'I still ask that the questions posed should be answered by those who have the scientific capacity to do so!'In 2002 a few of us here in South Africa wrote a booklet entitled "Castro Hlongwane…", and sub-titled it "HIV/AIDS and the Struggle for the Humanisation of the African".
An overviewHere is an excerpt from that booklet, which speaks for itself: "The first report on the incidence of HIV in South and Southern Africa was published in the "New England Journal of Medicine" and the "South African Medical Journal", both in 1985. Two of the most important findings in this report were that in our country and region:
- HIV infection was confined to male homosexuals; and,
- HIV was not endemic in this region of the world.
Am I wrong in this regard?
Professor Montagnier – HIV & AIDSYou will recall that (the French) Prof Luc Montagnier shared the 2008 Nobel Prize for Medicine, awarded to him as a tribute for having been a co-discoverer of the HI virus (HIV). Later he appeared in a video documentary done by a Canadian, Brent Leung, entitled "House of Numbers", which canvassed many views on the issue of HIV and AIDS. Here is a transcript of his comments in the documentary: Leung [the filmmaker]: You talked about oxidative stress earlier. Is treating oxidative stress one of the best ways to deal with the African AIDS epidemic? Montagnier [the scientist]: I think this is one way to approach, to decrease the rate of transmission, because I believe HIV we can be exposed to HIV many times without bring chronically infected, our immune system will get rid of the virus within a few weeks, if you have a good immune system; and this is the problem also of the African people. Their nutrition is not very equilibrated, they are in oxidative stress, even if they are not infected with HIV; so their immune system doesn't work well already. So it's prone, it can, you know, allow HIV to get in and persist. So there are many ways which are not the vaccine, the magic name, the vaccine, many ways to decrease the transmission just by simple measures of nutrition, giving antioxidants -- proper antioxidants -- hygiene measures, fighting the other infections. So they are not spectacular, but they could, you know, decrease very well the epidemic, to the level they are in occidental countries, western countries. Leung: So if you have a good immune system, then your body can naturally get rid of HIV? Montagnier: Yes. Leung: Oh, interesting. Do you think we should have more of a push for antioxidants, and things of that nature, in Africa than antiretrovirals (AIDS drugs)? Montagnier: We should push for more, you know, a combination of measures; antioxidants, nutrition advice, nutritions, fighting other infections -- malaria, tuberculosis, parasitosis, worms -- education of course, genital hygiene for women and men also, very simple measures which [are] not very expensive, but which could do a lot. And this is my, actually my worry about the many spectacular action for the global funds to buy drugs and so on, and Bill Gates and so on, for the vaccine. But you know those kind of measures (I am suggesting) are not very well funded, they're not funded at all, or they are, you know, it really depends on the local government to take choice of this, but local governments they take advice of the scientific advisors from the intelligent institutions, and they don't get this kind of advice very often. Leung: Well there's no money in nutrition, right? There's no profit. Montagnier: There's no profit, yes. Water is important. Water is key. Leung: Now one thing you said, you were talking about the fact that if you have a built immune system, it is possible to get rid of HIV naturally. If you take a poor African who's been infected and you build up their immune system, is it possible for them to also naturally get rid of it? Montagnier: [Nodding yes] I would think so. Leung: That's an important point. Montagnier: It's important knowledge which is completely neglected. People always think of drugs and vaccine. So this is a message which may be different from what you heard before, no? Leung: The closing? Montagnier: No, no, yes, my message, it's different from what you heard from (Anthony) Fauci or... Leung: Yes, it's a little different. Montagnier: Little different. Please note: As you know, the Anthony Fauci to whom Montagnier refers is the leading US Government expert on HIV and AIDS and Director of the US Government National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). We said very much the same things about HIV and AIDS as did Prof Montagnier, including on (i) the critical importance of nutrition, (ii) the need for a multi-faceted intervention to treat sick people who were also suffering from immune deficiency, and (iii) the need to use antiretroviral (ARV) drugs with great care and caution, mindful of the vital importance of a healthy immune system. [I must also mention that I never said "HIV does not cause AIDS". This false accusation was made by people who benefitted from trumpeting the slogan"HIV causes AIDS" as though this was a religious edict. What I said is that "a virus cannot cause a syndrome". As you know, AIDS is an acronym for "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome" – therefore AIDS is a syndrome, i.e. a collection of well-known diseases, with well-known causes. They are not, together, caused and cannot be caused by one virus! I said that HIV might be a contributory cause of immune deficiency – the ID in AIDS!] However the question I wanted to pose arising from the Montagnier interview above is:
Why were we wrong when we said the things Prof Montagnier said, while these were correct when he said them?
Mortality & causes of death in South AfricaThe institution called Statistics South Africa (Statssa) is the official statistical authority in our country. It handles all statistics including such matters as the Population Census, the Socio-Economic Survey, Mortality statistics etc. [You can access Statssa on the Internet.] Every year it publishes a Report on Mortality and Causes of Death. This is not an estimate, as is the case in many of our countries, but is based on the record of deaths and their causes which have to be reported to the Department of Home Affairs, with each Death Notice and its details certified by a Medical Doctor. Below is an extract from the Statssa Report on: Mortality and causes of death in South Africa, 2006: Findings from death notification Table 4.4: The ten leading underlying natural causes of death, 2006 Causes of death (Based on the Tenth Revision, International Classification of Disease, 1992)
|Tuberculosis (A15-A19)*||1||77 OO9||12,7|
|Influenza and pneumonia (J10-J18)||2||52 791||8,7|
|Intestinal infectious diseases (A00-A09)||3||39 239||6,5|
|Other forms of heart disease (I30-I52)||4||26 628||4,4|
|Cerebrovascular diseases (I60-I69)||5||25 246||4,2|
|Diabetes mellitus (E10-E14)||6||19 549||3,2|
|Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40-J47)||7||15 823||2,6|
|Certain disorders involving the immune mechanism (D80-D89)||8||15 736||2,6|
|Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] disease (B20-B24)||9||14 783||2,4|
|Ischaemic heart diseases (I20-I25)||10||13 025||2,1|
|Other natural causes||254 741||42,0|
|Non-natural causes||52 614||8,7|
|All causes||607 184||100,0|