HIV/AIDS Skepticism

Pointing to evidence that HIV is not the necessary and sufficient cause of AIDS

Joseph Newton again?!

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/10/27

In 2009, quite a few posts on this blog featured vigilante anti-denialist Dr. Seth Kalichman, social psychologist at the University of Connecticut, who had researched HIV/AIDS dissidence by attempting to disguise himself as graduate student “Joseph Newton”, corresponding with several RA members and even attending a Duesberg conference on aneuploidy and cancer.

In recent weeks, some correspondence among RA members has focused on the fuss over Ebola. A search for the first studies of Ebola virus led to some 1977 articles in The Lancet, in issues not available to me direct on-line or in print. Our excellent Interlibrary Loan service delivered them to me very promptly, copied in the Storage Facility holding overflow material from the university’s main library.

To my astonishment, at the head of the text of the copied articles there appeared in large font the name Joseph Newton!

Could Kalichman/Newton have hacked into my university account? Had he been keeping tabs on me all these years?

That paranoid thought had at least some slight basis in sort-of evidence: During the e-mail exchanges in 2009, Kalichman had at one time sent (as Kalichman, not as Newton) some information intended for essentially all of his correspondents, and had — surely by mistake — included among the addressees not only me but also a psychologist in this university’s Psych Department; which explained for me how Kalichman/Newton had gleaned such inside information as that I had been a quite well-regarded Dean. Could Kalichman have used that contact to find ways to infiltrate my university accounts??

At any rate, I needed to find out how on earth “Joseph Newton” had appeared as the header on those Ebola articles. So I sent a query to Interlibrary Loan Services.

The reply was reassuring: There is a man named Joseph Newton working in our Storage Facility.

Some people might regard this as an astonishingly improbable coincidence. But I’ve had the benefit of personal instruction by more than one distinguished probabilist and have long understood that there’s nothing at all objectively remarkable about such coincidences, no matter how subjectively striking they may seem; see pp. 59-63 and 213-4 in Science or Pseudoscience: Magnetic Healing, Psychic Phenomena, and Other Heterodoxies (University of Illinois Press, 2001).

“Newton” is not so common a name, but it isn’t all that uncommon either. My eccentric interest of longest standing is Nessie, the Loch Ness “Monster”, one of the iconic cryptids studied by cryptozoology; and one of the compendia of cryptozoology is authored by a Michael Newton — Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide to Hidden Animals and Their Pursuers.
What’s more, that book was published by McFarland, who also published my last two books.
More “coincidence”.

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Hidden in plain view: Disproof of HIV/AIDS theory

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/08/07

Several devastating flaws in mainstream HIV/AIDS theory are plainly to be seen in the mainstream literature and the public domain, yet HIV/AIDS proponents and media coverage manage to ignore and thereby suppress them.

Perhaps most striking are the 1990-95 publications from Montagnier’s lab [1] which demonstrated that “HIV” is harmless and that CD4 cells are damaged only by mycoplasma(s) present in sera of people suffering from “AIDS”. The involvement of mycoplasmas was confirmed independently by Lo [2].

Further confirmation came from Bernton et al. [3] who found that the neurotoxicity of “HIV isolates” was owing to mycoplasmas and not to “HIV”. No matter this never-refuted report, HIV/AIDS enthusiasts continue to talk about “HIV-associated” dementia which, if not brought on by mycoplasmas, could also be blamed on toxic antiretroviral drugs [4].

Pease [5] pointed out that mycoplasmas are ubiquitous, are eminently capable of causing illnesses, and that electron micrographs of “HIV isolates” show mycoplasma-like particles.

These facts no doubt underlie Montagnier’s frequent assertions that healthy immune systems can readily repulse any attacks from “HIV”.
It seems truly remarkable that the suppression of facts unwelcome to the HIV/AIDS orthodoxy can be so effective that it even silences the heretical statements of a person who had been awarded a Nobel Prize for his work on “HIV”, never mind the never-questioned or refuted publications demonstrating the involvement of mycoplasmas in “AIDS”.

 

 

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[1a] Lemaître et al., “Protective activity of tetracycline analogs against the cytopathic effect of the human immunodeficiency viruses in CEM cells”, Research in Virology, 141 (1990) 5-16
[1b] Lemaître et al., “Role of mycoplasma infection in the cytopathic effect induced by human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in infected cell lines”, Infection and Immunity, 60 (1992) 742-8
[1c] Blanchard & Montagnier, “AIDS-associated mycoplasmas”, Annual Review of Microbiology, 48 (1994) 687-712
[1c] Grau et al., “Association of Mycoplasma penetrans with human immunodeficiency virus infection”, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 172 (1995) 672-81
[2a] S-C Lo, “Mycoplasmas and AIDS”, pp. 525-45 in Maniloff et al. (eds.), Mycoplasmas: molecular biology and pathogenesis, American Society for Microbiology (1992)
[2b] Wang et al., “Mycoplasma penetrans infection in male homosexuals with AIDS: high seroprevalence and association with Kaposi’s Sarcoma”, Clinical Infectious Diseases, 17 (1993) 724-9
[3] Bernton et al., “No direct neuronotoxicity by HIV-1 virions or culture fluids from HIV-1-infected T cells or monocytes”, AIDS Research & Human Retroviruses, 8 (1992) 495-503.
[4] Gonzalez-Duart et al., “Selected neurologic complications of HIV and antiretroviral therapy”, PRN Notebook, 11 (#2, 2006) 24-9
[5] Phyllis E. Pease, AIDS, Cancer and Arthritis: A New Perspective, London: Jigsaw Design and Print Ltd., 2005; ISBN 09550-5670-5

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HIV/AIDS makes for happy work

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/08/03

On July 17 over eastern Ukraine, a missile shot down a Malaysian aeroplane carrying nearly 300 passengers, some of them in transit to Australia for the International AIDS Conference.

The Colbert Report (Comedy Channel TV) of July 21 quoted one of the organizers of that AIDS Conference: through the deaths of these people “the normally ‘cheerful mood’ at the AIDS Conferences will now be absent”.

Thus, commented Colbert, the Russian separatists who shot down that aeroplane have managed to make AIDS depressing (as it had not been earlier, presumably).

This gallows humor points to a significant aspect of contemporary research, very much including medical science: Researchers are far removed from the impact and wider significance of what they do.
Not that they are in a traditional Ivory Tower, because that imagined people driven by nothing but an interest in plain truth. Today’s researchers are just employees, hired hands, doing what they’re paid to do, “theirs not to reason why” *. Their “truth” is a very narrow one, restricted to what works in their test-tubes, even if that has no direct application outside those tubes and even if the results make no sense outside the tubes because the work is too oversimplified, not representative of the real-world issue to which it is supposed to apply. A drug might kill a pathogen very nicely in a tube, for example, but it might also have toxic “side” effects that make it useless in medical practice.

Today’s universal measure of value is not truth value but economic value.
Academic researchers are judged by their own university according to how much grant money they bring in.
Within drug companies, no one has the job of making overall judgments, whether aims and projects serve anything except the companies’ profitability. Technical staff and sales people do their jobs without concern for the wider or ultimate significance of what they do. CEOs are answerable only to their shareholders.
Drug companies are evaluated by how great their profits are. Hospitals are for-profit. Doctors are increasingly hired hands within clinics and large (and bureaucratic) “health-care organizations”.
There is no work done on vaccines against Ebola virus because there’s not enough potential profit in it.

National economic growth in the United States is welcomed universally as a good thing, even as a major part of it comes from health-care costs increasing at 4 times the rate for everything else for several decades without improvement in health outcomes compared to other countries.

People at International AIDS Conferences can have a grand old time, even while millions of people continue to be misled about what it means to be “HIV-positive” and to be consigned to toxic “treatment” by antiretroviral drugs.
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* If you don’t recognize the phrase, please look up Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade”

 

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OFFICIAL: NOTHING is KNOWN about HIV/AIDS

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/07/27

The mainstream literature reveals quite clearly that essentially nothing is known or understood about “HIV” or about “AIDS”; but to appreciate these revelations one must be prepared sometimes to read more or less between the lines.

A fine opportunity for that was provided by the recent 20th International AIDS Conference. The lack of knowledge is not admitted overtly but it clearly underlies what the HIV/AIDS protagonists regard as grist for further research funding. For example, When will there be a cure?
“‘We have plenty of data telling us we can make progress,’ said Françoise Barré-Sinoussi . . . . But she’s not foolish enough to give a timetable. She recalled predictions in the mid-1980s that a vaccine would be relatively simple to design. As of now, of course, there is still no vaccine even close to clinical availability.”

30 years of promises, announced breakthroughs later retracted, and other “progress” haven’t gotten anywhere.

What needs to be known?
“Which cells are targets? How do they work? Are there antibodies that can be manipulated? How? What cells can harbor latent HIV? Can they be located and destroyed?”

“[W]e don’t know how to eradicate the virus. We don’t know all its hiding places. And we don’t have good tools to measure it even in the hiding places we know about.”

And of course the central question remains, how on Earth “HIV” is supposed to destroy the immune system. No credible mechanism has been discovered during these 30+ years (section 1.3 in The Case against HIV).

One doesn’t know whether to laugh or to cry in recalling Robert Gallo’s assertion a couple of decades ago: “We probably know more about how HIV produces its pathology than
about the pathological mechanism of virtually any other microbe” (p. 296 in Virus Hunting: AIDS, Cancer, and the Human Retrovirus: A Story of Scientific Discovery, 1991).

As to the Mississippi baby that had been thought to have been cured by massive antiretroviral treatment starting at birth, a couple of years later she was found to be still (or again!?) “infected”. More conundrums:
Ø The child had no detectable immune response to HIV before the rebound. What was keeping the virus at bay?
Ø Sensitive tests could find no latent virus. Where was HIV hiding?
Ø What triggered the rebound?

Dissidents, of course, DO understand what’s going on. There’s no such thing as “HIV infection”. “HIV+” is a very non-specific biomarker for a number of conditions, chiefly those associated with weakened immune systems involving CD4 cells; but not only those: for example, pregnancy is a “risk factor” for testing “HIV+” (section 3.2.2.5 in The Case against HIV).

HIV/AIDS theory rests on the ignorant mistake that is so prevalent, notably in medical “research”: confusing an association with a causal relationship. “AIDS” victims often tested “HIV+” because some or many of the conditions umbrella’d under “AIDS” are associated with weakened immune systems and the propensity to test “HIV+”.

By construing positive tests as signs of infection, mainstream researchers are chasing phantoms, inevitably turning up conundrums and mysteries and enigmas, endlessly chasing red herrings and wild geese. Browse the rich crop of absurdities generated in this way.

Nothing about HIV/AIDS theory makes sense or fits the evidence, but the mainstream continues its insane pursuits: insane because they keep repeating the same blunder-based activities and expecting that somehow there will be a different result, that understanding instead of conundrums will somehow pop up.

 

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Manslaughter by PreEposure Prophylaxis

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/07/13

The HIV/AIDS Establishment — Big Pharma, NIAID, etc. etc. — is assiduously promulgating the idea that healthy individuals who engage in sex should imbibe highly toxic substances so that they will be less likely to become “HIV-positive”.

This illustrates how true believers and those with vested interests are able to bias clinical trials to deliver desired results even when much earlier data already established that the desired results cannot have been obtained honestly:  for example, several trials of tenofovir to prevent “HIV infection” managed to report that serious adverse events from tenofovir were no more common than from placebo, even as it has long been established that tenofovir causes kidney failure and other harm.

Since this illustrates general flaws in medicine and science, I posted the full analysis on my scimedskeptic blog rather than here; see When prophecy fails.

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