Rethinking AIDS

South African President Thabo Mbeki recently drew harsh criticism from around the world by organizing a conference of 500 AIDS researchers. These researchers constitute the loudest voice speaking out today against the accepted view that the HIV virus causes AIDS.

The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of AIDS believes that deaths from malaria, tuberculosis, and some 30 other diseases are wrongly being classified as AIDS-related deaths. Furthermore, because of the accepted view that the HIV virus causes a disease called AIDS, toxic drugs like AZT are being prescribed unnecessarily, with dire effects.

Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel prizewinner for chemistry, was quoted in a South African journal as saying, “We can’t understand why doctors prescribe a toxic drug called AZT to people who have no other complaint than the presence of antibodies to HIV in their blood.” The group has called for a renewed and impartial investigation into the causes of the deaths that are now attributed to AIDS, and for a solid justification for an all-out chemical assault on the HIV virus.

The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of AIDS made a responsible move in raising this compelling question for world-wide health care policy. They deserve a solid answer, both from the medical practitioners who dispense AIDS medication and from the pharmaceutical establishment that produces it.

If the message of the group, that HIV is not responsible for the illnesses and deaths attributed to AIDS, is a straw man, then let’s see the medical establishment burn it down with hard evidence. If AZT and other AIDS drugs prolong life and combat a serious disease, then let’s see that the money is not being made and spent in vain.

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