The following review appeared in The Cornell Review, 9 January 1995.


THE AIDS WAR: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the
Medical-Industrial Complex
by John Lauritsen
Published by Asklepios, 1993.
480 pages, $20 paper, ISBN 0-943742-08-0

Reviewed by Christopher DeCenzo

Considering the emphasis on tolerance being promulgated by countless activists, it is fascinating, yet frighteningly hypocritical, that many of these supposedly ‘concerned’ individuals are themselves the least self-critical when it comes to their sacred cows.  Such a situation is illustrated by the voluntary spread of false information concerning what is commonly classified as AIDS.  Luckily for those individuals truly concerned enough to read beyond the commonplace propaganda funded by the one pharmaceutical company producing AZT, discredited scientists, and the non-auditing FDA, there are a few researchers critically examining the studies and refusing to accept that which is unproven.

John Lauritsen, a Harvard-educated survey research analyst, has provided a collection of essays which examine the trials, tests and studies that have fraudulently laid the very foundations of today's HIV-AIDS myth.  In his book, The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the Medical-Industrial Complex, Lauritsen exposes the countless misleading statistics which together have driven this search for cures far enough off course to render useless the astronomically huge amount of funding annually spent on AIDS research.

The fact that many will find themselves alarmed by such statements further illustrates the need for a proper review of the facts at hand and of those that will not stand up to careful scrutiny.  The popular myth (widely encouraged by those with a vested interest in its survival) that HIV causes AIDS, is both scientifically unproven and experimentally found to be questionable.  Luc Montagnier, the discoverer of HIV, has admitted that HIV is not sufficient to cause AIDS, and perhaps not even necessary.  “When attempts are made, it is impossible to cultivate HIV from the plasma of at least 50% of ‘AIDS patients’.”  The countless AIDS sufferers not diagnosed with HIV would seem to have blatantly indicated this long ago.

Lauritsen argues that AIDS, in fact, is not one, but many different diseases found in different groups of people due to different types of activities.  Most are old diseases, known to have existed long before the late seventies.  AIDS in Africa is simply a new classification for diseases that have been plaguing Africans for ages.  International AIDS funds make it lucrative to rename such diseases.  Further, there are currently 29 CDC-defined (Centers for Disease Control) AIDS-indicator diseases which are caused by various contrasting sources.  Some are caused by fungi, some by bacteria, others by mycobacteria, some by viruses, and still others “have no established etiology.”  Such a rapidly expanding, all-encompassing classification system, while solely responsible for the continued growth in the number of reported AIDS cases, further emphasizes the lack of consistency in everyone's favorite AIDS explanation.

The book points out that there is scant evidence to support the claim that AIDS can be transferred by sex or that ‘intravenous’ drug users are at higher risk than other drug users.  The disproportionately small number of truly drug-free homosexuals diagnosed with AIDS only supports this claim.  Further, “out of the several thousand carefully monitored needle-stick cases (where health care workers had accidentally stuck themselves with needles that had been used on AIDS patients) ... there is not a single case where AIDS is known to have resulted from such a needle-stick.”  However, an overwhelming majority of both the AIDS-afflicted gay males and non-gay drug users have been daily participating in lifestyles drowned with highly destructive drugs such as poppers [nitrite inhalants], various psychedelics, and the countless other home-made drugs on which few tests, if any, have been done.  Testimonies by Lauritsen, who himself is gay, and by the many leaders of worldwide AIDS organizations, each of whom are within close contact with thousands of AIDS-afflicted men, reveal that they cannot name a single sufferer who has not involved himself in this lifestyle.

Many individuals will not admit to details about their personal history on surveys, and for good reason.  Examples abound of men checking off the ‘gay’ status on forms that were then shipped with their blood samples to HIV-testing facilities on the very same day as taking a second test on which they did not unveil such information.  The corruption inherent in such tests becomes obvious upon attempting to rationalize why the former result would be positive while the latter negative.  Such has happened on countless occasions.  It should come as no surprise that while sick, many otherwise healthy individuals will test positive for HIV simply due to the buildup of antibodies.  Unfortunately, the mistaken judgment of taking “the life-enhancer”, AZT, to combat this false danger will inevitably result in AIDS.  In fact, according to CDC criteria, AZT is fully capable of causing AIDS.

The test in 1987 which supposedly confirmed the safety of AZT (carried out solely by the company planning to market the drug and approved yet unquestioned by the FDA) is steeped in fraud.  Fortunately, the recent, independent Concord trial concluded absolutely no benefit from the use of AZT.  For a drug formerly banned due to its toxicity and its certain future of causing cancer, coupled with the countless side effects which all ultimately contribute to an immune system breakdown, it would seem quite drastic to prescribe AZT to non-terminally ill patients.  However, there are currently 150,000 people worldwide on this expensive drug, many having been instructed to begin taking it as soon as their HIV-test results indicated positive.

Perhaps the single most dangerous disease among HIV and AIDS sufferers, however, is the fear and loss of hope.  No doctor will deny the psychological power of depression, especially on victims whose lifestyles ignore the importance of good health and do not adjust themselves to a get-well mentality.  Too many people are politically opposed to personally determining fact from fiction in the fight against AIDS.  These are the Land Belenkys who uncritically accept Industry-funded propaganda while refusing to read opposing viewpoints.  To claim to be informed, one must obviously read the evidence behind conflicting opinions, paying close attention to their source and being wary of unfounded dogma.  And indeed, more and more scientists have been questioning these dogmas.  For example, Kary Mullis, a Noble Laureate, along with UC Berkeley Professor Peter Duesberg, have iconoclastically confronted the establishment.

The AIDS war in America has become hostile to dissent and blind to its own faults.  Before any breakthrough in AIDS research can be expected, the greatest challenge since Copernicus must be confronted by the American community.  We must rigorously examine the facts, perhaps forcing a return to stage one, and objectively review the data.  Much can be gathered from honest statistics and consistent classifications.  It will only be then, that real progress can be made.

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Reviewer Christopher DeCenzo, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, Cornell University, is the President of The Review.

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