AIDS Drug Treatment Guidelines: Deify or Defy?

 Posted by on February 4, 2013 at 12:06 am
Feb 042013
 
AIDS Drug Treatment Guidelines: Deify or Defy?

During our last office visit a couple of months ago, the infectious disease specialist I am now seeing repeatedly referred to “The Guidelines”, as if they were some kind of Holy Grail for treating her patients. The guidelines she was referring to are actually several documents, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human […more]

On my way to the forums…

 Posted by on March 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm
Mar 252012
 
On my way to the forums...

I previously reported that the recent attacks on Marco Ruggiero’s academic freedom have been instigated, at least in part, by a known Internet troll who goes by various names, including “Snout”. Most of us involved in AIDS questioning are familiar with this nom de plume. Snout is a frequent contributor to comment threads all over the Internet, as a simple Google search will yield well over 2 million hits for “snout + aids + denialists”. Snout also blogs at a site called Reckless Endangerment, which has an Alexa website ranking of about 25M; in other words, he has very few followers, especially considering his tenacity.

Using health advocacy to raise $

 Posted by on January 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Jan 132011
 
Using health advocacy to raise $

I now understand better why the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) issued their “Action Alert” last week about the (still unproven) imminent loss of intravenous vitamin C therapy if we don’t all send a loud and strident enough message to the evil FDA. That appeal from ANH that I wrote about last week was quickly […more]

Dec 012010
 
Note to gay community: Don't celebrate World AIDS Day, Question it!

from my Facebook notes: Question World AIDS Day by Jonathan Barnett on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 4:45am To my well intentioned and thoughtful friends—especially my gay friends—who are promoting World AIDS Day today:  There is nothing wrong at all with remembering friends and loved ones lost to AIDS, but please take off the self-imposed […more]

Pharmaceutical solutions to AIDS are not enough

 Posted by on September 29, 2010 at 2:51 am
Sep 292010
 
Pharmaceutical solutions to AIDS are not enough

A recent phone conversation with a friend is helping me to continue to refine what I want to focus on as an AIDS dissident activist. In a passionate outburst that revealed a new side of his character, he blurted out his dismay that our society in general and our gay community in particular seems to be willing to settle for a solution to AIDS that relies exclusively on drugs from the pharmaceutical industry.

Practicing while under the influence of Pharma

 Posted by on July 8, 2010 at 8:44 pm
Jul 082010
 
Practicing while under the influence of Pharma

(image courtesy of The Ethical Nag) Just how much are physicians influenced by pharmaceutical reps bearing gifts? It’s a question recently posed in this report on Medscape, based on posts at a physician-only discussion group. The original question seems simple enough: “Are you influenced by the ads on paper and pens?” It was asked by […more]