Author Interview Part One

Interview with Charles Ortleb, the author of Truth to Power.

Where can I read an excerpt of Truth to Power?

Scroll down to the bottom of this page. The first 77 pages of Truth to Power are on a YouTube video. When you start the video you can pause the pages so you can read them at your own pace. It's a new way of delivering books to readers.

Is it true that you were the first publisher to take AIDS seriously in 1981?

Yes. I recognized early on that it would be a huge story.

Is it true that Rolling Stone said you deserved a Pulitzer Prize for your AIDS coverage?

Yes, back in the 80s.

How have you been promoting the book?

With ads like this one:

I have Kindle Unlimited. Is your book available to its subscribers?

Yes, right here.

How would you describe Truth to Power in one sentence?

Truth to Power is the definitive history of what people call "the AIDS epidemic." But it is about a lot more than that. It is the history of a political and scientific disaster that revolves around the HHV-6 pandemic. The virus, originally found in AIDS patients, has now been linked to dozens of supposedly "mysterious" medical problems that include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, cancer, multiple sclerosis and autism. Truth to Power is about an out-of-control epidemic that now threatens everybody. Anyone reading this interview could already be infected with HHV-6 or know someone who is. And it is transmissible. It doesn't matter if you are white or black, straight or gay. HHV-6 is now everyone's problem. It is the biggest story that the media is not covering. It should be on the fron page of The New York Times every single day.

What is your book Holocaust II all about?

Holocaust II is a collection of three books of mine. It includes
Truth to Power as well as Pig: A Memoir and The Stonewall Massacre. All three books add up to a very dark picture of the real AIDS epidemic that will shock most people. Pig: A Memoir and The Stonewall Massacre are works of fiction, but they are rooted in everything I know about what is being covered up about AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, autism, and the many diseases caused by the real AIDS virus, HHV-6. Pig: A Memoir has been compared to Orwell's Animal Farm. The Stonewall Massacre is a work of alternative history that tries to imagine what would have happened if the gay movement had been completely destroyed in America. Would there have been an AIDS epidemic? Together, these works of nonfiction and fiction will make readers start to rethink everything they think they know about AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, autism, HIV and HHV-6. All three of these books can be purchased separately, but people can save money by buying all three books in Holocaust II:Volume I. They can purchase it on Amazon by clicking here. All of the books are also available on Kindle Unlimited

Why do you call the AIDS epidemic Holocaust II?

Because anyone who studies AIDS as I have (for 35 years) must come to the conclusion that AIDS science is very much like Nazi science and AIDS medicine is very much like Nazi medicine. The Jewish people were the primary targets of Holocaust I, but gays are the primary victims of Holocaust II. But not the only ones. The whole population is endangered by the lies of Holocaust II.

Why doesn't the gay community realize that AIDS is Holocaust II?

They have been hoodwinked into thinking the Centers for Disease Control is telling them the truth about the epidemic. The CDC's AIDS paradigm is essential a Potemkin village. But is not just the gay community and the black community that is forced to live in that village. The whole world is. My book, Truth to Power details how that happened and how the fraud is being maintained.

What philosopher has had the biggest impact on your thinking about AIDS, or what you call Holocaust II?

Hannah Arendt. I think it would have taken her about two seconds to recognize that the science of AIDS was very political and very totalitarian. It would not have surprised her that it ultimately threatens the health of the whole population.

Did Hannah Arendt inspire your new book about the politics of science called Iatrogenocide?

Very much so.

How would you describe Iatrogenocide?

The subtitle of the book is "Notes for a Political Philosophy of Epidemiology and Science." It consists of ideas culled from notebooks I have kept over the last decade while I did a lot of reading and thinking about the political nature of science in order to try and understand how the gay and black communities were bamboozled into believing the scientific frauds that have trapped them in a biomedical gulag.

Where can one purchase Iatrogenocide?

It is on Amazon. Click here.

What other writers and thinkers have informed your thinking?

Thomas Kuhn, Isaiah Berlin, Orwell, Sartre, and Camus. And many others.

If I am infected with HHV-6, could it be compromising my immune system?

Absolutely. And that's just the beginning. It can also cause cancer and infect your brain. It also infects your circulatory system and can cause serious damage to your heart. HHV-6 is like a quiet epidemic of the Andromeda Strain that nobody wants to talk about.

What does HHV-6 look like?

Like this:

Human herpesvirus 6

Is there a video that conveys what is in your book?

Yes. I wrote the lyrics for a song called "Truth to Power" and here is the video. The song itself is on Spotify here.

How have readers reacted to Truth to Power?

You can see some of the reactions here.

Why is Truth to Power so controversial?

A lot of powerful interests who are responsible for this mess are threatened by the real story of HHV-6, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, autism and AIDS. If enough people read my book, there will be calls for a congressional investigation into everything we've been told about AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome, HHV-6, and autism. Just for starters. All kinds of class action lawsuits could be launched against the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health.

How expensive is your book?

It's available in a print version for $16.95 at Amazon. It is also available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Just go here: Truth to Power.

Hillary Johnson is considered to be one of the world's most important reporters on the subject of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. What did she say about your book?

Hillary Johnson wrote this: “Charles Ortleb, as editor-in-chief and publisher of the New York Native, was and remains the Izzy Stone of science reporting.  He was fearless in his pursuit of the origins of the AIDS epidemic and the government’s response in the 1980s.  When his newspaper began to diverge from the dogmatic mainstream, however, he was ostracized by the very people he was seeking to inform.  In addition, his laser-like focus in the Native on the simultaneous emergence of so-called “chronic fatigue syndrome”a topic to which he assigned a full-time reporter, Neenyah Ostrom—was laudable.  These disorders remain too much alike to arbitrarily submerge one in favor of the other, as the government has done without blinking for thirty years.  Ortleb took considerable risks to profitability by pursuing every avenue of investigation on these matters.  Yet, as much as Ortleb was
criticized, the Native was also a “must read” of its time.  When I was reporting my own book on the latter disease, I frequently spied the Native on the desks of high level scientists at the National Institutes of Health.  As much as he made them uncomfortable, everyone in the AIDS research establishment wanted to know what Ortleb was going to report next.  Ortleb’s caustic humor and piercing analysis of what he has dubbed “political epidemiology,” and “homodemiology” by the Centers for Disease Control alone makes Truth to Power worth the read.  But the history he recounts here is crucial reading for anyone who missed the Native in its heyday or who didn’t “get it” the first time around.  Given the recent rise of infectious disease alarms around the world, Truth to Power is, additionally, remarkably timely for those who seek to understand what drives the American public health establishment in times of crises. A rollicking, fascinating and important memoir.”

Is it true that you have said that the relationship between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and AIDS is the biggest and darkest secret in American science?


Michael Denneny was the editor of the first history of AIDS, the bestseller by Randy Shilts, And the Band Played On. What did Denneny say about your book?

Denneny said this: “Charles Ortleb and the New York Native which he so brilliantly led was the absolutely indispensable source for all information—medical, political, personal—in the first five years of the AIDS epidemic when the major media in this country as well as the medical establishment tried so hard to avoid the topic.  Not since I.F.Stone have we seen how important individual investigative journalism could be in breaking through society’s silence, when silence indeed equaled death.  It is good to finally have the Native’s heroic work put on the historical record for all to see.”

Did you know Randy Shilts?

Actually, I published an article on Harvey Milk in my magazine Christopher Street and that grew into his book on Milk, The Mayor of Castro Street.

What did you think of the Shilts history of AIDS?

Randy got many of the facts right, but he was kind of taken for a ride by people at the CDC. He wasn't skeptical like a good reporter is supposed to me. He got a lot of the trees right but he totally
failed to see the forest. He was a trusting local reporter who was easily browbeaten by authority. The person he thought was a hero at the CDC, Don Francis, was actually quite arrogant and incompetent. Francis is responsible for a lot of the mess we call "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome."

How did you get the idea that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is part of the AIDS epidemic?

If you read my book and learn what I witnessed first-hand, it couldn't be more obvious. It's not rocket science.

Are all the people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in denial about the relationship between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and AIDS?

Not all of them, as you can see from the comments here.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is supposedly transmissible. One would expect there to be a massive Chronic Fatigue Syndrome epidemic in the gay community. Where is it?

It's called AIDS. That's the dirty little game the CDC is playing. That's why they can't tell the public the truth about AIDS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or the dozens of illnesses that are the product of the cover-up involving HHV-6. When the public realizes what is really happening the class action lawsuits will be the biggest in history.

How can concerned citizens expose this massive scientific fraud?

One thing that would really blow this issue out of the water would be a conference on the relationship between AIDS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. That would open a lot of eyes.

Did you know Robert Gallo, the scientist who stole credit for discovering HHV-6?

I spoke with him several times. We reported in my newspaper that he referred to gays as" faggots" at a scientific conference. So he is not my biggest fan. The world still doesn't know the extent of Gallo's scientific fraud. It involves the cover-up of the HHV-6 pandemic which now threatens everyone on the planet. Gallo is the Richard Nixon of science. Actually, he is worse.

You also are a lyricist. What have you been working on lately?

I've been writing lyrics for an amazing songwriter in the U.K. named Chris Davidson. He was originally signed by Freddy Mercury's manager. Our recent album is called Collaboration and it can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play and Amazon. Or people who have Spotify can listen to it here:

Click here for Part Two of the Author Interview.

Purchase a print or Kindle copy of Truth to Power from Amazon here. Also available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

This YouTube video below contains two chapters (77 pages) from Truth to Power. Pause the pages to read at your own pace. To enlarge screen and read the text, click "YouTube."

These 77 pages include the book's introduction and a description of what it was like to be the publisher of the first newspaper to recognize the importance of the AIDS epidemic back in the 80s.
Little did we know that we were also reporting on the intertwined Chronic Fatigue Syndrome epidemic which the Centers for Disease Control would hide from the public to this very day.

Bookmark this page because we will be adding more fascinating chapters in the coming days.

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