The health company founded by Dr. Rath is unique in the world: all the profit it makes go to a non-profit foundation

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Dr Matthias Rath

Dr Matthias Rath

Dr Rath is a research physician who has made breakthrough discoveries in the area of natural health. Implementation of these discoveries could decrease the burden of the major human diseases to a fraction of what they are today. However, these discoveries threaten the business of the pharmaceutical industry which, although promising health, benefits from the existence and expansion of diseases as a market for patented drugs. The only way this can be changed is for people to learn about the opportunity to improve their health by effective, safe and affordable means and take responsibility for their own health. Therefore, the ultimate need for sharing these scientific discoveries at a grass-roots level led to the formation of Dr. Rath’s Health Alliance.

Dr. Rath was born in Stuttgart , Germany , in 1955. After graduating from the Hamburg Medical School , he worked as a physician and researcher at the University Clinic of Hamburg, Germany and the German Heart Centre 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 double Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling and in 1990 he became the first Director of Cardiovascular Research at the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto , California .

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 said: “There is no doubt in my mind that I was thinking about Dr. Rath as my successor.”

Today Dr. Rath heads the Health Alliance and the Dr. Rath Health Foundation and works to spread natural health education and implement life-saving discoveries in natural health worldwide. He established a research and development institute in Cellular Medicine in California which is directed by his long-term collaborator Dr. Aleksandra Niedzwiecki, Ph.D. This institute is conducting advanced laboratory research and clinical studies in novel applications and finding natural solutions to health. Dr. Rath is the founder of a new scientific concept of Cellular Medicine, introducing into clinical medicine 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:

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.

"Fighting for a medical breakthrough against existing interests and dogmas is like sailing on the ocean," says Dr. Rath. "The wind that blows in your face becomes your compass." And he adds: "You don't have to be a university professor or Nobel Laureate; what counts is that heart attacks, strokes, cancer and many other diseases will essentially be unknown in the future."

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 Standards) Commission.

His commitment to world peace and social justice culminated in the launch of the Dr. Rath Health Foundation in 2002. 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 prize winners 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."

As a member of Dr. Rath’s Health Alliance, you can help Dr. Rath share his life-changing discoveries with the world.