What Really Causes Aids

By Harold D. Foster

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What Really Causes AIDS HAROLD D FOSTER i 2002 by Harold D Foster All rights reserved No part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by an means electronic mechanical photocopying recording or otherwise without the written prior permission of the author National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data Foster Harold D 1943What really causes AIDS Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN 1-55369-132-6 1 Selenium--Health aspects 2 selenium in human nutrition 3 AIDS Disease --Prevention I Title RC606 6 F68 2002 616 97 92061 C2001-904184-5 This book was published on-demand in cooperation with Trafford Publishing On-demand publishing is a unique process and service of making a book available for retail sale to the public taking advantage of on-demand manufacturing and Internet marketing On-demand publishing includes promotions retail sales manufacturing order fulfilment accounting and collecting royalties on behalf 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a general guide and not as the ultimate source of information Factual matters can be checked by reading the cited literature This book seeks to stimulate educate and entertain The publisher and the author shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any entity or person with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the concepts or information contained in this book Anyone not wishing to be bound by the above may return this volume for a refund of its purchase price iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I should like to thank Dr E W Taylor for offprints explaining how HIV-1 and certain other viruses encode glutathione peroxidase Thanks are also due to Dr Kevin Telmer for the use of his photographs of Brazilnut trees and their products Much of the information on the specific nutrient contents of foods was obtained using NutriCircles for Windows Version 4 21 This software is produced by Drs E H Strickland and Donald R Davis Strickland Computer Consulting Their kind support in providing a copy of this software is greatly appreciated My gratitude is also expressed to several other people who assisted me in the preparation of this volume Jill Jahansoozi typed the manuscript Diane Braithwaite undertook the demanding task of typesetting while cover design and cartography was in the expert hands of Ken Josephson My wife Sarah helped proofread several drafts Their dedication and hard work is acknowledged with thanks Debt also is acknowledged to the professional staff at Trafford Publishing for their assistance with on-demand manufacturing and Internet marketing of this book v Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly should proceed thus in the first place to consider the seasons of the year and what effects each of them produces Then the winds the hot and the cold especially such as are common to all countries and then such as are peculiar to each locality We must also consider the qualities In the same manner when one comes into a city to which he is a stranger he ought to consider its situation how it lies as to the winds and the rising of the sun for its influence is not the same whether it lies to the north or the south to the rising or to the setting sun These things one ought to consider most attentively and concerning the water which the inhabitants use whether they be marshy and soft or hard and running from elevated and rocky situations and then if saltish and unfit for cooking and the ground whether it be naked and deficient in water or wooded and well watered and whether it lies in a hollow confined situation or is elevated and cold and the mode in which the inhabitants live and what are their pursuits whether they are fond of drinking and eating to excess and given to indolence or are fond of exercise and labour and not given to excess in eating and drinking Francis Adams The Genuine Works of Hippocrates 1849 on Airs Waters and Places vol 1 p 190 vi WHAT REALLY CAUSES AIDS AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The AIDS pandemic is likely to become the greatest catastrophe in human history Unless a safe effective vaccine is quickly developed or the preventive strategies outlined in this book are widely applied by 2015 one sixth of the world s population will be infected by HIV-1 and some 250 million people will have died from AIDS Its associated losses by then will be more than those of the Black Death and World War II combined the equivalent of eight World War Is 1 This pandemic is only one of several ongoing catastrophes involving viruses that encode the selenoenzyme glutathione peroxidase 2 Indeed the world is experiencing simultaneous pandemics caused by Hepatitis B and C viruses Coxsackie B virus and HIV-1 and HIV-2 As these viruses replicate because their genetic codes include a gene that is virtually identical to that of the human enzyme glutathione peroxidase they rob their hosts of selenium Paradoxically however they diffuse most easily in populations that are very selenium deficient 3 possibly because their members have depressed immune systems It is no coincidence that such viruses are causing havoc at the beginning of the 21st century The last 50 years have seen enormous expansions in the use of fossil fuels and deforestation by fire The resulting pollutants have greatly increased the acidity of global precipitation reducing selenium s ability to enter the food chain This situation is being made worse by the widespread use of commercial fertilizers since their sulphates nitrogen and phosphorus all depress the uptake of selenium by crops Deficiencies in this essential trace element are being felt most acutely in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa where soil selenium levels are naturally very low Acid rain is making a bad situation worse so increasing vulnerability to those viruses that encode glutathione peroxidase Many populations are also being exposed to a thinning ozone layer heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium pesticides and drug vii tobacco and alcohol abuse all of which depress the human immune system increasing vulnerability to viruses including HIV-1 and HIV-2 In July 2000 physicians and scientists from around the world met in Durban South Africa for the XIII International AIDS Conference In a declaration named after the city 5 018 of them proclaimed that HIV is the sole cause of AIDS 4 There are however at least seven anomalies that strongly suggest that this conventional wisdom is incorrect and that belief in it is blocking progress in the development of new treatments for AIDS and of novel ways of preventing its spread To illustrate despite widespread unprotected promiscuous sexual activity in Senegal HIV1 is diffusing very slowly if at all amongst the Senegalese 5 It is very apparent that in Africa differences in soil selenium levels are greatly influencing who becomes infected with HIV-1 and who does not Indeed the recently published Selenium World Atlas used the incidence of HIV-1 as a surrogate measure of soil selenium levels because actual levels are as yet poorly established in sub-Saharan Africa A similar relationship has been documented in the United States6 where there has been an inverse relationship especially in the Black population between mortality from AIDS and local soil selenium levels It is well established that individuals who are HIV-positive gradually become more and more selenium deficient 7 This decline which is known to undermine immune functions is not unique to HIV-infection but is seen in almost all infectious pathogens 8 However under normal circumstances where death does not occur selenium levels rebound soon after recovery HIV-1 however can effectively elude the defense mechanisms of the immune system and can continue to replicate indefinitely endlessly depressing serum selenium As a result the immune system is compromised allowing infection by other pathogens that continue to deplete the host of selenium allowing HIV-1 to replicate more easily further undermining immunity Therefore this relationship between selenium and the immune system is one of positive feedback in which a decline in either of these two variables viii causes further depression in the other Termed the seleniumCD4 T cell tailspin by the author 9 it is the reason that serum selenium levels are a better predictor of AIDS mortality than CD4 T cell counts Like other positive feedback systems such as avalanches and forest fires it is extremely difficult to control and gains momentum as it progresses HIV-1 however encodes the entire selenoenzyme glutathione peroxidase As it replicates therefore it depletes its host not only of selenium but also of the other three components of this enzyme namely cysteine glutamine and tryptophan 10 AIDS therefore is a nutritional deficiency illness caused by a virus Its victims suffer from extreme deficiencies of all four of these nutrients which are responsible for such symptoms as depressed CD4T lymphocyte count vulnerability to cancers including Kaposi s sarcoma depression psoriasis diarrhea muscle wasting and dementia Associated infections cause their own unique symptoms and increased risk of death HIV-1 alone therefore does not cause AIDS It involves a multiplicity of co-factors specifically anything that either depletes serum selenium levels or depresses the immune system enough to permit viral replication Manipulating the selenium-CD4T cell tailspin by adding this trace element to fertilizers and food stuffs opens new avenues for both prevention and treatment This strategy has been shown to work on other viruses that encode glutathione peroxidase such as Hepatitis B and C and the Coxsackievirus The logical treatment of AIDS patients involves supplementation with selenium cysteine glutamine and tryptophan at least to levels at which deficiency symptoms associated with a lack of these nutrients disappear While this can be most easily achieved by supplements certain foods contain elevated levels of those four nutrients Strangely enough one of the ideal meals for anyone who is HIV-seropositive would include a cheeseburger to which Brazilnut flour had been added to the bun ix Brazil nuts contain the highest levels of selenium found in any human food x REFERENCES 1 Foster H D 1976 Assessing disaster magnitude A social science approach The Professional Geographer xxviii 3 241-247 2 Taylor E W 1997 Selenium and viral diseases Facts and hypotheses Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine 12 4 227-239 3 Ibid 4 The Durban Declaration 2000 Nature 406 15-16 5 UNAIDS WHO Epidemiological Fact Sheet on HIV AIDS and sexually transmitted infections Senegal 2000 update revised 6 Cowgill U M 1997 The distribution of selenium and mortality owing to acquired immune deficiency syndrome in the continental United States Biological Trace Element Research 56 43-61 7 Baum M K Shor-Posner G Lai S Zhang G Lai H Fletcher M A Sauberlich H and Page J B 1997 High risk of HIV-related mortality is associated with selenium deficiency Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology 15 5 370374 8 Sammalkorpi K Valtonen V Alfthan G Aro A and Huttunen J 1988 Serum selenium in acute infections Infection 16 4 222224 9 Foster H D 2000 Aids and the selenium-CD4T cell tailspin The geography of a pandemic Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients 209 94-99 10 Mariorino M Aumann K D Brigelius-Flohe R and Doria D van den Heuvel J McCarthy J E G Roveri A Ursini F and Floh L 1998 Probing the presumed catalytic triad of a seleniumcontaining peroxidase by mutational analysis Z Ernahrungswiss 37 Supplement 1 118-121 xi There are causes for all human suffering and there is a way by which they may be ended because everything in the world is the result of a vast concurrence of causes and conditions and everything disappears as these causes and conditions change and pass away The teachings of Buddha by Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai 112th revised edition xii TABLE OF CONTENTS 1 AIDS The Conventional Wisdom 1 2 Termites in the Foundations 11 3 The Road Ahead 27 4 The Enemy Within 37 5 HIV The Achilles heel 45 6 Selene Goddess of the Moon 55 7 The Selenium-CD4T Cell Tailspin 67 8 Why Now 75 9 Why Not Now 87 10 Who is in Your Lifeboat 99 11 Virtual Reality The Prevention of AIDS 115 12 And This Too Shall Pass Away The Logical Treatment of AIDS 139 Appendices 161 Index 167 The Author 196 xiii The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding On the whole men are more good than bad that however isn t the real point but they are more or less ignorant and it is this that we call vice or virtue the most incorrigible vice being that of ignorance that fancies it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill The soul of the murderer is blind and there can be no true goodness nor true love without the utmost clear-sightedness Albert Camus The Plague xiv AIDS THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM 1 Truth is not determined by majority vote Doug Gwyn In July 2000 physicians and scientists from around the world met in Durban South Africa for the XIII International AIDS Conference In a declaration named after the city 5 018 of them proclaimed that HIV human immunodeficiency virus is the sole cause of AIDS This highly unusual document published in Nature 1 was more political than scientific targeting a small group of maverick researchers most of whom supported the views of Dr Peter Duesberg 2 a microbiologist from the University of California at Berkeley Duesberg has argued consistently that HIV is merely a harmless passenger virus and that AIDS is the result of destruction of the immune system by long-term cumulative use of intravenous recreational and pharmaceutical drugs including AZT cocaine amphetamines and nitrite inhalants He believes that noninfectious immunesuppressant factors in blood transfusions can lead to AIDS as can factor 8 taken by hemophiliacs Duesberg3 further points out that there is little evidence that HIV is particularly active in the cells of those dying of AIDS and that it does not infect enough lymphocytes to seriously depress the immune system He also believes that the current method of testing for HIV is in error Traditionally the presence of antibodies to any infectious agent indicated that the threat of serious disease had passed The immune system has recognized and can attack and control the invader In the case 1 of HIV antibodies are thought by conventional medicine to show the worst is yet to come that AIDS is eventually inevitable The epidemiology and geography4 of the AIDS pandemic both clearly illustrate that Duesberg and his supporters are wrong One of the first individuals in North America known to have developed AIDS was Gaetan Dugas 5 sometimes referred to as Patient Zero an airline steward Gay highly active sexually careless of the welfare of others and above all extremely mobile because of his employment Dugas frequented bathhouses throughout Canada and the United States When interviewed in July 1981 by Dr Mary Guinan a researcher at the Centers for Disease Control s Venereal Disease Division Dugas admitted to 250 sexual contacts a year a total of some 2 500 gay sexual partners 6 By April 12 1982 248 US gay men had been diagnosed with AIDS known at that time as GRID Gay-Related Immune Deficiency At least 40 of these had sex either with Gaetan Dugas or with someone who had Dugas could be linked to 9 of the first 19 cases of AIDS in Los Angeles 22 cases in New York City and nine patients in eight other North American cities To quote Shilts 7 A CDC statistician calculated the odds on whether it could be coincidental that 40 of the first 248 gay men to get GRID later renamed AIDS might all have had sex either with the same man or with men sexually linked to him The statistician figured that the chance did not approach zero it was zero Further evidence that AIDS is caused by a pathogen s was provided by its diffusion in West Germany 8 All 44 of the initial cases of AIDS reported there on or before March 31 1983 had occurred in people who had either travelled to Haiti or Africa or were amongst gay men who had vacationed recently in California Florida or New York This is hardly surprising since each one of these locations was by then an AIDS hot spot where all sexual encounters were high risk 2 A social science experiment to prove once and for all whether HIV is essential for the development of AIDS would involve testing the inhabitants of one island regularly for HIV infection Those found to be positive would be immediately permanently quarantined After several years the prevalence of AIDS would be compared with that on neighbouring islands where no such HIV detection scheme had been in force If the AIDS prevalence on the island undergoing such testing and quarantine was significantly lower than that in neighbouring islands the evidence of a key role for HIV in AIDS would be overwhelming and undeniable In 1983 Cuba began repeatedly to test its population for HIV 9 Since 1986 all those found positive have been quarantined in sanatoriums While Cuba s response to the AIDS pandemic may be viewed by some as an assault on personal freedom it has been exceptionally successful in preventing the spread of AIDS into its 10 million population 10 By 2000 the cumulative number of patients in Cuba11 to have developed AIDS was only 889 roughly 8 9 per 100 000 over the time span of the pandemic In contrast in neighbouring Jamaica 12 with a population of only some 2 56 million there have been 2 963 cases of AIDS This is roughly 115 per 100 000 over the same time period Clearly AIDS has been about 12 times more common in Jamaica than in Cuba Indeed Cuba has one of the lowest prevalence rates of HIV infection in the world13 and its experience appears to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that HIV is involved in the development of AIDS The geography of AIDS continues to support the position that at least one of its causes is an infectious pathogen In New Jersey for example the majority of the early AIDS cases did not occur in gay men but in intravenous drug users many of whom shared contaminated needles In the early 1980s when 3 AIDS began to appear in New York State 14 it spread rapidly in ever expanding concentric circles focused on the centre of Manhattan Since this date AIDS has tended to occur first in the major cities of the Developed World in gays intravenous drug users and blood and blood product recipients gradually diffusing into evermore remote rural areas Such a spatial distribution pattern is much more typical of an infectious agent than a toxin 15 Nevertheless Duesberg has supporters in high places including the South African government 16 This became apparent in April 2000 3 months or so before the XIII International AIDS Conference was to be held in Durban when South African President Thabo Mbeki appointed Duesberg to a government task force on AIDS designed to disprove its links to HIV-1 Mbeki also sent a letter to US President Clinton and other world leaders defending the right of maverick AIDS theorists to be heard Indeed South Africa s Deputy President Jacob Zuma17-18 declared that all sides of the debate had the right to free speech and drew parallels between arguments about HIV s role in AIDS and the 17th century controversy surrounding Galileo s belief that the Earth orbited around the Sun In a statement released by the Office of the South African Presidency Zuma is quoted as saying As we all know today he was right and they were wrong Suppose we discover as Galileo did that the so-called mainstream scientific view is incorrect said Zuma Suppose there was even a one percent chance that the solution lay elsewhere As a country we cannot afford to overlook this possibility On May 7th 2000 Duesberg and nine associated AIDS dissidents issued a Minority Statement and Recommendations to the Government of South Africa 19 In it they claimed HIV did not cause AIDS and that AIDS was neither contagious nor sexually transmitted They also stated that anti-HIV drugs proved fatal 4 to many patients and caused side effects that could not be distinguished from AIDS itself Five recommendations were made to the South African government as a result of these beliefs The first of these was that South Africa and indeed all African countries should devote the bulk of their national and international biomedical and other resources to the eradication and treatment of the predominant AIDS-defining diseases such as tuberculosis malaria and enteric infections and to the improvement of nutrition and the provision of clean water and better sanitation They also suggested the complete rejection of anti-HIV drugs the promotion of sex education to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies stopping dissemination of the false message that HIV infection was invariably fatal and the suspension of HIV testing As a consequence of Duesberg s influence 20 the South African government refused to make AZT available in public clinics and discontinued the drug s use by its military The Durban Declaration 21 which promotes the conventional wisdom that HIV alone causes AIDS was the medical establishment s reaction to this public relations coup by the anti-HIV mavericks Interestingly the Minority Statement and Recommendations to the Government of South Africa did not just upset the medical establishment It also drew fire from another group of AIDS dissidents22 headed by John Scythes and Colman Jones longterm advocates of undetected syphilis as the major causal variable in AIDS Scythes and Jones quickly issued a statement of their own which provided a point-by-point response to Duesberg and his colleagues document They argued that historically syphilis often dispatched its victims by opportunistic infections rather than through the classical direct effects of late syphilis Scythes and Jones provided evidence which they felt documented a key role for undiagnosed syphilis in AIDS This idea was not new Dr Stephen Caiazza a Manhattan internist 5

Author Harold D Foster Isbn 978 1553691327 File size 748 5 KB Year 2015 Pages 214 Language English File format PDF Category Medicine If you have AIDS or Hepatitis C this book is a MUST READ Important nutritional guidelines for improving immunity and improving the symptoms of AIDS dramatically The solutions are simple and inexpensive I am a nurse who is passionate about doing something about the AIDS epidemic I greatly admire this man and his work What Really Causes AIDS is a blueprint f