMMENT

A naturally occurring hormone that helps regulate the daily cycle of sleep and wakefulness, supplements of melatonin are commonly taken by people with sleep disorders or to combat jetlag by resetting the body clock.

As this study reminds us, however, it is important to ensure the supplements you take are truly effective. This is especially the case where products contain several, or multiple, ingredients. For example, the majority of formulas containing multiple nutrients and plant extracts do not clearly state the criteria behind their selection of ingredients. In many cases, little attention is paid to their combination in varied doses; to whether such combinations actually work together; or to if some ingredients may offset the action of others within the body.

To read about scientific tests conducted on the efficacy of various brands of supplements by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, read this issue of the institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 27 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Tony Blair calls for people to 'rise up' against Brexit

NEWS

Tony Blair has said it is his "mission" to persuade Britons to "rise up" and change their minds on Brexit.

COMMENT

Tony Blair claims that Britain’s decision to leave the Brussels EU is based on “imperfect knowledge”. But as freelance journalist Matt Turner has pointed out, it is ironic that Blair talks about "imperfect knowledge" on the Brexit vote when he took Britain into the Iraq War based on false information and a PhD student's thesis.

So what should we make of Blair’s return to the political scene and insistence that Brexit can be stopped? Given his close connections to the pro-Brussels EU ruling elite, his corporate paymasters, as well as his friends in the mass media, there can be absolutely no doubt whose interests he really represents.

Having already been found guilty by a Malaysian tribunal of committing crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and genocide, Blair will be very aware that pressure is growing for him to be brought to justice. As we said back in 2003 upon lodging our Complaint at the International Criminal Court, both he, Bush and the others accused by us know they will one day be held to account for their crimes. So long as they remain at large, our Foundation stands in close solidarity with those who seek justice for the countless numbers that have suffered and died as a result of their actions.

Permalink 26 February 2017

Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Trump’s Plan for Lowering Big Pharma Drug Prices Comes At A High Cost

NEWS

On the last day in January, President Donald Trump met with chief executives from some of the wealthiest pharmaceutical companies in the United States to discuss the future of their industry. The Oval Office meeting, which was closed to the press after opening remarks, included an issue vital to most people not inside the room: the high price of pharmaceuticals.

COMMENT

In this Oval Office meeting, Trump assured the assembled group of senior drug company executives that they had “done a terrific job over the years.” In return for bringing drug production back to the U.S., he told them, his administration would reduce regulations affecting pharma companies and lower their taxes. Predictably, stock prices of most of the firms present subsequently soared.

Trump also went to great lengths to assure the drug executives he would “get rid of a tremendous number of regulations” affecting their industry. These would be cut, he said, “at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.” Promising them they would “do great” under his administration, he committed to lowering pharma taxes “big league.”

But let’s not be fooled here. While the media headlines for this story centered around Trump’s supposed goal of lowering drug prices, the fact is that pharmaceutical companies will not go along with anything that would negatively affect their profits. As components of a trillion-dollar-a-year industry, drug corporations will not tolerate a dramatic mass lowering of their prices. If threatened, they will use their army of media supporters, lobbyists, and politicians to destroy anyone undermining their economic power.

True solutions to health can’t be built on enforcing the status quo and its outdated approaches that, time and again, have already proven ineffective.  Trump’s focus should therefore shift towards addressing the primary cause of chronic diseases – micronutrient deficiencies – and to building a prevention-oriented and effective system of medicine based on Cellular Medicine approaches. Unless he does this, the pharmaceutical status quo will simply continue as before.

Permalink 24 February 2017

Read article at newsweek.com

Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

NEWS

A new global collaborative study has confirmed that vitamin D supplementation can help protect against acute respiratory infections.

COMMENT

There is no doubt that vitamin D is an important nutrient and that it plays key roles in supporting normal function of the immune system. However, for optimum protection against colds and flu, vitamin D alone isn’t enough. Moreover, while taking extra vitamin C is also a popular remedy against colds and flu, research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has documented that, when combined with lysine, proline, green tea extract, N-Acetylcysteine, and other micronutrients, vitamin C works much more effectively than it does alone. In other words, despite what you may have read elsewhere on the internet, protecting against colds and flu is about far more than simply taking vitamin C by itself.

The point here is that a whole range of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients are all required for the normal functioning of our body, and they do not work alone. All nutrients participate in complex metabolic processes and interact either by enhancing or opposing each other’s actions. Their optimal interaction and cellular balance is the very basis of health. To learn how the micronutrient synergy approach pioneered at the Dr. Rath Research Institute is the most effective way to protect your health, read this issue of the institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 24 February 2017

Read article on the Harvard Gazette website (USA)

Big pharma funding biases drug trials in favour of a sponsor's product: review

NEWS

Drug and device trial studies that are sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry are more likely to reveal statistical results and conclusions that favour a sponsor's product, a new Cochrane Library review has found.

COMMENT

The finding of this review is of course no surprise. In fact, conflicts of interest in drug studies are hardly the exception – they are practically the rule. To take an example, consider a 2015 study which claimed that many more people should be taking “intensive blood pressure-lowering” drugs to reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes. Published in The Lancet medical journal in the form of a meta-analysis of 19 trials, the paper essentially asserted that all people deemed to be at risk should be given drug medication – even if their current blood pressure level is normal and irrespective of the danger of severe side-effects. Significantly, however, in its promotion of this study, the mass media failed to draw attention to the fact that half of the researchers who carried it out had connections to multinational drug companies or pro-pharmaceutical research interests.

In particular, mention of financial payments made to the researchers by the drug industry and its stakeholders was notably absent in the media. Unreported by the world’s newspapers, the monies paid have included grants, honoraria, travel reimbursement, personal fees and salary support. Just as worryingly, nor did the media either make mention of the fact that several of the researchers have been on drug company steering committees or advisory boards.

The bottom line, of course, is that the pharmaceutical industry isn’t a health industry – it’s an investment industry that is driven by the profits it makes for its shareholders.

Permalink 23 February 2017

Read article on the Sydney Morning Herald website (Australia)

Increased levels of active vitamin D can help to optimize muscle strength

NEWS

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have shown that increasing the levels of active vitamin D can help to optimise muscle strength in humans.

COMMENT

While vitamin D can certainly assist in optimizing muscle strength, for optimum muscular function a whole range of micronutrients are needed. Minerals, for example, are heavily involved in proper muscle function. The skeletal muscles of the limbs, the smooth muscles of the blood vessels and internal organs, and the cardiac muscle fibers of the heart all depend on a continuous and optimum supply of minerals.

Short-term mineral deficiency can manifest as simple muscle cramps. However, chronic mineral deficiency may lead to debilitating muscular dystrophies and even fatal heart attacks. Most of the time, however, with judicious supplementation these are preventable ailments.

To learn more about the importance of minerals in muscular function, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 22 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

‘Substantial evidence’ that DHA has a favourable effect on liver disease treatment: Meta-analysis

NEWS

New meta-analysis from China “provides substantial evidence” that n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplementation, especially DHA, can play a positive role in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

COMMENT

Worldwide, millions of people suffer from liver diseases. The main cause of these problems can be one or more of a combination of factors such as inflammation, drug treatments, alcohol consumption, overweight, obesity, and infections.

Liver toxicity is common, especially so as a result of drug treatments. Many people use painkillers and fever-reducing medicine without ever being aware of their likelihood for causing serious, sometimes deadly, consequences when taken in excess.

Fortunately, scientific discoveries have cast new light on the role of nutrients in treating liver diseases. To learn more, visit the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health.

Permalink 20 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Merkel forced to deny Germany planning to lead a European nuclear superpower

NEWS

The German government has been forced to deny it is interested in acquiring nuclear weapons amid calls for it to lead a European “nuclear superpower”.

COMMENT

To protect the economic interests of the Oil and Drug Cartel, the Brussels EU construct is engaged in the ongoing buildup of a “European Army”. Gaining direct access to nuclear weapons forms a key part of this military goal and is seen by the Cartel as essential towards its plans for global conquest.

As we described in our 2010 book, The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU, twice previously, in World War One and World War Two, the Oil and Drug Cartel has tried and failed to conquer the world. The people of the world therefore need to understand that this time, just as before, it will stop at nothing in order to achieve global domination – including even the launch of a Third World War.

In 1945, after the Cartel’s previous attempt to conquer Europe and the world had failed, one of the most widely used excuses by its political stakeholders was that they “didn’t know”. Today, however, if we – the People of the world – can succeed in sharing the facts as widely as possible, no politician will ever be able to make this claim.

Permalink 21 February 2017

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Results from South Carolina cohort show 'dangerously deficient' vitamin D levels

NEWS

Preliminary results from a Vitamin D prenatal intervention being conducted in South Carolina reveal the average level for this vitamin in North American populations falls into the ‘severely deficient’ category.

COMMENT

Widespread evidence from around the world shows that vitamin D deficiency is a global problem. Even in Australia, a country where people enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine, deficiency of this nutrient is said to have reached crisis levels.

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

But it is not only vitamin D that the people of the world are getting an insufficient supply of, but a whole range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential micronutrients. As Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine concept explains, a chronic deficiency of these dietary components is the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases.

Permalink 20 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Nutritional upgrade: Changes to diet may address depression: Study

NEWS

Tweaks to a diet’s nutritional make-up may provide an effective strategy for depression, says a study detailing extended benefits towards the management of associated disorders.

COMMENT

As this study demonstrates, evidence continues to grow regarding the role that diet and nutrition can play in reducing the risk of, and alleviating, depression.

In another notable example, researchers have found that supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids can treat even major depression. Examining 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from the condition, they noted that higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial. 

You can read more about this important finding in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 20 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

EU urges Greeks and creditors to hammer out a deal quickly

NEWS

Greece should agree a new deal with its creditors as quickly as possible to avoid another crisis rocking the eurozone, the continent’s financial leaders have urged.

COMMENT

With the Greek economy effectively now destroyed as a result of the country’s membership of the euro currency, almost one in four people of working age in Greece are now unemployed. Hardly surprisingly this has had a devastating effect on the country, with polls suggesting that around 25% of school children in Athens, the country’s capital, are going hungry. Teachers have regularly reported pupils fainting in the classroom due to starvation.

In this desperate situation, it is highly telling that, rather than providing aid to reverse the growing humanitarian crisis in Greece, the Brussels EU is instead insisting on full repayment of the country’s mounting debts. This therefore tells us everything we need to know about whose interests the Brussels EU really represents. Contrary to its public utterances, the primary interest of this undemocratic construct is not the people of Europe. Instead, as we describe in our explosive book, The Nazi Roots of the Brussels EU, the dictatorial political structure is being run at the direct behest of profit-driven multinational corporations and their financial stakeholders.

Permalink 19 February 2017

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Vitamin D linked to cholesterol levels & cardiovascular risk

NEWS

Vitamin D deficiency may be associated with lower levels of HDL-cholesterol and higher ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, says a new study.

COMMENT

Worldwide, hundreds of millions of people have elevated blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (low-density lipoproteins), lipoprotein (a) and other risk factors. However, cholesterol and all other blood risk factors are considered only “secondary” risk factors because they can only cause damage if the blood vessel wall is already weakened by vitamin deficiencies. Thus, elevated blood levels of cholesterol and other blood risk factors are not the cause of cardiovascular disease — they are the consequence of the ongoing vascular disease.

To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website and read Chapter 3 of Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 17 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Well-being can improve quickly by eating more fruit and vegetables, study finds

NEWS

Lifting your intake of fruit and vegetables can make a difference to the way you feel in just a couple of weeks, a University of Otago study has found.

COMMENT

The brain needs to be nourished, just like all other organs of the body. It is therefore important to consider the brain’s nutritional needs as a key factor determining psychological well-being.

In scientific demonstrations of this principle, researchers have found clear evidence of a link between nutritional intake and violent behavior in prisoners. In a study carried out in the UK, individuals receiving micronutrients committed 37% fewer violent offences and 26% fewer offences overall compared to those receiving placebos. As a result of this type of research, the role food supplements can potentially play in shaping social behavior – both in prisons and in the wider community – is becoming increasingly apparent.

To learn more about the links between diet, nutrition and behavior, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 17 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Evidence points to fish oil to fight asthma

NEWS

University of Rochester Medical Center scientists have discovered new essential information about omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish oil and how they could be used for asthma patients.

COMMENT

Factors that can trigger an asthma attack include infection, inflammation, and allergic reaction to pollutants. In response to such irritants, the smooth muscle cells lining the air passages (bronchi) contract and restrict the airflow, thus resulting in difficulty in breathing.

Researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California have investigated whether a specific mixture of micronutrients can affect the response of the human bronchial smooth muscle cells to different allergic stimuli such as histamine, bacterial proteins, and inflammatory chemicals. They observed that the micronutrient mixture significantly inhibited contraction of the smooth muscle cells in all cases. The individual nutrients (including vitamin C, lysine, proline, and others) each helped relax the smooth muscle cells. However, when combined their effect was greater than that of the individual components – thus indicating the effectiveness of the micronutrient synergy approach.

To read about a pilot clinical trial that successfully used the micronutrient synergy approach in asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 16 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

South Pacific islands ban western junk food and go organic

NEWS

A group of south Pacific islands are banning foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet as a way to combat future health problems.

COMMENT

Along with their stakeholders in the mass media, lobbyists for the biotech and chemical companies that produce patented synthetic pesticides and herbicides would have you believe that the growing interest in natural forms of food production has more to do with hype than health. However, the fact is that as little as 80 years ago all crops were essentially produced “organically”. The use of synthetic chemicals in food production is a relatively modern phenomenon that is more about benefitting corporate profits than it is about human health.

Towards our global goal of a truly preventive system of healthcare based on nutritional and Cellular Medicine approaches, we congratulate these south Pacific islands for their decision to ban foreign junk food imports in favour of an all-local, organic diet. In taking this important step, they are joining the leading edge of a global movement that will ultimately create a world in which the diseases of today will essentially become unknown.

Permalink 15 February 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Common pain relievers may increase heart attack risk during respiratory infections

NEWS

Widely used pain relievers may increase the risk of a heart attack when used during a cold or flu-like illness, according to a new study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

COMMENT

Pain relievers are far from being the only drug that increases the risk of a heart attack. Another example, as shown in a study conducted last year at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, is calcium channel blockers. The reason for this is that, in addition to blocking the entry of calcium to cells, these drugs also obstruct the uptake of vitamin C.

To understand this, you need to realize that Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the production of collagen – the key stability molecule for the blood vessel walls and connective tissue in general. A deficiency of vitamin C is thus especially harmful in the artery wall cells as it can cause microscopic structural damage followed by the buildup of atherosclerotic deposits: the cause of heart attacks and strokes!

To read about our research proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy, read this press release on our Foundation website.

Permalink 14 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin E deficiency linked to embryo damage, death

NEWS

Researchers for the first time have explained how deficient levels of vitamin E can cause neurologic damage to an embryo, failure to normally develop and ultimately death – a process that in women can be one cause of miscarriage.

COMMENT

Ensuring an optimum supply of not just vitamin E but all essential micronutrients is critical for normal development of an embryo and a successful outcome in pregnancy. Folic acid, a member of the B vitamin group, is particularly crucial as deficiency of this nutrient in a pregnant woman leads to serious neural tube defects in the fetus, which may result in miscarriage. A neural tube defect can occur even before a woman is aware that she is pregnant. Any woman of childbearing age should therefore take at least 400 mg of folic acid daily, regardless of whether she is pregnant or not. Folic acid has multiple health benefits as it also helps to reduce anemia and cardiovascular birth defects, as well as prevent intra uterine growth retardation of the baby.

Among essential minerals, iron and zinc contribute to preventing anemia and improving the immune systems 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. Significantly, a woman’s requirement for these minerals increases more than 50 percent during pregnancy.

To learn more about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, read parts one and two of a special feature from the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 13 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to face trial over campaign funding

NEWS

A magistrate has ordered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial over irregularities in the funding of his failed 2012 re-election bid, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

COMMENT

A man who has long been known for his corporate connections, Sarkozy’s campaign funding has been an ongoing national scandal in France for some years now. Previously, for example, he was placed under formal investigation for allegedly taking advantage of the L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and accepting cash-stuffed brown envelopes from her to illegally fund his 2007 election campaign. While he was eventually cleared of this charge in 2013, investigations into his campaign financing and other alleged shady dealings have continued.

Sarkozy has also had close links to the drug industry, having brokered the 2004 merger between French pharmaceutical company Sanofi – whose major shareholders include L'Oreal – and Swiss/German drug giant Aventis/Hoechst. Previously, during his legal career, he worked as a lawyer for Servier, a French company, whose diabetes drug Mediator is believed to have killed up to 2000 people.

Recalling that Sarkozy once publicly referred to young immigrants living in the suburbs of Paris as ‘scum’, we suspect that few French citizens will be sorry to see his downfall.

Permalink 11 February 2017

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Prebiotics and probiotics show potential in dermatitis treatment

NEWS

Could altering the gut microbiome help prevent or treat Atopic Dermatitis (AD)? Japanese researchers seem to think so as they make a case for this approach in a recently published review.

COMMENT

Skin problems are one of many disease areas that are increasingly believed to be treatable through altering the microbiome of the gut. In recent years, scientific research has demonstrated positive effects for probiotics in cancer, infections, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.

It is also known that a dietary deficiency of micronutrients such as vitamin C, proline, lysine, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and others, can accelerate the process of skin aging. Other important micronutrients for healthy skin include green tea, carotenoids, lycopene, curcumin, and coenzyme Q-10. To ensure healthy skin, it is essential that you take an effective nutritional supplement whose individual components are chosen according to the principle of micronutrient synergy.

To learn more about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy skin, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 10 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

EU Commission in hot water as governments fail to support GM crops in Europe

NEWS

Today, EU governments opposed the European Commission's proposal to authorise the first new GM crops for cultivation since 1998, but failed to achieve the necessary majority for the proposal to be formally shelved.

COMMENT

Realizing that their citizens are increasingly opposed to eating genetically modified (GM) foods, governments across the world are gradually being forced to act in their interests. While there is not yet a majority of countries standing up in this way, there seems little likelihood that the growing global opposition to GM crops will reduce anytime soon. And with even the New England Journal of Medicine having now published a perspective arguing that the U.S. government should change its position and require the labeling of these foods, the companies who produce them will doubtless continue to be subject to growing public scrutiny.

Permalink 10 February 2017

Read press release on the Friends of the Earth Europe website

Clinical benefits: Could vitamin C lower risks after heart surgery

NEWS

The use of supplemental vitamin C after heart surgery could help to lower risks of atrial fibrillation, a common disturbance in heart rhythms, in addition to shortening overall time in hospital, finds a new meta-analysis.

COMMENT

Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Contributing to around 80 thousand deaths per year in the United States, it is predicted that by 2050 as many as 12 million Americans will be affected by this condition. Treatment of it is associated with tremendous costs for patients and healthcare systems alike.

Atrial fibrillation occurs when the cells that create or conduct the biological electricity of the heart beat are not functioning properly. This can be manifested by rapid or irregular heartbeat, palpitation, dizziness, and in severe cases shortness of breath and chest pain. This type of irregular heartbeat affects the elderly, people with diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid abnormalities, or any type of heart disease.

Based on Dr. Rath’s scientific discoveries and research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, we now know that irregular heartbeats are the result of a long-term deficiency of vitamins and other micronutrients – the key carriers of bioenergy in the metabolism of heart cells. Such deficiency especially affects the “electrical” cells of the heart, which need large amounts of energy to create the electrical impulse for a heartbeat. Optimum bioenergy generation in cells depends on micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, CoQ10, carnitine, the B vitamins, and many others.

To read about a double-blind placebo controlled multi-center clinical study which successfully treated arrhythmia with a synergistically designed micronutrient program, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

For more information on treating arrhythmia naturally, read chapter 6 of Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 9 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Physicians Underestimate Harms and Overestimate Benefits of Treatment

NEWS

A new study, published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that physicians have a poor understanding of risks and benefits of common treatments, tests, and screening procedures in every field they examined.

COMMENT

As a result of the gross overemphasis placed on pharmaceutical drug treatment in today’s medical schools, it is inevitable that doctors underestimate its harms and overestimate the supposed benefits. Illustrating this, a study published in 2015 found clear evidence that doctors underestimate the dangers of the painkiller paracetamol (acetaminophen).

For patients taking multiple drugs, as often occurs in elderly people, the dangers are significantly multiplied. Particularly notably, a study published in 2016 found that each additional pharmaceutical medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated with a 22% increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying.

Ultimately, of course, the reason why pharmaceutical drugs are essentially of no benefit in preventing or curing diseases is very simple: they don’t treat the root causes, only the symptoms.

To learn how micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases, visit the Cellular Medicine page on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute. To learn about the importance of ensuring the nutritional supplements you take are effective and beneficial, read this issue of the Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 8 February 2017

Read article at madinamerica.com

Omega-3s linked to better cognitive function in mildly impaired older people

NEWS

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve measures of cognitive function, including memory and perceptual speed, says a new study from China.

COMMENT

Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are not only able to improve cognitive function in older people, they are also effective against even serious neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Particularly notably, a study carried out by scientists at University of Oxford in the UK has found that the combination of B vitamins and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids can stop the development of Alzheimer’s. Following 168 elderly people over a period of 2 years, the researchers found that people with high levels of omega-3 who took B vitamins prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition. Consistent with the micronutrient synergy approach, the study provides further clinical evidence that the most effective supplementation can be achieved through specific combinations of nutrients acting in biological synergy.

Permalink 8 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Cancer drugs price rise costing UK National Health Service millions

NEWS

UK prices for generic cancer drugs have risen sharply in the past five years, research from the European Cancer Congress has found. Drugs such as tamoxifen and bulsufan are now 10 times more expensive despite no longer being under patent.

COMMENT

Whichever way you look at it the cost of cancer drugs is reaching dizzying heights. As the Washington Post pointed out last year, the $10,000-a-month cancer drug has now become the “new normal”. Today, because of this outrageous profiteering, the Pharma Cartel makes more money from cancer than any other health problem. But with awareness growing among patients that non-patentable natural approaches to controlling the disease now exist, the skyrocketing price of patented cancer drugs is increasingly a desperate gamble.

As drug prices rise stratospherically higher the more likely it becomes that national healthcare systems will increasingly become unable to afford them. In some countries this is already happening. In Greece, for example, where due to the European financial crisis unemployment now stands at around 23 percent, the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse. As a result, since 2010 overall spending on pharmaceutical drugs has fallen in the country by 32 percent. In such situations, for ordinary individuals and governments alike, paying $10,000 dollars a month for cancer drugs becomes completely out of the question.

Long-term, therefore, when forced to choose between rationing drug-based cancer treatments or facing the bankrupting of their healthcare systems, cash-strapped governments will increasingly have a financial incentive to consider safe, affordable, non-patentable natural approaches and examine the growing evidence that daily use of dietary supplements can reduce national healthcare costs. The sooner this happens, the better it will be for patients and national economies alike.

Permalink 7 February 2017

Read article on the BBC News website

Two-thirds of middle-aged German women have low omega-3: Increased risk of heart disease

NEWS

More than 70% of middle-aged women are at an increased risk of heart disease risk because of low omega-3 status, says a new German population study that recommends nearly all should increase intake.

COMMENT

The scientific concept behind Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach describes how deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential nutrients are the primary cause of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. In finding that over 70% of German women are at an increased risk of heart disease because of low omega-3 fatty acid status, the German population study cited in this article is clearly consistent with this.

To read how atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, heart failure, irregular heartbeat and other cardiovascular problems can be prevented and controlled naturally, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

To read how research suggests supplementing our diets with omega-3 fatty acids can provide a wide variety of impressive benefits to our health, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 7 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Vitamin D may boost IBD treatment success: Study

NEWS

Low vitamin D levels may reduce the chances of success of treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as colitis and Crohn’s, according to a new study.

COMMENT

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

The inflammatory response has the potential to impact negatively on the body as it can involve tissue damage, tissue breakdown, and invading pathogens. In inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s, the inflammation can become chronic with effects on the body that are highly detrimental.

Significantly, therefore, daily supplementation with synergistically acting micronutrients helps to optimize digestive health. To read about a scientific review which found that zinc and micronutrient combinations can help combat gastrointestinal inflammation, visit the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health. To learn how the micronutrient synergy approach can benefit inflammatory processes in general, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 6 February 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Tony Blair sweeps into Brussels and embraces his 'personal friend' Jean-Claude Juncker before PRIVATE talks on Brexit

NEWS

Tony Blair swept into Brussels today and embraced Commission President Jean Claude Juncker ahead of a private meeting between the pair.

COMMENT

Not content with being jointly responsible with George W. Bush for the deaths of up to 1.2 million people in the Iraq War, former British prime minister Tony Blair has recently announced his return to British politics and insisted that Brexit can be stopped.

Given Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent denial that Brexit signals the disintegration of the Brussels EU, it seems clear that he and Blair harbor hopes Britain can be prevented from leaving the dictatorial construct.

But whatever Blair and Juncker may say, the fact is that the demise of the Brussels EU is now inevitable. Far from being a negative development, however, this can ultimately become the catalyst for the rise of a Europe for the People, by the People. To learn why, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 5 February 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Latest statistics show heart failure on rise in US, cardiovascular diseases remain leading killer

NEWS

The number of adults living with heart failure in the United States increased from about 5.7 million (2009-2012) to about 6.5 million (2011-2014), according to the American Heart Association's 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update.

COMMENT

With one in three heart failure patients still not having returned to work one year after being hospitalized for the first time, and one in four developing the condition within four years of suffering a first heart attack, it is clear that conventional approaches are not addressing the primary cause of this disease.

As Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to heart failure has shown, the primary reason why this health problem occurs is a deficiency of vitamins and other essential micronutrients that provide bioenergy to billions of heart muscle cells. These cells are responsible for the contraction of the heart muscle and for the optimum pumping of blood into circulation. Deficiencies of vitamins and other essential micronutrients impair the pumping performance of the heart, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath, and other incapacitating symptoms.

To read about a successful pilot clinical trial in which heart failure patients were given a specific combination of micronutrients and experienced a remarkably improved cardiac pumping action and superior quality of life, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 3 February 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Drug Makers Accused of Fixing Prices on Insulin

NEWS

A lawsuit filed Monday accused three makers of insulin of conspiring to drive up the prices of their lifesaving drugs, harming patients who were being asked to pay for a growing share of their drug bills.

COMMENT

If proven, the practices described in this lawsuit would hardly be the first time that drug companies have conspired to fix prices. In November 1999, some of the world’s largest drug companies, including Hoffmann-La Roche of Switzerland, BASF of Germany, Rhone-Poulenc of France, Takeda Chemical of Japan and others, were fined 1.1 billion dollars by the U.S. Department of Justice following an international conspiracy to fix vitamin prices.

As a result of the criminal actions of these companies, hundreds of millions of people worldwide were defrauded for almost a decade and had to pay artificially high prices for vitamins and other essential nutrients. The U.S. Justice Department declared that this vitamin cartel was the largest cartel ever discovered and described it as an “economic conspiracy.” In the years that followed, these same multinational drug companies were given similarly large fines in Europe and other regions of the world. Nevertheless, while the audacity of their criminal practices made headlines around the world, the media failed to ask the decisive question: Who or what triggered the formation of this global cartel?

What actually sparked the setting up of this illegal vitamin cartel was Dr. Rath’s scientific breakthrough in relation to vitamins and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. To learn the facts about this story that the media hasn’t reported, read chapter 11 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

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

Permalink 3 February 2017

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Are you getting enough vitamin B1 to help fend off Alzheimer’s?

NEWS

Vitamin B1 can reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, but some groups, such as the elderly, aren’t getting enough.

COMMENT

This article is correct in identifying that an insufficient supply of vitamin B1 can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, in advising against taking supplements and claiming that multivitamin pills increase the risk of cancer, it fails to take account of the scientific facts.

Studies clearly show that nutrients such as resveratrol, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, B vitamins, flavonoids, vitamin E, and others are effective against Alzheimer’s disease. Many of these studies specifically investigated the use of supplements and found them to be both safe and effective.

Despite the existence of this research, the mass media frequently presents alarming articles about the supposed dangers of taking supplements. Invariably, however, such articles are either without any merit or they exaggerate and misinterpret the studies referred to. For a proper analysis of the safety of vitamins, we recommend this article by Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki.

Permalink 2 February 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Diabetes could slash years off your life, major new study in China concludes

NEWS

Middle-aged people diagnosed with the condition lost an average of nine years of life.

COMMENT

The fastest growing disease in the world today, diabetes is now a serious global health problem. A disease that is at the absolute forefront of the many public health challenges the world faces this century, the number of people suffering from it has skyrocketed in recent decades and reached a staggering 422 million worldwide in 2014.

So far as conventional medicine is concerned, however, the causes that trigger the outbreak of type 2 (adult onset) diabetes – the most common form of the disease – are essentially unknown. In this situation, with doctors unable to advise their patients on how best diabetes can be prevented and controlled, it is hardly surprising that the number of people afflicted with it continues to grow.

Fortunately, therefore, Dr. Rath’s modern Cellular Medicine approach provides a breakthrough in our scientific understanding of the causes, prevention, and adjunct treatment of this disease. As his scientific discovery has shown, its primary cause is a long-term deficiency of certain vitamins and other essential nutrients in the millions of cells in the pancreas, the liver, the blood vessel walls, as well as other organs. You can learn more about this exciting finding in the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Permalink 1 February 2017

Read article at independent.co.uk

UK scientists give cancer risk warning on overdone chips, toast

NEWS

Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said on Monday.

COMMENT

For some time now, research has been suggesting that a substance known as acrylamide, produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled at high temperatures, can increase the risk of cancer. While this possibility should obviously not be ignored, in attempting to prevent and control cancer our main efforts should continue to be concentrated upon addressing its primary cause.

As regular visitors to our website will long have been aware, the primary cause of cancer – and other chronic diseases – is a long-term deficiency of essential micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and trace elements. Ultimately, it is only by ensuring such deficiencies don’t occur that the incidence of cancer can be reduced to a fraction of its current occurrence. In this sense it can therefore be seen that, for the most part, the cancer scare stories that are regularly published by the mass media essentially serve only to distract us from this scientifically proven fact.

To learn more about preventing and controlling cancer using micronutrient-based approaches, read the groundbreaking book by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 1 February 2017

Read news report at reuters.com

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