Julia Sweeney was wrong about Deepak Chopra

Julia Sweeney was wrong about Deepak Chopra

Boy was Julia Sweeney wrong. I didn’t know it before. But now? She was off by an order of magnitude.

I am, if you did not know, an Infectious Disease doctor. My career started with the HIV epidemic. It has been an amazing course, from the awful days before we knew the cause of AIDS or how best to treat the complications. So many deaths. The discovery of HIV and understanding its pathophysiology. The start of the ART era, initially a disappointment and now I rarely see an AIDS patient in the hospital.

We have converted a rapidly fatal illness into an often chronic illness by understanding the pathogen and how to interfere with it with its life cycle. It has been a triumph of medical science.


But guess what. Deepak Chopra evidently thinks that AIDS is not due to HIV.

Really. Start about 22 minutes in the interview.

Chopra: HIV may be a precipitating agent in a susceptible host. The material agent is never the cause of the disease. It may be the final factor in inducing the full-blown syndrome in somebody who’s already susceptible.

Robbins: But what made them susceptible?

Chopra: Their own interpretations of the whole reality they’re participating in.

Robbins: Could that be translated into their thoughts, their feelings, their beliefs, their lifestyle?

Chopra: Absolutely…

He talks about ‘so called AIDS’ and that

when they accept it they make it happen. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Yep.  AIDS is your fault for accepting the concept.  Disease as the Secret.You have AIDS not because you are infected with the HIV virus that destroys your immune system but because you believe it to be so.

They go on to mention it almost impossible for Magic Johnson to have AIDS because he is heterosexual.  Tell that to most of the AIDS patients in the world, where heterosexual transmission predominates.

He calls AZT a

travesty that destroys the immune system even more.

and was developed only because there is money to made.  Not realizing AZT is no longer a first line drug, we have better antivirals that have made the life expectancy of most HIV patients almost normal. He suggests that there are

thousands on antigens that can elicit the same antibody response

as HIV to result in a false positive test result (nonsense), forgetting all about the HIV viral load to confirm HIV infection. 

There is a jaw dropping ignorance and half truths about HIV and AIDS from an MD.  It is positively Food Babian. It is only a gedanken experiment, as I would never wish AIDS on anyone, but I he should put his money where his mouth is and take an IV bolus of HIV and then deny the disease away.

I have always tried to criticize the sin, not the sinner. In my opinion in this case Julia Sweeney was too gentle.

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