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What is the point of raising questions about AIDS? Are you suggesting that AIDS doesn't exist, or that it does and HIV isn't the cause? Either way, what basis do you have for questioning what we hear every day from the experts? Ken Olsen, West Hollywood
The point of questioning anything is to make discoveries and solve problems. Questioning is a fundamental tool used throughout history to arrive at understanding and is an essential ingredient of progress in any honest endeavor. Science in particular is all about questioning.
Most all of us accept what we are told about science and medicine without question, assuming that the experts have done the work for us. But a quick review of the history of HIV and AIDS should provide enough reason for just about anyone to question what we have been told...
On April 23, 1984, Dr. Robert Gallo announced that he had discovered "the probable cause of AIDS", a new retrovirus later named HIV. Gallo's statement was made at an international press conference, circumventing essential rules of scientific process: No research study providing evidence for his hypothesis about HIV had been published in any scientific or medical journal prior to his public announcement. By the following day, the New York Times had turned his tentative statement into a certainty with front page reports on "the AIDS virus." Gallo then filed a patent application for the HIV test, and all funding for research into non-viral causes of AIDS came to an abrupt halt.
The evidence Gallo proposed for his HIV hypothesis was published several weeks after the press announcement. The research described in his paper revealed that he had been unable to isolate HIV virus from any of the AIDS patients in his report. In fact, he was only able to detect antibodies in less than half the patients cited in his study. Antibodies do not cause or predict infection and are actually an indication of immunity.
A congressional investigation later determined that Gallo had not discovered HIV. The virus he claimed to have found had actually been taken from a sample sent to him by a French virologist, Luc Montagnier, who had isolated retroviral particles from the lymph nodes of male homosexual without AIDS. At the 1993 International AIDS Conference, Dr. Montagnier stated that "HIV may be benign."
The high correlation that appears to exist between HIV and AIDS is not proof of causation, but rather an artifact of the AIDS definition. AIDS is defined as any one of 29 old diseases (such as pneumonia, yeast infection, TB, cancer, diarrhea, and salmonella) that occur in a person who also has a positive HIV antibody test result. These diseases can only be called AIDS in those who test HIV positive, though all these diseases can be found in people who test HIV negative. There are no diseases exclusive to AIDS and AIDS itself is not a disease.
Pneumonia + HIV Antibodies = AIDS
Like most of our present AIDS experts, Gallo came from a group of government cancer virologists who had spent two decades and $22 billion seeking proof for the theory of a contagious, sexually transmitted cancer virus. Since retroviruses do not kill cells and cancer is a condition marked by rapid cell growth, this type of virus seemed a likely candidate for a cancer virus. But 20 years of research devoted to retroviruses failed to produce proof for the concept of contagious cancer.
Since 1984, most of these cancer experts and all $48 billion of AIDS research have focused exclusively on the hypothesis of the retrovirus HIV as the cause of AIDS. Although Gallo claimed that HIV caused AIDS by destroying the T-Cells of the immune system, 20 years of cancer research proved that retroviruses do not destroy cells. There is still no evidence in the scientific literature substantiating Gallo's 1984 assertion that HIV destroys T-Cells. Although more money has been spent on HIV than the total for all other viruses in history, there is still no proof for the HIV/AIDS hypothesis.
According to Webster's Dictionary, a hypothesis "is an unproved assumption tentatively accepted to provide a basis for further investigation, debate and argument." No critical discussion of the HIV hypothesis has ever been allowed in the appropriate scientific and medical forums. A good hypothesis is defined by its ability to solve problems and mysteries, make accurate predictions and produce results. The HIV/AIDS hypothesis, after more than 14 years, has failed to meet any of these criteria.
There are no cases of AIDS in the medical literature in which HIV has proved to be the only risk factor. Antibody tests, rather than virus isolation, are used to diagnose HIV infection when antibodies are evidence of immunity. As there is no antibody that is ever specific to any one disease, the HIV test is non-specific. It is also non-standardized which means there is no single accepted definition for what constitutes a positive test result. In contrast with syphillis and gonorrhea, rates of HIV positivity in the U.S. have never increased since the test was first introduced. Drug cocktails and chemotherapies like AZT that supposedly eradicate HIV have failed to resolve AIDS.
There are also many reasons to question our emphasis on AIDS -emotional, social and fiscal, since AIDS has never reached the predicted epidemic proportions. More Americans die each year from smoking cigarettes than have ever died of AIDS. Three times as many die of heart disease annually than have ever died of AIDS. Two times as many people worldwide die each year of poverty-induced diarrhea than have ever died of AIDS.
As long as AIDS remains an unsolved problem full of inconsistencies and anomalies, unexplained by HIV and unresolved by expensive pharmaceuticals that cause the very symptoms they are supposed to alleviate, we must keep asking questions.
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