To: IAHF List
Subject: Busting the Vitamin Cartel- Roche, BASF Busted by Dept of Justice- Try Via Codex To Get Past US Anti Trust Laws
From: "International Advocates for Health Freedom"
Date: Sat, 03 Mar 2001 14:25:43 -0500

Dr. Matthias Rath has some real inside knowledge of how despicable CRN member Hoffman La Roche REALLY is, they invited Rath to speak before them about his important discoveries regarding prevention of heart disease using nutrients, then they suppressed the information and engaged in their 10 year price fixing scam, the US DOJ busted them, so now the European Pharma Cartel is trying to go through the TABD and CODEX to harmonize our laws to the EU's and Codex, while both CRN and NNFA are doing spin control against my efforts to warn people about what is going on and the supplement industry is being set up for the kill by these traitor companies.

Mark Mowrey, US Trade Representative, refuses to discuss any of this..... we must pressure Congress to read the RIOT ACT to the USTR office or they will soon participate in our demise.

Prayer is needed, prayer for Dan Burton, he will need real strength to take these bastards on.... and unless he HAS the necessary strength, we're done for, our laws WILL be harmonized to the EU and Codex. Please return to my previous email and take the requested action. Really make an effort to understand this issue, and to help out, or we will see some incredibly bad things happen right here on US soil. Hoffman La Roche's greed driven nature is thoroughly revealed below...

We all owe a lot of thanks to Dr.Rath for bringing us this information. I was with him in Berlin last June protesting against the Codex meeting. See the videotape and photos from our demonstration at Please forward this information to others before its too late. We have an Oversight Hearing scheduled for March 20 on the Codex vitamin issue. IAHF needs your support- Please download IAHF's comments to Congress on the Codex vitamin issue from by clicking on the green spinning disk. Please generate your own comments using mine as a guide, or else please attach a cover letter to mine and send them in to Burton, and to your own Senators and Congressmen if you agree with them.

Please send a donation to IAHF POB 625 Floyd VA 24091 USA, the life you save, might be your own as companies within the supplement industry keep selling out, and those of us on the front lines keep being stabbed in the back, stiffed on payment owed to them, for our efforts to bring forth the truth...

To the company currently stiffing me, I will NOT be silenced. You will NOT stop me from bringing out the truth. I am not for sale, at ANY price. Pay me what you owe me. I do NOT deserve your abuse, nor will I accept it. A book WILL be written..... and I AM Judgement Proof.

Questions? 800-333-2553 John Hammell, President, IAHF POB 625 Floyd VA 24091 USA

Busting the vitamin Cartel

by Matthias Rath, MD

On May 20, 1999, the media bomb detonated: The pharmaceutical multinational corporation Hoffmann-La Roche, BASF, Rhône-Poulenc and other multinational pharmaceutical companies admitted to have formed a so-called “Vitamin-Cartel” to conduct criminal price fixing for vitamin raw materials. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide were defrauded for almost a decade and had to pay higher vitamin prices because of this criminal activities. The US-justice departement declared that this Vitamin-Cartel was the largest cartel ever discovered and named it an economic „conspiracy“. Roche, BASF and the others cartel members agreed to pay almost a billion dollars in fines for committing these crimes.

While the magnitude of these fines made headlines around the world, the events that triggered the formation of this criminal cartel remained obscure. Until now. The background of this illegal Vitamin-Cartel is the scientific breakthrough documented in this book in relation to vitamins and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Already in the beginning of 1990 I informed the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche about these discoveries. On June 2, 1990, I send the summary of the discovery that heart attacks and strokes are – similar to scurvy – the result of vitamin C deficiency to Prof. Jürgen Drews, head of Roche research world-wide and member of its executive board.

Roche is the world´s leading manufacturer of vitamin C raw material. The Roche executives realized immediately that my discovery will boost their international demand for vitamin C and create a multi-billion dollar market for vitamin C and other viatmins. In order to get further information from me, the executives of Hoffmann-La Roche signed a confidentiality agreement and invited me to represent the new understanding of heart disease at their global headquarter in Basel, Switzerland. However, Roche decided not to promote this medical breakthrough, despite the fact that they acknowledged it as a breakthrough. The reasons they gave to me in writing: Roche did not want to finance the dissemination of this understanding of heart disease for all their competitors and they did not want to compete with other in-house pharmaceutical drug developments, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Thus, while they refused to promote this medical breakthrough that could have saved millions of lives, this pharmaceutical companies turned around and decided to conspire in form of a vitamin Cartel in order to take advantage of this medical breakthrough anyway. Roche apparently invited BASF, Rhone-Poulenc, Takeda and other manufacturers of vitamin raw materials to criminal price fixing on a global level. The fraudulent profits these companies made from their criminal practices are estimated over 100 billion dollars over the past ten years. Compared to that, the fines these companies had to pay are nothing less than peanuts.

Not only the US government should receive compensation for the damage these companies have done, but vitamin companies and above all consumers world-wide should sue these companies in class action law suites all over the world. This is even more urgent, since these companies have harmed millions of people twice: First, they refused to promote and disseminate the live-saving information on the use of vitamins in order to prevent heart disease, thereby causing millions of heart patients to die unnecessarily over the past ten years. Second, they caused financial damage to literally every vitamin consumer on earth.

My correspondence with the Roche executives also proves the statements by Hoffmann-La Roche as a lie that the leadership of Roche did not know about these criminal activities. The opposite is now clear: The executives of Roche, BASF, Rhône-Poulenc and others did not only know about these crimes, they were the organizers. The mangers responsible for these crimes up to the highest levels of these companies have to be prosecuted and held responsible for their actions. But already today everyone can call those companies and their leadership as criminals, who distinguish themselves from a street robber only by the magnitude of their crimes. The criminal activities of this vitamin Cartel have opened millions of people the eyes even further about the „business with disease“ maintained by the pharmaceutical industry. The scandal of the vitamin Cartel has only just begun but it has already become another major nail in the coffin of the pharmaceutical industry.