GIVE MBEKI A BREAK
Letter published in The Independent
By John Ruhland
The Independent (SA) 22 Dec. 2001
It is incredible to me, living in a country with a buffoon, Baby Bush, as
president, that you undermine the important work of your president, Thabo
Mbeki. He has a laudable, analytical approach to many important issues
regarding AIDS. As a physician, it has amazed me how "scientists" are doing
very unscientific "studies" supporting the use of drugs in which they have a
vested interest. I would recommend doing some investigation into how
physicians learn about treatments. The majority of their information comes
from drug reps.
We are told that the number of people with "drug-resistant AIDS" is
increasing. The trend for the loss of drug effectiveness and the increase of
serious side effects for the cocktails is following the trend followed
previously by AZT. Two major factors are the cumulative toxicity and the
loss of placebo benefit experienced by people given a new lease on life by
the announcement of a new drug. The new drug placebo effect is clearly
wearing off in the U.S., and the pharmaceutical companies are looking for
new markets. Africa is a real prize for them.
Please be more critical of scientific research and less critical of those
criticising the research.
Dr. John Ruhland