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Claims of cure for HIV, Hepatitis C are a 'scandal': Egypt presidential advisor
Army-made devices that allegedly cure HIV and Hepatitis C have no clear scientific basis, says scientific advisor to Egyptian president
Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Feb 2014
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Presidential aide for scientific issues, Essam Heggy (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Claims by the Egyptian army that it has found a cure for Hepatitis C and HIV are a "scientific scandal for Egypt," the president's scientific advisor has said.

The devices are unconvincing and appear to have no clear scientific basis, Essam Heggy told Al-Watan newspaper on Tuesday.

Heggy, who is currently on a visit to the US, said he has papers proving the devices are ineffective and he will present them to the president when he returns to Egypt next week.

At a press conference on Saturday, army spokesperson Colonel Ahmed Ali said: “The armed forces have achieved a scientific breakthrough by inventing devices to diagnose and treat Hepatitis C and HIV without taking a blood sample from the patient, which gets immediate results at a low cost."

Heggy said President Adly Mansour and Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi - who attended the press conference - did not know the details of the announcement in advance and were "surprised" by what they heard.

Heggy said he was not consulted about the announcement and expressed regret that Egyptian specialists in Hepatitis C and HIV had not been consulted beforehand.

"An issue this sensitive, in my personal opinion, could hurt the image of the state," Heggy said, adding that foreign newspapers could utilise the announcement to harm Egypt's image internationally.

Physician and Major-General Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the man behind the reported scientific breakthroughs, said the HIV and Hepatitis C treatments had a 100 percent success rate.

"I started working on this project 22 years ago," Abdel-Atti said at Saturday's press conference. "It started secretly in the military intelligence department but we are now announcing it to the whole world."

The devices to diagnose Hepatitis C and HIV using electromagnetic waves are called C-Fast and I-Fast, while the device to treat HIV and Hepatitis C, as well psoriasis, is called the Complete Cure Device (CCD). The CCD will supposedly be used publicly in Egypt by June 2014.

A short documentary was displayed at the press conference showing a patient who claimed to have been totally cured of AIDS by the device.

Major-General Abdullah Taher, the head of the army's engineering authority, told Al-Ahram Arabic news website that the devices would not be exported abroad in order to protect them from "the mafia" of big pharmaceutical companies and nations that control the pharmaceutical industry.

A medical source told Ahram Online that the devices had been approved since 2012, but the treatment device was still being evaluated by the health ministry.

In 2011, the defence ministry filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organisation on the C-Fast device to diagnose Hepatitis C.

Egypt has one of the highest rates of Hepatitis C infections in the world. The number of patients reached 8 million in 2008, according to health ministry figures, or nearly 10 percent of the population. In some parts of Upper Egypt and the Nile Delta infection rates reach 20 percent.



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Osman Ahmed, MD, Ph.D, FAAFP
10-03-2014 06:21am
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Please observe the well known scientific codes
I am a physician epidemiologist residing in the USA. I was initially schooled in Egypt and trained in the USA. I am shocked by the way the whole episode of scientific claim about diagnosing and treating hepatitis C and other diseases. There are well known methods of scientific discovery and research that include such things as hypothesis, methodology (including sample size, statistical analysis), results and conclusions. Research is neither anecdotal nor just "believe me". The whole thing is a circus. How anyone in the military or in any university in good conscious believe any of this? We just need to start living in the 20th not the 21st century. I, for one, didn't really learn medicine in Egypt. We continue to teach future generations a brand of medicine incommensurable with the current level of discoveries and therefore deprive our patients of a decent health care. All this in the name of "fate". We will continue to move backward as long as there is no value for human life.
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Abba Ahmad
06-03-2014 01:58am
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hiv treatment VAC sine
It not a surprise, although we all no the western world,they politicizes every thing good if it did not produced by them,they condemned it,also its a know fact other phamceutical companies ,that produce retroviral drugs,condom all will not be happy,they know that they will loose market,its not a new thing to them,don't relent go ahead,and do it,let the deviles say what ever,welcomed,Alhamdullah.
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Sam
05-03-2014 04:52pm
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shocked
really it is unbelievable.Any way if it is the truth then they must publish to media again...
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Gamal safa
27-02-2014 11:08pm
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It was a terrible messege.
Not a very satisfactory respond!!!!!!
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Davis
27-02-2014 04:55pm
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Same case as Gallo
Just don't understand how is it possible that Gallo was able to announce the virus discovery in a conference, without enough scientific evidence and the very after day the test for detecting it came out. Is not pretty the same case with this egyptian device? Scientific community should be used to this kind of declarations. Just an oppinion.
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Eric Wagner
27-02-2014 09:04am
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Shame
It's a shame that there is so much ignorance about science in Egypt. How can the media even publish such coverage when anyone with a basic understanding of medicine or science would immediately see it to be false. To honestly think such a childish hoax would fool anyone is just laughable. It crushes the hopes of many poor, uneducated people who have these diseases. And it makes Egyptian leadership look like a sad joke to the rest of the world. Eric
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Sam Enslow
27-02-2014 06:09am
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Ipse Loquitor
It is suggested the foreign press could use this announcement to harm Egypt. It is not the press coverage of the incident that will harm Egypt. It is the announcement itself. It is the job of the media and, in this case scientific publications, to challenge and to note unsubstantiated claims. The embarrassment could have been avoided had proper peer review articles been published. However, judging the anti-West statements in the announcements, I would suggest they were the real reason for it, not science. It was the scientists involved who hurt the image of Egypt and its army - not the media who revealed the truth. No one will be held accountable. That is the real shame.
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Jack Church
26-02-2014 11:39pm
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Cure for AIDS & Hepatitis C?
If this story has any hint of truth to it, it may be one of the greatest breakthroughs of this century. I agree with Egypt's policy of keeping it away from the scoundrels of the pharmaceutical industry. I t doesn't pay for them to cure anything. Thus they haven't. Only drugs for symptoms continues to make them billions. Again if true than bravo Egypt!
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mostafa
26-02-2014 05:57pm
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The solution is very simpel
The solution to cure almost all illnesses is CDH. Just google MMS, CDS and CDH. Best solution to kill all bad virus, bacteria and parasites. And it cost you only $ 0,10 per dose. Bey bey mafia pharmacy's. I tested it my self. It's working.
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neil
26-02-2014 03:14pm
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tragi-comedy
poor bessam juseph; how can he 'satirize' this? a technology superior to any in the developed world, kept hidden even though it could save millions of lives, that turns toxins into meatballs, with PR timed with sissi's election announcement. I assume that this army doctor is no ahmed zaweh, or royal rife device, or r sheldrake's bioenergy, or w reich's orgone, or nikoli tesla, or el shams pyramid power, or masaru amatu water resonance that this is not just a hoax, but a cruel hoax, that falsely gets victims hopes up
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Russell shipp
26-02-2014 06:13pm
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NOT A HOAX but real
It is frequency therapy. Novocure is no hoax. It uses frequency to kill brain cancer.
Russell shipp
26-02-2014 06:13pm
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NOT A HOAX but real
It is frequency therapy. Novocure is no hoax. It uses frequency to kill brain cancer.

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