By Michael Johnson

(An independent researcher since 1982)

October, 2011



The “Brain–AIDS” hypothesis” proposes that THE BRAIN, which serves as the master control center of the human body,[i] uses its memory functions to coordinate various body systems. The brain rapidly analyses this information and then sends out messages that control body functions and actions.[ii]  The immune system also uses the brain’s memory function to detect viruses and produce powerful antibodies to fight against infection. The effectiveness and efficiency of the brain’s memory functions may be seriously weakened among high risk groups who are susceptible to AIDS.


Thus far, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since 1981.[iii] Over one million Americans are among the 33 million people around the world now living with AIDS.[iv]  It is a fact that there is no cure for AIDS at the present time. [v] The current attempt to prevent AIDS with medicine or vaccines is still unsuccessful because the root cause remains unknown. Over three million people around the world can be saved if we identify the root cause of AIDS.

Certain types of behavior or illnesses have the potential to reconfigure brain memory functions in a way that contributes to the onset of AIDS.  This is especially noticeable in persons suffering from addictions to sex, drugs, and those suffering from certain illnesses such as hemophilia. When brain activity is overwhelmed by some of these conditions, its memory functions decline, causing the immune system to weaken, thereby allowing the virus to plug their own genetic information into the body cells to take over the immune system. Virus cannot take over a healthy immune system, but only a compromised one.

This proposal is offered to encourage further research and study into how weakened brain memory functions may be a primary contributor to the onset of AIDS.


Basic Principles of the BRAIN-AIDS Hypothesis


The brain serves as the master control center for the human body, and it has the capacity to coordinate complex body functions. The brain rapidly analyses information and then sends out messages that control body functions and actions.[vi]  Medical researchers, Craig Freudenrich and Robynne Boyd, note: “The brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves make up a complex, integrated information-processing and control system known as your central nervous system. In tandem, they regulate all the conscious and unconscious facets of your life”.[vii]  It is important to note that the immune system detects destructive cells that invade the body.   The immune system then develops powerful antibodies to fight against infection in coordination with brain memory functions. If this brain’s capacity to function is overloaded and drained by another system of the body in an uncontrolled manner consciously or unconsciously, the brain function may then malfunction. This may result in a weakened immune system which cannot prevent harmful pathogens from harming healthy body cells.  As an example, conditions such as Aids Dementia complex may result.  Aids Dementia is one of the common neurological complications of advanced AIDS and it’s cause remains unknown”.[viii]  The Center for Disease Control, has reported that the incubation period for HIV occurs from few weeks to ten years.[ix]  The Brain-AIDS hypothesis suggests that this incubation period is actually a period when brain activity is weakening.

In this regard, the Brain-AIDS hypothesis suggest that the problem first starts in the brain causing immune weakness and then the virus takes control of the immune system causing AIDS.


The Effects of Addictions and Illnesses on Brain Functions


It should be noted that a variety of addictions, including those to sex, drugs and other ailments can force the body and brain to weaken its capacity to function effectively. It is important to note that the human brain plays an important role using its memory in the massive production of sperm cells which carry the genetic map for the next generation. “Each sperm cell is genetically coded with chromosomes and genes which determine all hereditary information like hair color, eye color and sex.”[x] Because of the excessive loss of energy and resources, the immune system will lack power to produce the necessary enzymes and proteins to fight against the infection.  Addictions can cause the brain to become overwhelmed, resulting in loss of coordination functions. Consequently, the immune system will fail in its ability to identify destructive pathogens and to produce powerful antibodies which can help fight off disease.

When brain activity is overwhelmed by another parallel system consciously or unconsciously, its memory functions decline, causing the immune system to weaken, thereby allowing the virus to plug their own genetic information into the body cells to take control of the immune system.


It is important to note that some drugs are stimulants which can alter brain activity like a remote control.  There are some noticeable changes happened in the society in between 1960s and 1980s just before the emergence of AIDS epidemic. The Baby boomers and X-generations grew up with more freedom and opportunity to make use of the availability of drugs, birth control pills, sex clubs and bath houses in many major cities.  “The appearance of "AIDS" in the U.S. and Europe has coincided with the approval of glucocorticoid aerosol use in 1976, the introduction of crack cocaine, the use of heroin by inhalation, and the use of alkyl nitrites by homosexuals to enhance sexual activities.”[xi] In the 1960s, birth control pills for women were made and marketed.  In 1985, over 50,000,000 women around the world were taking theses pills. The invention of birth control pills allowed women to engage in sex at any time without any fear of being pregnant.  Surveillance reports reveal the fact that many are unable to engage in sexual activity without the help of a stimulant drug.[xii] Forcing the brain and body for a restless activity for a long period of time can make it powerless in assisting the immune system. The immune system will resultantly be affected in two ways. First, it can affect their immune system due to the failure of detection and destruction of pathogens in the body because of diminished brain functions.  Second, it can even affect the next generation with a copying error of sperm cells due to the over production.


Illnesses such as hemophilia may lead the brain to work restlessly and weaken its memory functions.  Illnesses caused by poor nutrition can also have the same effect. People who are susceptible to illnesses caused by severe famine can be the victims of AIDS because they may lack certain proteins that promote the production antibodies needed to fight disease.  When analyzing treatment options, Dr. Henry Mauser, a government researcher noted that periodic treatments with a natural protein called interleukin -2 spark promising improvements in immune responses of people infected with aids virus.[xiii]  Another researcher, Katherine Ponder, MD, confirmed the benefits of protein therapy, especially in its use to treat patients with hemophilia B. [xiv]



Several prominent scientists around the world still disagree with the current HIV theory as the primary cause for AIDS.[xv]  The "Brain-Aids” hypothesis is entirely different from all other current theories under consideration. By presenting this theory, my aim is to suggest that diminished brain functions, and especially memory functions of the brain, may contribute to the onset of AIDS.  It is my hope that the medical community’s research and study of brain activity, especially memory functions, may provide hope for a cure.



Michael Johnson

(An independent cancer and AIDS researcher since 1982)

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Resources and references:

  13. Newsday, New York Publications 3-02-1995
  14. Katherine P. Ponder, M.D.NEW England journal of medicine









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