The LAZARUS EFFECT in HIV/AIDS
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2010/05/10
HIV/AIDS dogmatists and HAART enthusiasts like to cite anecdotes about “HIV-positive” people who disdained antiretroviral drugs, then found themselves sinking into life-threatening illness, finally saw the light, started on medications, and immediately, overnight began to regain their health.
I’ve noted in a number of places that any such rapid response cannot be owing to antiretroviral action, because inhibiting the supposed virus is only supposed to allow the immune system to slowly regenerate. The blurb for a recent documentary underscores that point. The following announcement was forwarded to me (emphases added):
“HBO & (RED) present The Lazarus Effect
NEW YORK PRESS DAY
When: Friday, May 7 – times TBD
Where: HBO, 1100 Ave of Americas
(b/w 42nd & 43rd Streets)
What: Print, Radio & Online Roundtable Interviews
Select 1:1 Interviews
Who: Lance Bangs (Director)
Constance Mudenda (Documentary Subject)
Susan Smith Ellis (CEO, (RED))
HIV/AIDS is a preventable and treatable disease, yet it has killed more than 20 million people in Africa. In 2002, more than 29 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had HIV, yet only 50,000 people could afford the $10,000 a year treatment they needed to stay alive. Today, thanks to increased political support, a push by global health organizations, and contributions from the private sector, the cost of ARV drugs is now around 40 cents a day and more than three million people in Africa, are now receiving treatment. The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which block HIV’s assault on the body’s immune system, can transform the lives of people from near death to health in as little as three months. This has been dubbed The Lazarus Effect after the story in the Bible when Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead.
(RED), with Anonymous Content and HBO Documentary Films present The Lazarus Effect, a half hour documentary airing on HBO Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 9:00 pm which is at the center of a multi-media campaign by (RED) to raise awareness about the impact of large scale AIDS programs at work in Sub-Saharan Africa. Directed by Lance Bangs and executive produced by Spike Jonze and Susan Smith Ellis, THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows the stories of four individuals whose lives have been transformed from a near death existence to a healthier, more stable life in as little as three months.
THE LAZARUS EFFECT debuts on HBO, May 24th at 9 pm ET/PT
To RSVP to the press day, and request a DVD of the film, please contact Jayna Zelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212/843-8044.
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105
Dr. Juliane Sacher and Dr. Claus Köhnlein have treated AIDS patients successfully by “alternative” or “complementary” or at any rate non-HIV/AIDS-mainstream means. They report that short antiretroviral treatments can sometimes be effective to treat occult inflammations or infections, because antiretroviral drugs are such excellent indiscriminate antibiotics, protease inhibitors being particularly effective against fungal infections.
A genuine Lazarus effect would presumably mimic Jesus’s resurrection of the dead Lazarus which was, according to the Gospel of John, immediate, not a three-month-long process. There’s a world of difference between such an instantaneous response, which can result plausibly from antibiotic destruction of fungal agents or other microbes, and the purported slow resurrection of immune systems by highly toxic medicaments that need to be taken until death.
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