I realised part way through the first blog that I had come across something that was taking on too much. In the first blog there is the movie “The Other Side of AIDS”, and it is directed by Robin Scovill. A leading protagonist in Aids Denialism was Christine Maggiore, Robin’s wife – featured in the film, she died of a disease that fits into the AIDS category, they lost a 3-year-old to a disease that also fits into the same category. The establishment HIV-protagonists associate both deaths as an indeminification that HIV causes AIDS – of the kind they died of AIDS because they did not take HIV treatment. Logically this does not follow but it clearly is a powerful argument.
One of the leading AIDS denialists is Duesberg “he also questions the proposition that the cause of AIDS is the retrovirus HIV. He has referred to the AIDS virus as a harmless “passenger” virus, just another virus among many living parasitically in the human body, and he claims that a positive HIV test is merely a viral marker (and not indicative of the cause) indicating immune system damage. In his opinion, based upon exhaustive research, AIDS is an immune deficiency disorder caused by overuse of recreational drugs and a lifestyle that burns the candle at both ends, including promiscuous sex. Eventually, the immune system collapses.”
Now in my first blog I spoke of my experiences in Africa. Botswana did not have a drug culture as we have in the West, there is however some marijuana. But a typical bash lasts through the night and drunkenness (alcoholicism) was highly prevalent. It would definitely qualify as “candle at both ends, including promiscuous sex”.
What still rankles with me is the way AIDS strikes people, there was a pattern to its progression. You would hear of people “getting AIDS”, they would lose the ability to retain nutrition, get thinner and die from an umbrella of diseases that an immune system would normally cope with. It seemed that it progressed like a disease although AIDS, “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome”, is by definition not one. Can this apparent disease progression be accepted as immune system failure caused by burning “candle at both ends, including promiscuous sex” and drugs? This feeling that it was a disease then made me think there was a medical cure ie usually pharmaceuticals, and then along comes the HIV connection. It is so convenient and eminently profitable, yet the HIV connection has never been proved. I can remember in Africa having the notion that “50% of people with HIV developed AIDS”, and I accepted this as sufficiently causative. Now I don’t. But even with my clear distrust of BigPharma I find it hard to accept such a scam as inventing the connection between HIV and AIDS for profit. However such a scam is consistent with other establishment medical practices (see my many blogs on cancer or my health page).
On Africa Duesberg says this “In Africa 23 million HIV-positives generate per year 75,000 AIDS patients, ie. 1 AIDS case per 300 HIV-positives.” This does not ring true to me. I find it hard to believe that there were only 75000 AIDS deaths in Botswana alone during the 90s when I was there. Maybe his figures were masked by the shame factor because people never admitted they had AIDS – whatever that means.
Here is a podcast interview with Peter Duesberg – scroll down to 6 November 09 part one “What killed Christine Maggiore?” Duesberg comes across as aggressive. Part two with David Crowe could also be interesting – 20 November 09.
But after all this deliberation how can I say there is a conclusion?
This movie is worth watching as it makes everything very clear:-
What AIDS is?
And they give you drugs, AZT and others, that can kill you. I used to deride the superstitions of the Africans including my friend’s girlfriend, but they were nearer the truth. Mbeki was nearer the truth, yet now it appears that in SA they are spending a huge amount of money on the unproven HIV hypothesis.
When I was critical of the promiscuity I was correct but for the wrong reasons. The little voice inside me that said that I wouldn’t catch AIDS because I was healthy was right. But I was a fool. I didn’t burn the candle at both ends, but I didn’t know. I didn’t live healthily. My diet was crap, and I was at risk. So when I breathed a sigh of relief when I left Botswana because I had escaped without AIDS, it was a correct sigh but based on ignorance. I was just lucky.
All about AIDS is a scandal, THEY JUST DON’T KNOW. Eat healthily.
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I lived in Botswana in the 90’s and at the time Botswana was the Aids capital of the world according to the WHO. Everyone who lived in Botswana came into contact with people dieing of AIDS-related illnesses. I want to describe what happened to my friend’s partner. They started their relationship, and they were both tested for HIV. She was found to be HIV +ve. They lived together for a number of years, and she then developed full-blown AIDS. At this point she was not able to retain food, and eventually died. I know of other cases. At a staff meeting it was announced that a member of staff had developed AIDS, because of taboos her family would not look after, and she was living alone. Would we contribute? The collections lasted two months. I was intimate (unprotected) with someone who died of AIDS-related illness. She was a travelling worker and when she visited where I lived she stayed with me. then she stopped visiting, and I was told she in a hospice in Zambia. Then I heard nothing.
These stories were commonplace. Now Botswana did not have a drug-prevalence, AIDS was not spread by a gay population. However the culture was very promiscuous. At the time I accepted the explanation that HIV was passed through sexual contact without any doubts because of the promiscuity, and that this could then develop into full-blown AIDS. But even when I accepted this there were inconsistencies, especially the inconsistencies that I personally experienced. I believed at the time that if your health was strong you had a good chance of not contracting AIDS.
In this talk, Dr Robert Willner denies the connection between HIV and AIDS, and to prove it he injects himself with HIV. A bit gimmicky, but he does raise the issues. He speaks of AIDS as having 4 causes:-
I first came across people questioning the HIV description of the development of AIDS when I heard about Thabo Mbeki. I am not sure what he actually said, but I picked up that they were saying that AIDS was related to the general health of the victim, and that the problem was caused by hunger and therefore malnutrition. I believed there was a connection, but I also believed that as a politician he was avoiding the criticisms of his people that they were promiscuous – the same peoples as the Tswana of Botswana who were promiscuous by experience and observation. In this 2007 Guardian article his biographer, “Mr Gevisser recounts how Mr Mbeki phoned him late on a Saturday evening in June to discuss Aids. The president asked the respected Johannesburg author whether he had seen a 100-page paper secretly authored by Mr Mbeki and distributed anonymously among the ANC leadership six years ago. It compared Aids scientists to latter-day Nazi concentration camp doctors and portrayed black people who accepted orthodox Aids science as “self-repressed” victims of a slave mentality. It describes the “HIV/Aids thesis” as entrenched in “centuries-old white racist beliefs and concepts about Africans”.”
I’ve now realised this topic is too big for me. Willner talks about the dangers of the drug AZT, that like all chemotherapy it is more toxic than what it cures. I certainly believe that chemotherapy does more harm than good, as a layperson I would not take chemo if I was diagnosed with cancer – I would head for the nearest Gerson clinic. I don’t know about AZT, here is a page of discussion papers on AZT, and some discussion here.
Thabo Mbeki, as described in the same 2007 Guardian article, was warned off politically from pursuing his view of AIDS although he still appears to believe it. Here is a speech given by Thabo Mbeki to the 13th AIDS conference in Durban, and here is a paper given by a presidential panel on AIDS.
Elsewhere, apparently there is an increasing group of people called AIDS denialists (or go to wiki and enter AIDS denialism). This group of people have been given a voice through the movie “The Other Side of AIDS“:-
I am not happy about promoting something I am unsure of, in truth I am not sure about what Robert Willner has to say. This could be another conspiracy theory, but what makes me convinced that there is some substance is my recent studies of BigPharma. Based on those studies I have no doubts that BigPharma could promote the genesis of Aids by HIV in order to sell chemicals such as AZT. Yet to be fair I am not completely happy that it explains the deaths of friends and colleagues in Botswana.