Friday, July 16th
09:30 - 10:15
"Immaculate conception or maculate perception - A view of science through Ludwik Fleck’s spectacles"
Ludwik Fleck - physician, molecular biologist and science theorist - views science as an historically and sociologically limited product of researching individuals, who in their turn are capable of limited perception only.
«... Cognition is neither passive contemplation nor the act of gaining the only possible insight into a finished actuality. Rather, it implies a relationship entered into in an active and spirited fashion, a process of transforming and being transformed; in short - creation.»
Ludwik Fleck (1929)
In the thick of things you do not see very far. While even the distant glance of the observer is at no time ?objective”, it is certainly better suited for perceiving a whole, its movement and blind spots, as well as one’s own position. This eliminates the breeding ground of any kind of dogmatism and fanaticism.
10:20 - 11:05
"HIV/AIDS and Goethe´s Faust: a pact with the devil?"
When Aids was first recognised as a syndrome afflicting growing numbers of homosexual men in San Francisco, New York and elsewhere, the initial response among politicians and the media was to regard it as a “gay plague” associated with a fast-track sex-and-drugs lifestyle. Tragically, that perception became an excuse for neglect. As the death toll mounted, gay leaders and their doctors mounted an intense campaign for a more compassionate and active response.
When US Government scientists claimed to have identified HIV as the cause, and to have developed a test to detect its presence, there was an all-round sense of relief. Billions of dollars flowed into the fight against “HIV/AIDS”.
The red ribbon, and HIV science, became iconic of a compassionate, tolerant society.
Neville Hodgkinson shows that from the earliest days of AIDS, scientists have presented evidence challenging the specificity of the HIV test, and offering alternative explanations for the syndrome. For the most part, however, these voices have been suppressed by the global scientific and medical communities, which came to regard questioning the HIV theory of AIDS causation as akin to holocaust denial - a crime against humanity.
Hodgkinson argues that despite the noble intentions, these feelings and perceptions have corrupted AIDS science in such a way as to damage the lives of millions, including countless gay men. He likens the mistake to that which ultimately causes Faust – also a doctor - to lose his life in Goethe’s version of the tragic legend. Once God’s favourite human being, striving to learn everything that can be known, Faust is ultimately ensnared by the devil through the joy he experiences from an act of compassion.
Goethe’s story has a happy ending: Faust dies, but his soul is saved by the “eternal feminine” and taken to heaven. Can there be an equivalent end to the tragic misunderstandings surrounding “HIV/AIDS”?
Neville Hodgkinson, formerly medical and science correspondent of the London Sunday Times, is author of AIDS: The Failure of Contemporary Science (Fourth Estate, 1996).
11:30 - 12:15
"HIV/AIDS therapy - where are the facts?"
AIDS appeared at the beginning of the 80s as a “new syndrome”. The “new diseases” were PCP and Kaposi’s sarcoma. The relatively young patients were consistently homosexuals, who admitted to drug abuse. The original drugs-AIDS hypothesis was rejected in favor of the virus-AIDS hypothesis. The HIV-antibody test came on the market and turned all those who tested positive to these antibodies into potential AIDS victims. The “plague” spread henceforth more due to the plague-like spread of the HIV test than to that of the clinically ill.
The drug AZT was approved in 1987 and was, as we now know, given in too high a dosage, so that practically everyone who received the medicine died prematurely of myelosuppression.
This extreme mortality rate did not at first occur to us clinicians because we believed that the patients were dying of AIDS.
Only after a clear reduction in dosage and the addition of a new active ingredient (protease inhibitors) did the mortality rate begin to go down.
The acceptance of the Virus-AIDS hypothesis has lead to patients being handled primarily on the basis of their HIV status, irrespective of clinical disease. In many cases, ancillary treatment is additionally applied to existing diseases, which can lead to a significant over-treatment. Furthermore, completely healthy HIV positive patients are advised to submit to prophylactic treatment and lifelong chemotherapy is recommended.
This “guideline therapy” has not been verified by random, placebo-controlled long-term studies and is, therefore, unsuitable as a recommended course of therapy. In fact, HIV positive patients should be treated commensurate to their clinical disease.
The occasional successful treatment of chronically ill HIV positives, who mostly suffer from invasive mycoses (PCP, Cryptococcus meningitis, histoplasmosis), stem from the antimychotic effectivity of the protease inhibitors which, in combination with nucleoside analogues, form a potent antimychotic agent and are possibly superior to other antimychotics such as amphotherycin combined with Ancotyl.
Further studies in the treatment of invasive mycoses would be necessary to ascertain which therapy regimen can best be tolerated in the long run. This is, however, not possible without calling into question the Virus-AIDS hypothesis which is clearly impossible, as recent incidents show. (Censure of two scientific publications which contradict the prevailing view of the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.)
12:20 - 13:05
"The epidemic that never happened - not even in africa"
“Can Africa be saved?” asked Newsweek on it’s front page as far back as 1984, reflecting the old Western belief that Africa is doomed to starvation, terror, disaster and death. This was repeated two years later in an article in the same journal in a story about Aids in Africa. The title set the scene: “Africa in the Plague Years”. The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed “by mid-1991 an estimated 1.5 million Ugandans, or about 9% of the general population and 20% of the sexually active population, had HIV infection”. Similar reports were repeatedly published during the last 25 years. The predictions announced the practically inevitable collapse of the country in which the worldwide epidemic supposedly originated.
Today, however, one reads little about Aids in Uganda because all prophesies have proved false. Summing up, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported the results of the (ten-year) census in September 2002: “Uganda’s population grew at an average annual rate of 3.4% between 1991 and 2002. The high rate of population growth is mainly due to the persistently high fertility levels (about seven children per woman) that have been observed for the past four decades. The decline in mortality reflected by a decline in Infant and Childhood Mortality Rates as revealed by the Uganda Demographic and Health Surveys (UDHS) of 1995 and 2000-2001, have also contributed to the high population growth rate.” In other words, the already high population growth in Uganda has further increased over the past 15 years and is now among the highest in the world. Similarly economic development has shown a constant growth over the same period reflecting the energy and determination of Ugandans to improve their living conditions.
It is long overdue that we recognize obvious facts proving that all predictions about an Aids epidemic in Africa have been wrong because they were based on erroneous assumption. Consequently budgets need to be redirected so that they meet the actual needs of the local population. Furthermore, individuals and organizations who have deliberately taken advantage of the hysteria they helped to create, need to be held accountable.
14:30 - 15:15
"HIV/AIDS - new therapeutic concepts according to latest immunological research"
Juliane Sacher und Patienten
The paper recounts experiences gained in the course of 25 years with non-toxic therapies for HIV/AIDS, with conventional medical remedies being used in emergencies. These therapies are based on recent evolutionary-biological and cell-biological scientific findings on immunological mechanisms.
Presented in a simple and intelligible manner, these principles can easily be grasped even by laypersons.
There is no cause for scaremongering; the point is to responsibly strike new paths.
One patient tells about his experience.
15:20 - 16:05
"AIDS und homoepathy in afrika"
Homeopathy has proven to be a potent and effective system for healing individuals because individualizing each case is the essence of its methodology.
Homeopathy’s greatest asset, though, appears to be in treatments for specific conditions, such as epidemic diseases and collective trauma. There are impressive historic examples of such specific applications of homeopathy in the 19th and 20th centuries. Also AIDS has been treated with homeopathy in Africa since 2002 with consistent results, especially with a specific remedy, PC1 (www.arhf.nl).
For the selection and efficacy of a homeopathic remedy for AIDS the more technical discussion of the mechanics behind AIDS are of less relevance, as in selecting a remedy a homeopath is guided by the common symptoms all patients are suffering from and not by any explanatory model for the condition.
Conventional medicine is based on the principle of attacking, in this case the virus thought to be responsible for AIDS, which at the long term results in therapy resistance and as a side effect damages the immune system and compromises the natural healing ability of the organism. Homeopathy is based on supporting the immune system and in the case of AIDS to mobilize it to contain and manage whatever deranges the diseased individual, and it offers a safe, free from side-effects, effective and cheap treatment.
Homeopathy, PC1, can be complementary to any other rational approach to AIDS, and even if patients are on ARVs still proves to be effective and considerably reduces the side-effects of ARVs by improving the patient’s condition.
Harry van der Zee
16:30 - 17:15
"AIDS - Exposing the myths - a video history"
digs into the Immunity Resource Foundation archive and highlights, using clips from this 25 year video collection, the stories, key moments and participants in this historic challenge to a prevailing scientific oligarchy and hostile media establishment.
The video clips will takes back to 1986 when Meditel’s first documentary on the subject, AIDS -The unheard voices, was made. The documentary provided a platform for dissenting voices, highlighting Peter Duesberg’s rejection of the virus/AIDS hypothesis. The film won the UK Royal Television Society’s Award for Journalism. We then dip into a series of subsequent film and video reports featuring the collection of voices raised in alarm at the disastrous consequences of the use of AZT as an antiviral. We recall the momentous Amsterdam Alternative AIDS Conference in 1992. - which we believed would end the whole scientific charade – and feature the ejection of protestors from the Berlin World AIDS Conference in 1993.
We reflect the Perth Group’s position on whether HIV has ever been isolated, and then move to Africa, highlighting the voices of those who saw “AIDS” appropriating and swallowing up specialties like TB and malaria. Finally we, and we hear South Africa’s former president, Thabo Mbeki, reflect on the censorship and bigotry that surrounds AIDS science.
Saturday, July 17th
09:30 - 10:15
"Hindrances to scientific progress and the failings of HIV/AIDS theory"
Mainstream consensus always exerts a cautionary influence on new developments that question an established theory. Sometimes hypotheses once rejected become accepted later on because of the availability of new techniques and new facts. At other times, a theory becomes burdensome because of the accumulation of facts that the theory cannot accommodate, and that theory is eventually replaced in a Kuhnian "scientific revolution". HIV/AIDS theory has generated such a mass of anomalous observations that HIV/AIDS theory seems doomed: it is plain that "HIV" is not a sexually transmitted infection, or indeed any sort of infection, and that it is not correlated with the incidence of AIDS.
10:20 - 11:05
African population doubled from 400 to 800 millions during the HIV-AIDS era
Based on information from the World Health Organization (WHO) Chigwedere et al. have "estimated" that 1.8 million South Africans were killed between 2000 and 2005 by a new Human immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) epidemic, and that 330,000 of those were lost because "feasible treatments" with anti-HIV drugs were not available. They blamed former president Mbeki and others, who questioned the HIV-AIDS hypothesis, for restricting anti-HIV drugs, specifically AZT and Nevirapine.
In view of the paradox that HIV would cause a huge epidemic in Africa, but not in any other continent despite global prevalence since 1985, we ask here what evidence exists for the claims of (1) 1.8 million South African HIV-deaths, and (2) for anti-HIV drugs able to prevent them.
1) Surprisingly we found no specific numbers for South African "AIDS cases" in WHO fact sheets. Based on verifiable statistics from South Africa, the US and the World Bank we found instead that the South African population increased by 3 million between 2000 and 2005, and had grown steadily from 29 to 49 million since the early 1980s when HIV-AIDS presumably begun. The monotonic growth trajectory shows no sudden loss of 1.8 million between 2000 and 2005, although about 25% were HIV antibody-positive. The population of Uganda also doubled since 1980, despite static prevalence of antibodies against HIV. Even Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole increased from 400 to 800 million between 1980 and 2007 despite high prevalence of antibodies against HIV. We conclude that African growth is independent of HIV, because HIV is an inherently nonpathogenic passenger, neutralized by antibody in millions of Africans with or without AIDS.
2) We adduce biological and statistical evidence that anti-HIV drugs, including the DNA chain-terminator AZT and Nevirapine, cause life threatening AIDS-defining and "non-AIDS-defining" diseases, but may have HIV-independent benefits against microbial infections and cancers. Thus restriction of anti-HIV drugs may have saved lives of HIV-positives and allowed normal growth to continue in South Africa.
11:30 - 12:15
"AIDS research significantly confused by Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs)"
HERVs (Human Endogenous Retroviruses) are confounding factors in HIV/AIDS research that cannot be ignored. They account for the presence of retroviral nucleoside sequences in the plasma of AIDS patients, erroneously interpreted as HIV “viral load”. They falsify claims of innumerable “mutations” of the hypothetical HIV. They also provide a valid explanation for the presence of EM recognizable retroviruses in the original 1983 publication from the French Institut Pasteur. Understanding the interference of HERVs in AIDS research permits to confirm that an exogenous HIV, actually, does not exist, opening the way to the development of a fully re-directed, non-retroviral AIDS research.
12:20 - 13:05
"Religion, politics & AIDS in Italy"
Department of Experimental Pathology and Oncology. University of Firenze, Italy.
The Italian Public Health Service is considered one of the best in the world and life expectancy in Italy is among the highest in Europe; Italian women live to be an average of 84 years old, the third highest in the European Union after Spain (84.3) and France (84.4), whereas life expectancy for men is 78.6 years, second in the European Union after Sweden (79). The estimated number of HIV-seropositive subjects in Italy is about 140.000 – 150.000.
However, since 66% of AIDS patients ignore their serostatus before the diagnosis of AIDS, it is presumable that the number is higher: out of these >150.000 subjects, in the year 2008, 202 people died of AIDS.It is unlikely that such a low lethality is due to early, pre-AIDS, antiretroviral treatment since only 34% of AIDS patients received an antiretroviral treatment before the diagnosis of AIDS. The data from the few regions of Italy implementing a registry of new HIV infections demonstrate that the relative rates of HIV-positive among males and females has remained the same over the years while the supposed mode of becoming HIV-positive changed from ~75% drug-related to only ~5% drug-related, and sexual transmission supposedly increased from less than 10% to ~80%. These data place a very curious constraint on how infection via dirty needles occurred in males and in females respectively. It must have occurred in precisely the same relative manner as sexually transmitted HIV infection occurs in males relative to females. Otherwise the male-to-female ratio for the consequences of HIV, namely AIDS, should have changed. Instead, the male-to-female ratio for the incidence of AIDS has been essentially constant from 1985 to 2008 at ~3.6.
All these considerations cast doubts on a relationship of cause and effect between HIV-seropositivity and AIDS; apparently, the Italian Ministry of Health considers the possibility of a dissociation between HIV-seropositivity and AIDS by stating in official directives that the diagnosis of AIDS can be made in the absence of signs of HIV-seropositivity.
14:30 - 15:15
'The "AIDS" Hoax and Gay Men'
From the very beginning gay men have been identified with "AIDS"- even before it had a name. Gay men were linked to the "epidemic" though labelling ("gay cancer", "Gay-Related Immune Deficiency"or GRID).
They would be targeted for testing and drugging, just as earlier they had been targeted for the marketing of "poppers" (nitrite inhalants) and other "recreational" drugs.
Well before the alleged "AIDS virus" acquired its official name in 1986,I and others had dissented from AIDS-orthodoxy in the gay press.
Three things were clear: 1) "AIDS" was not a coherent disease entity, and had never been defined rationally, and 2) whatever "AIDS" might be, it was not infectious, and 3) there were good reasons, having nothing todo with a virus, why "AIDS" patients were sick in the ways they were. The "epidemic" must be seen in context: the historic persecution of gay men. Although sex between males is a part of life, something practised enthusiastically in classical antiquity, it has been ruthlessly suppressed since the 4th century AD, when Christianity became thestate religion of the Roman Empire. Over the intervening centuries gay men have been imprisoned, tortured, castrated and killed - for violatingan Old Testament taboo. The AIDS Hoax carries forward this persecution through psychological warfare and the mass poisoning of gay men with toxic and worthless drugs.
Using documents obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),I demonstrated that the premier "AIDS" drug, AZT (aka zidovudine et al.)was approved for marketing on the basis of fraudulent re search. As the FDA abandoned the double-blind, placebo-controlled trial as the gold standard for drug approval, it destroyed the last pretense of evidence-based drug approval. All of the subsequent "AIDS" drugs from nucleoside analogues to protease inhibitors, rode in on the coat-tails of AZT.
The reaction of the "gay community", if there is such a thing, has been mixed: great courage and anger, but also victimhood and masochism. The New York Native, which for over a decade provided a voice for AIDS-dissidents, was destroyed through a boycott led by "AIDS activists" controlled by Big Pharma. The Gay & Lesbian Humanist is now the only gay publication that is open to AIDS critics. At present perfectly healthy gay men are receiving bogus "HIV-positive" diagnoses, and are then prescribed drugs which will cause malaise,deformity and death.
15:20 - 16:05
"How I fell victim to the AIDS machine"
My story is one of how I fell victim to the AIDS machine and how my husband and I found out the truth surrounding this controversy after I had been taking the HIV drugs for 11 years. I was given an AIDS diagnosis in 1996, based on nothing but a t-cell count. I experienced many side effects from the drugs over the years, ranging from nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, anemia, insomnia, wasting, and hair falling out. We were continually told by my doctor that these were all symptoms of HIV disease, or having full blown AIDS. My doctor never told us that these symptoms could be medication related. Since stopping all the medications in April 2007, I have been in the process of regaining my health and well-being, and all side effects of the drugs have disappeared. I do have some concerns about any long-term, unseen damage these poisons may have done to me, but I try not to worry about it, as I live my life as healthy as possible.
16:30 - 17:15
"AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire"
It is a mistake to think that wars only concern armies involved in active engagement. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The first engagement is for the mind. The real forces of power wage a psychological and financial war. The dark princes of debt finance have gained leverage over every important social, economic and political institution--including the health care delivery system. This was done by using the obscene profits primarily from the drug trade, but also in the trade of other fungible assets such as diamonds.
AIDS, Opium, Diamonds and Empire draws the connections between free market strategies, the destruction of national sovereignty by the process of globalization, and AIDS as one of the health consequences of a neo-Darwinian philosophy. There is a medical-pharmaceutical-industrial complex that was taken over one hundred years ago by the titans of financial capitalism. Their aim was to create profit, not to conquer disease.
The AIDS story starts with the British East India Company that created great wealth by pushing opium into China. It finds expression after the events of WWII in the creation of the Bretton Woods Agreement and Vietnam during which massive quantities of opiates found their way to the West. The decision by a state to sell opium and related drugs to its subjects always takes place in situations of political and economic decline. It was known for well over one hundred years that opium and its derivatives are immune suppressors. As the result of the prolongation of the Vietnam War, social upheavals occurred in the expression of sexuality and the acceptance of the casual use of both legal and illegal drugs. AIDS became the cover story for the drug toxicity and oxidative stress of young people in the West and the Bretton Woods Agreement created conditions for environmental degradation and social upheavals in Africa.