Let us for a moment forget the punishment and discreditation accorded to modern-day heretics on HIV and the relationship it has with Aids. A certain Dr Donald W. Miller Jr. once expressed, “Over the last 50 years government-sponsored and industry-sponsored research programs have come to dominate scientific research. A totalitarian system now exists where only scientists that adhere to the prevailing orthodoxy can receive funds to conduct research. Not only will the government not fund studies on alternative hypotheses for AIDS and cancer, but this stricture applies to other areas of inquiry.” This expression, sour as it seems, is one long held by conspiracy theorists the world over and has over recent years become common knowledge largely due to the relative independence of the internet and freedom to information that in the past remained secret. With the likes of whistleblowers and freedom to information robin hoods, the world is becoming clearer as clandestine operations and the efforts of government and industry in suppressing certain pieces of knowledge becomes evident.
I experienced it again recently when Thabo Mbeki became the Chancellor of the University of South Africa and honoured with Dr of Humane Letters by a university in Kenya. I fail to understand how after so many years, we have failed to grasp the essence of the former president’s comments … The aids denialist cross that Mbeki and his entire legacy where nailed to, while the Treatment Action Campaign was holding placards and shouting Murder and treason, makes an appearance every couple of years to entrench disinformation about HiV and its relationship with AIDS. Thabo Mbeki, a human first of all has the ability to be wrong on matters, the same way experts are humans as well, and they too have the ability to make public proclaims that may not be true. or worse, intended to induce a particular outcome. Usually a financially beneficial one for the ones who count the others. And for whatever reason this seems to be the case, the information largely known about HIV/AIDS is loaded in doublespeak… even the naming of the AIDS epidemic has been linked to HIV as to suggest the inseparable relationship of causality between the virus and the syndrome. And the question remained, how does a virus cause a syndrome? The loudest answers mainly from the Treatment Action Campaign cursed the intellectualising of a physically undeniable fact that people were dying. But this may not be as moral as it appears.
Contrary to popular belief, It turns out that Mbeki is not the only aids denialist in existence, there are many of them, who are also said to be experts in the same fields of Microbiology, Pharmacology etc as the non-aids denialists. Some with ideas and theories more radical than those we may be familiar. Mbeki is largely quoted as having said HIV doesn’t cause aids, this has been corrected and appropriately quoted, but even with this correction, the former president still (according to my slightly educated working class view) fails to concisely convey the point he was putting forward. Granted, with the echo chamber that is the media, it is hard for the general public to form an untainted perspective on an issue, especially issues concerning billions of possible investments and profits for pharmaceuticals and related industries like research and publishing patents… it’s all big business. It is encouraging to know that there is a growing number of so called Aids Denialists… who unlike Mbeki simplify their stance, to in a nutshell say “One can have AIDS without contracting HIV”. The truth of the matter is that HIV free AIDS cases are more common than we the general public are led to believe… from as early as 1986, HIV-free AIDS cases were being reported, where patients were diagnosed with AIDS in the absence of the HIVirus.
Why it is an impossibility for us to consider that there is solid evidence to suggest there exists a strong relationship between poverty and Epidemic spread? And that this causation links poor nutrition and the subsequent immunosuppression that often leads to the symptoms collectively classified as Aids, this even before one is infected with the HIVirus . In theory, immunosuppression is possible without the presence of the HIVirus in the host. The Argument is that HIV can cause immunosuppression, but, also conditions associated with Poverty and Malnutrition can cause immunosuppression. Anti-retroviral treatment (ART’s) can assist in preventing the virus from multiplying, the same HIVirus some denialists like Dr. Fabio Franci, MD, Specialist in Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Trieste, Italy claim is not harmful and remains dormant with good nutrition. But in the absence of good nutrition, the ARTs would likely kill the host faster…!
In his book ‘Retroviruses as Carcinogens and Pathogens’, Peter H Duesberg delves deeper into the subject of cancer-causing retroviral medicines. Therefore instead of investing million in potentially harmful Anti-retroviral drugs let us focus on fixing social conditions such as shelter, access to healthcare and education on and access to proper nutrition. AIDS… The “disease” or syndrome arises as a result of the suppression of the immune system as a result of a cumulative process following a period of exposure to multiple environmental factors… can be reversed, idare say Healed through nutrition comprising natural foods and conditions conducive to good health. Yes, the garlics and the beetroots , African Potato and various other foods that were the source of much ridicule during the reign of Thabo Mbeki and DR Manto-Tshabalala Msimang… who’s arguments it must be mentioned remain similar to those of a certain Dr Sebi, a medicine man from Honduras taken to court by the Federal District Attorney in the USA for claiming the ability to heal AIDS, be brought 78 cases of proof and he was later acquitted of all charges… I say nothing of HIV the virus and its politics of existence… because it is also important to treat these two, HIV and AIDS, as separate entities both with the ability to exist without the other.
Robert Bernstein, a researcher and author has stated “The existence of HIV-free AIDS proves that HIV is not a necessary cause of acquired immunodeficiency. This does not preclude HIV from playing some role in most AIDS cases, but it may also mean that HIV is not the primary immunosuppressive agent in AIDS”. These words ring true when one considers, the case of the African Aids pandemic of the 90’s and in general the developing world… a large percentage of Africans had no access to sewage systems, the mixing of animal and human waste with drinking water is grounds for epidemic spread. Overcrowding in squatter camps may lead to constant TB and malaria infections, the symptoms of which are diarrhoea and weight loss, which are, by the way, the very same criteria UNAIDS and the World Health Organization use to diagnose AIDS in Africa. It should be easier to argue that what all these people need is clean drinking water and environments treated accordingly for malaria carrying mosquitos, ventilated housing and sufficient nutrition… not condoms, fear-inducing pamphlets and potentially deadly steroid pharmaceuticals forced on pregnant mothers… But, it is hard to argue with capitalism.
There are other denialists who are sceptical of the methods of testing. Labelling those who test positive for antibodies are labelled as HIV POSITIVE even when evidence of HIV cannot be tested by the equipment in question. Some have suggested that is it the tests and the general populations trust in so called experts that brings them to believe they will die when diagnosed as HIV POSITIVE. It is this intricate relationship between mind and body that is hard to explain, but we have seen through the use of Placebos that sometimes it is enough to believe something to be true for it to manifest itself a reality in one’s life, this is particularly true in health and medicine. It is not far-fetched to postulate that much of the immune system depression among AIDS-test positive patients might be the result of doctors telling them that it is likely they will get AIDS and die. Bear in mind that this was for a long the message in the campaigns around HIV and AIDS… Nkosi Johnson (pbuh) a lamb without blemish, died in front of all of us… and opened the doors of life and death. For a long time, all we were exposed to were ashy skin and bones, skeletons covered in flesh, no muscle or fat, the living dead, the embodiment of death.
The brain, it is said is a giant immune system gland that operates on hope, joy, and optimism. The gland turns off in response to mental attitudes of fear and depression. The question raised by Dr. Lawrence Badgley, MD, San Francisco. Author of “Healing Aids Naturally “ is, how many people are dying or dead because they have been programmed to die? “The observation is made that doctors who tell their patients they have a terminal disease are programming their patients to die. The charge is made that these doctors are performing malpractice.” And even outside of the Malpractising doctors, the remains the large AIDS PR machine that keeps exposing the general public and the HIV test positive patients to certain information and withholding other information, ultimately ensuring an economies based geo- political reality of HIV and AIDS instead of a empirically medically sound analysis of the true reality of the relationship between HIV and AIDS.
“My people die because they lack knowledge…”