A friend sent me a copy of the latest issue of that collection of outrageous and mercenary lies legally registered under the title of What Doctors Don’t Tell You. It looks like we can expect some especially deadly fuckwittery in the near future. This somewhat transparently fake “letter” (read: an obvious plant) appears in the “Have Your Say” letters page.
Keep up the fight—and now onto AIDS
Dear WDDTY After reading your excellent November 2013 issue, I felt I must write to you all to congratulate you on your achievements. It’s fabulous that this type of information is available in supermarkets, and essential that such a sphere of influence is maintained. Following your brave articles on assessing true causes of cancer, which often go unreported, as well as treatments which can heal, I was wondering whether you had ever considered similar investigation into what I consider the biggest medical fraud of recent history— that of HIV/AIDS.
A dedicated reader
WDDTY replies: We covered the ‘does HIV cause AIDS’ controversy years ago, but it’s probably time for an update. Thanks for the suggestion.
Yes, WDDTY did cover what they have labelled the HIV-AIDS “controversy” years ago. I found traces of it on their webshite. And guess what? I’ve got a copy of a full article now, written by Lynne McTaggart and Jody Wells, from the July 1994 subscription-only issue. It’s a big piece, several pages long, so I won’t quote the full thing. Connoisseurs of Vicious Dumbfuckery, curb your disappointment. There’ll be plenty to appreciate. WTFometers at the ready? You’re going to need one to cut through the thick wall of lethal Stupid. And in this case, it is lethal: Jody Wells died in August 1995, of AIDS-related disease, the same illness that would also kill his fellow editors at the AIDS-denialist magazine Continuum. Untreated HIV infections will destroy your immune system and this will result in a rather unpleasant death. The good news is: there are a number of treatments available, dosage will be tailored to your individual case and the days of needing to take cocktails of drugs are well past. HIV infections can be controlled with as little as one pill a day. People with cardiac problems may well be swallowing more medication than you.
On with the fuckwittery!
Tested to death
Virtually all of the scientific community has taken a germ-theory view of AIDS and accepted the theory that the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is capable of causing a syndrome of ever advancing immune suppression from which you will eventually die
What do we learn from this? Only that WDDTY = germ theory denialism (standard for purveyors of vitalistic bollocks such as homeopathy or McTaggart’s own-brand version of reiki: Intention) and a refusal to envisage the notion that virtually all of the scientific community will support a theory, not because it sounds neat, but because there’s solid, peer-reviewed evidence in favour of it. I’ll break up the next sentence, as it’s full of rich organic WTF:
However, a few lone heretics(1), such as leading University of California professor of molecular biology Peter Duesberg(2) and Australian biophysicist Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos(3) have offered exhaustively referenced argument(4) that HIV infection does not lead to AIDS(5) and that the test is so inaccurate that it shouldn’t be used(6).
- Galileo Gambit, much beloved of the dickwits. Having a different opinion from everybody else does not make you right.
- Duesberg is the sort of scientist who prefers to publish books rather than do quality research. He also claims cancerous tumours are immortal, so no doubt he’s got a scheme for flogging anti-ageing elixirs at some point. Also behind the official AIDS denialism in South Africa that saw a surge in preventable infections and killed so many people. He gets his arse most thoroughly kicked here by Jon Cohen of Science.
- According to Wikipedia, Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos has a BSc in nuclear physics and her job is to test people for sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. She has no medical or research qualifications and is not involved with HIV or AIDS patients in any way. This is a magnificent example of the Argument from The Man Down The Pub.
- Also known as the Gish Gallop
- It won’t lead to AIDS if detected and treated in time. Otherwise this statement is false.
- This is still being claimed and is complete bollocks. The test is capable of detecting the virus in the bloodstream 6 weeks after infection, with high accuracy.
6 WTF points, not bad for a single sentence. Now you know whuy I’m not going to reproduce the entire insanely long, insanely stupid article here.
Co-discoverer of HIV Robert Gallo and others have based their theory of the HIV-AIDS link on purely circumstantial evidence: that HIV seems to be present in all patients who have AIDS.
For someone who writes screeds of self-glorifying and mendacious bullshit, it’s impressive how McTaggart is all “LOL tl;dr” when it comes to looking up facts. For Barré-Sinoussi and Montaignier to earn their Nobel Prize, they identified “virus production in lymphocytes from patients with enlarged lymph nodes in early stages of acquired immunodeficiency, and in blood from patients with late stage disease. They characterized this retrovirus as the first known human lentivirus based on its morphological, biochemical and immunological properties. HIV impaired the immune system because of massive virus replication and cell damage to lymphocytes. The discovery was one prerequisite for the current understanding of the biology of the disease and its antiretroviral treatment”. They had to show this virus was indeed causing AIDS, not merely associated with it.
Nevertheless, as long ago as 1989, Luc Montagnier, the French co-discoverer of HIV, admitted: “HIV is not capable of causing the destruction to the immune system which is seen in people with AIDS.”
Really? Not only can I not find that quote on any website worthy of even the slightest confidence, but neither Argument from Authority nor Argument from Antiquity have any validity in science. If Montaignier really said that, he was wrong, as science has very thoroughly shown.