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Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Other Side of AIDS - Part I

Last Night I went to the progressive film center in Chicago to see The Other Side of AIDS. It was a very interesting and enlightening film. The best advice the film could have given is that people should be informed and proactive when it comes to their health.

According to Peter Duesberg Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, who isolated the first cancer gene through his work on retroviruses in 1970, and mapped the genetic structure of these viruses; and Kary Mullis Ph.D., who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction technique for detecting DNA (the technique used to search for fragments of HIV in AIDS patients) said that there is no scientific evidence that HIV is the Virus that causes AIDS. There is a growing number of scientists that also agree with them that HIV - the virus is harmless and it is the treatment that are killing people who test positive for this alleged virus. If this is true, why would the FDA/WHO, CDC, etc. concoct this elaborate rouse that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS and that people need to take all of those harmful antiviral drugs?

It is interesting to note that the
HIV test that is used to detect the antibodies against HIV is not conclusive. They can't be certain that this HIV test is not identifying other non-specific antibodies that have nothing to do with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). Scientific inquiries always require controls.

Our Lab does Westerns all the time and before we can publish any manuscripts of our research, we must compare our work to a known standard or protein, in this case, it would be HIV itself. If an individual has HIV, then you will be able to see a protein band corresponding to the same molecular weight of HIV. A fundamental control that is required in any experiment is to take the blood of an HIV + persons and infect that with a person's blood that tested negative and compare the results with a non-tainted sample and the HIV+ sample to determine if there is a difference. I this doesn't happen, how then can you verify that a person has HIV or what you see isn't a result of a false positive. In any experimental procedures, you must account for this phenomenon of non-specific binding and/or false positives. There is no way that we could get away with publishing a manuscript without having concrete evidence that what we said is verifiable and accurate. This is what is happening with HIV. The controls are not in place to verify that people actually have the virus or not. If HIV can't be verified, then you can't say conclusive that there are antibodies being produced as a direct result of HIV. Since testing HIV+ is an automatic death sentence for any individual, it is imperative that individuals who test positive for HIV are compared to those who test negative and if a difference is found - it can be ascribed to the presence of HIV. This is not happening. Something is seriously flawed with the scientific reasoning and testing behind the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

I will end with Albert Einstein quote taken from Duesberg Website "The important thing is to not stop questioning."

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