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News & Comment – January 2018

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Monsanto attempts to gain backdoor Brussels EU entry for GM foods

NEWS

At a recent Codex Alimentarius meeting in Berlin, Germany, there was an attempt to define genetically modified food ingredients as ‘biofortified’ and therefore mislead consumers. This contravened the original Codex mandate for defining biofortification. That definition is based on improving the nutritional quality of food crops through conventional plant breeding (not genetic modification), with the aim of making the nutrients bioavailable after digestion.

COMMENT

Funded by the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) disingenuously claims that its main purposes are protecting the health of consumers; ensuring fair practices in the food trade; and promoting the coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. In reality, however, the activities of Codex do not protect the health of consumers and the international food trade is anything but fair.

In addition to dealing with ordinary foods, Codex also sets global standards and guidelines for vitamin and mineral food supplements; health claims; organic foods; GM foods; food labeling; advertising; food additives; pesticide residues; and other aspects of the global food trade. In all of these areas, it is now inescapable that Codex is increasingly putting financial interests – including those of Monsanto and other multinational GM food producers – before human health.

But as five international judges stated in their conclusion to an international tribunal held in the Netherlands in 2017, “the time is ripe to consider multinational enterprises as subjects of law that could be sued in the case of infringement of fundamental rights.” Without doubt, when it comes to considering which companies are most negatively affecting the environment and our right to health, we suspect most people would probably now cite Monsanto as one of the worst offenders.

Permalink 21 January 2018

Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Study claims statins are ‘safe’ for children with abnormal cholesterol

NEWS

A study carried out by scientists in the UK claims statin drugs are ‘safe’ for children to use if they have familial hypercholesterolaemia, an inherited condition which leads to higher than normal levels of cholesterol in the blood.

COMMENT

A large body of scientific evidence now exists to show that at least 150 different classes of drugs can rob the body of micronutrients. In the case of the cholesterol-lowering statins that are claimed to be ‘safe’ in this study, it has been known for well over a quarter of a century that these drugs lower the body’s levels of a vital micronutrient known as Coenzyme Q-10 (CoQ10). One of the most important micronutrients in the human body, CoQ10 plays a critical role in the production of energy in the mitochondria (the energy center of each cell). Heart muscle cells are known to have a particularly high demand for this micronutrient.

Revealingly, therefore, in May and June 1990 the multinational drug company Merck managed to obtain patents on the use of CoQ10 in combination with statin drugs. However, despite believing that the inclusion of CoQ10 with statins would be of “considerable benefit” to patients, Merck has never marketed ANY products containing this combination. One can therefore only assume that the company’s main motivation at the time it took out these patents was essentially just to prevent others from doing so.

To learn how to prevent high cholesterol and other cardiovascular conditions naturally, without drugs, read Dr. Rath’s lifesaving book, Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks…But People Do!

Permalink 19 January 2018

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

‘Inadequate’ vitamin D increases NFL injury risk: Study

NEWS

Vitamin D status may play a vital role in injury prevention in National Football League (NFL) players, with deficiency related to higher fracture risk and lower muscle function.

COMMENT

In the world of professional sport, winning trophies is directly dependent on optimizing performance and ensuring players stay injury-free. With millions of dollars at stake, elite sports teams and coaches are therefore monitoring the nutritional intakes of their athletes more closely than ever. In doing so, they are increasingly focusing on vitamin D as a means of maximizing performance.

With research confirming vitamin D supplements can lower blood pressure and improve exercise performance, and also that sunscreen use is causing widespread vitamin D deficiency, we should all take steps to ensure we are getting a sufficient supply of this micronutrient for optimum health.

Permalink 19 January 2018

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Study finds link between iodine levels and pregnancy chances

NEWS

Iodine deficiency may reduce pregnancy chances, according to a recently published study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers, who crunched data from 501 U.S. couples planning pregnancy between 2005 and 2009.

COMMENT

As this study illustrates, micronutrient deficiency is not only the primary cause of chronic diseases, it can also reduce a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant. Without doubt, therefore, many women could largely avoid undergoing in vitro fertilization and other assisted reproduction techniques simply by correcting deficiencies of iodine and other essential micronutrients.

We encourage all women to learn about the vital roles micronutrients play in helping ensure a healthy pregnancy by reading parts one and two of a special feature article on the Dr. Rath Research Institute website.

Permalink 18 January 2018

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Ibuprofen may increase risk of fertility issues in men, study suggests

NEWS

High doses of the common painkiller over a long period of time may put men at greater risk of fertility problems and other health issues, research indicates.

COMMENT

As we’ve said many times before, there really is no such thing as a safe drug. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen are no exception to this rule. In a particularly worrying demonstration of this, a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2017 found that while the dangers of NSAIDs are predictably greatest with higher doses, taking ANY dose for just one week, one month, or more than a month is associated with an increased risk of suffering a heart attack.

The classic example of drugs that avoid treating the primary cause of disease, painkillers such as ibuprofen are definitely not the safe cure-all drugs they are portrayed to be.

Permalink 17 January 2018

Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Nutrient-rich veg slows brain aging down by over a decade, scientists claim

NEWS

One daily serving of green leafy vegetables rich in phylloquinone (vitamin K), lutein, nitrate and folate is enough to achieve cognitive abilities similar to those over a decade younger in age, a report suggests.

COMMENT

Research clearly shows that nutritional approaches can protect against deterioration of the brain and its functions. In one particularly significant example, a study published in 2015 showed that, for participants with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of B vitamins prevented brain shrinkage, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

In a similar way, research published in 2017 found that popular herbs such as peppermint can boost memory. Building on similar work conducted previously, the finding effectively ridicules claims that the benefits of natural health approaches are not scientifically proven.

Permalink 17 January 2018

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Eating more foods with choline during pregnancy could boost baby's brain

NEWS

When expectant mothers consume sufficient amounts of the nutrient choline during pregnancy, their offspring gain enduring cognitive benefits, a new Cornell University study suggests.

COMMENT

In adults, some studies have already shown a link between higher choline intakes, plasma concentrations, and cognitive performance. The finding that a sufficient choline intake during pregnancy confers cognitive benefits on a mother’s offspring is essentially therefore consistent with these studies.

Research conducted at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has taking things a step further and shown that all the various micronutrients are interdependent and work in synergy with each other to maintain optimal health at the cellular level. Rather than focusing on individual micronutrients such as choline, mothers-to-be should instead therefore aim for a synergistically balanced intake of all micronutrients. This is the best and most scientific approach towards helping to ensure a healthy and normal pregnancy.

We strongly recommend that all mothers-to-be should educate themselves about the importance of micronutrients during pregnancy by reading parts one and two of the special feature article on the Dr. Rath Research Institute website.

Permalink 16 January 2018

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Multivitamin plus omega-3s may be ‘safe, economical and effective means for lowering diabetes risk’: Study

NEWS

People at high risk of developing diabetes may benefits from combined supplementation with multivitamins with omega-3s, according to a new study.

COMMENT

What is particularly significant about this study is that, rather than focusing – as many other studies have done – on the use of individual micronutrients for lowering diabetes risk, it uses a combination of supplement ingredients. In doing so, the study essentially draws further support to the micronutrient synergy approach that has been pioneered by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute. The many years of scientific research carried out at the institute have confirmed that the most effective approach to supplementation can be achieved by applying specific and properly selected combinations of micronutrients acting in biological synergy.

To learn how diabetes can be eradicated safely and naturally by taking advantage of the micronutrient synergy approach, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 15 January 2018

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Childhood Omega-3 intake linked to better sleep and higher IQ scores

NEWS

Weekly consumption of fish may drive both improved sleep and enhanced cognitive ability in children, according to new data.

COMMENT

At all ages, 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.

While a balanced diet is obviously one of the best ways for everyone to obtain nourishment, the fact is that the majority of children do not get enough micronutrients from the food they eat. Recognizing this, the Dr. Rath Research Institute, in association with the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, has conducted a clinical evaluation of the health effects of micronutrient supplementation in school-age children. Carried out over a period of seven months, the study found that children taking micronutrients experienced benefits such as a lower heart rate and blood pressure; better cardiovascular system function and muscle power; improved immunity; fewer illnesses; and higher test scores in several subjects.

You can read more about the documented benefits of micronutrients in children by reading this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 14 January 2018

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New study finds prenatal vitamins reduce child’s risk of autism

NEWS

A new study has found that mothers who take folic acid and multivitamins during pregnancy reduce their child's risk of autism.

COMMENT

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 160 children now has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some studies, however, have reported figures that are substantially higher than this. What is nonetheless certain is that epidemiological studies conducted over the past 50 years suggest the prevalence of ASD is increasing globally. Given that there is no orthodox cure for these conditions, this latest study’s finding – that folic acid and multivitamins taken during pregnancy can reduce a child’s risk of developing them – is clearly significant.

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

Permalink 12 January 2018

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Quercetin supplements may have exercise benefits: RCT

NEWS

Supplementation with quercetin, a polyphenol found in food like apples and onions, may boost antioxidant defenses and protect against exercise-induced oxidative damage, says a new study from Italy.

COMMENT

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties quercetin has been studied in a variety of diseases associated with inflammation; examples include atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. It is most commonly used in inflammation of the bladder and prostate. Work carried out at the Dr. Rath Research Institute has demonstrated that a combination containing quercetin, citrus bioflavonoids, and other specific micronutrients is effective in significantly reducing various markers of systemic inflammation. A comparative analysis with ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug, also proved that the quercetin-supplemented micronutrient combination provided better protection against inflammation than ibuprofen.

To learn more about the health protective effects of quercetin, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 12 January 2018

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High doses of vitamin D rapidly reduce arterial stiffness

NEWS

In just four months, high-doses of vitamin D reduce arterial stiffness in young, overweight/obese, vitamin-deficient, but otherwise still healthy African-Americans, researchers say.

COMMENT

As helpful and desirable as reducing arterial stiffness is, vitamin D does not by itself provide the answer to preventing and eliminating cardiovascular disease. This does not mean, however, that the end of this global health epidemic is not yet possible. To the contrary, a groundbreaking scientific study published by researchers at the Dr. Rath Research Institute in 2015 has definitively proven cardiovascular disease to be an early form of scurvy, the vitamin C deficiency disease.

Ultimately, therefore, it is only through specifically addressing the now scientifically proven root cause of cardiovascular disease – vitamin C deficiency – that the world’s leading cause of death can successfully be prevented.

Permalink 11 January 2018

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Drug companies start 2018 by raising prices

NEWS

A New Year often rings in higher drug prices, and this one was no exception.

COMMENT

As millions of dissatisfied patients all over the world now realize, the primary focus of the pharmaceutical industry is on making money. The health interests of patients are entirely secondary to this. Attempt as they might to hide this reality, the fact is that pharma companies have built up a trillion-dollar a year health fraud based on the use of drugs that treat only the symptoms, as opposed to the root cause, of diseases. Based on this deception, they are increasingly holding the healthcare systems of entire countries to ransom.

Anything which scientifically addresses the root cause of chronic diseases, namely, micronutrient deficiencies, acts as a threat to this immoral scam. This is why nutritional and Cellular Medicine approaches – which are not only non-patentable, but also safe and effective – are now the biggest threat to the pharma industry’s existence. The more people we can spread this important message to, the more lives we can save and the sooner the immoral pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ can be brought to an end.

Permalink 10 January 2018

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Secret of a long life? Stay AWAY from the doctor: Arsenic for headaches, strychnine for wind — it’s a miracle the human race has survived

NEWS

Orthodox medicine has never been an exact science. As we learn from a new book titled ‘Quackery: A Brief History Of the Worst Ways To Cure Everything’, it has always been more of a rough-and-ready circus.

COMMENT

Orthodox medicine today has lost none of its longstanding ability to poison patients to death. As Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki describe in their book, Victory Over Cancer, 87% of anti-cancer drugs can cause new cancers; 50% of all antibiotics can cause cancer; 60% of drugs prescribed against depression and mental disorders are potentially carcinogenic; almost all immunosuppressants facilitate the development of cancer; while anti-ulcer drugs, anti-allergy drugs and other synthetic chemicals used as medicines are similarly known to be carcinogenic.

Fortunately, thanks to Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach having now identified micronutrient deficiency as the primary cause of chronic diseases, we are now able to prevent and successfully control diseases that currently kill millions of people each year. These include cardiovascular disease, which causes 17.7 million deaths annually, and cancer, which causes 8.8 million deaths per year. If you have any questions about the Cellular Medicine approach and would like to learn how it can be applied to preventing and controlling diseases worldwide, please write to us, we’ll be very happy to help you.

Permalink 9 January 2018

Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Vitamin deficiency in later life

NEWS

One in two persons aged 65 and above has suboptimal blood levels of vitamin D. This is the conclusion of an investigation conducted by researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, as part of the population-based KORA-Age study in the region of Augsburg. Moreover, as the authors of the study report in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, one in four older adults has suboptimal vitamin B12 levels.

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. Notably, therefore, a clinical review published in 2017 suggested that overuse of sunscreen has caused a dramatic increase in the number of people with deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D.

But it is not only vitamins D and B12 that elderly people are deficient in. Moreover, nor is the incidence of micronutrient deficiency solely confined to older people. As Dr. Rath’s groundbreaking Cellular Medicine concept explains, the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other essential micronutrients. You can learn more about the Cellular Medicine approach – and how it opens up the possibility of preventing diseases and millions of deaths worldwide – by visiting the website of the Dr. Rath Research Institute.

Permalink 8 January 2018

Read article at medicalxpress.com

Low vitamin K linked to heart disease deaths: Dutch data

NEWS

There is a strong link between poor vitamin K status and cardiovascular (CV) mortality, say researchers who warn that around a third of people may be deficient.

COMMENT

On the one hand, in suggesting that around a third of people may be deficient in vitamin K and linking this to deaths from heart disease, the finding of this study is in line with Dr. Rath’s revolutionary Cellular Medicine concept which explains that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases is a long-term deficiency of vitamins and other essential micronutrients.

That said, however, the primary cause of heart disease is not vitamin K deficiency, but a lack of vitamin C. This is because the human body, unlike that of animals, cannot produce vitamin C internally. While the average human diet provides enough vitamin C to prevent scurvy (the clinical vitamin C deficiency disease), this is not enough to guarantee stable artery walls. As a consequence of the body not obtaining sufficient vitamin C, millions of tiny cracks and lesions develop in the artery walls. Subsequently, cholesterol, lipoproteins and other blood risk factors enter the walls to repair these lesions. In the case of a chronic deficiency of vitamin C, this repair process becomes continuous. Over the course of many years atherosclerotic deposits develop, eventually leading to heart attacks and strokes.

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

Permalink 7 January 2018

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Study Reveals Cancer Survivors 'Naturally Age Faster'

NEWS

People who have had cancer age faster than those who haven’t lived with the disease, according to a study.

COMMENT

Given that the treatments used in orthodox medicine are highly toxic, this study’s finding is hardly surprising. As the Huffington Post article correctly points out, chemotherapy drugs are associated with hearing loss, thyroid problems, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, muscular weakness, arthritis, kidney and liver diseases, chronic constipation, and infertility. Radiotherapy is similarly associated with dementia, memory loss, carotid artery hardening, as well as secondary bone marrow cell and blood cancers.

In contrast to the shocking dangers and ineffectiveness of orthodox approaches to cancer, natural approaches pioneered by Dr. Rath, Dr. Niedzwiecki and their scientific research team have been shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease. You can learn about these lifesaving natural health approaches in their groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer.

Permalink 5 January 2018

Read article on the Huffington Post UK website

Prenatal folic acid supplementation helps lower postpartum depression risk: China population study

NEWS

Prenatal folic acid supplementation for at least six months could lower the risk of postpartum depression in Chinese women, according to researchers in China.

COMMENT

As this study shows, the benefits of micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy apply not only to the developing child but also to the mother herself. An important member of the B vitamin group, folic acid is already known to be vital for the developing child as deficiency of it in a pregnant woman has been shown to lead to serious neural tube defects in the fetus. As a neural tube defect can occur even before a woman is aware that she is pregnant, all women of childbearing age should take at least 400 mg of folic acid daily – regardless of whether they are pregnant or not. Notably, therefore, adding still further credibility to this study, its finding is also in line with previous research demonstrating that a deficiency of B vitamins is linked with depression.

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 5 January 2018

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Germany sets new daily limit on magnesium supplements

NEWS

The maximum daily level for magnesium in food supplements consumed by adults should not exceed 250 milligrams (mg), German authorities say.

COMMENT

In their assessment of the supposed risks of consuming micronutrient supplements, government regulators around the world are using analytical approaches that are deeply flawed. This is no accident, of course, as their ultimate goal is to protect the Pharma Cartel and its trillion-dollar-a-year sales of patented chemical drugs. By claiming that supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients are somehow dangerous to human health, regulators are aiming to reduce the maximum permitted doses in natural health products to levels that are little better than the already absurdly low ‘Recommended Daily Allowances’ (RDAs).

To learn the facts about the flawed micronutrient risk assessment process that is being used and promoted by government regulators around the world, read this article on our Foundation website.

Permalink 4 January 2018

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