Happy New Year

Just taking the opportunity to wish everybody a happy 2013. Hopefully vitamin D promotion will continue to rise in it.

On 6 Jan I am having a small meeting with Joan Shenton (I interviewed her for my book), Mike Hersee of HEAL London and David Crowe of Rethinking AIDS. There is no particular, to my knowledge, goal for this meeting. However, if you have any questions that you would like asked, please leave them in the comments section below.

Once again, Happy New Year.

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Even more support for (GR)ID theory of AIDS

An article in The Atlantic jumped out at me today. But you won’t understand why I’m enthusiastic about it unless you’ve treated yourself to a copy of my book (hint hint: it’s holiday season).

Study: Infant Formula Causes Cell Death Where Breast Milk Does Not

“UC San Diego bioengineers mixed intestinal fluids in petri dishes with fresh human breast milk and nine different infant formulas. After each type of milk had been “digested,” they tested for levels of free fatty acids, which have been shown in adult stomachs to damage cell membranes. To see whether this was applicable to NEC, they also tested whether the free fatty acids were capable of killing three types of cells implicated in the disease.”

“Breast milk is able to significantly reduce cell death, while formula may lead to the development of NEC in infants.”

Everyone knows that with a mother who has HIV/AIDS it’s a bad idea for her to breastfeed her child, right? Well, in a jaw-dropping U-turn that hasn’t been echoed much by the media, it appears that such mothers should exclusively breastfeed for at least a number of months… Even though we’ve long been told that breastfeeding transmits HIV.
To believe in the HIV/AIDS theory and believe that breast milk is also beneficial is to suffer from cognitive dissonance. Something else accounts for AIDS and it’s not HIV. The evidence is ever-mounting.

Vitamin D and SIDS

The Vitamin D Council alerted me to a nearly year-old audio piece from BBC’s Today which points out that SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) may also have a link to vitamin D deficiency.

“…Questions have been raised over whether a lack of vitamin D could also be a factor contributing to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids) and possibly miscarriages of justice involving allegations of child abuse.”

Click the second hyperlink above and have a listen to the 7min piece.

Statins for cancer?

The Daily Mail (at least they report this stuff) reports: They are commonly used to tackle high-cholesterol and protect against heart disease – but scientists in the U.S. claim that statins could also prove to be a secret weapon in the fight against cancer.

“The study claims Slimvastatin [sic], which is among the most commonly prescribed statins, was found to be effective when combined with the cancer drug flavopiridol.”

Simvastatin (aka Lipitor) is the best-selling statin of all time because it is undoubtedly better than much of the competition. However, early classes of statins all increased death rates, so Lipitor and its peer products clearly do something different. Read my book.

‘AIDS denialism’ documentary screening cancelled

PinkNews reports that The University of Brighton has cancelled the screening of a film which claims the HIV virus does not cause AIDS after a student backlash.

“The documentary, House of Numbers, has been dismissed by academics and health experts worldwide as AIDS denialist propaganda.”

The first error this and many other articles make is to frame HIV scepticism as AIDS denialism. House of Numbers is not an AIDS denialist film. It is a film that questions the existence and pathogenicity of HIV as the sole cause of AIDS-defining illnesses. You can believe in AIDS without believing in HIV. There is nothing abhorrent about questioning.

“A person with AIDS has an immune system so weakened by HIV that the person usually becomes sick from one of several opportunistic infections or cancers.”

I will repeat. HIV is either not an exclusive cause of AIDS or is not one of the causes at all. Immune system dysfunction (AIDS) is not disputed by erroneously labelled AIDS denialists.

From glancing at the comments, however, it is apparent that the man (Dr. Karl Cox [non-MD]) who wished to present the film backed down because he did not wish for a followed-discussion with members of the Terrence Higgins Trust. He may have wanted a quiet screening, but I wish Dr. Cox engaged in the debate. Argument is good.

40% of Pakistanis have bone-related diseases

Geo TV reports an alarming but unsurprising percentage of orthopaedic problems in the Pakistani population.

“[Prof Mahar]…said that disability ratio was increasing mainly due to traffic mishaps and marriages among cousins. He said that people should avoid marriage with first blood relation and should be very careful while driving and crossing roads.”

Because traffic in many parts of Pakistan are quite disorganised, it’s not surprising that injury can be seen as a major attributer. Marriage among first blood relations, running contrary to Darwinian theory, would likely create problems in the vitamin D system.

While the first bold paragraph of the article mentions vitamin D and calcium, it stops there. I would hedge that for a 40% estimation to be true you cannot rely on injury or intermarriage being major contributors.
Pakistanis are brown and by and large Muslim. Though they live in a sun-blessed country, a highly conservative attitude to sun exposure and lack of fish in the diet is the best explanation.

What’s more worrying though is I would bet that the level used to define deficiency is outdated. Well over 90% of Pakistanis could be vitamin D deficient. We could extrapolate this to India and countries in the Middle East.

Wrong attitude on TB

There’s a saying – don’t shoot the messenger. But The Daily Mail is always a tempting fall guy regardless. Here they report on TB.

I’m going to start with what’s written in the info box:

“…However, many people who are infected never develop symptoms – although the bacteria remain in the body, they are not infectious.”

With that paragraph we can see that TB, then, is probably only of concern in people with weak immune systems. If your immune system is strong you won’t suffer from it and are less likely to pass it on.

On to the main text…

“Professor Davies and his peers recommend that people from the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa, where rates are highest, should be given the blood test when registering with a GP. Those found to have latent TB can easily eliminate it with a course of antibiotics.”

People from the Indian subcontinent (usually brown) and sub-Saharan Africa (usually black). You need to read my book to see why these people are likely to be most at risk.

“Speaking about the blood test, he said: ‘It’s a no-brainer. If we screen for latent TB we would eliminate the majority of cases of people coming into this country. Now we’ve got the blood tests, for goodness’ sake let’s use them.’”

If the TB is merely latent prior to immigration into Britain, isn’t it worth asking why it might be become more virulent on arrival? …Latitude, latitude!

“He added that with TB claiming up to 500 deaths a year, the numbers were as many as HIV. The homeless and drug addicts should also be screened because new infections have become more common among these groups, he continued.”

If the numbers are as many as for HIV, couldn’t there be overlap between TB and HIV? Drug addicts, funnily enough, are prone to TB, and to HIV which can cause TB. The homeless are likely to be malnourished and… you get the picture.

“Mike Mandlebaum, chief executive of the charity TB Alert, said: ‘The truth is that TB never really went away in the UK and has been steadily rising here, from around 5,000 cases a year at the end of the Eighties to 8,500 in 2007/8.”

If TB never really went away in the UK then the problem is always weak defences. When an influx of immigrants from sunnier countries arrives here and gets sick, isn’t local bacterium and the climate feasible to blame too? Don’t forget that black and brown people born to immigrants in the UK can also suffer  from TB commonly, and they couldn’t have brought it with them because they were born here. Their infections are not always spread by relatives.
Even if Britain were an all-Caucasian country I think you’d still have a lot of TB for myriad and connected reasons.

“Onn Min Kon, a consultant at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, said that rates of the disease are continuing to rise and that the UK has the highest rates in Europe.”

The UK, alongside places like America, has long been friendly to immigrants the world over, so it’s not surprising that this would fuel the TB explosion; but the numbers would be less in America because of some climate advantage.