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Support for Peter Duesberg and HIV-AIDS dissent as well worth examining and apparently right

September 30th, 2014

Frontiers in Public Health publishes summary of paradigm dissent in literature by Patricia Goodson of Texas A&M

Review for public health professionals outlines the multitude of reasons for doubting paradigm, need for debate

Will editors or publisher of Swiss journal in Nature stable surrender when attacked by HIV-AIDS partisans, as with Medical Hypothesis?

The thirty year debate over HIV as the wrong cause of AIDS seemed to be thoroughly suffocated by the rulers of the field till last week, when a remarkable article burst into view on line.

A thorough review of the state of dissent in HIV-AIDS, it was published by a respectable public health journal and authored by a member of the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M, one Patricia Goodson.

If Questioning the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: 30 years of dissent by Patricia Goodson, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA is not repressed by being withdrawn after the predictable political counter attack, we’d say the article has the potential to be a game changer in the hitherto stifled debate.

What the article says

Professor Goodson has done a fine job of examining the thirty year history of the logic and the politics of the discussion, in which dissenters even at the highest academic journal level have waged an uphill battle against the ruthless efforts of paradigm partisans among scientists established in the field to fend off and deny any criticism or review of their fond belief.

Goodson’s review (here is a pdf copy) appends 96 references, the first being Nobelist Kary Mullis’s striking statement, in his introduction to Peter Duesberg’s ‘Inventing the AIDS Virus’ (Regnery, 1996), that

“the HIV-AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake.”

(Photo right: Will the ship of fools, the Titanic HIV-AIDS cruise liner, meet the Goodson iceberg and sink within hours? Probably not.)

That forthright quotation by Mullis is in effect Goodson’s opening shot across the bows of the great cruise ship ‘SS HIV-AIDS’, as that gigantic vessel continues its so far unarrested world tour. For thirty years without effective opposition it has gathered unprecedented public and private funds for its mission of medicating the human race with noxious drugs that can do grievous and sometimes fatal harm and no good at all, according to HIV-AIDS dissenters, whose case is gone through in four major aspects in Goodson’s paper:

I organize the challenges put forth by unorthodox scholars into four categories of data that support the HIV-AIDS hypothesis: (1) retroviral molecular markers (2) transmission electron microscopy (EM) images of retroviral particles; (3) efficacy of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs; and (4) epidemiological data [7,8]

In other words, claims that the tests are invalid, actual HIV particles have never been seen, the drugs are ineffective and dangerous, and the transmission of the disease has never taken place. As anyone familiar with the problem knows, all these claims, shocking as they may be to the New York Times reader uninstructed in the issue, are true, in that this is what the evidence states, and there has never been any proven valid counter evidence or argument offered by the paradigm partisans in the literature. Indeed, there is still no paper to reference demonstrating that HIV is the cause of HIV-AIDS, which remains merely a conjecture based on a correlation.

Comprehensive review

(Photo left): Nobel prize winning scientist Kary Mullis joins with distinguished cancer scientist Peter Duesberg in condemning the HIV paradigm as a gigantic error and says that AIDS is clearly a behavioral rather than a transmissible disease in the West.

The paper is admirably complete, including every major flaw in the paradigm claimed by critics, though not all of them agree as to which is important or valid. To reach her paper’s conclusion, Goodson surveys a raft of objections to the HIV-AIDS core notion from every direction, many of which may be new to many readers who have previously looked at the problem long enough to know which side must be correct.

Among the many stones she turns to reveal the wriggling population of nonsensical inconsistencies and foolishness alleged by the critics are the following:

1) The antibodies revealed by tests would suggest that ‘the immune system has controlled the invading agents” in any other context than HIV-AIDS theory.

2) The tests used to confirm exposure to HIV (the ELISA and Western blot) react positively to more than sixty factors other than HIV antibodies, including flu and flu vaccinations, second and later pregnancies, tetanus vaccination, and the malaria widespread in Africa, a claim supported by “scientifcally valid evidence published in reputable peer reviewed journals” such as Lancet, JAMA, AIDS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Canadian Medical Association Journal.

3) The Western blot has no standardized criteria for a positive result and one can change from positive to negative by flying from one country to another (eg a test reaction to p41, p32 and p24 would be considered positive in Africa, but not in Britain).

There are about forty more difficulties which the HIV-AIDS paradigm supporters have so far found no convincing answer for, as confirmed by their notorious habit of resorting to political evasions and counter attack to deal with them over the last thirty years. (We will convey them in a subsequent post).

A global can of worms opened

(Photo right:This is what Goodson opened with in her review of HIV and AIDS, but did she not know that there would be armed resistance? She didn’t read the label carefully!)

Goodson thus notes the flaws alleged by dissenters in each category. But what’s novel about this new review of HIV dissent, apart from its being published at all in a world where virulent attacks on any dissent from HIV paradigm supporters are notorious, is that it concludes that it is indeed politics which has repressed the contrary view in the field, not that the arguments and evidence to doubt the validity of HIV as the cause of AIDS are prima facie wrong.

In other words, that the critics have demonstrated to her satisfaction that there are indeed very good scientific reasons to believe that HIV is not the cause of AIDS’ serious and potentially fatal immune deficiency, and that current health policy should be reviewed in this light. It should not be left alone as none of our business, or not the business of health professionals, to investigate and put right.

I would argue, nonetheless, that the debate between orthodox and unorthodox scientists comprises much more than an intellectual pursuit or a scientific skirmish: it is a matter of life-and-death. It is a matter of justice. Millions of lives, worldwide, have been and will be significantly affected by an HIV or AIDS diagnosis. If we – the public health workforce – lose sight of the social justice implications and the magnitude of the effect, we lose “the very purpose of our mission.” [3,90. p.690]

The matter is particularly critical now that the CDC wishes to test all comers:

“A pressing concern for public health is the move or push toward a) HIV screening for “patients in all health-care settings” (with opt-out screening) [91] and b) placing persons-at-risk (even if not yet infected with HIV), on retroviral medication as a form of prophylaxis (see discussion about PrEP, above) (92). If in 1986 the CDC recommended voluntary testing for people in high-risk groups, in 2013 the US Preventive Services Task Force “gave routine HIV screening of all adolescents and adults, ages 15-65, an ‘A’ rating” ([93. p.1]). The recently approved Affordable Care Act “requires or incentivizes preventive services rated ‘A’ or ‘B’ at no cost to patients” ([93], p.1). Thus, routine screening of every adolescent and adult in all populations in, now, the goal [91,94].

If, to this goal we juxtapose the problems with the HIV tests, with the definition(s) of AIDS, and with the toxicity of the ARVs currently prescribed, we begin to understand the potential for harm inherent in them. Put blatantly: these recommendations can be harmful or iatrogenic [95].

A dangerous conclusion

Goodson concludes that it is “vital that public health professionals attend to the debate and embark in a questioning of their own.”

Since this is precisely what the supporters of HIV/AIDS have always feared – that competent professional outsiders should review their essentially crackpot theory and denounce it – it seems unlikely they will let this pass without mounting an immediate counter attack to undermine its credibility, and persuade the publication to withdraw it.

Such an obnoxious effort is already underway, the publisher has announced, in effect once again demonstrating that there are no good counterarguments to those of the dissenters, and that HIV defenders need politics to evade the debunking of their infatuation.

Politics: Will this publication survive?

The first target, we can predict, of the defenders of the HIV faith will be Patricia Goodson herself. We wonder if she is prepared for the onslaught, since she apparently spends her professional life among colleagues who are likely more idealistically motivated that the promoters of the heavily funded but so far failed paradigm HIV=AIDS (it has failed to produce a proof of cause, or a cure, or a vaccine, in thirty years).

We have in mind John P. Moore Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medical College, where he has worked since 2000 on research well funded by the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases on the nature and properties of HIV, particularly when applied to the private parts of macaques.

Moore is well known in the field for his notorious Op-Ed piece in the New York Times deploring dissenters in HIV-AIDS science as being “dangerous” to the community because they might discourage the taking of noxious anti-HIV drugs. He is also notorious for making personal attacks on dissenters, most effectively by writing to their employers to urge them to relieve the HIV doubters of their jobs or posts.

Another prominent deplorer of dissent in any form is Mark Wainberg, Director of the McGill University AIDS Centre and Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology at McGill University in Montreal. In one fit of zeal he has called for the imprisonment of Peter Duesberg and any other prominent dissenter.

There are a host of lesser folks who can be counted upon to come eagerly to the fray in support of the status quo, though without scientific credentials even of the suspect HIV expertise kind. We are thinking of some who have unsuccessfully though energetically trolled this site in earlier years.

(Photo left: Will Patricia Goodson of Texas A&M’s department of Health & Kinesiology survive the anticipated attacks behind her back of the notoriously ungentlemanly defenders of the HIV faith, now she has published a very thorough review of the history and state of HIV-AIDS dissent in a respectable journal, albeit thus far only on line? We hope so, for the sake of science, free speech and debate, and the cancellation of harmful HIV-AIDS policy before more lives are ruined by this unjustifiable and very dangerous scientific notion.)

An arrow at the castle of denial

So will the reputation of Goodson survive, along with her publication?

According to the website apart from being a professor of public health she is also a teacher of writing, which explains why her document is well written enough for laymen to understand it. Even Rhodes scholar Bill Clinton will be able to read through it and finally realize what’s up; not that that would make any difference to his public posture.

Which is the problem. Over thirty years this paradigm, which any reasonable person can see from her review is undoubtedly the most ill founded, wretched embarrassment to science in history, has become part of the culture, and woven into countless lives, not just of the patients but of all the scientists, bureaucrats, NGO idealists, doctors, nurses and other fellow travelers, professional or lay, engaged in any career or job involved in the spending of the hundreds of billions of dollars commanded by it.

To take one example, what precisely is a man and scientist such as John P. Moore to do with the realization that his entire life in science has been conducted on a false premise, and the whole string of grants he has received have been applied to studying a chimera? Even if there is something else his expertise can be turned to, which is questionable, what about the reputation he will lose, the standing in the community which will vanish, like fog in the sun?

The scientific truth is that HIV-AIDS is a paradigm with a hollow center, and that truth is like a trap door under the feet of all concerned, one which they have devoted their lives to nailing shut, lest it open and drop them into the void of calumny and ostracism, if not investigation and hearings on the topic of whether they knowingly misled the public and incurred the waste of billions in taxpayer funds and the blight and loss of hundreds of thousands of human lives.

They will fight to the death to prevent this trap door opening, and they have done so to date. They are not going to change now.

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Here is the text of the article for reference in case it is obliterated for political reasons from its current place on the Web:

Click for article
Click for the 96 references listed separately here in addition to the above

Here are the comments on the article so far (by Feb 3 2015):

Click for the comments at Frontiers
Click for the Goodson article as a pdf

New York Antique Fair Offers Aviation Engineering as Breathtaking Art

September 20th, 2014

Hatchwell Shows Polished Artifacts of Aviation History in Brilliant Display

Tech Beauties of a Bygone Age – For a Hefty Price


(Above) Rolls Royce Pegasus MK 105 Titanium Stator Ring Mirror Circa 1985 from a RAF Harrier ‘Jump’ Jet at Hatchwell Antiques

A profusion of richly ornate, colorfully decorative and highly polished items including magnificently carved clocks, rows of gorgeously sanguine flower paintings and landscapes, enormous photographs of Manhattan landscapes and society, and glittering jewelry filled the Armory last night in an invitational preview of the four day New York Art, Antiques and Jewelry Fall Show.

Not all of it was high art, perhaps, in fact, much of it veered dangerously close to kitsch, but there were many designs and works of lasting value amid this commercial flower garden of decoration. Prices ranged from four to six figures.

Hatchwell’s Shining Aviation Beauties

The most unexpected discovery at the show was an extraordinary display of polished steel artifacts at Hatchwell Antiques, where Allan Hatchwell and Richard Wait (US temporary Cell 561-635-8968 UK Cell 44 7768 862229 533 King’s Road 0207-351-2344 hatchwellantiques.co.uk hatchwells@byconnect.com) offered shining polished metal and wood antiques of a unique engineering kind from aviation history – huge propeller blades, soaring model planes, giant marine binoculars and a telescope on wheel adjustable stands, a double life size training Browning machine gun with cutaway moving parts, a Campbell-Stokesspehere sunshine recorder, an RAF Gloster Javelin ejection seat and a coffee table incorporating a Rolls Royce Titanium Turbine, all (except for the giant polished wood propellers) made entirely of steel buffed to dazzling brilliance, and including several circular wall mirrors made from jet engines.

Pair of Cold War era Czech Binoculars c 1955 (above) was part of Hatchwell’s London stock of large aperture binoculars from the golden era of binocular manufacturing from 1910 to 1960 by Zeiss, Nikon and Fuji, which like the other brilliant metal objects on display offered not only forms of engineering art but also perhaps a chance to touch the past and retrieve something of the time when complex creations of human invention were physical, tactile and intelligible to the ordinary citizen who experienced them, rather than the virtual, vanishingly abstract creations of the dot com era.

Against the background of the Rolls Royce Pegasus 105 Stage 1 Titanium Turbine c 1985 coffee table (above), the crystal ball-like glass sun focuser of the Campbell-Stokessphere sunshine recorder by Casella of London, mounted on a golden oak base, c 1930, above, stands ready to record the amount of sun shine throughout the day. As invented by John Francis Campbell in 1853 and modified by Sir George Gabriel Stokes in 1879, the sun burns a trace on the bowl, or with Stoke’s refinement of adding a card holder, burns through a card.

The idea, explained Richard Wait (above), is that it measures the time it takes for the sun to burn through the card. If the concept seems a little primitive, there is an undeniable beauty in the object.


Ejection seat (above): This beautiful machinery will save your life if you have to leave your Harrier jet in a hurry.

Also on hand was Allan Hatchwell, the son of the founder of his business which dealt in wooden antique furniture until he came up with this inspired idea. He explained how the ejection seat (above) worked, the rocket at its back lifting the pilot out with such force that his spine was compressed one inch as he cleared the plane’s tail. An oxygen canister is fitted to the side to ensure survival in high altitude ejections.

Another view of the ejection seat  shows the beautiful life saver in all its glory.  But will it serve as a living room seat to read one's early morning coffee?  Probably not, but does it matter?

Even if the ejection seat – above, in its full glory – doesn’t serve as a comfy nook to drink your early morning coffee, it will make any other seat you occupy seem even more comfortable and safe than usual. But in fact, the seat is very comfortable, as well as being good for the posture. Hatchwell sold a complete set of twelve as dining chairs to one customer.

Meanwhile, here’s a coffee table which will serve both you and a lady guest very nicely if you wish to impress:


Impress the lady of your choice by giving her coffee and cakes on this aluminum coffee table incorporating a Rolls Royce Pegasus 105 Stage 1 Titanium Turbine blade, c 1985 (above) especially when you reach your hand under the glass and spin it around for her.

There were several binoculars at Hatchwell that were also beautiful objects, especially the pair of large aperture Fuji Meibo 25X150 Marine Binoculars from Japan c 1975, mounted on a Perico rise and fall tripod.

Mount these on your balcony and enjoy the unmatchable purity of the huge glass lenses as you peer across the park at the apartment windows of Faye Dunaway opposite your Fifth Avenue perch.

Bringing antiques into the jet age: Allan Hatchwell caressing one of his beloved binoculars as art object, in this case an extremely rare pair of 119×40 large aperture beauties by BBT Krauss of Paris, c 1928, on a Carl Zeiss design tripod. This pair was set up on the Normandy coast of Trouville-sur-mer, near Deauville, to watch yachts and shipping at the mouth of the Seine, and in 1940 were hidden away from the Germans so they couldn’t be commandeered for coastal defense. ($90,000)

But did you notice the giant propeller?

A conversation at the show invitational preview on Wednesday evening – Where did you get that material? It works so well! – (below) shows the scale of the huge and beautiful laminated Sitka spruce supersonic wind tunnel propeller on show at Hatchwell Antiques, which can occupy your living room for $98,000 the pair.

The original 18 blade fan and 7×10 foot tunnel cost $2,052,000 and developed a wind speed of 675 mph. Built in 1945 at the NASA Langley research center in Virginia it tested aircraft, missiles and eventually the manned orbiter. It was closed in 1994.

A look through one of the Carl Zeiss periscope binoculars with 10x magnification shows how well the fist sized glass lens captures light from seventy yards away, illuminating the globe of apples at the show entrance and bathing the scene in a beautiful luminosity:

View of the entrance to the show seventy yards away (above) through the magnificent large glass lens of one of the Carl Zeiss 10x 50 Periscope Binoculars, c 1965, often fitted to Panzer tanks and used along the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.

This is the first time Hatchwell has exhibited its unique collection in New York, and it attracted considerable notice at the preview.

In touch with past reality

It was certainly enough to make any science and technology buff to plan a new room in the mansion to host one to five of these marvelous artifacts of a past generation, which allow the owner and his or her guests to enjoy touching and having around a beautiful example or set of shining engineering which bring back a past of great design feats in the physical realm, concrete beauties as opposed to the virtual reality in which we increasingly live today. They will be a comfort to all who are now forced to live in an age where half the advances in science and technology are completely opaque to the understanding of the average mortal.

They take one back via their beautiful elegance to an age where the function and purpose of all the tools of living from telephones to cars were intelligible to the average mortal, and the beauty of their design could be appreciated by the naked eye and the touch of a hand.


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