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The Virus Within: A Coming Epidemic Paperback – February 1, 2001
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If you were told there was a killer in your basement, you'd be legitimately concerned. Scientists have uncovered a virus living peacefully inside us that may strike out at us when our guard is down, but nobody seems to be listening. Potentially linked to such poorly understood diseases as multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and AIDS, this member of the herpes family (HHV-6) is thoroughly examined in science journalist Nicholas Regush's The Virus Within. Unfortunately, little is known at present, in part because of the personality-driven nature of research funding; struggling scientists must compete with big names like Robert Gallo for attention and dollars. Regush follows the careers of Donald Carrigan and Konnie Knox, medical virologists trying to learn more about HHV-6 while at the same time informing their unconcerned colleagues about its threat.
While the book is a bit too easy on the Peter Duesberg-led charge against the HIV hypothesis of AIDS, it makes the point well that the scientific community, spurred on by clueless funders, is too quick to crystallize around one way of thinking about disease. This may be more a important issue than the threat of HHV-6--even if we do expand our research focus to include this likely killer, we haven't reached the root of the problem. How long will it take these voices in the wilderness to find sympathetic ears, and how long will it take the next scientific prophets to make themselves heard? Perhaps, if enough of us read The Virus Within, we can heed their warnings while there's still time to act. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
A virus called HHV-6 (a form of the human herpes virus) is at the heart of a controversy brewing in the scientific community; here Regush (The Breaking Point: Understanding Your Potential for Violence), a science and medical reporter for ABC News, presents an investigation into the subject. HHV-6 lies dormant in most people, but some scientists are uncovering evidence that it may play a role in serious illnesses such as AIDS and multiple sclerosis (MS). Most AIDS research in the last two decades has focused on HIV as the primary cause, but Regush presents work that appears to contradict this theory--work that he says has been discounted or marginalized by the scientific establishment--such as that of researcher Peter Duesberg of UC-Berkeley, who considers HIV to be a harmless passenger virus, and that of a team of Australian scientists who also attribute AIDS to causes other than HIV. Then Regush focuses on Dan Carrigan and Konnie Knox, scientists who found active HHV-6 present in patients who had died of AIDS. The two colleagues, operating in obscurity on a shoestring, have conducted further studies that seem to indicate that the reactivated virus is also present in MS patients. The author also details research that seems to imply a connection between the herpes viruses and chronic fatigue syndrome as well as some forms of mental illness. Regush stops short of drawing any conclusions about the role of HHV-6 in AIDS and MS, but he does make a strong case that further research should be supported. Regush, who displays a gift for taking complex medical material and making it accessible to the lay reader, has written a page-turning medical mystery. Agent, Denise Bukowski.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Learn this, so that you can learn that the Aids Virus doesn't literally exist.
I know, I know you think me a crack pot.
"Does the aids virus actually exist"
I know I know.. but why do they keep lying.
I think to protect Jonas Salk.
Regush has done an excellent job in not just detailing the work on this virus but also giving us a view of those who dedicate their lives to researching and please God, finally abolishing HHV6. We see the characters of Knox and Carrigan unfold until we almost feel we know them. Fine, dedicated researchers who sacrifice, who encounter joy, but most of all who are hot on the trail of HHV6 until I felt with folks like these the virus has met its match! We feel for the mother of the fatally ill child in Japan, we cry out in anger against this invader hurting the 7 year old in California, our hearts weep for those with MS, with CFS, we are rooting for those with this virus to recover.
Regush has written a masterpiece detailing the work of excellent researchers. Every page is gripping as we follow HHV6 on its deadly path. No science fiction, but more terrifying in that this virus is within so many of us waiting to be unleashed. More research into HHV6 offers hope for those with the diseases it plays a part in.
On finishing the book, my thought: hey guys, lets kick this virus where it hurts for the new millenium!