Aids: U.S. Made Monster? Essay

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- -AIDS: U.S.- Made Monster?In an extensive article in the Summer-Autumn 1990 issue of 'Top Secret', ProfJ. Segal and Dr. L. Segal outline their theory that AIDS is a man-made disease,originating at Pentagon bacteriological warfare labs at Fort Detrick, Maryland.'Top Secret' is the international edition of the German magazine Geheim and isconsidered by many to be a sister publication to the American Covert ActionInformation Bulletin (CAIB). In fact, Top Secret carries the Naming Namescolumn, which CAIB is prevented from doing by the American government, andwhich names CIA agents in different locations in the world. The article, named'AIDS: US-Made Monster' and subtitled 'AIDS - its Nature and its Origins,' islengthy, has a lot of professional terminology and is dotted with footnotes.AIDS FACTS'The fatal weakening of the immune system which has given AIDS its name(Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome),' write the Segals, 'has been traced backto a destruction or a functional failure of the T4-lymphocytes, also called'helper cells`, which play a regulatory role in the production of antibodies inthe immune system.' In the course of the illness, the number of functional T4-cells is reduced greatly so that new anti-bodies cannot be produced and thedefenceless patient remains exposed to a range of infections that under othercircumstances would have been harmless. Most AIDS patients die fromopportunistic infections rather than from the AIDS virus itself.The initial infection is characterized by diarrhea, erysipelas and intermittentfever. An apparent recovery follows after 2-3 weeks, and in many cases thepatient remains without symptoms and functions normally for years. Occasionallya swelling of the lymph glands, which does not affect the patient's well-being,can be observed.After several years, the pre-AIDS stage, known as ARC (Aids- Related Complex)sets in. This stage includes disorders in the digestive tract, kidneys andlungs. In most cases it develops into full-blown AIDS in about a year, at whichpoint opportunistic illnesses occur. Parallel to this syndrome, disorders invarious organ systems occur, the most severe in the brain, the symptoms ofwhich range from motoric disorders to severe dementia and death.This set of symptoms, say the Segals, is identical in every detail with theVisna sickness which occurs in sheep, mainly in Iceland. (Visna means tirednessin Icelandic). However, the visna virus is not pathogenic for human beings.The Segals note that despite the fact that AIDS is transmitted only throughsexual intercourse, blood transfusions and non- sterile hypodermic needles, theinfection has spread dramatically. During the first few years after itsdiscovery, the number of AIDS patients doubled every six months, and is stilldoubling every 12 months now though numerous measures have been taken againstit. Based on these figures, it is estimated that in the US, which had 120,000cases of AIDS at the end of 1988, 900,000 people will have AIDS or will...

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