HIV/AIDS Skepticism

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Public Health Service of Italy accepts work of Ruggiero et al.

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2009/09/28

On 12 July 2009, this blog published a press release reporting the acceptance (on 3 June) by the journal Medical Hypotheses of an article by Professor Ruggiero and co-workers at the University of Florence pointing out that official policies of the Italian Ministry of Health implied a lack of necessary connection between HIV and AIDS [“Official Italian data: no causal connection between HIV and AIDS”, 12 July 2009].

Consternation ensued among HIV/AIDS vigilantes that so well established, indeed distinguished a research group had produced such a publication. AIDStruthers and other vigilantes organized a letter-writing campaign urging Elsevier — the current publisher of Medical Hypotheses — to withdraw this article which had already been posted on the journal’s website as “in press”. At the same time the letter-writing HIV/AIDS campaigners urged the withdrawal of an article by Duesberg et al. that had been accepted by Medical Hypotheses on 11 June, which pointed out that official South African statistics recorded AIDS deaths at about 12,000 annually while an article in JAIDS had alleged 25 times that number; Duesberg et al. noted too that JAIDS had refused to publish their rebuttal of the flawed article.

The HIV/AIDS vigilantes also sent letters to the National Library of Medicine urging that MEDLINE no longer abstract Medical Hypotheses.

Elsevier’s stated reasons why articles in press might nevertheless be withdrawn include “potentially libelous” content and “potential threat to global public health”. I invite anyone and everyone to judge for themselves whether either of those potentialities exists in those articles, and moreover to ponder what is common to those articles other than questioning HIV/AIDS theory on the basis of substantive evidence; and what about the articles warrants withdrawal after acceptance, by comparison to the 200+ articles still posted at the Medical Hypotheses website as “in press”.

Professor Ruggiero has now been able to point out that the Italian Ministry of Health has actually found helpful the work that he and his students have published, since they have revised some of their policies accordingly. Moreover, the Italian Public Health Service has officially recognized the work by making dissertations available from its website.

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From Professor Ruggiero:

“The theses of Drs. Simone Scarpelli, Matteo Prayer Galletti, and Elda Muca, previously discussed and approved by the University of Firenze, Italy, received official recognition by the Italian Public Health Service and they are now available at the Center for Study and Research on Drug Abuse and AIDS, a Department of the Public Health Service.
It is worth noting that the thesis of Dr. Matteo P. Galletti (now available at request at http://www.cesda.net, in Italian with an English abstract) was the starting point of the article in Medical Hypotheses (M. Ruggiero, M. P. Galletti, S. Pacini, T. Punzi, G. Morucci, M. Gulisano, “Aids denialism at the ministry of health” (doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.06.002), as stated in the article.
We are grateful to the Region of Tuscany and the Department of drug abuse of the Public Health Service for providing official recognition to the results.”

Screen shots of the relevant Web pages are attached below: click them (or double-click, depends on browser) for a full-size image. There is at the end a downloadable pdf of this blog post.

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Here is a PDF of this blog post.

Public Health Service of Italy accepts work of Ruggiero et al.

On 12 July 2009, this blog published a press release reporting the acceptance (on 3 June) by the journal Medical Hypotheses of an article by Professor Ruggiero and co-workers at the University of Florence pointing out that official policies of the Italian Ministry of Health implied a lack of necessary connection between HIV and AIDS [“Official Italian data: no causal connection between HIV and AIDS”, 12 July 2009].

Consternation ensued among HIV/AIDS vigilantes that so well established, indeed distinguished a research group had produced such a publication. AIDStruthers and other vigilantes organized a letter-writing campaign urging Elsevier — the current publisher of Medical Hypotheses — to withdraw this article which had already been posted on the journal’s website as “in press”. At the same time the letter-writing HIV/AIDS campaigners urged the withdrawal of an article that had been accepted by Medical Hypotheses on 11 June, by Duesberg et al., which pointed out that official South African statistics recorded AIDS deaths at about 12,000 annually while an article in JAIDS had alleged 25 times that number; Duesberg et al. noted too that JAIDS had refused to publish their rebuttal of the flawed article.

The HIV/AIDS vigilantes also sent letters to the National Library of Medicine urging that MEDLINE no longer abstract Medical Hypotheses.

Elsevier’s stated reasons why articles in press might nevertheless be withdrawn include “potentially libelous” content and “potential threat to global public health”. Professor Ruggiero has now been able to point out that the Italian Ministry of Health has actually found helpful the work that he and his students have published, since they have revised some of their policies accordingly. Moreover, the Italian Public Health Service has officially recognized the work by making dissertations available from its website.

From Professor Ruggiero:

“The theses of Drs. Simone Scarpelli, Matteo Prayer Galletti, and Elda Muca, previously discussed and approved by the University of Firenze, Italy, received official recognition by the Italian Public Health Service and they are now available at the Center for Study and Research on Drug Abuse and AIDS (www.cesda.net), a Department of the Public Health Service.

It is worth noting that the thesis of Dr. Matteo P. Galletti (now available at request at http://www.cesda.net, in Italian with an English abstract) was the starting point of the article in Medical Hypotheses (M. Ruggiero, M. P. Galletti, S. Pacini, T. Punzi, G. Morucci, M. Gulisano, “Aids denialism at the ministry of health” (doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.06.002), as stated in the article.

We are grateful to the Region of Tuscany and the Department of drug abuse of the Public Health Service for providing official recognition to the results.”

Screen shots of the relevant Web pages are attached below. The difficulty of sizing these for the blog while retaining clarity made it desirable to extract screen shots of the relevant items. Reproductions of the full web pages follow, and finally there is a downloadable pdf of this blog post in which the full web pages are in legible form.


Here is a PDF of this blog post.

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Categories:  HIV does not cause AIDS,  HIV skepticism,  Legal aspects

Tags Italian Public Health Service, Marco Ruggiero, University of Florence, Italian Ministry of Health, Medical Hypotheses, Elsevier, Elsevier withdraws already accepted articles, HIV/AIDS vigilantes pressure Elsevier, HIV/AIDS vigilantes pressure National Library of Medicine, AID deaths in South Africa, Simone Scarpelli, Matteo Prayer Galletti, Elda Muca, S. Pacini, T. Punzi, G. Morucci, M. Gulisano, Joshua M. Nicholson, David Rasnick, Christian Fiala

9 Responses to “Public Health Service of Italy accepts work of Ruggiero et al.”

  1. JimmyBean said

    I don’t know If I said it already but …This blog rocks! I gotta say, that I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,🙂

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  2. Philip said

    @Jimmy a lot of us are glad to have found this blog, too.

  3. Quyen said

    Dear Mr Bauer,

    I don’t know where to raise this matter in your blog but I think it’s apt to put it here. There is one big hole in the AIDS statistics that even the mainstream have no idea but to label it as a puzzle and a lucky case. The Philippines has more than 97 million people, widespread poverty, religious Catholic people, little safe-ex campaign and guess how many cases of HIV/AIDS over there? 8300 according to the CIA World Fact Book, with 200 deaths. Recently, they started to ramble about the HIV epidemic in that country. But if they want to blow up the statistics to the level of Thailand, Vietnam (which has AIDS case in the hundred thousand), I don’t know how are they gonna do that.

    Looking at the Euro statistic of Germany on WHO, it would be a puzzle to see that there are only 73 AIDS death out of roughly 29,000 people living with HIV. On the WHO ARV statistics page, they list 27,000 on ARVs. It’s either those drugs are a miracle come true or AIDS is nothing but a hoax, because now this sick minority suddenly has a death rate way lower than the German average.

    I love all your statistical analysis, however, normal folks like me have a hard time with them when you just go a little bit deep . . . . If we could find all those little “abnormal” statistics which speak volumes with the least analysis, like these, even the dumber part of the population will start to recognize the fallacy of HIV preaching.

    Regards

    • Henry Bauer said

      Quyen: Many thanks. You’re quite right that the actual “AIDS” deaths and “HIV” numbers from Europe and other places to which “the epidemic” hasn’t spread are clear disproof of HIV/AIDS theory. The problem is how to get the mass media to bring this NEWS to the general public. Peter Duesberg among others has long pointed to these discrepancies, but he has also long been ignored.

  4. Quyen,

    Please try to distinguish between H.I.V./HIV and AIDS as they are not related in any way. If there are only 200 AIDS deaths in the Philippines and little safe-sex-campaigns, that simply means there is not a lot of testing going on and thus very few people put on ARVs and thus very few deaths.

    As you mentioned Germany — there are actually three official numbers spread abroad.

    There is this authority called “RKI”, which stands for “Robert Koch Institut”. Robert Koch was the guy who invented the four Koch’s Postulates, which mainstream considers as being obsolete these days. RKI is a German federal authority and disease equivalent of the CDC. There is another authority here called “PEI” for “Paul Ehrlich Institut”. PEI is responsible for the approval of insufficiently examined, ineffective and unsafe vaccines. Ironically “ehrlich” is a German word and means honest.

    73 AIDS deaths was the number RKI reported to EuroHIV = WHO for 2007. Our official federal statistitians reported 461 AIDS deaths for the same year. And RKI estimated 650 deaths for 2007. You may chose the number that pleases you.

    As to Vietnam — there was a horrible war some decades ago. Today’s adolescents in their early twenties are the kids of those people who where damaged because of this war — and thus deeply affected psychologically. It doesn’t need a lot of imaginative power to understand why in Vietnam there might be some more young drug addicts than in neighboring countries.

    I’m very sure that Vietnam does not have AIDS cases in the hundred thousands. If at all those cases are people who tested “HIV”-positive. They can live long and healthy lives if they manage to become and stay clean and keep away from ARVs.

  5. Philip said

    According to the 2008 UNAIDS Country Progress Report to the Philippines (a link to which I have posted on another comment — too lazy to look for it at the moment as it is 5 am here):
    “The Philippines is an HIV low prevalence country with cumulative registered cases of 3,061 from 1984 to the end of December 2007. Of
    this cumulative number, 2,754 are still living.”
    So yes, the number is less than 300. The current rambling re HIV spread is based on the sudden “increase” of discovered cases per month, which I personally believe is due to increased testing of patients who are found to be positive for active pulmonary tuberculosis, which is funny because Essex has proven that up to 70% of these positives may be caused by the TB bacteria itself…
    Also there is the possibility of increased positivity rate because of increased use of them newfangled flu and cervical cancer vaccines.

    • Quyen said

      Phillip, I heard that the Philippines is one of a few country which still ask for a person consent before carrying out the HIV test. I don’t know if they still practice that. If they abandon that, WHO will be very happy because they can see an explosion right there.

  6. Quyen said

    Dear Sabine,
    Thank you very much for clarifying the situation on Germany, it’s interesting to see that nobody in the orthodoxy agrees on any number at all. How’s the HIV treatment campaign going on in Germany? When I am diagnosed poz in NZ, they put me on routine blood tests immediately and if I’m a citizen, they’ll give me the drug for free. But NZ is a very small country so they can be very effective at surveillance, I don’t know the case of a relatively big and well developed country like yours.
    As for Vietnam, that’s my home country. The CIA estimate HIV cases at 290,000. According to anecdote and the press here, most positive cases are drug addicts, prostitutes and MSM.
    The thing is they round up drug addicts and prostitutes into “rehab centers”, which are more or less a kind of prison. If they’re lucky to escape that fate, they have to endure very harsh living conditions because most of them are very poor.
    If you’re going to the hospital, you’re getting sicker because hospitals there are overloaded and very dirty (my mom is a pharmacist and she never recommend anybody to go to the hospital). The doctors there are a nightmare come true because their nominal salary is so small, they have to cooperate with all big pharma and drugged up the patient. My mom is very outraged when she saw any presciption because most them of are either very expensive supplement or expensive and strong antibiotic, and has very little to do with the patient need.
    Vietnamese are also very drug non-adherent, they’ll go get the drug for 2 days and if they’re getting better by 2 days, they stop taking the drug and thus prolong the course of the illness. Then there is the ever increasing pollution and people tamper food with dangerous chemicals from China to get more yield and make them look better (but in fact, rich and health-conscious people in Vietnam, when they go shopping for food, they look for the ugly and small fish/fruit/chicken because for hundreds of years that’s what food in that country looked like).
    As you can see, there are plenty of reasons for the high number of deaths relating to any “AIDS defining” disease. The UN pretends to care for that but apparently they pour most of their money into the HIV campaign and the government loves that, because they can have larger control on all the infrastructure building (no money for them from AIDS drug, but plenty from building).
    The stigma in Vietnam becomes extremely bullshit in recent years despite all their propaganda to normalize HIV-poz persons (it’s very easy to make Vietnamese fear something, but it’s very hard to convince them anything is not dangerous).
    Recently, parents of a primary school protested to the principal and withdrew their kids from school just because he allowed 16 HIV-poz children to study at their school. In the end, they have to lock up those children again and very little people in Vietnam sympathised with the principal. WHO is still busy to fund all the free testing centers in Vietnam to get more people tested. How sad.

  7. Philip and Quyen,

    TB has long been known to be one of the 70+ conditions which make the “HIV”-test positive. I think we should now add Whinny-Flu vaccine and Gardasil/Cervarix to this list.

    In Germany it is still not allowed to test people for pregnancy-positivity, or for Whinny-Flu-positivity, or … excuse me please … something has distracted me here … I mean “HIV”-positivity without the uninformed consent of the victim.

    I found a great website which explains exhaustively what Informed Consent means in this case.

    About the treatment campaign in Germany I haven’t heard of any particularities. To my knowledge it’s just business as usual. What we do have here right now is a hysterical testing campaign targeting MSM, because there are not very many Blacks living here. So to propagandize them would be a waste of money. I’m curious how long it would take for the greedy propagandists to announce a sharpe increase of “AIDS-cases” in Germany — that’s how these irrational and irresponsible journalists will put it in the near future.

    In Germany there is nothing for free. If you wish to commit suicide with ARVs you have to pay for it yourself — i.e. the health insurances have to pay for it, i.e. we all have to pay for their suicides.

    “The CIA estimate HIV cases at 290,000.”

    Yes, that’s what I was talking about. Those 290,000 are not people who are sick with full-blown AIDS, they are just “HIV”-cases, they are not even existing “HIV”-cases, they are just estimates — they are a CIA’s and UNAIDS’ fantasy!

    “According to anecdote and the press here, most positive cases are drug addicts, prostitutes and MSM.”

    In my opinion they are most certainly drug addicts, drug-addicted prostitutes, and drug-addicted and drug-abusing and ARV-swallowing MSM. Or they are pregnant “cases”.

    Even here where doctors are paid nicely, they “cooperate” with Big Pharma.

    Mulling over the information you provided about Vietnam, I think Vietnam is a jeopardized country. Some time ago the U.S.-American war against your folks, and now again this “HIV”-war of U.S.-dominated Western pharmas against them. It is really depressing.

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