- Paperback: 479 pages
- Publisher: Asklepios (June 1, 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943742080
- ISBN-13: 978-0943742083
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,107,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering, and Genocide from the Medical Industrial Complex
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BATTLING FOR TRUTH Reviewed by Jule Klotter John Lauritsen's book The AIDS War reveals the disparity between the scientific search for truth and the medical-industrial complex. John Lauritsen, a survey research analyst, began reviewing AIDS research in 1983. This book is a collection of his articles, written since 1985, that document the sloppy science, propaganda, and greed behind the "AIDS plague". Throughout the years, Lauritsen has analyzed information or lack of information, from the authorities and researchers at the Centers for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute and FDA. The articles dispute the assertions that AIDS is a "gay disease" (or even a sexual disease), that HIV causes AIDS, and that AZT and other nucleoside analogue drugs (ddI, ddC, d4T) provide any benefits.... The AIDS War documents the scientific, industrial, political, and social factors that have combined to create a deadly boondoggle of misinformation, poor science, stupidity, and greed. That people are dying from immune suppression is not in question. The cause is. it is part time to consider the evidence that AIDS is caused by non-infectious agents such as psycho-active drugs, over-medication with antibiotics, and AZT itself. John Lauritsen's The AIDS War is journalism at its finest; it is well written, and shows a deep regard for digging up truth. --Townsend Letter for Doctors, January 1994
Reviewed by Jerry Terranova, Praxis, Summer/Fall 1993: "Dispatches from the front," is how John Lauritsen describes his new book, The AIDS War: Propaganda, Profiteering and Genocide from the Medical-Industrial Complex, a collection of his writings from the New York Native from February 1985 to present (with some new chapters written especially for this book). "I want them to stand for the record," Lauritsen says, "so that no one, when the truth finally prevails, can pretend that there were no AIDS-critics, or that we didn't speak out." Lauritsen employs war as a central AIDS metaphor for reasons he considers obvious: "the terrible suffering, loss of life, propaganda, censorship, rumors, hysteria, profiteering, espionage and sabotage.... I maintain that AIDS reporters should be regarded as war correspondents ... and that the salient characteristics of war coverage are also those of AIDS coverage." The book reads like a chronicle, covering virtually all aspects of AIDS, from one who has been on the front lines for over a decade. Lauritsen is a Harvard-educated survey research analyst by profession. As in his first book (the indispensable Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story (1990) this book employs his wide range of journalistic and research skills; it is painstakingly documented and referenced, grounded in his solid knowledge of survey research protocol and presented in a tone that is fair, sane, and reasonable. The book is overflowing with information (most of it fascinating and freeing) but somehow manages to avoid adding to the "AIDS info overload". The work is infused with a spirit of independent inquiry -- a passion for truth --which stands in stark contrast to most "official" sources of AIDS information, much of which is mindless rehash of the same unchallenged assumptions.
Reviewed by Henry H. Bauer, Virginia Scholar, April 1996: If you're going to read only one book about AIDS, it should be The AIDS War, a collection of essays, some new for this book and others originally published in newspapers or magazines between 1985 and 1993. The author "began researching 'AIDS' in early 1983. Initially I was shocked by the incompetence with which the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted survey research, my own profession since 1966. Later I would be shocked by the dishonesty, venality, and ruthlessness of the AIDS Establishment." ... Anyone concerned about AIDS -- everyone, in other words -- ought to read this book. Discount Lauritsen's stronger accusations and language if you will and as you like ... --still he gives chapter and verse, authoritative evidence and clear logic, that go far to make these salient points: - HIV is not the cause of AIDS; - Drug abuse is likely a primary cause; - AZT treatment is iatrogenic homicide. Along the way,
About the Author
A harvard-educated survey research analyst by profession, John Lauritsen began reviewing AIDS research in 1983, and is now regarded by AIDS-critics around the world as their foremost journalist.
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Whatever doubt there was around the HIV-AIDS Connection back in the mid-80's, or the selling of pharmaceuticals, the debate was settled for me, the medical community, and just about everyone with eyes; the moment combination therapies emptied out our hospice beds, closed down our specialized AIDS mortuary services, ended the need for our AIDS dementia daycare center. I was the technician at a treatment center who's job it was to tally the numbers of clients in each of these services and present the report numbers quarterly. Those numbers did not lie. Those services closed because people started to live. The counseling services were no longer just preparing people to cope with death, but helping them think about their future life.
Combination therapies closed down hospices around the world... EXCEPT in the countries that clung onto the type of misinformation contained in this book. There the body count continued. That was the real genocide; the killings in the 100,000's or even 000,000's of black people. Poor people. The blood is on the hands of the vendors of this misinformation including this author. Where people had access to drugs they lived. Where people did not they died. Where steps were taken to reduce sexual transmission of HIV infection AIDS rates went down. Where it was not they did not.
If you had cancer would you let your doctor treat you based on 30 year old medical information? I sure wouldnt. As healthy as a little scepticism might be of big pharma, their biggest crime was to hold back on giving the drugs away free in countries that could not afford them, and instead holding out for profits.
You have to believe those of us who were there, who saw people die, and then saw people NOT die when they got the right drugs. We saw that people caught HIV from other people with HIV, and that those people went on to develop AIDS before the drug interventions. I have no idea why this book is still in print - other than we live in an age where there is someone who just wants publicity from claiming the earth is flat.
This book is so dated in even discussing AZT. AZT is not used that much to treat HIV. Other medications are used that have less side effects.
Finally, the question is who is profiteering? John Lauritsen is not sending the profits from this book to one of the many orphanages in Africa where children have been orphaned because of HIV! John has not given the profits from his books to the many people in South America waiting for HIV or to the 305 people on waiting lists in the U.S. to get free HIV treatment. He's out of touch and without a sense of responsibility. This book is just inaccurate and should be pulled from publication!
Why would you believe this so-called journalist who did not interview any infectious disease specialist nor any actual HIV researcher nor any social worker working in one of the hundreds of AIDS organizations around the U.S., nor one of the thousands of outreach workers.
He's oblivious to the real epidemic in the U.S. or the world. Shame on you Mr. Lauritsen!
This book, its author, and the associated theories have been thoroughly discredited over the years. Its real danger is that uninformed readers may actually believe what's put forth in this book, and make life style or behavior decisions based on what they read -- potentially placing those people at greater risk of both contracting HIV, and attempting to remain healthy and live longer if infected.
This book does a huge disservice to anyone who reads it.