What Is AIDS?

RTB: Please read and pass along Jonathan Campbell’s excellent new historical review of immune deficiency and AIDS. Here’s an excerpt:

What is AIDS?

by Jonathan Campbell (and excerpt)

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. This is not a “disease” in itself. It’s the inability to fight off disease vectors and toxins. There are bacteria, funguses (molds), and chemical toxins all around us in the air, in our food and water, and in our contact with others. People who have a strong immune system are able to deal with this; the immune system has numerous ways to stop these invaders from causing disease. People with weak immunity get ill all the time, and need constant antibiotic therapy to keep them from dying. We know that adequate nutrition and sufficient ascorbate – vitamin C – is needed for immune health.

History is filled with stories of deadly diseases, from the deaths of individual young people to the massive plagues of Europe. Why would this happen, sometimes even in cases where people seemed to have sufficient food? Why did some people survive, even though they must have been exposed to the same disease vectors? There are stories about Nostradamus, whose “rose pills” (containing ascorbate) apparently saved hundreds of people from the plague. For those that died, their immune systems were not up to the challenge of crowded living conditions, poor sanitation, contaminated water, and lots of disease vectors all around. (Does this sound familiar? Does this sound like conditions in many parts in Africa today?).

The answer is provided by the works of Albert Szent-Györgyi in 1930, Fred Klenner in 1949 and especially Irwin Stone in 1979. Albert Szent-Györgyi was the first to identify and isolate ascorbate (vitamin C) and identify it as essential to immune health and to recognize that humans and guinea pigs could not synthesize it internally. Klenner provided the first hint of using it for treatment of serious disease: he discovered that polio could be effectively treated – in fact cured – by intravenous ascorbate (vitamin C); he was probably the first physician to use intravenous ascorbate to fight disease. But it was Stone who clearly identified the medical-social problem in his groundbreaking work “Eight Decades of Scurvy.” He discovered that the amount of ascorbate consumed by most humans was insufficient to maintain our immune systems: the entirety of humanity was in a state of subclinical scurvy.

This is unfortunately still the case. The title of his article should have been “150 Millennia of Scurvy.” The amount of vitamin C recommended by government sources is barely enough to prevent scurvy-induced death during illness.

Lack of immunity – AIDS – is a very old syndrome, dating from the origins of our species. We need adequate food, and especially this one particular nutrient – ascorbate, what we usually call vitamin C – to provide the raw materials for our immune systems. Without eating enough food and ascorbate we fall prey to the mildest bacteria or fungus. Unlike other animals – which synthesize it in their livers or kidneys – we must consume it to survive. Early humans consumed ascorbate by eating vegetation and fruit that had it, or by eating raw animal organ meat. When we migrated from the birthplace of humanity – Kenya – which had food and plenty of ascorbate-laden plants, they faced immune deficiency.

Fast Forward to the “AIDS” Era

Fast forward to the 1980s. Scientists at the CDC were looking for the “cause” of what appeared to appeared to be a new communicable disease: AIDS. Hundreds of gay men were very ill and dying.

These researchers did not look at what these young men afflicted with AIDS had been doing to their bodies. They were sick and dying from ordinary fungus or bacterial infections and/or chemical toxicity. They had been living in the “fast lane,” malnourished, ascorbate levels down to near scurvy, consuming and injecting themselves with recreational drugs. They had been taking immune-suppressive pharmaceutical drugs to overcome STDs and other infections. They had used toxic, carcinogenic amyl nitrite “poppers” for sexual enhancement.

But these researchers were not looking for something ordinary. There was a great deal of hysteria surrounding it, combined with a public homophobia. It was at the end of a failed decade-long expedition to find a viral cause of cancer that had been led by Robert Gallo. (Many other researchers had by this time figured out that chemical toxicity caused cancer, not some ephemeral virus.) They needed a new disease and a new disease vector. They were virus hunters. So they looked for a virus, something that could be identified as “the cause” so as to label these gay men as having and transmitting the disease to each other.

When Gallo and Luc Montagnier found some similar-looking virus-like particles (“retroviruses”) in blood and saliva samples from patients suffering from the syndrome, they seized upon it as the “likely cause.” Because of the prominence of Gallo and the hysteria surrounding AIDS, no one asked the obvious questions: Was this cause, or just correlation? Was it possible that these particles were the result of cells under oxidative stress from chemical or disease toxins, and not the cause?

Read the whole article, and pass it on to health professionals and newcomers to this field of inquiry.

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