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Matthias Rath: 'It is the multinational pharmaceutical companies that control the world'

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South Africa has also distinguished itself since 2000 for its ongoing struggle against the pharmaceutical industry and its prohibitively expensive anti-AIDS drugs. The decision recently taken on generic drugs represents a victory, but they are still drugs. Are there any natural alternatives to them?

Dr. Rath: It is a s cientific fact that virtually all viruses can be blocked, either totally or in part, by natural therapies. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) slows down the replication rate of viruses. A study published in 1990 in the influential North American periodical Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that vitamin C, administered in quantities that a person could take on a daily basis, can block HIV replication by more than 99.9%! And we are talking about one of the most widely read scientific publications in the world.

Actually the pharmaceutical industry, the World Health Organization and leading doctors know that there are natural alternatives to drugs which cannot be patented, and which are more effective than any other current pharmacological approach in controlling disease.

A second substance critical for blocking the propagation of viruses is the amino acid lysine. Since all viruses multiply by destroying the tissue that surrounds them, i.e. collagen, with the assistance of enzymes known as collagenases, the neutralisation of these enzymes would reduce or prevent multiplication of the virus. Well, we have seen that the natural amino acids lysine and proline achieve precisely this effect. What is more, it has been documented that vitamin A and other essential nutrients improve the immune system, thus contributing to the effective prevention and treatment of AIDS.

Does the UN's AIDS programme benefit the pharmaceutical industry?

Dr. Rath: Most of the United Nations' programmes are dominated by pharmaceutical interest groups, and that includes the UN's AIDS programme. We should appreciate that as far as the pharmaceutical industry is concerned, a battle for its credibility has started both in developing and industrialised countries. More and more countries are realising that there are natural alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs which are not only more effective but also far cheaper and do not involve the prohibitive royalty payments. Many of the world's governments have realised the unscrupulous and fraudulent nature of the agenda being pursued by pharmaceutical companies and their trade in disease'. Because of this they are once again beginning to centre their national strategies on natural approaches to health care.

We have to understand that every country which decides to distance itself from the pharmaceutical trade in disease is another nail in the coffin for this industry, and that such a decision not only means much reduced income for the pharmaceutical industry in that country but will also have another still more important consequence: each state that turns its back on the pharmaceutical industry is making a contribution so that the world may open its eyes to this long-standing and fraudulent business going back more than a century now, maintained and promoted by the pharmaceutical interest groups. The consequences, as more and more countries free themselves from the shackles of the pharmaceutical cartel, will be devastating for the industry as a whole. Imagine what will happen as more and more of the world's nations realise that the AIDS epidemic could be contained by administering sufficient and optimum quantities of vitamin C and other non-patentable natural therapies to AIDS patients. Imagine the people's reaction when they realise that the pharmaceutical industry has deliberately withheld vital information about these natural ingredients in order to prevent people getting hold of them.

That is why we are beginning to witness people turning their backs on pharmaceutical companies on a worldwide scale. The governments of Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Malawi and many other African governments, and also the People's Republic of China, have decided to embark on natural health care strategies. Pharmaceutical industry investors are not just faced with a domino effect, we are witnessing the fall of the Berlin Wall' of the worldwide pharmaceutical trade in disease'.

Have you ever regretted attacking interest groups as powerful as those represented in the pharmaceutical industry?

Dr. Rath with Dr Pauling

Dr. Rath: I have confronted those powers ever since I took up the baton from the twice Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. Right from the start I was entirely aware that the discovery of the link between vitamin C and heart disease alone would destroy a multi-million pound pharmaceutical market for ever. So taking up this battle to free humanity from the shackles of this immoral and fraudulent industry was a voluntary and premeditated decision.

Over all the years during which I have been confronting the pharmaceutical industry, publicly accusing it of fraud and of putting at risk the lives of millions of people, they have never dared to counterattack openly, or question my scientific discoveries. However, some medical opinion formers and certain pharmaceutical industry-dependent media have attempted to discredit me personally. But this is the fate of anyone who dares to confront wrongdoing. I hope that many young people will also learn to do the same in the future and have the courage to confront what they know is wrong when the time comes.

As regards my personal safety, a lot of people have asked me whether I fear for my life. They refer to John le Carré's latest novel , The Constant Gardener, in which the pharmaceutical industry's business model is depicted as no respecter of human life. John le Carré himself wrote an epilogue to his novel in which he writes that, while working on the book, he realised that compared to pharmaceutical reality, my novel reads like a picture postcard.

If one is in a privileged position as in my case and knows that one can influence positively the lives of millions of people and those of future generations, one has to take the right decision. And proclaiming the truth loud and clear in all parts also becomes the best protection against these groups.

Antonio Muro