Many of you will wonder what happened to CONTINUUM Magazine? It last appeared
in print in 1998 and then surfaced again in February 2001 on the Internet.
I am sad to inform you, that its Editor-in-Chief Huw Christie passed away
in August (link to obituary).
He asked me to help out as acting-editor prior to his death with what
has now become the last issue of CONTINUUM Magazine.
The organisation CONTINUUM ceased to exist after Huw Christie returned
to Australia late last year, leaving behind unfinished business and debts
of over £14,000. The International Forum for Accessible Science
(IFAS) an educational human rights organisation in the fields of science
and health, which Huw Christie helped to found in 1997 has agreed to step
in and bring the magazine to a dignified closure. We are deeply grateful
to its Webmaster and Secretary, Sara Ayech, and to its News Editor, Nigel
Edwards. Both stayed with Huw and the magazine till the end, and agreed
to help us with the final issue.
They have been joined by Christine Johnson, former editor of "Rethinking
AIDS". Other contributing writers to this issue are: Etienne de Harven,
France; Claus Kohnlein, Germany; Michael Tracey, US; Klazien Matter-Walstra,
Switzerland; Clair Walton, UK; Anju Singh, India; Alistair McConnachie,
UK, and Olivier Clerc, France. As acting editor, I sign for the content
of this issue.
We have decided to dedicate this final issue to Huw Christie and carry
it forward as yet another late issue.
We would like to apologise to all those subscribers, who do not get the
full subscription. Those who registered only this year will not have been
charged the registration. All money sent to CONTINUUM has been going towards
paying off the debts of the organisation, which IFAS has no control over
and cannot be held responsible for. It is simply our task to bring the
magazine to a dignified end and inform as many readers as possible.
Let me now talk about the content of the last issue, which was being prepared
while Huw Christie was still alive.
Much has happened in this world since! In the last two decades, diseases
allegedly causing micro-organisms in the form of deadly viruses ("HIV",
HCV and Ebola) or "killer-proteins" (Prions) were introduced
to the public. They replaced the USSR as the leading public enemy. After
the appalling attacks in the US on September 11th, terrorists too are
declared the enemy of the people. Alleged micro-organisms and suggested
terrorists both raise some important similar questions. Firstly, how do
we know they are real? Secondly, even if they exist, did they really cause
the damage and destruction, they are claimed to have caused? And thirdly,
even if they do exist and did cause destruction, what is the best way
to deal with them responsibly?
Much like in AIDS, where an alleged virus ("HIV") has been declared
the cause, despite lack of scientific proof, the US has declared so-called
Islamists around Osama Bin Laden the perpetrators of the horrible attacks
in the US. We are made to believe, they have the justified proof for both
claims. Yet, the evidence for neither case has been laid open. We leave
the Bin Laden question to others but do take another close look at alleged
micro-organisms currently accused of causing disease, including "HIV".
The former retrovirologist and professor of pathology, and Scientific
Advisor of IFAS, Etienne deHarven, summarises what has changed in the
process of identifying retroviruses over the years, a process called isolation
(Of Mice And Men). Do we really still look for the micro-organism itself
when we talk about "isolation" today? Or are we misleading ourselves
(and the public), when we search for indirect markers instead?
Claus Kohnlein, medical practitioner and cancer specialist with an AIDS
practice in Germany, compares such indirect markers in the making of the
new plagues AIDS, Hepatitis C and BSE (AIDS, Hepatitis C, BSE; Infectious
or Intoxication Diseases?). Have we found the true causes, or have we
Christine Johnson, presents an excellent article about the most prominent
new marker used in AIDS and HCV, called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction)
(Viral Load And PCR; why they canít be used to proof HIV-infection).
First published in 1996 (issue 4/volume 4), this incisive analysis has
proved to be of crucial importance in understanding the purpose and the
limits of this technique.
If science is failing because the ìproofsî could very well
turn out to be nonexistent, how come the "AIDS-virus" is so
much part of our lives? Understanding the role of the media in the making
of these alleged ìplaguesî helps us to see the public distortion
of facts, and why voices of dissent - such as ours - are hated rather
than embraced. Nigel Edwards has condensed an excellent lecture by Professor
Michael Tracy, Director of the Centre for Mass Media Research at the University
of Colorado at Boulder, US into an article for the magazine (Mere Smoke
Of Opinion; AIDS and the making of the public mind). This provides a critical
insight into the manner in which the media has reported the split of opinion
seen in AIDS! It is of particular value because it is not written by an
AIDS-dissident, but by a media insider who understands that big media
is no guarantee to the public of facts or truth.
Can an interested public learn to separate fact from fiction? Can we check
on the bias underlying any scientific publication? CONTINUUM Magazine
introduces a tool to critically appraise medical science. It is called
Evidence Based Medicine (EBM). EBM can teach us the right questions to
ask doctors, or what to look out for when reading scientific or medical
literature. Klazine Matter-Walstra introduces the concept of EBM in AIDS
(How To Interpret Diagnostic Text Results; an evidence based medicine
If common beliefs become law, how can we protect our right to make informed
choices? Where do we go when this right is violated by corporate medicine?
It was always CONTINUUM Magazineís intention to empower affected
individuals by distributing information. For only if we are aware of the
facts, we can make informed choices! Stay informed!
Clair Walton's short essay looks at the current situation of women affected
by ìHIVî, the alleged virus suggested to cause AIDS (Women
and "HIV" - What Rights?).
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can
change the world! Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has!"
I dedicate these words of anthropologist Margaret Mead to all the grass-root
activists out there. Never doubt that you can achieve something, that
you can make a difference, that you do have an impact!
We use this last issue of CONTINUUM Magazine to show a successful example
of how AIDS-dissenters have made a difference!
The group that has succeeded in changing the way AIDS is talked about
in the national media of one of the most populous nations on earth, and
more, is Joint Action Council Kannur (JACK) in India (Making Waves, Changing
AIDS is by far not the only newly created medical disaster based on what
might be seen someday as having been based on scientific plunder. English
insider and farmer Alistair McConnachie reports on foot-and-mouth disease
and shows how in the UK policies get out of hand and far from being reasonable
(Foot-and-Mouth "Endlosung", not supported by science).
Our final issue comes to a powerful closure with an article by Olivier
Clerc, a France-based Swiss journalist and author of the book "Medicine,
Religion & Fear". Because his important contribution to understanding
some fundamental driving forces behind western medicine remains as yet
untranslated from French, we asked him to summarise his thesis for our
English-speaking readers (Modern Medicine: A Neo-Christian Religion; the
hidden influence of beliefs and fears).
We hope you will find plenty of interest in this last issue! Please, check
our web-site for links to other relevant web-sites.
All the back-issues of CONTINUUM Magazine can be accessed through the
website of the UK based charity Immunity Resource Foundation (IRF) as
from spring of next year at <www.immunity.org.uk>
This website, however, will be closed as of December 31st, 2001. Until
then, feel free to contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
All that is left for me to do is to thank all of you for your interest
and your patience! I wish us all a future without AIDS, and with medical
dignity and scientific accuracy instead!
Yours respectfully,Michael Baumgartner
Bern, Switzerland, October 2001