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AIDStruth.org and its origin

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/06/19

When a website labels itself as some sort of “truth”, it’s natural to wonder why its creators feel the need to do so. If it actually conveys truth, that would soon become obvious. In this case, the opposite soon became obvious. AIDStruth.org was set up by vigilantes determined to defend the indefensible HIV = AIDS dogma, which is perpetually endangered as “lifesaving” drugs disable and kill and as absurdities multiply.

The immediate impetus for establishing AIDStruth.org had been Celia Farber’s article, “Out of Control: AIDS and the Corruption of Medical Science” (Harper’s, March 2006), which described the death of a pregnant woman, Joyce Hafford, who had been participating in a clinical trial of “antiretroviral” drugs to determine what the “treatment-limiting toxicities” might be. One wonders how any Human Subjects Review Board anywhere would approve such a trial, let alone a trial that enrolled pregnant women. In plainer words, such an experiment administers toxic substances in increasing amounts until signs of toxic harm become obvious.
The drugs being compared were Viracept (nelfinavir) and Viramune (nevirapine), which were used in combination with AZT (Retrovir, zidovudine) and Epivir (lamivudine). The toxicities of all those drugs were well known before Hafford was subjected to them in 2003.
The deadly toxicity of AZT was particularly well known. It was the first “antiretroviral” drug, and some 150,000 “HIV-positive” individuals had died under AZT “treatment” over about a decade (“HAART saves lives — but doesn’t prolong them!?”).
As for “Nevirapine (Viramuneä)”, the NIH Treatment Guidelines (4 February 2002) had already described its life-threatening “side” effects:
“ • Severe, life-threatening hepatotoxicity, including fulminant and cholestatic hepatitis, hepatic necrosis, and hepatic failure. Patients should be advised to seek medical evaluation immediately should signs and symptoms of hepatitis occur.
• Severe, life-threatening, and even fatal skin reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and hypersensitivity reactions characterized by rash, constitutional findings, and organ dysfunction have occurred with nevirapine treatment”.

But vigilante defenders of HIV/AIDS orthodoxy were distraught that such a respectable mainstream magazine as Harper’s would bring to wide attention the truth about the reckless manner in which toxic “antiretroviral drugs” are tested on unwary individuals and subsequently prescribed to equally unwary “HIV-infected” individuals.

AIDStruth.org’s “website was developed in March, 2006, by Bob Funkhouser of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Nathan Geffen of The Treatment Action Campaign, Dr. John P. Moore of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Dr. Bette Korber of Los Alamos National Laboratory. It is hosted by The Treatment Action Campaign” (Wayback Machine snapshot, 16 March 2006).

It is worth noting that these and other HIV/AIDS vigilantes habitually denigrate statements from people like Peter Duesberg by pointing out that they have never actually done research on HIV or on AIDS. But among the AIDStruth groupies, only Moore has the distinction of being an actual researcher in this field, and his accomplishments include a completely unsuccessful search for an HIV microbicide and the synthesis of an “HIV” that self-destructed spontaneously (Layne SP, Merges MJ, Dembo M, Spouge JL, Conley SR, Moore JP, Raina JL, Renz H, Gelderblom HR, Nara PL, “Factors underlying spontaneous inactivation and susceptibility to neutralization of human immunodeficiency virus”, Virology, 189 [1992] 695-714).

By 3 January 2007, there had been added to the AIDStruth team the economist Professor Nicoli Nattrass, Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town, the activist Richard Jeffreys of the Treatment Action Group, the lawyer Jeanne Bergman of HealthGAP, and another activist, Gregg Gonsalves of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (but still listed as developing the website in March 2006). More people who had not themselves done any actual research in this field.

By 27 January 2008, the “AIDS Truth team members” were listed as “(in alphabetical order):
· Dr. Nicholas Bennett, Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, Syracuse, New York
· Dr. Jeanne Bergman, The Center for HIV Law and Policy in New York City
· Martin Delaney, Founding director of Project Inform
· Dr. Brian Foley, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
· Bob Funkhouser, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
· Nathan Geffen, Treatment Action Campaign, Cape Town, South Africa
· Gregg Gonsalves, AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
· Dr. Bette Korber, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico
· Dr. John P. Moore, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York City
· Dr. Nicoli Nattrass, Director of the AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
· Ken Witwer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland”

By 26 July 2009, designated as “past contributors” were Delaney (deceased), Jeffreys, Funkhouser, and Moore. Added was Eduard Grebe (AIDS and Society Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa).

By 26 January 2010, Funkhouser was again a team member, and this remains the team except that former graduate student Witwer is now Dr. Witwer.

 

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HIV and HERVs

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/06/13

Etienne de Harven has suggested how “Human Endogenous Retroviruses can resolve HIV/AIDS puzzles”.  Our friend and colleague Mo A. alerted us to this highly pertinent article:

J Virol. 2014 Jun 11. pii: JVI.00919-14. [Epub ahead of print]

Unfixed endogenous retroviral  insertions in the human population.

Marchi E1, Kanapin A2, Magiorkinis G3, Belshaw R4.
Author information
1  Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK.
2  The Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford OX3 7BN, UK.
3  Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK
4  School of Biomedical and Healthcare Sciences, Plymouth University, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK gkikas.magiorkinis@zoo.ox.ac.uk
robert.belshaw@plymouth.ac.uk

ABSTRACT
One lineage of human endogenous retroviruses, HERV-K(HML2), is upregulated in many cancers, some autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, and in HIV-infected cells. Despite three decades of research it is not known if these viruses play a causal role in disease, and there has been recent interest in whether they can be used as immunotherapy targets. Resolution of both these questions will be helped by an ability to distinguish between the effects of different integrated copies of the virus (loci). Research so far has concentrated on the 20 or so recently integrated loci that, with one exception, are in the human reference genome sequence. However, this viral lineage has been copying in the human population within the last million years, so some loci will inevitably be present in the human population but absent from the reference sequence. We therefore performed the first detailed search for such loci by mining whole genome sequences generated by Next Generation Sequencing. We found a total of 17 loci: ranging from being present in only two of the 358 individuals examined to being present in over 95% of them. On average, each individual had six loci that are not in the human reference genome sequence. Comparing the number of loci we found to an expectation derived from a neutral population genetic model suggests that the lineage was copying till at least ∼250,000 years ago.

IMPORTANCE:
About 5% of our genome sequence is composed of the remains of retroviruses that over millions of years have integrated into the chromosomes of egg and/or sperm precursor cells. There are indications that protein expression of these viruses is higher in some diseases, and we need to know (a) whether these viruses have a role in causing disease and (b) whether they can be used as immunotherapy targets in some of them. Answering both questions requires a better understanding of how individuals differ in the viruses they carry. We therefore carried out the first careful search for new viruses in some of the many human genome sequences that are now available thanks to advances in sequencing technology. We also compare the number we find to a theoretical expectation to see if it is likely that these viruses are still replicating in the human population today.

Copyright © 2014, American Society for Microbiology. All Rights Reserved.
PMID: 24920817 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

 

 

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