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The Pharmaceutical "Business with Disease"

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Martin Shkreli: 'Most hated man on the internet' breaks pledge to lower cost of HIV-treating drug

November 26, 2015

Martin Shkreli, the man dubbed ‘the most hated on the internet’, has maintained the 5,000 per cent inflated price of HIV-treating drugs despite pledging to lower it after international outcry.
Read article in the Independent (UK)

Comment: Having previously attempted to portray his 5000% price rise as “altruistic”, Shkreli perfectly demonstrates here why we refer to the pharmaceutical industry as the ‘business with disease’. Through the ownership and control of synthetic chemicals portrayed as “medicines”, drug manufacturers can arbitrarily define their profits. Functioning as corporate stakeholders feeding a ruthless and cynical investment industry driven by shareholder value, improving human health is not their focus. For the robber barons behind this industry, profits, not the interests of patients, are the highest priority.

The teenager whose life was wrecked by controversial acne drug

November 23, 2015

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A teenage girl lost her hair and came close to death six times after doctors increased the dose of a controversial acne drug. Elin Rowlands, 15, was prescribed Roaccutane after being bullied about her spots at school.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

F.D.A. Targets Inaccurate Medical Tests, Citing Dangers and Costs

November 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Inaccurate and unreliable medical tests are prompting abortions, promoting unnecessary surgeries, putting tens of thousands of people on unneeded drugs and raising medical costs, the Food and Drug Administration has concluded. Life-threatening diseases go undetected in some cases. In others, patients are treated for conditions they do not have.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: Given that they often result in the prescribing of drugs, the carrying out of unneeded medical tests and the generation of false positive results are highly profitable to the pharmaceutical “Business with Disease”. Ultimately, to the investors and executives who control drug companies, it isn’t important how their profits are generated, simply that they are. In other words, so far as these unscrupulous individuals are concerned, it is not just your ill health, but also your perceived ill health, that makes them money.

Children who take ADHD medicines have trouble sleeping, new study shows

November 23, 2015

Stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cause sleep problems among the children who take them, a new study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln concludes.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

American Medical Association urges ban on TV drug ads

November 19, 2015

If one of doctors’ largest lobbying groups has its way, the sun will soon set on the digitally-enhanced world of bright blue skies and fluffy clouds occupied by smiling patients in TV drug ads. The American Medical Association voted this week in favor of a ban on such direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising of prescription drugs and medical devices.
Read article in the Washington Post (USA)

IMS Health: Drug spending to jump 30 pct. to $1.3T in 2020

November 18, 2015

As criticism of soaring prescription drug prices in the U.S. grows, global spending on medicines is expected to rise 3 percent to 6 percent annually for the next five years, according to a new forecast from IMS Health. The health data firm predicts global spending will increase by about 30 percent cumulatively from about $1 trillion now to about $1.3 trillion in 2020, driven by expensive new drugs, price hikes, aging populations and increased generic drug use in developing countries.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: As this statistic shows, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is financially unsustainable. The sooner it can therefore be replaced with a truly preventative healthcare system, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, the better it will be for all mankind. Meantime, next time you are asked to donate to a medical charity collecting money for drug research, remember that the pharmaceutical industry – as a TRILLION dollar-a-year enterprise – doesn’t need your financial support.

Being at 'high risk' of ill health has become a disease in its own right
Doctors as 'risk-illiterate' as patients; this undermines preventive medicine efforts

November 16, 2015

Classifying an individual as being at "high risk" of developing a particular condition/disease has become a disease in its own right, and is turning the healthy into the sick, argues an expert in an editorial published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: The marketplace for the pharmaceutical industry is the human body – but only for as long as the body is perceived to be hosting diseases. The sooner we can therefore create a world that provides Free Health for All, the sooner we will see the demise of the “Business with Disease” and its promotion of illness for profit.

Army malaria drug mefloquine safety inquiry to start

November 10, 2015

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An inquiry into the use of a controversial anti-malarial drug given to British military personnel is to begin taking evidence. Mefloquine, or Lariam, is given to soldiers serving overseas but can cause anxiety, depression and nightmares.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

First, do no harm: Hospital patients given anti-heartburn drugs have higher risk of dying

November 10, 2015

Right now, in any American hospital, about half of the patients have a prescription for an acid-reducing drug to reduce heartburn or prevent bleeding in their stomach and gut. But that well-intentioned drug may actually boost their risk of dying during their hospital stay, a new study finds - by opening them up to infections that pose more risk than bleeding would.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Antiepileptic drugs may progressively impair balance

November 4, 2015

In a study of 26 twin and sibling pairs where one of each pair had received long-term antiepileptic drug therapy, participants who were taking these medications swayed more during static and dynamic balance tests compared with their siblings who were not taking antiepileptic medications. They also showed a greater deterioration in sway tests over an average interval of 3 years.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Requiring drug makers to take back unused pharmaceuticals

November 4, 2015

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About $5 billion worth of unused prescription drugs get flushed down toilets, tossed in the trash or left in medicine cabinets across the U.S. each year. These practices can contribute to a host of problems, including water pollution and drug abuse.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Pfizer, Allergan drug merger talks raise tax hackles in U.S.

October 30, 2015

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Pfizer Inc, the No. 1 U.S. drugmaker, and Botox maker Allergan Plc said they were in friendly talks to create a pharmaceutical colossus but the prospect that the company would seek to avoid U.S. taxes sounded political alarm bells.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: A key aspect of this proposed deal is that by merging with the Dublin-based Allergan company, New York-based Pfizer would be able to take advantage of Ireland's lower tax rates. Known as a “tax inversion” merger, such moves involve companies relocating their legal domicile to a lower tax country abroad while retaining their material operations in their country of origin. The nature of this proposed deal thus illustrates once again that the highest priority in the pharma industry is providing profits for shareholders. Contrary to the message given to us by the global media, improving human health is not its driving force.

Medication errors, adverse drug events in one out of two surgeries studied

October 26, 2015

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The first study to measure the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period -- immediately before, during and right after a surgical procedure -- has found that some sort of mistake or adverse event occurred in every second operation and in 5 percent of observed drug administrations. The study of more than 275 operations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), which will appear inAnesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, also found that a third of the errors resulted in adverse drug events or harm to patients.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: Key studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the world’s leading medical journals, clearly support the conclusions reached in this study. For example, so dangerous is the pharmaceutical approach to medicine that orthodox doctors, hospitals and their treatments have been shown in JAMA to be the third leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by deaths from heart disease and cancer. Similarly, a JAMA study published in 1998 estimated that in 1994 around 2,216,000 hospitalised patients in the United States had suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) and that 106,000 had suffered a fatal ADR. This suggests that prescription drugs were between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the USA in that year.

Turing CEO Martin Shkreli Unapologetic for 5,000% Drug Price Hike

October 23, 2015

The price-gouging pharmaceutical CEO under fire for increasing the price of HIV/AIDS drug, Daraprim from $18 to $750 per pill is unapologetic. During an interview with the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, Turing CEO Martin Shkreli explained what was behind the move.
Read article at foxbusiness.com

Comment: The fact that Shkreli is unapologetic for raising the price of Daraprim from $18 to $750 per pill is hardly surprising and provides a good illustration of why we refer to the pharma industry as the “business with disease”. Fortunately therefore, with a 2013 survey finding that most people feel drug companies see cancer as a making-money opportunity, rather than as a disease to eradicate, it is clear that patients are increasingly recognizing there are serious and unsolvable conflicts of interest between the pharma industry and public health. If enough of us become active in spreading the life-saving benefits of nutritional and Cellular Medicine, a new truly prevention-oriented system of healthcare can become a reality for our planet.

Statins add a mere three days to life

October 18, 2015

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Statins, the controversial heart drugs, add only three days to a patient’s life, research reveals.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Comment: Coming only a matter of months after scientists at the Dr. Rath Research Institute published a groundbreaking study proving that heart disease is an early form of the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy, the publication of this latest research will deal a further devastating blow to the pharma industry’s $30 billion annual sales of statin drugs.

Who's Up Next? More Pharma Companies Expected To Settle Foreign Bribery Cases

October 14, 2015

Now that Bristol-Myers Squibb has settled its foreign bribery case with the US government, speculation has turned to which pharma company will be next. Take your pick: GlaxoSmithKline, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Sanofi, AstraZeneca, UCB, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly? All of those pharma companies, and probably others, reportedly are being investigated for violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) – some for the second time.
Read article at forbes.com

Ex-Merck employee gets 3 years in prison for insider trading

October 13, 2015

A former Merck & Co Inc employee was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Tuesday for engaging in an insider trading scheme by tipping a friend at Bank of New York Mellon Corp about potential pharmaceutical mergers.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Dangerous ‘Pharma Cartels’ Trafficking Painkillers

October 4, 2015

Federal authorities say a large number of traditional drug cartels in Mexico are now dealing in pharmaceutical drug trafficking, honing in on the lucrative business of selling highly addictive painkillers across the border. According to U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy, federal investigators discovered elaborate Pharma-Cartels have operated numerous websites selling pills to thousands of clients who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a month for highly addictive painkillers.
Read article on the nbcsandiego.com website (USA)

Comment: In the world of the ‘business with disease’, the key driving forces are profit and the accumulation of wealth. It isn’t important to drug makers how these profits are generated, or through whom, simply that they are. To learn more about the main principles governing the Pharma Cartel, read The Laws of the Pharmaceutical Industry – and then share this information as widely as possible!

Revealed: how AstraZeneca avoids paying UK corporation tax
Pharmaceuticals group defends use of legal avoidance scheme, after paying no UK corporation tax over two years despite global profits of £3bn

October 4, 2015

AstraZeneca, one of Britain’s largest businesses, is using a multimillion-pound tax avoidance scheme in the Netherlands, set up months after the UK relaxed its tax laws for multinationals in 2013.
Read article on the Guardian website (UK)

Amish girl who fled country to avoid chemo is cancer-free

October 2, 2015

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A Columbus attorney has announced that a 12-year-old Amish girl is cancer-free, despite courtroom testimony last year from doctors that she would be dead in six months without chemotherapy treatments.
Read article at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com (USA)

Comment: While Sarah Hershberger’s parents had initially permitted her to be subjected to chemotherapy treatment, they subsequently stopped it due to the toxicity of its effects and fled the United States to seek treatment for her abroad using natural approaches. In this respect, we are here reminded of the experiences of young Dominik Feld between 2002 and 2004. Tragically, the fight between an outmoded and inhuman form of treatment – chemotherapy – and a breakthrough treatment with no side effects – the Cellular Medicine approach to cancer – accompanied Dominik to his untimely death. Today, however, as Dr. Rath has recently pointed out, the international attention being given to Ty Bollinger’s Truth About Cancer documentary is a wake-up call to the world’s political decision takers. The false promises that the pharmaceutical and medical status quo has made about chemotherapy and radiation as treatments for cancer are no longer credible. With trust in these toxic approaches collapsing, people are increasingly turning to natural health approaches that can block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. A cancer-free world is possible; it simply depends upon natural health advocates everywhere, working together, to bring it about.

Pfizer Raised Prices on 133 Drugs This Year, And It's Not Alone

October 2, 2015

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A single, 5,000 percent price hike on an anti-parasitic drug made by Turing Pharmaceuticals garnered national media attention. But it’s just one of hundreds of smaller price increases drug companies make in the U.S. each year, a tactic the industry uses to generate more revenue from older medications.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Comment: Price rises such as these provide a good illustration of why we refer to the pharma industry as the “business with disease”. Through the ownership and control of synthetic chemicals portrayed as “medicines”, drug manufacturers can arbitrarily define their profits. Functioning as corporate stakeholders feeding a ruthless and cynical investment industry that is driven by shareholder value, profits, not the interests of patients, are the highest priority.

Covering Up The Causes of Breast Cancer Since 1985: AstraZeneca's BCAM

October 2, 2015

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Did you know that AstraZeneca, manufacturer of two blockbuster breast cancer drugs (one of which is classified as a known human carcinogen), is behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Why is it, do you think, that during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) you never hear the word "carcinogen" mentioned, but are barraged a million times over by the word "cure"?
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Many UK doctors have a negative view of the pharmaceutical industry

October 2, 2015


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A new survey finds that 43 percent of general practitioners have a negative feeling about drug makers and believe the industry agenda is too focused on sales and marketing, according to Binley’s, a health care analysis firm that canvassed 551 physicians in England.
Read blog entry at pharmalot.com

Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

September 27, 2015

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Statins make regular users become older faster, leaving them open to long-term mental and physical decline, according to disturbing new research.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Comment:Speeding up the ageing process is merely the latest in a very long list of side-effects caused by statin drugs. Other known problems include raising the risk of developing cataractsbreast cancermuscle pain and muscular injuriesserious kidney problemsosteoarthritis of the kneenerve damageeye damage, fatigue, diabetes – and, ironically, even calcification of the arteries. To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without drugs, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website.

Pharma Cartel fined by the Hungarian Competition Office

September 23, 2015

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In its recent decision dated 15 September 2015, the Hungarian Competition Office established the illegality of the collusion of three pharmaceutical wholesalers and two actively collaborating consultant firms in a public procurement procedure. A total fine of almost HUF 2.5 billion (approx. EUR 8 million) was imposed.
Read article at lexology.com (UK)

That Guy Who Is Price-Gouging AIDS Patients Also Did It to Kids with Kidney Disease

September 22, 2015

The former hedge fund manager whose pharmaceutical company has come under withering attack for allegations of egregious price-gouging on life-saving medication is the subject of a $65 million lawsuit by his former employer for alleged stock manipulation—and it turns out he once tried a similar price hike scheme with that company.
Read article at slate.com

Comment:With the announcement that price of Daraprim (Pyrimethamine), an anti-parasitic drug that is on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, had been raised from $13.50 to $750 per tablet, the reputation and credibility of the pharma industry sank to a new low. However, towards our goal of a new global healthcare system based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, it is important to keep in mind that merely lowering the prices of pharmaceutical drugs will not in itself solve the global healthcare crisis. The main issue with drugs, in other words, is not simply their price but their total ineffectiveness in treating the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases.

The use of bisphosphonate drugs is associated with an increased risk of atypical hip fractures

September 22, 2015

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The use of bisphosphonates, a group of drugs used to prevent hip breakages in women with osteoporosis, is associated with an increased risk of atypical fractures in this joint, understood as those that occur in less frequent locations. 
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment:Causing new diseases, and worsening the existing ones they are meant to be treating, is a key strategy of the business with disease as it results in doctors prescribing still further drugs and the pharma industry making even more money from the needless misery of patients. Significantly, therefore, as a direct consequence of this, orthodox medicine has now become the third leading cause of death in the United States – surpassed only by deaths from heart disease and cancer.

Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight

September 20, 2015

Specialists in infectious disease are protesting a gigantic overnight increase in the price of a 62-year-old drug that is the standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection.
Read article in the New York Times (USA)

Comment: This story provides a good illustration of why we refer to the pharmaceutical industry as the “business with disease”. Through the patenting of synthetic chemicals portrayed as “medicines”, drug manufacturers can arbitrarily define their profits. Functioning as corporate stakeholders in a ruthless and cynical investment industry driven by shareholder profits, improving human health is not their driving force.

India mulls reclassifying vitamins as drugs if they come with health claims

September 17, 2015

India may classify vitamin supplements as drugs rather than foods if the manufacturers of such products claim they can treat or prevent disease.
Read article at in-pharmatechnologist.com

Comment: With scientific evidence growing worldwide that vitamins and other micronutrients are the safest and most effective means of preventing and treating disease, the Indian regulatory authorities’ possible reclassification of non-patentable natural health approaches is clearly being considered as a means of protecting the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical investment business.

Analysis of GSK's Seroxat antidepressant finds key data was held back

September 17, 2015

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A medical journal criticized British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline on Thursday for delaying access to key data from a trial of its antidepressant Seroxat that would have shown earlier that it is neither safe nor effective in adolescents.
Read news report at reuters.com

Comment: Use of Seroxat has already been linked to an increased risk of suicide, birth defects, fertility problems, bone fractures and a variety of other health problems. However, there are natural approaches to fighting depression that are proven to be both safe and effective. To learn more, visit the online library on the World Health Alphabetization website.

Young people who take drugs including Prozac are '50% more likely to be convicted of assault and murder'

September 15, 2015

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Popular antidepressant pills make young people violent, it is feared. An Oxford University study found that men – and women – in their late teens and early 20s were almost 50 per cent more likely to be convicted of offences from assault to murder when taking SSRI drugs. This family of anti-depressants includes Prozac, as well as Seroxat, Lustral, Cipralex and Cipramil, the most commonly prescribed of the pills. 
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Reputation matters: Why the rift between pharma and patients is ballooning

September 15, 2015

What’s in a reputation? A lot, according to PatientView. The group, headed up by Dr. Alex Wyke in the U.K., published a report, "The Corporate Reputation of Pharma – from a Patient Perspective," in which 76 patient groups assessed corporate reputation based on six key indicators, including: patient-centered strategy; high-quality information; ensuring patient safety; making useful, high-quality products; transparency; and integrity. 
Read article at biopharmadive.com

Comment: The patient groups surveyed for this report rated the corporate reputation of the drug industry as low, verging on abysmal. None of them ranked the industry as excellent. The only industry ranked lower than the drug industry was the for-profit insurance industry. Significantly therefore, with a 2013 survey finding that 60% of respondents believe drug companies are more interested in treating cancer than curing it, it is clear patients are increasingly recognizing that there are serious and unsolvable conflicts of interest between the pharma cartel and public health.

Could Google Really Discover the Fountain of Youth?

September 12, 2015

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Google's biotech subsidiary Calico could someday unleash a pipeline of drugs focused on factors that limit life span. But will it really conquer mortality? Don't hold your breath.
Read article at fool.com

Comment: It has been clear for some time now that Google sees the fields of medicine, drug development, molecular biology and genetics as potential sources of multi-billion dollar profits. Significantly therefore, the team behind Calico, a biotech company established by Google and Arthur D. Levinson in 2013, have had long term links to the pharma industry. Perhaps not surprisingly then, when digging beneath the hype behind Google’s new medical ventures one finds major parallels with the pharma industry’s business model. As such, rather than pinning their hopes and lives on multi-billion dollar drug and medical device-based “moonshot” projects that do not address the primary causes of diseases, patients would be better advised to take advantage of the existing science behind Cellular Medicine and other nutritional approaches. Not only are these natural therapies already available, they are scientifically proven and have long been shown to be safe.

Healthy patients using statins are 'more likely to suffer side-effects than gain health benefits'

September 7, 2015

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Fewer than one in every 200 healthy patients who take statins actually benefit, doctors have warned.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Germany Sees First Contraceptives Lawsuit against BAYER

September 7, 2015

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On November 5 the regional court in Waldshut (Germany) will open civil proceedings against the pharmaceutical company BAYER because of the increased risks associated with newer contraceptive pills.
Read press release at cbgnetwork.org (Germany)

Comment: Long-term intake of estrogen and other hormones – both as hormonal contraception and hormone replacement therapy – causes a depletion of vitamins and other cellular nutrients in the body. This is the reason why women taking these hormones have an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown, for example, that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives decreases levels of vitamin C, folate and other essential nutrients.

Pharmaceutical firms spend €40m a year for 'privileged access' to EU decision-makers

September 2, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies spend tens of millions of euros on lobbyists every year to ensure “privileged access” to decision-makers in Brussels, according to a major new report that lifts the lid on their influence on EU drugs and healthcare policy.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Osteonecrosis of jaw risk highest for IV bisphosphonate use

August 31, 2015

The risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) is highest in association with intravenous bisphosphonate use, according to a study published online Aug. 19 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Big Pharma, petrochemical companies and criminal banksters paid Bill and Hillary Clinton more than $100 million to give speeches

August 29, 2015

When Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail, she does her level best to portray herself and her ex-president husband, Bill, as ordinary, average Americans just looking out for the common folk.
Read article at rinf.com

Hillary Clinton Prescribed a Dangerous Blood-Thinner

August 25, 2015

Being rich and famous does not necessarily mean you get better healthcare.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

The 5 Most Expensive Drugs in the World in 2015

August 15, 2015

For the first time in history global pharmaceutical spending crossed the $1 trillion plateau in 2014. Think about that for a moment: $1 trillion equates to 1.3% of global GDP, and is higher than the cumulative annual GDP of all but 15 countries around the world. And looking forward, global pharmaceutical spending is only expected to increase. IMS Health projects that spending could rise by 30% between 2014 and 2018 to $1.3 trillion.
Read article at fool.com

Comment: The Pharma Cartel is not interested in curing diseases or enabling optimum health. To the contrary, the eradication of diseases is by its very nature incompatible with, and diametrically opposed to, its interests. More than anything else, the Cartel fears the eradication of diseases as this would destroy its trillion dollar a year income and eliminate the need for its existence. To learn the full facts about the Cartel that it doesn’t want you to know, study this page on our Foundation website.

Are You Trading Heartburn for a Heart Attack?

August 6, 2015

A new study finds acid blocking drugs may calm heartburn at the price of a heart attack – or even death. 
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

11 pharma firms in Romanian bribery probe

July 30, 2015

Romanian authorities are investigating 11 pharma companies under suspicion of bribing doctors to prescribe cancer drugs in the country.
Read article at pharmatimes.com

Comment: As this news story reminds us, the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ is a fraud-ridden investment industry that is driven by the profits of its shareholders. Improving human health is not its driving force. But with a chronic deficiency of vitamins, amino acids and other specific micronutrients now known to be the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases, pharmaceutical drugs are not – and will never be – a cure for cancer. Instead, and as growing numbers of patients around the world now know, victory over cancer is possible using safe, effective, natural approaches. The sooner more of us are active in telling as many people as possible about this, the sooner deaths from cancer can become a thing of the past.

Chemotherapy does not improve quality of life of terminal cancer patients - study

July 28, 2015

Chemotherapy perfusion

Many end-stage cancer patients are usually given chemotherapy as a way to improve their quality of living. However, a new study says otherwise and even added that chemotherapy would worsen for those who are just doing well.

Read article at christiantoday.com

Comment: The high toxicity of chemotherapy drugs damages all of the body’s organs and cell systems. As such, for most patients, each cycle of chemotherapy is accompanied not only with severe pain but also with a multitude of additional health problems. In order to supposedly help patients cope with this, more drugs are prescribed. These inevitably result in still further side effects and additional misery for patients. Moreover, and as this study shows, despite there being no significant benefit, toxic chemotherapy drugs continue to be administered even in end-stage cancer patients. To learn how victory over cancer can be achieved naturally, without drugs, read the groundbreaking book on cancer by Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki.

Drug Companies Endanger Lives By Delaying Adverse Reports

July 27, 2015

Drug companies may be endangering the lives of patients by not promptly reporting cases of drug-related illness or death to federal regulators, a new report suggests. About 10 percent of cases where a drug does serious harm to a person are not reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration within the required 15-day period, the new analysis reveals.
Read article at newsmax.com (USA)

The ‘Coalition’ Enlisted to Assist a Youth Refusing Court-Ordered Cancer Treatment

July 27, 2015

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After the sides were unable to reach agreement, askanim, a number of rabbonim, Hatzalah organizations, legal experts, musicians and others were called together to form the “coalition” to deal with the case of a young chareidi boy diagnosed with cancer but refusing chemotherapy. He has been hospitalized against his will and is being forced to receive treatment in Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. The “coalition” is dealing with police, the state prosecutor and hospital officials, seeking to maintain a dialogue between the patient, the family and the various state agencies.
Read article at theyeshivaworld.com

Comment: So desperate is the Pharma Cartel to prevent you from learning that victory over cancer is possible without chemotherapy, not even innocent children are allowed to refuse its toxic treatments. As the mother of young Dominik Feld asked after her son’s tragic death at the hands of the Cartel in 2004, how can it be that our governments can literally force children to be subjected to treatment with chemotherapy against their will? As Dr. Rath has always pointed out, “Good health is not given to us voluntarily, we need to fight for it.” For our Foundation, therefore, eradicating cancer essentially depends on one key factor: How quickly can we spread the news that this disease is now controllable safely and naturally?

Teenager with stomach ache dies of accidental paracetamol overdose

July 22, 2015

Pack of paracetamol - Bayer

A teenage girl accidentally killed herself with an overdose of paracetamol tablets after complaining she was ill with stomach ache, an inquest heard.

Read article on the Daily Telegraph website (UK)

Comment: A recent scientific review looked at the risks of taking paracetamol on a long-term basis and found that its dangers are seemingly being underestimated even by doctors. Published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers from the UK examined eight studies assessing the association between chronic use of the painkiller and major adverse events. Contrary to the general impression given by the pharma industry and its stakeholders that paracetamol is a safe “cure-all” drug, the researchers discovered that long term use of it raises the risk of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding and early death.

Big Pharma and Organized Crime — They are More Similar Than You May Think

July 20, 2015

If you believe pharmaceutical corporations hold the health of the general public in high regard, it’s time to reconsider. The industry is filled with examples of wrongful death, extortion, fraud, corruption, obstruction of justice, embezzlement, fake journals, harassment and hit lists that would make even the most hardened Mafia godfather blush. Big Pharma has been fined billions by the U.S. Department of Justice, but these enormous fines don’t curb the corruption, it’s just looked upon as “the cost of doing business,” similar to paying the utilities.
Read article at wakeup-world.com

A Tale of Two Heart Failure Trials

July 16, 2015

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious disorder that may follow a heart attack, high blood pressure or occur without known cause. It may limit the quality and the quantity of life and many efforts have been made to control the symptoms and improve the outcomes. Late in 2014 two major medical studies were published focusing on improving the results for CHF, one with a new pharmaceutical agent and one with a nutritional supplement. It is worth reviewing the two studies and the likely impact they will have.
Read article on the Huffington Post website

Comment: As this article illustrates, natural health approaches such as CoQ10 threaten the pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’ because they target the cellular cause of diseases and they can’t be patented. The survival of the trillion-dollar-a-year drug industry is therefore dependent on its eliminating the availability of these therapies and all information about them. But with natural health approaches having become the treatment of choice for millions of people, and evidence growing that daily use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs, a new preventive healthcare system based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health is already within sight. In short, how soon it comes about is now simply dependent upon how far and how fast we can all spread the truth.

Antidepressants And Painkillers Together May Raise The Risk Of Brain Bleeds

July 15, 2015

A new study in the journal The BMJ finds that the risk of intracranial hemorrhage – bleeding that occurs in or around the brain – is increased when one combines antidepressants with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen or naproxen. Since depression and chronic pain often go hand-in-hand, and millions of people may take the two meds together, the study results are particularly relevant.
Read article at forbes.com

Popular Blood Thinner Causing Deaths, Injuries at Nursing Homes

July 12, 2015

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Some facilities fail to properly oversee Coumadin. Too much can cause bleeding; too little, clots. Nursing homes are “a perfect setup for bad things happening,” one expert says.
Read article at propublica.org

Cardioloigsts recommend CoQ10, but some aren’t sure why, survey finds

July 10, 2015

Cardiologists frequently prescribe CoQ10 for their patients, but fewer of them are fully aware of the need for supplementation in connection with statin use, a new survey has found.
Read article at nutraingredients-usa.com

Comment: Statins have been shown to raise the risk of developing cataractsbreast cancermuscle pain and muscular injuriesserious kidney problemsosteoarthritis of the kneenerve damageeye damage, fatigue, diabetes – and, ironically, even calcification of the arteries. Many of these problems are believed to be linked to the depletion by statin drugs of the important cellular nutrient CoQ10, a biochemical mechanism which has been known about for over a quarter of a century now. Significantly, research suggests that statin-related side effects are reversible by discontinuing statins and supplementing with CoQ10. Notably therefore, in May and June 1990 the drug company Merck successfully took out patents on the use of CoQ10 in combination with statin drugs. To this day, however, it has never marketed any product containing the combination. It therefore seems reasonable to conclude that Merck’s main motivation at the time it took out these patents was simply to prevent others from doing so. To learn the facts about statins, click here. To learn how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without drugs, click here.

Some Antidepressants Linked to Higher Risk of Birth Defects

July 9, 2015

A new study finds women who used certain antidepressants could be more likely to have babies born with rare birth defects.
Read article on the Time Magazine website (USA)

Two-thirds of teen and young adult cancer patients facing end of life use aggressive measures

July 9, 2015

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More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying of cancer utilized one or more aggressive interventions in the last month of life, according to a retrospective study from researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Kaiser Permanente Southern California. 
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: For around a century now, chronic diseases have been exploited by Pharma Cartel interests as markets for patented chemical drugs. In cancer an additional, particularly appalling, aspect of this exploitation deserves consideration: In the minds of patients, the diagnosis of 'cancer' has deliberately been promoted as a 'death verdict'. This was not done by accident as it resulted in millions of cancer patients accepting literally any procedure – including highly toxic chemotherapy – in the desperate hope that it would save their lives. Today, however, Dr. Rath and Dr. Niedzwiecki's groundbreaking book, Victory Over Cancer, is inspiring people all over the world to learn about natural health approaches that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease. By spreading awareness of the new Cellular Medicine approach to controlling cancer, and educating people regarding the facts about chemotherapy, millions of lives can be saved both safely and naturally.

Experts Say World Health Organization Unable to Handle Ebola Outbreak

July 7, 2015

Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa's vast and deadly Ebola outbreak.
Read article at newsweek.com

Comment: Amidst the ongoing public debate over the Ebola outbreak, one scientific fact has gone largely unnoticed: the virus has been causing disease and death only in humans and subhuman primates. Other natural hosts of this dangerous virus are not known to develop the disease. According to the WHO these ‘protected’ hosts include antelopes, porcupines and fruit eating bats. Remarkably, even though these animals can carry the Ebola virus for many years, they remain unaffected by it. To learn why and understand how the Ebola epidemic presented a chance to embrace natural medicine, read this article.

Link found between autoimmune diseases, medications, dangerous heartbeat condition

July 6, 2015

New research focuses on identifying the mechanism by which patients with various autoimmune and connective tissue disorders may be at risk for life-threatening cardiac events if they take certain anti-histamine or anti-depressant medications.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Leaked TPP document shows US favoring Big Pharma

July 1, 2015

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US negotiators in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks fought on behalf of big drug-making companies, championing intellectual property laws that would protect their profits from competition by generic medications, leaked documents have revealed.
Read article at rt.com (Russia)

US Supreme Court backs use of contentious execution drug

June 29, 2015

SQ Lethal Injection Room

The US Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug used in executions, saying it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: The pharmaceutical industry has a long history of producing patented chemicals for the purpose of putting people to death. As proven by historical records from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials, the Zyklon B pellets used to murder concentration camp inmates in the gas chambers at Auschwitz were produced by a subsidiary company of the infamous IG Farben Cartel, composed of Bayer, BASF, Hoechst and other drug and chemical manufacturers. Today, with this US Supreme Court verdict, the ongoing pharmaceutical “business with death” is being given the backing of US law.

Taking anti-depressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'

June 26, 2015

Women who take common anti-depressants to counter the impact of the menopause may have a 76 per cent higher risk of broken bones, scientists warn.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Anti-hypertensive Medications Can Increase The Possibility Of Stroke: Research

June 2, 2015

Blood pressure medications can increase the risk of having stroke, according to new research.
Read article at yibada.com

Comment: Conventional medicine concedes that the causes of high blood pressure are unknown in over 90% of patients. As a result, it confines itself to treating the symptoms of this disease. In contrast, Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach provides a breakthrough in our understanding of the causes, prevention and adjunct treatment of high blood pressure. The main cause of high blood pressure is a chronic deficiency of essential nutrients in millions of artery wall cells. Among other functions, these cells are responsible for the availability of “relaxing factors” (nitric oxide), which decrease vascular wall tension and keep the blood pressure within normal range. The natural amino acid arginine, vitamin C and other components of Dr. Rath’s Cellular Health recommendations contribute to the optimum availability of these artery wall relaxing factors. To learn more, visit the Cellular Health section of our website and this issue of the Dr. Rath Research Institute newsletter.

Estimating the global burden of cancer in 2013; 14.9 million new cases worldwide

May 28, 2015

Researchers from around the world have worked together to try to measure the global burden of cancer and they estimate there were 14.9 million new cases of cancer, 8.2 million deaths and 196.3 million years of a healthy life lost in 2013, according to a Special Communication published online by JAMA Oncology.
Read article at sciencedaily.com

Comment: With global spending on cancer drugs exceeding $100 billion in 2014, the Pharma Cartel has no interest in finding a cure for this disease. Cancer is now the biggest source of income for drug makers, so anything that treats its root causes would ultimately destroy the financial viability of the “business with disease”. Significantly, therefore, safe natural health approaches that have been shown to block ALL key mechanisms that make cancer a deadly disease are already available. To learn about them, visit the Victory Over Cancer website.

Australian thalidomide firm 'knew drug was killing babies before product withdrawn'

May 26, 2015

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New book on the thalidomide scandal reveals fresh affidavit by insider who said the Australian sales arm of the British firm Distillers knew for months about the drug's potential risks.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Does paracetamol do you more harm than good?

May 25, 2015

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GPs write millions of prescriptions for this painkiller each year and millions more packets are bought over the counter. It has generally been considered cheap, safe and effective. But should we think harder before we pop another pill?
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Comment: Studies show that the dangers of paracetamol and other painkillers are even underestimated by doctors. In sharp contrast to these drugs, which focus merely on treating the symptoms of diseases, Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach concentrates on correcting their root causes. Still unknown to the majority of doctors today, chronic deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common diseases. An optimum daily intake of the correct micronutrients is thus the scientific answer to maintaining health naturally and controlling diseases both safely and effectively.

Why Big Pharma is not addressing the failure of antidepressants

May 18, 2015

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Around a quarter of people experience depression at some point in their lives, two-thirds of whom are women. Each year more than 11m working days are lost in the UK to stress, depression or anxiety and there are more than 6,000 suicides. The impact of depression on individuals, families, society and the economy is enormous.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: So unsuccessful have patented drugs been in curing depression that pharma companies such as GSK, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Merck and Sanofi have all stopped looking for new antidepressant treatments. However, research and clinical studies clearly show that natural approaches based on the use of vitamins and other micronutrients are both safe and effective in fighting this health problem.

Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False

May 16, 2015

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In the past few years more professionals have come forward to share a truth that, for many people, proves difficult to swallow. One such authority is Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.
Read article at collective-evolution.com

U.S. FDA warns on newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs

May 15, 2015

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday warned that a widely used newer class of type 2 diabetes drugs sold by AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Eli Lilly in partnership with Boehringer Ingleheim may cause dangerously high levels of blood acids that could require hospitalization.
Read news report at reuters.com

Danger of 'fever phobia': Parents warned not to give children paracetamol and ibuprofen

May 15, 2015

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Parents treating their kids for a mild fever should not give them paracetamol and ibuprofen, doctors warn.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Anti-depressants and other psychiatric drugs do more harm than good, says expert

May 13, 2015

The negative effects of psychiatric drugs, including those used to treat depression and dementia, outweigh the positives, an expert on clinical trials has suggested. Professor Peter Gøtzsche, the director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre at Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, has argued that the “minimal” benefits of psychiatric drugs are not enough to justify the deaths of more than a million people aged over 65 in the Western world each year.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Drug Makers are Having Trouble Improving Their Reputations: Survey

May 12, 2015

Amid the many challenges confronting the pharmaceutical industry is a need to polish its reputation, but a new survey says the world’s largest drug makers have failed to make any progress in recent years.
Read article on the Wall Street Journal website (USA)

Comment: Given the growing global awareness of the pharmaceutical “business with disease”, we suspect that few people will be surprised by this story.

IMS Health Finds Global Cancer Drug Spending Crossed $100 Billion Threshold in 2014

May 5, 2015

According to a new report released today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, total global spending on oncology medicines – including therapeutic treatments and supportive care – reached the $100 billion threshold in 2014, even as the share of total medicine spending of oncologics increased only modestly.
 Read article on the IMS Health website

Digoxin increases risk of death in heart patients by over 20%

May 5, 2015

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Digoxin takes the rap again as yet another review goes to prove increased risk of death associated with the drug used for long to treat heart disease.
Read article on the International Business Times website

How should the fight against drug resistance be funded?

May 2, 2015

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The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it "one of the most serious global health threats of our time". This is the worrying growth in the resistance of infectious diseases to conventional medicines, largely caused by the world's over-use of cheap antibiotics. Potentially fatal diseases like tuberculosis are developing resistance to the most commonly-used drugs, but the big pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to spend billions on finding replacements if poorer countries cannot afford to pay for them. This is the big healthcare economics conundrum facing the world.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

Comment: Contrary to what this article would have you believe, natural alternatives to commonly-used drugs against tuberculosis (TB) and other diseases are already available. For example, lab tests have shown that vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB. Furthermore, Dr. Rath’s Cellular Medicine approach has proven that an optimum supply of specific micronutrients is critical in supporting various cellular functions that are essential for an effective immune response, strong immune system and health. As such, with evidence growing that daily use of supplements can reduce national healthcare costs, it is high time that, rather than continuing to focus on outdated synthetic drug approaches, the World Health Organization considers safe and effective natural alternatives.

'Chemo brain' is real, say researchers

April 27, 2015

UBC research shows that chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate. Dubbed 'chemo-brain,' the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the UBC study is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Given the high toxicity of chemotherapy drugs, it beggars belief that anyone could doubt that so-called ‘chemo brain’ is real. Fact is that chemotherapy is a highly toxic and dangerous treatment that contributes to a quarter of all deaths from cancer. Hardly surprising then that the overall contribution of chemotherapy to 5-year cancer survival in adults has been estimated to be a mere 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA. To learn about natural health approaches to cancer that have been scientifically shown to block all key mechanisms that make it a deadly disease, click here.

GlaxoSmithKline Corporate Rap Sheet: Lethal Side Effects, Law Suits, Marketing Controversies

April 27, 2015

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In recent years, GlaxoSmithKline has become known as the company that pays massive amounts to resolve wide-ranging charges brought by U.S. regulators and prosecutors. These included a $750 million payment relating to the sale of adulterated products from a facility in Puerto Rico and a record $3 billion in connection with charges relating to illegal marketing, suppression of adverse safety research results and overcharging government customers. The company also set a record for the largest tax avoidance settlement with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Read article on the Centre for Research in Globalization website

Bill protecting execution drug makers moves ahead

April 22, 2015

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AUSTIN — Legislation that would keep secret the names and addresses of manufacturers and suppliers of the drugs the state uses to execute death row inmates is moving fast in the Texas Legislature.
Read article at amarillo.com (Texas, USA)

Comment: Records from the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prove that the pharmaceutical industry supplied the Zyklon B pellets that were used to kill concentration camp prisoners in the gas chambers during WWII. As such, for an industry that pretends to be focused on improving human health, the fact that it remains willing – on condition of anonymity – to sell drugs for use in executions clearly shows that its primary interest is in making profits for its shareholders.

100 years of chemical warfare: BAYER still refuses to take responsibility

April 22, 2015

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first use of poison gas. In the spring of 1915 the company BAYER supplied about 700 tonnes of chemicals to the front. On April 22 about 170 tonnes of chlorine gas were used for the first time on a battlefield in Ypres, Belgium. A six km wide and 600-900 m deep gas cloud formed, drifting towards the French troops. This attack alone led to about 1,000 dead and 4,000 severely injured men. Poison gas attacks against British soldiers followed on 1st, 6th, 10th and 24th May.
Read press release at cbgnetwork.org

Study shows that use of statins increases risk of developing diabetes by 46%

April 16, 2015

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New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even after adjustment for confounding factors. The study is by Professor Markku Laakso, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland, and colleagues.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Paracetamol may dull emotions as well as physical pain, new study shows

April 14, 2015

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Researchers in the US may have uncovered an new side-effect of paracetamol with a study that suggests the drug dampens down people’s emotional reactions.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Pfizer sued over alleged Viagra-related death

April 13, 2015

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The estate of a Tennessee man is suing a pharmaceutical company, alleging Viagra is to blame for the decedent’s melanoma-related death.
Read article on the Madison-St. Clair Record website (USA)

Data suggests AstraZeneca drug may increase death rate

April 10, 2015

AstraZeneca Plc's diabetes drug Onglyza appears to be associated with an increased rate of death, according to a review of data published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.
Read Reuters news report at yahoo.com

Comment: In sharp contrast to the dangers of pharmaceutical approaches to controlling diabetes, the Cellular Medicine approach to this disease is both safe and effective. To learn how diabetes can be eradicated naturally, visit the Cellular Health section of our website.

Pharma companies dominate 2014 list of Indian firms filing for global patents

April 4, 2015

Patented

Led by companies such as Ranbaxy, Wockhardt and Hetero, the pharma sector dominates the list of top Indian filers under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2014, seeking protection internationally for their inventions. Overall, the field of organic fine chemistry led the India filings with 301 PCT applications last year, a growth rate of 9.5%, followed by pharmaceuticals with 284 filings.
Read article on the Times of India website

Comment: The trillion dollar-a-year sales of the pharmaceutical industry are based on the patenting of new drugs. These patents essentially allow drug manufacturers to arbitrarily define the profits for their products. Vitamins and other effective natural health therapies that optimize cellular metabolism threaten the pharmaceutical “business with disease” because they target the cellular cause of today’s most common diseases – and these natural substances cannot be patented. The survival of the drug industry is thus dependent on the elimination, by any means possible, of effective non-patentable natural health therapies.

Pharmaceuticals Kill More Teens Than Illegal Substances in the US: Study

April 1, 2015

Pills

Combine the number of overdose deaths caused by heroin and cocaine, and you still haven’t matched the number of deaths caused by pharmaceutical prescription medications each year in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, pharmaceutical abuse was responsible for about 23,000 deaths in 2013 — that’s more than half of the overdose deaths in the U.S. that year.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Japanese drug maker offers billions to settle cancer-causing claims

April 1, 2015

Diabetes drug Actos

Japan's top drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical has offered US$2.2 billion to settle US claims linked to its diabetes drug Actos, in what would be one of the biggest US payouts over patient lawsuits, a report said on Wednesday.
Read article at themalaysianinsider.com

Antidepressants found at home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz

March 28, 2015

German Wings Plane

German investigators found antidepressants in the apartment of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz this week, according to published reports.
Read article at cnn.com

Comment: The tragic crash of Germanwings flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain on March 24 has understandably raised questions about the mental state of its co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, and pharmaceutical medications he may have been taking. Significantly therefore, the multi-billion dollar antidepressant drug market has an underreported dark side that the ‘business with disease’ would prefer patients weren’t told about. Studies suggest that through affecting the brain and altering the way people think, these mind-altering chemicals are capable of causing hostility, aggression, mania, violence and suicide. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by Germanwings flight 9525 and we look forward to the day when psychiatry and the treatment of depression concentrates on the use of safe, natural approaches.

British nurse cured of Ebola credits new drug - and strawberries
Corporal Anna Cross is declared free of the deadly virus after choosing to be given the drug MIL 77 at the Royal Free Hospital

March 27, 2015

Anna Cross

She was the first Ebola patient in the world to be treated with an experimental new drug. But when a British Army reservist was released from hospital after being given the all-clear on Friday, she gave away another secret to her recovery: strawberries.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

Comment: Ebola is a highly infective and fatal viral disease that deserves to be taken very seriously. Predictably, however, the outbreak has been instrumentalised by interest groups that have established a global business with diseases and the fears that accompany them – namely, the pharmaceutical investment business. Rather than embracing natural medicine and taking advantage of the antiviral properties of vitamin C and certain other micronutrients, these non-patentable approaches to healthcare are instead seen as a threat to the trillion dollar-a-year drug industry. The statement by Corporal Anna Cross, in her press conference, that she would rather have MIL 77 than high-dose vitamin C – despite her doctors admitting that it was impossible to say whether the drug was beneficial or not – should thus be viewed in light of these facts. And ironically, of course, strawberries are well known to be a good natural source of vitamin C.

Prescription drugs involved in 82% of overdose deaths, Victoria coroner says

March 21, 2015

Drug Abuse

The number of deaths associated with prescription drugs used to treat stress, anxiety and insomnia are increasing at a “frightening” rate, a coroner has told attendees at a medical conference in Melbourne.
Read article in the Guardian (UK)

Google's mystery biotech Calico partners with the Broad on aging-related drugs

March 19, 2015

Biotech

Slowly but surely, Google's star-driven biotech Calico is laying the foundation for what promises to be a major biotech focused on some of the biggest diseases that limit longevity. There's a Big Pharma partnership with AbbVie, a development deal down in Texas and now it's time to team up with top scientists. Earlier in the week Harvard and MIT's renowned Broad Institute signed on to work with Calico on pushing new therapies into the clinic.
Read article at fiercebiotech.com

Comment: Google has clearly identified the fields of medicine, drug development, molecular biology and genetics as potential sources of multi-billion dollar profits. For further information on how Google is copying the pharma business model, read this article on our Foundation website.

Antipsychotic Drugs Hasten Death In Dementia Patients

March 19, 2015

Haloperidol Bottle

Even though practitioners can prescribe several other medications for dementia patients, many physicians still resort to antipsychotics — despite the known increase of potentially damaging side effects. In fact, antipsychotics may actually speed up the dying process in dementia patients more than previously realized, a new study shows.
Read article at forbes.com

U.S. Pharmaceutical Market Value Will Approach $550 Billion by 2020

March 17, 2015

The U.S. pharmaceutical market is forecast to increase from an estimated value of $395.2 billion in 2014 to reach $548.4 billion by 2020, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 5.6 percent, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Read article at dddmag.com (USA)

Comment: Globally, with its current sales already having reached 1 trillion dollars a year and forecasts suggesting this figure will reach 1.3 trillion by 2018, the pharmaceutical “business with disease” is financially unsustainable. The sooner it can therefore be replaced with a new healthcare system, based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, the better it will be for all mankind. To learn about the necessary strategies for creating a truly sustainable preventive healthcare system, read Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration.

Study shows that use of statins increase risk of developing diabetes by 46 percent

March 4, 2015

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New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that use of statins is associated with a 46% increase in the risk of developing diabetes, even after adjustment for confounding factors.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: Even before the publication of this latest research, statins had already been shown to raise the risk of developing cataracts, breast cancer, muscle pain and muscular injuries, serious kidney problems, osteoarthritis of the knee, nerve damage, eye damage, fatigue – and, ironically, even calcification of the arteries. To discover how high cholesterol levels can be eradicated naturally, without statins, visit the Cellular Health section of our Foundation website and learn how micronutrients are important for healthy cholesterol levels.

Common drug for irregular heartbeat tied to worse outcomes

March 4, 2015

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Patients who take the heart rhythm drug digoxin may face a nearly 30 percent greater risk of death than patients not taking the drug, a review of prior research suggests.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Used as PR Pawn, Damaged by Experimental Medications

March 3, 2015

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She became the face of the Ebola crisis during its publicity peak last fall. But nurse Nina Pham, the first known case of an individual contracting Ebola within the U.S., is now suing the parent corporation of her former employer, which she says violated her personal privacy and left her chronically ill by exploiting and neglecting her during the outbreak.
Read article on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Comment: Predictably, rather than seeing the Ebola outbreak as a chance to embrace natural medicine, it has been deliberately instrumentalised by those interest groups that have established a global business with diseases and the fears that accompany them – namely, the pharmaceutical investment business.

Risks of taking paracetamol long-term may have been underestimated by clinicians

March 2, 2015

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Doctors may have underestimated the risks for patients who take paracetamol long-term, suggests research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Medical practice increases the risk of suicide

February 23, 2015

Patients who have tried to commit suicide with medication are prescribed more medication after the attempt, not less. This is the surprising result of a recent study at the Department of Psychology. The study involves patients who were admitted to three Norwegian hospitals after deliberate self-poisoning. The researchers collected information about the patients' medication from The Norwegian prescription database in order to compare the medication load in the year before and after the poisoning episode. They were surprised to discover that the patients' medication load, which was high in the first place, increased even more after their attempt to poison themselves. This was equally true for medication against both mental and somatic illness.
Read article at medicalxpress.com

Comment: As the old saying goes, you couldn’t make it up! A damning indictment of the pharmaceutical orthodoxy and its highly dangerous approach to medicine.

'Corrupt Chinese pharmaceuticals firms fuelling methamphetamine production' – UN drugs official
UN official makes claim made after 2.4 tonnes of crystal meth seized in Guangdong Province

February 22, 2015

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A corrupt pharmaceutical industry is providing Chinese drugs gangs with chemicals allowing them to produce tonnes of methamphetamine, said a United Nations drugs official.
Read article on the International Business Times website

Big Pharma Is America’s New Mafia

February 21, 2015

Pharmaceutical companies have more power than ever, and the American people are paying the price—too often with our lives.
Read article at thedailybeast.com

Dementia research: Drug firms despair of finding cure and withdraw funding after a catalogue of failures

February 17, 2015

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Drug companies are retreating from the search for a dementia cure after “repeated and costly failures” to develop a breakthrough drug, a major report has warned.
Read article in The Independent (UK)

Comment: Contrary to what the drug industry and its stakeholders would have you believe, natural approaches to controlling dementia do exist. Studies have shown that vitamin E, B vitamins and other micronutrients are effective both in helping to prevent the disease and slowing down its onset.

HRT nearly doubles the risk of ovarian cancer, experts warn

February 13, 2015

Women who undergo hormone replacement therapy, even for a short time, nearly double their risk of developing ovarian cancer, new research has warned.
Read article in the Daily Telegraph (UK)

90% of Big Pharma Spent More on Marketing than Research in 2013 Alone

February 11, 2015

Surely Big Pharma corporations are spending their cash on research ‘for the cure’ and finding ways to implement life-saving ingredients into their next formula, right? As it turns out, 9 out of 10 Big Pharma companies actually spent more on their sales and marketing than their research and development.
See infographic on the Centre for Research on Globalization website

Drug Makers Keep Some Side Effects Secret: Study

February 3, 2015

Only about half of reports of serious drug side effects submitted by manufacturers meet basic standards for completeness, according to a new study.
Read article at newsmaxhealth.com

Novartis faces suspension in Japan after series of trial data scandals

February 3, 2015

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Japan plans to temporarily suspend Novartis' pharma business in that country, according to media reports. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's order will last about 15 days and will cite repeated violations of failure to report adverse events properly, the Japan Times says.
Read article at fiercepharma.com

Nurofen for Children gave my 12-year-old son kidney failure - and he could be damaged for life, says mother

January 30, 2015

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A mother has warned parents about the dangers of Nurofen for Children after it triggered kidney failure in her 12 year-old son.
Read article in the Daily Mail (UK)

Arizona court: Patients can sue pharmaceuticals for fraud

January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — In a major victory for patients, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday they can sue prescription drug companies for consumer fraud.
Read article on the Arizona Daily Star website (USA)

Comment: The trillion dollar-a-year pharmaceutical “business with disease” is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. Rather than addressing the primary causes of chronic diseases and delivering health, its patented drugs merely treat symptoms. The toxic nature of these synthetic chemical treatments causes side effects and additional diseases, thus resulting in still further drugs being prescribed. It’s a vicious circle and a license to print money for the pharmaceutical industry. To learn how mankind can be freed from this situation, read Dr. Rath’s Barletta Declaration.

'Warn all patients of dangers of statins' says experts

January 27, 2015

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Leading heart specialists are warning doctors not to “mislead” patients over “exaggerated” benefits of controversial cholesterol busting pills, statins, and to caution them about their potentially “disabling” side effects.
Read article in the Daily Express (UK)

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs

January 27, 2015

A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia. All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an "anticholinergic" effect.
Read article on the BBC News website (UK)

EMA Recommends Hundreds of Drugs to be Suspended Over ‘Flawed Studies’

January 23, 2015

The European Medicines Agency recommends suspending the sale of hundreds of drugs that were authorized for use across the continent based on “flawed” clinical studies that were conducted by GVK Biosciences, a clinical research organization based in Hyderabad, India.
Read Pharmalot blog entry on the Wall Street Journal website (USA)

Comment: The pharmaceutical “business with disease” is the largest deception and fraud business in human history. So dangerous are its patented chemical drugs that research conducted in the United States shows adverse reactions in hospital patients to be between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death.

Cameron Urges Lighter Regulation to Speed New Drug Development

January 16, 2015

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U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will push for lighter regulations on the pharmaceutical industry in order to speed the path of new medicines to the market.
Read article at bloomberg.com

Comment: In July 2005, a remarkable report entitled The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry was published on behalf of the British Government. Compiled by a departmental select committee appointed by the British House of Commons, the 126-page report examines the influence that the pharmaceutical ‘Business with Disease’ has upon the practice of medicine and healthcare in the UK. Despite containing in-depth analysis of drug safety concerns, drug-induced illness, illegal marketing practices and the medicalization of society, the report was essentially buried. By pushing for lighter regulations on the pharmaceutical industry, rather than acting on the findings of this report, Cameron is therefore making it very clear whose side he is on.

Cancer $creening Doesn't Save Lives, Meta-Study Reveals

January 15, 2015

Subject to an increasingly expansive disease screening programs, unsuspecting healthy individuals are being transformed into patients every day. Massive 'awareness raising' campaigns funded by industries that either cause disease by creating and promoting harmful products, or make profit from the diseases by diagnosing and treating them, dominate mainstream culture, with their tentacles reaching deep into both private and public (i.e. governmental) sectors.
Read article at greenmedinfo.com

Comment: Whilst the early detection of health problems is very important in curtailing the progress of, or eliminating, disease at its onset, diagnostic technologies have to be used wisely and in such a way that they benefit, rather than damage, your health. To learn how this can be done, read this article by Bilwa Bhanap, MD, and Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, PhD.

You Could Be Quarantined and Forced to Take Toxic Drugs

January 13, 2015

A new federal executive order expands the list of illnesses for which you could be detained, isolated, and treated against your will if you are entering the US or traveling between states—even if you are completely healthy. Some states have similar or worse laws that would even allow entry into your home.
Read article on the Alliance for Natural Health (USA) website

Stop-smoking drug suspected of 'major role' in patient deaths

January 13, 2015

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Champix is suspected of playing a major role in the deaths of 44 patients -- 30 of them by suicide -- since the popular stop-smoking drug was approved in Canada in 2007, a Vancouver Sun investigation has found.
Read article on the Prince George Citizen newspaper website (Canada)

Conn. Supreme Court Rules 17-Year-Old Cancer Patient Must Have Chemo

January 8, 2015

The top court in Connecticut ruled today that a 17-year-old girl can be forced to undergo chemotherapy after she refused treatment for her cancer.
Read article on the ABC News website (USA)

Comment: Connecticut law sees this young lady as above the age of consent and old enough to drive. Enforcing toxic chemotherapy on her against her will when she has said she wants to explore alternative options amounts to barbaric torture and a gross violation of her human rights.

Connecticut teen with cancer forced by state to undergo chemo treatments

January 5, 2015

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A 17-year-old cancer patient and her mother are locked in an unprecedented legal battle with the Connecticut state government over the teen’s right to refuse chemotherapy treatment, Fox CT reported.
Read article at foxnews.com