|RE: "Shame: the elephant in the room"|
|Sunday, 17 March 2002 00:00|
"The editorial "Shame: the elephant in the room" addresses what I think is one of the principal human failings that prevents professionals from not only acknowledging but even seeing what they're doing. It makes one tremble to think of the shame doctors will have to endure when the people of the world find out that they had gotten it completely wrong about AIDS. The contagious, HIV hypothesis of AIDS is the biggest scientific, medical blunder of the 20th Century. The evidence is as large as an elephant that AIDS is not contagious, sexually transmitted, or caused by HIV. Shame is the main obstacle to exposing this simple fact. 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 absurdity.
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 embarrassed silence.
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.
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."
David Rasnick, Visiting Scientist, Dept. Molecular & Cell Biology, Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, "RE: "Shame: the elephant in the room"", BMJ (Electronic responses), March 17, 2002, Num. 0,
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