btw I forgot to link to evidence that Rath was using the NEJM study as
support for his vitamin sales campaign in South Africa. Here is an article
from the Harvard Crimson that discusses this and how the study's authors
have reacted to interpretations of the study similar to those in the article
Mitchel linked to.

This kind of thing is not just harmless lefty hand waving, the end result is


On 2/16/07, Mitchel Cohen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> from
> A Natural Answer to AIDS?
> On 1 July 2004, a landmark study by Harvard University
> was published in one of the world's leading medical journals,
> the New England Journal of Medicine, summed up
> the same day by the world's most influential and respected
> newspaper, the New York Times: 'The study found that
> daily doses of multivitamins slow down the disease and cut
> the risk of developing AIDS in half.'
> The question is why the people of South Africa have not been told about
> this. For actively promoting natural health approaches to AIDS, the
> South African government has continually been attacked by
> pharmaceutical interest groups and received no support at all from
> the medical establishment. The reason for this lack of support is
> obvious. Non-patentable natural therapies have very low profit
> margins, whereas patented synthetic pharmaceutical AIDS drugs are a
> multi-billion dollar business.
> It is high time that everyone in South Africa, whether affected by
> AIDS or not, knows the facts.
> 1. The Harvard study, conducted in Tanzania over a period of eight
> years, involved more than a thousand HIV-positive pregnant women.
> It was a placebo controlled and double blind trial conforming to the
> highest standards. The study showed that inexpensive multivitamin
> treatment is more effective in staving off disease among HIV-positive
> women than any toxic AIDS drug. (NEMJ 2004 Jul 1;351(1):23-32)
> 2. More than a decade ago, a study co-authored by two-time Nobel
> Prize winner Linus Pauling, published in another leading scientific
> journal, found that an optimal dose of vitamin C alone can block the
> replication of HIV by 99%. (Proceedings of the National Academy of
> Sciences of the United States of America 1990 Sep;87(18):7245-9)
> 3. Every textbook of biochemistry recognises that vitamins and
> other micronutrients are the most decisive factor determining the
> optimum function of the immune system.
> 4. Hundreds of studies have found that AZT is profoundly toxic to
> all cells of the human body, and particularly to the blood cells of our
> immune system.
> 5. Numerous studies have found that children exposed to AZT in the
> womb suffer brain damage, neurological disorders, paralysis, spasticity,
> mental retardation, epilepsy, other serious diseases and early
> death*.
> 6. Incredibly, two weeks after the publication of the Harvard study,
> the Medicines Control Council proposed new regulations that will
> effectively prevent free access to life-saving vitamin therapy and
> information about it, and recommended that HIV-positive women
> take AZT during their pregnancies.


Michael Balter
Contributing Correspondent, Science
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