My Photo

Bulletin Board

December 2008

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      


  • The NIH Keeps Up With The Times: 1, 2, 3. David Baltimore Has A Flashback: ***. The NY Times Keeps Up With Times: ***. The Faith of Anthony Fauci: ***. Anthony Fauci Explains How HIV Causes AIDS: ***. Robert Gallo on The Force of Ejaculation: ***, on HIV Theory: ***, Lectures in Marseilles: ***. David Ho Does The Math: ***. John Mellors Sets the Record Straight: ***. Bono, el Magnifico, Holds (Another) Press Conference: ***. Anthony Fauci Explains Journalism in the Age of AIDS: ***. Anthony Fauci and David Ho Disprove an Old Adage: ***. Anthony Fauci Explains ICL and AIDS: *** The CDC Can't Keep Up With The Times:*** The Method of the "Small Inquisitor" Moore:*** The Co-Discovery of a Nobel-Worthy Enzymatic Activity:*** The Revenge of the "Very" Minor Moriarty:*** Julie Gerberding and Anthony Fauci Learn Arithmetic:*** Osama Obama Has a Message for Africa:***

Bad Manners and Good Gossip

« Jeffrey Dach on Watermelons, CAT Scanners and the Origins of HIV | Main | Romeyn Objukwu Explains HIV/AIDS Cultural Learnings from America »

November 17, 2006


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Harvey Bialy

Since Dr. Culshaw has chosen to remind everyone of one of Dr. Fauci's more intelligent forays into publishing (although one doubts he actually read any of the articles he pretends to have edited), I would also like to call attention to an extremely interesting observation that Tony thought worth mentioning in an early article on the "evolving epidemic" he penned for Science back in 1986.

The experimental paper he cites shows that risk-activity participant US homosexuals and heterosexual men from Zaire were both infected with hepatitis B, CMV and EBV at 90-100% frequencies. He of course failed to draw any proper inference from this observation.

Mediocre minds rise very high in political bureaucracies.


It's way past time for the world, that's us, as well as the politicians and chronically misled talk-show hosts, to wake up to reality - the notion of a sexually-transmitted retrovirus causing an epidemic of immune deficiency in Africa is a racist construct.

Thank you, Dr. Culshaw.

The very idea that Africans are able to spread "HIV" across this huge continent in the incredible numbers we're told just stretches believability beyond its limits. This not-so-subtle racism unfortunately is evident here in the U.S., as black men get blamed for an "epidemic" on talk shows. Thank you for pointing out what should be obvious.


It has no basis in reality, and is causing a medical disaster in the call for the mass administration of "antiretrovirals" to the Third World -- a form of iatrogenic genocide masquerading as philanthropy.

Well said.

After suffering years of iatrogenic poisoning in the form of irresponsible antibiotic use, I understand how grave the future will be for these victims, and that insight is most disturbing for me. Giving these drugs to the impoverished peoples of Africa, without first substantially improving their access to basic resources is a high-crime, regardless of how one feels about HIV=AIDS.

Though it certainly is a medical disaster, as Dr. Culshaw notes, it is an even greater human tragedy for the use of these toxins is indeed more genocide than microbicide. The white man's burden should have never survived the the last century, since history has shown that it is never of altruistic origins. Furthermore, it has become quite clear that this country is a highly dysfunctional empire and one that is well past its zenith. Understanding this truth makes it a little easier to imagine the coming HIV debacle.

Alas, all empires eventually meet an inglorious demise, and this one can't meet its death too soon for the poor and the uneducated in this world.


Otis: Kevin, Although I personally agree with your sentiments regarding the end of the American empire (sic), and the untold woes that have been heaped upon the Motherland since the first whitemen set their cheesy toes on Her shores in the names of their Empires: (1) I have a small bone to pick with your use of the adjective "dysfunctional" since it implies that other empires not only functioned 'better', but somehow that is to their credit -- something that I am quite certain you do not intend. (2) I have been informed that there are some reading YBYL who are in full agreement with is basic editorial positions, who nonetheless remain persuaded that America is not an evil empire, and who would like nothing better than to turn this thread into commentary directed at international politics instead of AIDS politics. This is something nobody wishes to happen, so I must ask you in the future to self-edit your otherwise very incitefull and data full comments to remove all such references. Thanks.

Chris Tyler

How unsurprising there is such a large overlap between 'AIDS' and malnutrition in Africa:

"Prolonged fever, cough, diarrhea and weight loss were the most common presenting symptoms, and wasting, generalized lymphadenopathy and pyrexia were the most frequent signs in children with HIV/AIDS in the present study. These findings are similar to reports from Calabar, 4 Jos5 and Ile-Ife6 in southern, western and middle belt of Nigeria respectively. The trio of weight loss, chronic diarrhea and prolonged fever are the major criteria for the clinical diagnosis of paediatric AIDS in Africa as proposed by WHO.2, 8

The finding of high prevalence of protein energy malnutrition (PEM) in the present study is not surprising as previous reports have documented such findings in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. Moreover children with HIV infection may have other associated factors contributing to malnutrition such as reduced oral intake, chronic diarrhea and malabsorption resulting from infectious or non-specific causes.7"

And I find it interesting that:

"Children with PEM are more susceptible to infectious diarrhea diseases (GORDON, GUZMAN and ASOCOLI, 1964; TOMKINS, 1981; TROWBRIDGE, NEWTON, CAMPBELL, 1981; CHOWDHURY et al., 1990) which are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries."


"Recurrent episodes of diarrhea lead to malnutrition as a result of anorexia with fever, catabolism from infection...'

Wow, considering 'AIDS' is most often diagnosed with 'clinical presentation' alone, one wonders how PEM and 'AIDS' are differentiated?


Piña Colada

"Aggressive efforts to improve nutrition...could greatly improve the quality of life and possibly extend the lives of AIDS patients ...

'Malnutrition in AIDS is common, severe, and progressive,' said Dr. Donald P. Kotter, a panel member from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Starvation is a major contributing factor in the deaths of many AIDS patients, Dr. Kotter said at a news conference ... Even some drugs taken by AIDS patients can lead to malnutrition or vitamin deficiencies."
Gina Kolata


There are some interesting articles on the fabrication of UNAIDS statistics on NotAIDS


The comments to this entry are closed.


  • Comments are regarded as letters to the editor. They are subject to the same policies as the NY Times and Nature, and are not published until after editorial review.
Blog powered by Typepad