Thirty years ago this summer, doctors told actor Rock Hudson that he had “AIDS.” A year later, he collapsed in a hotel room in Paris, igniting a public hysteria around a virus then said to threaten everyone. A little over a year later, Hudson was dead at 59, AIDS had gone mainstream, and a young drifter named Marc Christian, claiming to have been the Hollywood heartthrob’s lover, filed a lawsuit against the estate for “emotional distress” for fear of having caught a fatal virus. Attorney and author Robert Parker Mills chats with “How Positive Are You” co-host Elizabeth (Beth) Ely about defending the estate — and the posthumous reputation — of one of the most beloved stars of movies and television, in 1988-89.
Despite decades of rumors, Hudson had carried off an image as a handsome, crew-cut symbol of American manhood. In 1985, he became the symbol of the heretofore “gay” disease that, suddenly, anyone could get. In the fantasy world of AIDS, the fictional characters Hudson had played became more important than the real person.
Soon, the world’s first “fear of AIDS” lawsuit was creating titillating headlines and talkshow opportunities for the young man who claimed to have been his lover. The trial proceeded meanwhile under gag order, bringing impossible stories of trysts in unnamed motels, love letters and friends of questionable loyalty. Attorney Mills learned the surprisingly low valuation of the estate of the man who not only produced and acted in the popular 1970s television series Macmillan and Wife but owned it. The lawsuit was looking more and more like the final blackmail, even after death, of a public figure who had endured threats for decades. Nearly two decades before recent “HIV criminalization” cases, Mills was astonished at the overwhelming hysteria that has by now become all too familiar.
In this historic interview, Beth adds background from her recent article on Hudson, co-written with Australian bio-researcher Cal Crilly. Was Hudson even “HIV positive”? Were there other possible causes for the actor’s health problems and untimely death?
Robert Parker Mills, an attorney based near Los Angeles, has represented many celebrity clients. His book, Between Rock and a Hard Place: In Defense of Rock Hudson: From the Ashes of Trial to the Light of Truth, presents the trial testimony and evidence to readers as jurors, to decide for themselves whether justice was served. Write to us! Do you think the judge and jury were biased in this case? How and why? Please deposit your comments on the blog at the bottom of this page, and we’ll read them on the air in a future Episode.
Plaintiff Christian died of causes unrelated to AIDS in 2009.
Correction: Christian’s classic car, refurbished at Hudson’s expense, wasn’t a 1959 Chevy “Nova” (as it sounds on this audio file) but a Nomad, as reported in the book.
Is there a pill to prevent “HIV”? Is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) the answer we’ve been looking for, all these years? Your intrepid team here at “How Positive Are You” is on the case, with Washington, D.C., journalist Terry Michael. Unlike other gay pundits and “leaders,” Michael has read the studies, done the math — and documented the corruption at the highest levels of U.S. corporations and government. So, after hitting the books, he told HPAY co-hosts David Crowe and Elizabeth Ely what he found. You decide.
How Positive Are You last visited the idea of preventing HIV with drugs in Episode 21 with Edmond McNack, a former sheriff’s deputy. McNack took 10 months of so-called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after suffering a bite by a prisoner and was, well, not so “peppy” about the experience. We’re not so upbeat about PrEP, either. Nonetheless, please write and tell us which of the documented side effects of Truvada are acceptable to you. We’d also like to know your experiences on Truvada, good and bad; send them to us and we’ll read them on the air in an upcoming Episode.
Michael references the book Our Daily Meds and ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” guide to drug company payoffs to doctors. Is your doctor on this list? We note that “recommendations” and “federal guidelines” for HIV treatments have a way of becoming legal requirements, so your doctor might as well comply.
Meanwhile, a “debate,” if you want to call it that, snoozes on in pages such as:
New York Magazine, hyping PrEP through its reporter’s inexplicable ability to know exactly what’s going on in the “collective gay-male head.”
The New York Times, which at least dedicated some space to some mild skeptics, surprisingly enough, including playwright and ACT UP founder Larry Kramer.
A cheerleading collection of articles that never question that “99% effective” claim is at Andrew Sullivan’s “The Dish“ blog. (We’ve invited Sullivan to appear on HPAY, by the way. We hear he likes “debates.” We like “interviews.”)
Sullivan and Kramer’s lame, boring, fact-deficient smackdown on Truvada begins with Kramer in The New York Times getting white-glove slapped by Sullivan on “Out.”
For the grownups, Michael’s article about the corruption behind PrEP is available here – just in case it all went by too fast on audio.
Terry Michael is the executive director of the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism (WCP&J), offering The Politics & Journalism Semester for college students since 1989. After beginning a career in newspaper journalism in 1969, he became political press secretary to several Democratic U.S. Congressmen and Senators from 1973 to 1988. He has been a presidential primary campaign spokesman, including directing communications for the 1987-88 Paul Simon presidential campaign. Michael is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the 2001 Distinguished Service Award of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the 2002 Presidential Award of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has been an adjunct and guest lecturer on media and politics both home and abroad. A former press secretary for the Democratic Party, he now identifies himself as a libertarian Democrat. He is a gay man of the first liberated generation.
Do you want to really help the “AIDS babies”? Did you know that, in the U.K. at least, your baby can be drugged even if they test negative at birth? It’s actually been documented that newborns can test “HIV positive” right after birth and yet serorevert to negative at about 18 months of age. Do you know the story of Lindsey Nagel, a baby adopted from Romania who survived and thrived into adulthood without “antiretroviral” drugs? Probably not, if you’ve been listening to the “deafening silence” of the AIDS mainstream, which would rather not advertise that “access to treatment” means the forced drugging of many babies each year. Independent advocate Mike Hersee of HEAL London has been helping families in the U.K. when they want to avoid toxic treatments for their “HIV-positive” infants.
Much of the advice Hersee gives here applies only to situations in England and Wales, but the importance of a coherent legal strategy, documentation, and the place of medicine as a no-accountability zone of quasi-religious obedience could apply anywhere. Suspicion of this system is not the first thing that would occur to mothers and couples giving birth to a beautiful new child. What strategies and principles have proved effective? Hersee breaks it all down for “How Positive Are You” co-hosts David Crowe and Elizabeth Ely in this uncommonly detailed — and potentially lifesaving – interview.
Despite an apparent upswing in cases such as these in recent times, there is a shocking lack of support and legal networks for parents. However, careful planning to avoid legal confrontation can make a huge difference, and if parents do end up in court, an assertive relationship with the right kind of lawyer is priceless. Hersee goes over the arts of pre-emptive “framing” of the issues, working effectively with social workers, when to go to the media, choosing “fight” or “flight,” documentation methods, and strategies that prompt “face-saving” moves by doctors.
You can help! Please provide financial support for Hersee’s work, volunteer to advocate and advise, or provide the emotional support that is so important to families under this kind of stress.
Born in 1984, Nicole Zwiren and her classmates received their first “AIDS education” as first graders – six-year-olds. A cute kid just like them, Ryan White, told Oprah Winfrey he was going to die of AIDS, and other kids might die too if they didn’t watch out. So before Nicole could explain the dissident paradigm for beginners in her latest film, HIV: A Whole Different Story, she had to explain it to herself. Is it easier or harder to reverse the effects of a propaganda state if a person has lived inside it all her life?
We hope you’ll be compelled to support Nicole’s post-production costs through the Dana “mindful crowdfunding” community — by 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2014. (Get cool t-shirts, tote bags and CDs/DVDs!)
After her first short documentary film on AIDS, Denialism: The Death of “AIDS,” Nicole decided to get back to basics. She explains how her film covers the “bone-pointing” psychological assault of being diagnosed (yet not diagnosed) with a terminal disease as much as the illogical, circular (non-)science of “AIDS.” Along the way, she discovered the fascinating history of the HEAL (Health Education AIDS Liaison) self-education movement by interviewing one of its leaders, Michael Ellner, and will include rare video clips.
“How Positive Are You” co-host Elizabeth Ely and Nicole discuss getting “HIV tests” done at the “Out of the Closet” thrift stores, even as evidence continues to pile up that there are many ways to get a “false-positive” result. Also mentioned are the classic study The Group-Fantasy Origins of AIDS; the books The AIDS Cult, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind and The Best Little Boy in the World; and one healer’s surprisingly effective advice to a San Francisco man with AIDS.
For our already-”rethinking” listeners, we share just how and why we changed our minds on an oversold hysteria. Join the discussion! Please tell us, at info@howpositiveareyou, how you became an AIDS dissident/rethinker, and we’ll share your comments on the air. Did you become one because of “How Positive Are You”? You can also contact Nicole directly at email@example.com.
(We apologize for what sounds like heavy animal breathing and grunting, particularly around 34 minutes in. For the life of us, we can’t figure out what that is, because neither Beth nor Nicole has a dog. Beth taped this interview from a front porch in Michigan in July 2014.)
Are you one of the growing number of “HIV positives” who reject the “antiretroviral” drugs, T-cells and “viral load” counting, and the general fear around “AIDS” – but still perceive that you have a weak immune system? It may not be “all in your head.” Digestive problems, constipation, hormone imbalances, headaches, “brain fog,” allergies, hypoglycemia, fatigue, skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema — links to cancers, Parkinson’s, diabetes and obesity – and even, possibly, heart disease –may be signs of inflammation caused by a dangerous fungal growth. Dr. Jeffrey McCombs reveals Candida albicans as the common factor in more than 100 diseases. Mainstream sources describe Candida as caused by HIV, but they could be raising the question of what AIDS is in the first place. It looks a lot like Candida to us! Southern California chiropractor Dr. McCombs is the author of Life Force: A Dynamic Plan for Health, Vitality and Weight Loss and, just released this summer of 2014, The Everything Candida Diet Book. He has maintained The Candida Library, an online resource for practitioners and patients, since 2011. In his conversation with “How Positive Are You” co-hosts David Crowe and Elizabeth Ely, several surprising facts emerged:
- Government-sponsored online medical database PubMed reveals almost no studies on the effects of Candida albicans on the human body before 1945 (see “Results by Year” graph on this PubMed search page) – not so coincidentally, about the time that antibiotics were first introduced.
- These days, up to five research studies on Candida are initiated every day (again, as shown on the “Results by Year” downloadable CSV on this PubMed search page), yet this condition is not taught in medical schools, and your doctor may not even know how to look for it.
- Most tests for Candida fail to distinguish between the yeast and fungal forms of this organism, and taking probiotics without addressing this difference can make the fungal form even more damaging.
- The dangers of antibiotics go far beyond killing beneficial bacteria in the gut and include damaging the mitochondria inside cells, growing bacterial resistance, establishing a Th1/Th2 imbalance within the immune system and causing permanent brain damage. (HPAY plans to talk more about the Th1/Th2 subsets of T-cells in the future, so stay tuned. . . .)
- Astronauts get Candida-related symptoms while working in space.
As we discussed in a previous episode of HPAY, antibiotics and their devastating cousins the “HIV antiretrovirals” take us into bacterial resistance and dependence on ever more powerful drugs. Our warlike, carpet-bombing medical system tries to eradicate all threats – with plenty of collateral damage. As an alternative, the key to restoring balance, Dr. McCombs says, is converting inflammatory, “tumbleweed”-shaped fungal forms back to beneficial yeast forms. Dr. McCombs takes a limited number of patients and can be reached by phone or Web through information on his “Contact Us” page.
Do you have “HIV/AIDS” or any defined “disease”? Or are you a system out of balance? What would it look like to support your body and immune system rather than shooting at imaginary measurements such as T-cells and “viral load”? What is a disease, anyway, and do we really need to define, isolate and attack such things? If we can listen to our bodies in such exquisite detail that we support them back to their natural states of life and health, why don’t more of us know about this highly rational therapy? Join New York City chiropractor Dr. David Simpson as he leads our co-hosts, David Crowe and Elizabeth Ely, on a fascinating inquiry into the nature of the human body and how we might support it. The technology has arrived, and it affirms ancient ideas of healing.
Western medicine emphasizes what is wrong with us, what pathogens we need to fight against — not what we could support with nourishment and life-giving therapies. In short, HIV/AIDS is a death paradigm, not a life one. Why else would its propaganda have to constantly assure us how life-giving it is, if that’s not obvious?
Your patterns go deeper than just your backache, your digestive issues, or your “HIV” status! The good news is, you can now treat yourself holistically, “as a whole” – on the level of these patterns. Dr. Simpson describes the process of Nutrition Response Testing (NRT), a branch of applied kinesiology as developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan, to find weak organs in the body and literally ask the body what it needs in order to optimize its functions. Applied kinesiology is a decades-old therapy that detects muscular reactions to stresses on the nervous system. (Dr. Ulan himself demonstrates the use of NRT in this video.)
Get ready for a paradigm shift! Get ready to live for something, rather than fighting against a disease.
Just in time for the 30th anniversary of that famous, high-profile press conference announcing “HIV” as the “probable cause of AIDS,” the CDC has recently more quietly redefined what constitutes a diagnosis of “HIV infection,” both as an individual diagnosis and the “surveillance case definition” applied to populations. As you might have guessed, it is whatever-the-heck they say it is. “HIV testing” expert Dr. Rodney Richards answers our questions about this historic redefinition, the demise of the Western blot “confirmatory” test and the rise of the misleadingly named “viral load” testing as a partial diagnostic. Listen in on the conversation, and perhaps you can protect yourself from this egregious abuse of power to label more and more people as infectious Typhoid Marys. Could this also be a defensive move against recent challenges to “HIV-positive” diagnoses in criminal and civil court cases?
In this joint Episode 9 of “The Infectious Myth” and Episode 82 of “How Positive Are You,” taped live on Gary Null’s Progressive Radio Network, David and Beth take on the logical inconsistencies of HIV testing and diagnosis with some help from Dr. Richards. As an organic chemist and co-founder of biotech company Amgen, Dr. Richards worked on the original HIV testing technology in the early 1980s. His work laid the foundation for the ELISA test eventually marketed by Abbott Laboratories. “How Positive Are You” Episode 6, posted in October 2008, features Dr. Richards’ comments on how the so-called “HIV tests” really work; we recommend you give it a listen.
More recently, Dr. Richards has testified as an expert witness on behalf of several defendants charged with crimes of “HIV transmission.” His court appearances have came at the invitation of The Office of Medical and Scientific Justice (OMSJ), which has successfully aided in the defense of more than 50 such cases. The definition of an “HIV” diagnosis is changing just as OMSJ is exposing it as mere hearsay in U.S. military and civilian courtrooms — intentional, or merely coincidental?
What do you think? Send us your comments by e-mail.
In Episode 7 of “The Infectious Myth,” David Crowe talks with Suzanne Humphries, M.D., and Roman Bystrianyk, authors of the 2012 book “Dissolving Illusions,” a critical history of vaccination.
Suzanne is a mainstream kidney specialist who started to notice that many people coming into emergency rooms with kidney failure were recently vaccinated, which prompted her to start her own research. Roman overcame his own health problems due to bad diet and lifestyle in a natural way, and applied this knowledge to learning more about the vaccination of his own children. Together they put their information together into a very well-referenced book.
Together they discuss the history of vaccination, focusing particularly on smallpox, polio and the combined vaccine for diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DTP or DPT). Their information identifies non-infectious causes for some of the symptoms, such as bad living conditions and pesticides, how treatments by doctors sometimes worsened these diseases, and most particularly, how most epidemics had declined, sometimes by as much as 99%, before the vaccines for them came into use.
Check out other episodes of The Infectious Myth on Gary Null’s Progressive Radio Network.
Mark Skanda describes himself as a professional masseur, change agent, pleasure activist, life coach, selective and sacred sex educator, and even sometimes a sex worker, currently working and playing in New York City. He talks here with “How Positive Are You” co-hosts David Crowe and Elizabeth Ely about what it means to explore the “Tantric Tiger” in all of us. We invite you to listen in on this fascinating, challenging and playful discussion that shifts the conversation from “safe sex” to the health benefits of feeling safe in the arms of a lover. . . . Let’s get it on.
Skanda is that guy featured as author Pamela Madsen‘s guide through the Sacred Intimacy movement in her book Shameless: How I Ditched the Diet, Got Naked, Found True Pleasure . . . and Still Got Home in Time to Cook Dinner. He describes the book as “Eat Pray Love meets Sex and the City meets Funny Girl.”
Skanda became certified as a Certified Sexological Bodyworker in 2008 after studying with Dr. Joseph Kramer at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. He also trained in various workshops and certification programs, including Landmark Education as the successor to Werner Erhard’s groundbreaking “est” movement, rebirthing, tantric bodywork and shiatsu massage, the Coaches Training Institute and Coachville, The Mankind Project, and yoga.
Skanda is currently hosting twice monthly lecture/discussions on “Tantric Basics” for men who love men, and on alternate weeks he co-hosts erotic exploration and play parties, donating part of the proceeds to organizations that encourage AIDS rethinking – including, soon, “How Positive Are You.” He can be contacted through his “Tantric Tiger” Web site.
Along the way in this conversation, we bring up Ian Young’s description of the St. Sebastian myth as it applies to gay sexuality and identity from The Stonewall Experiment. Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth gets a brief mention for its insight into body image among women.
A previous episode with Liam Scheff discusses, among other things, women’s socializing effect on men, and we thank Liam for his insight into the recent criminal verdict against Atlanta man Craig Lamar Davis for allegedly using his “HIV” as a sexual “deadly weapon.” This trial was the subject of Episode 78 with the private investigator for the defense, Clark Baker. A separate story about another man allegedly having infected 30 people, is published here. (Special thanks to the listener who sent this in; please give us your feedback at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.) Need we even mention how alarming it is that “HIV positives” are being charged with crimes merely for having sex?