Saturday, December 15, 2007

AIDS: A Man Made Drug?

As far back as my knowledge of AIDS can take me, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by an infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is an RNA retrovirus that infects the CD4 T lymphocyte, a cell type essential for adaptive immunity. This infection can usually last for up to twenty years before the population of CD4 T cells diminish completely leading to a collapse in the immune system. HIV has a nucleoprotien core surrounded by a lipid envelope derived from the host cell. When HIV infects a cell, the RNA genome is first copied into a complementary DNA by reverse transcriptase, then integrated into the genome of the host cell to form a provirus. The provirus uses the transcriptional and translational machinery of the host cell to make viral proteins and RNA genomes, which are assembeled into new infection virions.

Now...this is what we are taught but I cant help but think how did this begin? It was not until I had a long interesting conversation with a guy I met in Thailand that I was told of the major conspiracy theories on how HIV came to I started surfing the net to see what i could find. A rather shocking quote I found was spoken by Pentagon Spokesperson Dr. Donald MacArthur on June, 6 1969, he said "Within the next five to ten years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organism.  Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.  A research program to explore the feasibility of this could be completed in approximetly five years at a total cost of $10 million" (HB 15090 pg 129) Hmmm, HIV did appear approximetly 5 to 10 years later and is the first and only disease to fulfill such a definition. This epidemic, as most believe, did not start in Africa.  Actually, the first AIDS cases were found in Manhattan in 1979. The epidemic in Africa did not begin until the fall of 1982.  I ask myself how could a supposed black heterosexual African epidemic transform itself into an exclusively white young homosexual mens disease in Manhatten?  As soon as the government sponsored gay hepatitis B experiment (1978-1981) ended in Manhatten in 1981 the epidemic became official. The first cases of AIDS in gay men appeared in Manhatten in 1979, soon after the gay experiment began in Manhatten NY. Dr. Theodore Strecker's research of the literature indicates that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with the WHO made the AIDS virus in their laboratories at Fort Detrick (now NCI).  They combined the deadly retroviruses, bovine leukemia virus and sheep visna virus, and injected them into human tissues cultures.  The result was the AIDS virus, the first human retrovirus known to man and now believed to be 100 percent fatal to those infected. All these different conspiracies make me believe that we need to research and investigate into possible man made diseases to expose the responsible and make sure this kind of thing (if it happened this way) will not be done again.


1 comment:

cherryblogger71_is said...

You are very brave to write this. I don't personally agree, but if I did I'm sure I wouldn't have to courage to post it. I would be afraid of being laughed out of a forum or blog.

There are a number of more radical ideas about the original of aids.

I personally agree with the current scientific consensus that AIDS originated in Africa in the mid 1930s from a closely related Simian immunodeficiency virus (which can still be found today in monkeys and chimpanzees.)

But I think that there are also other conspiracy theories that have more merit than this one when it comes to the origin of AIDS.

Strecker actually did not come up with this theory on his own, it's a continuation of Dr. Alan Cantwell's work. It's kind of an interesting read. You get to hear about communists! :)

Try googling for

Jakob Segal; Fort Detrick

Edward Hooper

and Dr. Leonard G. Horowitz has a slightly different twist on Cantwell's theories.

Though I would also suggest reading Guns, Germs, and Steel (or renting the audiobook.) Humans will eventually be affected by the diseases of animals that they are in close contact with. This is precisely why there have been so many "European" plagues and diseases and so few from the New World, the type of animals that are available for domestication and/or that we are exposed to (and their numbers) continually determine what type of infection is next on the menu.

To me, AIDS is much like it's predecessors. We have TB from Cows and avian flu from birds. The Spanish Influenza was pigs I believe. It doesn't seem too much of a stretch for me to believe that "AIDS" jumped the species barrier.