Dear Alive & Well,
I urge you to remember the case of Kimberly Bergalis.
[Kimberly Bergalis is the Florida woman who died of AIDS in 1989
after allegedly being infected with HIV by her dentist]
Although I loathed her grandstanding, she did
serve as an example of someone who never did recreational drugs
but died of the same immune system meltdown with the same bony
and gaunt face as my friends. Despite what you say, there is ample
evidence that AIDS DOES exist. It is not a byproduct of drug use.
It's an infection.
After being diagnosed HIV positive, Kimberly
Bergalis took AZT in the tremendously high doses used in the mid
to late 1980s. Today, great numbers of AIDS experts on all sides
of the issue acknowledge that AZT is extremely toxic and the high
dose treatments given back in Kimberly's time were responsible
for countless deaths.
Prior to beginning AZT treatment, Kimberly was
not seriously ill. She had a yeast infection-a common occurrence
possibly caused in her case by antibiotics taken after dental
work, and pneumonia. Some 30,000 HIV negative Americans die each
year from pneumonia-pneumonia happens and is not uncommon among
college age people like Kimberly who often "burn the candle
at both endsÓ through study, work, partying, lack of adequate
sleep and nutrition.
Once Kimberly started taking daily doses of AZT
chemotherapy, she wasted away like a typical chemotherapy recipient.
She lost weight, muscle mass, her hair and her appetite; she developed
rashes, acne and neuropathy to the degree she could hardly walk.
If you check a medical dictionary or the Merck Manual, you will
find Kimberly Bergalis suffering described most succinctly as
side effects of DNA chain terminating chemotherapy treatment.
However unfortunate, Kimberly Bergalis' story
does not provide conclusive evidence that AIDS is a contagious
condition caused by HIV. In scientific terms, Kimberly's experience
would constitute a poorly designed study of one with no control.
But for the sake of discussion, let's say that one person's experience
suffices to prove HIV causes AIDS.
Does the lesser known story of a woman born the
same year as Kimberly, diagnosed HIV positive the same year, who
unlike Kimberly had suffered with serious illness (Crohn's disease
and arthritis) prior to testing positive who opted to take natural
treatments and today is healthy, happily married, and the mother
of two healthy little girls (both born without medical intervention)
prove HIV does not cause AIDS?
Thanks for writing,