Over the years there has been a lot of news coverage on the controversy between, on the one side our late Minister of Health Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (South Africa) and her stance on natural remedies, like lemons and garlic, and on the other side, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), scientists, doctors, journalists and politicians who push relentlessly for Antiretroviral drugs (ARV’s) (See: Background Info) and many other medications as the only solutions for ALL health problems, including AIDS.
We, not in the royal we, but Nelly my mother, my best friend and partner in “crime” – and myself are the people being referred to as Dr Manto’s Quacks, the people behind The Wellness Program Dr Manto kept keeps referring to. One of the last times she stirred the pot was at the Toronto AIDS Conference, which was decorated with lemons, beetroots etc. and only a few pamphlets on ARVs.
It caused a lot of lamenting, teeth gnashing, bald heads (tearing out of hair), and people wanting to walk in sacks with ash on their heads … crying for these poor, lost people in South Africa. You did not have to cry for us then, but you can cry for us now!