posted on Mar, 16 2010 @ 10:47 AM
Good freakin' lord, there's conspiracy theories and then there's tinfoil hat whackjobbery
Listen. If you take a rock and let go of it, it falls to the ground. Try it, it works every single time. Even if you throw it into the air with all of
your human strength, it still eventually turns around and falls to the ground. Every. Single. Time.
This happens because of gravity. We've never seen gravity before. We don't know for sure what gravity is made of. We don't even know what causes
it. What we DO know is that the more mass something has, the more gravity it has. We know because of correlation
that gravity exists. We know
because of correlation
that F=G([m1*m2]/D^2). That's right, correlation alone is so constant that it shows us a specific formula to calculate
the force of gravity.
Despite what another poster incredibly stated, correlation is
a valid argument to show that HIV is the cause of AIDS. People who get HIV get
AIDS. People with AIDS have HIV.
Oh, and check-a-check-a-check it out!
Techniques such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) have enabled scientists to demonstrate that a much larger proportion of CD4+ T cells are
infected than previously realized, particularly in lymphoid tissues. Robert Gallo, a preeminent HIV virologist, suggests that as many as 3% of CD4+ T
cells show signs of HIV invasion. Macrophages and other cell types are also infected with HIV and serve as reservoirs for the
Although the fraction of CD4+ T cells that is infected with HIV at any given time is never high (only a small subset of activated cells serve as ideal
targets of infection), several groups have shown that rapid cycles of death of infected cells and infection of new target cells occur throughout the
course of disease.
Furthermore, like other viruses, HIV is able to suppress the immune system by secreting proteins that interfere with it. For example, HIV's coat
protein, gp120, sheds from viral particles and binds to the CD4 receptors of otherwise healthy T cells; this interferes with the normal function of
these signalling receptors. Another HIV protein, Tat, has been demonstrated to suppress T cell activity. This behavior is not significantly different
in quality from, say, the influenza viruses, which are well-known to secrete immunosuppressive proteins which can slow down the antiviral immune
Infected lymphocytes express the Fas ligand, a cell-surface protein that triggers the death of neighboring uninfected T cells expressing the Fas
receptor. This "bystander killing" effect shows that great harm can be caused to the immune system even with a limited number of infected
Actual science and REAL DOCTORS kind of shoot your "HIV doesn't cause AIDS" bullcrap right out of the water. Theories like that are dangerous and
can get naive people killed, and it's ignorance and misinformation that allow HIV/AIDS to reach pandemic levels in countries where education and
scientific knowledge on the subject are low.
Now... is there a chemical in bananas that has antiviral properties which can fight HIV? Possibly, but time will tell if this study is correct - note
that it won't be published in a peer reviewed journal until later this month. Only once the studies have been reproduced and verified can we say for
certain that bananas can suppress HIV.