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From the October 23rd, 1996 issue of Smart Drug News [v5n4]. Copyright (c) 1996, 1998. All rights reserved.

Guest Editorial:

The Health Interests
of Millions are at Stake

an open letter by Matthias Rath, M.D.

Dear Chancellor Kohl,

Dear Members of the German Bundestag:

With this letter I would like to draw your attention to one of the most important decisions of your public office: your decision will directly effect the life and health of every human being in Germany and hundreds of millions of people world wide.

Over the next months a Commission of the United Nations World Trade Organization named “Codex Alimentarius” will meet in Bonn, Germany and other capitals. This “Codex” Commission is overwhelmingly composed of representatives of German and international pharmaceutical corporations, and its aim is to set world-wide guidelines for vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other dietary supplements. Spearheaded by the German pharmaceutical corporations, this Codex Commission plans to ban, on a world wide scale, any health statements in relation to vitamins, be it preventive or therapeutic. Moreover, the only vitamin formulas which would still be available would have to meet the arbitrary restrictions of the Codex Commission. The nations that do not comply with these restrictions are faced with economic sanctions.

These plans of the pharmaceutical corporations and the Codex Commission are in direct opposition to the overwhelming importance of vitamins and other essential nutrients for human health and, in particular, for preventing cardiovascular disease. As a physician and scientist who led the breakthrough in vitamin research which can eradicate heart disease, I felt it is incumbent upon me to address this important matter. Animals do not get heart attacks because they produce their own vitamin C. Clinical studies with vitamins show that coronary heart disease can be stopped in its early stages, long before a heart attack occurs. My two books, Eradicating Heart Disease and America’s Most Successful Cardiovascular Health Program, show the perspective of this medical breakthrough: heart attacks and strokes will essentially be unknown in future generations. It is also with this background that, in August 1994, the US Congress passed laws specifically allowing health claims in connection with vitamins. Moreover, the American Heart Association, the world’s largest association of cardiologists, in a press release distributed world wide, supported the importance of vitamins in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

With this background, the attack of the Codex Commission is a desperate act by pharmaceutical companies to protect their world-wide drug market against naturally effective and much more affordable vitamins. Particularly disturbing is the spearheading role of the German pharmaceutical corporations within the Codex Commission. Once before in this century, a German pharmaceutical and chemical corporation, I.G. Farben, became responsible for the deaths of millions of people and consequently, was dismantled in 1946 by the Nuremberg Tribunal and split into Bayer, BASF and Hoechst. With the current plans of the German pharmaceutical companies, the predictable dimension of the unnecessary and premature death of millions of people is unavoidable. If the Codex Commission is allowed to obstruct the eradication of heart disease by restricting access to nutritional supplements, more than 12 million people world-wide will continue to die every year from premature heart attacks and strokes. Within the next generation alone, this would result in over 300 million premature deaths, more than in all the wars of mankind together.

Chancellor Kohl and Members of the German Bundestag, I strongly urge you to:

Sincerely Yours,

Matthias Rath, M.D.
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