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Etienne de Harven (President of Rethinking AIDS) challenges John Moore


EH June 28

June 28, 2006
Dear Dr. Moore,
As an Alumni of Cornell Faculty, I would have thought that you would have had the courtesy of acknowledging the letter I submitted to the NYT in answer to your "Deadly Quackery" piece on June 4th. I still hope that, for some technical reason, my letter never reached you and I, therefore, attach a copy to this message.
Needless to say, in absence of any answer from you, my only conclusion shall be that you do not have one single argument that could possibly falsify the points summarized in my letter.
Best regards,
Etienne de Harven, M.D.,
Former Professor of Cell Biology,
Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

JM June 29

de Herven,
I did not receive your letter until I read the attachment to your email below. However, had I done so earlier I would not have responded to it anyway. I find the views you express in your letter so utterly farcical as to not merit a reply from a serious professional scientist.
You may indeed have a Cornell degree, but that does not alter the fact that you are an AIDS denialist, a factor that greatly outweighs any other. I therefore refer you to this website in lieu of any additional reply.
Do not attempt to correspond with me any further.
John Moore

EH June 6, 2006

To the Editors of the New York Times:

As a member of the group of scientists sarcastically referred to as “denialists” in the June 4th Op-Ed piece “Deadly quackery” by John Moore and Nicoli Nattrass, I feel I must respond, the New York Times having the responsibility to give equal space to my reply.

Publication Portion of Letter…

John Moore and Nicoli Nattrass claim that it is “certain” that HIV causes AIDS. I disagree and request them to explain how can it be that, after more than 20 years of extensive research based on this hypothesis, we still have no cure, no vaccine and no verifiable epidemiological predictions. They should also explain why retroviral particles have never been demonstrated by electron microscopy in the blood of patients supposedly having a high “viral load”.

I agree with Dr. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang when she classifies AZT as a poison. Dr. Jerome Horwitz, who invented AZT in 1964, shelved research on it because all the mice he treated died from its extreme toxicity. Note that the sudden rise in mortality of HIV seropositive hemophilacs in the UK occurred in 1986-1987 when high dosages of AZT started to be administered.

We do not accept HIV research as “solid science” because it is primarily based on the use of molecular “HIV markers”, the specificity of which has never been established due to the failure to purify HIV, a failure specifically acknowledged by Prof. Luc Montagnier himself in 1996.

We cannot accept that there are no alternative, non-viral causes of acquired human immuno-deficiencies because we know that research on alternatives has never received the slightest research funding.

I was disappointed to find pejoratives such as “quackery” and “denialist”, in a prestigious publication like the New York Times, words that have no place in a scientific debate.

I currently serve as President of The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis, and can certify that members of that Group never questioned the alarming emergence of AIDS since the early 1980s. None of us has ever “denied” the severity of this apparently new syndrome and the urgency to prevent and treat it. We are “HIV Rethinkers”. To characterize members of our Group as “AIDS denialists” amounts to malicious misinformation, not worthy of your publication.


Etienne de Harven, MD
former Professor of Cell biology at Cornell University Medical College, NY
Emeritus Prof. (Pathology), University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Currently President of The Group for the Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis.

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