I’ve gotten to know Tony Lance personally the last few months. The more we visit, the more things we seem to discover we share in common.
Both of us are gay men who came out just before, or in the very earliest years of the Gay Plague.
We are both “poz” and living without taking any antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. We are both dissidents from the mainstream theory of AIDS.
Each of us has a history of writing and editing.
We make our own home made sauerkraut to help boost our gut health. We are interested in beekeeping, though Tony is much farther along in that adventure than I am.
I got to know Tony better after he agreed join the new QuestioningAIDS team earlier this year. QA has quickly become one of the top-ranked AIDS dissident websites, with a very active dissident discussion forum.
At the RethinkingAIDS 2009 conference last fall (which I was unable to attend), Tony presented his hypothesis that the immune failure known as “AIDS” in the gay male community may actually be caused by damage to the intestinal flora due to common sexual and hygiene practices, such as rectal douching and the use of some sexual lubricants, as well as the high rate of antibiotic abuse in some subsets of gay men.
Though I had previously read Tony’s paper GRID: Gay Related Intestinal Dysbiosis, I had not heard some aspects of his personal story, until I viewed recently posted videos of his presentation.If you can’t tell by now, I really like Tony and think highly of how he thinks, writes and now I’ve discovered that I like the way he speaks in the videos below.
I’m posting all three videos here because I believe it is important to reach other gay men about some of the potentially dangerous practices that we are not hearing about from the AIDS service organizations in our communities. In our personal conversations, Tony and I have also agreed that it is important and urgent for those of us “affected” by the illness to take leading roles in the AIDS dissidence movement.
Thank you Tony, for being willing to overcome your personal discomfort to become such an articulate and visible spokesperson for all of us.
(Note: The PowerPoint slides are available in a PDF format here.)