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World’s most notorious ‘alternative medicine’ practicioner arrested on genocide charges

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Somehow, it seems strangely appropriate that the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic – who has just been arrested after evading justice for 13 years – should have been holed up in Belgrade working (under excessive amounts of facial hair) as a practicioner of ‘alternative medicine’. The Guardian charitably refers to Karadzic as a ‘doctor’, but the website of the clinic where he was working has a distinct air of quackery about it. Much of the text is in Serbo-Croat, but we can deduce from the logo that Karadzic’s dayjob may have had something to do with “human quantum energy”.

The inherently fraudulent character of much of what purports to be an ‘alternative’ form of medicine has been well covered elsewhere. But less well-documented has been the odd relationship between ‘alternative medicine’ advocates and the dizzying conspiracy theories around HIV and AIDS. For several years during the early part of this decade, the South African government, under the influence of such theories, attempted to block the distribution of lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs. Professor Nicolli Nattrass, an economist at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand, has estimated that this delay may have cost upwards of 340,000 lives. If she is right, then it seems possible that the South African government’s dalliance with the ‘alternative’ theories on HIV and AIDS may have dwarfed even Radovan Karadzic’s genocidal excesses.

In Don’t Get Fooled Again, I look in depth at the noxious cult of ‘AIDS denialism’, the damage that it has caused around the world, and at some possible psychological explanations.

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  1. but was south africa wrong to have asked the origin of this plague and how come it seems to inflict black race by and large.they obviously needed a window period to assess and analyze this endemic.Im sorry that it was at the detriment of the poor who have died in droves because of this but for sure they needed to calculate things first.

    lekoadithunya

    July 23, 2008 at 8:28 am

  2. I’m all for checking out your facts, but 340,000 lives seems like an awfully high price to pay! And as I found while writing the book, the key evidence around HIV and AIDS is pretty unequivocal…

    rcameronw

    July 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm

  3. Let’s hope he gets what he deserves.

    Alternative Directory

    July 24, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  4. I agree with you… practiciing woo and being able to woo are remarkably similar…

    truthisawoman.wordpress.com

    Tyson Koska

    July 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm


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