Wednesday, September 21, 2005

evil is as evil does

hehe, got the mark of the beast on screenshot this morning :

And my evil rating went up 3%. Slowly climbing to the 50% mark.

In news of real evil, health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is supposedly backpeddling on her alternative AIDS cures claims in the face of impending legal action from the Treatment Action Campaign. However, her 'backpeddling' consists only of issuing the following statement:

"I have never said that traditional medicines and vitamins should be offered as alternatives, which means instead of anti-retrovirals.What I have emphasised is that our people must be given a choice."

Now, explain to me how 'giving a choice' is different to 'offering an alternative'? At no stage does she say that nutrition and vitamins should be offered in conjunction with ARVs. She says patients should have a choice whether to use these instead of ARVs. She's been quoted. It's down in writing. Whatever she says now to backtrack on that is a lie.

This woman has single-handedly done more to confuse AIDS and HIV patients than every crackpot, quack and other source of selfserving misinformation combined. She has said that traditional african remedies were as important as antiretrovirals in treating HIV/AIDS, and that they did not have the side effects that modern medicines have. She advocates an "African potato, lemon and garlic" diet that has been shown to have doubtful efficacy against the infection. Worst of all, she supports snakeoil salesman Matthius Rath and his multivitamin 'aids cure' cash machine. She refuses to distance herself from him unless his multivitamins are shown to be "toxic". As if that's the point. He's claiming they cure aids, and charging people an arm and a leg for them. They have been shown not to cure aids. Therefore he is a liar. End.

More than 80% of south africans consult a 'traditional healer' before going to a doctor or hospital. It is no wonder, when the country's health minister would advocate traditional medicines over ARVs because the schedule is "less rigorous" and the medications "cheaper". Because laziness and cost are so much more important than it actually working.


Anonymous Plosiguant said...

Well, this just goes to prove my theory that people are stupid.

The sad thing is that I think that traditional treatments do actually have alot to offer, but bullshit like this prevents anybody with half a brain even trying to take them seriously.

September 21, 2005 4:26 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

given that one of the recommended traditional treatments is sex with a virgin, and the younger the virgin, the better the cure, i would say that you and those around you are safer with science. You only need to hear the phrase 'muti killings' to know that traditional healing in this country can't be trusted.

September 21, 2005 4:41 PM  
Blogger No BS said...

If you are truly evil, you should be able to light your farts without matches or any artificial means.

September 21, 2005 8:06 PM  
Blogger totalwaste said...

well. that was graphic. i would've gone for something more subtle. like you should be able to set men's penises afire from no less than 3 yards.

w-v: Xenophobic Young Couples In Paradise (why do i keep getting x's??? i think your blog is evil in and of itself :/)

September 21, 2005 8:12 PM  
Anonymous babyacid said...

Setting penises on fire... Exploding heads...


I wonder if I can get holy water as a rub in ointment.

September 22, 2005 8:24 AM  
Anonymous AndieMoore said...

The trick is, of course, multi-vitamins really do help in the typical malnurished rural HIV sufferers case.

They help prevent the body expending a lot of energy, and keep general health levels higher. Reducing the strain on the , now fairly fucked, immune system.

Unfortunately, without ART treatments that's like trying to bail water out of a sinking boat an energy drink - the boat's still going down.

The fun think for Manto, is that this whole "natural" medicine bullshit is distracting from the absolutely shit job that she's doing in the rest of the Health department.

Me dear Mama is a specialist, primary health care, AIDS nurse. You should hear her bitch.

September 22, 2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger moonflake said...

yeah, no one disagrees that multivitamins and improved nutrition are a good idea along with proper treatment, but they cannot replace proper treatment, as some people would try to make you believe. And they are certainly not a 'cure', as Rath claims.

Oh wait, sorry, it's not multivitamins in general that Rath thinks cure AIDS. Just the ones he sells :(

September 22, 2005 11:07 AM  
Blogger Bast said...

Not that I think Rath is anything but a quackpot, there is a solid foundation to the vitamin theories, check out what wikipedia says about Vitamin C. It's just really annoying when people take their theories to the furthest extreme to seem revolutionary and of course to sell more product.

September 23, 2005 1:34 PM  

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