This book is a compilation of a great many facts assembled together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle in an attempt to form a complete picture.

Although facts are unalterable, they can be interpreted in different ways, and often an incorrect interpretation, unchallenged, becomes mistakenly accepted as the truth. And when such a false fact is mixed among the real facts as pieces of the jigsaw (sometimes getting stretched a bit to make it fit), confusion is inevitable, leading to further mistakes. Realizing this, two approaches to the puzzle must therefore be adopted; first, the false pieces must be identified and discarded, and then the remaining true pieces must be fitted together.

This is what I have tried to do, acting as it were as chairman of a brainstorming session, the members of which are the people whose names appear in the chapters that follow. Each of these thinking individuals, past and present, have contributed to clarify the emerging picture, the genuineness of which is displayed by the harmony with which the separate pieces fit together.

Not many of these outstanding people have received the recognition due to them, and in most cases their achievements, considered "oddball" by the rank and file, have been ignored. Such is the lot of everybody who comes up with unusual ideas, and this is fair enough, because in human affairs, oddballs are potentially more dangerous than plodders, while their unusual ideas, if really sound, eventually win through. Whether my characters deserve the credit I pay them, readers can decide for themselves.

Even greater credit is due to researchers forced to go it alone when rejected by lesser mortals and repressed by ignorant "powers that be". Names like Bechamp, Kuhne, De Lacy Evans, Densmore, Bell, Dewey, Tilden, Gerson, Koch, Moerman, Howell, Shelton, Hoxsey, Rabinowitch, Morrison, Pritikin and Mendelsohn come to mind from out of the past.

But it is the present-day champions of the truth who most urgently need our acknowledgment and support as they strive to free the medical profession from its straitjacket of dogma and ignorance. Gradually they are succeeding. In the field of heart disease the medical professionals are now adopting the ideas of Nathan Pritikin they not long ago ridiculed, and in the field of cancer they are beginning to tune in to Max Gerson's methods for natural remissions of cancer, still successfully being demonstrated by Dr Gerson's daughter, Charlotte, of the Gerson Institute in California.

Fighting hardest against "the forces of agnosticism" (as Professor Otto Warburg called them) in the field of AIDS are people like Professor Peter Duesberg, Professor Robert Roote-Bernstein, Dr Joan McKenna, Dr Laurence Badgley, Dr Joe Sonnerbend, Dr Michael Culbert, and journalists John Lauritsen and Jad Adams. To these steadfast individuals I wish to give special acknowledgment for the information they have provided me and for their kind permission to quote them liberally. These people are made of the "right stuff" and in my estimation rate with the fighter pilots of the Battle of Britain in that when their fight is over it will be said of them: "Never before in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few."