Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thought You Should Know


Did you know that malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases produce false positive results on HIV tests? Christine Maggiore reports in her book, What If Everything You Thought You Knew About AIDS Was Wrong, that "Many antibodies found in normal, healthy, HIV-free people can cause a positive reading on HIV antibody tests." She also notes that "Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control does not recognize the American T cell count criteria for AIDS. This means that 182,200 American AIDS patients - more than 25% of all people in the US ever diagnosed with AIDS - would not have AIDS if they were in Canada."


This book is an eye opener: "Can you imagine receiving a fatal diagnosis without being told the diagnosis is based on an unproved idea and an uncertain test? Being instructed to take powerful, experimental drugs without being told these drugs compromise health, destroy functions necessary to sustain life, and were approved for use without adequate testing? Being informed that you have, or should expect, deadly illnesses without being told that these same illnesses are not considered fatal when they occur in "normal" people?"

The HIV/AIDS hypothesis was introduced at a press conference, not a peer-reviewed scientific journal. I knew that. So not everything I thought I knew about AIDS was wrong.

This surprised me, though: HIV tests are not required for an AIDS diagnosis in Africa.

The author is not making this up. She provides 10 pages of references, from the World Health Organization, and from publications such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Lancet (one of the top British medical journals).

"AIDS is not a new disease or illness; it is a new name or designation for 29 previously known diseases and conditions. As the NIH (National Institutes of Health) states in its comprehensive report on AIDS, 'the designation AIDS is a surveillance tool.' Since 1982, the surveillance tool AIDS has been used to track and record familiar diseases when they appear in people who have tested positive for antibodies associated with HIV."

On page 11 of her book, Maggiore lists 65 other "Factors Known to Cause Positive Results on HIV Antibody Tests". I think people need to know this.

1993 Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis said of this book, "Christine Maggiore writes clearly for any reader the simple truth about AIDS."


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4 comments:

tanita s. davis said...

Oh, whoa. This is a must-read for sure, if only to close my slack jaw over the word, "Whaaat?"

Liz B said...

Here's the other POV about the author, her book, her death, and her child's death: http://www.badscience.net/2009/01/what-if-everything-you-thought-you-knew-about-aids-was-wrong/

Wikipedia, which of course has its own flaws: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Maggiore

gonovice said...

Other POV? I checked the first URL. Neither the author's nor her child's death was caused by HIV. And I trust the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Lancet more than wikipedia. Don't you?

Liz B said...

Actually, no I don't.

I trust the people behind books like this: http://www.amazon.com/Denying-AIDS-Conspiracy-Theories-Pseudoscience/dp/0387794751