|Born||1948 (age 66–67)|
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Thesis||Affinity labeling of metalloendoproteases (1978)|
|Known for||HIV/AIDS denial|
Education and views
David Rasnick received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1978; his thesis was entitled "Affinity labeling of metalloendoproteases." In a 1998 interview, Rasnick stated that he had studied proteases and their inhibitors for twenty years. According to PubMed, Rasnick has contributed to 18 scientific papers on protease-related research, and has also written a book about the aneuploidy theory of cancer.
Rasnick is best known for his views regarding HIV/AIDS denial. Their claim – that HIV is not the main cause of AIDS – puts them at odds with the scientific community. Regarding his level of expertise on HIV/AIDS, Rasnick states that his own research on rat proteases did not involve HIV/AIDS:
...my own research...had nothing to do with AIDS.
However his observations, based on his understanding of retroviruses and collaboration with AIDS denialist Peter Duesberg, that retroviruses are not sexually transmissible and have never been shown to cause disease are distressing to the mainstream scientific community, who for this reason refuse to engage with him. His position is that AIDS is not caused by HIV and is not an infectious disease at all is very much a minority view. He claims that the consequences for the medical and political establishments of admitting that they have wasted a quarter of a trillion dollars prevents any open debate around the issue.
Rasnick has proposed that HIV testing be completely outlawed, because it has no standard baseline to objectively describe its result. As the insert in the test acknowledges this to be the case, and as a positive or negative is influenced by a variety of external factors, it serves no useful purpose. Furthermore it instils fear into those diagnosed. He acknowledges that there is a link between a positive test and a diagnosis of AIDS but sees this as a priori true insofar as the diagnosis depends upon a positive HIV test.
Work with Rath Foundation
David Rasnick has worked with Matthias Rath in South Africa, where they have emphasized the purported risks of antiretroviral therapy and urged HIV/AIDS patients to use vitamin and nutritional supplements instead. David Rasnick and the Rath Foundation became the subject of a lawsuit by the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in South Africa. The lawsuit was brought as a result of clinical trials conducted by David Rasnick and the Rath Foundation that were not approved by the appropriate authorities in South Africa and did not undergo any ethical review. The trials involved recruiting poor black South Africans with HIV, instructing them not to take effective antiretrovirals, and providing them instead with vitamin supplements. These trials resulted in at least five deaths known to TAC, and possibly up to twelve.
In June, 2008, the South African Cape High Court ruled against Rasnick and other defendants associated with the Rath Foundation, declaring their vitamin trials illegal and prohibiting the publication of false advertisements for vitamins. The Court also stated that health authorities in South Africa have an obligation to investigate and stop illegal activities of Rasnick and the Rath Foundation.
University affiliation claims
David Rasnick has claimed to be a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and his website states that he was one from 1996 to 2005 in Peter Duesberg's lab. However, in response to a 2006 editorial in which David Rasnick claimed affiliation with the university, the chairman of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley wrote:
I understand David Rasnick claimed an affiliation with our department in an article. David Rasnick has no affiliation with the University of California, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. One should obviously be concerned that someone who misrepresents his own affiliation might also misrepresent data and arguments in other areas.
David Rasnick responded:
Visiting scholar status with UC Berkeley had been terminated, without my knowledge, in 2005, after I had moved to SA. I now list my affiliation as Senior Researcher for the Dr Rath Health Foundation.
Critics of Aids orthodoxy must be as pristine as possible. Otherwise we are subject to attack instead of addressing our arguments, as evidenced by Professor Harland's comments.
- Rasnick, David William (1978). "Affinity labeling of metalloendoproteases" (electronic thesis or dissertation). Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- Conlan, Mark (1998). "Interview David Rasnick: A real scientist". Zenger's. Retrieved 2007-03-07.
- "PubMed search for David Rasnick". Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- Rasnick, David William (2011). The Chromosomal Imbalance Theory of Cancer: The Autocatalyzed Progression of Aneuploidy is Carcinogenesis. CRC Press.
- Steinberg, Jonny (2009-06-17). "AIDS denial: A lethal delusion". New Scientist. Retrieved 2011-10-18.
- Video on YouTube
- Schoofs, Mark (2000-07-04). "Debating the Obvious". Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- Wendell Roelf, Reuters, "South African Court Bans AIDS Vitamin Trials" 13 June 2008
- "Court documents on legal action against Rasnick and Rath". Retrieved 2006-09-15.
- "South Africa: TAC prevails over Rath". PlusNews Global. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-15.
- "South Africa: It's all over for Rath". Health-e (All Africa). 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
- "S Africa bans AIDS vitamin trials". BBC. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
- "Treatment Action Campaign electronic newsletter".
- Rasnick, David (2012). "Curriculum Vitae". Davidrasnick.com. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
- "Rasnick sets the record straight". The Citizen. April 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-26.