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News & Comment – September 2017

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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)

Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

NEWS

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change.

COMMENT

For many years now, government regulators around the world have blatantly ignored the detrimental effects of the pesticide cocktails that are sprayed on foods. In Europe, for example, after analyzing over 84,000 food samples earlier this year, regulators misleadingly claimed that more than 97 percent of those examined had chemical residues within the amounts permitted by Brussels EU legislation. This declaration was clearly intended as health propaganda with the goal of convincing European citizens that the insect-killing poisons being sprayed on their foods are somehow safe for human consumption.

Fortunately, however, independent research has shown that switching from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to produce grown organically, even just for a few days, significantly reduces the level of pesticides in the body. In a study published in 2015, researchers in the United States found that an organic diet quickly lowers the levels of pesticides found in the body by between one-quarter and one-half.

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

Permalink 28 September 2017

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Epilepsy drug warnings 'not reaching women', survey shows

NEWS

Almost 70% of women surveyed about a powerful epilepsy drug have not received new safety warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, the BBC has been told exclusively.

COMMENT

Since the 1970s, around 20,000 children in the UK have been harmed by valproates – a class of chemicals used to treat seizures and bipolar disorder – as a result of them having been prescribed to their mothers during pregnancy. The fact that children are still being harmed by these drugs today proves that, towards increasing its profits, the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ deliberately downplays the dangers of the toxic medications it produces.

It is bad enough that individuals have been harmed by pharmaceutical drugs, but it is surely even worse when the dangers to the unborn child have intentionally been hidden in the pursuit of profits. Arguably the worst historical example of this can be found in secret files obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia which reveal that, during the late 1950s and early 1960s, the drug company Grunenthal ignored and covered-up repeated warnings that its thalidomide drug could damage unborn babies. In all, more than 10,000 children in 46 countries worldwide are believed to have been born with deformities as a direct consequence of their mothers having been prescribed thalidomide for nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.

Astonishingly, therefore, despite the global tragedy that resulted from the use of thalidomide, the drug is still being prescribed today for the treatment of multiple myeloma, a type of cancer. Further proof, as if it were needed, that the pharmaceutical industry continues to put the interests of its shareholders before those of human health.

Permalink 27 September 2017

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Study: common antidepressant may worsen tinnitus

NEWS

A study by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) researchers indicates that a common class of antidepressants may worsen a hearing condition, known as tinnitus, that millions of people suffer from.

COMMENT

Tinnitus is a symptom characterized by an auditory perception of noise or ringing in the ears. However, patients may also describe it as hissing, pulsing, whooshing, clicking, or similar sounds. Statistics suggest that over 100 million adults worldwide are affected by this health problem. It can disturb their daily lives with hearing loss, long-term sleep disturbances, changes in cognitive ability, challenges in employability and relationships, as well as cause depression.

While the exact causes of tinnitus and consequent hearing loss are not clear, it can often be caused by exposure to loud noises, which destroy the hair cells in the inner ear. Tinnitus can also result from blockages from earwax or abnormal bone growth in the ear canal; anemia; high blood pressure or other blood vessel disorders; stress; head and neck injuries; or a benign tumor called acoustic neuroma. Over 200 medications including some antibiotics, painkillers, diuretics and chemotherapy drugs, are also known to cause hearing problems. But there remains no effective treatment available for such disorders within conventional medicine.

To read about a study conducted by the Dr. Rath Research Institute which found that micronutrients may help in tinnitus-induced hearing loss, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 27 September 2017

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Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals

NEWS

Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths around the world, according to the most comprehensive study ever carried out on the subject.

COMMENT

To put it lightly, this study significantly understates the importance of the role of diet and nutrition in preventing premature death. Based on Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine concept, we now know that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential micronutrients. This means that, far from being unavoidable, chronic diseases can now be prevented and successfully controlled.

The fact is however that the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry isn’t interested in eradicating chronic diseases, as doing so would essentially wipe out its profits and terminate its existence. Instead, therefore, using its patented chemical drugs, it focusses solely on treating the symptoms of chronic diseases – thus ensuring that millions of patients worldwide continue to require ‘treatment’ and remain a source of profit for drug company shareholders.

Long-term, the pharmaceutical industry’s control of our healthcare systems can only continue until such time as we succeed in making natural preventive healthcare approaches a human right.

Permalink 26 September 2017

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Antidepressants associated with significantly elevated risk of death, researchers find

NEWS

Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers.

COMMENT

Antidepressants are associated with a significantly elevated risk of death in more ways than one. In the UK, for example, the results of a recent BBC investigation added to the mounting evidence showing a link between anti-depressant drugs and homicide. After submitting a Freedom of Information request to the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the BBC discovered that, over the past three decades, 28 homicides committed in the UK have been associated with people taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Discussing the finding, Professor Peter Tyrer, a psychiatrist at Imperial College London who has been studying SSRIs, stated: “It’s happened just too frequently with this class of drug to make it random.

To read how a deficiency of B vitamins has been linked with depression, and how micronutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, vitamin D, vitamin C and acetyl-l-carnitine have been shown to be helpful in fighting this mental health problem, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 25 September 2017

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Native American tribes fight for clean water

NEWS

When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana. Stagnant water would pool in some areas, filling with algae. It wouldn’t even freeze in the cold of winter. Later, catfish would turn up with quarter-size white sores.

COMMENT

Even today in the 21st century, lack of access to clean water remains a problem for millions of people around the world. However, this is not accidental. The corporate status quo wants to control access to water and is conducting a political and media lobbying campaign in order to achieve this.

In the developing world, controlling societies starts with controlling water. This is why, towards fighting back against the interests behind this campaign, the Free Water for All campaign is an important part of our Movement of Life project.

For a better understanding the importance of clean water for the human body cells, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 24 September 2017

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Opioid overdoses killed 8 Canadians a day in 2016: minister

NEWS

An average of nearly eight Canadians per day died last year from opioid overdoses, mostly involving the potent drug fentanyl, and the crisis has since deepened, the government said Thursday.

COMMENT

Canada is only one of a growing number of countries in which opioid addiction has reached crisis levels. In the United States, for example, addiction to opioids is expected to kill over 60 thousand Americans this year.

By earning themselves billions of dollars from marketing heavily addictive narcotic painkillers while pretending they were safe for long-term use, drug companies have demonstrated that they are morally bankrupt and ruthlessly driven by profit. This is why our goal has to be replacing synthetic drug-based medicine with a preventive system of healthcare based on scientifically proven natural approaches. For until this is achieved, human health will continue to be held to ransom by the ‘business with disease’.

To learn more about the opioid epidemic, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 21 September 2017

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Vitamin D levels in blood may help predict risk of multiple sclerosis

NEWS

Examining vitamin D levels in the blood may help predict whether a person is at risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large new study published in the September 13, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

COMMENT

For some years now, evidence has been mounting that a lack of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. For patients in the early stage of the illness, low levels of this micronutrient have been found to strongly predict disease severity and hasten its progression.

A disease in which the myelin sheaths – the insulating covers of the body’s nerve fibres – are damaged, multiple sclerosis is believed to affect more than 2 million people worldwide. Most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40, the course of the illness can take several forms.

In relapsing-remitting forms of the disease symptoms tend to appear, disappear and then return again; in progressive forms they build up over time. Symptoms are wide-ranging and vary between patients but can include visual disturbances; muscle weakness; coordination and balance problems; sensations such as numbness, prickling pains or “pins and needles”; and memory problems. In some cases the disease results in sufferers losing the ability to write, speak or walk.

To learn more about multiple sclerosis and micronutrients that have been shown in scientific studies to be helpful in controlling it, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 21 September 2017

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11 percent of the world’s population is undernourished, says new U.N. report

NEWS

Global hunger is on the rise after a decade of continued decline, according to a new report.

COMMENT

Forty years ago, Henry Kissinger is reported to have said: “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” Today, in the 21st century, we are observing a paradox. On the one hand we see that 11 percent of the world’s population is undernourished, while on the other we have people living in developed countries who have an abundance of food but are becoming ill from the diets they eat. Meanwhile, in the pursuit of profits, global biotech companies are trying to force genetically modified foods on entire populations.

To learn what our global Movement of Life project is doing to address these issues, visit the Gallery and Free Food for All sections of the Movement of Life website.

Permalink 20 September 2017

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Over-the-counter acetaminophen/paracetamol poses risk of overdose

NEWS

According to a new study, 500 Americans are expected to die this year after taking over-the-counter drugs containing acetaminophen/paracetamol.

COMMENT

Acetaminophen/paracetamol is the most commonly used painkiller and fever-reducing drug and is widely available over-the-counter in pharmacies. Many people are not aware of its likelihood for causing serious, sometimes deadly, consequences when taken in excess. The drug has a very narrow safety margin and even a small dosage error can cause serious damage to the liver. In the United States, accidental acetaminophen/paracetamol poisoning is the cause of 78,000 emergency room visits per year and the most common cause of liver failure requiring liver transplants.

To learn how micronutrients may reduce liver damage caused by over-the-counter painkillers, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 20 September 2017

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Vitamin D and calcium supplementation 'vital from birth': New Indian Paediatrics Academy guidelines

NEWS

Children should receive vitamin D and calcium supplementation from birth, according to guidelines from the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP).

COMMENT

As important as vitamin D and calcium are, they are not the only micronutrients for which dietary deficiencies are commonplace. To the contrary, a whole range of other vitamins and minerals, as well as amino acids, fatty acids, and other micronutrients, are similarly deficient in the daily diets of millions of people worldwide.

Building on this understanding, Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine concept describes how micronutrient deficiency is the primary cause of chronic diseases. Crucially, therefore, not only are groundbreaking nutritional approaches based on this concept already available, they now stand ready to transform our healthcare systems by preventing chronic diseases and saving millions of lives. The global eradication of chronic diseases depends upon people everywhere learning about these scientific discoveries, acting on them, and sharing them with others.

Permalink 19 September 2017

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One in eight older adults in Ireland are deficient in vitamin D

NEWS

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have discovered that one in eight adults over the age of 50 living in Ireland are vitamin D deficient.

COMMENT

Vitamin D deficiency is now a serious global health problem. Even in Australia, a country where people typically enjoy an outdoor lifestyle with plentiful sunshine, deficiency is said to have reached crisis levels. In the United States and Canada, the problem is similarly known to be widespread. In Europe, blood levels of vitamin D have been shown to be low in 50 to 70 percent of the population. Pregnant Arab women have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of deficiency, with India also now home to a growing epidemic of it.

Significantly, therefore, a recent clinical review suggests that overuse of sunscreen has caused a dramatic increase in the number of people with deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D. Also describing how some chronic diseases greatly inhibit the body's ability to metabolize vitamin D from foods, the paper points out that almost 1 billion people worldwide now have inadequate levels of this essential micronutrient.

You can learn more about vitamin D deficiency in this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 19 September 2017

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Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides

NEWS

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk.

COMMENT

As this study reminds us, proper nourishment during pregnancy is critical for the health of the developing 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.

Additionally, minerals such as iron and zinc are important for prevention of anemia, as well as for improving the immune system of the mother and baby. Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, in synergy with vitamins C and D, aid the development of the baby’s bones and teeth, support normal blood pressure in the mother, and prevent muscle cramps and preterm delivery. A woman’s requirements for these minerals increases by more than 50% during pregnancy.

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

Permalink 18 September 2017

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The First Count of U.S. Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

NEWS

The first governmental account of U.S. drug deaths in 2016 shows overdose deaths growing even faster than previously thought.

COMMENT

With concern growing over the escalating rates of opioid addiction and overdoses, and the death toll continuing to mount, American states are fighting back by suing pharma companies. The latest to join the battle is South Carolina, which recently announced it is suing the OxyContin maker Purdue for unfair and deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers. Reuters reports that Purdue and other pharma companies have already been the object of opioid-related lawsuits in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri and New Hampshire, as well as cities and counties in California, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and New York. There seems little doubt that more suits will follow.

To learn more about America’s growing opioid epidemic, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 17 September 2017

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Report: Drug company faked cancer patients to sell drug

NEWS

When Insys Therapeutics got approval to sell an ultra-powerful opioid for cancer patients with acute pain in 2012, it soon discovered a problem: finding enough cancer patients to use the drug. To boost sales, the company allegedly took patients who didn't have cancer and made it look like they did.

COMMENT

The pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ only profits when people fall sick or are deemed to be at risk of sickness. If diseases no longer existed, the need for drug companies would essentially be eliminated.

This explains why vitamins and other non-patentable preventive health approaches represent a serious threat to the pharma industry, and why drug company stakeholders are lobbying governments and the Codex Alimentarius Commission for such approaches – and information about them – to be banned.

In sharp contrast to the proven safety of vitamins, so dangerous has the pharmaceutical approach to medicine now become that orthodox doctors, hospitals, and their treatments have been shown in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by deaths from heart disease and cancer. The study, published in July 2000, also found that between 4% and 18% of patients experience adverse effects in outpatient settings, with 116 million extra physician visits; 77 million extra prescriptions; 17 million emergency department visits; 8 million hospitalizations; 3 million long-term admissions; 199,000 additional deaths; and $77 billion in extra costs.

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

Permalink 15 September 2017

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Review: Co-supplementation of vitamins D, K may lead to stronger bones in children

NEWS

There has been a ‘disturbing growth’ in the incidence of low-energy bone fractures in healthy children and adolescents, a group of researchers wrote in a new review, arguing that insufficiency of vitamin D, vitamin K, and calcium are among leading considerations.

COMMENT

It is a common misperception that vitamin D, vitamin K and calcium are the only nutrients needed for healthy bones. This idea 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. Since the human body cannot produce vitamin C or lysine internally, deficiencies of these critical nutrients are very likely and can be further depleted by the stress associated with a bone fracture.

To learn more about micronutrients that are rarely considered for bone health and healing fractures, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 15 September 2017

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Higher dietary calcium linked to lower heart attack risk in Korean women, suggests study

NEWS

Higher calcium intake was associated with decreased cardiovascular (CV) event risk in Korean women, according to a recent study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

COMMENT

While calcium is undoubtedly an important mineral, it is not the key nutritional factor determining risk of heart attacks. Instead, as Dr. Rath’s scientific discoveries have proven, the key nutrient that protects against cardiovascular disease is vitamin C. His research – conducted over more than a quarter of a century – has definitively shown that the primary cause of this disease is vitamin C deficiency.

Following the publication of Dr. Rath’s seminal scientific papers on this subject in the late 1980s and early 1990s, scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute have built on this understanding and demonstrated that, through optimum intake of vitamin C, the end of the cardiovascular epidemic is now possible. In 2015, in a groundbreaking study published in the American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease, they provided proof that cardiovascular disease is essentially an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Studying mice that mimic human metabolism, they found the degree to which the animals developed cardiovascular disease was inversely related to their intake of vitamin C.

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

Permalink 14 September 2017

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Omega 3 helps the gut stay healthy, study finds

NEWS

Taking omega-3 as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fibre and probiotic foods can improve the diversity of the gut microbiome according to a new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and King's College London.

COMMENT

Keeping the gut healthy requires an optimum intake of not just omega-3 but also a wide range of other essential micronutrients. Proper supplies of vitamins C, B6, B12 and folic acid are all necessary for the normal functioning and maintenance of our digestive systems, for example. Moreover, betaine hydrochloride and the enzymes bromelain, papain, ginger root and peppermint are also important for supporting the digestive process. Daily supplementation with these synergistically acting micronutrients helps optimize the functions of the cells of the digestive system that distribute nourishment to the entire body.

To learn about the benefits of Dr. Rath’s micronutrient synergy approach in improving digestive health, read this edition of the Dr. Rath Research Institute’s health information newsletter.

Permalink 13 September 2017

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Dietary management of OCD: Study links metabolism and vitamin D status to disease severity

NEWS

One carbon metabolism that includes vitamin B12 and homocysteine, plus vitamin D deficiency could all play a role in the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), research suggests.

COMMENT

There is growing evidence that nutritional status plays an important role in influencing behavior.

A UK study published in 2002 is one of the landmark pieces of research in this area. In a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial that gave nutritional supplements to prisoners, researchers found clear evidence of a link between dietary intake and violent behavior. 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.

The underlying idea behind this area of research is essentially a simple one; namely that the brain needs to be nourished, just like all other organs of the body, and that it is therefore vital to consider the brain’s nutritional needs as a key factor in governing behavior. Interestingly, it is not even as if this hypothesis is a new one. When Archibald Sinclair, as Secretary of State for Air, persuaded the wartime British government in 1942 to supplement the diet of the country’s children with cod-liver oil and orange juice, he had speculated that, among other ills, poor diets could lead to antisocial behavior.

Further support for this theory comes from work conducted in the United States, which has shown 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.

As these studies show, the old adage that ‘we are what we eat’ is true in more ways than many people imagine.

Permalink 13 September 2017

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South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis

NEWS

South Carolina has become the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing, with the state's top prosecutor suing the maker of OxyContin.

COMMENT

With the United States caught in the asphyxiating grip of an opioid addiction epidemic that is expected to kill over 60 thousand Americans this year, evidence is growing that the pharma industry is seeking to maximize its profiteering from the situation. According to a disturbing report from ProPublica, the biopharmaceutical company Alkermes has 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.

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. Accordingly, with over 2 million Americans estimated to be dependent on opioids, switching a user’s dependency from one drug to another is seen by the pharma industry as a highly profitable business opportunity.

To learn more about America’s growing opioid crisis, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 12 September 2017

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Heart failure 12 times more likely in people with vitamin D deficiency

NEWS

More trials are needed to test vitamin D supplementation for the prevention of heart disease, say researchers behind a new study showing heart failure among the elderly is strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency.

COMMENT

The primary reason why heart failure occurs is a deficiency of vitamins and other essential micronutrients that provide bioenergy to billions of heart muscle cells. These cells are responsible for the contraction of the heart muscle and for the optimum pumping of blood into circulation. Deficiencies of vitamins and other essential micronutrients impair the pumping performance of the heart, resulting in fatigue, shortness of breath, and other incapacitating symptoms.

In a scientific demonstration that this understanding is correct, researchers from the Dr. Rath Research Institute have conducted a successful pilot clinical trial in heart failure patients aged between 41 and 68 years old. The participants took a specific combination of micronutrients for a period of six months. At the beginning of the study, 70 percent of them were suffering from an extensive impairment of cardiovascular health which significantly affected their daily lives. Thirty percent of patients reported a moderate limitation of their daily physical activities.

At the end of the study period, 80 percent of the patients reported improvement in their health condition by one or more grades on the New York Heart Association scale. Impressively, half of the patients could lead normal lives again without any discomfort or associated symptoms. Overall, the results showed remarkably improved cardiac pumping action and a superior quality of life for the patients. As such, the study provided further evidence that micronutrient supplementation is the only effective way to provide bioenergy for the optimum functioning of heart muscle cells.

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

Permalink 11 September 2017

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The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

NEWS

A new book zeroes in on human experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations in the late 1700s. Were slaves on New World sugar plantations used as human guinea pigs in the same way African-Americans were in the American South centuries later?

COMMENT

In the modern era, it is generally assumed that criminal medical experiments conducted by or on behalf of pharmaceutical, chemical, or other interests ceased after those carried out during WWII by Nazi doctors and the German IG Farben Cartel. In reality, however, evidence clearly shows that this is not the case. In fact, during the past century, such experiments have been far more commonplace than most people realize.

To learn about the hidden history of forced medical treatment and military experiments with toxic chemicals, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 10 September 2017

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Understanding how omega-3 dampens inflammatory reactions

NEWS

Omega-3 fatty acids, which we primarily get through eating fatty fish, have long been thought to be good for our health. Many dietary studies have suggested that high intake is associated with a reduced risk of various disorders. Clinical trials have also shown beneficial anti-inflammatory effects in patients taking omega-3 supplements.

COMMENT

Numerous scientific studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acid supplements are helpful in reducing inflammatory reactions. In a study published in the Clinical Nutrition journal in 2015, for example, Australian scientists found such supplements can help reduce inflammation for people with chronic kidney disease. Describing how their work shows that, by supplementing such patients with fatty acids, the body’s synthesis of blood factors that help resolve inflammation can be increased, the researchers concluded this may have important implications for limiting inflammatory problems in chronic kidney disease.

Inflammation is not something that only occurs in renal failure, however. It occurs naturally in response to bodily injury and is also associated with diseases such as arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer and infections. But in all of these cases conventional medicine aims solely at the management of inflammatory symptoms, generally by using steroids or painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Significantly therefore, not only do these approaches fail to eliminate the actual cause of inflammation, they are also associated with severe – and sometimes life-threatening – side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding or fatal heart attacks.

While some individual nutrients, such as those in the omega-3 supplement used in the Australian study, may display some anti-inflammatory effects, the use of specific combinations of micronutrients acting in biological synergy is by far the best approach to controlling this health problem. In this respect, pioneering research carried out at the Dr. Rath Reasearch Institute has shown that a mixture of selected micronutrients including vitamin C, quercetin, green tea extract, L-lysine, L-proline, L-arginine and N-acetyl cysteine is effective in producing a significant reduction of various inflammatory mediators and cytokines involved in systemic inflammation.

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

Permalink 8 September 2017

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Omega-3 supplements may slash cardiac death risk: Meta-analysis

NEWS

Consumption of omega-3 supplements may reduce the risk of cardiac death by an average of 8%, according to results of a new meta-analysis that pooled data from over 70,000 people.

COMMENT

Scientific studies carried by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute clearly show that micronutrients support the function of heart muscle.

According to this research, most of the diseases of the cardiovascular system occur due to chronic deficiency of certain nutrients and can be prevented by appropriate supplementation. Specifically, the B vitamins, carnitine, taurine, and coenzyme Q-10 are critical micronutrients to support the metabolism and produce essential bioenergy required for optimal cardiac function.

However, these micronutrients also need to be supported by other micronutrients that work in synergy with each other and increase the effect of the essential ones. Research carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated that such synergy can be achieved by combining the above nutrients with vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, alpha ketoglutarate and others. Based on the results of this work, the institute’s researchers concluded that a specific combination of micronutrients supports the healthy function of heart cells and gives optimum support and bioenergy production in the heart muscle.

To learn more about reducing cardiac death risk naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 8 September 2017

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Antioxidant supplement cost saving and effective for degenerative eye disease

NEWS

A supplement that combines antioxidants with zinc and copper is a relatively inexpensive and effective means of halting the progression of a certain type of degenerative eye disease, concludes research published online in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

COMMENT

Specific nutrients are required for proper functioning of the eyes. For example, the retina is composed of hundreds of thousands of small rods and cones that sense light and are responsible for color vision. Nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, bioflavonoids, and vitamins A and C are essential for the proper functioning of these cells in the retina and macula.

The optic nerve carrying signals and light impulses from the retina to the brain consists of approximately 1 million nerve cells. Natural nutrients such as the amino acid cysteine, vitamins C and E, and lipoic acid all 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, and vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production to support blood vessel strength and integrity. Vitamin C is known to reduce ocular pressure in the eyes, however the content of vitamin C in the eyes naturally decreases with age and requires additional supplementation.

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

Permalink 7 September 2017

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Omega-3 may help fight fatty liver disease, says pilot study

NEWS

Supplementation with high-dose omega-3 improved markers of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to a recent pilot study in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

COMMENT

Worldwide, millions of people suffer from liver diseases. The main cause of these problems is the presence of one or a combination of factors such as inflammation, drug treatments, excess alcohol consumption, obesity, and infections.

Fortunately, however, scientific discoveries have cast new light on the role of nutrients in treating liver diseases. The results indicate that vitamin C, amino acids and other natural compounds can be effective in treating such problems.

To access easy-to-read scientific studies on natural approaches to controlling liver diseases , visit the Independent Library of Nutrition and Natural Health.

Permalink 6 September 2017

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