In episode 4 David Crowe interviews Liam Scheff, author of the 2012 book, "Official Stories: Counter-Arguments for a Culture in Need" which Liam describes as "Official stories existing to protect officials". Liam is a critic of many myths of modern society, seeing science as a modern religion that needs to promote myths with the fervor of religions. Liam also broke the story of the "Incarnation Children's Center" orphanage in New York City that allegedly used poor children as guinea pigs in highly profitable pharmaceutical AIDS drug trials.
David and Liam have a conversation that ranges from the incomprehensibly enormous time and space of the universe down to questions of the incomprehensible smallness of viruses.
David talked with Professor Peter Gøtzsche, head of the Cochrane Institute in Denmark about two books he has recently published. Peter explains how his 2012 book, “Mammography Screening: Truth Lies and Controversy”, dismantles the myth that mammography is beneficial, that mammography just leads to over diagnosis, severe anxiety in women, even those whose false alarm is later withdrawn, and has never been shown to have any reduction in the overall death rate for women. Peter explains that his 2013 book, “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare” has a strong title, but one that is justified by the US government definition of Organized Crime. While pharmaceutical companies have been fined billions of dollars for illegal behavior, they are still getting away with literal murder. Although surveys show that the general public do not trust drug companies, they do trust their doctors. So drug companies can lavish attention (money) on doctors knowing that their patients will believe that their doctors offer an independent opinion about the value of drugs. Peter explains that this is a myth, that most doctors get most information about drugs from pharmaceutical companies. Drug companies also manipulate research, suppressing studies that show a negative result, and promoting research that shows a positive result, even if that research is biased. So that this discussion is not too depressing, at the end David asks Dr. Gøtzsche for ideas on how individuals can protect themselves a corrupt and deadly system.
In Episode 2 David Crowe talks with Dr. Charles Geshekter, a retired professor of African history, and an expert in Somalia. He talks about how the AIDS theory dumbs down our approach to African problems to a single virus but that, using Somalia as an example, each region has unique historical, cultural and geographical factors that have led them to their current situation. Dr. Geshekter also talks about how he first started to question the HIV=AIDS dogma because he could not believe that accurate statistics could be gathered from many countries in Africa, where even basic infrastructure did not function. He applied those questions to statistics in his home state of California. There, statistics are gathered with more rigor, but contain striking anomalies that nobody seemed interested in trying to explain.