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Ξ April 16th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ 1 |


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Ξ April 15th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Photography |






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Matthias Rath – steal this chapter – Bad Science

Ξ April 9th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Science |


This is not the story of a serial killer, this is the story of a massively parallel killer: Matthias Rath.

    The answer to the AIDS epidemic is here,' he proclaimed. Anti-retroviral drugs were poisonous, and a conspiracy to kill patients and make money. `Stop AIDS Genocide by the drugs Cartel' said one headline. `Why should South Africans continue to be poisoned with AZT? There is a natural answer to AIDS.' The answer came in the form of vitamin pills. `Multivitamin treatment is more effective than any toxic AIDS drug.' `Multivitamins cut the risk of developing AIDS in half.'

    Rath's company ran clinics reflecting these ideas, and in 2005 he decided to run a trial of his vitamins in a township near Cape Town called Khayelitsha, giving his own formulation, VitaCell, to people with advanced AIDS. In 2008 this trial was declared illegal by the Cape High Court of South Africa. Although Rath says that none of his participants had been on anti-retroviral drugs, some relatives have given statements saying that they were, and were actively told to stop using them.

    Tragically, Matthias Rath had taken these ideas to exactly the right place. Thabo Mbeki, the President of South Africa at the time, was well known as an `AIDS dissident', and to international horror, while people died at the rate of one very two minutes in his country, he gave credence and support to the claims of a small band of campaigners who variously claim that AIDS does not exist, that it is not caused by HIV, that anti-retroviral medication does more harm than good, and so on. At various times during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa their government argued that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, and that anti-retroviral drugs are not useful for patients. They refused to roll out proper treatment programmes, they refused to accept free donations of drugs, and they refused to accept grant money from the Global Fund to buy drugs. One study estimates that if the South African national government had used anti-retroviral drugs for prevention and treatment at the same rate as the Western Cape province (which defied national policy on the issue), around 171,000 new HIV infections and 343,000 deaths could have been prevented between 1999 and 2007. Another study estimates that between 2000 and 2005 there were 330,000 unnecessary deaths, 2.2 million person years lost, and 35,000 babies unnecessarily born with HIV because of the failure to implement a cheap and simple mother-to-child-transmission prevention program. Between one and three doses of an ARV drug can reduce transmission dramatically.

    The cost is negligible.

    It was not available.

 

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Ξ April 4th, 2009 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

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