Gambia Promises To Treat Tens of Thousands of AIDS Patients With Natural Cure

Gambia President Yahya Jammeh PortraitCould it possibly be true? One assumes that this is just another dangerous dose of snake oil giving false hope to HIV/AIDS patients, but on the other hand Big Pharma wouldn’t exactly welcome an herbal cure, would they? From Reuters:

AIDS patients would be offered an herbal cure at a 1,111-bed hospital in Gambia that the president said on Tuesday he plans to build despite medical concerns the treatment is dangerous.

President Yahya Jammeh said in 2007 he had found a remedy of boiled herbs to cure AIDS, stirring anger among Western medical experts who claimed he was giving false hope to the sick.

“With this project coming to fruition, we intend to treat 10,000 HIV/AIDS patients every six months through natural medicine,” Jammeh said in his New Year’s address, adding that he expected the 1,111-bed hospital to open in 2015.

The World Health Organisation and the United Nations have said Jammeh’s HIV/AIDS treatment is alarming mainly because patients are required to cease their anti-retroviral drugs, making them more prone to infection.

Jammeh said in October that 68 HIV/AIDS patients undergoing his herbal remedy had been cured and discharged, the seventh batch since the treatments began five years ago…

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  • “Big” Richard Johnson

    how do we know that AIDS isn’t just a myth perpetuated by Big Pharma? They certainly make up plenty of other diseases, such as Depression and Autism.

    • Haystack

      Because there’s an observable microorganism that, when present, inhibits your immune system, and the immune systems of those it is transmitted to.

      • “Big” Richard Johnson

        I’ve never seen it.

        • Haystack

          And I’ve never seen Gambia, so why should I believe that there’s a guy treating HIV there? It could be another made up place, like Naria or Atlantis.

          • Calypso_1

            Obviously Gambia was made up by BigAltMed.

        • Calypso_1

          You should familiarize yourself w/ gene therapy vectors.

          • “Big” Richard Johnson

            I heard you were gay. Dispute that.

          • Calypso_1

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        • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

          you should familiarize yourself with observable reality and get out of your own head once in a while.

          • “Big” Richard Johnson

            Your mother.

      • howiebledsoe

        Although, it has been noted that severe malnutrition has very similar effects as later stage HIV, making some experts think that because of the stigma of HIV/AIDS, many Africans just keep quiet about their condition and assume they are infected when what they need is nutritional food and clean water.

        • http://twitter.com/RayButlers Ray Butlers

          except for the positive HIV test and the fact that the disease is epidemic there. There’s that. Sorry to say that Gambia is not a comfortable middle class country full of people like you with the time and the nerve to speculate about the health of others. Do you really mean to suggest that people with malnutrition are being misdiagnosed with HIV? for real?

          • howiebledsoe

            Yes, that is what I am saying…. great powers of deduction, Watson. My point is that you could fool people into thinking you have a cure by helping people with malnutrition get back to a healthy standard by giving them enough healthy things to eat.

      • “Big” Richard Johnson

        I realize you get paid a nickel a post, shilling for big pharma, but even then this is a shit soft argument. Please try again.

        • Calypso_1

          Are you kidding?! Big pharma gives out goody bags with mixed amphetamine salts & assorted opiate derivatives.

          • Kevin Leonard

            I think that is my favorite retort I have seen on this site.

  • Haystack

    Big pharma doesn’t care; they’re happy to sell supplements and natural remedies with flowers and rainbows on the bottle, in addition to their regular pharmaceuticals. Alt med doesn’t threaten their business model, it’s just another lucrative market for them to exploit–one which doesn’t require them to invest in expensive tests for safety or efficacy.

  • kat

    president Yahya Jammeh is a known dictator, guilty of human right violations, took power in a coup, has vowed to kick start the death penalty in his country, and is the author of ” chicken soup for the truly evil motherfucker”. really he’s got the cure for AIDS? i’m calling bullshit!

    • Kevin Leonard

      poisoning the well

  • http://www.whale.to/ John Wantling

    I think that we need to understand that there is still no manufactured test that is able to detect so-called ‘hiv infection’ in a human and also in a pussy cat or anything else for that matter. So when we talk about ‘hiv’ we have drifted away from reality, and entered a world of fairy stories. The tests now being used are non-specific antibody tests, which means that they test for non-specific antibodies, obviously. These tests do not test for ‘hiv’, and this is why each test kit is accompanied by a package insert which is a disclaimer stating the these tests do not test for ‘hiv’. The ‘hiv’ bit is conjured up by a lab technician who then translates a positive non-specific antibody test result into the language of ‘hiv’, which is based on rotten politics, rotten science, fashion, and not forgetting bad science. So no one in the world is ‘hiv positive’ until a testing kit is manufactured and this has not been achieved over the last 30 years and in all probability will never be manufactured, because there are no standards, meaning that no one can find the so-called ‘hiv virus’. I think that this is very clear, so lets all stop talking about ‘hiv’ until we have ‘hiv’. I suggest that we all watch the film ‘House of Numbers’ on Youtube and another film titled ‘Positively False’ by Joan Shenton.

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