|Selenium deficiency directly related to AIDS? (AIDS DENIALISM)
Jun 3, 2007
Hello, Dr. Frascino! I love your work and your sarcastic sense of humor!
I just read a LONG article a friend of mine sent me that talks about how HIV is not the sole or direct cause of AIDS. Instead, HIV has co-factors, which could be other viruses or bacteria, that lead to AIDS because of a selenium deficiency in HIV-positive people. It argues that if HIV-positive people didn't suffer selenium deficiencies, they wouldn't progress to AIDS and the HIV virus wouldn't be harmful at all and that it's selenium deficiency - and not the depletion of lymphocytes - that leads to rapid progression to AIDS.
The article is entitled What Really Causes AIDS by Harold D. Foster. Sorry I can't provide a link but it's in PDF format and it's 213-pages long. It also gives examples of how some hemophiliacs who received HIV-positive tainted blood and became HIV-positive continued having sex with their wives for a long period of time because they didn't know they had become infected. Yet their wives did not become infected and the articles says it was because their wives had a high level of seleium and that the same goes for people in some parts of Africa. I think whoever wrote this article - or collection of articles - is one of those who are called AIDS denialists.
Well, my friend sent to me so I could read it and he said their arguments were very convincing and I think he might already believe everything the article says. He also said it's a different opinion from the long-held scientific view which says that HIV causes AIDS. What do you think?
Wondering in NY
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Hello Wondering In NY,
The AIDS denialists' arguments are far from convincing to anyone who truly understands HIV/AIDS. I'd suggest your friend review the "Debunking AIDS Denialism" information that can be found on TAC's (Treatment Action Campaign) Web site at http://www.tac.org.za/debunking.html.
The links there are excellent and effectively debunk all aspects of the denialists' poppycock.
Have a look!
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