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Mandela presents his concerns about AIDS policy to ANC committee

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:446

AIDS in Africa is Caused by Starvation and Medications

I reviewed many published studies that described the impact of
malnutrition on the functions and the structure of the immune system of
people in Africa. These studies clearly demonstrate that the main cause of
AIDS in Africa is severe starvation and not HIV. I described these studies
in my book “ Get All The Facts: HIV Does Not Cause AIDS”[1]. The functions
of the immune system, especially the cellular immunity, are impaired in
malnourished individuals. For example, the size of the thymus of 42
malnourished children was reduced by 90% as compared with a case-match
normal controls[2]. In a second study involving 110 malnourished
children, the thymic area was found to be 20% of the size in healthy

High prevalence of malnutrition in Africa and other developing
countries has been documented by Fauci et al.[4]. They stated that the
magnitude of malnutrition problem worldwide is immense. Protein energy
malnutrition (PEM) may be present in endemic form in developing nations
and under famine conditions the prevalence may approach 25 percent. In
1983, the World Health Organization estimated that 300 million children
had growth retardation secondary to malnutrition. Cell-mediated immunity
is impaired as indicated by all standard tests in individuals suffering
from PEM and common infections and opportunistic infections can lead to
increased morbidity and mortality. In addition, nearly every aspect of
reproduction is impaired in the woman with PEM, including implantation,
fetal growth, lactation, and parturition. The infants are stunted in size
and may have cognitive impairment if they survive [4] Yet, Anthony Fauci
and the AIDS establishment have continued to overlook these facts and
maintained the claim that HIV is the cause of AIDS in Africa.

The reduction in the thymus size and in the functions of the immune
system of malnourished children are reversed after proper feeding[1]. For
example, the size of the thymus increased from 20% of normal in a
malnourished child to 107% of normal in the following 9 weeks of proper
feeding[3]. The reversal of the reduction in CD4+T cells counts in HIV-
positive pregnant women who suffered from malnutrition was also
accomplished by feeding these women a balanced diet for a few months.
Briefly, the influence of a diet on T cells counts in peripheral blood in
1,075 HIV-infected pregnant women who had poor nutritional status was
studied in Tanzania. The CD4+ T cells counts of the women who received
multivitamins for six months increased from 424/µL to 596/µL. This
treatment also improved the outcome of their pregnancy[5].

As a toxicologist and a pathologist, I reviewed several AZT clinical
trials and found that AZT is a very toxic drug, especially to the stem
cells in bone marrow (the source of T and B lymphocytes)[1]. For example,
Fischl et al. conducted a randomized controlled trial in 524 subjects who
had a first episode of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia[6]. These subjects
received AZT in either a dose of 250 mg taken orally every four hours
(n=262) or a dose of 200 mg taken orally every four hours for four weeks
and thereafter 100 mg taken every four hours (n=262). In this study,
additional AIDS-defining opportunistic infections developed in 429
subjects (82%) in the AZT treated groups. Furthermore, the hemoglobin
levels declined to less than 80 g per liter (baseline= 121 g per liter) in
178 subjects; the neutrophil counts declined to less than 750 per ul
(baseline = 2200 per ul) in 230 subjects; and one hundred thirty-four
subjects received red-cell transfusions. One hundred eighty-three
subjects (35%) were withdrawn from AZT therapy because of toxic reactions
such as severe anemia and neutropenia. At 24 months of treatment, the
mortality rates were 66% and 73% in the low and standard AZT doses,

The results of the AZT clinical trials clearly show that AZT is a
poison and not a cure. However, the US FDA approved AZT as treatment for
AIDS patients and HIV-positive asymptomatic pregnant women based on the
assumption that HIV causes AIDS. Giving AZT which destroys bone marrow
cells and fast growing tissues such as embryonic and fetal tissues to
people with AIDS and malnourished pregnant women is just like putting
gasoline on fire!

We have a large body of medical evidence that clearly shows HIV does
not cause AIDS. I urge governments and people to review the evidence and
to evaluate the AIDS establishment’s unscientific approach of dealing with
the AIDS epidemic.

1 Al-Bayati MA. Get All The Facts: HIV does not cause AIDS. Toxi-
Health International, Dixon CA 1999 [].

2 Parent G, Chevalier P, Zalles L, et al. In vitro lymphocyte-
differentiating effects of thymulin (Zn-FTS) on lymphocyte subpopulation
of severely malnourished children. Am. J. Clin. Nutr 1994; 60:274-8

3 Chevalier P, Sevilla R, Sejas E et al. Immune recovery of
malnourished children takes longer than nutritional recovery: implications
for treatment and discharge. J. Trop Perdiatr 1998;44:304-7

4 Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Isslbacher KJ, Wilson JD, Martin JB, Kasper
DL, Hauser SL, Longo DL. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

Companies, Inc. New York USA, ed. 14, 1998

5 Fawzi WW, Msamanga GI, Spiegelman D, et al. Randomized trial
effects of vitamin supplements on pregnancy outcomes and T cell counts in
HIV-1-infected women in Tanzania. The Lancet 1998; 351:1447-1482

6 Fischl MA, Corette BP, Pettinelli C, et al. A randomized
controlled trial of a reduced daily dose of zidovudine in patients with
the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The New England Journal of Medicine 1990; 323:1009-14

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 March 2002
Mohammed Ali Al-Bayati
President, Toxicologist, and Pathologist
Toxi-Health International, Dixon, CA 95620