In the 1990s, a 60-year-old man who consulted him appeared to have developed all the hallmarks of a patient with AIDS. Yet, three tests performed at different clinics confirmed that he was not infected with HIV.
For many years, the patient had worked as a flight engineer, where he had been chronically exposed to organic solvents and aviation jet fuels. As a result of this exposure, he’d developed fibrosis of the lung, for which his doctor had prescribed the steroid prednisone and a two-week course of azathioprine, an immunosuppressant. When this treatment was changed and the drugs tapered, the man’s T-cell counts more or less returned to normal.
When this patient was later treated with another drug for a minor joint problem, his T cells dipped again. At this time, it took four months to bring his T-cell count back to normal.
As it became clear to Dr Al-Bayati that the prescribed drugs might be responsible for this patient’s depressed immune system, he began to think about the number of drugs used in modern medicine which are actually immunosuppressive agents.
This prompted Dr Al-Bayati to em-bark on a massive review of the medical literature and, subsequently, to carry out his own study to find out whether the use of certain prescription drugs - in addition to other lifestyle practices - might actually be causing AIDS."
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