I apologise that many of the recent posts on this broad vitamin D blog have been about HIV/AIDS, but with it having been HIV Awareness Week, and World AIDS Day is today, I’ve wanted to create a little continued stir in favour of HIV scepticism.
For nearly 30 years the world has been fighting a virus that is said to present a monstrous modern plague. It was first identified in gay men and then extrapolated to other vaguely connected groups, based on one blood marker. The world has long been promised a vaccination, but the truth is that little progress has been made on this mostly politically-defined group of illnesses – remember the S in AIDS is for syndrome. With that realisation you can only reach one of two conclusions: that HIV is extraordinarily hard to beat, or that a failing paradigm has been kept on life support because it is too lucrative to kill.
Ironically, ascribing one exclusive cause to AIDS has complicated the matter. It requires a bullet for a ghostly assailant. If we were to ‘complicate’ the causes of AIDS by saying that they’re myriad, we actually simplify treatment as we’ve broken it down into smaller, manageable targets.
Though support for HIV/AIDS theory is a dominating view, it is only so because of the stifling of opposing voices. Many people think that they’ve ‘made their mind up’ on the story even though they’ve never actually been presented an argument with which to grapple. Therefore, even if the HIV/AIDS theory is 100% correct, it won by coercion, not by real challenge; and HIV/AIDS is but one example of where scientific rigour has been sidelined by a sort of religious dogmatism.
The message I want to convey is that you shouldn’t support anything without having made your mind up about it, which means seeking out alternative views even if they may seem abhorrent on the surface. When doing so, you may realise that your formerly held view was the real perversion.
Consider an analogy involving another 3-letter acronym; were there WMDs in Iraq? It turns out there wasn’t, but many of us – and I put my hand up too – were swept away with Western rhetoric based on flawed intelligence.
The fact that the HIV test can have some vague diagnostic value and that there are many patient testimonies on the effectiveness of given medications does not prove that HIV cause AIDS, or even if that acronym is a valid umbrella term. That may sound ridiculous from the outset, but evidence-based medicine is mainly concerned with outcome than mechanism of action. That is, your doctor aims to help you based on drug effectiveness and probable association.
So, I’m appealing to people today to research ‘AIDS denialism’ (better called HIV scepticism). Choose whichever source you want. You can’t be sure of heads when you don’t know tails.
You wouldn’t vote based on reading just one political party’s manifesto or trusting historical calibre, would you?