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Serious Adverse Events: An Uncensored History of AIDS Paperback – April 1, 2006
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“Although much of what Farber dredges up is not new, the fact remains that her argument has not been answered to the satisfaction of a lot of people. I would guess that it is not going to be so easy now to sweep this debate under the carpet by naming Farber and Duesberg and others ‘crazies’ and ‘HIV deniers.’ As Farber herself points out, there is too much money and greed now controlling the entire system of our ‘treatment’ for that to be an effective response.”
—Larry kramer, Founder, ACT UP
“It’s an engaging piece of investigative journalism that exposes deep problems with the standards of medical research when it comes to AIDS.... Her argument is that AIDS has become an industry and a certain kind of sloppiness has entered the search for new anti-retroviral drugs.”
—Gal Beckerman, Columbia Journalism Review
About the Author
Celia Farber has been chronicling the shadow story of AIDS science since 1987, which she originally covered for SPIN magazine in a regular column that ran for eight years. She has also written for Esquire, Rolling Stone, and Harper's, among other magazines. This is her first book.
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by Celia Farber
This book is a “must read” for everyone. Yes, everyone, especially those who think HIV=AIDS. HIV/AIDS is far too important to all of humanity not to read this expose. HIV might have or already has hit very close to home for many. We need to know what's really going on. But hang on for a ride. I wish that everyone would read this book but I fear that only those already questioning are reading. Those unwilling to question are unwilling to read.
The biggest challenge to reading this story, is facing yourself, your beliefs, what you have believed as unquestionable truth since 1984. The book hit me really hard. “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” The other huge challenge is seeing the forces that cause us mere mortals to just go with the flow, with the majority, even if that means to live dishonestly. It really hurts that I too bought the story line, unquestioning, for over 30 years.
If the HIV/ AIDS story we've been told for over 30 years by the bastions of government, science, and loved ones is totally wrong, then what can we hold dear as being true? What else is similarly totally wrong? HIV/AIDS is way too important to be so wrong. There is nothing more difficult than facing the fact that how we see the world is through the filters of beliefs and that those filters might be wrong. But it's likely the single most productive process in your personal growth and the most productive process in the advancement of humanity.
Accepting the possibility that “everyone” is so very wrong and putting so much effort so very wrongly really hurts your head. This book done so honestly and thoroughly exposing the actors on the ground at the time, and forces the reader to think, “Maybe it's really all wrong what they say about HIV/AIDS.”
Celia Farber has written this in a way that puts you in the first person, observing, interviewing, learning directly from the key actors in the HIV/ AIDS debacle at the time it happened. This style makes it hard not to believe that we had it all wrong all this time.
George Orwell wrote his title book “1984” about a fictional time when the government both monitors you and controls your thoughts. “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” This document reveals the players who are doing just that and also the how, what, when, and why they did it.
This brilliant book, by a woman with more spine, guts, chutzpah, and cahoonas than most men, has assembled a first hand, first person documentary that confirms what George Orwell warned us of in his fictional book 1984. Celia Farber is exercising true freedom, what America is supposed to stand for. “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” Celia Farber has managed to show how and why modern man, coincidentally since about 1984, has managed to control perceptions and beliefs.
The motivations, from the lips of those who've participated, seems to be fear and power. People fear not being in the mainstream, fear not having a job, fear of losing a hard-earned career and reputation, fear of admitting a colossal mistake, fear of liability and litigation, fear of not fitting in and not being accepted by the majority. And the desire for power, fame, and money. Those motivations are revealed by themselves by the players themselves.
After reading this book, I don't know how you could not question the validity of the HIV/AIDS story that is still begin told, after 30+ years, by the entire establishment, and virtually everyone you know and trust.
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” If you still think HIV=AIDS or even that HIV is the cause, then the very words HIV and AIDS are corrupt.