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Antiretroviral drugs: Reading between the lines about toxicity

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/04/01

All attempts to vaccinate against “HIV” have failed, despite Gallo’s three-decade-old promise of a vaccine within a couple of years.
All attempts to prevent “HIV infection” by means of microbicides have failed despite a couple of decades of attempts.

Unbiased observers might well infer that there is something wrong with HIV/AIDS theory.

Biased observers and interested parties, on the other hand, might experience cognitive dissonance and continue to put more of their efforts into “managing HIV infection”. Indeed, prominent spokespeople like AIDS-Tsar Anthony Fauci have been crowing for quite some time about the wonders of contemporary antiretroviral treatment which has allegedly turned the dreaded disease into a manageable, chronic ailment.

On the other hand, most “HIV-positive” individuals tell quite a different story, as do the official Treatment Guidelines, provided one reads between the lines of those Guidelines and notes that they are revised several times a year, that once-recommended treatment protocols get de-recommended and even recommended-against as time goes by, and that the Guidelines are replete with descriptions of hideous “side” effects of all the drugs and their combinations and their interactions with other medications — see “Antiretroviral drugs lead to normal life?”

Another instance of needing to read between the lines about antiretroviral drugs comes in the recent hyping of HIV/AIDS “cure research”:

Congressman Henry Waxman meets on Cure for HIV
Those taking “HIV treatment medications . . . are saddled with side effects and can die at a higher rate than non-HIV people. . . . David O’Dell . . . reported on his 27-year battle with HIV/AIDS [including] . . . . his many ongoing side effects of medications and complications from the HIV, including a stroke and extreme neuropathy, due to general inflammation caused by HIV and the treatment medications themselves have resulted in disability requiring governmental financial assistance. This was gripping testimony about a stark life with what is popularly called a ‘chronic controllable disease’ or the ‘new HIV normal.’”

Antiretroviral treatment does not make for a normal life and normal life-span, no matter the ballyhoo in advertisements by drug companies and in public statements by the likes of Fauci.
Furthermore, the “complications from the HIV” and “general inflammation caused by HIV” are ascribed to HIV only since the advent of antiretroviral drugs; there is no genuine evidence that HIV causes general inflammation, it is a speculation invented only because researchers have been unable to find a mechanism by which HIV can do what it is alleged to do.

A similar acknowledgement of the horrors of antiretroviral treatment is hidden in plain view in the Press Release from the International AIDS Society about “New cure HIV research”:
“HIV-infected individuals who harbour drug-susceptible virus, who have access to antiretroviral drugs, who can tolerate the drug side effects, toxicities, and other complications, and who are able to adhere to therapy can maintain control of HIV infection indefinitely. . . .
[One may wonder how many “HIV-positive” individuals satisfy all those caveats]
[T]hese therapies have limitations. They do not eradicate HIV, requiring people to remain on expensive and potentially toxic drugs for life. They do not fully restore health as patients still experience co-morbidities such as increased cardiovascular disease, bone disorders or cognitive impairment” [emphases added].

So cure research is certainly called for, with the sky the limit in terms of the resources that should be devoted to it:
“NIH recently awarded the Martin Delaney Collaboratories, large grants for research toward a cure, as well as a series of targeted funding initiatives to support this area of research. These programs are in addition to the substantial portfolio of ongoing basic and clinical HIV research of research related to the elimination of viral reservoirs and other research toward a cure.
Other traditional government-based funders of biomedical research like the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and viral hepatitis (ANRS), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the United Kingdom are also increasing their commitment to cure research, and a number of non-government groups are raising and spending considerable amounts of money on cure research. Many of the pharmaceutical companies that invested heavily in antiretroviral drugs are now also allocating some of their resources to address this question.
The investment now going to cure research is substantial but almost certainly not
sufficient”[emphasis added; researchers are not known to consider resources and investments sufficient, no matter how large they happen to be].

And once again, reading between lines may raise some eyebrows:
“ The profound regulatory issues that surround the testing of novel drugs (many with high potential for toxicities) in a population that is generally doing well will need to be addressed, and a regulatory pathway for advancing candidate therapies through the clinical trial process identified;
 Strong community support is needed to advocate against complacency and to ensure that patients and their communities are fully engaged and informed about the risks and benefits of curative studies” [emphases added].

The second point acknowledges that “cure” research is risky, something that might not seem obvious to the uninitiated. The first point says that some way must be found to sidestep the normal regulations that safeguard human subjects from being enticed into dangerous trials that may not offer them any benefit. My guess would be that ways will be found to carry out such trials in Africa.

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The HIV assault on women and children

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/03/31

“HIV” tests do not detect an infectious agent (section 3.1 in The Case against HIV).

Innumerable conditions cause “false positives” (section 3.2 in The Case against HIV), notably pregnancy.
Transmission of “HIV” from mother to child, dogmatically accepted in mainstream practice, has never been proven actually to occur (section 3.3.4 in The Case against HIV).

Despite these facts, pregnant women are routinely subjected to “HIV” tests, and if “HIV-positive” they and their babies are then forced to take highly toxic antiretroviral drugs whose “side” effects are legion and highly damaging (section 5.3 in The Case against HIV); babies, even if drugged for only a short period, are likely to suffer permanently because antiretroviral drugs cause irreparable damage to mitochondria (section 5.3.3.1 in The Case against HIV).

In most places, laws and social workers and health-care workers make it impossible for women to fend off these damaging assaults on themselves and their children. Sometimes the children are even taken away from their parents if the latter try to resist having their children poisoned.

Graphic personal stories of several such women are presented in the recent documentary, I won’t go quietly. Short  and  long trailers can be viewed on YouTube.

Fanatical ideologies and willful ignorance
are WMDs — weapons of mass destruction
that are politically and socially countenanced and wielded.

HIV/AIDS theory is a fanatical ideology,
and willful ignorance is exemplified
by the dogmatic acceptance of “HIV-positive”
as indicating infection by a fatal retrovirus
and the refusal to recognize healthy pregnancy
as a risk factor for testing “HIV-positive”.

“HIV” testing constitutes a WMD directed at everyone,
but affecting prominently all women and children.

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HPV insanity

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/03/23

Number of Americans living with HPV: 79,100,000 (M and F about equally)
Number of new HPV infections annually: 14,100,000
(for 2008, cited in CDC Fact Sheet “Incidence, Prevalence, and Cost of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States”, February 2013)

In 2010 (the most recent year numbers are available)
11,818 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer.

So the risk of developing cervical cancer if infected with HPV is roughly 12,000 out of ~40 million (only women get cervical cancer)
In what sense can it be said meaningfully that HPV causes cervical cancer, if that happens to one HPV-infected woman in every 3000?

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Not only is the incidence of cervical cancer low compared to most other cancers, it has also declined steadily for many decades: from 14.79 per 100,000 in 1975 to 6.71 in 2010 (SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2010). Between 2001 and 2010, incidence decreased steadily at 1.9% per year (Gynecologic Cancers).

Despite the steady decrease in incidence of cervical cancer, official recommendations are that pre-puberty girls be vaccinated — a practice that carries more risks of harm than possible benefit:
CDC mongers fear and hawks deadly vaccineGardasil and Cervarix: Vaccination insanity

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“HIV” may be a role model for wrong inferences based on mistaken confusion of correlation with causation. (Refresher: Correlation never proves causation.)
Because “HIV-positive” is found in a great variety of conditions, “HIV” is being blamed for an increasing range of ailments, many of which are actually caused by antiretroviral drugs, for example heart failure — see The Case against HIV,  sections 3.2, 4.3, 5, 6.1
So HPV too is being credited with causing more and more things.
First there was a campaign to treat boys as well as girls with anti-HPV vaccine so that they would be less likely to suffer from genital warts, a practice whose risk/benefit ratio is even less desirable than for women and cervical cancer. Bear in mind that, once again, all that’s known is that there appears to be a correlation between some strains of HPV and genital warts.
Then “studies” have found that “HPV also has been associated with . . . vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and some head and neck cancers” (The Link Between HPV and Non-Cervical Cancers).

Here’s another pertinent fact about statistics and correlations. The typical criterion of significance used by sociologists and medical researchers is p < 0.05, meaning that there is a 5% chance or less that the apparent correlation has no significance. Very roughly speaking, that means 5 of every 100 apparent correlations are purely random, chance occurrences.
Look at that another way. Assume there are a number of variables, and each is tested against each of the others to see whether there is a correlation. Purely by chance, 5% of all the tests will appear to show a correlation that is, however, spurious.
In other words: If a study tests 100 possible correlations and finds 5 statistically significant correlations, then all 5 are most probably spurious.
One trouble is that research articles report their “statistically significant” correlations, but don’t alert the reader to how many possible correlations were considered.

“HPV is a group of more than 100 related viruses” but only 2 — HPV 16 and 18 — are said to cause cervical cancer, or rather “about 70 percent of all cervical cancers”.
If just 40 strains of HPV had been tested for possible correlation with cervical cancer, purely by chance there would appear to be 2 correlations, spurious correlations.

Once an unwarranted theory has become mainstream, further research will turn up any number of intriguing things — intriguing because they make no sense. With HPV, for example, because there are so many strains one can come up with really mind-boggling results clearly demanding further research and research grants (HPV vaccines may be less effective in African American women, researchers find):
“Among women with mild cervical dysplasia, or early precancerous cells:
African American women: HPV types 33, 35, 58, 68
White women: HPV 16, 18, 56, 39, 66
Among women with moderate to severe cervical dysplasia, or advanced precancerous cells:
African American women: HPV types 31, 35, 45, 56, 58, 66, 68
White women: HPV 16, 18, 33, 39, 59”.

Since the presumption is that “mild cervical dysplasia, or early precancerous cells” lead to “moderate to severe cervical dysplasia, or advanced precancerous cells” on the way to actual cervical cancer, isn’t it intriguing (= makes no sense) that not the same sets of strains are “associated” with the first conditions as with the second?

What are the odds that these findings will be repeatable?
More likely, later studies will find equally spurious correlations with other strains.

And by the way: What inspiration was behind the hypothesis that cervical cancers would be caused by different strains of HPV in white women and in African-American women?

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I had been stimulated into this sidetrack into HPV and associated vaccines by something that popped up on my Goggle HIV Alert:

HIV drug used to reverse effects of virus that causes cervical cancer

This seemed so bizarre that I followed the suggestion that “For further information, please contact Alison Barbuti, Media Relations Officer | Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences | The University of Manchester Tel: +44(0)161 275 8383 Email: alison.barbuti@manchester.ac.uk”

An immediate response came that since I was not a journalist, my request had been forwarded to the authors. One of them e-mailed immediately that the material would be sent as soon as they were back home. That was a month ago. My paranoia is showing again: maybe they looked at my website and didn’t like my attitude toward HIV and antiretroviral drugs?
After all, for lopinavir (LPV) — the “HIV drug” of the title of the press release —one finds in the literature that all protease inhibitors have the following “side” effects (Table 13 in Treatment Guidelines, updated 12 February 2013):
Bleeding events
Cardiovascular disease
(Associated with MI and stroke in some cohort studies. . . .) . . . LPV/r: PR interval prolongation. Risks include structural heart disease, conduction system abnormalities, cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, and coadministration with drugs that prolong PR interval.
Gastrointestinal (GI) effects
GI intolerance (e.g., diarrhea, nausea, vomiting); Diarrhea: . . . LPV/r > DRV/r and ATV/r
Hepatic effects
All PIs: Drug-induced hepatitis and hepatic decompensation (and rare cases of fatalities) have been reported with all PIs to varying degrees
Lipodystrophy
Trunk fat increase . . . ; however, causal relationship has not been established.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)/ toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN)
. . . LPV/r . . . : Reported cases

For LPV specifically (Lopinavir + Ritonavir LPV/r)/Kaletra:
“GI intolerance, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; Pancreatitis; Asthenia [weakness]; Hyperlipidemia (especially hypertriglyceridemia); Serum transaminase elevation; Hyperglycemia; Insulin resistance/diabetes mellitus; Fat maldistribution; Possible increased bleeding episodes in patients with hemophilia; PR interval prolongation; QT interval prolongation and torsades de pointes have been reported; however, causality could not be established”.

Again with “HIV” as role model, the idea appears to be to administer dangerous drugs in absence of any substantial and proven risk.

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Babies, antiretroviral drugs, heart trouble

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/03/06

“HIV” is held responsible for innumerable ills labeled “HIV-associated” (4.3.4 in The Case against HIV), essentially anything that produces a positive “HIV” test-result. Of such false-positive “HIV” test-results there are scores of examples (3.1.7.3, 3.1.8, 3.2 in The Case against HIV). 

Many of the published articles fail to specify whether or not the described patients were on antiretroviral treatment, making it impossible for discerning readers to test the obvious possibility that the ills were caused by the antiretroviral drugs rather than by the “HIV”: All antiretroviral drugs have notably toxic “side” effects (section 5 and particularly 5.3 in The Case against HIV).

What’s more, prominent pundits like specialist medical correspondents at prominent media fail to understand this elementary point. Here’s a recent illustration brought to my attention by an independent investigative journalist who directs the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism:

“The chief New York Times HIV-AIDS Industry propagandist, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. has struck again, re-writing another Industry press release.
Heart Problems Linked to Those Born With H.I.V.

Donald has really outdone himself this time. Read the first paragraph of his story: ‘Children born with HIV are more likely to have heart problems later in life, even if they are treated early with antiretroviral drugs, a recent study has found’.

Now, read it again and pay extra close attention to these words: ‘…even if they are treated early with antiretroviral drugs.’

Even if !!! How could anybody–even Donald–be so dense as to miss the point that it’s the drugs, stupid, that cause the heart problems!

If it weren’t so serious, it would be funny.

Here’s the link to the ‘study’ which does at least allude to the role of the ARV’s….”

In fact, that original article acknowledges quite plainly that at least part of the cardiovascular risk stems from the antiretroviral drugs: “increased aggregate atherosclerotic CVD risk factor burden . . . [was] predicted by HIV disease severity and boosted protease inhibitor use . . . .
prolonged exposure to HIV and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has been associated with long-term complications. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, including hyperlipidemia, lipodystrophy, diabetes, and hypertension have increased in prevalence and severity with the advent of HAART.” [emphases added].
McNeil’s NY Times piece fails to acknowledge this significant aspect of the original article, which even mentions a dose-response effect of the antiretroviral drugs: “risk factor burden . . . . included longer duration of use of a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor” [emphasis added].

Failure to emphasize the harm done to babies by antiretroviral drugs is particularly culpable because it seems to be becoming fashionable to believe that “HIV-positive” babies can be “cured” by early intensive antiretroviral treatment (Early treatment is found to clear H.I.V. in a 2nd baby). Yet it has been known for decades that “HIV-positive” babies are most likely just carrying “HIV” antibodies transferred from the mother, and most “HIV-positive” newborns spontaneously revert to “HIV”-negative within a year (pp. 97-9 in The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory).

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Russian petition

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/02/16

A comment  to my post on “Progress in Rethinking AIDS”  mentioned a petition by a Russian group. That group had organized an Alternative HIV/AIDS Conference in 2008 in Ekaterinaburg. One of the organizers, Irina Sazonova, has sent the following furter information.

(I recall that Russian TV had given excellent coverage  to the Alternative HIV/AIDS Conference in Vienna in 2010 organized by Uta Santos-König and Christian Fiala).

One of the members of the Russian group sent the following:

“This is petition, which made up of HIV + people with whom I corresponded and organized in http://vk.com/vichnet http://vk.com/spida_net
Four years ago, I and Nadezda Hramova (she also performed at our conference) offered to meet HIV + victims of AIDS medicine.
They organized yet two conference (correct to say meeting HIV + ) , there was Ageev, Avdusin and Dmitrevskij. I do not participate, because while I had a holiday and I was in Hungary.
Yes, this resolution contains mostly our resolution from the Ekaterinburg Conference.

Unfortunately, now I can not now made translation.
importantly there is:

1. Cancel, repealed the law of the Russian Federation dated March 30, 1995 № 38 – FZ “On the Prevention of Spread of the disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus ( HIV ) ” due to the absence of infectious AIDS epidemic based on coined the term HIV and illegitimacy its application in the framework of the Constitution of the Russian Federation .
2 . Initiate the establishment of an independent commission to study the facts refuting immunodeficiency virus nature and the recognition of insolvency theory of AIDS.
3 . Prohibit the use of chemicals in ARV treatment regimens affected persons and their use as prophylaxis because of their devastating effects on the human body.
4 . Prohibit testing for HIV existing test systems due to the unreliability of their results , remove from the dispensary of all patients registered on the books early HIV infection , and encourage them to a comprehensive survey of the state of health clinics and other medical institutions of the Russian Federation.
5 . Discontinue the AIDS centers , usurping the function of punishing , to compel the inhabitants , including a healthy , highly toxic poison to violent drugs whose work does not lead to the preservation of human health and the destruction of families and threatens the well-being of society as a whole .
6. Prohibit any advocacy on HIV / AIDS epidemic in the media.

https://secure.avaaz.org/ru/petition/Predsedatelyu_komiteta_GosDumy_RF_po_ohrane_zdorovya_Kalashnikovu_SV_Prekratit_genocid_provodimyy_pod_vidom_borby_s_lzhi/?twEHUgb
I signed and send my colleagues and friends. If you think it possible to sign, subscribe please! Tell, please, to all our friends that this right resolution (very solid and accurate petition).”

Another member of the group added, in an e-mail to David Crowe:

“David Yes, Of course, it is the same group and we all are very grateful to Irina Mikhaylovna Sazonova and Vladimir Vladimirovich Ageev (professor, pathologist), Andrey Dmitrievskiy (a journalist) and others for their support, for their courage, for the fact that they are not afraid to express their opinion in the country, although their lives may be in danger. After the conference in Yekaterinburg the HIV dissidents idea became very popular in Russia, people, mostly of course, victims of AIDS industry, wake up and started fighting. Irina Mikhailovna is the person who saved a lot of people, lot of children from poisoning with AZT. There are some local organizations that support us. We are very glad that you are also supporting us.”

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