Brian Deer, Wakefield exposer, pens another article on a deluded medical idea – AIDS denialism and Peter Duesberg.
Here are intelligent, well-educated, idealistic people who wrestle their freedom from the grip of morbid sickness, big pharma products and despair. There’s a heroic quality about storming towards your destiny, arms outstretched, eyes wide.
According to Peter Duesberg, the scientist who fathered this philosophy, about 6% of deaths in the over 50s are from pneumonia…
“It is concluded,” he declared in the journal Cancer Research, “that Aids virus is not sufficient to cause Aids and that there is no evidence, besides its presence in a latent form, that it is necessary for Aids.”
Thus was born the “Duesberg hypothesis”, which his critics say has led to sickness and death far beyond white, middle-class eccentrics. By some reckonings, in South Africa alone the denialist convictions of former president Thabo Mbeki led to more than 300,000 premature fatalities and 35,000 preventable infant infections.
This will make you angry. Pseudoscience kills. Thousands.