Dr. Rath Health Foundation

Dr. Rath Health Foundation

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Codex is coming and the pharma cartel starts to spin the news:

Vitamins Raise Death Risk From Cancer?

On Friday, October 1, 2004 The Guardian newspaper (UK) along with many other venerable newspapers and media sources throughout the world prominently featured reports of a study to be published the following day in the well known medical journal The Lancet. The Guardian report carried the following disturbing headline:

Vitamins ‘may raise death risk from cancer’”

Despite the startling and worrying headline, the third paragraph of The Guardian report went on to state:

“However, the research review warns against drawing conclusions from work that does not yet provide "convincing proof of hazard."

Really? So why the dramatic headline?

Several other questions are also raised by the way this story has been presented to the public, many of which go to the heart of the raging war between national and international government regulators and the pharmaceutical drug industry on the one side and millions of people worldwide who want to retain the right to look after their own health in a way that is scientifically proven to work and is safe, affordable and without side effects, on the other.

Taking the above headline at its face value would cause serious consequences for most individuals in the second group – and the creation of that element of doubt is precisely the intention.

The study reported in The Lancet was carried out by the Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group, Copenhagen Trial Unit headed by Dr Goran Bjelakovic, from the Department of Internal Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) Medical Faculty, University of Nis, 18000 Nis, Serbia and Montenegro.

Who? With all due respect to Dr. Bjelakovic, he is not a leading authority in this area and despite extensive searches, we have been unable to find out anything about him. He does not appear to be on the faculty of the University of Nis (at least, according to their website) and his name does not appear anywhere on the Cochrane Hepato-Biliary Group and Copenhagen Trial Unit websites. Nor can we find any other published work by this “researcher”.

Why did The Lancet choose to make this the cover story for their October 2 issue? If the study team itself warned that their results do not provide "convincing proof of hazard" then surely it is irresponsible journalism of the highest order for a respected medical journal like The Lancet to make this front page news?

Worse still, the very fact that this story appeared on the front cover of The Lancet prompted newspapers around the world to produce sensationalized, high profile reports for the general public with misleading headlines like the one above. But perhaps that was the point?

As we have been saying for years, governments and regulatory agencies under the spell of the pharma-cartel are continuously attacking natural remedies, particularly micronutrients, by attempting to blockade information about their beneficial effects from public knowledge because these remedies are a serious threat to the continued existence of the multi-billion dollar pharma-fraud business in pharmaceutical drugs. And not only are they striving to blockade this information, they are also orchestrating an ongoing misinformation campaign about the true effects of daily vitamin and mineral supplementation on human health.

With this knowledge in mind it is no surprise to find that, just a few short weeks before the next sitting of the United Nation’s Codex Alimentarius Committee responsible for drawing up international guidelines for regulation of vitamins and minerals, we once again see irresponsible, factually inaccurate and often (as in this case) downright false information about vitamins being published by the pharma-cartel’s friends in the media.

To demonstrate the absurdity of Dr. Bjelakovic’s study, consider this. On any given day, you may consume a meal that contains a vegetable mixture such as: 1 medium size sweet red pepper, 2 stalks of celery, 1 medium size carrot and ½ medium size green cabbage. You may have some meat or fish with these vegetables and perhaps wash them down with a medium size glass of fresh orange juice.

According to Dr. Bjelakovic, by consuming these fruits and vegetables on a regular basis you increase your chances of early mortality by 30%. Although Bjelakovic’s study related to micronutrient supplementation, the human body cannot tell whether the vitamins and minerals it consumes come from food or a micronutrient supplement. So, if Dr. Bjelakovic and his team are right, our average daily intake of fruits and vegetables would have killed off the human race long ago.

In fact, as Dr. Rath and his research team have already proven in many ground-breaking scientific studies, human beings require a regular, daily intake of several different micronutrients (particularly those we don’t produce in our own bodies) at levels above the so called RDA limits published by most governments, if we are to remain healthy and not fall prey to diseases that have already reached epidemic proportions worldwide, such as cancer and heart disease.

Far from causing us harm or increasing our mortality risk, a regular daily intake of vitamins and minerals and other essential micronutrients at levels that can only be reached by supplementation of the diet, will provide a route to a healthy life, free from most of today’s common diseases – something that pharmaceutical drugs cannot and never will be able to deliver.

How desperate must the pharma-cartel and its allies be to ban all micronutrients if they are forced into relying on such patently obvious junk science?

The micronutrient content of the fruits and vegetables element of the meal discussed in this article would typically include the following levels of the micronutrients referred to in Dr. Bjelakovic’s study:

Beta Carotene



Vitamin E



Vitamin C



Vitamin A



(Source: United States Department of Agriculture, National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 1 7, 2004 )