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News & Comment – January 2017

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Financial ties between researchers and drug industry linked to positive trial results

NEWS

Financial ties between researchers and companies that make the drugs they are studying are independently associated with positive trial results, suggesting bias in the evidence base, concludes a study published by The BMJ today.

COMMENT

The outcome of this study is of course no surprise. A trillion-dollar-a-year industry, the pharmaceutical industry has a vested interest in drug trials producing positive results. Towards achieving this, as a means of influencing the outcomes of their studies, pharma companies deliberately seek to create financial ties between themselves and the research scientists who carry them out.

A good example of this came in January 2016, when a widely-promoted hypertension study 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 the 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 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.

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

Permalink 31 January 2016

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Wider Racial Gap Found in Cervical Cancer Deaths

NEWS

The death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is considerably higher than previously estimated and the disparity in death rates between black women and white women is significantly wider, according to a study published Monday in the journal Cancer.

COMMENT

Cervical cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the fourth most common cause of death in women. Most women diagnosed with this disease are between 30 to 60 years old. While the routine Pap test has reduced cervical cancer deaths in developed countries, cervical cancer remains a major cause of death for women in developing countries. According to 2012 data, approximately 528,000 new cases were diagnosed worldwide.

Significantly, therefore, research carried out by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has documented that micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and others can effectively block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. Based on the revolutionary micronutrient synergy approach, there is now clear evidence of the impressive benefits of micronutrients in cervical cancer.

To learn more about controlling cervical and other forms of cancer naturally using micronutrients, read the groundbreaking book by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 31 January 2017

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Researchers play down dangers of statins and claim wider prescription needed

NEWS

In a recent commentary published in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers from the United States discuss the link between statins and diabetes. Playing down this link, which they describe as “unproven”, they claim a more widespread prescription of statins is needed.

COMMENT

Only a few years ago, everything in the ‘cholesterol garden’ seemed rosy for the Pharma Cartel. By 2011, global sales of statins and other lipid-regulating drugs had reached a dizzying new high of 39.1 billion dollars a year. At that time, with statins functioning as the pharma industry’s “goldmine”, Pfizer’s Lipitor was the world’s top-selling drug with annual sales of over 12 billion dollars. But in the years that followed, things quickly began to change.

Lawsuits were filed against Pfizer after it was found that Lipitor may increase the risk of developing diabetes, severe muscle pain, and other serious health problems. AstraZeneca, the manufacturers of Crestor, another statin, also had lawsuits filed against it by patients who had suffered side effects. From the global highpoint in 2011, sales of statins and other lipid-regulators subsequently fell every single year. By 2015 they had plummeted to 26.5 billion dollars, a fall of over 32%. With drug patents expiring and a growing worldwide awareness of the dangers of statins, this downward trend seems set to continue.

Moreover, the fact is that cholesterol isn’t even the cause of cardiovascular disease, it is simply a secondary risk factor. As proven in a study published by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in 2015, cardiovascular disease is essentially an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Building on a discovery made by Dr. Rath in the early 1990s, the publication of this study – and the possibility that the disease can now be successfully prevented and controlled – dealt a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

To learn how high cholesterol and other secondary risk factors for cardiovascular disease can be controlled naturally, without drugs, read chapter 3 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 30 January 2016

Read article at sciencedaily.com

Food As Medicine: It's Not Just A Fringe Idea Anymore

NEWS

Several times a month, you can find a doctor in the aisles of Ralph's market in Huntington Beach, Calif., wearing a white coat and helping people learn about food.

COMMENT

As Dr. Rath points out in the Barletta Declaration, the artificial division between our food and our health is an important reason for the widespread health illiteracy that exists among the people of the world today. This health illiteracy is no coincidence, of course, but is actually a precondition for the pharmaceutical investment industry’s business with disease.

This disregard for the essential role of micronutrients in human health is also the main reason why all declarations by the World Health Organization – and other United Nations bodies proclaiming the global need for preventive healthcare – have failed. Without any viable scientific concept, such proclamations are empty and will always inevitably fail.

Today however, the people of the world are rapidly learning about the scientific facts and compelling logic of nutritional and Cellular Medicine. In doing so they are gradually liberating themselves from the burden of today’s most common diseases and participating in the construction of a truly prevention-oriented healthcare system.

Permalink 27 January 2017

Read article at npr.org (USA)

Artificial intelligence predicts heart failure deaths

NEWS

Scientists have developed artificial intelligence software that is capable of predicting when patients with a heart disorder will die.

COMMENT

Predicting which patients will die from heart failure is one thing, but treating it successfully is entirely another. Revealingly therefore, recent studies provide damning evidence of orthodox medicine’s continued inability to cure this debilitating health problem. 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, orthodox approaches are clearly not addressing the primary cause of this disease.

As Dr. Rath has shown, the primary reason why heart failure 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 learn more about the benefits of micronutrients in heart failure, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter. Further information on heart failure can be found in chapter 5 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 27 January 2016

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Quebec journalist quits chemo, sparking storm of controversy

NEWS

Quebec journalist and cancer sufferer Josée Blanchette has decided to quit chemotherapy, and sharply questions its value in the treatment of many kinds of cancer.

COMMENT

With more and more people starting to speak out about the dangers of chemotherapy and its ineffectiveness in curing cancer, public trust in the toxic treatment is collapsing. In this situation, when a well-known figure such as Josée Blanchette announces she has decided to stop undergoing it, the mass media will always ensure a storm of controversy follows. Far from being intended to benefit patients, such media activity is conducted solely in the interests of the trillion-dollar-a-year Pharma Cartel.

Tellingly, therefore, a recent study carried out in the UK showed that, in some hospitals, within 30 days of starting treatment, chemotherapy is killing up to 50 per cent of patients who receive it. No less damningly, research has also proven that chemotherapy does not extend life for cancer sufferers diagnosed as terminal.

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, chemotherapy is not – and never will be – a cure for cancer. Instead, and as growing numbers of patients around the world now testify, victory over cancer is possible using safe, effective, natural approaches.

Research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has already shown how cancers of the pancreas, breast, bone, prostate, colon, lung and others can be controlled using the micronutrient synergy approach. Through the proper selection and correct combining of micronutrients, there is now no doubt that cancer can be a controllable disease. The sooner more of us are active in telling as many people as possible about this, the sooner that painful treatment and deaths from chemotherapy and cancer can become a thing of the past.

Permalink 26 January 2016

Read article on the CBC Radio website (Canada)

Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E

NEWS

New research has shown that people with metabolic syndrome need significantly more vitamin E - which could be a serious public health concern, in light of the millions of people who have this condition that's often related to obesity.

COMMENT

The development of type II diabetes is often preceded by a variety of symptoms that are collectively known as metabolic syndrome. These can range from obesity, impaired glucose metabolism and high blood pressure, to high cholesterol. All processed food, cereals, soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup and even hot dogs are sweetened with lots of table sugar, fructose, or high fructose corn syrup. Diets that are high in these can lead to the development of metabolic syndrome. But while a good diet is obviously critical for avoiding this outcome, appropriate supplementation with micronutrients is equally essential and can reduce the chances of metabolic syndrome occurring.

Previous issues of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter have described how a specific combination of micronutrients can support and help maintain blood sugar metabolism. Through following the approach advocated by Dr. Rath and our researchers, serious diabetic complications such as atherosclerosis, stroke, kidney failure, neuropathy, impaired wound healing, cataracts, and long-term disability can be safely and effectively prevented.

To stay up-to-date on the very latest research news and scientific findings from the Dr. Rath Research Institute, subscribe to receive its health information newsletter.

Permalink 25 January 2017

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Top producer in talks to make «Blair, the movie»

NEWS

Tony Blair has held talks with an Oscar-winning producer over a deal to make a feature-length documentary about his life.

COMMENT

On 14 June, 2003, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation submitted a formal Complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. A 36-page document, the Complaint detailed genocide and other crimes against humanity committed in connection with the pharmaceutical business with disease and the Iraq War.

As we stated at the time, the charges brought before the ICC concern crimes that are among the worst committed in human history. Despite their shocking gravity, however, Tony Blair, one the chief perpetrators named in the Complaint, has thus far managed to evade justice. But while he retains formidable political influence, the campaign to send Blair to The Hague is growing and far from over.

In particular, a recently released feature-length documentary, The Killing$ of Tony Blair, promises to increase the pressure on him. Co-written and presented by British politician and broadcaster George Galloway, the film examines Blair’s prime-ministerial career and describes how his business activities since leaving office have included consulting for governments with highly questionable human rights records. Showing how, in return for this, Blair has been lavishly rewarded and achieved staggering personal wealth, Galloway suggests that his decisions while in office were influenced by knowing how he would earn a living once he stood down as prime minister.

Revealing the shocking reality about Blair’s deadly decision to join George Bush in the invasion of Iraq, and identifying that their joint actions constituted one of the worst crimes of the century, Galloway’s film essentially echoes the same conclusions that we ourselves reached in our 2003 ICC Complaint. Seen in this light, Blair’s plans for an Oscar-winning producer to make a feature-length documentary about his life are clearly intended to whitewash the facts.

Permalink 24 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Alarming levels of hypertension found in the general public

NEWS

A new study finds that 50 percent of the Canadian public is unaware that they suffer from high blood pressure, with most of them unaware of their condition or unwilling to address and manage their high blood pressure.

COMMENT

One in every three adults – approximately 67 million people in the United States – already has high blood pressure, with many more having pre-hypertension. Hypertension, the medical term for high blood pressure, is diagnosed when blood pressure readings are consistently higher than 140/90. Worldwide, there are over 1 billion people living with uncontrolled hypertension and the number is expected to increase 60% by the year 2025.

Fortunately therefore, Dr. Rath’s breakthrough understanding of the root cause of high blood pressure opens up a new possibility for controlling it. The main cause of this life-threatening condition is a chronic deficiency of essential micronutrients in the millions of smooth muscle cells lining the blood vessel walls. Nutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, arginine, magnesium and others are critical for maintaining the strength and elasticity of the blood vessels – and thereby for maintaining normal blood pressure. You can learn more about this groundbreaking discovery in chapter 4 of Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 24 January 2017

Read article at sciencedaily.com

Antidepressant use increases hip fracture risk among elderly

NEWS

Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even four years later.

COMMENT

As we have stated many times before on these pages, there is no such thing as a safe drug. Fortunately, therefore, for patients suffering from conditions such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and bone fractures, natural alternatives now exist that are not only effective – they are far safer than pharmaceutical drugs.

Real health has nothing to do with the promotion of drugs, it’s about giving people access to micronutrient-rich food that is free from dangerous synthetic chemicals, artificial hormones, antibiotics, and untested genetic technologies. It’s also about providing clean water and ensuring a pollution-free environment, of course.

This is why we say that fixing the current broken global healthcare system requires providing natural health education. In other words, we have to share the new scientific understanding that micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of chronic diseases and that, through ensuring an optimum supply to our bodies of these health-giving substances, malfunctions of the body can safely and effectively be prevented. Such an approach, in which health is truly respected as the fundamental human right that it is, will bring significant improvements to the health and lives of everyone, young and old alike, and ultimately save millions of lives. The sooner therefore these principles can be understood and put into practice by our politicians, the better it will be for everybody.

Permalink 23 January 2016

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Stanford researchers explore legacy of Tuskegee syphilis study today

NEWS

Researchers have found that the disclosure of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in 1972 is correlated with increases in medical mistrust and mortality among African-American men.

COMMENT

For anyone assuming that criminal experiments conducted by or on behalf of pharmaceutical, chemical, or other interests ceased after those carried out by Nazi doctors and the German IG Farben Cartel during WWII, the evidence clearly shows this is not the case. In fact, during the past century, forced medical treatment and military experiments with toxic chemicals have been far more commonplace than most people realize.

While it would be preferable if we could conclude that such experiments are now a thing of the past, unfortunately we are still some way from being able to say this. With state-sponsored child abuse continuing to force chemotherapy on innocent children suffering from cancer; pharma industry experiments resulting in brain damage and death; and poor people in developing countries being ‘duped’ into taking part in drug trials without realizing it; there remains much to be concerned about. But so long as there are enough of us who are committed to sharing the facts about these things as widely as possible, a better world will surely eventually emerge.

Permalink 22 January 2017

Read article on the Stanford University website (USA)

Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half'

NEWS

The world's eight richest individuals have as much wealth as the 3.6bn people who make up the poorest half of the world, according to Oxfam.

COMMENT

Currently, there are around 200 million people in the world who don’t have a job. Moreover, even amongst those that do have a job, at least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. To the billionaire stakeholders who control the current global financial system, unemployment and low wages are simply seen as necessary tools for maintaining profits.

But it doesn’t have to be like this as there are alternative approaches to economics and employment that would make a better, fairer world for everybody. The goal of these new approaches is to put an end to unemployment and ensure that everyone has the right to live a purposeful, dignified, and productive life.

To learn more about this important issue, visit the Work for All section of the Movement of Life website.

Permalink 21 January 2016

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Call for aged care to ‘deprescribe’ residents’ unnecessary medications

NEWS

A Monash University and Resthaven research collaboration has found that aged care residents with multiple medications or complex drug regimens are more likely to be hospitalised than those without.

COMMENT

Older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death. Providing shocking evidence of the dangers of “polypharmacy”, research clearly shows that each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen is associated with a 22% higher risk of transitioning from a state of robust health to death. Inevitably, of course, the increasing health problems that result from multi-drug regimens are highly profitable to the pharma industry.

It would be bad enough if this situation had arisen by accident. However, the deliberate causing of health problems with drugs is one of the key strategies used by pharmaceutical companies to expand their markets. Far from being the ‘Mother Teresa’ industry that they try to portray themselves as, the modus operandi of drug makers is built on a deeply cynical combination of fraud and lies.

Permalink 20 January 2016

Read article on the Australian Ageing Agenda website

Failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set child back a year in school, study suggests

NEWS

Failing to take multivitamins during pregnancy could set a child back by a year by the time they reach secondary school, a new study suggests.

COMMENT

Ensuring proper nutrition during pregnancy is vital for the developing fetus. Inadequate nourishment affects organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby. Moreover, how the organs develop during pregnancy can determine how their growth continues after the baby’s birth.

Research clearly shows that pregnancy increases the demand for specific nutrients which may not necessarily be met through diet alone. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins, among others, are essential for a healthy baby and for preventing complications during pregnancy. However, all supplementary micronutrients taken by expectant mothers should be synergistically combined. This is important to ensure, as not all nutritional supplements on the market are actually effective.

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 19 January 2017

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Big data shows how risk of heart disease impacts aging process

NEWS

Researchers have identified 26 different predictive biomarker signatures to help determine how well a person is aging. A new study conducted by researchers at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine examined how levels of specific biomarkers can be combined to produce patterns to signify how well a person is aging and their risk for future aging-related diseases, including dementia and cardiovascular disease.

COMMENT

As Mirja Holtrop noted in a recent article, ageing is a natural process and part of the human condition. Accelerated ageing, however, is essentially a man-made disease and something that we have far more control over than many people realize.

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 proper care of it.

Through taking advantage of recent scientific findings in nutritional and Cellular Medicine, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other chronic health problems can be prevented and even reversed. To keep up-to-date on the latest cutting-edge developments in these areas, follow our Facebook page and subscribe to receive our weekly newsletters.

Permalink 18 January 2017

Read article at cardiovascularbusiness.com

Indigestion pills could triple stomach bug risk

NEWS

A study has found that people who take proton pump inhibitors, a type of indigestion pill, are nearly four times as likely to be struck down by the food poisoning bug campylobacter.

COMMENT

A naïve person might imagine (or hope?) that pharmaceutical companies would surely be concerned about the side effects of the drugs they produce. However, the reality is the opposite of this in that one of the drug industry’s key strategies is to expand its markets through causing and creating diseases.

This deceptive strategy is based on the fact that pharmaceutical drugs don’t treat the root cause of diseases, they only treat the symptoms. Not only does this therefore result in the patient’s health problem simply being masked rather than properly treated, the problem is compounded by the fact that all drugs inevitably cause side effects. To make matters worse, the emergence of side effects often results in the patient then being prescribed still further drugs as a means of controlling them. And so it goes on. The inescapable consequence is a vicious circle where as more drugs are taken, ever more are required to control their side effects – and the higher are the profits made by the pharma industry.

The sooner the pharmaceutical “business with disease” can therefore be replaced with a proper preventative healthcare system, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, the better it will be both for patients and national healthcare costs alike.

Permalink 18 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

New study finds EPA and DHA omega-3s lower risk of coronary heart disease

NEWS

EPA and DHA omega-3s reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), according to results of a new, comprehensive meta-analysis published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

COMMENT

Throughout our lives, omega-3 fatty acids play vital roles in maintaining our health. Required for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, eyes and other organs, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are particularly crucial as the human body can only manufacture them in limited amounts.

With research published by Harvard University in 2009 suggesting that omega-3 deficiency causes up to 96,000 deaths per year in the United States – thus making it the sixth biggest killer of Americans – ensuring you have an optimum supply of these essential fatty acids and incorporating them into a carefully balanced supplement regime may be one of the best things you can do towards enhancing and protecting your health.

Permalink 17 January 2017

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Heartburn drugs for pregnant mothers linked to baby asthma

NEWS

Mothers who take heartburn medication during pregnancy may be putting their babies at a greater risk of developing asthma, new research has found.

COMMENT

Heartburn medications taken during pregnancy are far from being the only drugs that are linked to raising the risk of babies developing asthma. In another example, a study published in 2016 found evidence that mothers-to-be who take paracetamol increase the risk of their offspring developing asthma in childhood.

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

Permalink 17 January 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Meta-analysis: Vitamin D may improve type 2 diabetes lipid profile

NEWS

Researchers from Iran’s Shahrekord University analyzed the results of 17 studies that compared an intervention group supplemented with vitamin D with a placebo-taking control group, and found that vitamin D improved serum levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins.

COMMENT

Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the world today. Over the last two decades, the number of people suffering from it has skyrocketed. In 2014 the total reached a staggering 422 million worldwide.

Type 2 diabetes has traditionally been seen by many physicians as a disease affecting older and overweight people. However, it is now becoming more frequently diagnosed in children and adults younger than 25 years of age, and in individuals who are not overweight. Characterized by an inability of the cells to respond to insulin and absorb glucose, thus resulting in abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood, conventional medicine considers the causes of this disease to be unknown.

As Dr. Rath has shown, however, the primary cause of type 2 diabetes is a long-term deficiency of certain vitamins and other essential nutrients in the millions of cells in the pancreas, the liver, the blood vessel walls, and other organs of the body. An optimum intake of these nutrients can therefore help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, as well as support the correction of existing diabetic conditions and their complications.

To understand how micronutrients support blood sugar metabolism, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter. To learn how diabetes can be eradicated naturally, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Permalink 16 January 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel says break-up of EU no longer 'unthinkable'

NEWS

Germany's insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine.

COMMENT

In making this statement, German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel joins a long list of senior politicians and bureaucrats who recognize that we are essentially now witnessing the beginning of the end for the dictatorial Brussels EU construct. In another recent example, in 2016 the Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz openly stated that Europe is heading towards a "cataclysmic event" that could lead not only to the collapse of the euro currency but also the end of the Brussels EU itself. A former Chief Economist at the World Bank, Stiglitz believes that one more political event similar to the United Kingdom's recent Brexit vote is now all it would take to trigger these outcomes.

To learn how the demise of the Brussels EU will be the first step towards creating a better Europe, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 15 January 2016

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of chronic headache

NEWS

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland.

COMMENT

Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach is based on the principle that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic health problems is a long-term deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other specific nutrients. Clearly, therefore, the finding that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of chronic headaches is very much in line with this understanding.

In contrast, orthodox medicine doesn’t target the root causes of health problems such as headaches. Instead, it focuses merely on treating the symptoms. The use of painkillers is a classic example of this. While they obviously have a place in acute medical situations, the fact is that painkillers are being vigorously and misleadingly promoted to patients as long-term solutions.

Chronic use of painkilling drugs such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) has been shown to raise the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and early death. Notably, therefore, in 2015, total global sales of painkillers amounted to over $56 billion. How many of the headaches that were treated with painkillers that year were actually caused by a vitamin D deficiency, we wonder?

Permalink 14 January 2017

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Modest increase in zinc intake may reduce 'wear and tear' on DNA

NEWS

A modest 4 milligrams of extra zinc every day in the diet may reduce DNA strand breaks and improve levels of proteins involved in DNA repair, oxidative stress, and inflammation.

COMMENT

An essential trace element used by numerous enzyme systems in the body, a zinc deficiency can lead to growth disorders, skin diseases, and an increased susceptibility to infections. Notably, therefore, independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and other countries have clearly shown that the levels of zinc and other micronutrients contained in our food have fallen substantially over the past few decades. Based on this scientific evidence, increasing our nutrient intake through a carefully chosen program of supplementation makes sense for people of all ages.

However, selecting the most effective forms of supplementation is not an easy task. This is especially the case considering that most of the nutritional supplements you find on health store shelves are either individual compounds or randomly combined ingredients that are selected according to marketing trends. Significantly, therefore, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have introduced a new principle in modern nutrition. Based on the proper selection and correct combining of micronutrients, they call it the ‘micronutrient synergy’ approach. You can learn about it in this issue of the institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 13 January 2017

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New study says Brussels EU should increase investment in organic agriculture

NEWS

A major new study commissioned by the European Parliamentary Research Service says the Brussels EU should increase investment in organic agriculture and use it as a field ‘laboratory’ for the development of sustainable and healthy food production.

COMMENT

Notably, this study was commissioned by the European Parliamentary Research Service, the in-house research department and “think tank” of the Brussels EU Parliament. However, as interesting as the study is, it remains to be seen whether the dictatorial construct will pay any attention to it. After all, the track record of the Brussels EU regarding natural health approaches is hardly a good one. With it already being infamous for passing and enforcing restrictive regulations such as the so-called Food Supplements Directive, natural health advocates will understandably be skeptical as to whether the report’s recommendations will be acted on anytime soon.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that research is increasingly confirming the health benefits of organic food. In one particularly notable study published in 2015, scientists showed that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the levels of pesticides in children's bodies. Examining 40 children between 3 and 6 years of age, the researchers found that an organic diet quickly lowered their levels of several pesticides by between one-quarter and one-half.

As Dr. Rath describes in the Barletta Declaration, in order to create a truly effective, preventive health care system we have to tear down the artificial barriers that exist between nutrition and health, as well as between medicine and agriculture. In this respect, the growing awareness regarding the higher micronutrient content of organic foods, and the crucial role organic farming can play in benefitting both our health and that of the environment, will go a long way towards making this happen.

Permalink 13 January 2017

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CoQ10 supplementation shows benefits for liver cancer patients post-surgery

NEWS

A 300mg daily coenzyme Q10 supplement significantly increased antioxidant capacity and reduced oxidative stress and inflammation levels post-surgery for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) – the most common type of liver cancer.

COMMENT

This study, which utilizes Coenzyme Q-10, an important catalyst for the energy center of each cell, is simply one of many that demonstrate the safety and efficacy of natural approaches in the fight against cancer. As our independent online library of nutrition and natural health clearly illustrates, countless studies now prove that micronutrients are effective against cancers of the brain, breast, colon, esophagus, kidney and bladder, lung, pancreas, skin, stomach, and other organs.

In this respect, the work of Dr. Rath, Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki and scientists at the Dr. Rath Resesarch Institute is playing a leading role by pioneering a new direction in cancer research. Their approach shifts the primary focus from eliminating cancer cells to addressing a pathomechanism that is common to all cancers, namely, the degradation of the surrounding connective tissue. This mechanism – which can be controlled using micronutrients – is a precondition for cancer metastasis (the main cause of death from cancer); tumor growth; angiogenesis; and other key aspects of malignancy.

To learn more about the work of Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki in the area of cancer, read their groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer. Through empowering patients to take their own decisions about what is best for their health, the revolutionary Cellular Medicine information contained in this book is paving the way towards turning cancer into a manageable disease.

Permalink 12 January 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Vitamin C & E supplements may protect against age-related brain declines: Study

NEWS

Supplements of vitamin C and E may reduce the risk of cognitive decline, according to data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging.

COMMENT

Studies show that vitamins and other micronutrients are effective in protecting not only against age-related brain decline, but even against serious cognitive decline such as that which occurs in Alzheimer’s disease. Because naturally occurring micronutrients cannot be patented, however, this knowledge has been hidden – and is even being obstructed – in the interests of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical "business with disease".

Over the past decades, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry has permeated medical schools, the media, and politicians worldwide. But as awareness of the safety and effectiveness of micronutrients continues to grow, doctors, journalists, and politicians alike will eventually be forced to confront the reality that they have been misled. Like everybody else, they will learn that for cognitive decline, just as for many other health problems, natural preventive approaches now exist that are both safe and effective.

The bottom line is that slowly but surely, a new global healthcare system is becoming possible. If enough of us work hard enough towards this, it’s just a matter of time.

Permalink 11 January 2017

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British health officials claim “dangerous fake health news” has “conquered Facebook

NEWS

British health officials are claiming that the widespread circulation of so-called “fake health news” on social networks is misleading and potentially dangerous.

COMMENT

As the outcome of the recent U.S. presidential election reverberates around the world, the mass media is conducting a witch-hunt against so-called ‘fake news’ websites whose influence it claims affected the result. In manipulations reminiscent of the ‘Ministry of Truth’ in George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, lists are being published of sites supposedly publishing fake stories; videos are lecturing us on how we can apparently spot them; and demands are being made for search engines and social media platforms to diminish their reach. Seemingly, after decades of producing dumbed-down fake news itself, the media is worried that its viewers and readers are beginning to turn away and think for themselves.

If you stop to think about it however, nowhere does the issue of truthful reporting have a greater impact on our lives and wellbeing than it does in the field of medicine. But when it comes to who we can really trust regarding information about health, for some years now the orthodox media has arguably been the least reliable source around.

In the area of cancer, despite over 8 million deaths occurring each year from this disease, the media continues to portray chemotherapy and radiotherapy as proven effective treatments. But what it isn’t telling you is that safe, non-toxic natural health approaches now exist that have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. Clearly, therefore, the more people become aware of these groundbreaking approaches, the more they will continue to turn away from the pro-pharma orthodox media and look towards alternative means of accessing science-based health information.

Permalink 10 January 2017

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The Threat of New Strains of Tuberculosis

NEWS

Of all the diseases that decimated emerging cities, tuberculosis was the worst. If an epidemic breaks out TB could make our progressive, innovation-driven society unsustainable.

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 due to the fact that TB bacteria have developed resistance to almost all available treatment options. As such, new approaches to TB are desperately needed.

It is well known that malnutrition and deficiency of essential nutrients are major risk factors for tuberculosis and other bacterial or viral infections. Nevertheless, while antioxidants are proven to decrease infection rates and improve recovery, they are still not part of the standard TB treatment.

Notably, therefore, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a clinical trial in 120 hospitalized patients with active pulmonary TB and investigated how a combination of specific micronutrients, taken along with 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 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 issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 9 January 2017

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Britain should be 'confident' about Brexit and quit Single Market, former Bank of England governor says

NEWS

Britain should be "self-confident" about Brexit and Theresa May must "stop pretending" that the UK will still be a member of the Single Market, the former governor of the Bank of England has said.

COMMENT

The Brexit referendum result was a major shock to the Brussels EU. Not surprisingly, therefore, its political stakeholders are unable to accept that the British people have chosen to leave the dictatorial construct. In this situation they are seeking to either prevent them from doing so, or limit Britain’s departure to a so-called “soft” Brexit in which the country would remain a member of the ‘Single Market’ and not regain full economic control of over its affairs. Towards this goal, sections of the UK media are publishing regular propaganda that attempts to undermine the confidence of the British people and the belief that they can successfully determine their own economic future for themselves.

Fully aware of all this, former Bank of England governor Lord Mervyn King has previously publicly stated that the financial crisis afflicting Europe since 2009 is essentially the result of a “deliberate” act of policy. Highly critical of the destructive economic strategies of the Brussels EU, he predicts that, in order to free its weakest member countries from the strangulating combination of austerity measures and high unemployment they are suffering from, the euro currency zone will have to be dismantled. To learn more about Lord Mervyn King’s little-reported statements on these key issues, read this article.

Permalink 8 January 2016

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Experts say using painkillers all the time is pointless and dangerous

NEWS

A recent study says women who take paracetamol or ibuprofen twice a week for more than six years could be permanently damaging their hearing.

COMMENT

With even doctors underestimating the dangers of painkillers, it is hardly surprising that so many patients take them on a daily basis. As a result, in the case of paracetamol (acetaminophen), they unknowingly raise their risk of suffering heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an early death.

The toxicity of paracetamol comes not from the drug itself but from one of its metabolites produced in the liver. This metabolic product combines with glutathione and other powerful antioxidants and depletes the body’s antioxidant pool. Such depletion exposes the body to free radical damage, thus increasing the risk of many other adverse effects associated with the drug. N-Acetyl Cysteine, a glutathione precursor, is the most common antidote given in cases of acetaminophen poisoning.

To learn how a specific combination of micronutrients including vitamin C, lysine, proline, N-acetyl-cysteine and others may reduce liver damage caused by over-the-counter painkillers, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 7 January 2016

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North Korea issues guidelines to prevent spread of bird flu

NEWS

The North Korean government is increasingly concerned over the growing avian influenza (also known as bird flu) epidemic in East Asia, state-run media indicated.

COMMENT

People infected with the bird flu virus can suffer a wide variety of symptoms that range from mild to severe. These include eye irritation (conjunctivitis), fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Severe respiratory problems can also occur, including serious pneumonia and neurologic changes.

Significantly, therefore, and as Dr. Rath pointed out in his March 2006 Open Letter published in the New York Times, should a global bird flu pandemic strike, currently promoted pharmaceutical options do not provide any effective answer. Moreover, given the high cost of some of these drugs, they are unaffordable to a great many countries.

In this situation, the most promising approach to tackling bird flu involves the use of micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and plant polyphenols. To read about scientific research conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute that has successfully used such a combination of micronutrients against bird flu, read this issue of the institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 6 January 2017

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Taking Fish Oil During Pregnancy Is Found to Lower Child’s Asthma Risk

NEWS

Women who took fish oil during the last three months of pregnancy significantly lowered the risk that their children would develop asthma, a study in Denmark has found.

COMMENT

A condition marked by severe and recurrent bouts of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases. Affecting 235 million people worldwide, the related deaths reach 180,000 per year.

There are multiple factors that can trigger an asthma attack; these 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 have conducted a clinical pilot study in asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old. The patients took a specific combination of micronutrients for a period of three months, during which time they were intermittently subjected to lung function tests. At the end of the three months all of the patients experienced increased lung capacity, with many of them recording almost double the lung capacity compared to their values before starting the trial. These results show that through simple micronutrient supplementation, millions of asthma sufferers can improve their symptoms without any risk to their health or the high costs of pharmaceutical drugs.

You can learn more about the Cellular Medicine approach to asthma in this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 5 January 2017

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The Angelina Jolie effect: 'Alarmingly high' rates of cancer patients are needlessly having both of their breasts removed, experts say

NEWS

The number of breast cancer patients needlessly having both breasts removed because of Angelina Jolie is 'alarmingly high', scientists claim.

COMMENT

In recent years, following the example of US actress Angelina Jolie, so-called “preventive mastectomies” have been growing in popularity. Even when there is proven to be no cancer present in their breasts, women are being persuaded to undergo surgical removal in the hope of reducing the risk of the disease either developing or reoccurring in future.

As this Daily Mail newspaper article points out, however, the surgical removal of a breast unaffected by cancer has no effect on patient survival. This is hardly surprising, of course, as mastectomy does not address the chronic deficiencies of micronutrients that are the primary cause of cancer.

To learn about the scientific breakthrough revealing that specific micronutrients can inhibit the development, invasion and spread of cancer cells, visit the Victory Over Cancer website.

Permalink 4 January 2017

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Heart disease that struck Carrie Fisher remains women's number one killer

NEWS

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 after reportedly suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

COMMENT

While publicly mourning the untimely death of actress Carrie Fisher, the mass media has paid no attention to the fact that we already understand the underlying cause of heart disease. Based on Dr. Rath’s scientific discovery and research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, we now know that heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular problems are caused by a chronic deficiency of micronutrients.

The reason the media isn’t telling us the truth about heart disease is quite simple: doing so would destroy the cholesterol theory of heart disease and thus bring an end to the pharmaceutical industry’s multibillion dollar annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

To learn the facts about the natural prevention and control of heart disease, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 3 January 2017

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