Where’s The Truth?

At lunch today I decided to catch an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher. I was expecting the usual political bashing commonplace at this time, but what I wasn’t expecting was to see an interview with a doctor who claims to have a cure for HIV. Below is a shortened version of the interview, so if you have access to HBO, I would recommend that you seek out this interview and judge for yourself. I’ll try to sum up what I recall from earlier. Dr. Samir Chachoua (Dr. Sam) is not a member of a medical institution, he’s an independent physician. He’s not licensed in the US. His research was adopted by doctors/researchers at Cedars-Sinai in LA and was promptly published then buried. He was even awarded $10M in a lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai back in 2000 (this wasn’t mentioned in the interview, I just did a little research on my own). He treated Charlie Sheen for HIV and had allegedly injected himself with Sheen’s blood. He claims to have cured countries and, in fact, names the island of Comoros as an example. This video was published Jan 30, 2016 (Charlie Sheen’s original appearance on the Dr. Oz show was published Jan 13, 2016).

There’s also this video of Sheen with two of his friends (one a nurse) where they’ve drawn his blood and added it to samples of their blood to see if it becomes contaminated. He claims to feel better and admits the results show that he is HIV negative. This video was published Jan 11, 2016.

Shortly afterwards, Sheen appears on the Dr. Oz show to recant his claims from a month earlier. Now objections have surfaced that state Dr. Sam allegedly turned his back when injecting Sheen’s blood into this system, so the event can’t be corroborated. As you will see below, Dr. Oz also claims that the UN Representative for Comoros claims to have never heard of Dr. Sam let alone has his country been cured. This video was published Feb 11, 2016.

Fact-checking site Politifact published an article on Feb 23, 2016 with the headline No, arthritic goat milk cannot cure HIV and gave Dr. Sam’s claim a rating of “Pants on fire”. In all the debunking, careful observers will note that Dr. Sam never claims to have cured people by having them drink arthritic goat milk. He claims his cure stems from injections derived of cultures from arthritic goat milk. Same thing or subtle distinction? What do you think? Dr. Sam is onto something Big Medicine doesn’t want you to know? Dr. Sam is an unmitigated quack?

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