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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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HOW does HIV kill the immune system?

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2013/12/24

An alien from another planet, or a naïve believer in the objective nature of science, might imagine that the central, single most important issue of HIV/AIDS theory is the mechanism by which HIV does what it is supposed to do, namely, destroy the CD4 T-cells whose subsequent absence leaves the unfortunate host helpless against opportunistic infections like Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia or candidiasis.

“We probably know more about how HIV produces its pathology than about the pathological mechanism of virtually any other microbe”, Robert Gallo asserted already in 1991 (p. 296 in Virus Hunting: AIDS, Cancer, and the Human Retrovirus: A Story of Scientific Discovery).
That alien and that naïve observer would naturally conclude that by 1991 it was fully understood, how HIV kills T-cells. As a stark matter of fact, though, two decades after Gallo’s assertion, it remains an unsolved enigma, how HIV could possibly do what HIV/AIDS theory demands of it.

Duesberg [1] first posed the conundrum of how HIV could damage the immune system when it is present in only 0.1-1 % of the lymphocytes it supposedly kills, and is expressed in only 1% of those in which it is present. There have been many imaginative speculations about how the tiny minority of infected cells could somehow cause the whole immune system to collapse [2], but those have been countered by Duesberg [3], and in any case none of the suggested mechanisms has been established by actual evidence. A continually updated website [4] mentions a number of possibilities, again none of which has been definitively established.
The current consensus, such as it is, seems to be that cells are killed by an unspecified “bystander” mechanism under conditions of “chronic inflammation” or “chronic activation”. In absence of any specific description of actual processes, those phrases deserve to be described and dismissed as “hand-waving”, the scientific euphemism for bullshit [5], utterances made without regard for their possible truth value. Insofar as chronic activation or inflammation might be interpreted as a high rate of turnover of immune-system cells, it should be recalled that this notion — the basis for introducing combination antiretroviral therapy, Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Treatment, in the mid-1990s — was shown to be faulty [6].

In any case, as of December 2013, after three decades of belief that HIV kills the immune system, there is no agreement over how it could possibly do so. Thus “Despite more than three decades of study, the precise mechanism(s) underlying the demise of CD4 T cells during HIV infection remains poorly understood and has been highlighted as one of the key questions in HIV research” [7].
Note that the common scientific euphemism “poorly understood” stands for “completely unknown”.

Such a stunning admission of the failure of HIV/AIDS theory is, of course, made only in the context of putting forward a new proposed mechanism, in this case “pyroptosis triggered by abortive viral infection”, which also raises “the possibility of a new class of ‘anti-AIDS’ therapeutics targeting the host rather than the virus” [8].

This latest breakthrough was significant enough to be broadcast to the media even before the actual publications had appeared. [8] was even marked “NOT FINAL PROOF”. Observers of the cutthroat competitiveness in research will also note the skill with which much the same work has been published simultaneously in Nature and in Science, and how the media fell right in by parroting the extravagant claim: “How HIV destroys immune cells” [9] — forgetting, apparently, that half a year earlier an entirely different mechanism and potential treatment had been ballyhooed: “Scientists discover how HIV kills immune cells; findings have implications for HIV treatment” [10].

Fauci pronounced the pyroptosis stuff “really elegant science . . . . It goes a long way to explaining what has been an enigma for practically 30 years” — acknowledging once again that the mainstream hasn’t had a clue for 30 years about the central issue in HIV/AIDS theory; and “going a long way” remains far from actually reaching a goal.

Not that this new understanding, with its implication of an entirely new approach to treatment, would actually supersede anything: “Fauci said such an approach would not replace antiretrovirals (ARVs), which suppress HIV replication and halt disease progression. But it could be used in combination in people who are dealing with highly resistant HIV strains . . . . One of the things about blocking the host response is that it’s very difficult for the virus to mutate to counteract it” [9a].

The lead investigator on the pyroptosis work was suitably modest even as he raised highly unlikely possibilities: “If we get rid of chronic inflammation, will we stop the homeostatic proliferation and degrade the latent reservoir? . . . If it does, caspase-1 inhibitors might — and I emphasize might — become a component of a curative cocktail”.

No matter, really. Ample grounds here for lots more research and the associated research funds.

I venture a prediction: None of these hopes and possibilities will pan out, and nothing more will be heard about them in the future.

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[1] Peter H. Duesberg, “Retroviruses as carcinogens and pathogens: Expectations and reality”, Cancer Research, 47 (1987)1199-1220
[2]Anthony A. Fauci, “The Human Immunodeficiency Virus: Infectivity and mechanisms of pathogenesis”, Science, 239 (1988) 617-22; Alfred S. Evans, “Does HIV cause AIDS? An historical perspective”, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2 (1989) 107-13
[3] Duesberg, “Does HIV cause AIDS?”, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 2 (1989) 514-7
[4] http://www.microbiologybytes.com/virology/AIDSI.html
[5] Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit, Princeton University Press, 2005
[6] Craddock, “HIV: Science by press conference”, pp. 127-30 in AIDS: Virus or Drug-Induced?, Kluwer, 1996; Duesberg & Bialy, “Duesberg and the right of reply according to Maddox-Nature”, pp. 241-70 in AIDS: Virus or Drug-Induced?, Kluwer, 1996; Roederer, “Getting to the HAART of T cell dynamics”, Nature Medicine, 4 (1998) 145-6; Yates et al., “Understanding the slow depletion of memory CD4+ T cells in HIV infection”, PLoS Medicine, 4 (2007) e177
[7] Monroe et al., “IFI16 DNA sensor is required for death of lymphoid CD4 T cells abortively infected with HIV”, Sciencexpress, http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/recent / 19 December 2013 / Page 1/ 10.1126/science.1243640
[8] Doitsh et al., “Cell death by pyroptosis drives CD4 T-cell depletion in HIV-1 infection”, Nature, 2013, doi:10.1038/nature12940
[9] 19 December 2013: [a] Dan Cossins, The Scientist; http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38739/title/How-HIV-Destroys-Immune-Cells;
[b] Anna Azvolinsky, “HIV’s killer tactics revealed, new therapy approach found”, http://www.livescience.com/42101-how-hiv-kills-white-blood-cells-self-destruction.html;
and more
[10] 5 June 2013, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130605144435.htm

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The Case Against HIV — Online

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2013/12/08

Recently (23 October) I posted a document, “The Case Against HIV”, which lists the many reasons why HIV/AIDS theory is plainly wrong, backed by more than 850 source references.

I invited comments, suggestions, corrections, additions. Doing that is now much more convenient thanks to the dedicated efforts of the RA Webmaster who has converted the document to HTML with its own domain: http://thecaseagainsthiv.net/. There is a prominent COMMENTS button; and locating the source references for each item is infinitely more convenient via links than in the PDF document.

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Beware official reports: WHO “informing” about HIV in Greece

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2013/11/26

A cousin had sent me this link:

“Report: Half of new HIV cases in Greece from 2009-2011 self-inflicted to get benefits”
“A case study contained within a lengthy World Health Organization report reviewing the health inequities among European countries said Greeks may be contracting HIV intentionally in order to go on public assistance.
According to the ‘case study’ contained in the report ‘Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region: final report,’ while suicides, homicide, and thefts increased during the Greek economic crisis, so too did the rate of HIV infection — about half of which the report says were likely self-inflicted to obtain benefits.
. . . .
‘HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug substitution programs’.”

Knowing better than to accept such second-hand accounts, I went to the WHO report itself, readily available by Googling its title. Sure enough, on p. 157:
“HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month and faster admission on to drug- substitution programmes”.
But there was no source cited for this statement, even though the WHO Report boasts a total of 782 references. The references (609-611) closest to this statement did not mention the allegation.
So I started to compose this blog post.

But when I returned to the Daily Caller source to quote from it, it had been updated:
“WHO recognizes that there is no evidence suggesting that deliberate self-infection with HIV goes beyond a few anecdotal cases . . .
Media Matters notes  that the WHO’s analysis on the rate of self-inflicted HIV is likely a misrepresentation of a report on Greece that appeared in The Lancet . . . noting the possibility for ‘a few’ people to self-inflicted [sic] HIV as a way to obtain benefits.”

Indeed, the Lancet report (378 [2013] 1457-8) says, “Many new HIV infections are also linked to an increase in prostitution (and associated unsafe sex).22 An authoritative report described accounts of deliberate self-infection by a few individuals to obtain access to benefits of €700 per month and faster admission onto drug substitution programmes.22”
That reference 22 contains (p. 4) this statement:
“8. An additional factor the committee believed worth considering is the well-founded
suspicion that some problem users are intentionally infected with HIV, because of
the benefit they are entitled to (approximately € 1,400 every two months), and
also because they are granted “exceptional admission” to the Substitution
Programme. It is well-known that the Substitution Programme has a long waiting list
and that the waiting time can be over 3-4 years. Drug users with a severe chronic
condition jump the queue and are admitted in a short period of time” [emphasis in the original].

The WHO Report actually cites this Lancet article, as reference 32, in an entirely different connection. Since it was cited, it had presumably been read by someone who had a hand in drafting the WHO Report.

Many things are wrong with the way this and other official reports are generated. Many people have something to do with them — far too many people. An official report is what happens when typically unidentified staffers convert a request from on high into a document that has to meet the purposes of propaganda in support of corporate agendas and corporate self-aggrandizement. The raison d’être of a report from WHO, UNESCO, the International Panel on Climate Change, the International Monetary Fund, etc., etc., etc., is not the dissemination of useful information, it is bureaucratic self-promotion and the providing of paid employment to a host of personnel and contractors. For a lengthier disquisition together with analyses of Reports from the World Bank, UNAIDS, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, see chapter 8 in Dogmatism in Science and Medicine.
In the present instance, a “well-founded suspicion” that some drug addicts deliberately self-inflict with HIV became, in the WHO Report, the unequivocal statement that “about half of new HIV infections . . . [are] self-inflicted”.

WHO did issue a correction:
“In fact, what is accurate to say is that slightly more than half of the Greece’s new HIV cases are among those who inject drugs. WHO recognizes that there is no evidence suggesting that deliberate self-infection with HIV goes beyond a few anecdotal cases. The statement is the consequence of an error in the editing of the report, for which WHO apologizes.”

But this is nothing like an adequate response.
The apology is worth nothing because it accomplishes nothing, it doesn’t affect what remains in the Report. Will all copies of that Report be recalled and destroyed and a new version substituted?
Furthermore, it is obviously incorrect to blame an editing error for a statement that should never have been there in the first place. The correct information was in an article actually cited in another place in the WHO Report. To blame is the whole process by which this Report came into existence.
Among other things, that ludicrously, obviously wrong statement should have been caught by anyone who has even the most elementary and limited knowledge of the actual facts about HIV. For example, that drug addicts who share needles are less likely to become “HIV-positive” than those who don’t share needles (references at p. 86 in The Origin, Persistence and Failings of HIV/AIDS Theory); and that “HIV” is “distinctively difficult to transmit” (p. 131 in Robert Gallo, Virus hunting: AIDS, cancer, and the human retrovirus: a story of scientific discovery, Basic Books, 1991) — typically cited rates of transmission are on the order of a few per thousand acts of unprotected sex. So even if drug addicts want to contract “HIV”, it would be no easy matter for them to do so by sharing needles or practicing “unsafe sex”. On the other hand, they could always increase their chance of testing “HIV-positive” just by using drugs more intensively, because the drugs themselves can produce a positive result on “HIV” tests, as well as the illnesses that are said to characterize “AIDS”.

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Those who don’t remember their history…..

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2013/11/04

Those who don’t remember their history apparently includes individuals like Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe, cited in the Reuters story, “ Could concentrated HIV epidemics make AIDS unbeatable?”

“ HIV epidemics are becoming more concentrated in marginalized groups such as sex workers, drug users and gay men. . . . a U.N. expert said” .

Words fail me when these official expert envoys, and prominent news organizations, have apparently forgotten that “AIDS” and testing HIV+ was always concentrated among drug users and gay men; and among gay men, concentrated among those who abuse drugs; and among sex workers, concentrated among those who abuse drugs.

“ In MSM populations, there is no sign it has decreased,” he said. “ It has either been a stable number of new infections every year for 10 years, or it is an increasing trend. And this, in western Europe at least, is in the context of basically free and easy access to therapy and services.”

Exactly. Maybe there’s something wrong with the mainstream approach?

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