The Virus Within by Nicholas Regush
A Coming Epidemic

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A nonfiction medical thriller about the little-known public enemy that is quickly becoming a hidden threat to health around the world.

The Virus Within is the product of Nicholas Regush's pioneering investigation into Human Herpes Virus 6 (HHV-6): the mysterious new epidemic that has already done serious damage to public health. The first medical reporter to take a comprehensive look at this horrifying and pervasive disease, Regush presents his findings in the form of a medical thriller, following the trail of the research detectives who have crossed disciplines to piece the story together. How can HHV-6, a common virus which purportedly goes to sleep harmlessly in the body after initial infection in almost everyone, awaken to trigger or contribute to serious illness or even death? How can this chameleon suddenly begin to attack nerves, resulting in a variety of brain and nervous system diseases, including multiple sclerosis? Why is HHV-6 the key to understanding AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome? In The Virus Within, Regush offers cutting-edge scientific information in an accessible, stimulating format-stunning research with profound health implications for everyone.

About Nicholas Regush

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Nicholas Regush is an award-winning & Emmy-nominated medical & science journalist at ABC News, where he produces segments for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." He also writes the popular "Second Opinion" column on health & medical issues for ABCNEWS.COM. A reporter at the "Montreal Gazette" for twelve years. Regush has written investigative pieces for "Mother Jones" & "Equinox". He has appeared on numerous radio & television shows. He lives in New York & Canada.
Published March 1, 2000 by Dutton Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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He reflects throughout on the research process: "Baggage that can cripple innovation," he points out, includes "a slavish loyalty to a particular theory, indebtedness to a sponsor with a stake in research results, and an all-around fear of offending anyone in authority."

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Most AIDS research in the last two decades has focused on HIV as the primary cause, but Regush presents work that appears to contradict this theory--work that he says has been discounted or marginalized by the scientific establishment--such as that of researcher Peter Duesberg of UC-Berkeley, who...

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