Book review.


Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati, 'Get All The Facts: HIV does not cause AIDS' Toxi-Health International, Dixon CA 1999, 183 pages ISBN 0-9673536-0-2.

Recently, I met Dr. Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati for lunch in Berkeley to discuss his new attack on the "HIV causes AIDS" theory. I thought it kind of ironic that we met at CAL because Berkeley is home to Peter Duesberg, the world's most famous dissident of the War on AIDS, Unlike Professor Duesberg, however, Dr. Al-Bayati's near-blasphemous conclusions haven't come from work in molecular cell biology, but from an exhaustive two-year study researching the causes of AIDS through toxicology, a science he feels is excluded from our healthcare industry.

Promoting his self-published medical book "Get All the Facts: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS", the doctor has been on the promotion circuit, including a stint on Sacramento's Health in America show, several medical radio broadcasts, articles about him in Zenger's Medical Health, Well Being Journal, and the International Council for Health Freedom Newsletter. He's also given a speech to parents at Tremont School in Dixon, where his child is a fifth grade student. "This is the biggest story of the new millennium," he has told audiences, "This book is medical fact of evidence not based on theory or hypothesis." His one-man crusade has led to him writing President Bill Clinton, Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala and numerous others in power about his discoveries, though to little avail. The letter to Shalala resulted in a three page response from Helen D. Gayle, director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention within the Center for Disease Control (CDC), who wrote: "Although the scientific evidence is overwhelming and compelling that HIV is the cause of AIDS, as with many complex conditions, the disease process is no (sic) completely understood. This perhaps has led some to theorize that AIDS is not caused by an infectious agent. At CDC, we believe that this position in not only misleading, but may have dangerous consequences."

No mention was made of the thousand or so well-credentialed researchers, physicians, and scientists who have disputed or at least questioned the HIV hypothesis. What turned this Iraqi immigrant who taught toxicology and pathology at UC Davis, with admittedly little interest in AIDS research, into a David ready to battle the HIV industry Goliath? Well, it has something to do with steroids. Not the steroids bodybuilders use. These ones are called corticosteroids, or glucocorticoids. These drugs suppress the immune system, and they were developed in the '60's and '70's for that very reason. Doctors gave them to transplant patients so their immune systems wouldn't reject the transplanted organs. So where does Al-Bayati come in? It all began with the development of AIDS in a 60-year-old HIV-negative man following treatment with steroids and immunosuppressive drugs for lung fibrosis. Symptomatically, the patient had pneumonia and severe fungal infection of the mouth and skin, often associated with AIDS. Al-Bayati concluded that "the development of AIDS in this man was by the use of therapeutic immunosuppressive agents".

He contacted the patient's physician and submitted a report asking him to stop giving the man immunosuppressive drugs. That's when Al-Bayati found out that this individual had had "AIDS". His immunosuppression had come from the use of corticosteroids, azathioprine and prednisone, which he described in the report. This case had alerted him. Until then his understanding had been that AIDS was caused by the HIV virus. His understanding in the fields of immunology and biochemistry was helpful in his "very wide" evaluation of the medical literature on HIV and AIDS. "I was really very surprised to see the link between them is an assumption. The conclusion that HIV causes AIDS is based on a misreading of the epidemiology, which really indicates the AIDS in the risk groups has resulted from the exposure to illicit drugs and corticosteroid treatments." "Kaposi's sarcoma" (a common cancer associated with AIDS) "is reversible upon the termination of treatment with immunosuppressive agents prior to metastasis." "AIDS in hemophiliacs is related to the use of corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive agents to prevent the development of antibodies for factors VIII and IX and to treat other chronic diseases such as joint disease."

"AIDS in Africa is caused by malnutrition, release of endogenous cortisol, and opportunistic diseases. Atrophy in the lymphoid tissue in people suffering from malnutrition has been known since 1925. Malnutrition causes severe atrophy in the thymus and lymphoid organs and impairs the functions of the T cells. These changes are reversible by feeding. The size of the thymus in malnourished children increased from 20 percent of normal to 107 percent of normal, following nine weeks of feeding." Dr. Al-Bayati agrees with numerous AIDS dissidents, including the aforementioned Duesberg, that homosexual men, the people who were first diagnosed with the disease in 1981, have contracted it by using illicit drugs such as alkyl nitrates ("poppers"), "recreational drugs", and abusing alcohol, compounded by pre-existing opportunistic viral, bacteriological and land fungal diseases. "Passive" homosexuals often require rectal steroids by traditional medicine to treat their gastrointestinal diseases. In addition, using "highly toxic" anti-AIDS drugs such as AZT, glucocorticoids, and protease inhibitors can actually cause AIDS in asymptomatic patients and worsen the disease in full-blown cases. "These drugs do not have any therapeutic value, and their use must be discontinued immediately," Dr. Al-Bayati says. Those interested in his theories can contact him at his company, Toxi-Health International at 150 Bloom Dr., Dixon, CA 95620. Phone (707) 678-4484.

Author: Gene Mahoney
Source: San Francisco Herald 2000