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March 20, 2006

Duesberg on Bird-Flu Hype

Dean's World reproduces an e-mail by controversial molecular biologist Peter Duesberg, regarding Duesberg's skepticism about the possibility of a human avian-flu pandemic. Read the whole thing, but herewith some quotes:
The current Flu propaganda is thus a mix of ignorance and self-interest and an exploitation of general ignorance by the CDC, WHO, the vaccine, pill and test-kit manufacturers of our universities and pharma companies, and of our "science" journalists, who need to fill their daily columns - and must sell their aging vaccine stocks before they decompose and their Tamiflu pills before the summer.

But despite hyping in dozens of microbial Godots - no Godot has come since polio. People are just too well nourished these days, and thus have optimally maintained immune systems, for microbes to attack more than just the fringes of the ever growing human herd. That in fact is their historical share. The 150 million Flu pandemics are hype for fund raising by the ever more costly science/health armies in search for real enemies. Their success is based on the invisible monsters of the microbial epidemics of the times, when nutrition lacked vitamines, proteins and sanitation or was lacking all together - and on the never failing microbial and viral horror phantasies of our science writers, politicians and Hollywood producers.
Why doesn't he just come out and say what he really thinks?


At 3/21/2006 3:28 PM, Blogger Orac said...

Oh, my goodness. Duesberg really believes that our nutrition and immune systems are such that severe epidemics of infectious diseases can't occur in developed nations?

At 3/22/2006 10:25 AM, Blogger Don said...

That is an interesting hypothesis! Especially since, if I remember correctly what I've read, the 1918 flu that tore through US Army bases did not infect war-weary veterans -- who actually had just got overseas -- but those in training camps who were probably in excellent physical health from exercise and eating better food than they were used to at home.


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