THE DRUG-AIDS HYPOTHESIS
Peter Duesberg (1) and David Rasnick (2)
Continuum Feb./March 1997
(1) Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, 229 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720, phone (510) 642-6549, fax (510) 643-6455, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Resident AIDS investigator at UC Berkeley, 229 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720, phone (510) 642-6549, fax (415) 826-1241, email: email@example.com
The war on the new AIDS epidemic has been a complete failure in terms of public
health benefits: 50,000 to 75,000 Americans develop AIDS per year and over
$8 billion are spent annually on AIDS research and treatment by the US
taxpayer alone, but there is no vaccine, and no effective drug, and not
one AIDS patient has been cured. It is proposed here that this failure
is the responsibility of the hypothesis that AIDS is caused by a virus
named HIV. This hypothesis has monopolized AIDS research and treatment
since 1984, but it neither explains nor predicts numerous AIDS facts, nor
has it produced any public health benefits. In order to solve AIDS we propose
here the drug-AIDS hypothesis. The drug hypothesis holds that all
American AIDS diseases that exceed their normal low background are caused
by the long-term consumption of recreational drugs, anti-HIV/AIDS drugs
or both. This hypothesis is based on the only new health risk to emerge
during the past 25 years in America and Europe: the drug epidemic. In America
the consumers of recreational drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, nitrite
inhalants, and heroin soared from negligible numbers in the 1970s to currently
20 millions, or 8% of the population. In addition, over 200,000 HIV-positives
take since 1987 daily prescriptions of inevitably toxic DNA chain-terminators
such as AZT and simultaneously consume many other orthodox and unorthodox,
toxic anti-HIV/AIDS medications. All AIDS facts confirm the drug hypothesis:
1) AIDS is new because the drug epidemic is; 2) over 95% of American AIDS
patients are long-term users of recreational and anti-viral drugs, because
drugs cause AIDS; 3) 9 out of 10 AIDS cases are males because they consume
90% of the drugs; 4) the age distributions of diseases and deaths from
drugs and AIDS are both 25 to 54 years because drugs cause AIDS; 5) babies
develop AIDS from sharing intravenous drugs with their mothers during pregnancy;
6) Kaposi's sarcoma as an AIDS disease is restricted to male homosexuals
because they use carcinogenic nitrite inhalants as sexual stimulants almost
exclusively (98%); 7) termination of drug use has prevented and has even
cured pediatric, male homosexual and intravenous drug-AIDS cases. According
to the drug-AIDS hypothesis AIDS is preventable by banning anti-HIV/AIDS
drugs and by advertising the medical consequences of recreational drugs.
Such a program could be as successful as the campaign that has reduced
smoking 40% by advertising the medical consequences of tobacco use. The
drug-AIDS hypothesis could save 50,000 to 75,000 lives per year, $8 billion
that are annually spent unproductively on AIDS research and therapy based
on the virus hypothesis, and much of the $15 billion that is annually spent
on supply control in the failed War on Drugs by lowering demand with
advertisements that drugs cause AIDS. The solution to AIDS and the drug
epidemic is as close as a very affordable and testable, independent AIDS
Be bold in formulating hypotheses and humble in the presence of facts.
Oswald Avery (1)
1. Richard Feynman
2. Why HIV-AIDS
science cannot succeed
American/European AIDS epidemic.
war on AIDS.
facts incompatible with the HIV-AIDS hypothesis.
3. The American/European
of the drug epidemic in America.
of the drug epidemic in Europe.
and age distribution of recreational drugs.
4. The epidemic
of AZT and other anti-HIV/AIDS medications
terminators licensed as a cure.
of AZT and supplemental anti-HIV/AIDS medications
caused by AZT and other anti-HIV medicines.
5. Drug-AIDS hypothesis
are proving the drug-hypothesis
and European AIDS restricted to recreational drugs and AZT.
out of ten American/European AIDS patients are males.
and deaths from recreational drugs have the same age distribution.
AIDS caused by maternal drug addiction.
group-specific AIDS diseases.
all drug users develop AIDS.
between HIV and AIDS.
of drug use either stabilizes or cures AIDS.
7. How the HIV/AIDS
orthodoxy divorces drugs from AIDS
of facts, example 1.
of facts, example 2.
standards of verification for HIV and drugs.
of facts and controls.
drug-using with non-drug using HIV-positives.
evidence that AZT accelerates death, eleven examples.
8. A possible solution