South Africa’s Ridiculous AIDS Treatment

Take a gander at the new AIDS treatment being touted by the government of the most advanced nation in Africa:

“South Africa’s drive to promote garlic, lemon and beetroot as AIDS treatments has fanned anger at home as activists accuse the government of misleading public opinion at a global conference on the epidemic.

South Africa’s exhibit at the Toronto AIDS conference — featuring displays of garlic and other natural foods along with anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs — was stormed by supporters of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), South Africa’s most vocal AIDS activist group, local news reports said on Thursday.

“We feel that the display of garlic and lemon is … an insult to the South African AIDS crisis,” TAC General Secretary Sipho Mthathi told SABC radio from Toronto.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has made nutrition and natural remedies a cornerstone of her AIDS policy, infuriating the TAC and other activist groups who say ARVs are the only way South Africa can hope to treat the country’s estimated five million HIV-positive people.”

If you want to know why Africa stays mired in misery, poverty, and sickness, you don’t need to look any farther than the culture and the people running the governments across the continent.

You want to “fix” Africa? Well, you can’t. Westerners can ship medicine, food, and treasure to Africa in order to help alleviate the suffering, but we’re not capable of turning things around. Only Africa can fix Africa, one nation at a time, through democracy, capitalism, the rule of law, a free press, education, and a change in the culture.

Update #1: Apparently the same gang of South African idiots were pushing a slightly different formula last year as a magical AIDS prevention tonic. From May 7, 2005 Times Online:

“THE South African Health Minister has reignited the country’s fierce debate over Aids by attacking the World Health Organisation (WHO) and again emphasising the benefits of olive oil, garlic and beetroot in fighting the condition.

“Raw garlic and skin of a lemon — not only do they give you a beautiful face, but they also protect you from the disease,” Manto Tshabala-Msimang told a parliamentary committee.”

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