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Americans' Right to Access Natural Health Alternatives in Peril, Says Natural Health Freedom Movement

The Natural Health Freedom Movement, a new coalition under the leadership of Matthias Rath, MD, is spearheading an online grass roots movement to protect the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and defend the rights of Americans to access safe, science-based, natural health alternatives.

Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2009 -- The Natural Health Freedom Movement, a new coalition under the leadership of Matthias Rath, MD, is spearheading an online grass roots movement to protect the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) and defend the rights of Americans to access safe, science-based, natural health alternatives.

In passing DSHEA, Congress recognized the strong role supplements can play in promoting health and prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and other serious health conditions. DSHEA also allowed wide dissemination of science-based natural health information and opened the door for increased science in the area of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. This led to a fifteen-year explosion of scientific knowledge about natural, non-patentable health alternatives, and increased public awareness of natural alternatives.

"The unparalleled growth and confidence in science- and fact-based health care alternatives is now in jeopardy at the hands of the pharmaceutical drug lobby," says Dr. Rath. "They have embarked on a campaign to grossly manipulate public opinion and exert political pressure to dispute the validity of DSHEA. This is in direct conflict with Americans' legislated rights to science-based knowledge and access to natural health alternatives, and we must protect those rights."

The US administration is determined to build a new healthcare system which will lower costs and provide effective treatments to all Americans. "This can only be done," says Rath, "by using science- and fact-based health care alternatives which will lower costs, improve health and reduce the influence of symptom-oriented, largely ineffective high-cost pharmaceutical drugs on national health care."

The Natural Health Freedom Movement campaign is asking the United States Congress, both the Senate and House of Representatives, to protect DSHEA from attacks and possible reversal. Rath is urging Americans to contact their elected representatives in support of this new coalition.

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About the Dr. Rath Health Foundation

The primary goal of the non-profit Dr. Rath Health Foundation is to establish a New Global Healthcare System that can be implemented simply and economically in any country, at the local level and right up to the level of national public health policy. Based on scientific breakthroughs in the areas of vitamin research and cellular health, it is already possible that cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS and other common diseases will be largely unknown in future generations if this New Global Healthcare System is implemented now.

This primary goal has particular relevance to people in the developing world where the integration of natural health approaches into public health strategies will significantly improve the health and lives of millions of people, who may otherwise be unable to access any other forms of affordable healthcare.

The Foundation is also actively engaged in worldwide initiatives that promote the right to natural health freedom, particularly in Europe and the United States, where the activities of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the European Commission most threaten that basic human right. The Foundation also recognizes that health is inextricably linked to peace and security and has consequently launched the "Make Health - Not War" initiative.

About Dr. Rath

Dr. Rath was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1955. After graduating from medical school he worked as a physician and researcher at the University Clinic of Hamburg, Germany and the German Heart Center in Berlin. His research focused on the causes of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

In 1987, Dr. Rath discovered the connection between vitamin C deficiency and a new risk factor for heart disease- lipoprotein(a). After publication of these research findings in the American Heart Association journal "Arteriosclerosis," Dr. Rath accepted an invitation to join two-time Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. In 1990 he went to the United States to become the first Director of Cardiovascular Research at the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, California.

Dr. Rath worked together with the late Nobel Laureate in various areas of nutritional research. The two scientists became close personal friends who shared common humanistic values, including their determination for peace and justice. In 1994, shortly before his death, Linus Pauling stated: "There is no doubt in my mind that I was thinking about Dr. Rath as my successor."

Today Dr. Rath heads a research and development institute in nutritional and Cellular Medicine. His institute is conducting basic research and clinical studies to scientifically document the health benefits of micronutrients in fighting a multitude of diseases. Dr. Rath is the founder of the scientific concept of Cellular Medicine, the systematic introduction into clinical medicine of the biochemical knowledge of the role of micronutrients as biocatalysts in a multitude of metabolic reactions at the cellular level. Applying this scientific knowledge in the fight against diseases, he and his research team have identified the following common health conditions as being primarily caused by chronic deficiencies of micronutrients:

  • Arteriosclerosis (the cause of coronary heart disease and stroke)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Irregular Heart Beat
  • Diabetic circulatory problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Many forms of cancer
  • Immune deficiencies as a precondition for a variety of infectious diseases, including AIDS
Dr. Rath is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Heart Association and other scientific organizations. His popular science books "Why Animals Don't get Heart Attacks - but People Do" and "Cancer" have sold several million copies in ten languages.

Dr. Rath is an outspoken advocate for patient rights and for free access to natural health worldwide. His advocacy continues to be instrumental in preventing a global ban on natural health therapies on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry. To protect their global market of patented drugs, this industry is seeking a global ban on preventive and therapeutic health information in relation to natural, non-patentable therapies by abusing the United Nations "Codex Alimentarius" (Food Standard) Commission.

In recognition of his civil courage against the pharmaceutical interests and his efforts on behalf of the people of the world, he received the prestigious 2001 "Bulwark of Liberty Award" from the American Preventive Medical Association.

Dr. Rath pioneered a new way of responsible enterpreneurship: all profits from the sales of the micronutrient programs developed at his institute go to the Dr. Rath Health Foundation, a non-profit organization, focusing on research and education in natural health worldwide.

In addition, this non-profit organization supports a broad spectrum of activities in the field of human health, social justice and - most importantly - in the preservation of peace. In this effort Dr. Rath sees the work of his Foundation as following in the spirit of Nobel Peace prizewinners like Linus Pauling, Albert Schweitzer, Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Rath comes from a modest background. His parents were farmers in Southern Germany who passed their humanitarian values on to their children. "These values," says Dr. Rath, "are still a driving force for me. My life is an example that you do not have to be born privileged to make a contribution to a better world."


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