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News & Comment – October 2017

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Air pollution blamed for half a million premature deaths in Europe in 2014

NEWS

A report on air quality from the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, has found that air pollution prematurely killed half a million people in Europe in 2014.

COMMENT

Despite admitting to the death toll caused by air pollution in Europe, the European Environment Agency – a body of the Brussels EU – will doubtless have no intention of publicizing the recent scientific finding that high-dose B vitamins have a protective effect against it.

Published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal earlier this year, research carried out in the United States showed that exposure to fine particulate matter of the type produced by burning fossil fuels in motor vehicles can be mitigated by a daily supplement of B vitamins. With such pollution being known to have significant adverse effects on human health, the finding has profound implications for public health policies worldwide. To learn more about this important study, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 22 October 2017

Read article on the New Scientist website

What You Should Know Before Saying 'Yes' To Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs

NEWS

The most widely prescribed drugs in history, the side effects from statins include memory loss, confusion, muscle problems, increased blood sugar and diabetes, liver issues and more.

COMMENT

With drug industry profits from statins collapsing, a recent scientific review published in the Pharmaceutical Journal – a publication of Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society – has added fuel to the fire by confirming the cholesterol theory of heart disease is now “dead”. Pointing out that the lives of heart attack survivors participating in pharma-sponsored statin trials have been shown to be extended by an average of just 4 days, the authors say there is an “ethical and moral imperative” for the potential harms of these drugs to be discussed.

To learn more about this important development, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 20 October 2017

Read article at cbn.com (USA)

Over Half Of New Cancer Drugs 'Show No Benefits' For Survival Or Wellbeing

NEWS

Of 48 cancer drugs approved between 2009-2013, 57% of uses showed no benefits and some benefits were ‘clinically meaningless’, says a study published in the British Medical Journal.

COMMENT

It is of course hardly surprising that over half of cancer drugs examined in this study showed no benefits. Nor either is it remarkable that some of the benefits claimed for these drugs are clinically meaningless.

The fact is that studies carried out to supposedly prove the efficacy of the pharmaceutical industry’s drugs are habitually rigged. Were this not the case, the lack of benefits and high toxicity of cancer drugs would clearly prevent them getting regulatory approval.

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 groundbreaking book by Dr. Rath and Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 20 October 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Extra Iron Reduces Later Aggressive Behavior In Low Birth-Weight Babies

NEWS

Supplementing low birth-weight babies with iron may help prevent behavioral problems at school age, suggests a recent study in Pediatric Research.

COMMENT

An inadequate intake of micronutrients in any phase of pregnancy can result in a baby having a low birth-weight. This is important to appreciate because, in addition to higher caloric demands, pregnancy also increases the need for specific micronutrients which may not necessarily be met through diet alone. 

To learn how the use of synergistically designed micronutrient combinations can contribute to optimum development of the baby’s organs during pregnancy, as well as reduce the risk of premature delivery and low birth-weight, read parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 19 October 2017

Read article at nutraingredients.com

Study Shows Vitamin D Supplements Protect Against Severe Asthma Attacks

NEWS

A new study suggests asthma patients could halve their risk of suffering a severe attack simply by taking a vitamin D supplement.

COMMENT

While evidence certainly suggests that vitamin D can help reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks in patients, the most effective form of natural prevention and treatment for this health problem involves the use of carefully designed combinations of micronutrients.

In a pilot study carried out by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute, a targeted combination of micronutrients was given to asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old. After only three months using this safe natural therapeutic approach, every single one of them demonstrated an increased lung capacity.

To learn more about treating asthma naturally with micronutrients, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 18 October 2017

Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

One In Four People Leave Work A Year After A Heart Attack, Study Finds

NEWS

One in four people leave their job within a year of returning to work after having a heart attack, according to a newly published study from Denmark in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

COMMENT

The key reason why one in four people leave their job within a year of returning to work after having a heart attack is of course obvious. Quite simply, orthodox medicine has failed to understand the root cause of heart attacks. This means, by definition, that it does not know how to successfully treat it.

As Dr. Rath pointed out in 2015 in what has since become one of the most-watched medical lectures in Europe, what is taught in medical schools today cannot be the truth. Otherwise, if it were, many of the diseases that still haunt mankind today in epidemic proportions – including heart attacks and strokes – would no longer exist.

To learn how heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular conditions can be prevented safely and naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s classic book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 16 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Blood-Thinning Drugs Associated With Increased Risk Of Complications From Blood In Urine

NEWS

Use of blood-thinning drugs among older adults is associated with higher rates of complications related to the presence of blood in urine, including emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

COMMENT

The dangers of blood-thinning drugs are widely underestimated. Even the use of aspirin, which is commonly thought of as a safe “miracle drug”, carries severe risks. For example, a recent study found that elderly people who take daily aspirin tablets after a heart attack or stroke are at far greater risk of potentially fatal internal bleeding than originally thought. Published in The Lancet medical journal by scientists at Oxford University, the study suggests that more than 3,000 patients die every year in the UK from long-term use of this dangerous drug.

To learn how cardiovascular conditions can be prevented and controlled naturally, without dangerous blood-thinning drugs, read Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 17 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Multivitamins In Pregnancy May Be Linked To Lower Autism Risk In Children

NEWS

Taking multivitamins during early pregnancy may be associated with a reduced risk of autism spectrum disorder in children compared with mothers who do not take multivitamins, finds a study published in the British Medical Journal.

COMMENT

Ensuring proper nutrition during pregnancy – and especially a constant supply of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients – is of vital importance for a developing baby. Inadequate nourishment in any phase of pregnancy will affect the baby’s organ systems, birth weight, and even its survival. This is important because how the organs develop during pregnancy can determine how their growth continues after the baby’s birth – and thus also affect the child’s long-term health.

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

Permalink 17 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Colorectal Cancer Is On The Rise In Younger Patients

NEWS

The incidence of colorectal cancer has been increasing in people under the age of 55 since at least the mid-1990s.

COMMENT

Scientific research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated that, for optimum prevention and control of cancer, specific combinations of micronutrients, chosen and balanced according to the principle of micronutrient synergy, are necessary. Through the use of such scientifically designed combinations, many of the biochemical mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease can now be targeted both effectively and simultaneously.

In numerous studies, carried out under the leadership of Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, it has been shown that vitamin C, lysine, proline, green tea extract and other important micronutrient components, when present together in synergistic proportions, can be effective in halting metastasis (the spread of cancer cells), decreasing tumor growth, and eliminating cancer cells without harming healthy ones.

To read how scientific progress in the area of micronutrient research brings hope that colon cancer can be controlled naturally, see this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 16 October 2017

Read article at usnews.com (USA)

New study shows air pollution may be causing kidney disease

NEWS

A team of scientists from Washington University in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System have found an association between tiny particulate matter and kidney disease.

COMMENT

Providing still further evidence that essential micronutrients are highly effective in protecting human health, a recent study from the United States found that high-dose B vitamins may “completely offset” the damage caused by the most dangerous type of air pollution. Published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, the researchers showed that exposure to fine particulate matter of the type produced by burning fossil fuels in motor vehicles can be mitigated by a daily supplement of B vitamins. With such pollution being known to have significant adverse effects on human health, the finding has profound implications for public health policies worldwide.

To learn more, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 13 October 2017

Read article at cnbc.com (USA)

Parts of UK identified as high risk areas for Lyme disease

NEWS

The south of England and the Scottish Highlands have been earmarked as high risk areas for Lyme disease.

COMMENT

The human transmission of Lyme disease starts from ticks, which are external insects that feed on blood sucked from humans and animals. The tick becomes infected by pulling bacteria of the genus Borrelia from the infected host (animal, human). Borrelia sp. exists in three morphological forms which allow them to withstand and survive changing, and even hostile, environments. These are: active form (spirochetes), and latent forms (rounded forms and biofilm).

Scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have tested 45 natural compounds against two species of Borrelia: Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (the pathogen causing Lyme disease in the USA) and Borrelia garinii (the pathogen causing Lyme disease in Europe). Their results showed that all tested compounds inhibited the bacterial growth of spirochetes. The most effective substances that induced the death of latent rounded forms of Borrelia were cis-2- decenoic acid, rosmarinic acid, baicalein, monolaurin, luteolin, and kelp (iodine). Five of the compounds, baicalein, luteolin, monolaurin, cis-2-decenoic acid, and kelp (iodine), could also reduce biofilm-like colonies formed by Borrelia burgdorferi, although only baicalein and monolaurin could reduce biofilm formation by Borrelia garinii.

To learn more about Lyme disease, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 12 October 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Study says zinc can halt the growth of cancer cells

NEWS

Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by a University of Texas at Arlington researcher.

COMMENT

As interesting as this study is, the fact remains that the most effective approach to halting the growth of cancer cells is to use carefully chosen combinations of micronutrients that act in biological synergy. Using this approach, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have shown that a combination including vitamin C, the amino acids lysine and proline, green tea extract, and the polyphenol quercetin can effectively reduce cancer cell growth, induce apoptosis (natural cell death) in cancer cells, curtail the invasion and metastasis of cancer, and decrease the growth of blood vessels feeding the tumor (angiogenesis).

The impressive results obtained by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute demonstrate that this scientifically proven natural approach has real potential in the prevention and control of cancer. You can learn more about this important discovery in the groundbreaking book written by Dr. Rath with Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 11 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables

NEWS

A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1- found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil - were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition.

COMMENT

A fat-soluble vitamin that is well-known for its function in blood clotting, the two naturally occurring forms of vitamin K are phylloquinone (vitamin K1) and menaquinones (vitamin K2). Vitamin K1 is synthesized by plants and is the main form consumed in the diet, while vitamin K2 can be synthesized by human intestinal microflora and is also found in fermented foods and animal products.

For optimum heart health however, vitamin K alone is not enough. Instead, even in situations where multiple risk factors are present, a specific combination of supplementary micronutrients including vitamin C, lysine, proline, and others is necessary as it has been scientifically proven to simultaneously affect several biological mechanisms associated with heart problems.

In Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!, you can learn more about this approach and discover for yourself how heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, and many other cardiovascular conditions can all be prevented and controlled naturally, without drugs.

Permalink 11 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

France steps up organic production as demand grows

NEWS

French farmers and food processors are increasing their investment in organic production in response to growing demand for “bio” products, according to the latest figures.

COMMENT

The growing demand for organic food in France reflects a worldwide trend and comes at a time when scientific research is increasingly confirming its health benefits. In 2014, in what is arguably the most comprehensive analysis to date, an international team led by Professor Carlo Leifert from Newcastle University in the UK found that organic food contains up to 69 percent more of key antioxidants than regular food, as well as lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. Based on an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies from around the world, Leifert’s findings destroyed the myth that organic food is nutritionally indistinguishable from that produced using pesticides.

In the preventive healthcare system of the future that our Foundation is working towards, the fruits and vegetables we plant and eat will all be organically grown and free of pesticides and GMOs. To learn more about our vision for a preventive healthcare system based on natural approaches, take a look at Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration.

Permalink 10 October 2017

Read article at foodnavigator.com

Statins Tied to Memory Lapses, Low Energy, Other Side Effects

NEWS

Memory lapses. Low Energy. Brain fog. Muscle pain. High blood sugar. A growing body of research suggests these and other side effects are linked to cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

COMMENT

With drug industry profits from statins collapsing, a recent scientific review published in the Pharmaceutical Journal – a publication of Britain’s Royal Pharmaceutical Society – has added fuel to the fire by confirming the cholesterol theory of heart disease is now “dead”. Pointing out that the lives of heart attack survivors participating in pharma-sponsored statin trials have been shown to be extended by an average of just 4 days, the authors say there is an “ethical and moral imperative” for the potential harms of these drugs to be discussed.

The fact is, of course, that the solution to the cardiovascular disease epidemic already exists. 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. Matthias Rath in the early 1990s, it paves the way for the abolition of heart disease as a cause of human mortality. To learn more, read this press release on our Foundation website.

Permalink 9 October 2017

Read article at newsmax.com (USA)

Monsanto banned from European parliament

NEWS

MEPs withdraw parliamentary access to Monsanto lobbyists after the firm shunned a hearing into allegations that it unduly influenced studies into the safety of glyphosate used in its RoundUp weedkiller.

COMMENT

With even the Brussels EU’s puppet parliament now wanting to distance itself from Monsanto (albeit most likely only temporarily), the company’s public image continues to go from bad to worse. Earlier this year, following a hearing in the Netherlands, it was accused by a panel of five international judges of committing ‘Ecocide’. Calling for the primacy of international human and environmental rights law to be asserted, the judges wrote that were the crime of ‘Ecocide’ to be recognized in international law, the facts reported to them could fall within the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

As we have written previously on these pages, never doubt that Monsanto and other corporate interests will eventually be held to account for the damage they are inflicting on human health, human rights, and the environment. It really is now just a matter of time.

Permalink 8 October 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Micronutrients help children with ADHD, new research shows

NEWS

At the age of 9, Isaiah Godfrey was unable to tie his shoe laces and brush his teeth. He had been expelled from six preschools and several schools because of his severe attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now 13, he can jump off 10 steps on his skateboard and has caught up on six years of schooling. His mother, Erica Godfrey, credits micronutrients for his "amazing progress".

COMMENT

Research clearly shows that supplementary micronutrients can improve antisocial behavior. A UK study published in 2002 is one of the landmark examples of this, finding impressive evidence of a link between dietary intake and violent behavior in a well-designed trial that gave nutritional supplements to prisoners. During the study the subjects who received the micronutrients committed 37% fewer violent offences and 26% fewer offences overall, whereas the rates of disciplinary incidents remained substantially unchanged for those receiving placebos. A double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, it attracted an extremely favorable response from the academic community for the high standard of its methodology.

Similarly, a study conducted in the United States found that school children given a daily supplement containing a mere 50 per cent of the RDA for a period of 4 months had lower rates of threats and fighting, vandalism, being disrespectful, disorderly conduct, defiance, obscenities, refusal to work or serve, endangering others, and other offences.

With numerous other studies conducted in juvenile correctional institutions having made similar findings, there seems little doubt that scientific and medical interest in this particular area of research will continue to grow.

Permalink 6 October 2017

Read article at stuff.co.nz (New Zealand)

Hair loss: Is it related to one’s health status?

NEWS

For centuries, hair has been perceived as a mark of beauty. As such, anything that can lead to its loss can be discomforting. Hair loss can be caused by numerous factors that range from genetic to hormonal or even dietary factors.

COMMENT

Ensuring a healthy diet and lifestyle is vital for maintaining a healthy head of hair and preventing hair loss. In this respect, an optimum intake of nutrients is especially important, particularly of omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, B vitamins, zinc, as well as vitamins C and E.

To read about a study which assessed the effects of a synergistic mixture of micronutrients on hair growth, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 5 October 2017

Read article on The New Times website (Rwanda)

Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

NEWS

Antimicrobial resistance a 'global health emergency' that 'will seriously jeopardise progress in modern medicine', says head of international organization.

COMMENT

Increasingly these days, media headlines like this one are claiming that antibiotic resistant “superbugs” have become one of the world’s most pressing health concerns. Declaring that we stand on the threshold of the post-antibiotic era, they attempt to frighten us into believing that, by the middle of this century, superbugs could be killing millions of people every year. Notably, however, whenever the question is raised as to what alternative approaches might be available for controlling infections, no mention whatsoever is made of the key roles played by essential micronutrients in the proper functioning of the immune system.

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 Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach explains and 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 health, visit the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 4 October 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

For better gut bacteria, eat more oily fish

NEWS

A study of middle-aged British women shows that omega-3 has beneficial effects on gut health.

COMMENT

Scientific studies are increasingly showing there is a connection between the microbiome of the gut and the prevention of disease. For example, positive effects for probiotic supplements have already been demonstrated in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, infections, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, metabolic diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.

Recent research has also found that people taking antibiotics for long periods of time have an increased risk of developing polyps in the colon, a known precursor of bowel cancer. Published in the journal Gut, this finding adds further weight to the growing evidence that maintaining a healthy intestinal microbiota can play a key role in the prevention of life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

Permalink 4 October 2017

Read article on the Independent website (UK)

Children's asthma medication may cause nightmares and other mental health issues

NEWS

A children's asthma medication may cause nightmares and other mental health issues, a study claims.

COMMENT

In contrast to the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed for asthma, researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have found that a synergistic combination of safe micronutrients can be of benefit in the condition. In a small clinical trial, asthma patients aged between 45 and 75 years old were given the micronutrient combination for a period of three months. At the end of the three months, all of the patients experienced an increased lung capacity. Impressively, many of them recorded almost double the lung capacity they originally had prior to the start of the trial.

To learn more about the benefits of Dr. Rath’s micronutrient synergy approach in asthma, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 3 October 2017

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Pregnant women are not getting enough omega-3

NEWS

The first ever study on the intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnant women in New Zealand, has found only 30 per cent are getting the recommended daily amount.

COMMENT

Throughout our lives, omega-3 fatty acids play vital roles in maintaining our health. Required for the proper functioning of the heart, brain, eyes and other organs, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are particularly crucial as the human body can only manufacture them in limited amounts. Significantly, therefore, research suggests that supplementing our diets with these key micronutrients can provide a wide variety of impressive benefits to our health.

But omega-3 fatty acids are not the only micronutrients that are required in optimum amounts by the body in order to ensure good health. Others, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements, also play vital roles.

Moreover, in pregnancy, it is important to realize that a woman’s requirement for micronutrients increases. This higher need has to be properly met, as proper nutrition is vital for the developing fetus. Otherwise, an inadequate intake of micronutrients at any stage of pregnancy will affect the organ systems, birth weight, and even survival of the baby. For more information about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy, see parts one and two of a special feature article on the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 2 October 2017

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Prostate cancer on the rise in rural India, cases may double by 2020

NEWS

The second most common cause of cancer, prostate cancer, is rising in the rural part of India, say experts.

COMMENT

Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach is opening up exciting new possibilities in treating prostate cancer. Researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have studied the effects of a specific combination of synergistic micronutrients including vitamin C, green tea extract, selenium and others on prostate cancer growth and its ability to spread. They found that dietary supplementation with this combination can decrease the growth of prostate tumors. Additionally, they demonstrated that it can reduce the ability of blood vessels to form in tumors – thus restricting the supply to cancer cells.

To learn more about prostate cancer and how it has been shown to respond to the micronutrient synergy approach, read this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s popular health information newsletter.

Permalink 1 October 2017

Read article on the Zee News website (India)

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