AIDS and 9/11 By Terry Morrone
I’ve learned from 9/11 that the US government and the news media lie and distort on a grand scale. The evidence that 9/11 was an inside job is overwhelming. Yet the media vilifies dissidents, labeling them conspiracy theorists.
Here are some parallels between AIDS and 9/11.
In each case we have an establishment view and a dissident view. In each case the establishment view brings much money and power to particular groups. In the case of 9/11, it’s the military industrial energy complex. In the case of AIDS, it’s the medical industrial government complex.
If a scientist questions the official explanation of why the twin towers and WTC7 collapsed, he is likely to lose his job.
If a scientist questions the HIV AIDS connection he is likely to lose his government research grants. Peter Duesberg, for example, a prominent virologist lost all his research funding because he spoke out against the official AIDS theory.
Duesberg had never been turned down for a grant before he wrote an article mentioning that HIV could not be the cause of AIDS. (1) After the article, he never got another government grant, although he applied 32 times. (2) Stephen Jones, a prominent scientist, who spoke out against the official 9/11 theory, was forced into retirement from his faculty position at Brigham Young University. He’s the 9/11 analog of Duesberg.
AIDS dissidents are called denialists, associating them with Holocaust deniers and conspiracy theorists.
Government agents infiltrate both AIDS (3) and 9/11 dissident organizations. Just as the government funnels money through foundations to news outlets and progressive organizations (4), the drug industry has funneled money into AIDS patient organizations to get their leaders to advocate antiretroviral drugs and condemn alternative treatments. (5) Just as there are lists of thousands of scientists who doubt the official 9/11 dogma (6), there are lists of thousands of scientists (including 3 Nobel Prize winners) who doubt the official AIDS dogma. (7) Both AIDS and 9/11 dissenters receive death threats. (8)
Right after 9/11 and soon after AIDS became newsworthy, we were told over and over again that Islamic terrorists were responsible for 9/11 and the HIV virus was responsible for AIDS. As I’ll show later, the evidence for HIV being the cause of AIDS is as shaky as the evidence that Moslem terrorists caused 9/11. In each case the mass media ignores evidence contrary to the establishment view.
A few months ago I became curious about AIDS and decided to read up on it. Years ago I heard that AIDS was a hoax, but more recently I’ve heard that the latest antiretroviral medication saves lives. I wondered who was right, the establishment or the dissidents, and I’m writing this article to share my findings.
First I’ll give brief summaries of the establishment and dissident views. Then I’ll describe the history and the science needed to understand AIDS theory, and I’ll discuss the evidence that AIDS drugs save lives. Lastly I’ll describe alternative therapies and my own experience with them.
The Establishment View
HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. People with AIDS have opportunist infections such as Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia (PCP) or malignancies such as Kaposi’s Sarcoma. When a patient has a depressed immune system and is HIV positive, he is treated for AIDS. If a person dies, is HIV positive and has, for example, Malaria, he is said to have died from AIDS. If he is HIV negative, he is said to have died from Malaria. It’s not possible, or at least very difficult, to detect the virus directly, so the virus is said to be present if antibodies to it exist. If a person is HIV positive, but has no AIDS defining disease, he is considered to have AIDS if his CD4 (immune) cell count is less that 200 per milliliter. Since AIDS is caused by a virus, it can be spread by sexual intercourse or through contaminated needles.
A HIV positive person should be treated with antiviral drugs, in spite of the side effects, because AIDS is always fatal and the drugs prolong life. Early on, the drug of choice was AZT, but it didn’t work, because according to the establishment view, there are several forms on HIV. Now a combination of drugs is used, so if one drug is not effective, another one will be. The latest treatment is called HAART, short for highly active antiretroviral therapy. There are quite a few studies that apparently show that HAART saves lives. Double blind placebo controlled clinical trials for HAART have never been completed. I’ll talk more about the reliability of the studies showing HAART works later.
The alternative view is that the HIV virus, if it exists, is not dangerous. The possible causes of a depressed immune system are malnutrition, drug addiction, excessive use of antibiotics, and stress. Alternative treatment consists of building up the immune system, treating any diseases that the patient may have, such as syphilis or PCP, and curing drug addiction if it exists. The antibodies that indicate AIDS are found in patients who have had diseases. Testing positive for HIV is just an indication that a person has been or is ill.
The original AIDS victims were mostly gay men who had many sexual partners and were taking drugs, including “poppers” or amyl nitrate. “Poppers” allow men to have frequent sex over a long period of time without losing their erections. Frequently they took antibiotics to prevent and cure sexually transmitted diseases. It’s not surprising that they became deficient in beneficial bacteria, needed by the digestive system.
AIDS has never moved out of the original risk groups and studies show that AIDS is not easily sexually transmitted.(9) The government probably fearing that they could never get funding for a strictly gay disease, started a PR campaign to convince the public that anyone could get AIDS. They later expanded the number of AIDS defining diseases to 29 and thus expanded greatly the number of AIDS cases.
Genetics and Viruses for Dummies
I’m a dummy myself as far as biology is concerned, but this gives me the advantage of not thinking anything is obvious. We start with the molecule DNA. Watson and Crick figured out its structure in 1953. It contains all the genetic information about a human individual. Each cell in a human body has a DNA molecule. It’s in the form of a double helix. The 2 helices, called backbones, are connected together by molecules called bases. A cell’s DNA resides in the nucleus of the cell and occupies just a small fraction of the cell’s volume. There are 4 base molecules: adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine. They each have about 14 atoms. The bases like to stick or bind together. We will call them A, T, G and C for short. A binds to T and G binds to C. The bonds are relatively weak compared to the bonds holding the bases together, or the bonds of the bases to the backbones. Genes are sections of DNA that hold the instructions for making a protein.
Information in DNA is stored in the order of the bases. Any location on the backbones can be bonded to any of the 4 bases. It’s like digital computer storage, except computers have storage elements (magnetic cores, for example) that have 2 states. Each element is said to store 1 bit of information. Each base pair in DNA stores 2 bits or 4 pieces of information. There are about 2.9 billion base pairs in the human genome corresponding to 691.4 megabytes of data, about the same amount of information stored on a CD. (10)
If DNA molecules are heated to 95 degrees C, they come apart. The bonds between the bases break. The energy supplied by chemical reactions can also pry them apart. Molecules called enzymes lower the threshold energy needed for a reaction. The DNA molecule splits when a cell reproduces itself. Base and backbone molecules attach themselves to the 2 DNA components forming 2 new DNA molecules. Enzyme activity can be affected by other molecules. Inhibitors are molecules that decrease enzyme activity. Activators are molecules that increase activity. Many drugs and poisons are enzyme inhibitors.
RNA is another molecule found in cells. It’s a single stranded version of DNA. Instead of using the base thymine it uses uracil. It can store genetic information, but it’s less stable than DNA.
Years ago I read about a design of a computer that could fix itself. I can‘t find a reference, but I recall that it contained many identical chips, each chip containing the plan for the whole computer. If a chip broke, it was automatically was replaced by a spare which took over its function. The reason a human can last longer than a car is that the human body knows how to fix itself.
The information stored in DNA is used to instruct the cells to perform certain functions, such as breaking down food to produce energy or producing mechanical motion. We’ll only be concerned with protein synthesis since it is related to virus production. Consider a cell whose function is to make hemoglobin, a protein necessary for the functioning of red blood cells.
A section of DNA, the hemoglobin gene, splits apart or unzips. An enzyme (RNA polymerase) facilitates the action. One strand of the DNA is copied into a RNA molecule. That is, molecules roaming around in the cell bind to the split DNA and form RNA. The DNA from which the RNA has been derived zips itself up again. The RNA, called messenger RNA, leaves the nucleus of the cell and interacts with giant molecules called ribosomes, composed of transfer RNA and amino acids, which read the information in the messenger RNA. Proteins are long strings of amino acids. Transfer RNA contains bases are attached to an amino acid. If a match with the messenger RNA is found, they deliver their amino acid to the forming protein. (11)
Now we come to the virus. There are good ones and bad ones. They are tiny, about one millionth the volume of a cell, and can’t reproduce themselves. If they get into a cell, they use the cell’s resources to do the job. A “bad” virus makes a cell produce large numbers of viruses, and then the cell usually dies. The good ones (including retroviruses) do no harm. They are made by cells and may transfer information from cell to cell to modify DNA in response to toxins and to repair damaged DNA. (12) It is not surprising that drugs that prevent retroviruses from working have horrendous side effects.
HIV is a retrovirus. A regular virus has its own DNA. A retrovirus has 2 strands of RNA incased in a protein shell. If it gets into a cell, it modifies the DNA in the cell using the enzyme reverse transcriptase. However, the cell keeps functioning and even reproduces the “junk” DNA planted by the retrovirus when it divides to form a new cell. Some of the DNA in our cells was written originally by retroviruses. The junk DNA might have the function of regulating the functioning of genes. (13) The body produces retroviruses and must have a reason for doing so. In gene therapy, an experimental technique with no real successes as yet (14), a retrovirus is designed which will write missing DNA into a patient’s cells.
HIV is a unique disease for at least 2 reasons. For one, it is caused by the only retrovirus that is thought to be harmful. Secondly, the presence of antibodies usually signals that a disease has been defeated by the body’s immune system, but in the case of AIDS it’s a sign of trouble ahead. Recall that the collapse of Trade Center 7 is a unique event. It’s the only steel frame building ever to collapse because of fire.
Enzymes and Antiviral Drugs
Enzymes make thousands of vital bio-chemical reactions in the body possible. A few enzymes are important to understanding AIDS and the drugs used to treat it. Protease refers to a group of enzymes whose catalytic function is to hydrolyze (breakdown) peptide bonds of proteins. (15) They are also called proteolytic enzymes. Proteases differ in their ability to hydrolyze various peptide bonds and are very important in digestion as they breakdown the protein foods to liberate the amino acids needed by the body. Protease inhibitors keep HIV from using proteases to break down proteins and use the pieces to make up the outer coat of new HIV viruses, but they prevent the formation of essential proteins as well. (16) They include Norvir, Crixivan, Viracept and Agenerase.
Reverse transcriptase (RT) is the enzyme retroviruses use to change its chemical genetic message into a form that can easily be inserted inside the DNA of a cell. Drugs called reverse transcriptase inhibitors prevent RT from working. RT inhibitors include AZT, ddI, ddC, D4T, 3TC and Ziagen. RT is found in all people. (17) Preventing RT from working is dangerous.
Integrase inhibitors inhibit the enzyme integrase, which is responsible for integration of viral DNA into the DNA of the infected cell. Examples are Raltegravir and Elvitegravir. Reference (18) has a complete list of AIDS medications by category.
The antiviral drugs are essentially chemotherapy drugs and have horrendous side effects, since they block enzymes necessary for DNA synthesis and cell replication and eventually kill cells (19, 20). According to Gallo (one of the originators of the HIV causes AIDS dogma) in an interview in Newsday, “The caveat in all this is that these drugs are toxic…. And the lesson of cancer chemotherapy is that the longer you take the drugs, the greater the toxicity.” And according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), “There is no hope for a cure with the current drugs.” (21) He said this at the 13th annual Aids Conference in the year 2000.
Some of the side effects are:
fatigue, fever, nausea, insomnia, weight loss, muscle and joint pain, skin rashes, hair loss, muscular dystrophy, decreased libido, reduction in the number of blood cells, bone marrow disfunction, pancreatitis, liver failure, kidney failure, vomiting, diarrhea, lesions of the head of some bones, esophageal and mouth ulcers, numbness, elipepsy, dementia, cancer
One particularly gruesome side effect is the drugs interference with the body’s ability to metabolize fat. This causes fat redistribution which leads to humpbacks and huge torsos in men and gigantic breasts in women.
Thus the antivirals, while they may succeed in blocking the replication of HIV (if it exists), will inevitably kill the patient.
The Discovery of HIV and the HIV AIDS Connection
On April 23, 1984, President Reagan’s Secretary of Health, Margret Heckler, announced at a press conference a “miracle,” the discovery of the cause of AIDS by the eminent scientist Robert C. Gallo. Gallo and his associates, working for the National Cancer Institute, claimed to have discovered the AIDS virus, HIV, but a group of French scientists from the Institute Pasteur, led by Luc Montagnier, disputed this. They had sent Gallo a sample containing a retrovirus which they suspected might cause AIDS, although they had no proof. (22)
Because of claims by the French group that it was they, not the US group, that had first isolated the AIDS virus, there were investigations by the Office of Scientific Integrity and other groups. These are described by Janine Roberts, who obtained many documents through the Freedom of Information Act, and I’ll not go into detail here. The investigators found massive fraud, even forgery of records, in Gallo’s work, but they focused on the question of who had discovered the AIDS virus first, not on the evidence that HIV causes AIDS. The most damming charges came from a Congressional investigation led by Senator Dingle. His investigation ended when the Republicans got control of Congress in 1994.
The “proof” that HIV causes AIDS supposedly comes from 4 papers by Gallo and associates published in Science magazine in 1984 after the press conference. (23) These papers are still quoted today as establishing that HIV causes AIDS. The first paper’s lead author was Mikulas Popovic, who worked for Gallo. Gallo altered the paper just before it went into publication. He took out the following statement by Popovic: “despite intensive research efforts, the causative agents of AIDS has not been identified.”
I’ve carefully read the first paper. It states that
- A system of T cells infected with AIDS viruses continuously produces more viruses.
- This opens the way “to the routine detection of HTLV III…”
HTLV III is what we now know as HIV. According to my naïve reading of the paper, Gallo and associates took viruses from a person with AIDS and put them in a medium with their new cell culture. They claimed that the cells became infected and produced many viruses and that these viruses could be seen with an electron microscope.