- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Egyptian military medical community claims it has found a cure for AIDS and hepatitis C.

“I defeated AIDS with the grace of my God at the rate of 100 percent. And I defeated hepatitis C,” said Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdel-Atti, the head of the Cancer Treatment and Screening Center, in CNN.

It didn’t take long for some in the medical world to erupt in criticism.

“I want to be clear and explicit — what has been said and published about the invention of the armed forces hurts the image of scientists and science in Egypt,” said Essam Heggy, the scientific adviser to the president, in a statement to a local newspaper reported by CNN. He also said the announcement of a cure was a “scientific scandal” for Egypt.

The army medical community uses what’s called a “Complete Cure Device” to draw blood from the patient. The disease in the drawn blood is then reportedly broken down, purified and put back in the patient, said Dr. Ihsan Hanfy Hussein, a member of Mr. Abdel-Atti’s research team, in CNN.

“I will take the AIDS from the patient, and I will nourish the patient on the AIDS treatment,” he said, in CNN. “I will give it to him like a skewer of Kofta [ground meat dish] to nourish him. I will take it away from him as a disease and give it back to him in the form of a cure. This is the greatest form of scientific breakthrough.”

He said the cure can be completed in as little as 16 hours.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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