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AIDS: A Second Opinion Hardcover – March 5, 2002
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About the Author
Nutritionist and natural-living advocate GARY NULL is one of America's leading health and fitness writers. The author of dozens of books and hundreds of medical articles, Null’s film documentaries on the politics of health have won awards around the world, and his daily and weekly radio broadcasts educate millions on nutrition-based approaches to wellness and disease prevention.
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For me this book's greatest strength was in not having one specific theory to press. For example Duesberg, a prestigious scientist who writes often about our lack of evidence that HIV can cause AIDS, has the view point that AIDS is caused primarily by drug use. Much of what Duesberg publishes on AIDS is concerned with supporting this theory. Null on the other hand presents evidence and what we know about the various theories on AIDS and gives a general overview. He discussed our lack of knowledge about HIV and the lack of evidence for it causing AIDS, but later assumes the viewpoint that HIV causes AIDS to discuss co-factors and theories about where AIDS may have come from.
Among the subjects Null touches on: does HIV cause AIDS?, effects of long term drug use on the immune system, toxicity of AZT, theories on the origin of AIDS (including discussion of government manufactured disease), HIV vaccine feasibility, trends in vaccine research and alternative therapies. Basically the information presented is comprehensive and frequently not kosher. Null gives reliable references for what he is saying and refers to scientific journals where appropriate. He also tells the reader when he thinks that a theory is a bit over the top and if the theory has not been tested or is not testable (as with a comparison of AIDS and mass hysteria). He includes some theories including conspiracy theories for the sake of being comprehensive. For example, a discussion of AIDS maybe being introduced by aliens is included.
As I said Null extensively references his work. This is a scholaly book (in the sense of being dry) and might be slow for some people because of the way it is written. It is also long. Amazon has it listed as 400 pages but my copy is 618 pages long (and then some with the appendixes). For me it was a fast read and very interesting, but maybe not a fast read for everyone.
AIDS: A Second Opinion is an excellent resource for those who want a better understanding of the disease. This should not be the first book to read on the subject.
When I heard of this issue I thought like most -- "Pshh! 2 or 3 conspiracy kooks!" Gary Null has interviewed over 5,000 scientists, researchers, journalists, including many Nobel Prize winners, who've been shut out of the mainstream media to compile this book.
He goes through systematically, using nothing but facts, and traces the beginnings of AIDS, how it's being misdiagnosed, how pharmaceutical companies have suppressed dissent, how the corporate media has towed the line, and interviews people who've had AIDS are now alive and well through natural means.
"It's such an emotional thing, people get personally committed to what really is a body of evidence that can be analyzed by lots of people...BUT NO ONE CAN WRITE A REVIEW OF IT THAT SAYS 'HIV IS THE CAUSE OF AIDS because of this..." If a post-doc were to write a review of their literature that showed without much doubt that HIV is the cause of AIDS he'd be famous. Now there's 100,000 people out there who've had this opportunity,  years have passed, we've been waiting for this star post-doctorate fellow to distinguish himself forever and get a lifelong grant...but he hasn't shown up! No one has bothered to write a definitive review." --Kary Mullis, Phd,
Biochemist, Nobel Prize 1993, inventor of polymerase chain reactor (PCR) technology used in testing diseases.
Null and co-author James Feast do us a service in giving voice to the point of view of AIDS dissidents such as Nobel laureates Drs. Mullis and Gilbert, as well as Professors Strohman and Rasnick, and the many others cited in the book. One has to wonder, why hasn't their collective challenge to the "HIV equals AIDS equals death" paradigm been given more publicity? These are credentialed people, and there certainly is, as this book shows, reasonableness to their claims. I myself have had three patients with advanced AIDS and substantially debilitated health who then undertook various natural protocols and improved their overall immune function significantly. So why wouldn't I want to explore alternative approaches to this condition? Why wouldn't I want to review as many scientific references as possible that support these approaches? I am happy to have a book on hand that goes beyond the party line of those who run the war on AIDS, looks at alternative perspectives, and provides extensive documentation to support them.
Furthermore, I plan to make this book required reading for all of the persons I counsel with AIDS-defining illnesses. And I would recommend it to every concerned and conscientious physician, nurse, and public health advocate in the country.