RECOVERY FROM "AIDS"
By John Lauritsen
The AIDS War  1993
"Was ist das Schwerste von allem?
Was Dir das Leichteste dunkt:
mit den Augen zu sehen,
was vor den Augen Dir liegt."
- Goethe: Xenien 
It should be clear by now that "AIDS" is a phoney construct, which is
persist in putting the acronym in quotation marks. People with "AIDS"
(PWAs) are not suffering from a deadly new disease; they are people
have become very sick in different ways and for different reasons.
the first order of business in healing a PWA is to find out exactly
why he is sick. Once this is determined, everything else follows.
There will never be a cure for "AIDS", because it is not one single
thing to be
cured. However, recovery from the various AIDS illnesses is possible,
been happening without publicity since the early days of the epidemic.
More than anything else, recovery from "AIDS" requires a concept of
Mens sana in corpore sano. [Greek quote here]. A sound mind in a sound
body. Illness is usually multifactorial, and health always is. Many
necessary for good health: good water, clean air, sunshine, good food,
satisfying activity, rest, love and companionship.
Recovery from "AIDS" will consist of detoxifying both the body and the
mind. In simple outline form, a PWA's program for recovery might look
- Take charge of your own recovery.
- Question the diagnosis itself.
- Be skeptical of doctors and medical advice.
- Identify and reject voodoo (the prognosis of doom, the lie that "AIDS
is invariably fatal").
- Identify and eliminate all health risks:
- Don't take recreational drugs of any kind.
- Don't drink.
- Don't smoke.
- Don't get VD.
- Don't take toxic medical drugs (especially the nucleoside analogs: AZT, ddI, ddC and d4T).
- Observe good nutrition:
- Reduce stress and get enough rest.
- Expect health.
Don't trust doctors!
Take charge of your own recovery. This is hard advice to give or to
represents blasphemy against the "Church of Modern Medicine, to use
phrase of the late Robert Mendelsohn. Nevertheless, a PWA will not
unless he maintains independence from doctors. The bitter reality is
almost all doctors treating "AIDS" patients are prescribing nucleoside
thus ensuring a fatal outcome. Let me state that another way: virtually
AIDS-doctors are killing their patients.
If a PWA is lucky, he may find a doctor who has common sense, humanistic
values, a grasp of the rudiments of good health—a doctor who on principle
would not administer a life-destroying drug like AZT, ddI, or ddC.
a time such doctors were not uncommon; they were typical family
practitioners in small towns all across the country. Now the odds are
against finding one. This leaves only two options: one, avoiding doctors
completely, a course of action which is by no means irrational; or
consulting doctors, but maintaining control over them. The latter would
mean insisting upon full explanations for every recommendation; retaining
veto power over any recommendation; and being ready and willing to
doctor on the spot, without pay, if he should ever recommend a nucleoside
analog. (There is certainly no ethical or legal obligation to pay someone
the service of attempting to kill you.)
The Church of Modern Medicine is like the Christian Church before the
Reformation, when society was divided into the priestly class and the
Lay people were not supposed to think about theological matters for
themselves; they were to accept on faith what they were told by the
"Every man his own priest!" was one of the battle slogans of the Reformation.
Likewise, every man should have the right to be his own physician.
he should have the right to be fully informed by the medical people
employing. Robert Mendelsohn offers the following advice:
"If a doctor ever wants to do something to you that you're
afraid of and you
ask why? enough times until he says Just Trust Me, what you're to do
around and put as much distance between you and him as you can, as
your condition will allow." 
As of late 1992, over 160,000 people in the United States have died
Most of them actually died from medical incompetence. For the tens
thousands who were poisoned by nucleoside analogs, the term iatrogenic
manslaughter" is justified. The AIDS fiasco represents a powerful indictment
against modern medicine, supporting Robert Mendelsohn's terrifying
"What resides at the core of every religion, the core from which hope
when all human attempts to deal with earthly conditions fail, is the
One Who Transcends it all. To get to the core of Modern Medicine you
to wade through an ocean of man-made drugs and fight your way through
endless tons of machinery. If you then don't understand why the Church
savagely idolatrous and must be destroyed, you will when you stare
in the face. The God of Modern Medicine is Death." 
Question the diagnosis itself.
Lethal diagnoses are currently being dispensed by the priests of Modern
Medicine: AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), HIV positive, asymptomatic
HIV disease, symptomatic HIV disease, advanced HIV disease.... They
false diagnoses, inasmuch as they are based on the assumption that
If someone is sick, he is sick. If he's not sick, then he's not sick.
antibody tests and T-cell counts have nothing to do with it. I have
talked to a
number of people, and have heard of many more, who looked healthy,
healthy, and were leading active and productive lives—and were told
doctors that they ought to be sick on the basis of their T-cell counts
HIV status. It is appalling that those who ought to be healers are
programming healthy people to get sick. A malign form of voodoo is
practiced in this country by the priests of Modern Medicine.
The HIV-antibody tests are not only highly inaccurate, but biased as
man in California went to a clinic, identified himself as gay, and
HlV-antibody test; results: positive. Then he went to another clinic,
himself as a heterosexual, and took the same test; results: negative.
A CDC worker told the New York Native that, when the HIV antibody test
was being developed, he had seen blood being labeled positive or negative
depending on whether the person was gay or straight. A gay man in New
York reported seeing information on his sexual orientation being sent
to a lab
with his blood samples.
The various AIDS tests (ELISA, Western Blot, PCR, p-24 antigen, T-cell
counts) are useless and harmful. They should be ignored. If someone
healthy, and feels healthy, then he probably is healthy, and he should
concentrate on enjoying life. If someone is sick, then the valid questions
ask are these: How? Why? What is to be done?
Recovery is possible.
In the early years of the epidemic, the statement popped up in the media:
"AIDS is invariably fatal". Though repeated incessantly, there was
factual basis for it. Some of the early PWAs are still alive now, a
"AIDS" is not only a phoney construct, but a pernicious label as well,
carries with it a prognosis of doom. Once someone has been diagnosed
having "AIDS", he is thereafter defined as a PWA; the implication is
cannot recover, for he would then cease to be a PWA. By way of analogy:
of us as children had one or more of the usual diseases: chicken pox,
measles, etc. We got sick and then we got well, and that was that.
hardly refer to ourselves as PWCPs now, just because we had chicken
many years ago. To emphasize this point, I'll put "PWA" in quotation
for the rest of this chapter.
If, as I maintain, "PWAs" are people who are sick in specific ways and
specific reasons, it follows that most of them can recover if the right
taken. Many people have been sick to the point of death, and have then
regained their health. If given a chance, the human body has an amazing
ability to heal itself.
How exactly does one counter voodoo? If one were a savage being drummed
to death, the best course of action might be to kill the voodoo priest,
or at least
bust the drums. But we are not savages, and there is no single voodoo
priest—and even if there were, it might be illegal to kill him.' So
what can be
done? Destroy gullibility! A hundred times a day a PWA should tell
that there's no such thing as AIDS", that everything said about it
is lies, and
that—to hell with anyone who suggests otherwise! - a day at a time
he's getting better.
Make a fearless personal inventory of health risks.
This is a crucial step in recovery. The "PWA"—by himself or with help
friend or counselor—should write down everything that might conceivably
have an adverse effect on his health. Nothing, however seemingly trivial,
should be omitted. The next step is to think long and hard about those
risks. To the extent possible, they should all be eliminated. Every
The purpose of this step is to determine why the "PWA" became sick in
first place, as well as to identify any health risks that might hinder
recovery. Honesty is crucial. I personally have never encountered a
"PWA" who was not a substance abuser, and my experience is not unusual.
In his book, Circle Of Hope, Perry Tilleraas quotes "AIDS" counselors
observed substance abuse among "PWAs":
"It's got to be at least 98 percent of people with AIDS who have a history
substance abuse. It's got to be. I mean, if you can find 2 percent
population who don't have a history, would be surprised. " 
"In my experience, I have not seen an AIDS patient that did not have
history of problematic use of alcohol or drugs ever— not one. The flip
that I have never seen an AIDS patient in long-term recovery [from
who is continuing to use alcohol and drugs." 
Stay clean and dry.
For virtually all "PWAs", who became sick from drug abuse, the appropriate
course of action is obvious: abstinence from drugs! The substance abuser
make the decision to stay away from all drugs, especially including
hours at a time, for the rest of his life. Giving up an addiction is
difficult to do
as an individual, but easier with support from groups like Alcoholics
Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). 
It is a harmful myth, that substance abusers need professional help
in order to
recover from their addictions. Public health officials have gone so
far as to
excuse their deadly clean-needle propaganda by claiming that there
no point in telling addicts to stop taking drugs, because there aren't
drug rehabilitation centers to treat them. This myth is demolished
example of AA. Before AA was founded, half a century ago, the health-care
professionals tried every approach imaginable; all were ignominious
and alcoholism was regarded as a hopeless and invariably fatal condition.
With very rare exceptions, alcoholics were unable to stay sober, and
later they all died from alcohol. Then the miracle happened: in the
of AA, alcoholics them selves began to "share experience, strength
with each other, and by the thousands, and the tens of thousands, they
achieved lasting sobriety. The newer organization, NA, has enabled
thousands to stay away from drugs other than alcohol. Sometimes alcoholics
or drug addicts go to a detoxification center before entering AA or
sometimes they don't. Sometimes they go to professional counselors
addition to AA or NA meetings; usually they don't. Either way, it is
meetings, not professionals, that keep them clean and dry.
One exception to the above is severe alcohol withdrawal, characterized
delirium tremens (DTs) and convulsions. This is a life-threatening
emergency. The person should be rushed to a hospital emergency room.
Actually, few alcoholics reach the point where they go into severe
withdrawal, which usually occurs only in those with a history of at
years of heavy daily drinking; most who drink that heavily die of other
first. Withdrawal from alcohol and barbiturates (sometimes regarded
alcohol") is more severe than withdrawal from any other drug, including
narcotics; only with alcohol and barbiturates can death result from
withdrawal itself. This is not to deny that suffering is involved in
from heroin, cocaine, or for that matter, cigarettes. Each form of
withdrawal is horrible in its own way, but the agony passes, usually
few days. Hundreds of thousands of people are now leading happy and
productive lives after giving up alcohol and other drugs. It can be
A recovering substance abuser cannot safely use any drugs at all. Nor
safely drink—at all. It is not a matter of going down a list of drugs,
deciding which ones must be given up and which ones are okay. They
all be avoided. No exceptions. Recovery means staying away from the
drink and the first drug a day at a time.
AA members describe alcoholism as "a three-fold disease: mental, physical,
and spiritual". The same description applies to many "PWAs", who are
suffering as much from soul-sickness as from immune deficiency For
recovery may very well require a transformation of attitudes and philosophy.
Medical people don't like to hear talk like this, but it is true. All
technology in the world cannot help someone who has lost the desire
Nor is there any pharmaceutical quick fix for a person whose life is
shambles and whose behavior is self-destructive.
The recovering substance abuser has to change his life: his outlook
as well as
his behavior. At some point, as body and mind are healing, he will
himself: "I see things differently now."
At almost every international AIDS conference, there will be at least
study which reports that cigarette smoking is a co-factor for the development
of "AIDS". However, the main reason to break free from cigarettes is
basic: smoking is incompatible with good health. Since the goal of
to return to health, there is no room for waffling on cigarettes.
From my own observations and those of people in groups like PWAC, about
50% of "PWAs" continue to smoke, usually quite heavily. It is considered
form to criticize their habit. "PWAs" smoke at social gatherings. They
in organization headquarters. Pale and emaciated, they smoke in the
outside meetings of ACT UP's Treatment & Data Committee. They smoke
before and after using the machine from which they breathe aerosolized
pentamidine — as prophylaxis against pneumocystis carinii pneumonia
I remember visiting my friend Harold in St. Vincent's Hospital. There
shelf by his bed, next to his Teddy bear, was an ash tray with a huge
of cigarette butts. Harold smoked one cigarette after another. My lungs
to burn just from breathing the air of the room. Doctors, nurses and
came in and out. A plain-clothes nun dropped in and chatted awhile.
said anything about cigarettes. When I told Harold that in his condition
had no business smoking, he cheerfully said I was the first person
to tell him
that. The first one! Harold died a few months later.
I last saw Wolf on Greenwich Avenue. He was leaning against a wall for
support, gray in the face, red circles around his eyes. In the course
of our brief
conversation he went through half a dozen cigarettes, lighting each
one before it. Wolf was amused when I made an anti-cigarette comment,
seemed to consider it another of my eccentricities, along with "criticisms"
poppers and the "belief" that HIV was not the cause of "AIDS" Wolf
few months later.
When I brought up the cigarette issue in a talk with one of New York
leading AIDS-doctors, he responded sanctimoniously: "If you knew that
someone had only a few months to live, would you really deny him
something that gives him pleasure? I realized then that dialogue was
impossible. Modern Medicine and its priests are hostile to the concept
Don't get VD.
If repeated bouts of venereal disease plus antibiotic treatment helped
"PWA" sick, then obviously the VD-antibiotic cycle needs to be broken.
"PWA" in recovery should take whatever steps are necessary so he will
longer contract gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, etc. (HlV-status is,
irrelevant, since HIV is not pathogenic.)
The ethical and aesthetic question remains whether sick people should
sex at all, safe or otherwise. Should there not first be recovery,
then sex? In
my opinion, it would be a step forward in recovery, for many gay men
"AIDS", to learn how to experience affection and companionship without
Don't take toxic medical drugs.
I have written a great deal about AZT and the other nucleoside analogs
book and my previous one, Poison By Prescription. There cannot ever,
any circumstance, be a justification for prescribing or taking these
are highly toxic, they have no benefits of any kind, and they were
on the basis of fraudulent research. To take a nucleoside analog, either
or in combination with others, negates the possibility of recovery.
within a few months or a few years is the inevitable out come.
However, entirely aside from the nucleoside analogs, most "PWAs" are
taking medications whose side effects are sufficiently serious as to
return to full health. This is an issue which must be addressed, but
where it is
difficult to give advice. Even if I were a physician, it would still
to know someone's exact medical circumstances before making a
recommendation about medication.
Since orthodox treatment of "PWAs" is based on a misunderstanding of
and how they are sick, most medications are inappropriate. In general,
medication should be kept to a minimum. The body should be allowed
heal itself naturally—through detoxification, nutrition, exercise,
Any drug that weakens the body is a step backwards in the long run.
Someone with a life-threatening opportunistic infection should probably
receive treatment. Although Bactrim and Septra have toxicities, they
necessary to pull a patient through a bout with PCP, giving him at
chance to make a full recovery later.
The issue of prophylaxis is controversial. Since PCP is the leading
death in "PWAs", many doctors prescribe either aerosolized pentamidine
low dose of oral Bactrim as prophylaxis. What none of the AIDS-doctors
to comprehend is that there already is a prophylaxis against PCP and
opportunistic infections (OIs)—a prophylaxis which is 100% effective
no side effects whatever. That prophylaxis is Good Health.
Let me explain. The OIs by definition are infections which only happen
very sick body—a body whose immune system is hardly functioning at
The OIs are caused by micro-organisms which are ubiquitous, and which
harmless in any halfway healthy body. Every human being in the world
pneumocystis carinii in his lungs, and ordinarily it just sits there
nothing." The real causes of PCP, and of all other OIs, are whatever
patient sufficiently sick enough in the first place, that normally
microbes become pathogenic. When the real causes of sickness are identified,
and appropriate steps are taken to reverse the process of pathogenesis,
should be no need to fear PCP or any of the other OIs.
Bactrim and pentamidine have toxicities. Perhaps their use could be
as a short-term, emergency measure, but they are not good to take
indefinitely. The best course of action is to detoxify the body completely,
restore it to health. This is a simple message. Does anyone want to
The treatment of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) is a special case, since many
with KS are still in fairly good health up to the point that they acquire
diagnosis and start receiving medical treatment. Almost all KS cases
found among gay men, rather than among the other "AIDS risk groups",
the connection to use of poppers and other "gay drugs" is blatantly
There should be no medical treatment of any kind—chemotherapy, radiation,
or anything else—for KS itself. Nor should any drug be given for the
hypothesized condition of "AIDS". No medical treatment for KS has ever
proved more effective than no treatment at all, and since no treatment
no toxicities, it is clearly preferable. The best plan of attack is
health risks, detoxify the body, and let time do the healing.
Most of the early patients with KS were killed off by the lethal medications
they were given. On the other hand, a growing number of people with
who rejected chemotherapy and radiation, are now alive and well years
their diagnosis. They gave up drugs and otherwise cleaned up their
started living in as healthy a way as possible, and went on to lead
Good nutrition is necessary for health, and plays an especially important
in physical recovery from alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse.
Unfortunately, most physicians have little interest in or knowledge
The establishment nutritionists are no better. For years they have urged
eat margarine instead of butter! They have proclaimed the dangers of
steak, olive oil, roast pork, cheese, and almost anything else that
might be part
of a good meal.  While issuing spurious warnings about food
supplements, they have acted as public relations whores on behalf of
sugar industry (about which more below).
A recovering "PWA" will have to think for himself about nutrition. He
should be skeptical of everything he hears, including what I say.
To put my own prejudices up front: I am in favor of real food, by which
some exceptions) I do not mean stuff that comes out of a box, can,
or jar. Real
food does not have preservatives or other chemicals in it. Nor does
have artificial flavorings, thickeners, or dyes. Real food is fresh,
that tastes good.
In groups that encourage alternative approaches to recovery from "AIDS",
such as H.E.A.L. in New York City or Positively Healthy in London,
members follow macrobiotic or vegetarian diets. While these diets may
provide good nutrition, I am not convinced that they are necessary,
suspect that their use may be dictated by a particular moral philosophy.
my part, I am not ashamed to be a carnivorous animal. Human beings
canine teeth in their jaws and hydrochloric acid in their stomachs,
means that evolution has fashioned our species to eat meat. Recovering
"PWAs" need high quality, easily utilized protein, which is amply provided
by meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and cheese. 
The establishment nutritionists are currently waging a Manichaean crusade
against fats (evil) and in favor of carbohydrates (good), with a certain
ambivalence towards protein (sinful but necessary). I think that time
prove they are wrong, as usual. Of course, balance is important. The
proviso, "nothing in excess", very much applies to nutrition.
Contrary to current nutritionist orthodoxy, many "PWAs" may need a diet
which is relatively high in protein and low in carbohydrate, and which
eliminates sucrose (sugar). This diet is necessary to treat a condition
candidiasis, or the "yeast syndrome", as well as to treat the hypoglycemia
(chronic low blood sugar) that is prevalent among recovering alcoholics.
The yeast syndrome
As I explained in the previous chapter, fungal infections are an important
component of the syndrome known as "AIDS". In particular, Candida
albicans, a ubiquitous and normally non pathogenic fungus, or yeast,
major role in making "PWAs" sick. An extended discussion of candidiasis,
the yeast syndrome, would be out of place here, so I'll just give an
of the condition. For further information the reader should consult
books: The Yeast Connection: A Medical Breakthrough and The Yeast
Candidiasis, an overgrowth of the fungus, is mainly caused by two factors:
antibiotics and nutritional imbalance—specifically, sugar and too much
refined carbohydrates. In addition, yeast overgrowth is aggravated
factors: a lowered immune system, stress, and various drugs, chemicals,
pollutants. In severe cases of candidiasis, the yeast assumes pathogenic
invasive forms, releases toxins, and causes illness throughout the
The most obvious symptom of candidiasis is thrush, a whitish coating
appears on the tongue and in the mouth. A large proportion of "PWAs"
experience thrush at one time or another. Other symptoms of candidiasis
extremely heterogeneous, and range from the mild to the life-threatening.
These symptoms include: mental confusion, chronic fatigue, depression,
athlete's foot, vaginitis, bloating, headaches, ear infections, bronchitis,
asthma, sinus infections, abdominal cramps, gastritis, constipation,
allergies, and an increased vulnerability to viral, bacterial, and
infections. Some theorists, notably Brian Coyle in San Francisco, believe
candidiasis represents the fundamental pathogenesis in the syndrome
illnesses known as "AIDS".
The first line of attack in treating candidiasis is to remove the causes
condition. This means avoiding antibiotics; avoiding drugs, chemicals
pollutants; and correcting the nutritional imbalance. In addition,
may include anti-fungal agents, such as Nystatin (a relatively non-toxic
prescription drug), raw garlic, and caprylic acid and pau d'arco tea
found in health food stores). Exercise is also beneficial.
The anti-candida diet is elaborated in the two books mentioned above.
first few weeks, it consists of almost nothing except meat, fish, poultry,
vegetables, and non-sweetened yoghurt. When the condition improves,
foods are gradually added: cheese, nuts, whole grains, and small helpings
some fruits. Sucrose (regular sugar) is strictly avoided at all times.
has nothing to lose by going on the anti-candida diet; if the yeast
has been making him ill, he will notice a dramatic improvement within
couple of weeks.
The anti-candida diet is virtually identical to diets used to treat
of hypoglycemia (chronic low blood-sugar), and is very similar to the
and effective Atkins diet for treating obesity.  In all these
general principles are the same: total avoidance of sugar and sharp
in the intake of refined carbohydrates. Since many "PWAs" also suffer
alcoholism, it is noteworthy that, according to the best general book
topic, the great majority of alcoholics—both active and abstinent—have
clinically significant hypoglycemia. 
Much disinformation about sugar has been directed at "PWAs" (and the
American population in general). The following section will describe
dangers of this familiar and well-beloved anti nutrient.
Sugar: pure, white and deadly
In the ten years I've been writing about "AIDS", nothing I've said has
more shock and outrage than a tentative suggestion I once made, that
"PWAs" might try going without sugar for a few weeks. The vehemence
the reaction persuaded me that many "PWAs" are not just fond of sugar,
addicted to it. Indeed, sugar is a highly addictive substance. When
addict kicks the habit, he experiences genuine withdrawal symptoms,
can include several days of very bad headaches.
The reading I have done since then has convinced me that sugar is dangerous
for "PWAs", and to some extent harmful for everyone else. This will
a capsule account of the case against sugar. For further information
recommend two books: John Yudkin's Pure, White and Deadly and William
Dufty's Sugar Blues.  Yudkin is Professor Emeritus of Nutrition
Dietetics at the University of London; his book is scholarly, comprehensive,
and quietly devastating.  Dufty is a journalist who writes with
and enthusiasm; his book is deservedly a best seller, still in print
decades after its first publication.
It is first necessary to define exactly what "sugar" is, as the sugar
successfully muddied the waters. Sucrose or ordinary table sugar is
chemical, a disaccharide, expressed by the formula: C12-H22-O11. In
explaining the title of his book, William Dufty offers the following
Sugar Refined sucrose: CI2-H22-O11, produced by multiple chemical
processing of the juice of the sugar cane or beet and removal of all
protein, which amount to 90 percent of the natural plant.
Blues: A state of depression or melancholy overlaid with fear, physical
discomfort, and anxiety (often expressed lyrically as an autobiographical
chronicle of personal disaster).
Sugar Blues: Multiple physical and mental miseries caused by human
consumption of refined sucrose — commonly called sugar.
Propaganda from the sugar industry has attempted to obliterate the
differences between refined sucrose and the other sugars, which include:
- Glucose, sometimes known as blood-sugar. Glucose is found in many
and vegetables, usually along with other sugars. It is manufactured
bodies from other nutrients, and is necessary for life.
- Fructose, or fruit sugar.
- Lactose, or milk sugar.
- Maltose, or malt sugar.
Whereas all other sugars are found in nature together with other nutrients,
refined sucrose is pure. Sucrose has no nutritional properties whatever;
correctly described as an anti-nutrient, because it greatly increases
need for B-vitamins, and because it interferes with the body's ability
The sugar industry also attempts to obscure the difference between sugars
carbohydrates. While it is true that the sugars are classified as carbohydrates,
there is a world of difference between the carbohydrates found in fruits
vegetables, on the one hand, and the pure, white powder known as sugar,
the other. Even potatoes and white flour, which are commonly thought
"starch", contain many nutrients, whereas the nutritional value of
Sugar industry propagandists tout sugar as a source of quick energy
calories, which is deliberately misleading. As Yudkin points out: "All
contains 'energy', in that some of its components can provide the fuel
body's workings.  A piece of bread with butter will supply energy
minutes, and at the same time provide nutrition.
In his first chapter, John Yudkin states that, while parts of his book
controversial, he will make "two key statements that no one can refute":
"First, there is no physiological requirement for sugar; all human nutritional
needs can be met in full without having to take a single spoon of white
brown or raw sugar, on its own or in any food or drink.
Secondly, if only a small fraction of what is already known about the
sugar were to be revealed in relation to any other material used as
additive, that material would promptly be banned." 
Although human beings are omnivorous—capable of surviving on a diet
meat, vegetables and fruit—our bodies are ill-prepared by evolution
with refined sucrose. Yudkin writes:
"It appears that for at least two million years our ancestors were largely
eating.... In nutritional terms, the diet of prehistoric human beings
ancestors during perhaps two million years or more was rich in protein,
moderately rich in fat, and usually poor in carbohydrate." 
When the Neolithic revolution occurred, about 10,000 years ago, humans
began to eat grains, and the proportion of carbohydrate in the diet
sharply. Even so, sugars entered the diet to a very limited extent,
mainly from wild fruits, which contained valuable nutrients. Perhaps
about 2500 years ago, possibly in India, people found they could make
sort of sugar by extracting and drying the sap of the sugar cane. The
cultivation of sugar gradually spread around the world, but until the
century sugar was a rare luxury, consumed only in tiny quantities by
rich In the mid-18th century, with slave plantations in the Caribbean
improved techniques of cultivating and refining the product, the modern
sugar industry came into being.
The average person (man, woman and child) in the United States and
England now eats two pounds of sugar per week, many dozens of times
much as someone would have eaten only a few centuries ago. In
evolutionary time, it is only an eye-blink that humans have been eating
cultivated grains, and much less than that, refined sucrose. Our bodies
prepared to deal with such a massive intake of C12-H22-O11, and the
consequences may very well be the degenerative illnesses that have
proliferated in the last century.
Sugar consumption is strongly linked to heart disease, diabetes, liver
and tooth decay; it may be a factor in the etiology of cancer. Sugar
adverse effect on the immune system, the adrenal glands, and blood-sugar
levels. And, as I've already pointed out, sugar plays a leading role
the yeast syndrome. Despite these compelling reasons for telling "PWAs"
eliminate or at least cut down sugar consumption, the AlDS-nutritionists
have been doing just the opposite.
When a client of Gay Men's Health Crisis requested that sugar free desserts
served, he was rebuffed by "Nutrition Coordinator" Robert Dostis, MS,
who urged "PWAs" to eat sugar:
"Sugar free desserts are difficult to prepare and generally non palatable... In
avoiding sugar you may be depriving your body of a readily available
utilizable energy source. Weight loss is a chronic problem with PWAs.
Desserts which are high in fat, sugar and thus, calories, can help
aid in gaining weight." 
Dostis was planning to give "a talk explaining the role sugar plays
in the body,
including digestion, assimilation and metabolism"
disseminated by the Rockland County Department of Health went even
"Go for the sugar. It has the calories you need right now. Remember,
drinks, not diet. Add extra sugar if you wish, and a scoop of ice cream.
your friend. Don't be afraid to eat candy bars, cake, and cookies."
After recovering from the nauseating suggestion of putting extra sugar
drinks, one can only wonder: What were the motivations of these sugar
pushers? Considering that "PWAs" are threatened by a host of fungal
infections, that they are under-nourished, that they have compromised
immune systems, and that many of them have hypoglycemia—all of which
will be aggravated by sugar consumption—the advice to eat a lot of
deadly. It is the nutritional equivalent of AZT therapy.
The question of food supplements
The topic of food supplements inevitably dominates discussion of alternative
approaches to treating "AIDS". I am certainly not any expert here,
what they are worth, here are my opinions.
Basically, I think that recovering "PWAs" need good food—a diet which
relatively high in protein and low in carbohydrates, with as little
possible. Such a diet could include meat, fish, poultry, eggs, plain
plain kefir, cheese, nuts, lots of all kinds of vegetables, moderate
whole grains, and small amounts of the less sweet varieties of fruit.
sweet kinds of fruit, to be avoided or eaten sparingly, would include
raisins.) This is not an unusually restrictive or exotic diet—meals
include steak, raw-fried potatoes and salad; or minestrone and grilled
hamburgers on whole-grain bread with mixed salad; or roast duck with
rice and sauerkraut; or sauerbraten with red cabbage and potatoes,
pork with apples, brussels sprouts and chestnuts. Real food.
Let me add that I myself do take food supplements, and would recommend
them for recovering "PWAs". A daily regimen might include the following
supplements: one multiple vitamin-mineral tablet, one or two grams
vitamin C, vitamin B complex (through tablets, Brewer's yeast, or liver),
carotene (25,000 units), and vitamin E (400 units). These dosages are
above the minimums recommended by establishment nutritionists, but
are still perfectly safe. Vitamins C and A (from beta carotene) are
for the immune system. Vitamin E is beneficial as an anti-oxidant and
detoxifier. Vitamin B complex is especially important for recovering
alcoholics and drug addicts.
Some alternate nutritionists have recommended that "PWAs" take
enormous "megadoses" of some vitamins, in particular, vitamin C. They
have recommended daily doses of 30, 40, or 50 grams of vitamin C per
such doses, vitamin C is no longer a food supplement, but a drug. I
is not a good idea. For one thing, these recommendations reflect the
erroneous notion that a virus is the cause of "AIDS", and that vitamin
attack the virus. For another, such megadoses violate the most important
principle of recovery for a "PWA", the principle of balance. Megadoses
vitamin can deplete other vitamins, thus artificially creating malnutrition.
The best guide is still: "Nothing in excess".
Yoghurt and kefir have much nutritional value, and contain friendly
that act against the yeast syndrome. They are easy to make at home,
starter that can be purchased in a health food store.
Garlic has been believed, by many different peoples over many centuries,
have healing powers. To take garlic raw, peel the skin off a clove,
several pieces, and then gulp down with a lot of water. If it's a small
may be possible to swallow whole. Don't chew, unless you're very brave.
On other supplements: I try all kinds of things once in awhile, but
need to discuss them here. Any book store or health food store will
abundance of literature on spirulina chlorella, aloe vera, psyllium
Exercise and rest
Not only is exercise essential to good health, it is the best way to
stress. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where there is no
way to escape pressures and anxieties. Long-term, inescapable stress
serious illness, but there is one antidote: the feeling of serenity
hard exercise. An active body is somehow able to restore physical and
psychological balance, even in difficult circumstances.
A New York Times article reported on a two-year study of 86 homosexual
men, 33 of whom learned, five weeks after beginning the study, that
were "infected with H.l.V.". They were divided into three groups: the
practiced relaxation exercises, the second practiced aerobic exercises,
third did neither. The researchers found that those in the two exercise
were healthier in general, and had better immune systems according
counts. Also, among the HIV-positives, those in the two exercise groups
much better psychologically with the stress of the diagnosis. 
For health purposes, as opposed to body-building, aerobic exercises
These are exercises which involve the whole body and are vigorous enough
to increase the breathing and heart rate for half an hour or so. Swimming,
running, cycling, rowing, vigorous walking, vigorous calisthenics,
and so on
are aerobic exercises.
There is much to be said for calisthenics. I learned a good routine
and it is always with me. I can find myself in a hotel room in a city
in the world—on a rainy day—and still go through my exercises, almost
well as in a gymnasium. Calisthenics have to be done carefully, with
and easy warm up. Form is important. In bends and stretching exercises,
muscles should never be forced to go where they don't want to go.
Even someone who is sick should try to do some exercise, if only a breathing
exercise or walking. In many ways, walking is the perfect exercise,
as it is
almost impossible to overdo. One frequently hears of joggers dropping
but not walkers. For those able to escape from the metropolis, there
like a long walk in the country to give a sense of well-being.
For thousands of years Scandinavians have known the benefits of heat
therapy, believing that saunas cause the body to burn out infections
sweat away toxins. Be that as it may, there is nothing like a sauna,
followed by a massage, to give a sense of well-being that can last
days. Unlike extra-corporeal hyperthermia, saunas are quite safe, and
Scandinavia they are used even by the sick and the elderly.
The counterpart of exercise is rest, and the two go together. Human
and other animals can live much longer without food than without sleep.
Everyone should structure his life, and take whatever practical steps
necessary, so that he always enjoys a full night of deep and undisturbed
Since becoming an AIDS dissident, I have had much exposure to alternative
or holistic medicine, including homeopathy, chiropractic, herbalism,
acupuncture, herbology, meditation and relaxation techniques, and diets
food supplements of every kind. For this book it would be inappropriate
me to comment on any of these in detail, so I'll confine myself to
The alternative health world is quite heterogeneous. It includes fine,
dedicated people, who have a real grasp of what it means to be healthy.
includes charlatans and opportunists. It includes eccentrics and outright
On the positive side, the best of the holistic practitioners share a
of treating the whole patient, rather than isolated symptoms. They
understand the importance of nutrition and psychology in the healing
process. They favor non-toxic therapies that help the body to heal
opposed to the orthodox approach of using toxic drugs to attack putative
microbial enemies. In passing, I believe that even the silliest treatments,
including the wearing of crystals or amulets, are valuable if they
"PWA" away from nucleoside analogs.
On the negative side, many alternative therapies do not have a sound
On the whole, the alternative health people have provided some of the
strongest support for critics of the AIDS orthodoxies. They are much
open-minded on most issues than ordinary physicians. Regrettably, some
alternative approaches to treating "AIDS" simply latch onto the prevailing
myths. Commodities are promoted as having efficacy against HIV. A line
goods is advanced without any clear understanding of exactly how and
"PWAs" are sick in the first place. At the worst, some alternative
counselors have touted a full array of vitamins, supplements, and so
addition to AZT. One book, which presumed to offer an alternative approach
to treating "AIDS", recommended taking warm baths to offset the toxicity
AZT; the author had neither the intelligence nor the courage to warn
taking AZT in the first place.
If a "PWA" has earned his diagnosis primarily through drug abuse, then
the holistic remedies in the world will not help him if he continues
inhale, smoke, and swallow drugs. Similarly, if a PWA's illness is
due to VD
plus antibiotics or to nutritional imbalance or to overwhelming stress,
he will no[ get better until these specific problems are addressed.
The fear of "AIDS" is largely fear of the unknown. But once "AIDS" has
demystified, and the AIDS-illnesses seen for what they are, there are
for optimism. A "PWA" who has identified health risks and eliminated
from his life, and who has not added other health risks (like toxic
I have described above a program of recovery for those who have been
a diagnosis of "AIDS". Some will say I am only offering "Granny's advice".
Indeed, a rumor has been going about that the "Lauritsen program" consists
of "doing nothing". This is nonsense. It is not nothing for someone
sentence of doom to discover hope. Nor is it nothing for a victim to
against the Church of Modern Medicine and take charge of his own
recovery—or for an addict to give up drugs—or for a smoker to give
cigarettes— or for a malnourished person to graduate from candy bars
food—or for a sedentary individual to begin exercising. Nor is it nothing
someone to avoid medical drugs that will kill him.
The path back to good health may not always be clearly marked. Sometimes
may be necessary to make decisions on the basis of scanty information.
will not matter, as long as the basic principles of health and common
are followed. The guiding rule should be the Hippocratic saying: Above
no harm! *
PRIMUM NON NOCERE
The above article has been published as Chapter XX in John Lauritsen's 'The AIDS War; Propaganda, profiteering and genocide from the medical-industrial complex' Asklepious Press USA 1993, ISBN 0-943742-08-0
1: This and the preceding chapter have not been published before.
not a self-help book, I am happily not a physician, and I would prefer
give medical advice. Nonetheless, in this chapter I will share my thoughts
recovery from "AIDS". I consider it my duty to speak out, rather than
an open field for the lethal advice of the orthodox AlDS-doctors.
2: What is the hardest of all?
What you imagine the easiest: to use your eyes to see what's right
in front of
—Goethe: Xenien (Peter Duesberg used this quote in his
paper, the role of
drugs in the origin of AIDS", Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy,
Paris 1992, 46.
I've revised the translation slightly.)
3: Robert S. Mendelsohn, Confessions of a Medical Heretic, Chicago
A 1984 symposium over which Mendelsohn presided produced a
multifaceted critique of modern medicine, and was published as a book:
New Medical Foundation, Dissent in Medicine: Nine Doctors speak Out,
4: Confessions of a Medical Heretic, p. xiii.
5: Confessions of a-Medical Heretic, p. 113. Another influential critique
modern medicine is Ivan Illich's Medical Nemesis: The Expropriation
Health, New York 1976.
6: Charles Ortleb, (editorial) "Nazi Science- It's Not What You Have,
Who You Are", New York Native, 8 March 1993
7: I have often wondered why doctors are allowed to kill their patients,
not vice versa.
8: Nada Cox, Clinical Supervisor at Our House, a Los Angeles residential
treatment facility for people with AIDS, personal interview with Perry
Tilleraas, Circle Of Hope: Our Stories of AIDS, Addiction, & Recovery,
9: Larry Siegel, "Is AIDS Always Fatal? Siegel Says No", Alcoholism
Addiction, May-June 1988.
10: If I seem to be putting a good deal of emphasis on alcoholism,
because most, if not all, of the "PWAs" I have known are alcoholics.
remember a conversation between two gay doctors, which took place in
Comparing notes from their practices, they came to the startling realization
that all of their "PWAs" also happened to be alcoholics This is even
amazing in light of alcoholic denial—the fact that many alcoholics
successfully conceal the extent of their drinking from their physicians.
11: "Several years back pneumocystis carinii was believed to be a
protozoon, a one-celled animal, and was classified as such in the standard
AIDS books, like Confronting AIDS (see Chapter III). Now the consensus
seems to be that it is a fungus, a one-celled plant. For example, a
on the death of former tennis star, Arthur Ashe, states: "Ashe, 49,
died from a
form of pneumonia known as PCP, for pneumocystis carinii, the fungus
causes it." (Lawrence K. Altman, "Ashe Was Stricken Suddenly After
AIDS", The New York Times, 8 February 1993) (Ashe had been taking AZT
some time, because he felt his health was declining, he began taking
the summer of 1992.)
12: The nutritionists now concede they were partly wrong, that margarine
is not very good for us, and that olive oil (mono-saturated fat) is
better for us
than cottonseed, soybean or flaxseed oils (poly-unsaturated fat). Needless
say, they never took taste into consideration.
13: Although I think that meat is good for us, the meat sold in
supermarkets is far from ideal. It contains residues of pesticides,
antibiotics, dyes, and various other adulterants. If you live in farm
and can obtain free range chicken or "organic" meat, this would be
14: I particularly recommend the book by William G. Gook, The Yeast
Connection: A Medical Breakthrough, New York 1986. In addition there
useful information, especially with regard to nutrition, in the book
Parks Trowbridge and Morton Walker, The Yeast Syndrome, New York 1986.
15: There are many books on hypoglycemia, which the medical
establishment tried to dismiss as a "fad disease". One of the first
and best is by
Carlton Fredericks and Herman Goodman, Low Blood Sugar And You, New
York l969. Robert Atkins' diet was attacked as "dangerous" by the establishment
nutritionists, despite the fact that millions of people have used the
without ill effects. In 1973 he was forced to defend it before the
Commit tee on Nutrition and Human Needs. The story is told and the
described in his book, Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, New York 1972.
16: ''James R. Milam and Katherine Ketcham, Under The Influence. A
Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism, New York 1981. This
also gives dietary guidelines for hypoglycemia.
17: John Yudkin, Pure, White and Deadly, London 1972 and 1986; William
Dufty, Sugar Blues, New York 1975.
18: Although Pure, White and Deadly sells very well in Britain, the
Penguin Group does not allow it to be distributed in the United States,
only way to get a copy is from a British bookstore.
19: Pure, White and Deadly, p. 53.
20: Pure, White and Deadly, p. 2.
21: Pure, White and Deadly, p. 9.
22: Gay Men's Health Crisis, Recreation News, May 1991.
23: Peggy Wickwire, "Nutrition and HIV: Your Choices Make A
Difference", Tennessee Department of Health and Environment,
disseminated by the Rockland County (New York) Department of Health.
24: Daniel Goleman, "Relaxation and Exercise Plan May Slow Pace of
Virus, The New York Times, 12 February 1992.