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New Yorker scores a point for Stossel

Cartoon to give pause to all

Very witty. But in fact, according to independent scholar Bob Houston, there are studies which indicate that cavemen lasted a lot longer, sometimes as old as ninety. He promises to provide them shortly.

3 Responses to “New Yorker scores a point for Stossel”

  1. michael Ellner. Says:

    I believe that everyone will win the AIDS debate, if we re-focus our attention on the question WHAT IS AIDS?, instead of debating what causes AIDS.

    As long as we act as if people were/are getting sick because of underlying CD4, “immuno- deficiencies” we will remain stuck in the AIDS Zone.

    From day one, there was never any evidence that the low CD4 counts found in the sub-set of gay men, drug users, blood recipients and the very poor who were lumped together under the AIDS banner, were the cause of their health problems, rather than an effect of their social health risks. There was never any scientific basis to claim they all suffered from the same syndrome.

    AIDS is a political construct that offered the CDC the opportunity to market the idea that we all needed to be protected from ourselves and each other. Which grew into a multi-billion dollar industry.

    If that seems unfeasible, you should know that CDC officials have already admitted it, publicly acknowledging that they intentionally lied to the American public about the scope and risk of AIDS in the U.S. for the purpose of funding AIDS research and prevention efforts and modifying sexual behavior (Wall Street Journal, Pg 1 and A6, 5/1/96).

    Michael Ellner

  2. Mark Biernbaum Says:

    What is “AIDS” is an excellent question. There are rules about how discrete symptoms or diseases can be clumped together to form “syndromes,” like AIDS. The area of study concerned with this is called Nosology. Serge Lange gives an excellent and concise dismantling of “AIDS” as a coherent syndrome — available in his book “Challenges.”

  3. Gene Semon Says:

    Michael Ellner raises the important issue of psychological stress as an etiological, perhaps dominant, AIDS risk factor.

    For convenience, I’ve reproduced this part of the response thread at the British Medical Journal website, which elaborates on the nature of the AIDS Zone.

    Re: Re: Re: See what one wants… Marcel Girodian, Writer US, 17 April 2005

    Nick Bennett, yes, we’re all individuals on the dissident side, with many disagreements as well as many areas of agreement. So what? What does that have to do with anything?

    The point of my post was simply to point out to you a plausible explanation for your assertion that Hiv negative people with the same risk factors don’t get lowered CD4 counts in some selected studies. We have studies that show that psychological stress causes t-cell depletion. The Hiv+ diagnosis goes well beyond stressful — it is a hammerblow to the psyche like no other, known to cause suicides, murders, and other unpleasantries. Now that’s a situation that should be studied further. I would also theorize that the stressful effect is much worse in Third World people than it is in, say, San Francisco gay men, who often accept the diagnosis in a very blasé fashion since it is considered by many of them to be an important component of gay identity.

    For normal people in Thailand or Africa, it’s quite different. To them, the diagnosis is a life-ender. Just like that, you get pronounced positive, and your life is over, your hope is gone. All your grand plans, down the toilet. And not only will nobody sleep with you anymore, nobody will want to come near you. They think they will get Aids just by touching you. That’s one of the lovely things the Aids establishment has done to the simple people of the Third World by planting the panic of a deadly germ in their minds. You don’t need a pac-man virus eating your t-cells. The gossip of your neighbors alone will do you in.

    Would Hiv+ people get Aids if they didn’t know they were Hiv+, didn’t do drugs, didn’t have malnutrition, didn’t drink from the same water they defecate in? I don’t think so. You’d probably consider it unethical to deliberately withhold Hiv+ info from a person. Personally I think it would be extremely ethical. Lots of people don’t want to know their Hiv “status.” Why not enroll them in an experiment?

    People are still presenting in “end stage Aids,” are they? You mean they are presenting, not having had a Hiv test? What percentage of people are doing so, and which of the many criteria for defining “Aids” is being used with each person? Which of the many criteria for diagnosing someone “Hiv+” is being used in these end stage cases? I assume you must know they are Hiv+, otherwise, how can you say they have “Aids?” Oh, except if they are African, then under the Bangui definition you can say they have Aids without a test! Or if they are Thai, you can call your “end stage” presenters Hiv+, hence “Aids cases,” if they have two positive Elisas from a single blood sample. But they wouldn’t be Aids cases in America or Australia, would they? Because there you need to run the more specific test, the Western Blot, as well (requiring four reactive bands for a positive diagnosis in Australia, but only three in the US). Of course, this wouldn’t work in England, because there the WB is not considered reliable!

    Mr. Bennett, forgive me impertinence, but I suspect that many of your never tested end stage Aids cases are just cases of tuberculosis and other common diseases, relabeled as Aids. Even one of your Aids establishment supporters, Daniel J. Ncayiyana, MD, Editor, The South African Medical Journal, has said:

    “I am quite confident in my own mind that many cases identified as AIDS (according to their symptoms) are not AIDS…The numbers given must, of necessity, include people who possibly have other conditions.”

    –Now Magazine, 9-15 March 2000

    Why do you waste precious bandwidth debating whether we are “skeptics,” “dissidents,” “denialists” or whatever. What does that have to do with anything?

    You say that “psychological impacts on physical health, while real, don’t result in pneumocystis pneumonia and KS!” Well, that sounds logical re KS, which seems to be connected more to nitrite use than anything else (though I know you guys have blamed it on a new virus, what a surprise!). But couldn’t depleted immune cells, caused by the overwhelming, devastating, almost intolerably depressing knowledge that one possesses the “deadly virus” — that one is essentially a leper as far as the community is concerned — foster the conditions that might give rise to pneumocystis pneumonia? Help me with that, I’m not a medical person.

    I mean, you people have been saying for 20 years that you get pneumocystis pneumonia because Hiv eats your t-cells, right? Why couldn’t you get it because stress and depression eat your t-cells?

    We (groups like Alive and Well and others) have had many reports from people who, immediately after their positive diagnosis, started getting sick with diseases associated with Aids. It seems unlikely that the slippery little lentivirus could have chosen that precise moment to do his dirty work. It seems more sensible to conclude that such people are suffering from psychological devastation. The fact that some of them then had another test, which came back negative, upon which event their “Aids” symptoms immediately ceased, would seem to strongly suggest that the diagnosis caused their ailments. You have heard of the Nocebo effect, I presume? Is that not a fairly well proven phenomenon?

    Yes, as you say, “it seems simpler to invoke a single cause” just as it is simpler to attribute Aids to God’s wrath against the sexually uninhibited, as many people do. Or to attribute misfortune to punishment for sins committed in a previous life. But we’re not looking for answers that are simple, are we? We’re looking for answers that are correct, and can be validated by reference to the real world, not by high tech bean- counting of t-cells, alleged Hiv proteins or other means that are fraught with problems and create self-fulfilling prophecies.

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