About Tine van der Maas and Nelly van der Maas
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!
Nearly 1 million patients are now registered on the ARV Program (but nobody knows how many patients are actually coming back every month - they are registered, but no follow-up register is kept).
"Quack" was one of the "nicer" names they called us. Luckily we remembered the famous saying of King Solomon who had said not to answer the Fool to his utterances so as not to become a fool yourself. What we do mind and what hurts is that so many people are suffering and dying unnecessary from many diseases, that so many children are being orphaned, just because the Press and the Media keeps blocking this Wellness information out. Instead of doing their own investigation, instead of coming to see for themselves, they keep bashing, or worse, ignoring this Wellness Program.
You have to ask yourself the question: Why would any person in her right mind take the kind of abuse that the late Dr Manto and we have been taking over the last couple of years. The only answer I can give you is because we know the Program works ... Nothing can convince us otherwise.
To prove that our Program works, we decided to go to the hills of rural KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa, which they say is the epi-centre of AIDS in the world (1/3 of the population - depends who is counting), to make the documentary "Power to the People". We treated about 400 patients officially - charts/photos/film - and another 2000 unofficially, "adopting" less sick family members, especially children, from initial patients. See: The documentary "Power to the People" in the Video section and our KwaZulu-Natal Newsletter we sent out halfway our stay.
- We stayed on the Peninsula!
We had hoped that this would be enough "walking evidence" for our critics - instead, it made them more vicious! If you google my name (specific search) "Tine van der Maas" you can read all the good things these dear people had to say about me, most never having spoken to me, all getting second and third hand information from the Presstitutes - the embedded Media. In the beginning I asked for the "Right of Reply", which is a constitutional right, especially when plain lies are printed or said (I am not talking about biased writing), but this was mostly denied ... so much for Freedom of Speech!
HEALTH POLITICS - WHAT DID WE KNOW!
This whole experience was a big eye-opener for us as we were totally in the dark about the politics and money of health and disease. We thought after we knew that our Program worked, was affordable, available, and sustainable, that everybody would be happy. We expected our Program would go through an official Clinical Trial, it would be rolled out world wide, and we would go and save dolphins or something - our work being "finished" - that's what we thought! Now I know that Health or Disease care is a Trillion dollar industy worldwide and they will not let two women undermine it with a simple Wellness Program which includes lemons garlic and olive oil etc. for so many different diseases (See: the Basic Wellness Program).
WHAT IS NEXT?
Looking back, we now count ourselves lucky that it had to be this way. Why? First of all, when we became unemployable, we had enough time on our hands to study extensively. We have learned soo many new, exciting things since making the documentary, which we are now able to apply and share with you amd many others.
Secondly, we realise that to stop the Madness, we have to do the Clinical Trials. This is not in reaction to the Treatment Action Campaign's (TAC) Zachie Achmat and Mark Heywood, or from Francois Venter, head of the HIV Clinician Society, or from journalists and other HIV "experts" who screamed for clinical trials. In the case of the TAC, if they had really wanted this trialled, they could have funded this from their own R20 million+ a year "donations" - but that is a bit difficult if their money comes from dubious sources and their income would disappear. In any case, I have approached them many times over many years to try to work together, putting my own ego aside, but to no avail. The question was who to do these clinical trials with? Through another person we were introduced to world renowned scientists, who after studying our work, and looking at the evidence, want to do clinical trials on AIDS and other chronic diseases (including cancer) with us, as soon as we have found the money (See: Why Donate and Donate!). This would be a big nail in the Pharma coffin and will bring extremely affordable Health care not just to Africa, but to the whole world.
If you are in doubt about donating money towards these Clinical Trials, please do the following:
- First look at the Harsh Realities. The photographs are extremely "disturbing", but this is what life is like, not just here but in many countries. For this reason I do not show any photographs on the first page, and issue a warning that you need a strong stomach just to look at them.
- Follow this by reading Why Clinical Trials. Here I outline the reasons why they should be done and what it will entail.
- Then look at Why Donate? You will see what we have already done, and why we are going this route of asking individual people. This is not to say we have stopped looking for one investor, and perhaps some of you have other good ideas or connections that can assist us.
- Next look at the Donation Page. Here you will also see the story of a little boy, who was given up to die in March 2008, and what happened to him. I have not put on any recent photographs of him, because he needs to grow up "normal", but he is doing well.
- Lastly, at the moment I can not put a PayPal Button on as I do not have a credit card anymore - we lost that when we were "quacked" and became unemployable. If you feel strongly about donating, please take the trouble to go to the Bank and transfer your Donation.
WHAT WILL YOU FIND ON THIS WEBSITE?
This website is about information, because without knowledge, you have no power - hence the name of our documentary: "Power to the People". Although the website is still under construction, over the next few weeks you will find health information on specific diseases, articles on a whole range of subjects from me and other writers, case studies of patients, my personal ramblings on my Blog: "Only in Africa" etc.
For those who are new to the whole "HIV/AIDS" Debate, go to Background Info. There you will find many interesting articles, but start with:
- How did we get to this sorry state of affairs? This is to explain the basic science you need to understand the Debate, the "mainstream" HIV/AIDS view and the "dissident" side
- You will also find articles written by other people, so you will have a good understanding of other things concerning Health, Disease, Drugs, Food, etc.
We started our journey in the world of AIDS, death and disease, but have landed on the road of Health and Wellness. Do not accept ill health or disease at any age as normal ... it is not! This website is about Life and Hope. Please feel free to pass this information to any one that needs it.
Some of the health information is not going to be put on the website till it has gone through clinical trials for example the treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, reversing motor neuron disease - yes, you read right - and a few other diseases.
May the Spirit that is Love be with you and protect you
Tine and Nelly van der Maas