Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki gave this speech to the Codex Rally on Monday,
November 29, 2001 in front of the BgVV building, where at this time the
Codex Meeting took place.
Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki
I came to Berlin as a scientist, a business executive, a long time supporter
and colleague of Dr Rath. But most of all I came as a woman. Like many of
you I am a mother and have a family, and like many of you, I have aging
parents who are sick and who need my care and compassion.
I am with you here to defend our right to health, because as women, mothers,
wives and daughters, we have this responsibility.
All of us gathered here speak with voices and from the hearts of millions
of women all over the world, women who signed and sent through the Internet
our vitamin freedom petition - to date the greatest response in support
of Dr. Rath's appeal and the world’s largest health referendum.
We also speak for millions of women from countries where they have no
access to computers, who often cannot read or express their will and who
do not know about vitamins or cellular medicine. But all of them know
what health is and they care for it in their minds and hearts.
All women say "No" to Codex anti-vitamin legislation.
"No" to taking health decisions away from us and stopping us
from using the vitamin supplements we choose.
"No" to the legislation that will prevent us from speaking
the truth about the health benefits of vitamins and cellular medicine.
Women’s voices are especially important because we have been targeted
by the pharmaceutical industry as the best market for their products.
You may not know that our health was largely ignored until the 1980's.
Until that time we were treated just like men, only with a lower weight
and fluctuating hormone levels. In the 1980's the FDA removed restrictions
on advertising drugs directly to consumers. This decision triggered the
flood of pharmaceutical product ads, most of these advertisements specifically
targeted women and ultimately, women's health has become an agenda.
Because we make health decisions not only for ourselves, but also for
our families, we buy and dispense medication.
Because we are eager to learn about health and we are message multipliers
-we talk about health and we take pride in helping others.
But most of all, we live longer than men but we are also sicker and use
We suffer more than men do from many diseases, especially chronic ones.
Despite common perception, more women than men die of heart disease.
Our symptoms of heart disease differ from male symptoms and may women
die of a heart attack because it was either not recognized or ignored
as a benign problem.
Also, about 60% more women than men die of stroke.
Lung cancer is steadily increasing among women, because more women are
smoking; and every day about 140 women die of breast cancer.
Osteoporosis is mainly a women’s disease. About 80% of patients
Also, 30 % more women than men die of diabetes and even from such diseases
as pneumonia and infections.
We are also the largest consumers of Prozac, an anti- depression drug
that has been the no#1 selling drug in the US . Prozac is now only surpassed
by cholesterol lowering drugs - statins.
We are prescribed these and many other drugs, which were clinically tested
only on men, despite the fact that the female body metabolizes drugs differently.
This is why we are more susceptible to adverse side effects and developing
new diseases from such medication.
We do not need to take all these drugs. We know the cause of many chronic
diseases - it is vitamin deficiency. We want to prevent diseases through
cellular medicine and make our own health choices.
Today we read and talk a lot about prevention. But don't you see that
this prevention has been using diagnostic technology as a vehicle for
drug treatment. I’ll just give you a few examples.
In the US, numerous public events that involve cholesterol screening
are being used as venues for advertising cholesterol lowering drugs.
Perhaps many of you, even young women, get recommendations to prevent
breast cancer by taking Tamoxifen, a powerful drug. What kind of prevention
it that when it doubles your risk of getting cancer of the uterus, increases
the risk of death from heart attack or stroke and the risk of cataracts
increases two times? Even more, studies on more than 13,000 women do not
clearly conclude whether Tamoxifen even prevents breast cancer.
This is the prevention from ...health, not from disease.
What do I prevent by taking estrogen for menopause? Menopause is not
a disease, it is a normal stage of life, like puberty. Millions of women
go through this period by using vitamins and other nutrients that support
the body with this transition. What do you prevent when estrogen therapy
multiplies the risk of getting breast cancer, uterine cancer, stroke,
gallblader disease and other problems?
It is prevention that sells you a handful of drugs for new diseases.
This is not prevention, this is deceptive marketing abusing the word
Even the fact that real disease prevention has been separated from medicine
and shifted to the under-funded and less prestigious domain of public
health shows that it is not considered a serious profitable business.
Prevention of diseases is not just diagnostics and drugs. It means elimination
of poverty and health education. It means a clean and healthy environment,
nutritious diet and supplements that help to enrich food with nutrients
lost during modern processing and farming, supplements that enhance our
We are here to defend the real meaning of disease prevention. We want
prevention through cellular medicine. We know that cellular medicine is
the most effective and safe health approach in normalizing blood pressure,
cholesterol, blood glucose, that it improves bone health and increases
our body immunity.
Cellular nutrients are the most effective if used in doses that are higher
than those archaic amounts selected arbitrarily by committees representing
pharmaceutical interests, not people's health.
Tell me why when I am in the US I can buy Vitacor Plus in any store,
without any problem? If I am in Germany and it happens that I forgot my
vitamins, I cannot get it anywhere, it is ....illegal.
We cannot accept it!
Are people in Germany, France, or Poland different than American people?
We have different citizenships but not metabolisms.
How do you feel when every time you care about your health you break
Is it a good law if it undermines people's health and takes away their
freedom and responsibility to make health decisions?
We want to shape our own destiny. This is not medieval Europe, this is
21st century democracy.
Why are there no limits on the cigarettes you can buy so you will not
smoke yourself to death? Are cigarettes healthier than vitamins?
Why are there no limits to the beer or liquor we can buy in the store?
Is it healthier than Vitacor Plus?
Of course not, but these products help expand the pharmaceutical business,
whilst vitamins decrease drug prescriptions and threaten this business.
In 1994 the American people stopped the pharmaceutical interests from
restricting their use of vitamins. Today in the US about 75% of patients
use alternative medicine and vitamin supplements and pay for it from their
own pockets. People would not do that if these treatments were not effective.
Today, we brought with us a resounding voice from America, thousands
of signed petitions supporting Dr. Rath and his call for vitamin freedom
and our health.
Many of us were here last year, we also came here today to support Dr.
Rath and his courage to say openly: stop encroaching on our right to health.
Codex delegates: you have the responsibility to people who trust that
you will act in their best interests. Do not betray this trust.
Mr. Grossklauss: you must have remembered that we were here with Dr.
Rath last year, we are here today and, if needed, we will come here in
the future to defend our health.
We own the biggest treasure, which nobody, nor any laws and regulations,
can take away from us. We have knowledge, we know what cellular medicine
is and we know that vitamins and other nutrients are the essence of health.
We, women, shelter life in our bodies and we are responsible for the
health and life of the young and the elderly and we will not stop in defending
health and freedom.
We will not give up.
Wir werden nicht aufgeben!!!