The Infectious Myth On “The Infectious Myth” host David Crowe will examine the questionable or outright false paradigms that infect our society.

December 13, 2016  
David speaks with retired professor Bruce Alexander about addiction. Like former guest Marc Lewis, Alexander also believes that addiction is not a disease, and certainly can’t be fought with a war. His recent book calls it a “poverty of spirit” but, rather than blaming the victim he believes society as a whole is responsible for creating these conditions. He does not believe that drugs are addictive, or at least that only people in a vulnerable state of hopelessness, loneliness and societal disconnection, will become hooked. The discussion ends by talking about Canada’s native peoples who have the worst drug addiction problem, and also enormous, and so far intractable, social problems, that the white society of North America created by destroying their self-sufficiency and culture.
His websites are brucekalexander.com and, relevant to this discussion, globalizationofaddiction.ca
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December 6, 2016  
David interviews Robert Darby, an opponent of circumcision, who is very knowledgeable in all aspects. This discussion was prompted when a doctor had his paper in opposition to one of Darby’s retracted, because the only peer reviewer turned out to be a frequent co-author. The discussion passes through the touted benefits, the rare and common harms, the anatomy and purpose of the foreskin, the changing positions of governments and health authorities around the world and, of course, its role in some religions. It is very interesting to compare male genital cutting with female genital cutting (usually called mutilation, i.e. FGM). Even when FGM is less significant than circumcision (e.g. a symbolic nick in the labia) it is still banned in most countries, yet few want to question the right to circumcise. Preventative mastectomy and tonsil removal are also compared with circumcision. One of the fundamental questions is ethical. Is it right to perform a permanent, irreversible procedure on an infant in order to obtain speculative benefits (which may not even exist), the most significant of which, will only occur when the child reaches sexual maturity?
 
Robert’s website on this topic is: http://historyofcircumcision.net
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November 29, 2016  

Peter LaVenia is the NY State Green Party Co-chair, and was not a candidate in the 2016 election. Peter talks about his hypothesis that it is the Democratic Party that is in meltdown, not the Republican party. He talks with David about the problems with both Trump and Clinton, and how the two party system does not offer a choice on most issues. Lastly they talk about the breaking news that the Green Party (I swear that I did not know this when I invited Peter to be interviewed) is challenging the election results in at least Wisconsin. Peter is on twitter as @votelavenia.

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November 16, 2016  

Paul Street is an independent researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City and Chicago. He is the author of seven books on politics and history, as well as many articles in various media, and teaches history at colleges and universities in Chicago. David and Paul talk about the Electoral College, because this year’s election resulted in the winner of the popular vote not winning the Electoral College. They also discuss other problems with the electoral system, including the influence of money, the role of the media, voter suppression and alternative voting systems such as Instant Runoff or Proportional Representation. They also talk about the particular characteristics of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton that made the choice of who to vote for particularly difficult this year.

Paul Street’s website is http://paulstreet.org

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November 1, 2016  


There is a transgender bathroom war in the USA, and a transgender pronoun war in Canada. Some transgender or non-binary people do not want to be referred to as ‘he’ or ‘she’ and others refuse to use alternatives, such as ‘they’. This head butting is centered at the University of Toronto, in Canada. David talks with Lee Airton, who has a blog, http://theyismypronoun.com, that discusses why they have chosen ‘they’. While some people have taken rigid, opposing extremes on this issue, it does appear that there is a middle ground.

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October 25, 2016  
David has a wide ranging discussion with famous cartoonist (also musician and writer) Robert Crumb. They talk about AIDS, including their mutual friendship with Christine Maggiore, sex, puritanism, Charlie Hebdou and censorship.
For more information on Robert Crumb’s work see, http://www.crumbproducts.com
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October 18, 2016  

David catches up on his mailbag and press clippings, reading some feedback from previous shows, discussing the two horrible Presidential choices that America faces, and also talking about vaccines and the Zika virus scam.

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October 11, 2016  

In episode 118, David interviews James Ottar Grundvig, author of “Master Manipulator”. The subject of his book is Poul Thorsen, both a critical player in the CDC’s whitewashing of the nercury-containing thimerosal preservative in vaccines, and a fugitive from justice. Yet, despite stealing research funds from the CDC, and despite FBI charges, nobody seems to want to find Thorsen, who is still working at a hospital in Denmark. It is not just him, Grundvig also identifies other Master Manipulators involved with the CDC’s frauds.

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October 4, 2016  
Dr. Joel Wallach learned about the importance of good nutrition while a veterinarian. He applied this knowledge to humans and now runs a company that sells a supplement that contains 91 minerals, amino acids and other types of nutrients. David accepts that many people on a western diet are nutrient deprived, and that the importance of trace nutrients is often ignored, although it is well documented. During the discussion it becomes obvious that David believes that some of Wallach’s statements are exaggerated, such as that the vast majority of people are gluten intolerant, that there is no value in physical exercise and that dog food is highly nutritious for humans. On the other hand, David has no trouble believing that some people can significantly benefit from supplementation, particularly those injured by vaccines, pharmaceutical drugs, chemical exposures or for numerous other reasons. They also agree that the low fat, high carbohydrate diet is a disaster. We hope you enjoy this vigorous discussion.
You can find out more about his philosophy on nutrition and his books at: http://thewallachfiles.com
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September 27, 2016  
In episode 116 David interviews film makers Joan Shenton and Andi Reiss about their documentary “Positive Hell”, now censored for the second time in the UK, ironically after having been shown, and received awards, at film festivals in the US and Spain. The film documents five people in Spain who have lived with an HIV diagnosis for decades without taking AIDS drugs for more than a short time. The group is led by an HIV+ doctor who recovered his health after recovering from alcoholism, just as the others recovered from heroin addiction. The film got into trouble both times because gay men objected to it. Not because of its portrayal of gay men, all the people in the film are heterosexual, but because of the belief that any questioning of the scientific HIV=AIDS=Death theory is homophobia. An irrational belief, but exceedingly common, and a belief supported by politically correct people who couldn’t bear to distress a besieged minority. And, in fact, the latest censorship by the Portobello film festival (the first was by the so-called London ‘Independent’ Film Festival), was justified because the film would cause ‘distress’, although how it can do this you will have to decide for yourself. I hope you will watch it on YouTube. If you have strong feelings, let David know.
You can view the film ‘Positive Hell’ at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ3n6icJIXA
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