THE AIDS BLUNDER
By David Rasnick
Mail & Guardian (South Africa) 24 Jan. '01
The contagious, HIV hypothesis of AIDS is the biggest scientific, medical
blunder of the 20th Century. The evidence is overwhelming that AIDS is not
contagious, sexually transmitted, or caused by HIV. I have come to realize
that embarrassment is the main obstacle to exposing this simple fact.
So why are we barraged, almost daily, by an endless litany of AIDS horrors
and HIV statistics? Why do virtually all doctors and public health
officials profess their unswerving allegiance to the unproven hypothesis
that AIDS is contagious and sexually transmitted when the evidence is
greatly against it?
There are more than 100 thousand doctors and scientists who have built
their careers and reputations by simply accepting the articles of faith
about AIDS. At this late date, it is simple human embarrassment that is the
biggest obstacle to bringing the AIDS insanity to an end. It is the fear of
being so obviously and hopelessly wrong about AIDS that keeps lips sealed,
the money flowing and AIDS rhetoric spiraling to stratospheric heights of
The physicians who know or suspect the truth are embarrassed or afraid to
admit that the HIV tests are absurd and should be outlawed, and that the
anti-HIV drugs are injuring and killing people. We are taught to fear
antibodies, and to believe that antibodies to HIV are a harbinger of
disease and death ten years in the future. When you protest this absurdity
and point out to health care workers that antibodies are the very essence
of anti-viral immunity your objections are met with either contempt or
The National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the
Medical Research Council of South Africa, and the World Health Organization
are terrorizing hundreds of millions of people around the world by their
reckless and absurd policy of equating sex with death. Self preservation
compels these institutions to not only maintain but to actually compound
their errors, which adds to the fear, suffering, and misery of the
world-the antithesis of their reason for being.
The only way we can free ourselves from the AIDS blunder and bring an end
to the tyranny of fear is to have an open international discourse and
debate on all things AIDS. Anger will be a natural response to facing the
enormity of the scandal of AIDS. Anger has its place but it should be put
aside quickly. It is a mistake to focus on villains and on whom to punish.
The AIDS blunder is a sociological phenomenon in which we all share a
measure of responsibility.
Ultimately, the AIDS blunder is not really about AIDS, nor even about
health and disease, nor even about science and medicine. The AIDS blunder
is about the health of our democracies. A healthy democracy demands that
its citizens keep a skeptical, even suspicious, eye on its institutions in
order to prevent them from becoming the autonomous, authoritarian regimes
they are now.
The AIDS blunder shows that we need to rethink and restructure our
institutions of government, science, health, academe, journalism and media.
We must replace the National Institutes of Health as the primary gatekeeper
of research funding with numerous competing sources of funding. We must
restructure the peer review processes of scientific publishing and funding
so that they do not promote and protect any particular dogma or fashion of
thought or exclude competing ideas. A robust and mean investigative
journalism must be revived, rewarded and cherished.
Finally, as citizens we must take back the authority and responsibility for
our own health and well being and that of our democracies.