Babies dying in droves in poor area

2010-11-22 11:30

Pietermaritzburg - Babies and toddlers under the age of five are dying in droves of malnutrition and HIV- and Aids-related complications in the poverty-stricken Bergville area in KwaZulu-Natal.

Between January and October this year, 15% of the children under the age of five died of severe malnutrition in the area.

This percentage is based on fewer than 50 babies in total.

Mothers blame unemployment and poverty for their children’s deaths.

Bergville comes under Okhahlamba Local Municipality, which in turn comes under uThukela District Municipality.

Bergville has six clinics.

Malnutrition, diarrhoea

Records from the Health Department show that from January to October this year, eight percent of girls under 18 gave birth in the area, while 7.4% aged 35 and over had babies.

During a visit by The Witness to Estulweni village, just outside Bergville, last week, young mothers claimed that their children succumb to malnutrition and diarrhoea.

They say the diarrhoea is caused by the unpurified water they drink because they share water from nearby streams with livestock.

Almost 16 years into democracy, the villagers have a borehole as their only source of water, so some villagers fetch water from the streams.

Nelisiwe Hlongwane’s second baby died in 2009, just one month after birth. She is pregnant again and depends on her husband, who works in Durban.

“We are unemployed. We are hungry and our children are dying. Government says we must do things for ourselves.

“What must we do? With what? Because we have no resources in the first place,” said Hlongwane, 25.

Electricity and new toilets are the only developments they have seen in the area, she said.

Infant milk formula supply stopped

Some mothers confessed to feeding their babies watered-down porridge and tea or a solution of water and sugar.

Hlongwane said not much is done to help the unemployed feed their children.

The malnutrition problem has been exacerbated by the Emmaus Hospital’s decision to stop supplying mothers with infant milk formula.

A 16-year-old mother told The Witness that another contributing factor is that girls give birth and dump their children with their grandmothers, who are themselves struggling to get by.

“Although I’ve never received formula from the hospital, those who did say they are struggling since the supply was terminated,” said the unemployed mother of a six-month-old baby boy.

She fell pregnant while in Grade 9 last year and has left school to look after her baby.

Area councillor Vika Mlotshwa confirmed that young children die of both malnutrition and other poverty-related diseases.

He said about 70% of the population in Bergville is unemployed and this has added to the problem.

Malnutrition fatality rate rises

“It’s a sad fact that young babies have to perish in such huge numbers,” said Mlotshwa.

Provincial Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said that according to the District Health Information System, the malnutrition case fatality rate for Okhahlamba/Bergville sub-district was 9.3 % between January and December 2009.

The figure increased to 15% from January to October this year.

“These are malnutrition-related figures. With regard to HIV-related deaths, we do not collect that data,” said Maxon.

He said babies who are fed infant milk formula are at higher risk of getting diarrhoeal diseases - often because of the poor conditions under which the formula is prepared - and this eventually results in malnutrition.

“It has then been agreed by the department that mothers will now be extensively counselled and encouraged to breastfeed even if they tested HIV-positive during pregnancy,” said Maxon.

Underdevelopment and lack of basic services such as clean water, combined with the high unemployment rate, are considered to be the reasons behind health problems in the area.

The provision of infant milk formula in areas such as Bergville is problematic as it leads to mix-feeding, a combination of bottle and breast feeding.

From January 1, the province will not be giving free formula milk, said Maxon.

  • LouiseJB - 2010-11-22 11:40

    If they don't have the means to properly care for a child, why are they having children????? It's cruel and very selfish!!

      LGVS - 2010-11-22 12:06

      I have no idea why it is that the poorest people has the most children.

  • rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 11:40

    They know they have no money , no jobs , no anything but multiply they will , it is the story of Africa

  • dictator - 2010-11-22 11:43

    Don't worry people!Just keep on voting for thr ANC,I'm sure they are hard at work to improve the lives of the poor.Your children are dying while Malema is eating sushi of of naked woman.I'm sure though you are next on the agenda.Viva ANC!

  • Allin - 2010-11-22 11:54

    Having a baby is a conscious decision. If you can't take care of a baby, don't have one. Very simple.

  • bill - 2010-11-22 11:54

    Once again the ANC fails the poor while enriching themselves. In the 1980's they would have been branded traitors and sell-outs with fiery consequenses. Note how silent Winnie is now.

  • pop101 - 2010-11-22 11:58

    Isn't Government responsible for the death of these babies? Yes, don't have children if you can't afford it, but still.

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-22 12:02

    Looking at these PITIFUL headlines, the govt prefers to build stadiums for Billions,loose billions, plunder the state coffers for BILLIONS, yet SOCIAL UPLIFTMENT is NOT on their aganda! Is South Africa a Banana Republic??

  • gwilky - 2010-11-22 12:03

    that land is trib land!!! and their cattle roam around the place messing up the wetlands that would protect and purify the water!! when will they take responceabily for their recources!!!! there is LOADS of water and land at their disposal!! I've seen dead animals in those rivers!! and they just leave them there to rot!! they need to sort it out! its their land!!!! and their lives!!

  • Baas-Julius - 2010-11-22 12:04

    Their just getting what they voted for. Best of luck for next year when your not receiving free formula milk anymore. Viva ANC Viva.

  • Zion - 2010-11-22 12:08

    South African demography indicates that huge numbers of aids victims are dying annually. Yet when we read reports from 1st world countries then we'll notice that their impression is that SA is valiantly fighting the scourge. During the early colonial years the Black birth rate was 3x greater than the White's. Today it is almost 10X. What exactly has been happening to all those anti-aids campaigns and millions of rands? Maybe we are reaping that what we sow.

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 12:10

    i'm a 23year old South African currently studying eastern and western medicine in China(M.B.B.S.) and 3 years ago i embarked on a deep research journey outside of the normal pharmacological deceptive agenda behind the cure of the HI virus.In those three years i attained and discovered the most secretively kept and oppressed data and research stats that had been trialed and proven successful especially in Finland from the mid eighties till today,the more deeper i got into my search for the real truth behind this pandemic the more it became clear to me why South Africa and especially KwaZulu Natal has one of the highest infection rate in the whole world compared to Senegal which has the least infection rate in the whole of Africa(Unicef stats 09)while they dont have as much GDP as RSA has nor do they spend millions for the prevention campaings against this disease.Clearly Senegal and many other countries had something that South Africa doesnt and this 'thing' is what the HI virus consumes in ones immune system in order for it to proliferate,invade and suppress the immune system causing one of the most severe pathophysical complications known to man in this day and age.I discovered that this 'thing is a compound called Selenium(glutathione peroxidase,GPx4),a substance that plays a major role in the metabolism and response of T-lymphoctes and the synthesis and proliferation(multiplication)of T-cell protein(CD4 cells),which means that this compound influences the T-Lymphocites eradication of tumor cells.Clinical trials that go back to early August 1987,the positive health center,Harley street London and the scharuzer and saucher experiments reported that an increase in the daily consumption of Selenium increases the appetites,gastrointestinal function as well as neurological and psychological function benefits of men who are seroHIV positive.Clearly the deficiency of Selenium is assosciated with an increase in viral replication while Selenium supplementation inhibits the virus instead of feeding it. The fact is South Africa's soil is deficient of Selenium(ref.World Selenium Atlas prof.Oldfield p.50) (mainly KwaZulu Natal,half of Gauteng) which means that the majority of the population is born and lives with extremely low serum Selenium concetrations thus making people more easily prone to HIV infection compared to people in countries like Senegal,Finland,New Zealand ect.I created and patented a programme/project for the supplementation/fertilization of South Africas soil with this profound compound which would've required the implementation of a law that requires all farms producing fruits,vegitation and poultry for the main market to supplement the soils and animals with the necessary amounts of Selenium to improve and eradicate the current HIV/AIDS pandemic in South Africa. i never wanted this to be a political game but a very importatant and pivotal moment in South Africas fight against Aids and Cancer. I'd like to state that HIV/Aids is a three dimensional disease(geographical,medical and psychological) just like all reality is three dimensional and so it can never be eradicated and reduced with only a 1 dimensional aproach(medical) which is our Governments biggest mistake to date,so until we correct this mistake South Africa has no future because the record infection rate will continue to escalate thus crippling the economy far sooner than anyone can expect.

      emmamimie - 2010-11-22 12:27

      If this is true, why have you waited so long to voice your opinion. Why dont you inform the correct department in this country of what you know.People are dying and you have all this information. We know that one has to have a certain amount pf Selenium to make the brain function properly.

      AJ - 2010-11-22 12:28

      On the contrary, if youtake steps to protect yourself as per well documented procedures then it doesnot make a difference how crappy your soil is. It's about people taking responsibility for their health. Millions in this country do not make that decision.

      Baas-Julius - 2010-11-22 12:36

      Very Interesting.

      kitchenboy3 - 2010-11-22 12:59

      Selenium is quite common and generally found in anti-dandruff shampoo

      Grant - 2010-11-22 13:31

      Amazing conclusions and well done for provising a link between HIV and low selenium levels . However low selenium levels doesnt cause HIV infections - unprotected sex does or exposure to blood or other fluids .Slims disease or AIDS is caused your above pseu-sci speak. The changing of traditional belief and the cultivation of healthy attitiudes towards sex is a far better plan than seeding the soil with selenium which does break down in the environment and may have adverse effects on the environment. Plants and anilmals are not used to selenium in this area now you want to go and seed the area with it (by law ???)dont you in your smart head think there might be some adverse unforseen consequences ( besides the massive direct cost ). Malnutrition is the biggest cuase of death of infants as per this article and rather attempt to supply the population with selenium in the bread than in the soil and supplementing agriculuture which is a scatter shot approach . KZN has one of the highest infection rates becuase Zulu culture revolves around polygamy and Zulu people are highly transient and like to f**%$ck anything that moves. Your post seems to ignore that glaring fact . And this fact is definately not a feature of Nordic or New Zealnd culture with whom you compare infection rates . Compound that to your theory and selenium becomes a trivial matter.

  • Wow! - 2010-11-22 12:10

    Why have all these babies if you are not going to be able to feed them? Why always expect somebody else to assume yor responsibilities? WHy? WHy? Why? Frankly we all know that the medical services have deteriorated immensely BUT you as the parent are responsible for your children.

      Donna Msiska - 2010-11-22 12:14

      100% agreement. Don't have a baby if you cannot take care of it yourself

      emmamimie - 2010-11-22 12:30

      If anyone has to say "Sterilise" then we would be thought of as being racial. The africn population of this country cannot give their families quality of life, yet they go on having babies, even the teenagers have joined they line.

      pop101 - 2010-11-22 12:50

      Emma remember, you will attacked by some, because: -You are attacking a cultural thing; -Having a baby is a basic human right; and -Showing these people the obvious is racist and having only kids you can afford is colonial and a white tendency;

      Kathryn-Leah - 2010-11-22 12:59

      Because the world and government owe us something....

  • rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 12:12

    Baby making should be declared a national sport , there will be no issues of no previously disadvantaged team members

  • ArtGee - 2010-11-22 12:15

    As hulle STAAN, STEEL HULLE, ween as hulle le', TEEL HULLE!

      Baas-Julius - 2010-11-22 12:30


  • Made_In_SA - 2010-11-22 12:19

    As others have said, if you are so impoverished why the hell do you keep breeding? surely if you battling to feed your self, it would make sense NOT to add more mouths to the problem, or is it because we hoping the child care grant will make us rich?

  • emmamimie - 2010-11-22 12:21

    Can someone tell me when at anytime up until 1994 did we have malnutrician in this country? These people are just having children for fun andunconcerned whether they can feed them or not. THese babies have Humanraghts where are they?

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 12:28

    and yes i've sent numerous articles to various south african newspapers explaining the science behind my facts,i even have data encrypted for safety precaution since the chinese are known for hacking and executing anyone they would consider a spy...our media is also one major co factor that contributes to this man made genocide because they dont print out the real articles all they're concerned about is the blue bulls and the ignorant uneducated anc regime(of which i'm a member of not because of any of the current 'leaders' and clowns in office but because of Nelson Mandela,Albert luthuli,Govan mbeki,Walter Sisulu ect),my main inspiration and reason why i chose to even leave my country to seek what i've found is Steve Biko and had he been alive today South Africa would be a first world country with both black and white and yellow working together and evolving together epitomizing the destiny of mankind which is UNITY,SINGULARITY,ONE thats all and everything that we are,was and always will be...ONE.

      U1 - 2010-11-22 13:49

      That is a very childish outlook on a complicated life. As mentioned, maybe everyone should wash their hair with heaad and shoulders.......

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 16:41

      @U1 i'll assume that you're just another racist misinformed scumbag that knows nothing about science but sure knows alot about misleading the people and debunking everything that you do not understand.Read and Research to obtain true knowledge not believe the many lies and hypothesis that your highschools,universities and media feed you daily. Seek and ye shall find,know GOD to know thyself and only when you know thyself will you know and understand thy enemy

  • AJ - 2010-11-22 12:30

    Surely the ANCYL will be down there immediately to give their damning indictment on how these young people have been let down by the party that were tasked to improve their lives? Or is this not political enough for them?

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 13:05

      Not everyone has this knowledge mR AJ,how do think the millions in rural south africa knows anything about homeostasis and how its essential to always maintain it,how would they know anything about the cold facts which is that aids is a man made disease that was blown out of proportion by dr gallo and friends who contributed immensley in making it even worse by selling to the world the most flawed and absurd testing and diagnosing methods(Elisa,Western blotting) which the most advanced scientific countries such as Germany dont even use today to diagnose people with Aids?WAKE UP my beleoved South Africans and realise that we've been fooled and murdered by 'the powers' that be that keep on telling you alibis and lies so that you can consume and enrich them through ARV treatments which are AZT poisons that damage and fragmetise the double helix dna structures in your cells and attack the mitochondria(power stations)of your cells causing mass complications and malfunctions throughout the major organs of your body and especially the immune system.Did you know that you can get tested in south africa and test positive and then fly to australia and get tested there and the results will be negative? Now Einstein never had a phd when he drew up the theory of relativity and i sure dont have one also and in 3 years i have accomplished by my own self what all your previous ministers of health can never figure out not because they cant but because its no more about the people of GOD

  • Kathryn-Leah - 2010-11-22 12:54

    If you cant afford to feed your child dont have kids...simple...

      pop101 - 2010-11-22 13:06

      Yes, Kathryn...simple for you and me.

      U1 - 2010-11-22 13:50

      Only beings without reason will breed regardless of the after effects.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 18:48

      says someone who was born white and well off in a white mans system,who's parents always had a constant annual income and were never oppressed nor made to feel less human and inferior because of their skin color...come on guys are you guys really that ignorant and that self obsessed or you just so racist that you cant get your heads out of your asses.Just because you are white and have a constant income dont make your brain any bigger than mine,dont make your blood any redder than mine and it sure doesnt make your balls or your husbands any bigger than mine.STOP BEING RACIST AND LEND A CONSTRUCTIVE HAND TOWARDS BUILDING THIS RAINBOW FELLOW SOUTH AFRICAN!

      pop101 - 2010-11-23 08:47

      lusiboy, common sense has nothing to do with wealth or IQ. This topic has nothing to do with race - why even mention race.

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 16:23

      i mention race because the situation that our country is faced with is the child of the apartheid/colonial mis injustices and mess that was caused by the boers and they're righteous leadership.Oh i forgot you're a product of the apartheid regime,you know nothing about the struggle and how black people were forced to live in waste lands with no proper sanitation systems like your grandfather Botha and Verwoeds houses.You must stop being narrow minded and thinking that just because we bacame democratic we've forgotten about the hell that your racist forefathers caused.

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 16:35

      it depends what common sense is...common sense is to seperate the superior white man from the inferior black man?common sense is to sail from who knows where and find a population in their land,mine and own their mineral recourses,draft them into the slavery market and plantations,deprive them knowledge and basic human rights for hundreds of years then when GOD turns the tables on the white satanistic man then he cries REVERSE RACISM REVERSE RACISM.....REAL CLASSY COMMON SENSE.

  • Liezel - 2010-11-22 13:02

    why hand out formula milk - they should hand out the pill, and injections - so these woman cant have kids - at the age of 16 these girls start having babies - by age 28 they could well enough have 4-6 children, people must stop asking what the goverment can do for them - and start saying what can i do to prevent my bad situation going to a hars and poverty state. Prioritise - school, work, marrige, kids - 2 not 10 ... do we have to do all the thinking around here - why do they kill their own kids as this is the choise they make when they decide to have kids in these harsh surcumstances...

      rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 13:25

      These morons start breeding at 15 & by age 30 have a string of malnurished snotty nosed kids with ZERO prospects of anything positive then to make a bad situation worse the kids are orphaned. That is exactly what the ANC want a wave of perpetually regenerating ignorant voters that will ensure the gravy train never grinds to a halt. Africa is a wonderful place

  • kitchenboy3 - 2010-11-22 13:05

    and meanwhile our deputy ministers are living the high life in 5 star luxury hotels... beautifull, you get what you vote for... at least they died 'Free"

  • mandyandkim - 2010-11-22 13:10

    Yes, there is poverty and the area only have a small income, BUT you just need to see the house worth a couple million rand that the previous Mayor built for himself (never mind the use of municipal machinery etc on his own private farm) to know why things are not working in that area… (sounds all too familiar, doesn’t it?) The local government fat-cats (and I mean greedy, selfish, useless, blood sucking fat-cats) were put there by those very same people who are now suffering and until they stop believing the ANC lip service and action their unhappiness with their vote, NOTHING will change. The tiny Okahlamba (Bergville, KZN) municipality has an annual income base of just R2.1 million. The municipality spends R1.35 million on salaries for councillors and its top three municipal officials. Pg 9

  • Wernerkwane - 2010-11-22 13:16

    This is yet another screaming example of the ANC "don't-care" attitude to anyone but them selves. I can guarantee you that more than enough money has been made available from the national budget to support these poor people, and to educate them about contraception, but all the money gets gobbled up in tender fraud. Viva ANC Viva.

  • Mitzie - 2010-11-22 13:26

    Is there no way in which people who have children, KNOWING that they can't feed them, can be accused of someform of crime? Or can't there be a law that we need a license to have children - with a certain minimum income and parental testing coming into play. Personally, I think that will solve a lot of problems!

      kitchenboy3 - 2010-11-22 13:37

      it is child abuse, plain and simple

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 13:34

    @AJ ofcourse your soil matters,because all that you put in your body comes from your soil thats a scientific fact,you shouldnt try to deny or try to appear smart be smart and also be righteous,do you even know how your country uses the most scientifically flawed testing and diagnosing methods(Elisa ,western blotting) that the most advanced first world countries i.e. Germany dont use to diagnose their people for HIV/AIDs?do even know that ARV are AZT poisons that fragamatise the dna double helix structure and attack the mitochondria(poerstations)of your cells leading to a chain reaction of malfunction and destruction of your main internal organs(liver,kidneys,pancreas) and mostly they supress the immune systems making it prone to frequent malicious virus attacks which is why almost all arv users die irreversible complications. Did you know that you can test for HIV/AIDs in South Africa and test positive and then fly to Australia and test agian and the results will read negative?Now Einstein had no phD when he figured out the theory of relativity and i sure dont hav one also but i assure what i have discoverd not even your previous and current ministers of health can ever figure out...Theres an agenda against Africa and until you wake up and unite and start thinking outside of all the trickles and mis information that 'the system' has taught you,only then will you gain real knowledge.WAKE UP AFRICA and stop this racism and fighting amongst each other thats why we easy targets

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 13:59

    rubbish,babies are natures way in the journey of evolution,China has 1.6 billion people and they are doing far better than any country in the world educating,employing and empowering their own,i live there and know what i am protesting about.The problem with us is that we all are pulling in different directions which is the supremacists oldest trick in tyhe book,divide and conquer...we dont need no 30 political parties running on the taxpayers money,hell we dont even need no two party arguing and wasting time and money while the nation is dying cause of poor malnutrition and no hygeine.WE NEED TO UNITE AND MOVE FOWARD TOGETHER,WE CANT AFFORD TO WAIT FOR THE ANC TO DO ANYTHING FOR US,WE AS THE PEOPLE AND TAXPAYERS ARE MORE POWERFUL UNITED,THE ANC KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE TRUTH ABOUT AIDS,THEY WONT LET AS MANY OF OUR YOUTH TO STUDY IN HIGHER LEVEL EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS/UNIVERSITIES FOR LESS THAN 5000 RAND A YEAR,STUDENT HERE IN CHINA STUDY SCIENCES AND ECONOMICAL DEGREES YEARLY FOR LESS THAN 5000 RAND ALL SUBSIDIZED BY THE 'BAD' COMMUNIST THAT THE WESTERN WORLD WANTS YOU BELIEVE.LOOK AT CHINAS ECONOMY,UNSTOPPABLE AND THE VERY SAME CRITICAL AMERICA THAT OUR ECONOMY IS MODELED ON OWES THEM TRILLIONS IN TREASURY BONDS THAT THEY WONT EVER BE ABLE TO REPAY BECAUSE AMERICA IS A CONSUMING COUNTRY AND NOT A MANUFACTURING COUNTRY.HOW MANY PRODUCTS IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE MADE IN CHINA?DO THE COUNT AND THAT SHALL GIVE YOU A WAKE UP CALL.WAKE UP AFRICA,TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE

      pop101 - 2010-11-22 14:16

      Ok Lusiboy, you have written an interesting piece about HIV/AIDS, but now you can stop to push China down our throats. They already have taken over Africa - which should please you.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 14:30

      i'm not trying to push anything under anyones throat all i'm doing is sharing some important knowledge to help you think outside the box and help you to realize the truth about one of Johns revelations when he saw a pale horse that was followed by death wherever it went...i assume you're smart enough to know who rides that pale horse..

      Robbie - 2010-11-22 15:45

      Ok lusiboy you are saying we should be more like China....Please remember that before China got where it is today it is estimated that between 20 and 43 million people died of famine between 1958 and 1961 in the so called "Great Leap Forward"

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 18:35

      @Robbie what we need to do is to adopt only the positives and discard all the negatives from Chinas system and as a man who believes in GOD i am not afraid of death all that i'm afraid of is failing GOD when he's lead me and shown me the truth and obviously wants me to help free his african people from this AIDS genocide.

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 14:07

    @GRANTThis relationship between infectious diseases and selenium depression was documented first by Sammalkorpi and colleagues.5 These researchers described measuring serum selenium and iron concentrations in 64 patients with uncomplicated viral (n=33) or bacterial (n=31) infections, during the acute stage of infection, the early convalescent phase and after a minimum recovery of 3 weeks. Both serum selenium and iron showed highly significant depression during the acute stage of infection but rebounded after recovery. Sammalkorpi and co-workers6 not surprisingly concluded that any acute infection would decrease serum selenium levels. It has been shown repeatedly that serum selenium levels are linked directly to immune system function, including CD4 T lymphocyte count.7-8 It follows, therefore, that the decline in serum selenium levels that accompanies viral or bacterial infection will be parallelled by some degree of immunological depression. However, as Sammalkorpi and co-workers9 have shown, under normal circumstances where death does not occur, serum selenium levels rebound soon after recovery from bacterial or viral infection.However some pathogens, including certain retroviruses, effectively elude the immune system’s defence mechanisms and can continue to replicate indefinitely. Of particular significance are those viruses such as Coxsackievirus B3, Hepatitis C virus, and HIV-1 which encode glutathione peroxidase and, therefore, continue to deplete their hosts’ selenium.10 It appears, there69 fore, that while HIV-1 is sensitive to high levels of serum selenium, sequestered within CD4 T lymphocytes and elsewhere, it can slowly deplete its hosts’ selenium stores. The associated decline in available selenocysteine must have a negative impact in the body’s ability to produce CD4 T lymphocytes which require this compound.11 This drop in CD4 T lymphocytes, however, permits the so-called opportunistic infections to thrive, further depressing serum selenium levels and allowing high replication rates for HIV-1. As can be seen, once the “selenium- CD4 T cell tailspin”12 has begun, it accelerates; not only because AIDS-defining infections increase selenium depletion, but also because HIV itself encodes not just for this trace element but also for the components of glutathione (Figure 2). As a result, because glutathione inhibits reverse transcriptase activity, as serum levels of glutathione drop, it becomes easier for HIV to replicate.13-14 This is because, as described previously, retroviruses such as HIV use reverse transcriptase to convert their own RNA into DNA15 and incorporate it into their host cell’s genes. The removal of an inhibitor, glutathione, from the system facilitates this process.

      Grant - 2010-11-23 16:23

      Lusiboy , this is all cut and paste stuff ... your idea of sowing 100000 sq kms of the land with selenium still does not add up ??? . Also your above stuff is research based on HIV1 . testing scores and conclusions for KZN and general population of SA reveals numerous types of HIV infections all mixing matching , growing stronger and resistent to any ARV's and having a jolly good time on the playing field on of polygamy .The selenocysteine does have a negative impact on CD4 T lymphocytes but this is exacerbated by poor diet,poor water quality , regaular exposure to immune system weakening and ...most importantly viral infections and regular intercourse with 15 miners from Gauteng .... HIV and AIDS are damn sad diseases and need sober, multi pronged and multi-dimensional approachs to its eradication and prevention. Note not cure as there wont ever be one . AIDS is a systemic answer to overpopulation . The Earth is fighting back .

      lusiboy - 2010-11-24 13:18

      Mr Grant once again you're bashing something that you do not have any idea of,selenocysteine just like every element has a negative effect when overdose and supplemented incorrectly,what you're reading up here is proof of trialed and tested clinical evidence of thye relationship between HIV/AIDS and selenium(glutathione peroxidae,glutamine,cysteyne),the data tells you exactly what the function and effects that selenium has on HIV virus replication and invasion on the T lymphocytes and other parts of the body.Unless you cant read or you're just trying to be smarter without helping anyone,you have no scientific facts,stats and data to prove your arguement because you havent studied the AIDS pandemic for more than 3 years.All that you have been doing is mis informing and allowing them to be as negative and as useless as you are.Earth never created AIDS,man did and that is a fact wether you like it or not,i'm trying to school you by cutting and pasting because clearly you have no scientific ability to absorb,digest and conclude the problem by your own self.READ AND RESEARCH AND LEARN,DONT JUST DENY AND EXPECT EVERYONE ELSE TO DENY ALL EFFORT THAT IS BEING CREATED TO HELP MANKIND AND SAVE MANKIND FROM the earth is fighting back,YOU ARE FIGHTING HER.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-24 13:32

      oh! and about the cure you're wrong,there is a cure and its called tetrasilver tetroxide molecular crystal device (Ag.sub.4 O.sub.4) The diamagnetic semiconducting molecular crystal tetrasilver tetroxide (Ag.sub.4 O.sub.4) is utilized for destroying the AIDS virus, destroying AIDS synergistic pathogens and immunity suppressing moieties (ISM) in humans. A single intravenous injection of the devices is all that is required for efficacy at levels of about 40 PPM of human blood. The device molecular crystal contains two mono and two trivalent silver ions capable of "firing" electrons capable of electrocuting the AIDS virus, pathogens and ISM. When administered into the bloodstream, the device electrons will be triggered by pathogens, a proliferating virus and ISM, and when fired will simultaneously trigger a redox chelation mechanism resulting in divalent silver moieties which chelate and bind active sites of the entities destroying them. The devices are completely non-toxic. However, they put stress on the liver causing hepatomegaly, but there is no loss of liver function. Inventors: Antelman; Marvin S. (Rehovot, IL) Assignee: Antelman Technologies Ltd. (Providence, RI) Appl. No.: 08/658,955 Filed: May 31, 1996 U.S. Patent Documents 5571520 November 1996 Antelman what i've given you over here should lead you the correct way and will teach you and wake you up to the reality that is THERES MUCH MORE TO THIS WORLD THAN MEETS THE EYE..CO INCIDENCE IS A HYPOTHESIS.

  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 14:14

    As one wise man said....the truth goes through stages 1.the truth is first denied 2.the truth is then violently denied 3.the truth is finally accepted as self evident Stop being racist and bashing on Zulu culture,i am ZULU and before 1652 when the AngloSaxon arrived and stole our land,the black man never had aids,so please know your facts and always present proof and dont just be racist and hypocritical because that does not help you or our nation in any kind of way.THANK YOU

      rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 14:54

      You are clearly still on step 2 with regards to your fellow Zulus and others poking themselves into oblivion

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 15:48

      RODNEYKDC once again i'll repeat the same statement that i made to Grant...there was no aids before 1652 when the anglosaxon arrived,my ancestors and everyone elses ancestors going back to the biblical times practiced polygamy and there was no aids,its scientific that HIV AIDS is a bio genetically engineered virus that even has a patent number(i bet you never knew that).In the 1960's Henry Kissinger(google him) got together with 'the powers' that be in romania in a conference to discuss ways and strategies to depopulate the worlds population rapidly until only a few select a left behind(yes mainly whites)especially those of 'royal' blood line and those that fall Darwins Eugenics theory which consists of the most evil and satanistic ideoligies ever known to mankind and incest was one of the main theories of Eugenics. And let me school you about we the Zulu's,not even 20 percent of our tribe practises polygamy and those that do are mostly the oldest generation alive,the new generation lives the anglosaxon life but the infection rate is still sky rocketing while in Senegal a muslim country with no multi billion condom and aids campaigns they have the lowest infection rate in unless you're really brain damaged you will be able to put one and one together to see what i'm trying to enlighten you about my dear brother..

      pop101 - 2010-11-22 16:52

      So what you are saying the AngloSaxon that came to SA gave you Aids. No "European" had Aids until they arrived in Africa. Wiki: HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, originated in non-human primates in Sub-Saharan Africa and was transferred to humans during the late 19th or early 20th century. You may be good in the lab - but very bad at history.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 17:55

      lol pop101,where did you get that highschool hypothesis?SABC1 or from Manto Shabalala or from Dr BASON?listen let me open up your dr Gallo and then read,read and read and dont tell me about wikipedia,do you even know who created wikipedia and who edits it?Do you even think that America will openly put highly classified scientific information on Wikipedia?Once again you're not listening to me and thinking rationally before you answer,all you're doing is trying to be defensive and to debunk proven scientific and historical FACTS.I didnt wake up one day and watch SABC 1 or the bold and the beautiful,i am a scientist meaning that i seek answers to our problems daily,i read and research and obtain the most highly classified and hidden scientific data and stats day and night.After you read and learn about about Dr.Gallo,Henry Kissinger and Darwin Eugenics get back to me

      rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 18:03

      Lusiboy you seem pretty enlightened & yes I have read about "The New World Order" and and and . I must say I think we are just pawns in a big game of chess but the fact remains 99% of your brothers are slightly more intelligent/civlised than a cave man and still have not realised that breeding like a rabbit is counter productive , hence the article that has been the cause of all this "debate"

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 18:16

      rodneykdc thats a fact BUT they are not fully blamed for the poor education and low IQ levels both the apartheid regime and the anc are majorly responsible and now what we who know the FACTS (and have the scientific data to back these statements) need to do is to somehow let the goverment know and help them to apply this science ASAP because people out there are dying in thousands weekly and arguing and debunking scientifically proven fact will not save anyones life it will just prolong the deaths until theres no african natives no more just like theres no native americans(red indian) no more.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-22 18:17

      rodneykdc thats a fact BUT they are not to be fully blamed for the poor education structures and low IQ levels both the apartheid regime and the anc are majorly responsible and now what we who know the FACTS (and have the scientific data to back these statements) need to do is to somehow let the goverment know and help them to apply this science ASAP because people out there are dying in thousands weekly and arguing and debunking scientifically proven fact will not save anyones life it will just prolong the deaths until theres no african natives no more just like theres no native americans(red indian) no more.

      rodneykdc - 2010-11-22 19:06

      The ANC does not want well educated thinking people like yourself , they want masses of ignorant hungry people that they can manipulate at will. Look at Mugabe & his Zimbabwean subjects , he can lead them by the nose by promising them a bag of mielie meal , it is a sad situation . The average black Zim worker was better paid , better educated & better treated in the 70's when the whites were in power

      pop101 - 2010-11-23 09:13

      Listen lusiboy - your reaction is all lopsided. You said no one had Aids till the AngloSaxon arrived. That implies to me that Europeans gave Africans Aids. I quote: 'here was no aids before 1652 when the anglosaxon arrived,my ancestors and everyone elses ancestors going back to the biblical times practiced polygamy and there was no aids'. Does that mean no African ever got on a plane, flew west or east over the water and picked up Aids. Then you want to ignore wiki, but tell me in the same breath to Google Kissinger and Gallo. Who cares - I'm not really interested in the finer detail about HIV/aids, or trying to debunk facts (how can I debunk scientific facts I'm not even aware of or interested in, use logic chief) - all I want to know is how to make the masses prevent it and make sure my family and I are save. We don't need to know all the conspiracies about HIV/Aids, we need know how to prevent and cure it, educate people and tell them to use LOGIC. Do you think the man on ground cares about Gallo. Rather show him how to use a condom and provide woman with Anti-Retrovirals. Keep it simple, and keep up the good work lusiboy.

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 14:44

      @pop101 the solution lies in my first comment....and the aim of my research is to help the mass population and not only your selfish self.If you're not interested in scientific facts and developments dont comment rather go comment on the blue bulls or on isidingo,generations or the bold and the beautiful because clearly i am the fool here for trying my best and sacrificing a normal life in order to prevent yours and mine and our childrens future from being wiped by this man made disease that your goverment is completely scientifically retarded to even understand the basics of the epidemic.Now i know more or less how master Jesus felt when all those hypocrates and ''smart'' people and leaders of society denounced him and all of his truth.Mankind is indeed dead,you always deny the truth even when its right in your face,you are controlled by ego and the computer inflates this ego even more and clouds up your judgement.I pray to GOD daily that my research is accepted by your goverment because you and many people in your family and my family will die and ARV's wont give you life they just prolong the death process and give you a chance to spread HIV/AIDS some more.

      pop101 - 2010-11-23 15:11

      Here you go again. As far as I know this post was about children dying in KZN, not about whether YOUR "truth" and how YOUR studies can save human kind. Even comparing yourself to Jesus, sacrificing your everyday life to save us all....thats just a bit too arrogant to my liking. Unfortunately, I don't watch soapies and don't support the Blue Bulls, but thanks anyway. As for the ego thing, well, if you can assume that I have a big ego by my posts, then maybe you are in the wrong profession, rather become a police profiler. As I said, keep up the good work. Keep it classy.

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 16:06

      u know what pop101 its people like you who are the leaders of tommorow and the most classiest and greatest commentators and critics of this posses class and we all should kiss your feet because clearly you have a far greater knowledge and input in the aids solution that these kids of this article are facing.BLESS YOU AND YOUR CLASS,i believe in master Jesus and yes i'm trying my best to walk in his foot steps by contributing to the evolution of mankind.....what have you done to fight this disease instead of trying to be smarter than everyone behind that computer?what do you care anyways,your name should be Debunker101 the smartest humanbeing with no facts to back up his arguements only hatred and CLASSY critisims....classy my ass when people are dying in millions

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 16:12

      the smartest people always mix arrogance and confidence,when someone knows what he/she is talking about and is unapologetic about the subject matter he/she is always Judged to be arrogant.You know whats arrogant,ignorance is arrogance,to attack someone for presenting scientifically proven facts that will save millions of lives is arrogance.

      pop101 - 2010-11-23 16:47

      1. Never claimed I'm an expert on the topic, in fact I acknowledged that I don't really care about the scientific data and information. 2. What I have/have not done is not the issue here, don't know what has anything to do with the debate; 3. I don't need any facts to back me up, because I never claimed to be the expert - I just said it how it is (don't need facts to tell me these people are in dire need of help). 4. Oh the classy thing, we all know people are dying in the millions - no need to throw classiness out of the window, it won't affect anything if you do. 5. If the shoe fits. Listen man, you sound very passionate about what you do and thats admirable, hence my statement "keep up the good work". All I'm saying is, you are the expert, do what you do best. I'm not the expert, I'll do what I do best in my own little way. And according to me, the right way right now is to teach these poor people about HIV/AIDS and how to prevent it. I'm not denying your scientific facts (never had - refer above posts), I'm just not interested in something I have no passion for (now don't read "something" above as HIV/AIDS, read scientific facts). Get it. Stay classy man - lol.

      houselegendmagazine - 2010-11-23 20:19


  • lusiboy - 2010-11-22 14:19

    To summarize, HIV-1 transmission and replication is inhibited in regions such as Senegal where soils and local food chains contain high levels of selenium. Conversely, in selenium depleted regions, such as those of most of the countries of sub- Saharan Africa, HIV-1 can easily replicate and infect host CD4 T cells. HIV-1 encodes Se-dependent Gpx (glutathione peroxidase) modules, therefore its replication involves depleting its hosts of both glutathione and selenium. The former process naturally diminishes the availability of glutathione, an inhibitor of reverse transcriptase,41 an enzyme which is essential for HIV- 1 replication. This glutathione depletion, therefore, permits faster HIV-1 infection. Declining host selenium levels also simultaneously inhibit the production of CD4 T cells, which need this trace element. This immunosuppression permits further infection by opportunistic pathogens which lead to increased depression of serum selenium levels, magnifying the decline in CD4 T cells. The “selenium-CD4 T cell tailspin” is now operating in earnest and typically continues downwards until some virulent pathogen provides the coup de grâce. It is at this later stage that HIV-positive individuals are their most infectious and, therefore, are most likely to transmit the virus to others.42 Outside the earth’s major selenium deficiency belts, HIV-1 has more difficulty diffusing. It can, however, spread rapidly in groups such as gays, intravenous drug users, and hemophiliacs whose lifestyles make them more likely to have either a serum selenium deficiency or a compromised immune system.

      Grant - 2010-11-24 10:56

      you forgot to mention polygamous hetrosexual males and females who have more than 1 new partner a month. You have dug up a lot of sand on this topic much that its covering your eyes, filling up your ears and obscuring the glaring truth that amongst all your serumselenium levels ,enzymes and HIV-AIDS sci-speak you just cant except that something as simple as screwing around can kill you ...terribly,slowly.There is a strong vein of denial...maybe self denial in your posts that alludes to a behaviour of obsessive disbeleif in a glaring and obvious truth ... your done for pal , shite for blood for the rest of your life and no selenium or crack pot pogic-logic is going to help you .Sorry you should have used a condom like weve been told since we were 12 years old .The science youve learned amazes you so but it makes you forget where you have come from and where you are going . You are a child of nature as much as you would like to break away from that and fly around in your Einstein Enzyme space ship powered by selenium-fusion and land when you think the Kissinger conspiracy has come to an end .....well my friend .. it wont . So turn that high powered brain of your onto current reality like walking into the kitchen and help wash the dishes.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-24 13:59

      you're ignorant and just racist towards Zulu people...polygamy was even practiced by ancient civilizations you racist misinformed idiot.Not everyone can contract AIDS through sexual intercourse thats a scientifically proven fact that even doctor Montagnier a Nobel award winning virologist protests to.GO READ AND DO YOUR RESEARCH AND I DARE YOU TO GO TO A ZULU MAN AND SPEAK LIKE THAT IN HIS FACE,YOU WILL SURE LEARN THAT DAY WHAT POLYGAMY IS,YOU RACIST UNEDUCATED PIECE OF TRASH

      lusiboy - 2010-11-24 14:04

      and just to enlighten you,i am a son of one of the most educated and successful doctors alive so i grew up in a clinic and know alot about medicine and science,i dont just sit around all day wanking on my computer,i'm a medical student and a young black scientist who actually researches and keeps scientific data and knowledge.You and many other ignorant racist idiots need to study and research before commenting on serious issues like this one because you mislead because you speak of what you know nothing of.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-24 14:19

      and for your infomation i screw alot and they come in all races over here spanish,hungarian,american,brazilian and i still dont have aids after 8 years of laying the pipe internationally and locally i'm still healthier than you'll ever be,all that i do everyday is take 1 vitamin d3 pill and 1 selenium(glutathione peroxidase,glutamine,cysteine) pill and eat all my veggies,i dont smoke(cancer),i drink every month end to let loose and forget about this illusional world and ignorant people like you and i'm all right......get knowledge my friend and while at it get a spiritual and consciousness transplant because yours is outdated and cant function in the 21 first century :-) peace and love always

      pop101 - 2010-11-24 22:31

      You know lusiboy - I respected you until you played the race card. Unfortunately, I don't mix with racist, so goodbye.

      lusiboy - 2010-11-25 00:15

      @pop101 correction you mean reverse racism?sorry thats so its called the truth and when you accept it,the sooner we can all move on and take the apartheid as a learning curve.

  • Faerie - 2010-12-20 01:04

    Chris Ndaliso, The Witness. You are the writer of this article. And your point is ?????? While I do feel very concerned about these poor innocent babies & children, surely responsability rests with the welfare organisations to help educating the population of this area. Do all the people who have passed comment know where Bergville is. Have any one of you been there ?? It is a small town set in the midst of a farming area and has a Cheese factory, Gas station and a few shops, maybe a farm school - that's it. What do these people know about sophisticated matters like birth control etc. ?? This country is in the hands of the ANC who are unpreturbed about what happens in those "back-of-beyond" places. As long as the "fat-cats" are skimming the cream off the milk they are happy. Those who stand on the political platforms and sprout forth, probably don't know where Bergville is, or have not even heard of it. Vika Mlotshwa is the Councillor in that area, so maybe some pressure should be put on him for the solution. Babies & children do not deserve to suffer the consequences of adult ignorance.

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