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News & Comment – November 2017

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GlaxoSmithKline R&D president appointed as UK government’s chief scientific advisor

NEWS

GlaxoSmithKline has announced that Dr. Patrick Vallance, President, R&D, has informed the Board of his intention to leave the company to become the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of the Government’s Office for Science. He will be responsible for providing scientific advice to the UK Prime Minister and advising the Government on aspects of policy on science and technology.

COMMENT

The appointment of Patrick Vallance as the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of its Office for Science is yet another example of the ‘revolving door’ that exists between the pharma industry and national governments.

In a similar announcement, only a few days after the UK government’s appointment of Vallance was revealed, U.S. President Donald Trump nominated another former senior pharmaceutical executive, Alex Azar, to be his new health secretary. Notably, during the five years Azar served as president of Eli Lilly, the company repeatedly increased the prices of its drugs and tripled the cost of its top-selling insulin product for patients with diabetes.

Such appointments remind us that reaching the goal of Free Health for All depends in no small part upon freeing our healthcare systems from the profit-driven influence of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

Permalink 30 November 2017

Read press release on the GlaxoSmithKline website

EU backs renewal of controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five years

NEWS

European Union member states have renewed the licence for the controversial weedkiller glyphosate for five more years.

COMMENT

As researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have pointed out, the fact that glyphosate is used so widely across the world should prompt the scientific community, the general public, and regulatory authorities to take proper steps in protecting public and animal health. Notably, however, in reauthorizing the dangerous weedkiller’s use for another five years, the pro-corporate Brussels EU dictatorship has willfully ignored a petition signed by 1.3 million European citizens calling for a ban on it.

Like their close counterparts in the pharmaceutical industry, multinational chemical companies have a long-established history of putting profits before people. In the interests of the growing number of concerned citizens on our planet, it is clearly now essential that we redouble our efforts towards ensuring that this greed-driven corporate ethos is brought to an end.

Permalink 29 November 2017

Read article on the France 24 website

Vitamin D may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis

NEWS

A new study suggests that ensuring sufficient levels of vitamin D may help prevent rheumatoid arthritis.

COMMENT

Researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a pilot clinical trial to study the effects of micronutrient supplementation on arthritis patients aged between 45 and 84 years old. After 6 months of supplementing with a specific combination of synergistic micronutrients, 50 percent of the patients showed significant improvement. This was also confirmed by X-ray tests. Moreover, blood levels of C-reactive proteins (CRP), which are indicators of inflammation, were reduced by 30 percent.

To learn more about using synergistic combinations of micronutrients to improve arthritis and joint pain, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 29 November 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Study shows curcumin beats diabetes drug at lowering blood sugar

NEWS

A new study shows that curcumin, a component of the popular East Asian spice turmeric, is 400 times more powerful than the common diabetes drug Metformin in improving insulin sensitivity and helping to reverse Type 2 diabetes.

COMMENT

The benefits of curcumin are not simply limited to improving insulin sensitivity. For example, it has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, liver disorders, muscle sprains, joint pains, and wound healing.

As antioxidants, curcuminoid compounds can assist in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system by improving the viscosity of blood and reducing plaque formation in the arteries. Studies additionally show that curcumin helps reduce low-density cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels.

Moreover, curcumin also has anti-cancer properties. These include various cellular mechanisms such as reduction in cancer cell growth, initiation of apoptosis (cancer cell death), inhibition of collagen digesting matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymes, and prevention of angiogenesis.

To learn more about the health protective effects of curcumin, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 28 November 2017

Read article at newsmax.com

Many cancer survivors are living with PTSD

NEWS

A recent study showed approximately one-fifth of patients with cancer experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) several months after diagnosis, and many of these patients continued to live with PTSD years later.

COMMENT

It is no wonder that many cancer patients experience post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon being diagnosed, they immediately understand that the orthodox treatment of this disease with toxic chemotherapy and radiotherapy essentially amounts to a death verdict. Worse still – and despite widespread claims to the contrary made on behalf of the multinational pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders – not much has changed in this respect for over three-quarters of a century.

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

Permalink 28 November 2017

Read article at sciencedaily.com

Vitamin E may help in asthma

NEWS

New research suggests that a type of vitamin E known as gamma tocopherol may reduce eosinophilic inflammation – a kind of airway inflammation common in asthma patients.

COMMENT

As helpful as gamma tocopherol may be in asthma, the fact is that no single nutrient alone is able to provide optimum relief from the condition. Instead, what is needed is a carefully chosen balanced combination of nutrients.

Illustrating this, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a small pilot clinical trial in asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old. Each patient took a specific combination of synergistically chosen nutrients for a period of three months. During the study the patients were intermittently subjected to lung function tests. At the end of the three months all of them were found to have experienced an increased lung capacity, with many recording a capacity of almost double their values before starting the trial.

To learn more about the micronutrient synergy approach to controlling asthma, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 27 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Organic can feed the world (if combined with other changes to our food system), say researchers

NEWS

Organic agriculture can feed the world– but only in combination with other actions such as reducing food waste, meat intake and animal feed production, researchers say. The good news is that even partial changes can create a more sustainable food system.

COMMENT

One of the criticisms sometimes levelled at organic farming is that its yields are supposedly lower than those produced by pesticide-based farming. However, scientific analysis has proven this claim to be a myth. Research carried out by scientists at the University of Michigan in 2007 showed that organic methods could produce enough food on a global per capita basis to sustain the current human population, and potentially even a larger one, but without increasing the agricultural land base. Analyzing 293 different studies looking at yields from organic farming, the Michigan researchers found it can produce up to three times as much food as conventional farming in developing countries and that it holds its own against standard methods in rich countries.

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

Permalink 26 November 2017

Read article at foodnavigator.com

The death of Lil Peep: how the US prescription drug epidemic is changing hip-hop

NEWS

This week, the US drugs crisis may have claimed another victim with the suspected overdose of the New York rapper. The genre has always been open about recreational drugs – but how did constant references to depression and prescription painkillers move into the mainstream?

COMMENT

In a variety of subtle and not-so-subtle ways, the drug industry has long benefited from prominent figures in the entertainment industry promoting – and even glamourizing – the use of pharmaceuticals. Ultimately, the key reason why multinational record and movie corporations tolerate artists’ involvement in such ‘promotions’ is that the entertainment industry is essentially owned by the same investors who own the drug companies that benefit from them.

Pharma companies love having celebrities provide public endorsements for their products, and when necessary are more than happy to pay them handsomely for doing so. Anything that causes patients to go to their doctors demanding a prescription is inevitably seen by the pharma industry as being good for business. It’s all about profit over life – same as it ever was.

Permalink 24 November 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Vitamin D may help women undergoing fertility treatment

NEWS

A new review and meta-analysis looking at women undergoing fertility treatment shows that higher vitamin D levels are associated with better birth rates.

COMMENT

Scientific studies have long proven that proper nutrition is essential for a healthy pregnancy and birth. What many women don’t realize however is that an insufficient supply of micronutrients can affect whether a woman even gets pregnant in the first place.

Any woman who wants to become pregnant should ensure she is getting proper balanced amounts of all the necessary micronutrients. This is important because research carried out by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has shown that micronutrients are interdependent on one another and that they work together synergistically to maintain health at the cellular level.

You can learn about the importance of micronutrients in pregnancy by reading parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute. Both parts of this highly informative article can also be downloaded for free from the institute’s website in PDF format.

Permalink 23 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Half of over-65s in the UK are taking at least FIVE drugs a day

NEWS

A new study has found that half of people aged over 65 in the UK are taking at least five drugs a day – with some even on as many as 23 a day!

COMMENT

Similar findings to those in the UK have also been made in other countries. In a particularly notable example, research carried out in Australia revealed that not only do elderly people there take similar numbers of drugs to people in the UK, each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated with a 22 percent increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying during the period of the study.

At their core, statistics such as these provide a grim reminder that the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry isn’t really a health industry at all – it’s an investment business. Primarily focused for over a century now on the returns it makes for its shareholders, its greed-driven philosophy can be summarized in just three words: profit over life.

Permalink 23 November 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

New study shows taurine supplements may improve performance recovery

NEWS

New research recently published in the Antioxidants journal suggests taurine supplementation taken after exercise may help improve the rate of muscle recovery.

COMMENT

Every movement we make requires bioenergy to be provided to billions of body cells. This need for bioenergy varies, with certain cell clusters having a particularly high requirement. Among these are the muscular system, liver, brain, kidneys, and myocardial cells.

The food we eat provides the fuels needed for generating this bioenergy. These fuels include substances such as glucose for the fast provision of energy, and fat for a more prolonged supply. Vitamins and other cellular nutrients are required for converting these fuels into bioenergy, and for providing this bioenergy to the metabolism.

The food we eat provides the fuels needed for generating this bioenergy. These fuels include substances such as glucose for the fast provision of energy, and fat for a more prolonged supply. Vitamins and other cellular nutrients are required for converting these fuels into bioenergy, and for providing this bioenergy to the metabolism.

To learn about the importance of cellular nutrients for exercise and optimum energy production, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 22 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

‘Clinical Significance’: Dietary magnesium linked to stronger muscle and bones

NEWS

Higher dietary intakes of magnesium may protect against age-related skeletal muscle and bone loss, says a new analysis of data from the UK Biobank cohort.

COMMENT

Optimum muscle and bone function does not depend upon any one single micronutrient, but on synergistic combinations of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other natural substances.

Minerals play particularly important roles in the optimum function of muscles. The body needs significant quantities of essential macro-minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and sulfur. Small quantities of trace minerals (micro-minerals) are also required. These include iron, zinc, copper, selenium, manganese, iodine, chromium, and others.

For healthy bones, it is a common misperception that calcium and vitamin D are the only micronutrients needed. This belief overlooks the fact that the framework of the bone on which calcium and other minerals are deposited is made of a protein – collagen. Without healthy collagen, bone cannot form or function properly. Healthy bone formation therefore depends not only on sufficient amounts of calcium and vitamin D, but more importantly on a proper supply of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen-supporting micronutrients.

To learn more about the use of synergistic combinations of micronutrients, read this article written by researchers from the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 22 November 2017

Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Global nutrition crisis threatens human development, major new report finds

NEWS

Almost every country in the world now faces a serious nutrition-related challenge, according to a new report.

COMMENT

The World Health Organization and other United Nations organizations have defined optimum health as one of the greatest social goals to be achieved by mankind. But despite many public declarations over the past decades, they have failed to achieve it. The two main reasons for this are their continued dependency upon corporate interests and the lack of a proper scientific rationale. To learn about our Foundation’s goal of making natural preventive healthcare a global human right, and the science-based approach we are following towards achieving it, read the inspiring speech given by Dr. Rath in the city of Barletta, Italy, in October 2014.

Permalink 21 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

The Insanity of Taxpayer-Funded Addiction

NEWS

The answer to the opioids crisis surely isn't to pay Big Pharma to sell more pills.

COMMENT

By marketing highly addictive opioid painkillers and pretending they were safe for long-term use, drug companies have shown themselves to be callously indifferent to the misery they inflict upon human lives. With 2 million Americans now believed to be dependent on these dangerous drugs, the pharma industry has once again reminded us why we refer to it as the ‘business with disease’.

Permalink 21 November 2017

Read editorial in the New York Times (USA)

Tobacco firms may face ‘murder’ trials

NEWS

Health campaigners are opening a new front against smoking by pushing for tobacco companies to face criminal charges.

COMMENT

Anyone who doubts that some companies knowingly put profits before human health need only look at the tobacco industry to realize that such companies exist. In a similar way, therefore, not too many years from now, the morally bankrupt pharma industry may well be the next to face such 'murder' trials.

Hiding the truth about health with lies about drugs, the pharma industry’s disregard for the lives of its millions of victims clearly constitutes a crime against humanity. Only when we are successful in holding it to account will the fraudulent ‘business with disease’ be finally brought to an end.

Permalink 20 November 2017

Read article in The Sunday Times (UK)

Air pollution may increase bone fracture risk

NEWS

A major study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal has found that exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of bone fractures by causing loss of mineral density.

COMMENT

So long as the multinational fossil fuel industry and its government stakeholders remain addicted to the use of polluting energies such as oil and coal, human health will continue to be held to ransom and millions of people will inevitably live shorter lives. It is therefore essential that mankind moves away from these fuels and, on a planetary scale, replaces them with safe, renewable forms of energy generation. Meantime, while we are waiting for this to happen, studies clearly show that micronutrients can help reverse the damage air pollution is causing to our health.

In the case of bone fractures, research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated the effectiveness of vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, and other collagen-supporting micronutrients in speeding up healing times. Similarly, high-dose B vitamins have been shown to completely offset the damage caused by fine particulate matter – the most dangerous type of air pollution. With 92 per cent of the world's population living in places where air pollution exceeds safe limits, shouldn’t our governments be promoting these micronutrient approaches as a means of protecting our health?

Permalink 19 November 2017

Read article on the business-standard.com website

Trump turns to drug industry for his new health secretary

NEWS

President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health secretary.

COMMENT

True solutions to health can’t be built on enforcing the status quo and its outdated approaches that, time and again, have already proven ineffective. Trump’s focus in the field of health should therefore shift towards addressing the primary cause of chronic diseases – micronutrient deficiencies – and to building a prevention-oriented and effective-based system of medicine. This means medicine that does not merely mask symptoms, but eradicates diseases by eliminating their root causes. Only nutritional and Cellular Medicine approaches can achieve this. If the Trump administration does nothing in this area, diseases will continue and expand – thus assuring that the drug industry will not only survive, but thrive.

Access to effective and affordable healthcare is desired by all peoples of the world irrespective of their political, religious, cultural, and philosophical differences. Many Trump voters still rely on his electoral promise of providing such healthcare. If the president truly intends to keep this promise, hiring a former top pharmaceutical executive to be his health secretary clearly isn’t the best way to start.

Permalink 17 November 2017

Read article on the ABC News website (USA)

New study finds vitamin C strengthens bones and helps prevent hip fractures

NEWS

A new study published in the Osteoporosis International journal has found that vitamin C strengthens bones and helps prevent hip fractures. Comparing the vitamin C intake of hip fracture patients with that of healthy volunteers, it found that those consuming the highest amounts were much less likely to suffer hip fractures.

COMMENT

In its finding that vitamin C strengthens bones, this study echoes the result of a clinical trial published by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in 2004. Evaluating the effect that supplementation with the collagen-building micronutrients vitamin C, lysine, proline and vitamin B6 has on fracture healing times, the Institute’s researchers observed that the group of patients taking the supplements experienced significantly faster healing than those taking a placebo (sugar pill). You can learn more about this study and Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach to bone health in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 17 November 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Vitamin D may be key for pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome

NEWS

Vitamin D may play a key role in helping some women seeking treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-related infertility get pregnant.

COMMENT

While every expectant mother wishes for a healthy baby, it is important to understand that not only is becoming pregnant only the first step, the eventual outcome depends on multiple factors. Among these, the mother’s diet and lifestyle both before and during pregnancy are especially important. Inadequate nourishment in any phase of pregnancy can negatively affect the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby.

To learn about the vital role played by micronutrients and nutrition in pregnancy, read parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 16 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid intake may affect lupus outcomes

NEWS

Higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with better sleep quality and a decrease in depressive symptoms in lupus patients, among other patient-reported outcomes, according to new research findings.

COMMENT

Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body. Its symptoms vary between different patients and can range from mild to severe. With conventional medicine offering no cure for lupus, the finding that higher intakes of omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in the condition is clearly a significant development.

Further illustrating the power of omega-3 fatty acids, other conditions in which they have recently been shown to be helpful include chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and even major depression.

To learn more about enhancing and protecting your health with omega-3 fatty acids, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 15 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Vitamin D supplementation could aid recovery from serious burns

NEWS

People with higher levels of vitamin D seem to recover from severe burns more successfully than those with lower levels, according to new data.

COMMENT

As the evidence on our website shows, scientific breakthroughs in the field of natural health already enable mankind to rid itself of some of today’s most widespread diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. Based on the findings of this latest study, however, the potential for natural approaches to transform the practice of medicine clearly goes far beyond what most doctors yet appreciate.

With wound healing time and infection rates having been shown to be reduced when antioxidant micronutrients are administered to burn patients, for example, nutrition may eventually come to play an important role not just in the prevention and control of diseases, but also in emergency medicine as well.

Permalink 15 November 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Wake-up call from a scary case of polypharmacy

NEWS

Here is a true story about a healthy 70-year-old woman who went to see her doctor because of left knee pain following a tennis tournament and ended up taking six drugs that left her in a serious state of poor health.

COMMENT

‘Polypharmacy’ – the concurrent use by patients of multiple pharmaceutical drugs – has become a growing problem worldwide. In a notable illustration of its dangers, a study published in 2016 described how older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death.

Providing incontrovertible evidence of the health risks posed by drugs, the researchers found 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.

To learn more about polypharmacy and its dangers, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 14 November 2017

Read article on the Cleveland Jewish News website (USA)

Low vitamin D linked to higher risk of renal disease in lupus

NEWS

Low levels of vitamin D are associated with higher rates of end-stage renal disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, according to new research findings.

COMMENT

Lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue in many parts of the body. Its symptoms vary between different patients and can range from mild to severe. Around one third of lupus patients develop some form of renal disease.

With conventional medicine offering no cure for lupus, the finding that a low level of vitamin D is linked to a higher risk of renal disease in the condition is clearly a significant development as it potentially presents patients and physicians with a possible means of preventing one of its most serious manifestations. 

Permalink 14 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

World's biggest drug companies could sue doctors for prescribing cheaper alternatives

NEWS

Doctors in the north east of England could be facing legal action from two of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies for offering sufferers of a serious eye condition the choice of a safe, effective and cheaper drug.

COMMENT

For anybody who still doubts what we have been saying for years now, namely that the primary focus of the pharmaceutical industry isn’t the health interests of patients, but rather the continued accumulation of its trillion-dollar-a-year profits, this story provides the proof.

It is bad enough that drugs don’t address the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases. But patients and doctors alike need to understand that the pharmaceutical industry isn’t actually a health industry at all, it’s an investment industry. Until such time as we replace it with a non-profit oriented system of healthcare based on safe, natural preventive approaches, the simple fact is that mankind will inevitably continue to be held hostage to the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.

Permalink 13 November 2017

Read article on the International Business Times website

Study ties pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women

NEWS

Among women undergoing infertility treatment in the United States, consuming more fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue was associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher risk of pregnancy loss, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

COMMENT

For years now, government regulators around the world have been deliberately ignoring the toxic effects of pesticides in foods. Typically, they even go so far as to disingenuously claim that the levels contained in food are within so-called ‘legal limits’.

In one particularly notable example, a Brussels EU report published in April 2017 analyzed over 84,000 food samples and misleadingly declared that more than 97 percent of them had chemical residues within the amounts ‘permitted’ by Brussels EU legislation. Clearly intended as health propaganda to convince the people of Europe that the insect-killing poisons sprayed on their foods are safe for human consumption, the report blatantly ignored the known toxic amplifying effects that combinations of pesticides can have when present together.

To learn more about the health-damaging effects of chemical cocktails in foods, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 11 November 2017

Read article at cnn.com (USA)

Nutritional therapy beneficial in chronic kidney disease

NEWS

A review article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) suggests that nutritional interventions may be beneficial for the management of chronic kidney disease in adults.

COMMENT

It is estimated that more than 10% of adults in the United States – more than 20 million people – have chronic kidney disease, with varying levels of seriousness. Still unknown to the majority of them, however, scientific studies have clearly shown that micronutrients are effective in helping to control it.

In a recent example of such a study, research published in 2015 showed how omega-3 fatty acid supplements can help reduce inflammation in chronic kidney disease. Particularly significantly, the researchers suggested that long term omega-3 fatty acid supplementation is a potential therapy for limiting the low-grade inflammation that associates with, and exacerbates, the progression of chronic renal failure.

To read summaries of other key scientific studies showing the effectiveness of micronutrients against kidney disease, visit the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health website.

Permalink 10 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Acid reflux drugs raise risk of stomach cancer

NEWS

Researchers say a drug commonly used to treat acid reflux is linked to a more than doubled risk of developing stomach cancer.

COMMENT

As difficult as it may be for some people to accept upon first reading this, the reality is that causing diseases with drugs increases the profits of the pharmaceutical industry.

Drug companies understand very well that curing diseases would destroy their multibillion-dollar markets and eventually result in the elimination of the pharmaceutical industry itself. Because of this, rather than addressing the root causes of diseases, they essentially just concentrate upon treating symptoms.

In the case of cardiovascular disease, for example, instead of focusing on the chronic micronutrient deficiencies that are its root cause, drug companies merely address the high levels of cholesterol that are the consequence of it. Similarly, in cancer, rather than focusing on safe natural approaches that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, the entire body is poisoned with toxic chemotherapy. This approach then requires still further drugs to be applied to treat the symptoms and additional diseases that will inevitably arise as a result.

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

Permalink 10 November 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Supplements and macular degeneration

NEWS

New research claims that vitamin and mineral supplements won't prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration but that, in those who already have the condition, there is some evidence taking supplements containing vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc may slow its progression.

COMMENT

A variety of micronutrients are known to play key roles in protecting the various structures and cells in the eye. For example, lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, bioflavonoids, and vitamins A and C are essential for the proper functioning of cells in the retina and macula. Similarly, micronutrients such as the amino acid cysteine, vitamins C and E, and lipoic acid work in synergy to protect physical functions of the optic nerve.

The blood vessels that supply blood and nourishment to the eyes are made of cells that require the amino acid arginine for contraction and relaxation, as well as vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production to support blood vessel strength and integrity.

As with other aspects of health, therefore, ensuring healthy eyes is not dependent on individual micronutrients acting alone. Instead, it requires a wide variety of specific micronutrients working together in synergy. To learn more about the benefits of micronutrients for healthy eyes, read this article written by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 9 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Fentanyl in more than half of opioid deaths in 10 states

NEWS

A federal report says the powerful painkiller fentanyl was involved in more than half of the recent opioid overdose deaths in 10 states.

COMMENT

Fueled by the rise of prescription drugs such as fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller that is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, as well as its deadly analogues such as carfentanil, a chemical so lethal in miniscule amounts that it is said to present a potential terrorism threat, drug overdose deaths are now occurring at an average of one every ten minutes in the United States.

With over 2 million Americans estimated to be dependent on opioids, switching a user’s dependency from one drug to another is not surprisingly viewed by the pharma industry as a highly profitable business opportunity.

No doubt sensing an opportunity to maximize its profiteering from this situation, the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes has reportedly been marketing its $1,000 a shot opioid addiction injection, Vivitrol, directly to judges. As a result, by presenting opioid addicts with the stark choice of either going to jail or joining an injection program, drug courts have helped annual sales of Vivitrol rise by almost 700 percent since 2011, reaching a total of $209 million in 2016. You can read more about this disturbing development in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 8 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Chronic acetaminophen use during pregnancy nearly doubles risk of ADHD: study

NEWS

Taking acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy might increase the risk of your child developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a controversial new study.

COMMENT

It is not only patients and parents that have underestimated the dangers of acetaminophen (paracetamol). Research suggests that doctors, too, have essentially been misled into believing it is a safe “cure-all” drug. For example, a scientific review published in 2015 looked at the risks of taking acetaminophen on a long-term basis and clearly showed that long term use raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, and an early death.

But ADHD is by no means the only health risk that arises when children are exposed to acetaminophen. A study published in 2016 found that taking it during pregnancy, or administering it to babies during infancy, is associated with the child developing asthma a few years later.

When commonly used drugs pose health risks such as these, is it any wonder that interest in scientifically proven natural healthcare approaches has increased exponentially in recent years?

Permalink 8 November 2017

Read article in the New York Post (USA)

Pharma gifts to providers result in more branded, expensive prescriptions

NEWS

Physicians and other health care providers who received "gifts" from pharmaceutical companies were much more likely to prescribe a higher number of drugs per patient, including more costly prescriptions for branded medicines, compared to prescriptions written by medical providers who did not accept gifts, according to research published in PLOS ONE.

COMMENT

As the New York Times recently described, the pharma industry essentially now consists of ‘drug dealers in lab coats’. Educated in medical schools to believe that drugs are essential for controlling diseases, the compliance of physicians with this contemptible approach to healthcare has played a key role in raising the pharma industry’s sales to over one trillion dollars a year.

In recent years, however, many doctors have started to recognize the deadlocks of pharma-based medicine. Realizing they have become victims of a medical training system that degrades their profession, essentially reducing it to a sales force for the pharmaceutical investment business, they are seeking new approaches that can safely and effectively prevent diseases before they occur.

In October 2014, in a landmark speech given in Barletta, Italy, Dr. Rath summarized our Foundation’s blueprint for a healthcare system based on natural preventive approaches. To read his speech and watch a video of it, visit the presentation page on our Foundation website.

Permalink 7 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Depressed patients who are treated with antidepressants do worse in the long run

NEWS

A new study has shown that symptoms of depression were more sharply elevated 9 years following treatment including drug medication than treatment without it.

COMMENT

Contrary to the impression given by the pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders, safe and effective natural approaches to controlling depression do exist. For example, a clinical trial recently conducted in the United States found that magnesium supplements are effective in the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression. Similarly, in a recent scientific review published in Maturitas, the official journal of the European Menopause and Andropause Society, researchers note that low levels of B vitamins are common in patients with depression and that supplementation with these nutrients has been shown to improve depression outcomes.

As such, with omega-3 supplements having impressively been shown to be helpful in reducing symptoms of even major depressive disorder, one could argue that the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ isn’t merely the biggest barrier to health, it’s also one of the biggest obstacles to a happier world.

Permalink 7 November 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Good nutrition throughout adulthood promotes strength and fitness in old age, suggests study

NEWS

Individuals who eat healthily throughout adulthood improve their likelihood of enjoying better physical fitness later in life, reports a recent study in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A.

COMMENT

Ageing is not something that just happens or that we have no control over. It is a natural process and part of the human condition. However, accelerated ageing is essentially a man-made disease. Mistakenly accepted as normal in our society today, we do not have to succumb to it. Instead, we need to understand that it is the inevitable result of our unnatural lifestyles and an insufficient intake of micronutrients.

Scientific studies clearly show that the major diseases, dysfunctions and disabilities of ageing CAN be prevented and controlled. Our bodies are self-repairing systems that are designed to keep us fully functional for as long as we take care of them. If we supply ourselves with a good balanced range of micronutrients, take plenty of exercise and cut down on toxin exposures, our bodies can and will make the necessary repairs to keep us healthy. Through doing so, rather than succumbing to accelerated ageing, we can all then live longer, healthier lives.

To learn more about the habits that promote successful anti-ageing, read this article by Mirja Holtrop.

Permalink 6 November 2017

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US study finds rise in human glyphosate levels

NEWS

Levels of glyphosate, a controversial chemical found in herbicides, markedly increased in the bodies of a sample population over two decades, a study published Tuesday in a US medical journal said.

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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”, it has been used extensively across the world ever since. Although the United States remains its biggest consumer, the use of glyphosate has also increased in other countries over the years.

A recent study conducted by scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute evaluated the effects of glyphosate at various doses on cell viability, and examined if there are ways to protect against the harm it causes. The results confirmed the extreme cellular toxicity of this chemical and showed that specific micronutrients applied in proper combinations and dosages can provide some protective effects against it. You can read about this important study in this article on the Online Journal of Cellular Medicine and Natural Health website.

Permalink 5 November 2017

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs linked to heightened diabetes risk

NEWS

A US study has linked cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes among patients already deemed to be at high risk of the condition.

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Despite causing numerous side effects and raising the risk of developing other diseases, cholesterol-lowering drugs form one of the largest business segments of the global pharmaceutical industry. This entire multibillion dollar business is built on fear – the fear that cholesterol supposedly causes heart attacks.

While the “cholesterol scare” has become a gold mine for drug companies, the economic burden of this business is ultimately carried by us, the people. Significantly, therefore, an analysis of the scientific facts about the role of cholesterol in the body reveals three crucial aspects that have essentially been withheld from us by the pharmaceutical industry and its stakeholders.

Firstly, cholesterol is not our enemy. It is a molecule that is essential for life, a structural constituent of the walls of billions of cells in the body, and the precursor of many biological molecules, including hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. Secondly, if the blood vessel walls are structurally intact there is no scientific evidence that cholesterol, even in moderately elevated concentrations, damages them or causes atherosclerotic plaques and heart attacks. Thirdly, in test animals, for cholesterol to have a damaging effect on otherwise intact blood vessel walls (i.e. for it to cause plaques), it must be artificially increased to levels essentially never observed in humans.

In short, therefore, contrary to what patients are being told, there is no scientific evidence that cholesterol – even at moderately elevated levels – can damage an otherwise intact blood vessel wall.

To fully understand the truth about cholesterol and heart disease, read chapter 3 of Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 3 November 2017

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Most kids in northern latitudes don't get enough vitamin D in winter

NEWS

Living in northern latitudes not only means shorter days and less sunlight during the winter, but also far less vitamin D, the "sunshine" vitamin. But an adequate vitamin D intake, which is crucial to bone health, can be difficult for children to achieve through food alone.

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As the study reported on in this news story illustrates, the idea that it is possible for everyone to obtain optimum amounts of micronutrients from food alone is a fallacy. In the case of children, the majority of them do not get enough micronutrients from the food they eat. Too few fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the consumption of highly processed food, results in chronic deficiencies of essential micronutrients that impair the growth and health of children, thus making them prone to diseases.

To read about a clinical evaluation of the health effects of micronutrient supplementation in school-age children, conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, read this edition of the Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 3 November 2017

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Taking statins raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly a third

NEWS

Researchers have found that taking statins increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly a third.

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Not only do patients taking statins risk suffering serious side-effects and developing additional diseases such as diabetes, the fact is that – as has now been recognized by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Britain – the cholesterol theory of heart disease is “dead. In short, high cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease – it is simply the consequence of it.

Based on groundbreaking research he has carried out over a period of more than 25 years, Dr. Rath has proved that heart disease occurs for precisely the same reason that clinical (early) scurvy does – a deficiency of vitamin C in the cells composing the artery walls. Rather like a motor car running out of fuel and the driver responding by filling it with something else that it wasn’t designed for, drugs are clearly not the answer to this health problem.

To learn how high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes can be prevented naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Disease…But People Do!

Permalink 2 November 2017

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Getting enough vitamin D when young associated with lower risk of diabetes-related autoimmunity

NEWS

Getting enough vitamin D during infancy and childhood is associated with a reduced risk of islet autoimmunity among children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes.

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Preventing chronic diseases such as type 1 diabetes is not only dependent on getting enough vitamin D. As Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept explains, the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of various vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other specific micronutrients. An optimum daily intake of these dietary elements is therefore a basic preventative measure for maintaining health, as well as the safe and effective control of many pathological conditions.

Our Foundation firmly believes that the scientific principles of Cellular Medicine can and should form the basis of a new global preventive healthcare system. Each day that the implementation of this new approach is delayed, thousands of patients worldwide will continue to suffer and die from preventable diseases that are not actually real “diseases” at all but are simply the consequences of a chronic deficiency of essential micronutrients. How soon this new global healthcare system comes about is therefore up to us, the people. Each and every one of us has it in our hands to inform others and save lives.

Permalink 1 November 2017

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Anxiety and depression linked to migraines

NEWS

In a study of 588 patients who attended an outpatient headache clinic, more frequent migraines were experienced by participants with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Interestingly, depression and migraines have both also been linked to B vitamins. In the case of depression, a recent scientific review noted that low levels of B vitamins are common in patients with depression and that supplementation with these nutrients has been shown to improve depression outcomes. Consistent with the key principle of Cellular Medicine that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of vitamins and other specific nutrients, the publication of this review helps point the way towards safe, natural approaches to controlling this common mental health problem.

In the case of migraine, over 70 years of studies clearly show that vitamin B2 is helpful in controlling it. Unrealized by millions of patients all over the world, clinical evidence of the effectiveness of this B vitamin against migraine has been available since at least 1946. To place this date into historical context, it came only 13 years after organic chemist Paul Karrer had determined the structure of vitamin B2 and only 9 years after he had been awarded the 1937 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his investigations into it. You can learn more about controlling migraine with vitamin B2 in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 1 November 2017

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