Milestones: A New Era of Human Health Begins
The following page highlights
the historic development behind the Dr Rath Health Foundation. It is based
on a presentation by Dr. Rath at a Conference of the American Academy
for the Advancement of Medicine and has been updated for this website.
Further information relating
to these historic developments is available in the Dr Rath's book 'Ten
Years That Changed Medicine Forever.'
Only rarely comes the privilege of being present at the moment of triumph
in the control of a major disease, and, for cardiovascular disease, that
moment is now. Over half a century ago the Canadian cardiologist, J.C.
Paterson, published the first clinical studies that vitamin deficiency
is a primary cause for heart attacks and strokes. Each year, more than
12 million people die worldwide from heart attacks and strokes. Since
Dr. Paterson’s studies, over half a billion people have died from
cardiovascular disease, more than in all wars of mankind together. Throughout
this century, cardiovascular disease has become one of the largest epidemics
in the history of mankind. Now, at the end of this century, we have to
realize that most of these deaths could have been prevented and that
the cardiovascular epidemic could have been controlled long ago by an
optimum intake of vitamins and other essential nutrients.
I am often asked: “If this knowledge had been used in medicine,
could my father, sister, uncle or son still be alive?” The answer
is “Yes, very likely!” Why did so many people have to die?
The main reason is the non-patentability of vitamins and the massive
economic interest of pharmaceutical companies.
Pioneering scientists and health professionals deserve credit for their
advocacy of vitamins and other natural therapies. Among them are Irwin
Stone, Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer and many others. Despite their noble
efforts and until very recently the opposing pharmaceutical interest
groups prevailed and continued to control public opinion by discrediting
the health benefits of vitamins. As a consequence, hundreds of thousands
of physicians and other health professionals and millions of people around
the world were deceived and remained misinformed and biased against the
health benefits of vitamins.
Now, on the turn of this century, everything is changing. Vitamins suddenly
make the front pages of newspapers and they are on national TV news almost
every week. The American Medical Association suddenly endorses the use
of vitamins in the fight against heart disease, and legislation allowing
health claims for vitamins is being discussed. The groundwork for this
change of perception in favor of vitamins has been laid over many decades.
However, the trigger for the current large-scale acceptance of vitamins
came from the field of science, from a medical advance, which will lead
to the control of cardiovascular diseases during the next few decades.
Here I would like to share with you an account of this advance in cardiovascular
health, of the milestones we have already passed, the obstacles we have
overcome and of the breathtaking perspective towards an improvement of
human health on a global level.
In 1990, I came to America with a discovery in my suitcase that would
lead to a new scientific rationale of cardiovascular diseases. The message
was clear: Vitamins are the key to the control of cardiovascular disease,
the number one killer in the industrialized world. But this breakthrough
was not immediately embraced. When I decided to give up my clinical career
to pursue this research avenue, many of my colleagues in Germany warned
me that working on vitamins would ruin my career.
|The cooperation and friendship
with two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling was so close,
that Pauling asked Dr. Rath to continue his life work.
In the centre of the picture Dr. Pauling’s secretary
During 1989 I presented lectures and introduced my research project
to leading cardiovascular research centers in America - among them Baylor
College of Medicine in Houston, University of Chicago, National Institutes
of Health, and the University of California at La Jolla. Everywhere the
new risk factor, lipoprotein(a), was met with great interest - but working
on vitamins was still considered too controversial. In early 1990 I accepted
the invitation of Linus Pauling to work with him, only to discover that
at age 89 he had become tired of fighting and a breakthrough for vitamins
in medicine was nowhere in sight. Heartened by my discoveries, he and
I founded two companies in order to jump-start this process.
1990 was also the year when America’s worst prescription drug
disaster came to light. An estimated 50,000 Americans died from taking
an antiarrhythmic drug that actually caused arrest of the heart beat
and sudden cardiac death. This was the same number of people killed in
the Vietnam War. A Congressional investigation established that the FDA
had approved this drug without any controlled clinical studies. This
tragedy is presented in Thomas Moore’s book Deadly Medicine, a “must-read” for
everyone. Thus, while drug research had reached another deadlock, vitamins
and essential nutrients as effective and safe alternatives were still
ostracized by conventional medicine and restricted by the regulatory
Nutritional medicine was a stepchild in America, but the situation was
even worse in Europe. When you wanted to ship a bottle of 1,000 milligram
tablets of Vitamin C to Germany, it was returned by customs because vitamin
C pills above 500 milligrams are considered drugs. This was the state
of affairs only five years ago. It is with this background that we can
truly appreciate the milestones we have reached and the obstacles we
were able to remove in the meantime. In the next part of my talk I would
like to give you an account of this process from my personal experience.
The first step towards control of cardiovascular disease was discovery
of the connection between lipoprotein (a) and vitamin C. The human body
produces the risk factor, lipoprotein (a) to compensate for loss of the
body’s own vitamin C production. As a result, every second human
being dies from heart attacks and strokes, while cardiovascular diseases
are essentially unknown in the animal world. This discovery attracted
my interest in vitamin research.
By 1991 the conceptual work was completed and I summarized it in two
scientific articles: Solution to the Puzzle of Human Cardiovascular Disease
and A Unified Theory of Human Cardiovascular Disease Leading the Way to
the Abolition of This Diseases as a Cause of Human Mortality. These publications
presented for the first time the scientific rationale that heart attacks
and strokes are preventable and that cardiovascular disease can be eradicated.
I invited as co-author Linus Pauling, who agreed to support these far-reaching
Entirely new Understanding of the Nature of Cardiovascular Disease
The new understanding about the nature of cardiovascular disease is
presented in detail on this website. This new understanding clarified
that the primary cause of cardiovascular disease is not high cholesterol
or a fatty diet. These factors can only become risk factors if the wall
of our arteries is already weakened by vitamin deficiency - and only
It became also clear that atherosclerotic plaques in our arteries are
not preordained events; these plaques are nothing but a scaffold of Nature
trying to stabilize and repair the blood vessel walls during vitamin
deficiency. Finally, this new scientific rationale can also explain why
we get infarctions of the heart and not the nose or ears.
Obviously, a new scientific rationale that could suddenly explain so
many unsolved mysteries about the number one health problem would not
go unnoticed. At that time, it became clear to the pharmaceutical companies
and to the medical opinion leaders that the cholesterol dogma and a huge
prescription drug market would eventually collapse. The time this would
take was only dependent on one factor: How fast can the discovery of
the scurvy-heart disease connection be spread globally. Thus it was in
1990 that a giant battle for public perceptions started, with a multi-billion
dollar industry fighting for its survival.
But there were also other voices early on. One of the first congratulations
came from the head of Cardiology of Harvard Medical School, Professor
Valentin Fuster. In July 1992 he wrote me, “You may be quite correct
in your predictions about the role of vitamin C in cardiovascular disease”,
and he announced that his own department would start in this line of
Media Support for Vitamins
The next step in this process was the key media support for vitamins
and nutritional medicine. The title story, "The Real Power of Vitamins" in
the April 1992 issue of TIME Magazine was triggered by an international
conference on vitamins held by the New York Academy of Sciences in February
of that year. Many scientists contributed to this conference. I was privileged
to be one of them and to introduce our new understanding about the nature
of cardiovascular disease, including the key role of vitamins and its
After decades of bias and boycott against vitamins in
the media, this issue of TIME Magazine became a watershed event, and
media coverage about
vitamins changed forever. From then on, essentially every epidemiological
study showing the benefits of vitamins in the prevention of cardiovascular
disease made front page news. Only weeks after this TIME Magazine article,
an important epidemiological study by James Enstrom and his colleagues
from the University of Los Angeles, received national attention. It showed
that long-term vitamin C supplementation, as opposed to the average American
diet, could cut the rate for heart disease almost in half.
Thus the suddenly available and positive media coverage led to a change
of perception in favor of vitamins, with worldwide repercussions.
Empowerment of the Patients
Because this new understanding about the Nature of cardiovascular disease
had direct and immediate importance for the health and the lives of millions
of people, it had to be presented in a language understandable to everyone.
My popular science book Eradicating Heart Disease and Why Animals Don’t
Get Heart Attacks, precisely serve this purpose.
Why was this step so important? A hundred years ago, when bacteria were
discovered as the cause of infectious diseases, it still took several
decades before the first antibiotics and vac-cines were developed. Now,
with the breakthrough in cardiovascular disease, no such time is needed.
Vitamins and other essential nutrients, the solution to the cardiovascular
epidemic, are available for everyone right now. Thus, the time it takes
to control the cardiovascular epidemic depends on one main factor – the
time it takes to spread the message about the health benefits of vitamins.
These books were written to serve precisely this purpose and they have
already empowered tens of thousands of people to take a greater responsibility
for their own health. Patients now go back to their doctors, many of
whom are still skeptical, and present this valuable information about
the health benefits of vitamins to them.
This growing avalanche did not go unnoticed. During the last two years,
major medical schools, the American Heart Association, and the pharmaceutical
industry followed with their own versions of cardiovascular “self-help” books
and information brochures. But their information lacked the decisive
message: Vitamins and other essential nutrients are the solution to the
The Natural reversal of Cardiovascular Disease is Officially Regognized
The next important step in this process was the granting by the US Patent
Office of the world’s first patents to reverse heart disease without
surgery. This was the first time that a patent had been issued for a
natural process to reverse atherosclerotic deposits and cardiovascular
disease. The details of new therapeutic technology are described in the
first chapters of my book.
New Legislation Guarantees Free Access to Vitamins
Thus, while the U.S. Patent Office, a Federal Agency, issued patents
for the use of vitamins to reverse cardiovascular disease, the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), another Federal Agency, tried to make
these essential nutrients prescription drugs. Why did the FDA start this
battle in 1991 and why was it the fiercest FDA attack on nutritional
supplements thus far? I have already given the answer: If vitamins are
the solution to the cardiovascular epidemic – a prescription drug
market of over 100 billion dollars annually is going to collapse.
In August 1994 the U.S. Congress passed legislation preserving free
access to vitamins and other essential nutrients. This victory in the
battle for vitamin freedom has a truly historic dimension and it provided
an important window of opportunity that can now be used to win similar
battles in other countries. Many contributed to this historic success,
but most important were those millions of Americans who made it unmistakably
clear to their political representatives that they will have free access
to their vitamins today – and in the future! My first book Eradicating
Heart Disease contained an Open Letter to the US-President. As an Open
Letter, the primary addressees were the American people, in order to
empower them to take a stand on this important issue.
Health food store owners informed me that copies of this “Open
Letter to the President” were picked up in their stores by the
hundreds, together with the petitions to political representatives to
halt the plans of the FDA. Thus, the medical breakthrough in vitamin
and heart disease research that triggered this battle also became a contributing
factor to win it.
Cellular Medicine – Foundation of a New Health Care System
The next step was to lay the ground for a new health care system that
is no longer dependent on the pharmaceutical industry. Cellular Medicine
since has become synonymous for the worldwide change in medicine. Based
on the breakthrough discoveries described in this book, we developed natural
health programs which today are available around the world. At the same
time this medical breakthrough was featured on the internet.
The Flood Gates of Established Medicine are Opening
By 1995 the news of the current book “Why Animals Don’t
Get Heart Attacks - But People Do” was spreading like a wildfire
and reached the doctor’s offices across America. In the following
months the flood gates of established medicine against vitamins broke
and essential nutrients entered conventional medicine on a broad front.
- On June 21, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),
published for the first time an article on the use of antioxidant vitamins
as a basic treatment for coronary heart disease.
- In October, 1995, the leading medical schools in America decided
to establish departments of nutritional medicine in order to provide
to future generations
of doctors with a basic understanding about the health benefits of
vitamins and other essential nutrients.
- In November, 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) decided
to give multi-million dollar research grants to ten leading research
in America, among them Stanford University, to study “alternative” treatments,
including vitamin therapy.
- The leading medical schools, including Harvard University, started
to recommend vitamins as basic health measures in patient brochures,
books, and community newsletters.
These developments are no coincidence;
they are brought about by the message of this book. They are long overdue
and they will change medicine forever.
First Victory Against the Pharma-Cartel at the International Level
With the battle to make vitamins prescription items in the U.S. lost,
the pharmaceutical industry decided to regroup at the international level.
Now they decided to start a campaign to outlaw worldwide all preventive
and therapeutic health information about vitamins and other natural therapies.
Towards this end the pharma industry founded the international Pharma-Cartel
with the main goal to abuse the United Nations in order to ban any natural
health claims in all UN member countries. The Pharma-Cartel’s thrust
is being led through the World Health Organization’s “Codex
Alimentarius” Commission, wherein the decisive Committee is headed
by the German Pharma-Cartel. Moreover, the name “Codex Alimentarius” was
an ideal cover to camouflaged the efforts of the Cartel as “consumer
The “Codex”-Cartel is a desperate effort of the international
pharmaceutical industry to secure its survival as we know it today. If
they lose this international battle, similar to the defeat in the U.S.,
vitamins will become accepted worldwide as powerful preventive and therapeutic
agents, benefitting millions of people – and substantially reducing
the markets for pharmaceutical pills.
Particularly noteworthy has been the political support for the unethical “Codex” plans
by the previous German government. The background: German Ex-Chancellor
Helmut Kohl’s first employer was the German Pharma-Cartel. From
1959 to 1969 he worked as a lobbyist for the Verband der Chemischen Industrie
(VCI), the lobby centrale of the German Pharma-Cartel. Evidently, this
interest group was able to promote one of their own lobbyists into the
highest office of government. For 16 years an ex-pharma lobbyist governed
the world’s third largest industrial nation on behalf of the Pharma-Cartel
and used his political position to influence world affairs on behalf
of his former employers. The close connection between the pharmaceutical
industry and government in Germany throughout the 20th century is summarized
on the previous page. Until September 1998 the German government was
the political spearhead of the international Pharma-Cartel and of its
efforts to ban of all therapeutic health information in connection with
vitamins and other natural therapies. To make sure these controversial
laws would go through in countries where resistance would be strong,
such as the U.S., the Cartel has threatened international trade sanctions
in case of non-compli-ance.
If the people and the governments of the United Kingdom, the United
States, Canada, Australia or any other country refuse to accept vitamins
as prescription drugs, the Pharma-Cartel, would impose UN trade sanctions
for other industries from that country. With this strategy the Pharma-Cartel
has tried to force the entire corporate world at its side and, at the
same time, has declared war on the health interests of millions of people.
By the end of 1996 the Pharma-Cartel’s “Codex”-Plans
had already reached stage 5 of an 8-stage process within the United Nations,
Covered as “consumer protection” these unconscionable plans
were about to be recommended to the UN General Assembly for adoption.
This was the situation until June 21, 1997. On that day Dr. Rath gave
a speech for 3,400 people in Chemnitz, Germany. He revealed the connection
between the “Codex” Cartel, the German Government and its
roots in the tradition of those companies responsible for World War II
and the holocaust. With a view on the devastating consequences of the “Codex” plans
for global human health he stated:
“ Twice in this century, indescribable worldwide suffering
and death originated from Germany. This must not happen a third time.”
This speech was immediately distributed via the Internet. In addition,
audio tapes and video tapes of this historic spech became available. Today
hundreds of thousands of them are circulating. Together with the spread
of Dr. Rath’s book in Germany, the “Chemnitz Programm”
became a political topic in the living rooms and in the streets of Germany.
Black September for the Pharmaceutical Cartel
The next severe set-back for the pharmaceutical cartel's Codex plans
came in September 1998, which can justifiably be described as the “Black
September for the Pharmaceutical Cartel”. On 27 September 1998,
pharmaceutical lobbyist and Federal Chancellor Kohl was swept out of
office after 16 years as a result of an overwhelming vote of no confidence
from the people.
Busting the Vitamin Cartel
On May 20, 1999, the media bomb detonated: The pharmaceutical multinational
corporation Hoffmann-La Roche, BASF, Rhône-Poulenc and other multinational
pharmaceutical companies admitted to have formed a socalled “Vitamin-Cartel” to
conduct criminal price fixing for vitamin raw materials. Hundreds of
millions of people worldwide were defrauded for almost a decade and had
to pay higher vitamin prices because of this criminal activities. The
US-justice departement declared that this Vitamin-Cartel was the largest
cartel ever discovered and named it an economic “conspiracy“.
Roche, BASF and the others cartel members agreed to pay almost a billion
dollars in fines for committing these crimes.
While the magnitude of these fines made headlines around the world,
the events that triggered the formation of this criminal cartel remained
obscure. Until now. The background of this illegal Vitamin-Cartel is
the scientific breakthrough documented in this book in relation to vitamins
and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Already in the beginning of
1990 I informed the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La
Roche about these discoveries. On June 2, 1990, I send the summary of
the discovery that heart attacks and strokes are – similar to scurvy – the
result of vitamin C deficiency to Prof. Jürgen Drews, head of Roche
research worldwide and member of its executive board.
Roche is the world’s leading manufacturer of vitamin C raw material.
The Roche executives realized immediately that my discovery will boost
their international demand for vitamin C and create a multi-billion dollar
market for vitamin C and other viatmins. In order to get further information
from me, the executives of Hoffmann-La Roche signed a confidentiality
agreement and invited me to represent the new understanding of heart
disease at their global headquarter in Basel, Switzerland. However, Roche
decided not to promote this medical break-through, despite the fact that
they acknowledged it as a breakthrough. The reasons they gave to me in
writing: Roche did not want to finance the dissemination of this understanding
of heart disease for all their competitors and they did not want to compete
with other in-house pharmaceutical drug developments, such as cholesterol-lowering
Thus, while they refused to promote this medical breakthrough that could
have saved millions of lives, this pharmaceutical companies turned around
and decided to conspire in form of a vitamin Cartel in order to take
advantage of this medical breakthrough anyway. Roche apparently invited
BASF, Rhone-Poulenc, Takeda and other manufacturers of vitamin raw materials
to criminal price fixing on a global level. The fraudulent profits these
companies made from their criminal practices are estimated over 100 billion
dollars over the past ten years. Compared to that, the fines these companies
had to pay are nothing less than peanuts.
Not only the US government should receive compensation for the damage
these companies have done, but vitamin companies and above all consumers
world-wide should sue these companies in class action law suites all
over the world. This is even more urgent, since these companies have
harmed millions of people twice: First, they refused to promote and disseminate
the live-saving information on the use of vitamins in order to prevent
heart disease, thereby causing millions of heart patients to die unnecessarily
over the past ten years. Second, they caused financial damage to literally
every vitamin consumer on earth.
My correspondence with the Roche executives also proves the statements
by Hoffmann-La Roche as a lie that the leadership of Roche did not know
about these criminal activities. The opposite is now clear: The executives
of Roche, BASF, Rhône-Poulenc and others did not only know about
these crimes, they were the organizers. The mangers responsible for these
crimes up to the highest levels of these companies have to be prosecuted
and held responsible for their actions. But already today everyone can
call those companies and their leadership as criminals, who distinguish
themselves from a street robber only by the magnitude of their crimes.
The criminal activities of this vitamin Cartel have opened millions of
people the eyes even further about the “business with disease“ maintained
by the pharmaceutical industry. The scandal of the vitamin Cartel has
only just begun but it has already become another major nail in the coffin
of the pharmaceutical industry.
The Berlin Tribunal
The most recent full assembly of the Codex Alimentarius Commission took
place in June 2000 in Berlin. The aim of the meeting was a world-wide
ban on health information concerning natural healing methods, in order
to keep alive artificially a pharmaceutical market worth billions. To
camouflage its activities, the pharmaceutical cartel and its political
accomplices hid away from 19 - 23 June in the so-called “Federal
Office for Consumer Health Protection” (BgVV), which was hermetically
sealed behind barbed wire.
On the evenings before, 17 and 18 June, I held a conference against
the pharmaceutical cartel in Berlin, as I had also done two years previously
in September 1998. The “Berlin Tribunal”, which in the meantime
has become a historic document, can be read in full on our website. I
publicly demanded that the pharmaceutical managers and their political
accomplices should be indicted for “crimes against humanity”.
On Monday 19 June, the first day of the Codex conference, my co-workers
gave each of the official Codex delegates from more than 40 countries
an English-language copy of the plans and intentions of the pharmaceutical
cartel. As a result, the debate in the Codex Commission was so vigorous
that the pharmaceutical cartel's plans could not gain acceptance at this
full assembly either.
The Pharma-Cartel runs amok
Even after all these defeats, the Pharma-Cartel is not giving in. Now
they try to cement their rule by twisting the arms of national governments
and international parliamentary bodies such as the European Community.
A particularly striking example of the desperation of the Pharma-Cartel
is a new legislation that is currently being pushed through the British
Parliament under the cover name MLX 249. This law foresees to criminalize
the dissemination of any preventive or therapeutic health information
in relation to vitamins and other natural health remedies. Even worse,
the pharmaceutical industry demands the judicial power in order to
judge and punish any violations under this proposed legislation.
In the Netherlands the Pharma-Cartel organized a coup to bring down the
Dutch government. One member of parliament, Senator Wiegel, the gatekeeper
of the Pharma-Cartel in the Dutch health insurance industry, casted
the decisive vote that almost brought down the government of prime
minister Kok. In a second attempt, they attacked the pharmacritical
Health Minister Els Borst in an attempt to force her to resign from
office. Both crises were planned and carried out on behalf of the Pharma-Cartel.
Fortunately, the people and politicians in the Netherlands found out
about it and were smart enough to defeat these acts of political sabotage.
In the USA the Pharma-Cartel is making a new attack on natural health
information and products. Only weeks after the house bank of the German
Pharma-Cartel, Deutsche Bank, took over the US bank Banker’s Trust
to become the largest bank in the world, their influence on the US-Government
became visible. Five years after the pharmaceutical industry and the FDA
had experienced their largest defeat in the USA ever, the German Pharma-Cartel
directly organized their first attack on US soil. This time they did not
use the FDA as their front organization rather than the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC). Pushed by the international Pharma-Cartel, the US-FTC
announced a nation-wide campaign with the sarcastic name “Operation
Cure All“. The goals and the hypocrisy of this effort can be reviewed
in detail on our website. The goal of this witch hunt by the FTC is the
same as it was 5 years ago with the FDA: Preventing the dissemination
of live saving health information on vitamins and other natural and non-patentable
products in order to protect and promote a multi-billion dollar market
of unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs.