Reminder: Black and Latino ‘Guinea Pig Kids’ Were Used for Cruel and Unnecessary AIDS Meds Research Using Funding from Fauci’s NIAID


Here is a deep-dive look into what happened between the late ’80s and 2005 at the Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) in New York City, where Columbia University physicians and researchers experimented on HIV-positive children with harmful HIV/AIDS drugs using funding from NIAID and other NIH institutes. The horrific experiments, which resulted in multiple participants receiving surgical tubes stuck in their stomachs in order to deliver otherwise rejected drugs, did not require proper consent from the children involved nor their guardians; hence the children being dubbed the “Guinea Pig Kids” in a 2004 BBC Documentary (which is included in this post).

Writer’s note: A duplicate of the YouTube version of Guinea Pig Kids is also available via a Rumble embed at the bottom of this post in case the former video is scrubbed.

While Dr. Anthony Fauci—the current head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and avuncular tyrant on your TV screen—has been caught red-handed lying about funding so-called gain-of-function research, as well as funding cruel, seemingly useless experiments on dogs, some of the darkest trials he’s ever backed are almost never discussed. Namely, those that were conducted at the Incarnation Children’s Center (ICC) in New York City between the late ’80s and 2005, in which children—as young as three months old—were used as subjects for testing HIV/AIDS drugs; including Nevirapine, Epivir, Zerit, and the notoriously dangerous azidothymidine (AZT).

The experimental drugs—some of which were only in phase II of their clinical trials—had horrific side effects on the children, including genetic mutations, organ failure, bone marrow death, bodily deformations, brain damage, liver swelling, muscle wasting, pancreatitis, skin diseases, an increase in malignant cancers, and fatal lactic acidosis. If the children didn’t want to participate in the research trials, they were without guardians and hence without luck.

Finally, in 2004, a BBC Documentary offered a glimpse of the unthinkably tragic arrangement for the public to see. The controversial documentary was dubbed Guinea Pig Kids.

In the short documentary from the BBC (immediately above), prize-winning filmmaker Jamie Doran—aided by researcher Celia Farber and director Milena Schwager—gives a 25-minute-long overview of just some of the atrocities that were committed at ICC thanks to NIAID funding. Atrocities made possible by New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which, between 1985 and 2005, had guidelines that waived a foster child’s right to individual consent—in direct violation of federal regulations requiring an advocate’s consent for foster children.

For poor children in New York City taken in by ACS during that period—many of whom had mothers who had a history of drug abuse, or who had simply died—those who tested positive for HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) were taken to a former convent house turned in-patient clinic named Incarnation Children’s Center, or ICC. There, the HIV-positive children were then mandatorily turned into subjects of drug trials sponsored by NIAID (which was headed by Fauci for this complete period), as well as NICHD (the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development).

Some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies—including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, etc.—also sponsored the trials.

Garfield and his mother. Image: BBC

As Guinea Pig Kids shows, using the poignant and heartbreaking example of the young boy Garfield, HIV-positive children were often pulled from their homes by ACS (with the aid of the police) if their caretakers did not administer their treatments as prescribed by New York medical authorities. In the case of Garfield, his mother (who would eventually die of AIDS), stopped giving him his prescribed HIV medications and saw an immediate and significant improvement in his health. However, simply because Garfield’s mother stopped his HIV meds, he was taken from his home by ACS and forced into a foster home with a “guardian” who would compel the child to take the sickening “medications.”

Other HIV-positive children, however, were taken from their homes and placed in ICC, where they were freely experimented upon without any meaningful regulatory oversight. The late Liam Scheff, an investigative reporter who extensively covered the crimes against humanity committed at ICC, described in articles like “The House that AIDS Built” and “Orphans on Trial” how these young, defenseless HIV-positive children were given the aforementioned drugs (AZT, etc.) regardless of their significant and obvious ill effects on the children’s health. Also regardless of the fact that the experimental drugs were utterly unnecessary, as being HIV-positive clearly does not mean somebody has or will develop AIDS. (More on this point below.)

The front of the ICC building. image: Beyond My Ken

The ICC, a foster home administered by the Catholic Home Bureau under the Archdiocese of New York, was established to deal with “the boarder baby crisis” in the city. (Boarder babies are children abandoned at hospitals.) As Scheff notes in “Orphans on Trial,” however, in 1992 ICC became “an outpatient clinic for HIV-positive children” with funding from the Fauci-led NIAID, and functioned as a subunit of the Columbia University Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit.

Using that NIAID funding, as well as funding from NICHD and the aforementioned pharma giants, Scheff says ICC—run by Columbia University personnel—executed on a list of drug studies that were a “nightmare” for the children. The reporter noted one study called “The Effect of Anti-HIV Treatment on Body Characteristics of HIV-Infected Children,” for example, looked for the causes of wasting and fat distribution by using drugs that were known to cause wasting and fat redistribution.

Other studies undertaken at ICC using its poor, captive children used drug combinations that were already known to have killed pregnant women. Live chicken pox virus vaccines were also tested on the kids even though it was known that the injections themselves could cause chicken pox infections. Those running the clinical trials at ICC even tested HIV vaccines on children who were born to HIV-positive mothers, but weren’t HIV-positive themselves.

Things became truly dark and twisted if the children refused their useless, detrimental “medications,” however. Instead of simply taking the children off the drugs that were cratering their health and mental wellbeing when they stopped taking them, the Columbia University personnel surgically inserted tubes into their stomachs (through the abdominal wall) so the drugs could be administered against their will.

A “G-tube” in a young child’s stomach from an unrelated story. Image: Louikia

In the video immediately above, in a recorded phone conversation between Scheff and then-Medical Director of the ICC Dr. Catherine Painter (a board-certified pediatrician), we hear from the proverbial horse’s mouth about doctors surgically sticking the drug tubes into the children’s stomachs.

“For some cases it can be appropriate to consider if a child can’t tolerate or can’t swallow medicine whether it would be better administered through a G-tube, a gastrostomy tube,” Painter tells Scheff. The doctor adds that “in some cases, in younger children with more significant illness, that’s the appropriate intervention to help them comply with the medication.” She qualifies the idea of the gastrostomy tube—also known as a PEG, or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy—as saying that it’s “fairly well tolerated and a relatively simple surgical procedure” performed in the operating room under anesthesia.

In the radio interview immediately above on the Lizz Brown show in 2005 Scheff expounds on the crimes against humanity committed with funds from Fauci’s NIAID, et al. at ICC. In the second half of the interview Scheff and Brown are joined by Mimi Pascual, a childcare worker employed at ICC for approximately ten years. Pascual notes in the interview that captive children “could only refuse [their medications] X amount of times” before they had “a tube inserted” into their stomachs. Along with the G-tube nightmares, Pascual highlights one particularly horrific story in which a young girl came into ICC perfectly healthy. After she was found to be HIV-positive, however, she was put on some of the dangerous, experimental medications being tested at ICC and consequently had a stroke and went blind.

This instance of a young woman not knowing she was HIV positive may seem unbelievable to some, but makes perfect sense to Scheff and anybody else who’s done a modicum of research into the virus, as well as AIDS. That’s because, as Scheff himself noted (on many occasions) the AIDS medical industry is “a violently corrupted industry, ruled by absurdly bad science… most strongly resembling Apartheid… in its construction.” Most notably, Scheff highlighted the fact that if one looks at the actual science behind HIV and AIDS, they find a story wholly different from the one often spoon fed to the public by the mainstream media, as well as most physicians and scientists.

Image: Padian, et al. / American Journal of Epidemiology

Scheff pointed out in one article, for example, that Nobel Laureate and discoverer of HIV Luc Montagnier said that “We can be exposed to HIV many times without being chronically infected. Our immune system will get rid of the virus within a few weeks, if you have a good immune system.” In the same article, Scheff highlighted the fact that a key study looking at the transmission of HIV from HIV-positive to HIV-negative partners in heterosexual couples found literally not a single instance of transmission over the course of the ten-year observation period. (See excerpt from that paper immediately above.) The study’s lead author Nancy Padian, a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, even said in an interview that “HIV is more difficult to transmit than a lot of—probably most—sexually transmitted diseases.” The professor and researcher added “I think that’s pretty widely known.”

Another Nobel Laureate, the late Kary Mullis, who won his Nobel Prize for inventing the polymerease chain reaction (PCR) technique, also made it clear before his passing that he didn’t see much of a link between HIV and AIDS.

In the interview excerpt immediately above Mullis says that when he finally dug into the research ostensibly espousing the connection between HIV and AIDS, “nobody knew” it was true. “There wasn’t a scientific reference… with experimental data in it… that said here’s how come we know that HIV is the probable cause of AIDS. There was nothing out there like that. Nothing.” Mullis even notes that “the whole thing is a big sham” and even Montagnier couldn’t provide a satisfactory answer when he challenged him on the matter.

Indeed, as Scheff noted in “Orphans on Trial,” “Most HIV tests are antibody tests, which means that they can cross-react with normal proteins in human blood.” The reporter added that “There are nearly 70 commonly occurring conditions—as listed in the medical literature—that are known to make the tests come up positive,” including “yeast infections, colds, flus, arthritis, hepatitis, herpes, recent inoculations, drug use and pregnancy.”

These facts, of course, put what was done at ICC in an even harsher light, as it’s possible that none of the children who tested positive for HIV were in danger of developing AIDS and, therefore, did not require any of the experimental treatments Columbia University personnel forced upon them.

As for repercussions for ICC, or any of the staff who forced these atrocious “treatments” on the defenseless children who’d been snatched and placed into the house of horrors, it seems there have been none. No arrests. No medical licenses pulled. No apologies. And this has been the case despite the fact that a federal investigation into ICC’s treatment of its captive children was executed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) and found that Columbia University Medical Center (CUMD) “had failed to meet regulatory compliance” as it “had not obtained sufficient information regarding safeguards required by statute to protect wards of the state and had failed to obtain sufficient information regarding the selection of wards of the state and foster children as research subjects.”

In 2008 ACS also asked the Vera Institute of Justice—a nonprofit funded largely by the Ford Foundation—to perform “an independent review of the experiences of foster children who were enrolled in clinical trials for conditions related to HIV and AIDS beginning in the early 1980s” at ICC. Scheff, however, lambasted the report, noting that VERA “was given no access to medical records for any of the children used in [the] trials.” The reporter added that VERA’s “‘investigator’ [into the matter] also refused to take data from [Scheff] on the trials [as well as] lists of the trials themselves, the drugs used, and their recorded ‘black box’ warnings.”

A senior researcher at VERA also contacted Scheff directly, although the journalist said (in the phone interview immediately above) that she asked no serious questions and wouldn’t listen to him when he spoke about the kids’ medical histories at ICC. The senior researcher cited privacy concerns as the reason she wouldn’t hear Scheff out on those medical histories.

Despite its shortcomings, Scheff highlighted the fact that the VERA report said that 25 children died during the drug studies. As well as an additional 55 children following the studies’ end points (in foster care). Twenty-nine percent of the remaining 417 children used in the studies conducted at ICC had also died (out of a total 532 children that are admitted to have been used) by the time of VERA’s 2008 publication date.

Expectedly, even the mainstream media covered the story just enough to acknowledge its existence, but whitewash its realities. Reporters covering the crimes against humanity for The New York Times said in their article, for example, that the work at ICC “was seen as one of the great successes of AIDS treatment.” The reporters added that “The only approved drugs were for adults, and many of the patients were foster children. So doctors obtained permission to include foster children in what they regarded as promising drug trials.” Later in the article, however, one of its co-authors wrote that the permissions for the children were indeed “missing.”

The Times reporters later added in their piece that “All this… [scrutiny of the trials at ICC] is happening despite the fact that there is little evidence that the trials were anything but a medical success.”

Immediately below: a duplicate of Guinea Pig Kids on Rumble in case the version on YouTube is taken down.

Feature image: Beyond My Ken

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