Peter J Flegg,
Blackpool, UK, FY3 8NR
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the 25th October, Alex Russell quoted a virologist, Stephan Lanka, in
an attempt to lend credence to his claim that HIV does not exist. Once
again, however, we find that a source is misquoted.
Russell stated: "Dr. Stefan Lanka has long argued that 'HIV' is non-viral material: "I found that when they are speaking about HIV they are not speaking about a virus. They are speaking about cellular characteristics and activities of cells under very special conditions...I realized that the whole group of viruses to which HIV is said to belong, the retroviruses, in fact do not exist at all.” (Zenger's Magazine, December, 1998)."
In fact, there is a blatant omission in this quote. I presume Russell has left it out in order that the credibility of the source is not completely destroyed.
Stephan Lanka actually stated: "I realized that the whole group of viruses to which HIV is said to belong, the retroviruses -- as well as other viruses which are claimed to be very dangerous -- in fact do not exist at all. (my emphasis)
In fact, Lanka (very bizarrely, since he is a virologist after all) seems to believe there are no human viruses, and totally dismisses the existence of viral diseases such as hepatitis, measles, adenovirus, polio, smallpox, ebola, herpes, influenza etc.
It is no wonder that Mr Russell was economical with the truth - with people like Lanka lending their support to the dissident cause, it makes the task of those who believe in HIV so much easier.
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