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News & Comment – March 2017

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Florida girl who streamed suicide on Facebook Live was prescribed double dose of antidepressants

NEWS

A month before a South Florida foster child live-streamed her suicide on Facebook Live, a doctor doubled her dosage of an antidepressant.

COMMENT

Of all the many tragedies associated with this case, not the least is that natural alternatives are available for the treatment of depression. Moreover, unlike the drug prescribed for this child, Zoloft, which carries a critical warning that it increases the risk of suicide in children, research has shown that these alternatives are safe and effective.

To take one example, a meta-analysis published in 2016 found that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder. Examining 13 randomized placebo-controlled trials involving 1,233 participants suffering from the condition, the researchers noted that higher doses of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) were especially beneficial.

In the interests of a happier and healthier world, we owe it to ourselves, and those who are dear to us, to share the facts about the natural treatment of depression as widely as possible. Perhaps, if enough of us do this, we can bring the noble goal of a world of health, peace and social justice just a little closer.

Permalink 31 March 2016

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Children with poor vitamin B12 status early in life struggle more with tasks, recognition and interpreting feelings

NEWS

Small children with low levels of vitamin B12 had more difficulties solving cognitive tests, such as the ability to do puzzles, recognize letters and interpret other children's feelings.

COMMENT

Towards ensuring good physical health, better test scores, and emotional wellbeing, an optimum supply of micronutrients is essential for every child.

Demonstrating this, the Dr. Rath Research Institute, in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, has conducted a clinical evaluation of the health effects of supplementation in school-age children. After seven months, the children taking the micronutrients were found to be physically fitter than those in the control group. The study found that their heart rate and blood pressure decreased, while their cardiovascular system function increased by 28% and their muscle power by 16%. The children also showed improved immunity and their number of illnesses decreased by 25%. In addition, they had better test scores in several subjects. Overall, their general health, physical activity and emotional wellbeing improved significantly over the seven months of the study.

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

Permalink 30 March 2017

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Concern over high US prescribing levels of common drug linked to dementia

NEWS

A new analysis raises concern over high prescription rates in the USA of a common drug used to treat overactive bladder. The drug, oxybutynin, when taken orally, is consistently linked with cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly. The analysis shows that oxybutynin, is prescribed in more than a quarter of cases of overactive bladder (27.3%), even though other more suitable drugs are available.

COMMENT

As we have said many times before on these pages, there is no such thing as a safe drug. Moreover, rather than curing diseases, it is actually in the financial interests of pharmaceutical companies for health problems to continue and for drugs to cause new diseases in addition to the ones being “treated”.

The bottom line is that the pharmaceutical industry is an investment industry that is driven by the profits it makes for its shareholders. Improving human health is NOT its driving force.

To learn more about the modus operandi of drug companies, read The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry on our website.

Permalink 30 March 2016

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Glyphosate should not be classed as a carcinogen: ECHA

NEWS

In a long awaited opinion, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said, on the available scientific evidence, there were no grounds to classify the controversial herbicide, glyphosate, as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

COMMENT

Glyphosate is the active ingredient of many widely used, broad-spectrum herbicides and is commonly applied as a broadleaf weedicide in commercial agriculture. Created by Monsanto in 1970 and marketed from 1974 as “Roundup”, glyphosate has been used extensively across the world ever since. Although the USA remains its biggest consumer, the use of glyphosate has also increased in other countries. Between 1999 and 2010, glyphosate use in Germany increased by 100% and is now being sprayed on nearly 40% of German farmland each year.

Glyphosate prevents plants from making aromatic amino acids and other organic compounds necessary for life. Since these processes do not occur in animals, glyphosate was considered relatively harmless for large scale use. Epidemiological studies also found no causal link between glyphosate and cancer. However, contradictory evidence began to appear soon after as more cases of long-term glyphosate exposure to humans became available. Glyphosate was implicated in Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in cases of occupational exposure. Experiments also showed that glyphosate and its co-formulations used in Roundup and other herbicides are harmful at doses below the toxic level. To read about a study conducted by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute which evaluated the effects of glyphosate, read this study in the Journal of Cellular Medicine and Natural Health.

Permalink 29 March 2017

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Common Pain Meds Are Linked to a Higher Risk of Heart Problems

NEWS

Ibuprofen and other common painkillers are linked to an increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to a new Danish study published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy.

COMMENT

The fact that painkillers are linked to an increased risk of heart attacks will not be seen by pharma companies as a barrier to promoting them. To the contrary, with drugs for treating heart problems being among the pharma industry’s top-ranking therapy areas, any strategy that can increase profits is seen by it as good for business. Ultimately, the existence and financial wellbeing of this industry is directly dependent on diseases continuing to occur.

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

Permalink 28 March 2016

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Study: More than half of U.S. college football athletes have inadequate levels of vitamin D

NEWS

More than half of U.S. college football athletes participating in the NFL Combine had inadequate levels of vitamin D, and this left them more susceptible to muscle injuries, according to a study.

COMMENT

Recognition of the importance of vitamin D is growing in the U.S. among both professional and college sports teams alike. With scientific research having proven that an optimum supply of this micronutrient is a crucial factor for health, and with deficiency well-known to be widespread, the sporting world’s advocacy of it for maximizing performance follows the growing trend of experts worldwide recommending a supplementary intake for everyone.

While some athletes take haphazard combinations of supplements that can create or aggravate imbalances, research shows that carefully balanced doses of specific micronutrients can provide maximum support to the cells of the heart, blood vessels, muscles, bones, joints, and all other organs that keep athletes strong and healthy for life. To learn more about the importance of micronutrients for athletic performance, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 28 March 2017

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Taking high dosages of statins raises the risk of developing diabetes in older women by 50%

NEWS

Taking statins can increase the risk of developing diabetes for older women by more than 50 per cent, research shows.

COMMENT

Sales of statins and other ‘lipid regulating’ drugs are built on a deeply cynical combination of fear and lies – the fear that cholesterol supposedly causes heart attacks, and the lie that statins are the answer. Far from being an undesirable substance, however, the fact is that cholesterol is actually essential to our bodies. A structural constituent of the walls of billions of cells, it is the precursor of important biological molecules such as vitamin D and the hormones estrogen and testosterone.

Moreover, so long as blood vessel walls are structurally intact, there is no scientific evidence that cholesterol, even at moderately elevated levels, damages them or causes atherosclerotic plaques and heart attacks. To have a damaging effect on otherwise intact blood vessel walls in animals, cholesterol must be artificially increased to levels essentially never observed in humans.

Significantly therefore, in April 2015 scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in California published a groundbreaking study in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease proving that heart disease is 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 research dealt a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the Pharma Cartel’s associated sales of cholesterol-lowering drugs. To learn more about this study, read the 25 April 2015 press release that accompanied its release.

Permalink 27 March 2016

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'Aggressive' firms peddling myth pesticides are needed to feed world condemned by UN

NEWS

The idea that pesticides are necessary to feed the world’s fast-growing population is “inaccurate and misleading”, a UN report has warned.

COMMENT

Contrary to the claims made by the pro-pesticide lobby, organic farming can yield up to three times as much food as conventional farming on the same amount of land. In an analysis published by researchers at the University of Michigan in 2007, after looking at a total of 293 different studies it was found that in developed countries yields almost were equal on organic and conventional farms. In developing countries, food production could be doubled or even tripled by using organic methods.

Ultimately, of course, the primary reason why chemical companies produce pesticides is that they can be patented. In this respect, it can be seen that organic approaches which avoid the use of pesticides are putting at risk billions of dollars of chemical industry profits. But that is not all. Given that some of these same companies are simultaneously manufacturing patented chemical drugs, the widespread usage of pesticides may well be viewed by them as having a hidden nefarious benefit: they increase the size of the market for – and hence the profits to be made from – the pharmaceuticals used as treatments for the diseases they cause.

Permalink 26 March 2017

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Almost half of all deaths from heart disease & diabetes linked to diet: JAMA study

NEWS

Omega-3s from seafood, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and whole grains are among the 10 dietary factors associated with an estimated 45% of all cardiometabolic deaths in the US, says a new study.

COMMENT

While correctly confirming there is a relationship between diet and health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, the study referred to in this article fails to fully explain why it is that fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains and other healthy foods are protective against them.

The main reason for the health-protective properties of these foods, of course, is that they are sources of the various essential micronutrients that are now known to help prevent a wide range of chronic diseases.

As explained by Dr. Rath in his groundbreaking Cellular Medicine concept, the primary cause of chronic diseases is an insufficient supply of essential micronutrients. For this reason, the principles of Cellular Medicine should now form the basis of a modern medical approach to health and disease. Each day that the global implementation of this scientific advance is delayed, thousands of patients worldwide will continue to suffer and die from health problems that are not real “diseases” at all – they are simply the consequences of a long-term deficiency of micronutrients.

Permalink 24 March 2017

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Moms with low vitamin E risk having asthmatic kids

NEWS

A new study found that pregnant mothers with low levels of vitamin E had a higher risk of giving birth to children who would later develop asthma.

COMMENT

As we point out regularly on these pages, there is no doubt that maternal nutrition during pregnancy influences the health of a child. Studies have clearly shown that pregnant mothers who are deficient in essential nutrients increase the risk of their children going on to develop health problems.

Fortunately, however, research conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has proven that the micronutrient synergy approach can help in asthma. In a clinical trial, asthma patients who took a specific combination of micronutrients experienced increased lung capacity. Impressively, many of them recorded almost double the lung capacity compared to their values before starting the trial.

You can learn more about the micronutrient synergy approach to asthma in this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 24 March 2017

Read article at health24.com (South Africa)

Low omega-3 intakes a ‘concern’ for pregnant women: US data

NEWS

Pregnant women in the US should be encouraged to consume more omega-3s, with a new analysis showing that intakes of EPA and DHA are falling short of recommendations.

COMMENT

In addition to the higher calorific needs, pregnancy also increases the demand for specific micronutrients which may not be met through diet alone. In this respect, the omega-3 fatty acids mentioned in this US analysis are but one of several classes of nutrients that pregnant women may be obtaining insufficient intakes of.

Nutritional requirements change constantly during different stages of pregnancy, delivery, and while breastfeeding. Proper nourishment during and after pregnancy, as well as while nursing, is therefore critical for the health of both mother and child. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins, among others, are essential for a healthy baby and delivery, and for preventing complications during pregnancy.

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

Permalink 23 March 2017

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Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs linked to increased risk of hip fracture

NEWS

In a recent study, older individuals who had fallen and broken a hip used antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications more frequently than the general older population.

COMMENT

Causing new diseases and side effects with drugs is a deliberate strategy of the pharmaceutical industry. This is highly profitable as it increases the number of patients who require treatment – and thus, the profits that can be made from their suffering.

In another example, the bisphosphonate class of drugs that are commonly used for the treatment of osteoporosis don’t actually strengthen bones but instead make them weaker. In a recent study carried out by scientists at Imperial College in London, use of these medications was associated with the development of ‘microcracks’ in bone. Significantly, the bones of patients taking the drugs had a larger number of such cracks and less mechanical strength than those who weren’t.

To learn more about the strategies used by drug companies, read The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Permalink 22 March 2016

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Vitamin A, D and E deficiency linked to repeat colds and flu in Chinese children: Case control study

NEWS

Low levels of vitamin A, D and E have been associated with Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections (RRTI) among children living in Northern China, a new case control study reports.

COMMENT

Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine concept explains that micronutrient deficiencies are the primary cause of chronic diseases. This breakthrough scientific discovery has wide implications which include, among others, defining new biological targets in developing effective natural approaches to controlling viral and bacterial infections.

The Cellular Medicine approach proves that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical in supporting various cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response, a strong immune system, and optimum health. Conversely, a chronic lack of specific micronutrients in the cells weakens the immune system and makes the body prone to infections and immune deficiency diseases.

To learn how infections can be controlled naturally through simple, safe and effective means, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 22 March 2017

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Harvard Professor claims pregnant women should AVOID fruit and vegetables because pesticides could harm baby's brain

NEWS

Professor Philippe Grandjean, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, claims pregnant women should avoid eating leafy greens and fruit because of pesticides which could harm their baby’s brain.

COMMENT

There is no doubt that the health effects of chemicals such as pesticides in our food supply may be significantly more harmful than once believed. But to avoid these dangers it is not necessary to stop eating fruit and vegetables. Moreover, because of the important micronutrients these foods contain, doing so would be dangerous for the health of both mother and child. Instead, pregnant women should consider switching to a diet based on organic foods.

Demonstrating the benefits of organic diets, a U.S. study published in 2015 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, researchers from the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley found that an organic diet quickly lowered their levels of several pesticides by between one-quarter and one-half.

To read more about how scientific research is increasingly confirming the health benefits of organic foods, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 21 March 2017

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High folic acid level in pregnancy may decrease high blood pressure in children

NEWS

Babies born to mothers with cardiometabolic risk factors were less likely to develop high blood pressure if their mothers had higher levels of folate during pregnancy.

COMMENT

There is no doubt that maternal nutrition during pregnancy strongly influences the health of a child. In this respect, a constant supply of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other micronutrients is particularly important. Inadequate nourishment in any phase of pregnancy will affect the baby’s organ systems, birth weight, and even survival. Moreover, how the organs develop during pregnancy can also determine how their growth continues after the baby’s birth. In this respect, high blood pressure is but one of many health problems that can result from a baby being subject to inadequate nutrition in the womb.

But for children who go on to develop high blood pressure, all is not lost. Research conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that high blood pressure can be controlled naturally using the micronutrient synergy approach. You can learn more about this in this issue of the institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 21 March 2017

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Benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications questioned

NEWS

In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD.

COMMENT

To sum up this study, not only have the drugs prescribed to children diagnosed with “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” been found to be clinically ineffective long-term, they also have the serious “side effect” of stunting growth.

In an ideal world, of course, the prescribing of such drugs would immediately now be stopped. But given the multi-billion dollar profits being made from them by the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’, what will instead now likely happen is that the drug industry’s stakeholders will be called upon to publicly refute this study and justify the continued use of these dangerous patented chemicals.

Permalink 20 March 2016

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Blair told to 'hang head in shame' for attending Iraq memorial

NEWS

Tony Blair was on Thursday slammed as "disgusting" for attending the opening of a memorial to the British servicemen and women he sent to their deaths in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

COMMENT

War criminal Blair’s presence at the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan memorial in London was essentially part of an ongoing desperate attempt to repair his image and rewrite history. With pressure growing for him to be brought to justice at the International Criminal Court, his reputation is on a downward spiral even among many of his former colleagues and supporters. So long as he remains 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 his actions.

Permalink 19 March 2016

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Study shows that antioxidants may reduce lung cancer risk

NEWS

An epidemiological study published in Frontiers in Oncology suggests that a diet high in carotenoids and vitamin C may protect against lung cancer.

COMMENT

Current drug-based therapies for lung cancer are ineffective, highly toxic, and over half of all patients die within one year of being diagnosed. The five-year survival rate of only 3.5% for this disease has not improved over several decades. There is therefore an urgent need to change the direction in cancer research and develop new, original, safer therapeutic approaches.

Significantly, therefore, research conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute now presents a real opportunity for the natural control of both lung cancer and other types of cancers. By employing a combination of micronutrients working in synergy, their work has shown it is possible to affect several different cancer mechanisms at once. The approach used involves the simultaneous use of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, N-acetylcysteine, green tea extract, and other micronutrients which, together, can curtail the invasion of various types of lung cancer cells by inhibiting secretion of the enzymes required for their spread in the body's tissues.

You can learn more about the natural control of lung cancer in this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 17 March 2017

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Sunshine vitamin linked to fewer heart events: Meta-analysis

NEWS

Higher blood levels of vitamin D are associated with significantly fewer cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and a lower risk of mortality from CVD, says a new meta-analysis.

COMMENT

As interesting as this study may be, the fact is that preventing heart events is not simply a matter of ensuring a sufficient intake of vitamin D.

In a groundbreaking study published in 2015, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute proved that heart disease is actually an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for the production of collagen, the key stability molecule for arterial walls and the connective tissue in general. A lack of this crucial vitamin therefore inhibits collagen formation and weakens the walls of the arteries. As such, based on this discovery, through proper supplementation with vitamin C and other collagen supporting micronutrients such as the amino acids lysine and proline, deaths from heart disease can now be reduced to a fraction of their current occurrence.

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

Permalink 17 March 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

New drugs 'urgently needed' to fight 12 supergerms, says WHO

NEWS

New antibiotics need to be developed urgently to combat 12 families of bacteria, the World Health Organisation has said, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health.

COMMENT

Given how close it is to the drug industry, the World Health Organisation will never tell you about the key roles played by essential micronutrients in the proper functioning of the immune system. Instead, it contributes to the pro-drug propaganda put out through the global media and encourages people to worry that, by the middle of this century, superbugs could be killing millions of people every year.

Regrettably, even many doctors do not yet fully appreciate the extent to which micronutrients support all the critical steps for mounting an effective immune response to infections. These steps include non-specific defense components such as the synthesis of interferon and function of phagocytic cells; the protective anti-microbial barriers created by the skin, mucus membranes, tears, saliva and gastric juice; and the production of antibodies and optimization of cell-mediated immunity.

To learn how micronutrient supplementation can enhance immune function and suppress infection, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 16 March 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Birth defect in boys 'caused by hairspray

NEWS

Pregnant women have been warned against using hairspray, as new evidence suggests that chemicals they contain may be linked to an increasingly common birth defect in boys.

COMMENT

Contrary to what the chemical industry would have you believe, a large and growing number of studies provide clear evidence of the dangers posed by synthetic chemicals to the unborn child. While vast amounts of money are being spent by the chemical companies marketing hair products, the fact is that having healthy hair does not depend upon using sprays and chemicals. Many commercially available hair growth products are loaded with chemicals that can actually damage hair and general health.

The easiest way to maintain beautiful hair is through following a healthy diet and lifestyle. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, the B vitamins, zinc, and vitamins C and E are all important for strong, shiny, healthy hair. To learn more about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy hair, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s Health Science News Page.

Permalink 15 March 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

European Parliament debates cardiovascular disease: Poor diet remains Europe’s biggest killer

NEWS

Public officials and researchers will debate today at the European Parliament in Brussels, following a damning report on the damage and cost of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Europe, of which poor diet remains the main culprit.

COMMENT

Despite this European Parliament debate, the fact is that the Brussels EU construct has no interest in reducing either the damage or the cost of cardiovascular disease. Organized as a political dictatorship, the Brussels EU does not act in the interests of the citizens of Europe. Instead, it represents the interests of the multitrillion dollar Oil and Drug Cartel, on whose behalf the laws of Europe are ultimately crafted.

Worse still, the debate that took place in the European Parliament essentially ignored the fact that the end of the cardiovascular disease epidemic is already now possible. In a groundbreaking study published in 2015, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute proved that this disease, the biggest killer in the industrialized world, is actually 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 dealt a major blow to the cholesterol theory of heart disease and the pharmaceutical industry’s associated $30 billion annual sales in patented cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

To learn more about preventing and controlling cardiovascular disease naturally, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 15 March 2017

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This new invention guarantees Vitamin B12 will get on your nerves…in a good way

NEWS

Researchers in Japan have created a mesh that can be wrapped around an injured nerve and release vitamin B12 until the injury heals.

COMMENT

This innovative invention provides a great illustration of the fact that medical treatments using essential micronutrients have vast potential – perhaps even more so than many natural health advocates yet imagine. As countless studies now show, not only are natural approaches highly effective in controlling common health problems, vitamins and other micronutrients also have an additional advantage in that they are free from the dangerous side effects which accompany the use of conventional drug-based methodologies.

With each passing day, growing numbers of patients and health professionals are taking advantage of the fact that common diseases can now be prevented and treated with natural therapies. In doing so, they are joining a growing global movement that will ultimately achieve the worldwide implementation of a new healthcare system based on nutritional and Cellular Medicine-based approaches.

Permalink 14 March 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-asia.com

Facebook begins flagging 'disputed' (fake) news

NEWS

Facebook has begun flagging fake news. Or as Facebook calls it: "disputed" news.

COMMENT

We should not delude ourselves into thinking the so-called “fake news” scandal is merely about preventing hoax news stories from influencing the public. In reality it goes much deeper than this: it is about the political and media establishment wanting complete control over what we can – and cannot – read, think, learn, and decide for ourselves.

If you stop to think about it, nowhere does the issue of truthful reporting have a greater impact on our lives and wellbeing than it does in the field of medicine. The thing is, however, 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.

The explosive growth of the internet and social media platforms in recent years has enabled vast numbers of people to access news, views, and information that directly contradict the ‘official’ versions promoted by the orthodox media. Paralleling the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, which led to the ending of mass illiteracy and the expansion of the human mind, the spread of natural health knowledge through modern digital technology will inevitably lead to the liberation of mankind from the Pharma Cartel and its business with disease. Neither Facebook nor any other social media platform will be able to prevent this.

Permalink 14 March 2017

Read article on the USA Today website

Billionaire Soros accused of ‘undermining democracy’ in EU member states

NEWS

It is claimed that Soros and groups backed by him have sought to secretly influence politics in Hungary as well as other east European countries.

COMMENT

It is not only Brussels EU member states that billionaire currency speculator George Soros has allegedly been influencing. In recent years, his so-called “Open Society” organization has supported a European consumer lobby group, BEUC, and has also been a benefactor for the Wikimedia Foundation, of which Wikipedia is a project.

With Soros having been convicted of insider trading in France, the fact that organizations such as BEUC and the Wikimedia Foundation have been happy to accept his support speaks volumes about their lack of credibility.

Permalink 12 March 2016

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Big Pharma Is Losing a Fortune Trying to Cure Alzheimer's

NEWS

Alzheimer’s disease is rewriting the rules of drug discovery, with a handful of companies abandoning caution to keep pursuing an elusive hypothesis because the potential payoff is so great.

COMMENT

With over 100 experimental drugs having now failed to cure Alzheimer’s, it is obvious that the pharmaceutical approach will not provide an effective answer to this disease. In the area of natural therapies, however, there is already evidence that micronutrients are proving effective. Scientific studies have shown, for example, that resveratrol, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, B vitamins, flavonoids, and other natural substances can help prevent and control this disease.

Particularly promisingly, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2015 found that, for participants with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of the devastating condition. As this study shows, slowly but surely a new global healthcare system is becoming possible. If enough of us work hard enough towards this, it really is just a matter of time.

Permalink 10 March 2017

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Study shows link between microbiome in the gut and Parkinson's

NEWS

There is growing evidence showing a connection between Parkinson's disease—a neurodegenerative condition—and the composition of the microbiome of the gut. A new study from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham shows that Parkinson's disease, and medications to treat Parkinson's, have distinct effects on the composition of the trillions of bacteria that make up the gut microbiome.

COMMENT

With the publication of this study, Parkinson’s disease joins a long list of medical conditions in which a connection has been shown with the microbiome of the gut. Notably, therefore, in related research, scientific studies have demonstrated positive effects for probiotic supplements in cancer, infections, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and others. As further research becomes available, there can be little doubt that this list will grow longer.

Permalink 9 March 2017

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Study finds link between high EPA and DHA omega-3 blood levels and decreased risk of death

NEWS

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that higher levels of EPA and DHA omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in red blood cells were associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality in postmenopausal women.

COMMENT

As the studies on our Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website unequivocally show, there is a wealth of scientific evidence proving that higher levels of micronutrients are effective in preventing, treating, and even curing a wide range of diseases.

In the case of omega-3 fatty acids, for example, recent research has demonstrated they can help treat major depression. Other scientific studies have added to our knowledge regarding this important class of micronutrients by finding they can help reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease and, when supplements of B vitamins are taken, contribute to stopping the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

In short, ensuring your body has an optimum supply of omega-3 fatty acids, and incorporating these micronutrients into a carefully balanced supplement regime, may be one of the best things you can do towards enhancing and protecting your health.

Permalink 8 March 2017

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Average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030

NEWS

Average life expectancy is set to increase in many countries by 2030 – and will exceed 90 years in South Korea, according to new research.

COMMENT

While life expectancy is certainly rising in many countries, the fact is that, on average, people are not significantly increasing the number of years they live in good health. Instead, they are simply spending more time living in a state of sickness and infirmity.

However, through taking advantage of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach, it is now possible for everyone to live not only longer, but also healthier lives. Central to this approach is the realization that, rather than relying on a disease-care system that is dependent on the toxic chemical drugs produced by the pharmaceutical industry, a truly preventive approach to healthcare is necessary.

Today, many chronic health conditions have been identified as being directly caused by, or at least associated with, a deficiency in the dietary intake of micronutrients. Such conditions include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and many others.

The preventive healthcare systems of the future will therefore identify micronutrient deficiency as the most common cause of cellular malfunction. Vitamins, minerals and other plant-derived micronutrients are bioactive compounds that provide essential bioenergy to each cell of our body and function as the catalysts of thousands of metabolic reactions. An optimum daily intake of these micronutrients is thus essential to prevent cellular malfunctioning and, thereby, to stop the development of disease. This is the foundation of the Cellular Medicine approach.

Permalink 7 March 2017

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Calcium plus vitamin D could save European healthcare nearly €4 billion

NEWS

Fortification or supplementation programmes to increase levels of calcium and vitamin D could prevent almost 200,000 fractures per year in Europe – saving €3.96 billion in avoidable healthcare costs.

COMMENT

Large scale statistical analyses have clearly shown that daily supplement use can reduce national healthcare costs. Particularly impressively, a study published in February 2013 found that supplement use can cut the length of hospital stays, decrease costs, and reduce the chance of readmissions. The researchers found, for example, that supplement use reduced the average length of hospital stays by over 2 days and the average cost by more than $4,700. Moreover, the likelihood of patients being readmitted to hospital was cut by almost 7%.

With awareness growing that the global healthcare crisis isn’t due to a lack of funding, but to ineffective therapies, we look forward to seeing governments beginning to take note of these findings and implementing supplementation programmes into their national healthcare systems.

Permalink 7 March 2017

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Netherlands holds inquiry on euro after ECB easing hits Dutch pensions

NEWS

The Netherlands is to hold a parliamentary inquiry into its future relationship with the euro amid a growing chorus of scepticism about the single currency.

COMMENT

The Dutch parliamentary inquiry comes at a time when economists are increasingly expressing skepticism over whether the euro currency will survive. Last year, for example, interviewed by the Business Insider website, Nobel-Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz 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 decision is all it would now take to trigger these outcomes.

His remarks came only months after a little-reported statement given by Lord Mervyn King, the former Governor of the Bank of England, who 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, Lord King predicted 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.

Ultimately, the euro currency fulfils only one function: as a chain enslaving millions of Europeans to economic dictatorship under the Brussels EU. Each day the people of Europe continue to allow themselves to be subjugated under this dictatorship, the longer will be their road to independence, financial recovery and social peace for themselves, their children, and generations to come.

Permalink 5 March 2016

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychotropic Drugs

NEWS

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers report.

COMMENT

Research clearly shows that older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death. A study published in 2016 in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society provided shocking evidence of the dangers of “polypharmacy” by finding that each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated with a 22% increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying during the period of the study. Carried out in Australia, a country where half of people aged 65 and over now take at least five different types of drugs, the study showed that, even for men who were considered to be in robust health at the start of the study, the prescribing of additional drugs clearly resulted in an increased risk of mortality.

It would be bad enough if this was happening by accident, of course. But in fact, the deliberate causing of new diseases with drugs is one of the key strategies used by pharmaceutical companies to expand their markets. To learn more about these nefarious strategies, read about ‘The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry’ on our Foundation website.

Permalink 3 March 2016

Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day

NEWS

Eating loads of fruit and vegetables - 10 portions a day - may give us longer lives, say researchers.

COMMENT

There is no doubt that eating a prudent diet rich in plant nutrition with high levels of fiber and vitamins can contribute towards living a longer, healthier life. However, some scientists are beginning to question whether the supply of fruits and vegetables is sufficient to meet current and growing population needs, both globally and in individual countries.

Moreover, there is also evidence from independent studies conducted in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and other countries that the nutrient content of our food supply has fallen substantially over at least the past three-quarters of a century or so. Bearing in mind too that optimum doses of some vitamins, such as vitamin C, are larger than can easily be obtained from diet alone, the fact is that, for most people, judicious supplementation with synergistic combinations of micronutrients simply makes sense.

Permalink 3 March 2017

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Campaigners launch fresh attack on pesticide mixtures in EU food

NEWS

Europeans are consuming dozens of pesticides on a daily basis, say the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), which today marked 12 years of "inaction and failure" in the EU’s attempts to reduce pesticide levels in food.

COMMENT

For years now, international entities such as the Brussels EU and the Codex Alimentarius Commission have been willfully ignoring the cumulative effects of multiple chemicals in foods. Through avoiding giving any substantive consideration to the fact that chemicals and additives in foods are consumed not in isolation, but in tandem with each other, the long-term health effects of such substances have effectively been disregarded. The only beneficiaries from this shameful dereliction of scientific duty are the multinational chemical companies who manufacture them.

Worse still, and as Danish research has shown, scientific evidence suggests that even small doses of substances such as pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can amplify each other’s negative effects when present in combinations.

In the preventive healthcare system of the future, on the other hand, as envisaged by Dr. Rath in the Barletta Declaration, the fruits and vegetables we plant and eat will be organically grown and free of pesticides and GMOs. Accompanied by clean air and water, they will be grown naturally in our gardens, on cultivated land within our communities and on the fields of our farms. But as Dr. Rath points out, this quantum leap forward for mankind will not come by itself – we need to organize it! By creating a home vegetable garden, learning about composting and natural, sustainable approaches to growing food, not only can you save money and protect your health, you can also contribute towards creating a world in which Free Food and a healthy environment become a reality for us all.

Permalink 2 March 2017

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Probiotics may offer relief for allergy sufferers: RCT data

NEWS

A combination of three probiotic strains may improve quality of life for people suffering from seasonal allergies, says data from a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial.

COMMENT

The human gut is believed to contain over 400 different types of intestinal flora (microbiota). Of these, between 30 and 40 dominant types make up about 99% of the bacterial cell mass. The main ones are Bacteroides, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Eubacterium, Streptococcus, Clostridium, Escherichia and Staphylococcus. While their full functions are not yet completely understood, it is already clear they have widespread therapeutic benefits for human health.

One of the main functions of the microbiota is the development of the immune system. Notably, therefore, allergies are but one of a growing number of health problems that are believed to be controllable through altering the microbiome of the gut. In recent years, scientific research has also demonstrated positive effects for probiotics in cancer, infections, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and others. As this ongoing research is increasingly showing, ensuring intestinal colonization with beneficial bacteria is just as indispensable to our health as an optimal intake of micronutrients.

Permalink 1 March 2017

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