Today we are witnessing yet another scandal, this time involving the marketing of a dangerous drug by the Burroughs Wellcome Company. This is the drug AZT, which until recently was the only drug approved for the treatment of AIDS, thus giving Burroughs Wellcome a multibillion dollar monopoly in the AIDS industry. The drug was FDA approved without the proper clinical trials, just as on pure supposition HIV was designated the approved cause of AIDS. To make the deal a real pushover for Burroughs Wellcome, they had to make no promises or guarantees. All that is claimed for AZT is that it inhibits the spread of HIV in the body, and that--despite the admitted fact that it is poisonous and highly immunosuppressive--it extends the life expectancy of people with AIDS. This claim is still being made despite the fact AZT has been shown to be distinctly of no advantage at all, the claim being sustained by the fact that deaths among HIV-positive people have not been as numerous as predicted. The true position is that HIV-positive people have not perished as predicted because HIV is not the cause of AIDS at all, whereas the prediction was made on the assumption that it was. The tragedy now being enacted is that many reasonably healthy people, merely on the basis of them having HIV antibodies in their blood, are being transformed into sick people by AZT and the tortured thinking that accompanies the belief in HIV. And when AZT destroys their immune system HIV will, of course, get the official blame. As time elapses the fearful consequences of AZT become more apparent; in August 1991 the US National Institute of Health (NIH) revealed that nearly half of AZT patients eventually develop aggressive cancer.

For Burroughs Wellcome to continue with their AZT financial bonanza, it is vitally important for the HIV illusion to be sustained, and they are doing everything they can to sustain it. In 1983 Dr Joseph Sonnabend of New York (see previous chapter) started a journal called AIDS Research to act as a forum for basic research and general information on AIDS. When the HIV theory was announced in 1984 the journal maintained its impartial stance, including in its contents discussion both for and against the theory. AIDS Research was still an independent journal in 1986, with twenty-one people on the editorial board. Then the Burroughs Wellcome company began to fund the journal and shortly afterwards took over control. It is more than significant that Burroughs Wellcome changed the name of the journal to AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, and in its first edition for 1987 the journal contained nine articles, seven of them about HIV and two about other retro-viruses. The editorial board now numbered fifty, of which only two were original members, Dr Sonnabend not being one of them.

AIDS Research was a good name for Dr Sonnabend's journal; why encumber the name by adding "and Retroviruses" to it? Why is it now common in medical literature to refer to AIDS as "HIV disease"? Is it meant to somehow reinforce the belief in HIV and to sustain a theory too weak to stand inspection?

By their control of research funds, upon which the careers of many influential research doctors depend, the drug companies can control what is discovered and what is not, and they are not interested in discoveries that don't lead to selling drugs. Researchers whose work shows no "promise" in this regard soon find themselves short of research funds, and this is why so little progress has been achieved in the "war against cancer" and why no progress at all has been achieved in the "war against AIDS".

The key to winning the war against AIDS is the same key that is needed to win the war against cancer. What has to be overcome is not a germ or a virus, but vested interests and mental blocks which keep research pointing in the wrong direction. The etiology of cancer was obvious to many doctors one hundred years ago but never saw much light of day until clearly explained by four of the world's greatest cancer researchers about forty years ago (see Chapter 12: Heart Disease: Civilization's No. 1 Killer). One of them, Dr Otto Warburg, was a double Nobel Prize winner, but his findings did not interest the world of medicine which needs disease to exist and whose interest is only in finding "cures" which can be sold for money. However, the war against AIDS will not be so prolonged because the factors involved are not as obscure as with cancer, and when the HIV pantomine is over and the already known factors are properly assessed, the true etiology of AIDS will be obvious to everybody... but only after a lot of people have been killed by AZT and a lot of money made by Burroughs Wellcome.