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Matthias Rath drops libel case against The Guardian

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Matt Williams
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Matthias Rath drops libel case against The Guardian
Posted on: September 13 2008, 08:07 am

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/12/matthiasrath.aids2

The Guardian covered this vitamin salesman in its Bad Science column by Ben Goldacre debunking his claim that micronutrients could cure AIDS etc.

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A qualified doctor who is thought to have made millions selling nutritional supplements around the globe through his website empire, Rath claimed his pills could reverse the course of Aids and distributed them free in South Africa, where campaigners, who have won a hard-fought battle to persuade the government to roll out free Aids drugs to keep millions alive, believe Rath's activities led to deaths.

The Dr Rath Foundation focuses its promotional activities on eight countries - the US, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, France and Russia - claiming that his micronutrient products will cure not just Aids, but cancer, heart disease, strokes and other illnesses.

The collapse of the case will have repercussions around the world. International authorities on Aids welcomed the outcome. Prof Brian Gazzard, one of the UK's leading HIV/Aids experts, who advised the Guardian on its case, said he was delighted at the result. "The widespread provision of anti-retrovirals in sub-Saharan Africa is one of the most important public health measures of this century," he said. The confusion caused by suggestions that giving undernourished people vitamins and minerals was an alternative to taking Aids drugs was "extremely harmful".

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hurrah!

- matt
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Paul Clift
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Re: Matthias Rath drops libel case against The Guardian
Reply #1 on: September 18 2008, 11:34 am

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/sep/18/aids.medicalresearch?gusrc=rss&feed=fromtheguardian

Letter in today's Guardian from Julio Montaner and Craig McClure of International AIDS Society re Rath and the libel case 'applauding the Guardian's legal victory'.
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