Reply to Nassim C. Kamdar regarding Critical 'AIDS' Analysts 10 April 2005
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Alexander H Russell,

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Re: Reply to Nassim C. Kamdar regarding Critical 'AIDS' Analysts

Nassim C. Kamdar refreshingly stated regarding dumping the term 'AIDS' Dissidents:

"I think it is high time to review the term 'aids dissidents' which puts one in the inadvertently similar position as the "insurgents" in Iraq; A negative concept that automatically creates in the mind of those with a herd mentality an emotional detachment from anything associated with the "dissidents"; and artificially compartmentalises researchers in this field. Since AIDS 'dissidents' are neither 'anti-government' nor 'anti-anything' can we, at least, avoid using the term in our own discussions. To get the ball rolling, 'AIDS-theory analysts' which recognises a common effort towards a common goal."

Kamdar is shrewd in adopting this strategy/tactic and we should follow her stance and start using the term 'AIDS' Analysts or 'AIDS' Critical Theorists or even 'AIDS' Deconstructionists since such analytical -critical-intellectual terms lifts so-called 'dissenters' out of the arbitrary binary opposition between 'them' and 'us': 'insiders' versus 'outsiders', 'establishment' versus 'dissident'.

We are not 'AIDS' dissidents but 'AIDS' Reappraisers and The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV-AIDS Hypothesis came into being as a group of signatories of an open letter to the scientific community. The letter (June 6, 1991) had been submitted to the editors of Nature, Science, The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine. The unpublished letter stated:

"It is widely believed by the general public that a retrovirus called HIV causes the group diseases called AIDS. Many biochemical scientists now question this hypothesis. We propose that a thorough reappraisal of the existing evidence for and against this hypothesis be conducted by a suitable independent group. We further propose that critical epidemiological studies be devised and undertaken."

Many so-called 'AIDS' dissidents are well respected and 'established' scientists, doctors, philosophers, cultural theorists, lawyers, journalists, as well as Noble Laureates Kary B. Mullis (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1993) and Walter Gilbert (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1980); and Serge Lang, arguably one of the most brilliant mathematicians in the United States; and not forgetting retrovirologist, Peter H. Duesberg, Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Duesberg isolated the first cancer gene through his work on retroviruses in 1970, and mapped the genetic structure of these viruses. This, and his subsequent work in the same field, resulted in his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1986. Duesberg was also the recipient of a seven-year Outstanding Investigator Grant from the National Institute of Health.

Here are a few quotes from established 'AIDS' Analysts on the flawed and failed 'HIV/AIDS' Hypothesis:

Prof. Serge Lang:

"For a decade, there has been increasing concern about 'AIDS,' and a virus called 'HIV' which is said to cause 'AIDS'. Having named this virus 'HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus - contributes to making people accept that 'HIV is the cause of AIDS'. However, to an extent that undermines classical standards of science, some purported scientific results concerning 'HIV' and 'AIDS' have been handled by press releases, by misinformation, by low-quality studies, and by some suppression of information, manipulating the media and people at large…A number of scientists have questioned the established view that 'HIV is the cause of AIDS,' and they have given evidence that this view - I call it dogma - may be invalid."

- Serge Lang, HIV and AIDS: Have We Been Misled? Questions of Scientific and Journalistic Responsibility, Yale Scientific, Fall 1994.

Kary Mullis, Ph.D:

"Where is the research that says HIV is the cause of AIDS? There are 10,000 people in the world now who specialize in HIV. None has any interest in the possibility HIV doesn't cause AIDS because if it doesn't, their expertise is useless...I can't find a single virologist who will give me references which show that HIV is the probable cause of AIDS. If you ask a virologist for that information, you don't get an answer, you get fury."

- Kary Mullis, Ph.D. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1993, for inventing the polymerase chain reaction [PCR].

Walter Gilbert, Ph.D:

"Duesberg is absolutely correct in saying that no one has proven that AIDS is caused by the AIDS virus. And he is absolutely correct that the virus may...not be the cause of AIDS."

- Gilbert, Ph.D., Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1980.

Peter H. Duesberg, Ph.D:

"If you think a virus is the cause of AIDS, do a control without it. To do a control is the first thing you teach undergraduates. But it hasn't been done. The epidemiology of AIDS is a pile of anecdotal stories, selected to fit the virus-AIDS hypothesis. People don't bother to check the details of popular dogma or consensus views."

- Peter H. Duesberg, Ph.D., Professor of Cell & Molecular Biology Member, National Academy of Sciences.

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