HIV/AIDS Skepticism

Pointing to evidence that HIV is not the necessary and sufficient cause of AIDS

How to support Rethinking AIDS?

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2017/08/23

The fact is that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS (or any other illness): no proof has ever been published that HIV causes AIDS, and the evidence against the idea is copious, see The Case against HIV. Yet it seems as though all the official sources and all the media are completely convinced that this mistaken notion is correct. How to change that?

A couple of dozen books have been published, and articles, even a few in mainstream peer-reviewed journals, but they have not dented the conventional wisdom. Rethinking AIDS (RA) is an organized attempt to bring awareness of the facts. The crucial and fundamental point is that the facts by themselves change no minds; one needs to give people a reason to question the official stance, and even before that one needs to spread the word that there exist informed and competent people who offer strong reasons for doubting the conventional wisdom. The task is one of public relations, not of science.

So Rethinking AIDS needs more visibility. Word of mouth is good, and it is worth recruiting one individual at a time — and indeed some significant number of people have been helped greatly when they chanced on RA or one of its members: HIV+ people (and their friends or relatives) who have been rescued from toxic medication or from deadly anxiety or harm from an unenlightened legal system. Much more is needed, though, more publicity; and one way toward that is by means of a public conference.

RA did indeed hold a conference in 2009 in Oakland, CA. Some details including the program can be seen at http://ra2009.org, and videos of the talks are available at http://ra2009.org/video.html: the yellow buttons for “Streaming” do not work, but the red buttons do, they download a .mov file playable on many media players (download takes just a few minutes for each talk with my fast broadband connection through my cable company ISP). I had found the Oakland conference an extraordinary experience, see The Family of Rethinking AIDS, which gives some sense of the benefits such an occasion can bring. Another wonderful experience was a conference in Vienna the following year.

Why nothing similar since then?
Because a conference requires two things: Workers and funds. Absolutely essential are one or more people willing and able to invest the enormous time and effort needed to organize: an appropriate venue including accommodation possibilities and audio and video facilities; inviting of speakers, screening of solicited and unsolicited potential talks; publicity; but above all there is needed money. Nothing can be done about a venue or about speakers without guaranteed funds to cover the basic expenditures, for example hotels require a guarantee before being willing to reserve a group of rooms and conference facilities.

RA has the willing and able people, but it needs the funds. We have talked about the desirability of another conference for years, and now our President, David Crowe, has come across a possible way to raise the needed money: crowd-sourcing, an approach that has shown its possibilities in raising funds for a variety of research projects that were not able to find support through official avenues. Please have a look at
https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/rethinking-aids-future-conference/davidcrowe5, please consider adding your material support, and please tell every potential contributor about this initiative.

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5 Responses to “How to support Rethinking AIDS?”

  1. voza0db said

    Hello!

    RA2009 videos (not all!) with subtitles for the Portuguese language: https://www.youtube.com/user/RA2009PT/videos

  2. Roger Swan said

    HI Henry – So happy to hear you endorse as a positive strategy, amongst others of course, engaging on a one-to-one basis with those caught by the Web of the Orthodoxy! Within a number of vociferous FB threads I have always invited whoever for a coffee meet, to have the chance of a more equitable discussion. Got closest to this happening recently, but at the last minute invitation declined – there was a feeling of discomfort about discussing the subject (of HIV/AIDS)! There is a tragic fear today of opening oneself up to contrary opinion. The f-word becomes the default argument when a more informed discussion is impossible because only Orthodox narratives get the headlines. Your amazing Bibliography on HIV/AIDS is such a model of what Intellectual and Democratic help should be, yet it conjures fear, denial and even violence! Thank you Henry for still being so there! Helping us. Helping me!

  3. Jean said

    Dear Pr. Bauer,

    I haven’t written any comment on your blog yet but you must know how valuable it is for me. I’ve received an HIV+ diagnosis in May and reading your book and posts was a help.
    About this crowdfunding, shouldn’t the Rethinking AIDS website show an obvious link to get more funds ?
    Moreover I would like to ask if you know the Perth group recently published new datas about Gallo, Montagnier et more recent HIV isolation and purification attempts.
    Are you also aware of Pr. Christl Meyer hypothesis ?
    Best regards,

    Jean

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