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Article published in “Algemeen Dagblad” on May 13, 2005 with English Translation

Vitamin guru starts action against AIDS inhibitor

Cape Town – The controversial vitamin salesman Matthias Rath has started a worldwide offensive against the manufacturers of AIDS medication, on the threshold of a lawsuit in South Africa.

Rath, a German doctor, placed one-page advertisements in The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune this week, in which he accuses pharmaceutical companies of genocide. In the ads he states that the pharmaceutical industry, by producing the AIDS inhibitors, just wants to make profit, although these medicines do not work. Rath, owner of a vitamin company, promotes the use of vitamins in the battle against cancer and AIDS.

Scientists acknowledge the importance of healthy nutrition and vitamins, but consider the exclusion of medication in the treatment of AIDS or cancer irresponsible. For AIDS, there is no cure available, but certain medication can slow down the progress of the illness.

Swiss and British scientists researched Rath’s vitamin treatments for cancer and were not able to find evidence for effective components.

The health organization of the United Nations (WHO) calls Rath’s advertisements ‘dangerous’. Since 2003, the WHO campaigns for the supply of AIDS inhibitors to AIDS patients from the poorest communities, especially in Africa. About 28 million Africans have been infected with the AIDS virus.

Until a couple of years ago, Rath was the adviser of South African president Mbeki and his Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. Mbeki followed Rath’s conviction that there is no connection between the HIV virus and AIDS. This is diametrically opposed to the opinions of the established medical science.

Partly due to the pressure of pressure group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) Mbeki changed his mind. Even his own government party considered Mbeki’s doubts concerning AIDS untenable in a country with over 4.5 million infections and tens of thousands of deaths every year. Finally, the judge decided, in a by the TAC taken legal action, that the South African government is constitutionally obliged to save human lifes by distributing AIDS inhibitors. Although this has already been started, the distribution of the medication runs slowly. Minister Tshabalala-Msimang repeated last month that garlic and red beets work fine against AIDS.

In South Africa, the TAC instituted legal proceedings against Rath. According to Rath, the organization would pay people for demonstrations to distribute AIDS inhibitors. He also states that the TAC accepted money from the pharmaceutical industry.

In Germany, there is an investigation running against Rath because of the death of a boy who suffered from cancer. The parents decided to stop chemotherapy at the instigation of Rath. In several countries, Rath was forced to withdraw advertisements because of misleading contents.