Who are you?
I’m the author of Prescribing Sunshine: Why vitamin D should be flying off shelves, the editor of the reprint of Positively False: Exposing the Myths around HIV and AIDS, and blogger for the Immunity Resource Foundation. I’m from London, England and of immediate South Asian ancestry.
What do you do?
Pertinently, I help disseminate information against the HIV theory of AIDS and attend local events where possible. Though I’m not a doctor or scientist I have been judged as competent on the subject (from those of this perception).
Why do you do it?
Though I’m not personally afflicted by ‘HIV’ or AIDS I’m moved by the impact of what is evidently a bankrupt theory, a theory that has haunted and interested me since media campaigns during my childhood in the 1980s.
I suppose I’m also fairly active because there aren’t too many dissidents and I sympathise because of late diagnoses of illnesses in family members that were linked to vitamin D deficiencies. In fact, my entry into AIDS dissidence was realising that D deficiency is one cause of immunodeficiency and thus ‘HIV’ cannot be an exclusive cause. Then I realised that testing positive for ‘HIV’ is likely only a marker, an imperfect one at that.
Where do you do it?
I blog from home or a mobile device. I think proximity to IRF HQ (i.e. Joan’s residence; I live in walking distance) as well as trust and interest is what led to my being brought in as blogger. I’ve visited Joan quite frequently recently in order to assemble the independent reprint of Positively False, and any associated actions.
When did you become a dissident?
Not too long ago, if not 2008 then definitely early 2009. In research for my book Prescribing Sunshine, the seed for my main interest in vitamin D came around 2006 when I found a link between cholesterol and vitamin D, and then found major problems with the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease.
I decided to write a book on vitamin D after major encouragement on a personal blog post. I realised that I had a relevant story about my family and an interesting set of hypotheses and facts concerning vitamin D. Publishers (more the market) didn’t think so (300!), so I released it independently to maintained cult interest.
I knew that AIDS would be an interesting thing to cover because vitamin D is an immunomodulator, so there must be something interesting there. I fully began believing the mainstream line and resisted dissident discussion because I didn’t think HIV theory could be wrong, even though I was a cholesterol sceptic at this point. But I couldn’t help reading Henry Bauer’s HIV Skepticism blog which is brilliantly written and eye-opening, and Henry was particularly prolific on his blog at that time (he later kindly reviewed my book for the Journal of Scientific Exploration), and from thereon I absorbed enough information to join this cult.
It was through Henry’s blog that I learnt about the IRF and Joan, who I interviewed for my book, and thereafter I maintained links with Joan because I was impressed by her work.
I’ve conversed with a few other dissidents since then and always find interesting how they came to question HIV/AIDS.