Louis Feinberg, Joseph Wardell, Moses Horwitz and Jennifer Hawkins
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Certain misrepresentations of research are evident from the abstract
alone. Others require looking at the entire paper to see how the
author's work has been falsely cited. For example:
> Why is Dr. Bennett concerned about vitamin A harming infants, yet AZT is perfectly acceptable when there is a wealth of data showing it is a teratogen, mutagen and carcinogen, which in turn leads to neurological problems, mitochondrial dysfunction and death? Does Dr. Bennett have proof that AZT is less toxic than vitamin A? Is vitamin A more carginogenic, more strongly oxidising than, and more destructive to mitochondria than AZT (among other body tissues)? This is a critical question when one considers the unequivocal data showing 'the current standard of care' to be potently toxic and harmful to infants. A few examples can best illustrate this: 1. In the study, 'Rapid disease progression in HIV-1 perinatally infected children born to mothers receiving zidovudine monotherapy during pregnancy', reported in May 1999 in AIDS, (13:927-33) de Martino et al. reported that: Comparison of HIV-1-infected children whose mothers were treated with ZDV with children whose mothers were not treated showed that the former [AZT treated] group had a higher probability of developing severe disease (57.3%..versus 37.2%)..or severe immune suppression (53.9%..versus 37.5%..) and a lower survival [rate] (72.2%..versus 81.0%..)’.
The discussion on page 931 of the article (1) states that:
They were comparing the progression of babies of untreated HIV positive mothers with those who FAILED ZDV prophylaxis. They were NOT suggesting that any baby exposed to ZDV in-utero fared worse (on average) than babies of untreated HIV positive women.
In fact the first sentence of the introduction (p 928) clearly stated that:
Are the ALT-AIDS Inc members just anti-vax fanatics in disguise? Or did you all go to the same school of how adulterate scientific evidence?
(1) Rapid disease progression in HIV-1 perinatally infected children born to mothers receiving zidovudine monotherapy during pregnancy. The Italian register for HIV Infection in Children. AIDS. 1999 May 28;13(8):927-33. PMID: 10371173
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