Good luncheon time to you all,
If you’re drinking something right now, may I suggest you swallow and put your cup down before proceeding any further, done? Good.
Last night when ploughing through my emails I got to this one:
I’m just a guy who stumbled across your website.. Last December I became interested in the work of a certain Dr. Peter Duesberg who has spent his entire life studying the disease and also saved the life of a ‘positive’ child simply by stopping her dosage of retroviral medicines.
Have you ever heard of the movie House of numbers? What do you think about it? I approached a couple of HIV positive people on sites like gaydar etc. regarding the theory ( very well documented) that AIDS doesn’t really exist, but they didn’t seem to be very receptive. Two of them got actually quite offended and told me I should mind my own business..
Thanks for reading this mail, hope to hear from you soon.
Now I get lots of emails each day, dozens in fact. Most of them very supportive, with the odd crazy piece of hate mail thrown in. But this one was something new.
I was flabberghasted, speechless even – and it’s not often I’m without something to say. I’m not sure which part worries me more the fact that there’s a “well documented” “theory” out there that “AIDS doesn’t really exist” or that this “Doctor” is “saving” children’s lives by stopping their HAART treatment. Even now, twelve hours later I’m still at a loss of what to make of this.
How can these people ignore the solid scientific evidence for the existence of HIV and the very real fact that left unchecked and untreated a person will likely develop an AIDS defining condition? Billions, if not trillions of pounds/dollars/your_currency_here have been spent researching this virus and developing the amazing drugs we have today.
Even if you just take me as a very simple case in point, before I started my HIV treatment I felt like crap, I had a CD4 count (immune system) of 332 and a Viral Load (copies of the HIV virus in the blood) of 79,000. Only 6 months after I started treatment my CD4 had risen up to 381 and my VL had dropped to a measly 46.
I’ve heard other stories about churches urging members of their flock to stop treatment and either pray away the disease, or just plain denying it exists. The fact that people can be so stupid just beggars belief to me. I sent the gentleman a polite but firm rebuttal of his email, explaining that I thought his views were both irresponsible and dangerous.
What do you think? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.
Love and other scientifically measurable feelings,