the AIDS Virus, Peter H. Duesberg
1996, 720 pages, ISBN 0-89526-470-6.
Review- Laissez Faire Books
There have been an estimated 100,000 academic papers published
on AIDS, yet according to University of California (Berkeley) biologist
Peter Duesberg, not a single one proves a virus causes the deaths.
Here he makes a compelling and explosively controversial case that
$35 billion of government AIDS research money has run into a dead-end.
Yet government scientists, pursuing their vested interest, continue
to demand more tax dollars for AIDS research. Moreover, Duesberg
suggests, government officials are trying to suppress those who
question what's going on. I understand many publishers were reluctant
to touch this book.
All I can do is scratch the surface of Duesberg's immensely fascinating
material. He observes that there hasn't been a really big viral
epidemic in the United States since polio vaccines were developed
more than three decades ago. Fears since then about imported tropical
diseases haven't materialized. Meanwhile, large numbers of researchers
are trained to hunt for viruses, many on government payrolls or
government grants. If it turns out that AIDS has nothing to do with
viruses, a lot of these people will lose their funding.
Duesberg tells what the federal government's Centers for Disease
Control has done with AIDS statistics, steadily increasing the number
of diseases considered part of the AIDS syndrome--diseases that
kill someone whose immune system has collapsed. Now there are some
30 diseases, which means you can't figure a trend by comparing AIDS
deaths in one year vs. another. Thus, even when the mission is to
save lives, government involvement means monkey business.
Duesberg begins his case by explaining what's required to determine
whether deaths are caused by some kind of infectious agent: (1)
it must be found in all patients and every diseased tissue, (2)
it must be isolated and cultured in a laboratory and (3) the purified
infectious agent must cause the disease in another host. AIDS, says
Duesberg, doesn't meet any of these tests.
Moreover, Duesberg reports that while the number of HIV-positive
Americans has been steady for years around a million the number
of AIDS deaths has gone up sharply. About eight times more Africans
test positive for HIV, but the continent has fewer AIDS cases.
Duesberg reports more problems with the disease hypothesis. Infections
don't discriminate among people. They hit both sexes and all ethnic
groups. Yet more than a decade after the first AIDS case was announced,
AIDS still hasn't gone beyond the original risk groups: male homosexuals,
intravenous drug users and hemophiliacs. Overall, 90% of AIDS cases
Why hemophiliacs like Ryan White who supposedly died of AIDS? Duesberg
cites evidence that hemophiliacs suffer a progressive degeneration
of their immune systems whether or not they test positive for HIV.
White's symptoms, Duesberg notes, "interestingly happen to
match the classical description of hemophilia, none being listed
as peculiar to the AIDS condition."
There's a similar story with blood transfusion patients who died
of AIDS, such as California tax fighter Paul Gann. Duesberg reports
that about half of transfusion patients die within a year after
transfusion. They were already sick.
Duesberg bets that long-term drug use is behind the AIDS deaths.
In addition to the one-third of victims officially recorded as intravenous
drug users, Duesberg presents evidence that a high percentage of
homosexual victims are drug users. AIDS, he says, tends to strike
so-called "fast-track" homosexuals who have a large number
of sexual contacts and engage in long-term use of "recreational"
drugs including alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, amyl nitrate, butyl
nitrate, barbiturates, ecstacy (XTC), librium, Mandrex, MDA, quaalude,
special K, seconal, THC, tuinol and valium--often several together.
Such long-term drug use, Duesberg notes, will definitely undermine
one's immune system to the point where opportunistic diseases take
"We have not been able to discover any good reasons why most
of the people on earth believe that AIDS is a disease caused by
a virus called HIV," writes Nobel Prize winning chemist Mullis
in the foreword. "There is simply no scientific evidence demonstrating
that this is true."
If they are right, then instead of being an impersonal disease
which could strike anyone, AIDS becomes an issue of personal behavior
and responsibility. Probably there would be less public sympathy
for continued mega-funding of AIDS research. But more important,
individuals would know they can do much to protect their own lives
provided the right story gets out.
This book is a thriller of scientific discovery and cover-up.
You've got to check it out.
Reviewed by Jim Powell
Source: Laissez Faire Books, San Francisco, April