reply to post by halfoldman
As a general reply to the pharma-cartel industry "makes money" argument(and yes I agree, they do profit from Aids, as they profit from everything)
inventing "Aids" for profit is not as lucrative as one may think. Before Mbeki went on the dissident "side-show", government and HIV/Aids
organizations took on big pharma, following the lead of Brazil (which simply began producing its own ARVs). In the the 2000's activists also flew to
India and brought back pills. It was a whole rigmarole of activism and court-cases, added to the dissident views of government.
However, if one has Aids and a collapsed immune system, then how should one treat it according to the denialists/dissidents?
We had this growth of a whole "alternative industry".
Some (by no means all) of the solutions tried were:
- vitamins, which range in price but are not for free last time I checked.
- Virodene - turned out to be an industrial solvent and now banned.
- Revivo tea - concoctions based on "Chinese medicine" removed by the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa for making unproven claims
- Ozone treatment, healing waters (R500-R2000 over per monthly dose, treatment), or even "blood-cleansing".
- Countless "immune boosters", usually with some vitamins, olive leaf and African Potato - all are very expensive, even more so than ARVs. Some of
the ingrediants like African Potato (Hypoxis, I think) have been proven to cause liver damage long term.
- Products based on African "muti" (witchcraft), like Ubejane (means Rhino in Zulu). It came to the original maker in a dream and has dozens of
herbs. Ranges to R500 per bottle.
- Sutherlandia, claims now not to "cure" Aids, but to offer some "boosting", R60-80 for 30 pills (2 per day advised).
None of this stuff is cheap or proven in any scientific study.
During the Canadian international conference on HIV/Aids our (now deceased) Health Minister ordered all medicine displayed in South Africa's stand to
be removed and to be replaced with lemons, beetroot and garlic. So this was our "solution" to Aids - a vegetable stand!
Considering that most South Africans earn under R2000 a month, how can anyone not call these shams an industry?
So how should Aids be treated? People once smuggled in anti-fungal drugs from India. Should that also be stopped when people can no longer eat because
their mouth and gut is full of Candida?
Can we at least treat the symptoms with medical drugs that make it go away in a day?
Or must we keep trying to swallow lemons and garlic and beetroot?
Or maybe we should treat nothing and just pray. Maybe we should ban the HIV-test and there'll be no more Aids, and then we'll "die" of something
meaningful, like Parks Mankahlana (Mbeki's spokesman, who died of "anemia" aged 36, despite a fat-cat salary - we all know what he died of).
Perhaps we should ban emergency treatment and all hospitals. Forgiveness, I'm being sarcastic.
Well, people can moan about the medical industry, but most alternative treatments are even more of a rip-off, and that industry is hardly regulated
with no quality control at all in most countries.
But nobody can come here and say the dissidents are not an alternative billion-Dollar industry.
[edit on 24-1-2010 by halfoldman]