14th April 04:34
The AIDS Dilemma: drug diseases blamed on a passenger virus (virus dementia heroin lymphoma sarcoma)
The AIDS Dilemma: drug diseases blamed on a passenger virus
by Peter Duesberg & David Rasnick
Genetica 104: 85-132. 1998
Almost two decades of unprecedented efforts in research costing US
taxpayers over $50 billion have failed to defeat Acquired Immune
Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and have failed to explain the chronology and
epidemiology of AIDS in America and Europe. The failure to cure AIDS is so
complete that the largest American AIDS foundation is even exploiting it
for fundraising: 'Latest AIDS statistics 0,000,000 cured. Support a cure,
support AMFAR.' The scientific basis of all these unsuccessful efforts has
been the hypothesis that AIDS is caused by a ***ually transmitted virus,
termed Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and that this viral
immunodeficiency manifests in 30 previously known microbial and
non-microbial AIDS diseases.
In order to develop a hypothesis that explains AIDS we have considered ten
relevant facts that American and European AIDS patients have, and do not
have, in common:
AIDS is not contagious. For example, not even one health care worker has
contracted AIDS from over 800,000 AIDS patients in America and Europe.
(2) AIDS is highly non-random with regard to *** (86% male); ***ual
persuasion (over 60% homo***ual); and age (85% are 25-49 years old).
(3) From its beginning in 1980, the AIDS epidemic progressed
non-exponentially, just like lifestyle diseases.
(4) The epidemic is fragmented into distinct subepidemics with exclusive
AIDS-defining diseases. For example, only homo***ual males have Kaposi's
(5) Patients do not have any one of 30 AIDS-defining diseases, nor even
immunodeficiency, in common. For example, Kaposi's sarcoma, dementia, and
weight loss may occur without immunodeficiency. Thus, there is no
(6) AIDS patients have antibody against HIV in common only by
definition-not by natural coincidence. AIDS-defining diseases of HIV-free
patients are called by their old names.
(7) Recreational drug use is a common denominator for over 95% of all
American and European AIDS patients, including male homo***uals.
(8) Lifetime prescriptions of inevitably toxic anti-HIV drugs, such as the
DNA chain-terminator AZT, are another common denominator of AIDS
(9) HIV proves to be an ideal surrogate marker for recreational and
anti-HIV drug use. Since the virus is very rare (< 0.3%) in the
US/European population and very hard to transmit ***ually, only those who
inject street drugs or, have over 1,000 typically drug-mediated ***ual
contacts are likely to become positive.
(10) The huge AIDS literature cannot offer even one statistically
significant group of drug-free AIDS patients from America and Europe.
In view of this, we propose that the long-term consumption of recreational
drugs (such as cocaine, heroin, nitrite inhalants, and amphetamines) and
prescriptions of DNA chain-terminating and other anti-HIV drugs, cause all
AIDS diseases in America and Europe that exceed their long-established,
national backgrounds, i.e. >95%.
Chemically distinct drugs cause distinct AIDS-defining diseases; for
example, nitrite inhalants cause Kaposi's sarcoma, cocaine causes weight
loss, and AZT causes immunodeficiency, lymphoma, muscle atrophy, and
dementia. The drug hypothesis predicts that AIDS:
(2) is non-random, because 85% of AIDS causing drugs are used by males,
particularly ***ually active homo***uals between 25 and 49 years of age,
(3) would follow the drug epidemics chronologically.
Indeed, AIDS has increased from negligible numbers in the early 1980s to
about 80,000 annual cases in the early '90s and has since declined to
about 50,000 cases (US figures). In the same period, recreational drug
users have increased from negligible numbers to millions by the late
1980s, and have since decreased possibly twofold. However, AIDS has
declined less because since 1987 increasing numbers of mostly healthy,
HIV-positive people, currently about 200,000, use anti-HIV drugs that
cause AIDS and other diseases.
At least 64 scientific studies, government legislation, and non-scientific
reports do***ent that recreational drugs cause AIDS and other diseases.
Likewise, the AIDS literature, the drug manufacturers, and non-scientific
reports confirm that anti-HIV drugs cause AIDS and other diseases in
humans and animals. In sum, the AIDS dilemma could be solved by banning
anti-HIV drugs, and by pointing out that drugs cause AIDS –modeled on the
successful anti-smoking campaign.
An unflinching determination to take the whole evidence into account is
the only method of preservation against the fluctuating extremes of
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)(Whitehead, 1967).