Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Completely Bananas

Well it seems Tina Rosenberg of the NY Times is not the only one touting outlandish cures for HIV and AIDS. It took till this past December for AIDS activists in Toronto to finally speak out against South African Health Minister, Manto Tshabala-Msimang, MD for pushing an all natural vegetable diet on AIDS patients in lieu of anti-retroviral drugs. It prompted 81 world renowned scientists and doctors to petition South Africa's president for her resignation. Here's a quote from an article that appeared in December's issue of POZ magazine:
In the summer of 2000, with Tshabala-Msimang at his side, Mbeki (President of South Africa) proclaimed that poverty, not HIV, causes AIDS. However, in 2003 he announced a plan to quickly treat 380,000 HIV positive people with anti-retrovirals. Only 200,000 have received treatment thus far, and Tshabala-Msimang, continuing to tout her natural remedies, has repeatedly thwarted the rollout.
In a related story, according to an article in the Daily Mail, the president of Gambia, Yahya Jemmeh, who won his office through a powerful military coup back in 1994, claims to have cured AIDS altogether. That's right--he's found a cure! Saints be praised and hallelujah! So thank you very much Liz Taylor and AmFAR, all you high priced pharmaceutical companies and all the folks toiling away at the Aaron Diamond Institute, but your services are no longer required.

And that's not all boys and girls, the news only gets better because Mr. Jemmeh's cure is FREE! Here's a description of this new no-cost miracle cure:
A green paste is applied to a patient’s chest. A grey liquid is then splashed on, and finally the patient is given a bitter yellow brew to drink, followed by two bananas.
Patients are then advised to do the Hokey-Pokey and turn themselves about. That, after all, is what it's all about.

In response to this story, I'd like to quote the immortal words of Gwen Stefani, "This sh*t is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!"

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At 4:15 AM, Blogger kevin said...

Wow, just 2 bananas! If they eat 4 will they get double the protection?

Whatever next!

Kev in NZ

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

This reminds me of a fairy tale I remember from childhood. I can't remember the name of it or all the details. But the gist of it was that some con artist convinced royalty that he'd invented a new invisible fabric. He actually invented nothing. But the elite pranced around in the buff - proudly displaying their unique, one-of-a-kind fabric. Everyone laughed and scoffed at them; but they looked upon the serfdom with disdain. As far as Gwen - I love that song!

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Donnie said...

Well, once I get my check from that nice Nigerian guy, I'll pay for that amazing African AIDS cure! ;)

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous POZ said...

There are many AIDS dissidents out there (and fake cure scammers).

Meet other HIV positive people in a live chatroom @ http://www.AIDSchat.org (hundreds of members, share experiences)


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