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Newsflash: Mathias Rath exits South Africa

According to what we hear, the vitamin advocate, and one time associate of Linus Pauling, Mathias Rath is pulling up stakes and leaving South Africa.

We are sorry to hear it. Rath may not be the world’s greatest scientific mind, academically speaking, but he seems to have very much the right idea in researching and promoting nutritional restoratives in African “AIDS”.

That is our judgement according to the best scientific literature, which is ignored and derided by the activists and medical authorities who have attacked Rath as strenuously as they can politically and in the courts, under the illusion that they are supported by the mainstream medical literature.

Apparently the power of Thabo Mbeki and his Health Minister are now not enough to protect him and the political struggle has been won by the denialists of South Africa, by whom we mean those who deny the mainstream scientific papers which show that the pandemic is impossible because the heterosexual infectiousness of the supposed cause is nil.

Does this mean the HIV?AIDS critics have lost the battle in South Africa and Thabo Mbeki’s rare capacity to raise the obvious questions is now spiked?

We hope not.

2 Responses to “Newsflash: Mathias Rath exits South Africa”

  1. No Name Says:

    Does anyone have more specific information on why he has pulled out? I still find it quite puzzling even if I recognize the intensity of the struggle with the orthodox denialists.

  2. Truthseeker Says:

    Rath’s web site shows no sign of it yet, but a thread at AIDS myth exposed reveals the email from David Rasnick which triggered this report.

    The Dr. Rath Foundation Africa is closing its doors and pulling out of South Africa. I will be returning to the United States in about a month.

    The thread mentions a piece this weekend showing that the “quack” is still being protected by the Government from petty officials:

    Health department DG frees seized Rath drugs

    Pearlie Joubert
    07 July 2006 08:10 Mail &Guardian

    Department of Health Director General Thami Mseleku ordered the release of a shipment of tablets, imported by controversial Aids quack Matthias Rath, after Port Health officials in Cape Town had impounded it about five weeks ago.

    Mseleku’s intervention raises new questions about the Department of Health’s close relationship with Rath, whose claim that his vitamin supplements can “reverse Aids” has earned him national and international condemnation.

    It also begs the question whether Mseleku had encouraged officials answering to him to break the law by irregularly releasing the shipment. Port Health is a subdirectorate of the health department. A Port Health official who wanted to remain anonymous said: “We stopped the pills because [the consignment] was non-compliant with certain regulations. But then we were told to release the substance by the department.” . . .

    Rath distributes his multi-vitamins, called Vitacell, in townships in the Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

    A spokesperson for the Rath Foundation this week referred comment to the department.

    Complete article can be read at
    this URL

    Meanwhile Rath’s site claims that the TAC was in effect admonished by judges (in a March 3rd decision) for death dealing:

    High Court Ruling Exposes TAC!
    Judges explicitly allow the following statement about the TAC: “TAC forces the government to spread disease and death among the people of South Africa!”

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