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Previously better known for its
advocacy of toxic antiretroviral
(ARV) drugs for HIV and AIDS in poor countries, the church’s
‘Bread for the
World’ campaign is calling for an end to undernourishment and
can learn more about this interesting development, and how it
came about, on
our Foundation website:
week's Dr. Rath Health Foundation newsletter.
As the scientific concept of Cellular medicine describes, deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other micronutrients are the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases.
Based on this knowledge, Cellular Medicine defines an optimum daily intake of specific micronutrients as a basic preventative measure for maintaining health. The scientific principles underlying this approach should form the basis of a new global healthcare system.
Each and every day that its implementation is delayed, countless thousands of patients worldwide continue to suffer and die from preventable diseases that are not actually real “diseases” but simply the consequences of a long-term deficiency of essential micronutrients.
Date:September 16, 2015Source:BioMed Central
A new study measuring the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events during the perioperative period – immediately before, during or right after a surgical procedure – suggests that mistakes or adverse events occur in around 50 percent of operations and in 5 percent of drug administrations. Examining 277 randomly selected operations conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital in the United States, the study, which will appear in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, found that a third of the errors uncovered resulted in adverse drug events or harm to patients.
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Observing 225 anesthesia providers – anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and resident physicians – during operations conducted at the hospital between November 2013 and June 2014, the researchers determined that 124 of the 277 operations examined included at least one medication error or adverse drug event. One-third of the medication errors led to an adverse drug event, and the remainder were judged to have the potential to cause an adverse event. Moreover, 20 percent of the adverse drug events recorded were not associated with a medication error, thus suggesting they may have been a direct result of drug toxicity.
From the point-of-view of patients, a particularly worryingly aspect of this study is that previous research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), one of the world’s leading medical journals, clearly supports its findings. 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.
While part of the purpose of the Massachusetts General Hospital study was to formulate solutions to prevent adverse drug events from occurring, the fact is that this is essentially impossible to achieve. Even when supposedly prescribed and used “correctly”, there is no such thing as a safe drug. As synthetic chemical molecules that don’t exist in nature, drugs are treated by the body as foreign invaders that have to be detoxified and eliminated. When the body’s protective systems fail in this critical task, severe and deadly side-effects are the inevitable result.
Ultimately, for real health and healing to occur it is necessary to address the root cause of disease: micronutrient deficiency.
In the absence of this, any medical system that depends upon drugs,
surgery, radiation and other orthodox approaches as its primary
treatment options is only addressing the symptoms of disease. Moving
beyond the current outdated medical paradigm thus necessitates a
wholesale redesign of our healthcare systems. This includes properly
educating our doctors, who, mostly through no fault of their own, have
been reduced to playing the role of a sales force for the
pharmaceutical ‘business with disease’.
The sooner this urgently-needed transformation takes place, the sooner
injuries and deaths resulting from synthetic chemical drugs can be
brought to an end.
In a cutting edge experiment, researchers in the Netherlands
are preparing to start a major study in which prisoners with anger
management problems will be given food supplements to determine whether
improving nutritional status can reduce aggressive and antisocial
behaviour. Building on previous work done in this area, inmates in five
Dutch jails and two youth detention centres will be given vitamins,
minerals and fish oil from early next year. If the approach proves
successful, the country’s justice ministry plans to expand the program
and offer the supplements to further prisoners with violent tendencies.
In recent years, research conducted independently in several countries has produced convincing evidence that a poor diet containing a low intake of micronutrients may be a causal factor in antisocial behaviour. Opening up the possibility of a fundamentally new approach to reducing violent and aggressive behaviour in our societies, it suggests that by correcting micronutrient deficiencies such conduct can be improved.
A UK study published in 2002 is one of the landmark pieces of research in this area, finding clear evidence of a link between dietary intake and violent behaviour in a well-designed trial that gave nutritional supplements to prisoners. During the study the subjects who received the micronutrients committed 37% fewer violent offences and 26% fewer offences overall, whereas the rates of disciplinary incidents remained substantially unchanged for those receiving placebos. A double blind, placebo-controlled, randomised trial, the research attracted an extremely favourable response from the academic community for the high standard of its methodology. As a result of this and subsequent work, the role food supplements can potentially play in shaping social behaviour – both in prisons and in the wider community – is becoming increasingly apparent.
The underlying idea behind this area of research is essentially a simple one; namely that the brain needs to be nourished, just like all other organs of the body, and that it is therefore vital to consider the brain’s nutritional needs as a key factor in governing behaviour. Interestingly, it is not even as if this hypothesis is a new one. When Archibald Sinclair, as Secretary of State for Air, persuaded the wartime British government in 1942 to supplement the diet of the country’s children with cod-liver oil and orange juice, he had speculated that, among other ills, poor diets could lead to antisocial behaviour.
Further support for this theory comes from work conducted in the United States, which has shown that school children given a daily supplement containing a mere 50 per cent of the RDA for a period of 4 months had lower rates of threats and fighting, vandalism, being disrespectful, disorderly conduct, defiance, obscenities, refusal to work or serve, endangering others, and other offences.
With aggression being a common feature of prison life in many
countries, and the links between diet, nutrition and behaviour becoming
increasingly understood, it may turn out that better nourishment – as
opposed to simply harder punishment – can make a significant
contribution towards creating a more peaceful and harmonious world.
17 September, 2015
The reputation and credibility of the pharma industry sank to a new low this week with news that the 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. Marketed since the 1950s, the drug was acquired last month by Turing Pharmaceuticals, a start-up company run by Martin Shkreli, a former hedge fund manager. Astonishingly, with even the global mass media seemingly aghast at this latest case of pharma greed, Shkreli shamelessly attempted to portray the 5000% price rise as “altruistic”.
To seasoned observers it will be immediately apparent that this story provides 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, improving human health is not their focus. For the robber barons behind this industry, profits, not the interests of patients, are the highest priority.
Significantly, therefore, and no doubt helped by the ongoing public revelations regarding its insatiable greed, evidence is growing that patients are waking up to the shocking reality about the drug industry. In a recent report published by PatientView, a UK-based research, publishing and consultancy group, 76 patient groups assessed the reputation of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. In a damning indictment of the “business with disease,” patients rated the overall corporate reputation of the drug industry as low, verging on abysmal. None of the groups ranked the industry as excellent. The only industry ranked lower was the for-profit insurance industry.
Moreover, 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. In this situation, as viewed by pharma executives and their investors, the realization that their trillion-dollar-a-year house of cards is in danger of collapsing will doubtless be deeply terrifying.
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. In this sense the story about Turing Pharmaceuticals and Martin Shkreli can in part be seen as a distraction, in that it completely ignores the deeper problem concerning the inability of pharma-oriented healthcare approaches to address and correct the root causes of diseases. The main issue with drugs, in other words, is not simply their price but their ineffectiveness.
Ultimately, it is only by spreading the life-saving benefits of nutritional and Cellular Medicine, and correcting micronutrient deficiencies, that a new, truly prevention-oriented system of healthcare can become a reality for our planet. As such, with the reputation and credibility of the pharma industry now in tatters, the time has arrived for vitamin freedom advocates everywhere to come together and make natural preventive healthcare a human right.
24 September, 2015