June 4, 2013. (ONN) Technically, that headline is accurate. But there is so much contempt within governments and medical societies, that each of the above words can be disputed. The fact is, there is a not so new disease, not called AIDS but with the exact same characteristics. Since medical experts can’t agree on any part of it, nobody knows how many people are infected. And the most heated argument is whether or not it’s contagious.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Remember AIDS? At first it was simply called ‘the gay disease’ or GRID – ‘Gay Related Immune Disease’. That shows just how wrong an entire planet full of medical experts can be. And remember ‘shell shock’? That was the unofficial term used for 19th and 20th century soldiers returning home from war with a mysterious, unnamed, undiagnosed disease. Later, it became known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But what if AIDS and PTSD are actually two parts of the same disease?
After decades of passionate debate, that’s the conclusion that many victims and doctors are slowly arriving at. But they’re running into headlong resistance from establishment medical foundations, not to mention governments and multinational insurance giants. Entities like those were the last to even acknowledge the existence of AIDS and PTSD. So many are not surprised that they are being forced kicking and screaming to admit there is an epidemic sweeping through the western world and it looks exactly like a combined version of AIDS and PTSD.
Cause, Symptoms, Outlook
Those are the three most hotly argued aspects of this mysterious disease. And it’s almost mesmerizing to see all the various existing diseases, symptoms and outcomes that are a part of this misunderstood illness. Rather than detail one set of hypotheses, this column will lay out all aspects of the disease and let readers decide for themselves. And the best way to do that is to break it up into three stages – cause, symptoms and outlook.
Causes: Include any one or more of the following. In some cases the cause of the disease is unknown, leading many to believe the mystery illness is actually contagious.
- Infection by immunity-destroying viruses like HIV
- Acute viral, bacterial or fungal infections, including influenza and other common ailments
- Exposure to heavy metals, toxic chemicals or industrial pollutants
- Severe physical trauma
- Severe mental trauma
- Operations or other invasive medical procedures
Anyone who’s ever been very ill with the flu, or lived through a traumatic personal experience, can attest to the physical symptoms of this mysterious AIDS-like disease – sore, tired, worn-out, incoherent. Except unlike the flu, these symptoms rarely ever go away with the mystery illness. And the scariest part, just like when someone has the flu, their immunity is low and they’re susceptible to infections and other contagious diseases.
It’s also worth noting that when ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ was first diagnosed in 1995, the three main causes of it just happened to be three of the same causes of this mystery disease. They included typical ‘shell shock’, exposure to the chemical weapons like sarin gas that US forces destroyed but was spread by the wind into the armies of both sides, and exposure to the millions of rounds of spent US armor-piercing munitions. Such bullets, bombs and missiles are literally ‘heavy metals’ tipped with depleted uranium, aka nuclear waste. That’s what makes them armor-piercing. Coincidence?
Symptoms: The symptoms of this mysterious AIDS-like disease vary widely, adding to the disagreement among experts. In some cases, the symptoms come and go. In others, they are constant. In most cases, they stay at the same level indefinitely. But in some victims, the symptoms get progressively worse. And in the rarest cases, they actually get better over time. Symptoms include:
- Widespread muscle and joint pain
- Feelings of malaise, especially after physical exertion
- Headaches of a type not experience by the patient/victim before
- Chronic physical exhaustion, fatigue
- Chronic mental exhaustion, mental fatigue
- Cognitive difficulties, difficulty thinking clearly
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Recurring sore throat
Lesser-reported symptoms include:
- Increased sensitivity to light, touch or certain foods,
- Digestive problems
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Loss of balance
- Weight loss
Most, if not all, of the above symptoms are also symptoms of other afflictions. That is yet another reason why this mysterious disease is so often ignored, misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or even denied all together.
Outlook: Unfortunately, the futures for those infected with this mysterious AIDS-like illness are as varied as its causes and symptoms. According to the website MEAssociation.org, victims/patients fall into one of four prognosis categories:
- Those who manage to return to completely normal health, even though this may take a considerable period of time. The percentage falling into this category is fairly small.
- The majority tend to follow a fluctuating pattern with both good and bad periods of health. Relapses or exacerbations are often precipitated by infections, operations, temperature extremes or stressful events.
- A significant minority remain severely affected and may require a great deal of practical and social support.
- A few show continued deterioration, which is unusual in ME/CFS. When this occurs, a detailed medical assessment is advisable to rule out other possible diagnoses.
*ME/CFS is the most common name for this mysterious illness. It stands for Myalgic Encephelopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is estimated that between 0.7% and 4% of the US population is afflicted.
Gulf War Syndrome is back
Immediately after the first Gulf War in 1991, this author was an early and outspoken defender of US and allied military veterans returning home with a mysterious and often-fatal disease. Immediately, governments called the victims “crazy”, “financial scam artists”, “cowards” or “hypochondriacs”. Government-funded medical facilities echoed the Clinton administration’s official line that no such disease existed, especially not something being called ‘Gulf War Syndrome’.
Doctors and government officials alike called the tens of thousands of cases of Gulf War Syndrome nothing more than the age-old result of war – battle fatigue and shell shock. But a suppressed, dirty little secret slowly leaked out of the military and veteran community – soldiers’ wives were now experiencing the same symptoms as their infected husbands. Military couples also began reporting their babies being born with Gulf War Syndrome. And then, over the next two decades, the story and the devastated veterans simply faded out of the headlines.
Is it contagious? One victim says yes
Today, the same mysterious disease is back. Actually, it never left. And once again, the debate is raging over what causes this disease, is it real, and is it contagious. One woman who has pounded on doors demanding attention for this affliction from Washington DC to the UN and the World Health Organization is Karen Lambert. She’s also one of its many victims.
Lambert has become one of the public faces of this mysterious disease she calls, ‘non-HIV AIDS’. As readers can imagine, that name scares the hell out of people, especially government leaders and medical professionals. Just as the world is on the verge of winning its 30-year war on AIDS, how can the experts suddenly admit they’re actually losing?
Aside from the subject, Karen Lambert is an inspiration to anyone who considers themselves a grassroots activist. Not only is she very sick, but she’s waging a decade-long publicity campaign to raise awareness of non-HIV AIDS. And she’s having surprisingly successful results.
“Over the past nine years, after opening my private foundation, I got the White House to open an investigation, Senator John Kerry to forward my case to the head of the CDC, and the US Global AIDS Coordinator to forward my case to the NIH/NIAID,” Lambert testified before federal officials in Washington DC, “Amongst other things, my blood has been to the CDC-Atlanta, twice, and to the Washington DC pathology labs. I have sat on conference calls with the American Red Cross. Facilitated by the United Nations, I have been out of the USA, twice now, to meet with a Nobelist and his colleagues to provide blood samples.”
In an email to Whiteout Press, Karen Lambert goes one step further and accuses the US and other Western governments of covering up this widespread immunity-destroying disease. “Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)’ ICD-code,” she told us, “My case goes up through the White House, NIH, CDC, WHO, to the United Nations. I recently testified on a federal-level in Washington DC, and have been published 12 times on 4 continents. UK Progressive published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., circa Gulf War I).”
Open letter to the world
“I have Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFS/CFIDS/ME) and HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS, idiopathic CD lymphocytopenia,” Lambert begins her essay published by the UK Progressive, “With these two clinical diagnoses, I believe that makes me living proof that the AIDS-like CFS/ME is transmissible, something that the medical establishment seems unable to admit or to acknowledge. I also believe it makes me living proof that CFS and HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS are basically the same mysterious immune disorder.”
Suggesting her disease is contagious and she was infected during a sexual encounter, Lambert continues, “Three years ago, after a heterosexual sexual encounter, I became seriously ill with what looks like the natural disease progression of AIDS. After an ‘acute infection’ and a ‘period of asymptomatic health’, I have fallen extremely ill to an unrelenting, progressively-worsening AIDS-like demise. I can pinpoint exactly when I was infected with my ‘chronic viral syndrome of unknown etiology’.
Illustrating the medical profession’s confusion, she explains how her symptoms fall into a number of disease categories, “Whatever I am currently dealing with, it strongly resembles classic textbook HIV/AIDS disease. But, to add to my inquiry, I also clinically satisfy the CDC’s criteria for the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”
A former tri-athlete with a Masters degree, Karen Lambert has her own educated opinion regarding the widespread resistance to acknowledge the existence of a contagious, AIDS-like disease. She insists it’s little more than politics and the social stigma of having AIDS.
“Increasingly, I have become concerned that my systemic diagnosis is caught up in the treacherous politics of CFS/ME and AIDS,” she warns, “Most people with CFS/ME do not like to talk about the many symptoms and immune abnormalities that they share with AIDS patients. I also suspect that most ailing patients would rather be told that they have the very mysterious CFS than to be told that they have AIDS.”
While individual victims have a legitimate and understandable excuse for being in denial, governments, medical institutions, and corporate media networks do not. Lambert bluntly asks if there’s a, “catastrophic cover-up going on here?”
In detail, she asks, “Why isn’t CFS/ME a reportable disease overseen by our public health department? Why are ME and CFS (i.e., the same exact disorder) suspiciously categorized as two separate illnesses on a worldwide level (i.e., by ICD codes)? Doesn’t anyone else but me, very clearly see, the catastrophic cover-up going on here?”
Karen Lambert goes on to question authorities asking, “Why are we not reading about Non-HIV AIDS cases (and/or the AIDS-like nature of CFS) on the front pages of every newspaper in the world? And if CFS/ME is Non-HIV AIDS, then, depending on who you believe, there are anywhere between 500,000 – 14,000,000 Americans out there with a transmissible illness. If that is what it truly is, our new form of AIDS dwarfs the ‘original’ AIDS epidemic — tenfold!”
A final warning
Lambert closes her open letter with one final warning to the US, UK and indeed the world. “You can label my AIDS-like illness whatever you wish…Regardless of how politics may try to dissuade or delude you, all you need to know is that my idiopathic immune dysfunction is infectious! It is contagious! And it is spreading, unleashed, in the world’s population!” she warns, “I am not afraid to say that I have AIDS without HIV — idiopathic CD lymphocytopenia — my second official clinical diagnosis. I am equally as unafraid of saying the most obvious thing about CFS/ME: it sure does look like AIDS to me.”
For more information, visit Karen Lambert’s blog, ‘Straight Talk about HIV-Negative AIDS (aka CFS)’.
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