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AIDS: the HIV Myth.


While United States scientists argue with French researchers about credit for discovery of the "AIDS virus," a crescendo of doubt is arising from journalist investigators questioning assumptions that have become established fact among those concerned with the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

In the book AIDS: The HIV Myth, Jad Adams, a British medical journalist, marshalls convincing arguments against the widely accepted theory that the HIV virus is the sole and sufficient cause of AIDS.

Adams describes the early years of AIDS research and compares the passions and frenzy directed in seeking a viral culprit with the preprogrammed effort to find a virus in the "War Against Cancer." The latter failed, he notes, and the current preoccupation with an "AIDS virus" is also doomed to fail.

The unfortunate rush in single-minded judgment has resulted, the author complains, in diversion of huge funds exclusively into the pursuit of the HIV virus, and the birth of an "AIDS Establishment" of scientists, politicians, and media figures who cling relentlessly to this virus theory and refuse to hear, much less answer, any challenge to it.

For those who disagree or voice skepticism of the establishment's viewpoint, there are measures to silence or dismay the most energetic. Access to monetary grants are blocked, professional journals are closed to dissenting opinion, and many opportunities for advancement disappear.

The author cites opinions from dissenters in the field of AIDS research who believe that the disease may be caused by a bacterium and that the pursuit of the virus before other causes of AIDS were fully examined meant that evidence pointing to a bacterial origin of AIDS was overlooked purposely or by lack of interest.

The book also makes a strong case for a bacterial influence by comparing the progress of syphilis with the characteristics of AIDS development. Antibodies against syphilis are found in up to 70 percent of AIDS patients.

Adams is convinced that the lack of progress in identifying the cause of AIDS has not only been hampered by those who benefit from the confusion (endowed researchers, pharmaceutical suppliers, et al), but also perpetuates a state of war that provides countless opportunities for exploitation of an anxious public. The World Health Organization, for example, will have spent 1.5 billion dollars on fighting AIDS by 1991. The author notes that it represents "many times more than they have ever spent before or intend to spend in the future on diarrhoeal diseases."
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Mar 22, 1990
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