evil is as evil does
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.