I have just recently (2021) found Christine and Robin through my research into AIDS via Covid-19, and as a Voluntaryist (everyone voluntary, therefore, all governments are unnecessary evils) I value, and am grateful for, the work these two persons have done towards responsible freedom.
Thank you, Christine and Eliza, for your Gifts you left to the living.
Robin and Charlie, I stand with you in this Place of Absence.
I dedicate to your two loved ones gone, the Pat Metheny song, From This Place:
“Trust in Love
Truth Be my Lead
From Here I Will
Stand with Thee
Until Hearts Are
“Absence is to Love what Wind is to Fire—it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.” Comte Debussey-Robutin
“Love and death are the great gifts that are given to us; mostly, they are passed on unopened.” Rainer Maria Rilke.
“My love, I find you inside of everyone I ask out.
You gave me your death as your final gift and I will
continue to open it with the rest of my life.”
From: The Husbanding of Katharine’s Life by Jack Carney
Christine Maggiore is a mostly unsung historical figure and personal hero of mine, as she saved my life, and MANY others by just having a huge heart & being brave enough to tell the truth, in a world gone mad. God blessed this beautiful soul and may He continue to bless her, in Heaven, and us, on Earth, with her legacy 🙏 What a beautiful person that I wish I’d have had the chance to get to know, personally, but, still feel like I do, in a way, as we are “HIV SURVIVOR SIBLINGS”
Given it’s 2020, I’ve never said this: Thank You.
In 2000, I came across an anonymously posted flyer on Castro Street in San Francisco. This exposed me to Christine’s work. At the time, I was confused, but I went and heard what she had to say, and I trusted her. 20 years later … I thank her for my life.
R.I.P. Christine Maggiore
forever i will love you.prendi cura di te.testaccia dura
ti amero per sempre
Christine left her footprints on this planet and her fingerprints on our hearts.
Christine, you are a kindred spirit of mine and I will love you forever. Till our paths cross again, goodbye my friend. I salute you for all you accomplished in this life. Planet Earth and it’s people and animals are better for you having lived. I will do my best to continue to shine the light of truth into the dark places where lies are told. I will miss you.
I had told my sister about the loss of Christine and this is a link she sent me. If it is not appropriate for the message wall then of course I will understand. The music may not be for everyone, nevertheless, I was deeply touched and I hope it is a blessing for Robin and Charlie, and of course Christine’s mother, Evelyn.
Thank you. Linda
Dear Robin and Charlie,
I was emotionally shaken and deeply saddened when I learned of Christine’s death. I can only image the profound sense of loss and heartache you each now bear. There are no words or acts of kindness that family and friends can say or do to lessen your pain. Each of us wishes with all of our hearts that Christine was still with you, and us.
I knew Christine as a professional colleague in the field of mediation, and as a friend. My name is John Biancardi. Of the many endearing qualities she had, the one that touched my heart the most on a very personal level was her belief and desire for my success. Her positive attitude and her sheer humanity made being in her presence – something special. And when she smiled, it came from somewhere deep inside her. It is easy to understand why you loved her, and will always love her.
Thank you for sharing her with me and the many others whose lives she touched.
I am so very sorry,
Dear Robin and Charlie,
Christine was such a truly remarkable lady who you should be so proud of. Not everyone leaves a legacy, but Christine did. She changed the lives of so many people and stood up for what she believed in. She will be missed.
The first time I met Christine I knew she was a special person. She was just so nice and I felt as if I had known her for a very long time. There has not been a day where I have not thought about her amazing spirit and I have struggled to put anything to words since her passing. Christine passed away on my wedding anniversery which in itself is sort of amazing. I will always celebrate her memory that day knowing that she is finally at peace with EJ and God.
I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Christine Maggiore. Her death has affected me more than I can express in this short note. Her courage to stand up for what she believed in is admirable and I hope that those of us who survive her will follow her brave example.
Her death will be used as a victory for the mainstream medical establishment. But let us think of how she herself would have responded.
I again tearfully offer my heartfelt appreciation for what she attempted, but did not in her lifetime see come to fruition.
May her spirit live on, to the benefit of us all.
Dear Christine, you are my hero. If I can bring 1/100th of the goodwill you brought into the world, I will consider my meager life a success. I have never known another person to have more courage or passion for the truth than you, Christine. The ignorant ones might swear against you, but your powerful life remains the crystal they can never shatter.
Thank you for showing me what justice and love are like, and for bringing me into your home when I had nowhere else to turn.
I love you, lady.
I am so, so, deeply sorry for your loss. I knew Christine through a wonderful friend of mine, and I know that wonderful friends is something Christine had & always will have many of. I am familiar with the spirit and dedication in which she fought, advocated, and lived. I too have had great loss in my life, and when I lost my 5 year old daughter in a tragic and highly publicized way, it became the core of my exsistance and the driving factor in my advocacy for children on the autism spectrum, as well as my fight for justice. Christine inspired me in knowing that the roads had been paived by great woman before me lighting the way for mothers like me to fight for accountablity & the right to challenge authority from a position of love and honor. She inspired me in the creation of my website http://www.JusticeForAnyah.com Her strength, dedication, and the spirit in which she lived will always be an honorable one. So many people lack a drive like Christine’s in their quest for life lessons, meaning, and truth. She truly was a warrior and a great woman. The strongest and most brilliant people are the ones that end up with the biggest fans and the toughest criticts. I have thought of your family everyday.
I am sending huge packages of white light with unconditional support. My thoughts and prayers are with you Robin, Christine, Charlie, and Eliza Jane.
Blown away is an understatment about how I feel about the passing of one of the great heroes in my life. I had the pleasure of meeting Robin,Christine,Charlie,and EJ when they came to San francisco back in 2004. I talked with Christine a few times on the phone and by e-mail and she always had time for me and always cheered me up and gave the courage to go on. One time she said “I’m your sister in all of this!” I thank God for her life because I know I will live a longer healthier one because of her. Never ONCE did she ever tell me or anyone I know to go off their meds or not take them like her detractors like to wrongly repeat. Because of her we WILL win this battle someday and I know she’ll be smiling down on us when we do. Peace and love to Robin,Charlie,(keep up that cello kid!)and little EJ who I met on my 51st birthday. I love you Christine….Thank You!!
Christine is an amazing woman, an inspiration to all. I am sorry for her death, and I know she has made a huge difference in the planet.
We started with Christine the Mexican chapter of Alive and Well in 1997. Since then hundreds and hundreds of lives were saved. Her book has been widely read in Mexico with the incredible benefits for patients that otherwise would have died in despair; Christine’s words were a light of hope to all of them.
For me and my father Christine is not dead. She left us in presence but she will always be with us through all the patients that she already saved and with all the patients that she’s still going to save.
We will always love you and your family Christine.
Alex and Juan Flores.
I too have been feeling very sad, and I have been in the company of the writings of your wonderful family and friends. Your Memorial Wall is a welcome port for my stormy emotions; a beautiful acknowledgement of your spirit and life’s work. I have found comfort reading about you and the lives you have touched. You have certainly been a beam of light and hope for me. I was especially moved and broken hearted by Mario’s writing, he helped me release… and my tears flowed into all the other tears around the world, as shared by Wiep.
My heart is with your guys, Robin and Charlie. I know they miss you more than any of us will ever know. May they be wrapped in nurturing love and given a peaceful time to heal.
You live on in our hearts, Christine.
With Love and Tenderness,
God rest her wonderful and immortal soul! She made her mark and was not content to tow any “party line” and challenged many establishments with their own words!- which they were never able to debate. Because she hit home they tried to assassinate her character instead of answering her questions. I don’t believe she died of AIDS at all. I believe she died of a broken heart. She is now with her beloved daughter and I pray God to heal the hearts of the beloveds that she left behind. How hard it must be for them! In the years to come I believe she will be proven right and history will vindicate her shining the light of truth on those who profit from the misery of others… and those who cause it
It is with much sorrow that I read about Christine’s passing on Saturday. Christine and I worked together many years ago as freelance production artists. She was a wonderfully bright woman that I really enjoyed being around.
We lost touch after she started her import business but a few years later when I was in my front yard doing work, I looked up to see Christine riding her bike! She lived just a few blocks away and we would see each other every now and then. A few years later, she showed up at my office building to visit the Chiropractor downstairs and asked if I could watch Charlie for her. She was a sweet, wonderful, loving mother and always a joy to see!
We lost touch again for a while and one day, somehow we connected again! This time I had lunch with her and Robin. Every time I’d see Christine, she’d have some great stories to tell and I’d be in awe just listening to her.
Once again, time passed and I hadn’t seen Christine for a while but learned of the tragedy that she, Robin and Charlie endured when Eliza Jane died. This time, I let too much time go by and now, I will not run into my friend Christine again. It always seemed that no matter how much time passed, we picked up where we left off last. I am heartbroken and my deepest sympathy goes out to Robin, Charlie and Maggiore family.
Christine, rest in peace.
Dear Evelyn,Steve,Loren,Belle,Robin and Charlie,
To say that we were saddened by the passing of Chris is an understatement. Word was spread to the entire “Genesta Street Gang”. The Nelsons, Strongs, Hovets, Fitzgeralds, Williams and Kearns all send their love and prayers at this difficult time.
Christine Maggiore’s spirit will live on. We are all energy and energy never dies. It just changes form. I appreciated Christine’s support during my servere illness in 2003 & 2004 eventhough I started questioning some of the dissident views. Today I am stronger and healthier thanks to Christine’s advice on never giving up on hope. My heart goes out to Robin and Charlie. Ron Piazza
Christine will be remembered. She was a champion among people and she had the courage to face adversity. We are sorry to lose such a woman of character. God bless her.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Your kindness and light was a grace, it was an honor to know you.
I will always believe in Christine Maggiore– an inspiration to everyone fighting institutionalized injustice.
Dear Christine –
I will miss your humor and your passion — inextricably linked. You will live on in all the lives you have impacted with your activism and your questioning… Much love and kindness to Robin and Charlie.
I knew Christine way before she was an activist or a well known figure…it was about 25 years ago I met her at an ad agency we both worked at. We had so much fun, she made everything fun, her spin on life, her optimism, her intelligence, her strength of character and her compassion and love. She had a great Ford Falcon and a great apartment on Beverly Glen which featured 4 chairs with hair dryers with purple seats, right out of a beauty parlor, as her couch, and a Jackson Pollack bathroom, with paint thrown all about…we used to go out to listen to all the local LA bands and go to the underground night clubs…how much fun we had. When she moved to Italy, I could not wait to get her letters, this was way before email, and her letters were so funny, just her spin on the Italian culture and the events going on in her life…she always made me laugh so hard I cried…as sometimes happens with old friends, our lives drastically changed with our families, our kids, our careers, and we did not see each other as much, but we would have marathon phone conversations where we would catch up…after Eliza Jane passed we spoke more frequently, because I also lost a child, so we were able to understand each other’s pain. I had the pleasure to meet Christine’s mom and dad…such nice people. Her dad was very helpful to our business when we were starting out. Christeenie…I will miss you so much…you will forever be part of me, you showed me how to be true to myself and stay true, no matter how much other people disagreed, you showed me how to live a life with dignity and grace. The world is a much better place because you were here, you touched so many souls in your life, forever altering them. You were and will remain an inspiration to all. My deepest love to Robin and Charlie and the entire Maggiore clan.
When we are raised in an ‘aids’ environment, the tendency is to translate everything that we hear into aids language, whilst we take what we have been told for granted. We then defend that to the death. Most people are raised in this way, but sadly, this has the makings of pure unadulterated dogma. Christine was different – she took nothing for granted whilst asking fundamental questions and in so doing she deconstructed the whole issue. This was a discovery of truth, and we all need to do this ourselves. But in so doing, Christine was swimming upstream against an aids establishment that had grown into a monster – the bad science, the bad politics, the bad thinking, and also the masses that follow in their footsteps. Very few people have the qualities that Christine possessed and what a sad loss. Rest in peace, Christine, you were fighting against a rotten system but whilst you were here you made an impression on a lot of our lives, and we will always love you for that. None of us last for ever… John Wantling, Rochdale, UK
I do not believe in a deity, souls, or anything like that. I do not even believe in free will to be honest, I think it’s too unlikely. But sometimes some human beings become so magnificent and important in our lives that it doesn’t matter whether or not the person became what he/she is through conscious decisions. Christine Maggiore was a masterpiece no matter how one looks at it and she was making life on earth objectively better -which should be obvious for those who paid enough attention.
This unexpected loss will make her significance felt for a very long time, perhaps in a disheartening way for many. But hopefully she’ll be remembered more as an inspiration for many other future masterpieces and keep making life on earth better even after her “death”. Even if I don’t believe in a true afterlife, I know that she’s as immortal as the air we breathe and the water we all so desperately need. Let’s use her contributions to our lives as wisely as possible to create the best we can during our turn.
Even the sun-clouds this morning cannot manage such skirts.
Nor the woman in the ambulance
Whose red heart blooms through her coat so astoundingly —
A gift, a love gift
Utterly unasked for
By a sky
I have been very sad since learning of Christine Maggiore’s tragic death. My job, as a writer and journalist — a stringer of words — is how I first came to know her. But words seem so trite and meaningless now. How can mere syllables begin to touch that core of grief, that knot in the soul that I feel at the thought of saying a final goodbye to such a fiercely independent, gracious, kind (and often misunderstood) person as Christine.
The poem excerpted above is not about death or grieving. It’s just about a poppy flower. That “woman … whose red heart blooms through her coat so astoundingly” of course conveys an immediate image of blood and emergencies. But there’s also, at a deeper level, a sense of vastness of heart in these words. And that describes a quality of Christine that I have seen again and again in the 12 years I have had the humble privilege of knowing her. Reading through the comments on this wall, I see similar experiences being reflected back through so many eyes, from so many lives of people across the globe whom Christine has touched.
She was that woman of such tremendous heart, riding, as it were, in the ambulance with countless souls who had been handed an HIV+ diagnosis, conventionally seen as the signature death-blow of our times. Those three scarlet letters, H-I-V, create such an unholy stigma that I simply cannot imagine how one person — who herself had been given this sentence — could then tend to the many needs of the scores of seropositive people that she counseled and advised and listened to and laughed and shared and lived and grieved with.
Think of how many times and how many ways she could have simply given up and retreated from her public place, choosing instead to devote herself to a full life enjoying — and mending — a family that itself had already been marred by its own tragedy. (Rest in peace, E.J.) She could have walked away from the madness, and no one would have faulted her for making such a choice.
Instead, though, she mustered the courage to continue to stand up to a medical establishment whose ever-changing definitions and treatment regimens suggest, at the very least, that far more certainty is claimed in the HIV/AIDS world than is ever merited by actual evidence.
Christine was vilified and, sadly, continues to be vilified as someone who refused to listen to reason, who would not just shut up and take her meds. But reason was often her ally in the battles she waged against hysterical doctors and activists who, at times, may have been projecting onto her the very traits they could not bear to see in themselves. Easier to dismiss the outsider as a “disbeliever” than it is to hear out the substance of her arguments.
I personally knew Christine as a friend and as a fount of knowledge and contrarian perspectives in a lockstep world that would not acknowledge even grains of truth to what she and her allies were saying. I will miss my friend deeply and can only, through the tears, be grateful for the precious opportunities I had to come to know her.
The message she carried could take your breath away. And it’s about a lot more than AIDS. She shined light on places where people looking back on our time will wonder why so much was accepted with such complacency. The corruption alone found in medical research circles today, an intertwining tangle of scientific method and pharmaceutical bottom-lines, should leave any reasonable person baffled, if not shocked into their own state of activism. (http://is.gd/e6qR)
Christine’s most recent and, it pains me to say, closing insight that she shared with me became the seed for an article on the questionable science behind another strange and all-too-pat medical diagnosis known as Shaken Baby Syndrome. It’s a story familiar to anyone who knows the contours of the AIDS debate: An orthodox medical community firm in the certitude of their beliefs (although unwilling to challenge any of those beliefs) and a scattered community of affected patients and families who suspect something is very wrong with what they’re being told to do and to think.
It’s only fitting, I suppose, that in what became her final gift to this writer, Christine mapped out one more set of directions toward a new lot of questions that another medical establishment shudders to answer.
In the debate that she has become synonymous with, the HIV/AIDS debate, I personally have no new insights or knowledge to share. I have wavered from one extreme to another and across through the middle of the road. But I do know that the only way forward to the ultimate truths that Christine fought so tirelessly for is to question, question and question. This was her mantra; it was her cause. It must be our legacy to carry forward.
Two other notes, then, in closing: First I cannot write about Christine without also pausing to reflect what a sweet and enduring wit she had. I suspect if she could peer over my shoulder to read these words, she’d say “Gunderson, [her nickname for me] what kind of crazy stuff are you on about now?” I don’t doubt but that she’d find a way — she always did — to find pleasant space for a laugh that we both could share. One of those “utterly unasked for” gifts she gave was the clarity of her insight — and the readiness to never take anything, herself included, too solemnly or seriously.
Last, I want also to extend my heartfelt condolences to the dear family Christine left behind: Robin and Charlie. I pray that you find peace in these mournful, tumultuous times and that her spirit, that heart that blooms so astoundingly, will forever be with you.
What a tremendous life you led! You are truly an inspiration and a bright light when things seemed darkest.
You are an inspiration and have impacted so many lives that no amount of gratitude could ever reach the level of your commitment, care and love for others.
While her life was cut short, her legacy will continue to live on, ensuring an immortal death.
God bless you Christine, Charlie and Robin.
Christine is that bright shining star that touched our hearts and minds. Articulate and gracious, she enlightened our world with her intellect and her fierce courage. Despite her death, her light burns even brighter. She blazed a path for us to follow. May we all find some peace despite the sorrow of a life cut short. My sympathy to Robin and Charlie, family and friends.
I have long admired dissidents like Christine and others like Kim Marie Bannon, Celia Farber, and Peter Duesberg for their bravery in the face of personal character assassinations by people who’s character needs reviewed themselves. I fear being an outspoken dissident because I know how much scrutiny, pain, and danger it could bring to my life. I also fear remaining silent much longer. I feel the need reconcile my beliefs first by committing myself to taking a risk and following my heart and my intellect. Here is my story to date.
I was raised agnostic by my parents and became a Christian in the winter of 87/88 when I was 20 years old. At that time I was the navigator for my significant other, who drove a tractor-trailer across country for Com-Trans(North American Van Lines). We were driving in Ohio on I-70 and I was switching channels on the radio looking for Paula Abdul when I suddenly stopped on a talk-show arguing the existence of God. I believed from that moment on, but have at times doubted whether or not God loved me.
I first did crystal meth, crank, when I was just 16 years old the summer of 1983. My father had always dealt other drugs throughout my childhood, but didn’t start dealing crank until I was 18 when his brother, who was a biker, distributed it. My dad died in 1988 of a cerebral hemorrhage, which I later learned was probably caused by his drug use. Although he was severely abused as a child and had his share of character defects; he worked hard, loved animals, abhorred gossip, was a loyal friend, loved me unconditionally, and expressed remorse for his for his transgressions before he died.
They came out with the first HIV test in 1985 when I was 18 years old . After dropping out of Engineering my first semester at Purdue University due to loneliness I tested positive on a Navy entrance exam at the downtown Indianapolis MEPS station in January of 1986. I was told I had up to five years to live and that I needed counseling for my homosexuality. That was 23 years ago this January, 2009. God’s wrath?
I had already assumed that I probably had it since I was about 16 or 17 when they were talking about the “gay cancer” that was thought to be sexually transmitted. I was young, invincible, and couldn’t see past tomorrow so I wasn’t even afraid when I found out. No blame, no shame.
I was a long-term non-progressor and AIDS dissident until about 4 years ago when I was living in downtown Milwaukee using the dirty city water there in my coffee pot, which didn’t heat the water properly. I suffered a year long bout with diarrhea and my cd4 dramatically declined for the first time in 19 years during that period. Out of fear I started medications and my cd4 slowly started to climb or so they told me, but the diarrhea persisted. Upon moving away from Milwaukee to the twin cities my diarrhea disappeared completely and now my cd4 is back up to normal and was even 850 last August when I wasn’t taking my medications regularly due to my substance abuse. I’m still taking medications and have in fact switched to Atripla for ease of use – 1 pill a day, but was very upset when I got my medicare statement from Humana stating they paid over $14,000 for my medication in 2008.
My mother is a very kind and loving person. She taught me not to judge other people and has always demonstrated that throughout her life. She also taught me to believe in myself and whatever else I choose to believe in, including God. She has had much success, but now lives a very humble and happy life which makes me very proud of her as always.
I only have one sibling, my half-sister, who is also a humble and loving person. She has never had a drug or alcohol problem, but has certain mental and physical disabilities which keep her from working .
I owned a successful retail hologram store with my first partner called Another Dimension from 1992 to 1997 in Indianapolis and Tucson. I’m a KU jayhawk and have 4 years of college with a cumulative GPA of 3.28.
I have many friends and family that I love. I have also had two long-term relationships. Robert, who I was with for 11 years, died with a smile on his face in my presence surrounded by friends and family in 1997. I am currently separated from Bruce who I love very much.
Thanks to God, I am recovering from my alcohol and drug dependence; and, quiting smoking after over 30 years was easy!
My next step is to become more active in community advocating for a review and accountability of the Big Pharm who are raping society with overpriced and possibly unnecessary medications, especially since they are lobying to the medical establishment to raise the recommendation to start meds when your cd4 falls below 500 – a direct attempt to use fear of death and promises of good health to increase sales and profits with no accountablity on where all that money is going. Research is already funded by governments and charity and they’re taking advantage of the system without regard to the truth or any agency holding them accountable. However, I do fear for my life if I start out on this quest for truth and it becomes clear that we are right and have been all along. But, I can no longer be silent and run from my fears. My conscience won’t let me now that I’m no longer medicating it with addiction.
I am interested in knowing more about the circumstances of Christine’s recent illness and sudden death, the death of her daughter, and whether or not there are suspicions of foul play. I really think the people at the top are capable of crimes against humanity including genocide and individual assassinations. Anyone that doubts that is clueless and has no education on what absolute power does – corrupts absolutely. When will people learn from history? There is also the problem of all the people in the Industry and community that don’t want to even consider other view points because they fear they would lose there positions and place in the hierarchy. There are other reasons also like not wanting to think they could be wrong and that they, their friends, family, and loved ones have been duped into sacrificing health and life because of fear of death. It’s a societal catch-22 that may never be resolved. But I must figure out for myself what I believe so I can come full circle and have some peace with this issue. Making this statement on here is a big step toward following through with that goal.
Love Always, John Robert Hankins
I met Christine Maggiore personally in 1997, when I was on a speaking tour in California. She put me up in her house, and at one point asked my advice on having a baby. I said that her “HIV-positive” diagnosis was irrelevant, and that if she wanted a child she should go ahead. Her decision to have children, although no longer young, showed great courage.
Not only did Christine have great courage, but she was a talented communicator and organiser. Because of her efforts, the curse of an “HIV-positive” diagnosis was lifted from many people, who regained hope and health.
Predictably, the dupes and shills of the AIDS Industry are attacking her even more viciously after her death than they did during her life. To hell with them! Truth will eventually prevail, and we AIDS Critics (or “denialists”, as they call us) will be vindicated.
I am one of many people who owes my very life to Christine. Before I encountered the message that she dedicated her life to spreading, I weighed about 110 lbs slopping wet and I struggled for every breath. This went on for two years, until I very nearly died of “AIDS-related” pneumonia, almost exactly 8 years ago (actually it was a mold allergy that my doctor had ignored for the whole two years, while trying to kill a nonexistent virus, but that’s a long story.)
Today, I weigh 200 lbs and I sing in a hard rock band, and I owe it all to a group of people (present company included,) who challenged me to find the *real* cause of my illness and seek appropriate treatment for that, instead of chasing a phantom virus. Christine was one of the foremost of those people, and she was the first of them to extend to me the hand of friendship.
I will miss her, and as much as I shall surely mourn her death, my mourning will always be eclipsed by the joy of having known her, even if it was all too brief.
I received the news of Christine’s passing on the 30th to my shock and sadness.
Christine’s book “What if Everything You Knew About AIDS was Wrong?” has been a personal beacon of hope for me to counteract the barrage of media hype and the admonishments of my friends, acquaintances, and those to are convinced that HIV=Cocktail=Life. My deep felt condolences go out to Christine’s family and close friends and all those that have benefitted from her tireless years of research and efforts to dispel the Myths and Propaganda that are constantly forced upon us. Christine, we love you and hold you in our hearts…. God Bless.
Dear Robin and Charlie,
I am so deeply sad for you. Christine was a beautiful spirit, and ethereal human being. I didn’t have the privilege of knowing her as deeply as some, but instantly knew what an amazing woman she was. Your deep love of your children and beautiful parenting are evident in Charlie.
It is apparent through this site that Christine was loved deeply. To me it seemed although a difficult path, she lived her purpose and passion. More than you can say for most people.
You are in our thoughts and we send you so much love. Your Santa Barbara friends are here for what ever you need, when ever you need it.
love and a heavy heart,
Jennifer & Todd Parks (Shellie’s Friends in SB)
My heart is breaking for you and Charlie. To lose as you have is overwhelming. I will never forget that day I was walking on the beach ridding myself of my own grief, the sun was setting and I was getting nervous after going so far. Then in the distance, in the shadows I saw a man playing in the waves with his son. I thought to myself, this man looks as I imagine Jesus would have looked. Playing and dancing in the waves with a child. It turned out to be you, my dear friend from CalArts some 15 years later. You introduced me to your son, Charlie and we walked to meet Christine and Eliza Jane. I will never forget it. I thought to myself, I am so happy for Robin. He has found the love of his life and has two gorgeous, life filled children who are exude life. Please know how awesome you are Robin. What an incredible man you are for bringing these children into the world. Please know that you were a profound husband to Christine. Supporting fully her destiny and her calling as a truth teller and compassionate friend to so many people who lost hope. Shut out all the noise of the critics and just be with the profound love that you had the privilege of living. I wish I could know the love you all shared. You have to know, as a friend I am in awe of your love and kindness for others. I have lost two of the most important people in my life, I know how crushing this is. It is beyond bearable. There are no words to comfort, just prayers and love. I pray that God wraps His arms around you and Charlie. I pray that He brings you comfort in this dark time. I pray he reminds you everyday that you two are so loved by so many. so very many people who care about you both.
I know Christine is with Eliza Jane. I know they have peace from this crazy life. I know if she could speak to you she would tell you that it is beautiful where she is. I thank God for the message Christine and Eliza Jane brought to us. To love better, to be kinder, to help those who many didn’t want to help. They are the example to which we all should follow, daily. Childlike joy and never-ending curiosity and truthfulness, delivered with courageous kindness and compassion.
God Bless you Robin and Charlie.
Your friend always,
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: May Christine’s family find strength in the name of her work in the fight for thuth of HIV/AIDS. She died like many dies, but those many didn’t have to go to court blamed for killing their own children. All she did was to fight for those who couldn’t. As an African woman, a dissident, without PHD, MD to show for. all I did was to hand over Christine’s book of What if….and I do believe I changed people’s lives with Christine’s book. She was and has been great up to the last minute. Let us pray for her soul and continue her work.
Robin and Charlie
Like many others we are shocked and saddened with Christine’s passing. We pray for God’s blessing and comfort for the family. May you Robin and Charlie cling to each other for comfort. She would want this.
In Christ, Earl, Donna and family
Christine, i never had the opportunity to meet you. your book was passed on to me by curtis clay who always had beautiful things to say about you. i could feel the love & admiration he had for you. i am so sorry to hear of your passing. your book was incridibly inspiring. it awakend me to new ideas about hiv & aids. i will share your book with others. love always, paloma
I learned of Christine’s death at 3AM on Monday morning when a mutual friend emailed me. For whatever reason, the vibration of my iPhone woke me up.
It seemed like a bad dream that I couldn’t wake up from. I have been HIV+ since 2000 and met Christine in that first year. I didn’t expect to like her, but I was writing an article about AIDS Dissidents and she was on my list of people to interview. What surprised me most about her was that she was so unassuming. She never yelled or talked down. In spite of her strongly held and controversial beliefs, she never stood on a soap box, never preached and always respected the views of others—even when they were not showing her the same deference.
Later that year, I was in LA and Christine and Robin allowed me to stay at their home and that was the beginning of a a great friendship. She and Robin were like family and I came to think of EJ and Charlie as a niece and nephew. My views on HIV differed from Christine’s in that I believe there is a retrovirus and that in some people, that virus negatively impacts the immune system. Where we found much agreement was in the toxicity of the drugs. Yet in spite of this difference, Christine never tried to convert me or change my point of view and in doing this, she empowered me to make my own choices, to think critically and to take responsibility for my own health.
In 2006, I made the very difficult decision to go on meds. Ironically, it was Christine who supported me the most. This is not to say that she agreed with the decision, but she sat with me while I cried and weighed the pros and cons. Not once did she try to force her personal views and choices on me. Honestly, I was fearful that my decision to take meds would impact my friendship with her, but in truth, that decision seemed to bring us closer together.
I don’t know what I will do without her in my life. I suppose, her greatest lesson is that, in spite of grief, hardship and adversity, we are all capable of thinking for ourselves, making choices even when they are not easy and in doing so, fully embrace life. Sadly many people think that Christine’s work was about HIV, but really it was about empowering people and that is what made her such a force for healing in this world.
Christine will be vilified by some and celebrated by others. For me, however, she will be held in my heart with tender love and eternal gratitude. I am ‘alive and well’ today because of Christine. Not simply because of her work— but because of who she is, how she lived and the hand of friendship she so selflessly extended to me. What is even more heart warming is that I am not alone. I know that Christine had this effect on thousands of people around the world and now each of us, in our own unique way, can share what she taught us about life. There is a saying, “Only God knows how many apples are in an apple seed.” As she walked her path with the heavy burdens life had bundled on her back, she continually planted seeds of hope, compassion and informed decision-making. The question now, is how many of us will allow those seeds to grow in the lives of the people that cross our path. I can think of no better way to honor Christine than by planting the seeds.
Robin and Charlie:
We cannot imagine the heartbreak you are experiencing right now at the loss of such a beloved wife and mother. Please know that we are available day and night should you feel the need to talk. We love you both, and are thinking about you and praying for you daily. If there’s anything we can do from this end, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Very truly yours,
Brent and Rebecca
Dear Robin and Charlie,
We wanted to suprize you all with a visit this spring so you could meet my husband and our daughter. I feel so very sad and can´t stop crying, and I can only immagine how the two of you must feel, without the two women in your life that meant the most to you. I am so glad that you came to visit as a family, even though not living as close to Christine as I used too she never seemed far away and greeting her after ten years in Austria at the train station, proofed just that, she was always close to my heart. It is so hard to belive that I can never hear her voice again or hear her laugh. I want you to know that if there is anything at all to help the two of you and the family, who in California was my family as well, please let me know. I do not know what to say to even comfort you, only that Love never dies. Christine never will be forgotten she left a mark, and the world was a better one because of her. I feel like my sister died. All my Love to All of you also from Yitzchak and my daughters.
Christine Maggiore had the courage to stand up against an overwhelmingly powerful establishment. She provided many with truth and hope. She was a role model and a heroine. She will be missed dearly.
Christine, you touched me in ways I never would have imagined. When we did our session for the podcast, I never would have imagined that would be the last time we spoke. Your work, your legacy, your love, your vision lives on.
I can’t begin to imagine the toll that your journey over the past few years has taken on you ,,, the hell that is the self fulfilling prophecy of so many. The world tells you that you’re sick, and does its best to prove itself right.
Know this. You have forever changed my life, and the lives of so many others. It’s difficult to imagine how each of us change the world. A very dear friend of mine explained it to me this way recently. “In all of our quests, we wish to be the one to overflow the glass of knowledge so that others might drink from its abundance. Yet, many of us, only add a drop or two to that glass. We don’t immediately see the effects of our contributions. Yet, without those precious drops, that glass would never fill, let alone overflow.”
You, my love, have filled that glass to its brim. The contributions that you have made to the lives of others and to debunking the mythology which ultimately contributed to your passing – the stress must have been unimaginable – have set in motion a remarkable machinery of change. Those who opposed you will see your passing as their great victory. I see it as a call to arms.
I will always admire you not just for what you have done, but for who you are. I love you, and I miss you. My heart is truly broken,
Robin … Charlie … I can’t imagine what you are now going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Aloha from East Hawaii –
I am still shook to my toes at finding this information is fact. I’ve lost my lover to heart disease this year, and now to see Christine has joined EJ in the cosmos… it’s deeply saddening. Christine was my Joan of Arc, and literally saved me from death by prescription. We must see to it that her work flows forward to completion. There have been so many lives lost for so many of us, and this one was so aquardly unexpected. I find I just can’t express myself well. I will miss her, and her spirit of inquisitiveness and hope. If Jesus met her at the pearly gates, I’m sure they are still wrapped in a hug of comradery…. Saints all. Bless You Christine, Robin and Charlie.
Jim Allegretti – Hilo Hawaii
Christine was a giant among human beings. I am so sad she has left us so soon; my heart aches at our loss. The old cliche’is that “the good die young” and now I know the great do also. My heart goes out to her husband Robin and her son Charlie….please accept my condolences.
I met Christine many years ago when I, too, felt alone and lost in a world of medicine gone mad. As a pharmacist during the initial eightie’s AIDS insanity I watched as every scientific principle I had ever been taught was trashed in the rush to “find a cure” for a “virus” that seemed to be immortal, was totally inconsistent, irrational and supposedly 100% deadly. I too learned what it was like to become a pariah as I tried to warn others about the inconsistencies I saw in the HIV “theory” and later felt anger and frustration at the blatant fraud which became more and more apparent in the AIDS “business”. It was at my lowest point, feeling alone and lost in 1991 that I finally learned about Dr. Peter Duesberg, his courageous challenge of the AIDS establishment and then thru him found and met Christine. What a breath of fresh air she was! What a courageous, determined fighter!! With her incisive intellect, wry wit and uncompromising integrity Christine inspired me and all who met her and who hungered for truth to fight on for a world where fear has no place in medicine; where science is once again wrested from the hands of greed and returned to a place of incorruptibility and where good does actually have a chance to win out over evil.
Christine’s message, unlike her detractors was always based on rational, intelligent research, discussion and discovery. At the heart of her crusade was her love and care for others and her honor. In so many ways she was such a much better “scientist” than those with multiple degrees and “honors” certificates who were willing to close their minds and sell their souls to the highest bidder.
Christine, I miss you already…..
God love you!
Robin and Charlie,
I do not have words to tell you how sad I feel for your loss, our loss. Your family has been an incredible inspiration for me for many years. I’m going to really miss Christine’s brilliance, wit, and beauty.
I love you both so much.
I received a call from Shari about the passing of Christine. I can’t stop crying!!! I will never forget the kindness you and Christine showed me when my Michael passed. Michael loved Christine and you. He truly loved you both! I spoke with Christine before her trip to Russia. After our call I said to myself what a wonderful person. Her voice was so pleasant to hear. I feel I have lost a very close friend. You and Christine knew Michael so well. Words can not express the deep, deep sorrow I feel for you and you son. God bless you both. I will always rememember Christine. Take care and know I will be praying for you always.
Peace and love,
Separated – yet ALWAYS together – two in heaven and two on this little planet.
A stunning fact of how mysterious LIFE is…
How this could so have happened, is beyond anybody’s comprehension.
The power of your bond is an inseparable one, and to enforce the magnitude of this, hundreds of people will be standing by you both, to keep Eliza Jane and Christine in their hearts.
I’ll never forget the cozy moments peaking into your family life and dynamic, as we stood around in the kitchen visiting with our mutual friend, Dr. Philip. Getting then the ‘download’ on the latest news from Christine, made me always realize that she was truly the most dedicated and courageous woman I knew.
My tears join all the other tears that are being shed all throughout the world over this tremendous loss. She will never be forgotten, that is for SURE. I send you both a heartfelt embrace and something will arrive in the mail to symbolize the unique light that Christine brought to us all. Wieplove
For me, Christine Maggiore’s vigilance and determination were much like those dedicated souls who return, over and over, to the horror that is the genocide in Darfur to provide help and sanctuary to those at risk there.
Regardless of the threats against her, in spite of the overwhelming pressure to conform; to turn away; to ignore the truth, she forged ahead anyway. Forged her own path. Stood out. Spoke up. Never ducking the vitriol. With the devoted support of her partner Robin, her son Charles, and her loving friends, somehow she found the strength and the courage to find calm words in the face of a constant stream of hatred and blame flung at her by her detractors.
Christine was often accused of helping cause a genocide by her stance on HIV and AIDS. However, the flames of that genocide are not being fanned by the Christine Maggiores of this world, no matter how much as the AIDS orthodoxy chants that this is so. But make no mistake: there is a massacre occurring. A massacre of open inquiry, of the freedom to ask questions. A massacre of hope, of fairness, of informed choice and the scientific method. They are being gutted, burned, driven out and murdered.
The flames of AIDS are being fanned by those who WILL NOT look elsewhere for solutions. Fanned by those who WILL NOT look deeper into the weaknesses of HIV theory. The flames are fanned by those who willingly pressure patients to think of themselves as sick long before they even are. They are being fanned endlessly by those who willingly feed starving people experimental drugs, while watching them drink water with feces in it, and then blame HIV for their illnesses.
Well, Christine made a different choice. She looked at herself. She looked at the available information. She saw what was happening and she decided to make things better in the only way she could: By bearing witness; By forging her own road… And by shouting:
Her death is an enormous loss. It is a tragedy that leaves us bereft of her constancy and dedication to truth. Yet it remains an absolute miracle that she survived, for so long, the endless onslaught of gloating disdain and anger aimed at her by those who just couldn’t be bothered to really think about what she said. To really see what she stood for.
I am very fortunate that Christine Maggiore touched my life. She reminded me to look a little deeper and my life is enormously richer because she did.
Today, I am overwhelmed with sadness…
Words simply cannot convey my love and admiration for this remarkable woman. She has truly impacted my life in a way no one else has. She has been selfless and tireless in her quest to stop all the suffering as it related to this “diagnosis”. I often contemplated how advanced a human being she was. She was a giant next to me in her understanding about life and human values. I watched her in awestruck wonder. The world had a very great light and now it is gone. At least her light lives on with those of us who remain. Few could stand next to her. What a tender heart she had for everyone, even strangers. She was a fierce defender of so many that she had never even met.
I know the great hole in her heart she had at the loss of EJ and all the cruelty others unjustly and ignorantly hurled at her and Robin and her family.
Robin and Charlie, I know she didn’t want to leave you. I am so deeply sorry for your tragic loss of this amazing, amazing wife, mother, daughter, sister and woman. A great friend to humanity. I am a firm believer in the resurrection and I look forward to seeing her and EJ once again when she will be reunited with you and all of us who loved her and still do.
Tom and Linda
You, Charlie, and Christine are in my prayers. I want you to know that I’m honored and feel priveleged to have you and Christine be a part of my life. She was an amazing leader who had a profound impact on the world and we celebrate her life. Anytime you want to talk, you have my ear.
Peace & Love,
We first met Christine in 2001 when we made a short documentary about her work and the Act Up Organization. I thought the project was going to be cancelled because as we were in the air flying to meet her, Eliza Jane was being born. Christine and Robin welcomed us into their home the very next day, sharing her history, her wisdom and her beliefs. We were all changed by that visit, as is everyone who sees the piece or had the pleasure of knowing Christine. The angels have opened their arms to welcome one of their own home. Our love and support go to Robin and Charlie and all of those closest to her who will feel her absence the greatest. We count ourselves lucky to have experienced her spirit, fortitude and love for life first hand.
From the first day I met you, volunteering at Alive & Well, you touched my soul immediately. I knew there was a lot I had to learn from you, and once that knowledge was gained I felt the same need to share it with others. I have always counted you as one of my mentors; a true friend with an important message for me to listen to. I am saddened that we drifted away, but I guess that can be a side effect of living 3000 miles away! My love goes out to you, Robin & Charlie. Thank you for helping me be Alive & Well.
We are so sad. If you need anything at all, please call us. We have no words to express how we are feeling. We love you.
It was so great to meet your wife and I am sorry for your loss.
I miss you greatly
I had the great honour of hosting Christine, Robin, and Charlie at my house in Hawai’i for their first Christmas after EJ’s death. It was the first time I had ever hosted nobility – the first time I had ever met people who with love and strength were committed only to telling their truth. If I ever needed a boost of inspiration, I would dig up a podcast, or hit aliveandwell.org for the latest dose of Christine Magic. The story is not over with her untimely death. I’m wordless now – much aloha to Robin and Charlie. Thank you Christine for everything you have done. You have altered my life permanently. xoxo Liam
Robin and family,
I can’t get the knot out of my throat with the sadness that I feel. You are family to me and I feel like I have lost a part of my family today. I am so sorry to hear about this. I love you so much. I will be back in the US after the 9th and Robin, what ever you need I will provide. I love you so much. I’m so sorry.
This is shocking. I recently spoke to an energetic, lively Christine who optimistically spoke about her plans for the future. Rest in peace Christine – and give that spunky little girl a kiss for me. I hope that Robin and Charlie are surrounded by friends and family right now. I’m so sorry for your loss.
My deepest condolences to Robin, Charlie & Christine’s family. There may be nothing better to commemorate Christine’s heroic life than to continue the spirit or her campaign for resisted truth & effective action. Following is my 2-Jan-3:31pmET “Myth-Buster” comment to the ABC news story about Christine’s untimely death & remarkable life:
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STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. Re-THINK. And ACT. Big Pharma & big government experts may be missing the scientific basics – which even YOU may understand. See http://aidsMYTH.addr.com.
If Christine Maggiore’s daughter truly died due to AIDS-related causes, why didn’t Christine run in shame from public exposure? Instead, with support from top medical scientific experts, why did Christine sue big government officials who told unproven lies about her daughter’s death (thus maximizing exposure for the eventual, now-known truths)?
If Christine died due to simple, flu-like, stress-induced, NON-AIDS-related pneumonia, then, do the pseudo-scientific, Earth-Is-Flat-like, HIV->AIDS myth spreaders really have something to crow about (instead of needing to eat their own black fowl)?
Didn’t ALL peer-pressured scientists say that the Earth Is Flat? Good science is NOT a democracy. Why do YOU know better?
As witting or witless but still shameless shills for snake-oil-poison AZT-like sales scams, why do the doctors-know-all, trust-big-government, pseudo-scientific know-nothings still spread simple-science-disproven myths?
Does HIV really cause AIDS? Why do still-unproven HIV myths still float to the top? Is the Earth still flat?
What simple AIDS science guided South Africa’s President & Medical Doctors to reject AZT to prevent & treat AIDS? Does AZT cause fatal, AIDS-like side effects? Does AZT really work?
Do reliable, definitive diagnostic tests for AIDS really exist? Why would YOU get treated with fatal-side-effects-intensive AZT for AIDS before you are diagnosed with AIDS? What if Christine was right? What if Big Pharma & big government are wrong? Who is kidding & killing whom? If you question BOTH Christine Maggiore AND big government & Big Pharma, then see http://aidsMYTH.addr.com.
Since these issues are a matter of life & death for millions (and maybe YOU), do you really want to know? Either: Close your mind. Shake your head. And walk away. Or: STOP. LOOK. LISTEN. Re-THINK. And ACT.
Christine, may the good works of your life live long after your untimely death!
Thomas J Mattingly
Rest in peace. May we never stop searching for the truth and testing the “truth” when we think we have found it
Rest in peace. May your legacy endure and from up there, please send us strength to carry on. And if you are ever in the company of enlightenend Beings, please intercede for us, so that one day, we may reach the Truth.
I am heartbroken, your friends in Brazil will sorely miss you. Bye, God bless you for all eternity.
I met Christine – whom I always called Cristina, because she liked the way I pronunced her name in Italian- in 1983 in Florence. We share many good times together along with my -then girlfriend now wife – Laura. We worked together and we laughed together. I miss her laughter her sense of humor. I find solace knowing that now she can be with her daughter and nobody can separate them ever. I miss you Cristina.
My condolences to this wonderful family. If not for Christine, I doubt I would still be alive today but thanks to her, I was able to get answers to many questions I had when I tested positive in 2003.
My story goes thus:I am from Africa. I was brought up catholic and told not to have sex before marriage and I held this belief strongly to my heart. I worked as black female fashion model for about 5 years and to be able to survive in the industry, you had to be as thin as possible and this I had to be by all means so I practically starved myself for almost 6 months to loose weight and when I finally was an ideal weight, I continued and suffered from anorexia for about 6 years.During these years, I was never ill and thank God for that
as I have no idea how I survived without food and even when I did eat, I made myself throw it back up.
2003, I met a man and we wanted to get married so we decided to test for HIV before having sex and guess what, I come up positive! I never did drugs, drank little or no alcohol, no blood exposure, something had to be wrong.
I found out that they did not test for a virus but antibodies to it and since then, I have been following this issue very closely. I realized that malnutrition and a lot of other things can make people test positive.
I never went on the drugs as they tried to force me to take drugs when I was pregnant with my daughter. I just took the drugs from them and flushed it down the toilet. My daughter test HIV negative and so does my husband.
Christine has done a lot for so many people and am sure that wherever she is, she will be happy cos she achieved so much in her life. She suffered for the rest of us and I will remain eternally grateful to her website aliveandwell.
May her sould rest in perfect peace.
I am so very sorry and disheartened to learn about our loss of Christine.
Christine was an absolutely amazing woman who had the courage to stand up to mainstream medical beliefs and mainstream reporting of those beliefs by speaking THE TRUTH, which is deeply hidden from most people. Christine is a true hero of our times, and someone who we can all admire and respect with all of our hearts. Most doctors and media outlets should be absolutely ashamed of themselves, and so it was a true relief to have someone like Christine actually speaking on behalf of the interests of THE COMMON PERSON and not on behalf of corporations & greed.
On a personal level, Christine helped me overcome my own obsessive-compulsive beliefs about AIDS, which had terrified me so much that it was difficult for me to even enjoy sex. Once Christine shattered the world of fear in which I was living in, I was able to conquer most other fears in my life as well. I will always and forever be grateful to Christine for this gift that will last my entire lifetime.
With much sadness and gratefulness to Christine,
Christine saved my life. I met her from an internet search in July 2004, and bought her book. We hosted aliveandwell.org for 3 years as a small way of supporting the cause.
I was shocked with this news. Christine was always reachable and had time for me when I needed her wisdom and exceptional courage and strength.
Christine will be missed by people all over the world.
She reached out and changed lives, she gave all she had and much more.
I never got to meet her in person but we spoke several times by phone and by email since 2000. She was always cheerful and positive.
She was an example to us all in the most positive, enlightening way. Her memory will live on. The people whose lives she touched and those whose lives have yet to be touched by her are and will be forever grateful to her for her work at bringing the truth.
May she rest n peace.
I am HIV+ for more than 20 years now and only alive and well because I asked questions which my doctors could not answer.
Questions which led me to Christine’s website. Without her, I would surely be dead.
Christine was a beacon for me in this dreadful darkness that surrounds us right now.
I know we are on the right track. And I will not give up until this this great injustice has ended.
Christine was truly a heroine of our age.
Her determination and commitment were inspiring. Her meticulous caution and her measured public statements on HIV/AIDS were admirable, and counterpointed the often-hysterical pronouncements of her detractors.
She faced the untimely loss of her beautiful, young daughter Eliza Jane and the subsequent unfounded campaign against her with a courage that took our breath away.
Her achievements in standing up for the right of those labelled with the catch-all diagnosis of AIDS to get medical treatment free from vested financial and medical interests, will in the fullness of time be widely celebrated.
But, knowing Christine, she would have little time for sentimentalism over her death. She would have no truck with any slacking in a campaign whose heavy toll certainly contributed to her demise. And we know what she would want us to do.
Very well then, Christine. We will continue in the spirit which you demonstrated and with our best efforts to match your courage and steadfastness.
You set a high standard, didn’t you?
Now that’s what I call: a Life!
There simply is not a more sorrowing and saddening story then this tragedy for the year’s end of 2008.
Outstanding is the word that comes to my mind when remembering Christine. To be in the company of Christine was like being in the company of a great leader, a great person and a great sole. I’m so ever grateful to have been one of those people. Luckily for me she was virtually my neighbor. The outstanding dedication to whatever she did, whether it was family, job, peer support and all matters was a great pleasure to witness first hand.
This tragic loss for me is like losing a mentor, a friend, something I have not had to go through yet in life and was particularly devastating, leaving me in bewilderment, anxiety and mild depression the first few days after the news.
What I think Christine may have wanted, is for all of us to be as strong and healthy as possible. So, let all of us strive to be the healthiest we can be. To be the best we can be. To work together so that no one ever has to be dealt another HIV death sentence.
We will miss you Christine.
Robin and Charlie,
Christine’s suffering is over and her impact on so many lives in so many ways won’t be forgotten. Christy and I miss your family and think of you often. It’s unfortunate that something like this is the reminder of how far apart we are. Christine’s memory will inspire us to make every moment count and make us grateful for people who realize some things are bigger than themselves. It’s not often I’ve met people like Christine, her mother and brother and know in an instant how special they are. Christine did so much in so little time. I miss her.
I am from the Philippines and was diagnosed positive July 2008. It was a devastating event that broke me in every aspect. It was through Christine’s podcast that I found strength and courage to face the battle on HIV.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Christine and the rest of the people in your organization for giving me hope. We will live! We will one day see the truth! Your efforts will never be put to waste.
I met Christine with Robin (and yrs later Charlie) at a HEAL meeting in San Francisco about 1997 and we emailed for many years after. I was questioning and she was questioning. She did not seem rigid in her thinking. When I later developed KS, and the HIV meds were actually less toxic than the treatment for KS on its own, she didn’t judge me as she had been and continues to be judged. The HEAL/Rethinking AIDS people judged me just as harshly as the AIDS establishment judged me when I didn’t want to shovel in meds as soon as I tested poz. I didn’t need to figure out what AIDS was or wasn’t, I just needed to figure out what I had to do, and she was an inspiration for me for that. She was never fanatical, nor as rigid as either of the sides of this debate have always seemed. She was open and she seemed to always be learning and although we fell out of touch I always feel her warmth whenever I think of her and I always will.
Christine’s true humanity and love for others was shown when, after discovering the flaws in the HIV=AIDS dogma, she started advocating for others rather than returning to her former life and pretending it had never happened. She probably helped thousands of people during the last decade or so. She was always there for people in need, terrorized by the idea of the deadly virus perpetrated by the AIDS establishment, or terrorized by the thought of choosing between deadly drugs and their children. She was a lovely human spirit and I’ll miss her as a friend, confidant and fellow activist.
Christine’s grace and enthusiasm for the truth was an inspiration to me. She was my Hero and I told her so, often. I was so fortunate to be friends with her for over twenty years. She was so amazing and full of life. She would help anyone, if she could. It has been truly heartbreaking to see what she and her family have had to endure from the media and from people around the globe, but she never lost her sense of humor. Definitely wicked. Smart as a whip. I am so grateful that she, Robin, Charlie and Lily passed through Las Vegas last year and we got to spend some lovely time together. That will be our last and it was so tender hearted. I have that to keep close to my heart…
Robin and Charlie: You two are always in my thoughts and prayers… Nam-myoho-renge-kyo…
Christine, I cannot you have died. You were and will continue to be such a powerful force in the fight for truth, that people would get all the information concerning HIV and AIDS. You are my hero, an example of true courage. I know you will be helping us from heaven, for all the foolishness and lies going on down here. You are now with your EJ, and there has got to be comfort in this. I know my husband will enjoy meeting you as he is now there. I look forward to meeting you someday on the other side of eternity. Thank you for all your help while you were here.
For those that are criticizing Christine on this wall, shame on you!! It is not about taking or not taking the medications. It is about giving HIV+ people all the information, about the toxicity of the drugs and the alternatives to the drugs. The medical establishment must stop scaring the sh** out of HIV+ people. My husband took the medications for over 4 years, because we were scared. He is now dead! It was even when the HIV was undetectable that he was riddled with cancer throughout his lymph nodes. So much for the drugs helping him to have good health! His body was further damaged from chemotherapy used to fight off the lymphoma resulting in bone death. All the drugs destroyed his immune system. All his major health problems started after he began taking the AIDS medications, followed by chemotherapy. We need to hear more about the people dying or falling ill from the medications.
And to the person that said young people do not die from pneumonia, YES they do! Better not to make foolish generalizations.
Christine was an outspoken advocate of getting all the information to HIV+ people. I still can’t even believe she is gone. You will be missed, Christine!
Charlie and Robin, you are in my prayers. I know that this time has got to be so hard. I didn’t even know your dear Christine personally, and I miss her! How terrible this time must be for you. May you find peace and comfort.
May God help us all through these troubled, distorted times.
A thought that has given me comfort:
“When we have done all the work we were sent to do, we are allowed to shed our bodies, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the butterfly and when the time is right we can let go of it. Then we will be free of pain, free of fears and free of worries— free as a beautiful butterfly returning home to God.” -Elizabeth Kubler Ross
Christine is a beautiful spirit. Her vitality of life while with us was courageous, compassionate, and generous. My life is richer having known her.
wow….i thought we had you here longer..oh Christine! you mean so much to me and to the others,throughout time,who also want to be truth-seeking,truth-telling,brave activists living your light with such compassion.i feel your spirit SO alive calling us ALL to spread the word further that the emperor ain’t got no clothes.i was so lucky to have met you and E.J,Charlie and Robin those few times with ACT-UP!-SF.may your radiance keep us strong.lots of Love to Charlie and Robin,sistar.
My deepest condolences to Robin, Charlie, and Christine’s family. I have known Christine and her family since the 80′s and worked with her in commercial art for many years. The world has lost someone of true honesty, integrity, and kindness. PS, add the loss of a wicked sense of humor to that list.
I had the privilege to write an article about her work examining HIV data and policy for a Los Angeles newspaper and became immersed in the same research she committed herself to. I interviewed many of the same harassed scientists, university professors threatened with loss of tenure, bullied healthcare professionals, and patients (USA and Europe) victimized by doctors that had become nothing less than irrational robots. I constantly amazed that these robots that had taken an oath to heal, were easily flustered and could not or would not respond to quotes of facts and statistics from Christine’s book, yet they blindly followed standard AIDS protocols.
I came to the only possible conclusion; Christine was totally responsible and demonstrated the highest levels of scientific standards in her presentation of evidence challenging the HIV=AIDS theory. Christine’s contribution to this ongoing controversy should be held in the highest esteem as an example of an unbiased scientific search for the truth.
As for her morality, ethics, and perseverance in the face of near insurmountable odds, I can find no words worthy of the praise she deserves. But I can say I’m thankful and blessed to have known Christine.
Shocked and stunned. What a GREAT voice for truth. There is no question for me. Christine Maggiore’s voice will only get stronger and stronger going forward.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell-
Christine ‘was and is’ a ‘revolutionary leader on the frontline of the AIDS struggle’. I corresponded a few times by E-mail with Christine since 1999 when I heard about her. As a HIV Positive Black man, I sought advise and direction about HIV and AIDS from many people. To me, Christine was one of the most caring and down to earth voices in the HIV and AIDS field. She really ‘cared’ about people. HOW DO I KNOW? As busy as Christine was as a mother, wife, educator, speaker, leader… ‘She got back to me’. She was a voice of reason on ‘The Other Side of AIDS’ from someone living with HIV. Her book is one of my main inspirations. To Robin and Charlie: You have my love and sympathy.
I hope not to offend anyone by the following but it is my exact feeling and I do not wish to speak but precisely how I feel:
While it is true that every life is precious and every death is to be respected, there are other cases at times.
Cases where something so harsh, so painful and so tragic happens, that physical pain vicariously reverberates through those who are connected to the tragedy.
I have had relatives that I loved very much pass away in the past and a few in the not-too-distant past.
I did not shed a tear. There was no reason to cry. No reason to feel like something unjust happened. No reason to feel like the world lost anything. Death is a faceless and emotionless thing for most. As some die, others are born.
Upon the shock of hearing about Christine it was the first time in my life that I can remember crying about a death. I am in tears again as I write these very words. A piercing thrust of sharp pain hits my stomach, feeling as real as a dagger, but no face to reconcile the injury to.
Most deaths are indeed sad. Most people die because of prescription drugs, surgeries, fast food, and so on. In a sense then, these too are tragic deaths.
Nobody however, not one person, has to live through what this lady has suffered. How does one recover from the loss of a child? How does one further recover from being called a murderer of their own child? And who has to deal with the entire world bashing them constantly.
If I put myself in those shoes for even ONE moment I couldn’t imagine being strong enough to even open the front door or pick up a telephone.
Did AIDS have anything to do in Christine’s death? You bet it did. All the people who castigated her, all the constant bombardment of psychic terrorism and hatred stemming from this idiotic fervor called the AIDS establishment, had an impact. I am sure of it.
These criminals don’t understand the power of their words. I cry for Christine because she was my family. I identify more with her than with almost everyone else I know. Her death is not something I can “learn something from” or “get over.”
The fact is some things are just NOT supposed to happen. This is a tragedy of such proportions that it cannot be quantified. If there was one person in the world who didn’t deserve this kind of tragedy it was Christine.
2008 was supposed to be such a bad year, but I didn’t really see it. Indeed, I now agree.
Christine had a reverence for the truth; and such kindness to those many victims of deceit whose lives she uplifted with such grace. I will always remember.
I felt like I knew Christine ever since I was introduced to the truth about HIV and AIDS in 2007. Her efforts have changed our lives forever. I am sorry that I never had to chance to meet her. We will remember her until the day we die. Robin I want to thank you for the support you gave her which in turn Christine gave to all of us. We will continue pray for you and Charlie during this time of mourning. Thank you,
I am so incredibly saddened by the very tragic loss of Christine.
Although I never met her, I had corresponded with her on a number of occasions. From the time we found out “the truth” surrounding the AIDS debacle, Christine had always made herself avaliable for help and guidance.
This was a woman of class, grace, integrity, and wisdom. Not afraid to challenge the current dogma of the day. She withstood an incredible amount of pressure, loss, and sadness.
I can only hope to asprie to be nearly as kind and well-spoken as Christine. She was an inspriration to me, my family, and people all over the world.
It was because of Robin’s film, and Christine’s book, that we first discovered the truth about the HIV paradigm. This subsequently led my husband and me down of rabbit hole of reading, research, and information that I firmly believe has saved my life.
All of our love, thoughts, and prayers go out to Robin and Charlie for strength during this very painful time. Please know that Christine has left this world leaving a legacy that not many people can achieve.
I thank you for supporting her in that.
Her legacy lives on.
That is indeed sad news… As Kary Mullis, PhD, wrote in the forward of her book, quoting from Leonard Cohen, “There’s a crack in everything and that’s how the light gets in.”-using this to describe Christine.
I hope she feels the rain, soft and soothing.
Thank you for everything! One day people will know that you were right all along, about everything. I learned so much from you, but mostly to keep my sense of humor and to appreciate the people I love. I will miss you very, very much.
Truly a shock and a devastation. A defiant flame of reason and thoughtfulness has been extinguished in this dark and stubborn world.
To Robin and Charlie: You have my love and sympathy, although be grateful for your close and tender relationship with this amazing woman!
I corresponded occassionally with Christine ever since 2000 when I purchased her book. She never failed to give a thorough and insightful answer and tons of warmth … even when we disagreed. I wish that type of accessiblity and intellectual honesty could be found on both sides of this horrible issue for which Christine devoted her life. More than anything, Christine wanted the truth about this health crisis. For that brave fight for truth, she is to be commended.
As I’ve told you so many times in the past: I love you, Christine. Thank you for the inspiration, understanding, and basic human kindness you showed the world.
For any society to move forward, those with the spirit and courage of Christine must make waves. For me, whether her views were “right” or “wrong” has had little to do with my admiration for her. She was willing, against such adversity, to speak out – to question – and to do it thoughtfully and without vitriol. She managed to hold to her convictions and not abuse the many who disagreed with her. She was a class act – and yet penetrating with her views and determination.
I am deeply saddened that I never got to speak with her in person. Not knowing of her passing, I did send her an email on the 28th in hopes of finally making contact. Though that will never happen in a traditional way, I believe there are many who will continue to make contact with Christine every day – through her cause and through her approach to truth seeking. We have much to learn from her – and from those like her.
We celebrate you, Christine. And we hold your family in our hearts.
With love and admiration,
When I think of great Americans, I think of Christine before I think of Lincoln. I’ll miss you, Christine, but you’ll continue to inspire me.
My deepest condolences to Robin and Charlie.
but you will not mind the roughness nor the steepness of the way,
nor the chill, unrested morning, nor the searness of the day;
and you will not take a turning to the left or to the right,
but go straight ahead, nor tremble at the coming of the night,
for the road leads home.
( this was the personal word from the book streams in the desert by cowman for the day of Dec-27-08)
I have so many wonderful memories of Christine and they are in my heart for the days you need them. I love you Roro please tell Charlie Aunt Callie loves him so very much. Hope to be with you soon.
God bless you~
Nothing more can be said, all the admiration for Christine is more than true.
My thoughts are with you,
The world lost a great American this week.
Everything has a purpose. God gave Christine the freedom, sovereignty, and autonomy to do what she wanted to do in the way she wanted to do it. She thought she was indestructible. We all did.
She was not.
Greater love hath no man…
Christine’s passing should not shake our faith. It should strengthen it. Knowing Christine has made me a better man.
Very tragic story. Christine was both a doll and a fierce advocate. A battalion of Marines had less moxy and courage than she did.
I was proud to know her and call her my friend. My heart goes out to Robin and Charlie in this time of great sorrow.
To Robin and Charlie:
Christine was truly the most courageous human being I have ever met in my 61 years on this planet. The burden she shouldered for millions who have been terrorized by the HIV=AIDS myth is nearly incomprehensible to me. I am so very pleased I was able to know her and have her friendship and guidance these all too brief past twenty months. I pledge to you, Robin and Charlie, that I will do everything in my power to continue her work. I do not believe in a deity, but I know I was touched by an angel.
Your physical presence may be gone, but your work, you writing and your pod casts will live on to influence even more lives than you already have. May you rest in peace while the rest of us continue where you left off.
Heartfelt condolences to Robin and Charlie. Say hello to EJ for me.
I am deeply saddened by this news. My condolences to the family. While I never personally met Christine, I did email her with various thoughts and she always emailed me back.
Integrity of science has always been my main reason for pursuing this issue so fervently for the last 15 years. Ever since ego, commerce and politics have become so deeply embedded in science, “science” has suffered and as one would expect, truth, the offspring of science, has suffered also.
If this issue were just about 2 differing scientific theories, each well thought out and documented, that would be one thing … but it is something much uglier … much more sinister … and Christine had the courage to fight, against tremendous odds — to try and bring some sensibility back and rid us of the ugliness.
Thanks, Christine — you will not be forgotten.
My dearest Christine,
I am shocked and saddened at the news of your passing. You have been a force in my life for many years now and you will be deeply and sorely missed. Eating grapes in the park, meeting the Mayor of San Francisco with you, scrubbing my apartment and ripping out carpet when Dave became ill, celebrating the birth of EJ, laughing at the absurdities of life, talking for hours about medicine and AIDS, grieving Dave’s and EJ’s passing with you, rebuilding my life with the viewpoints you gave me, are all memories I will cherish forever. I will never again feel bullied by western medicine, but instead will make informed decisions that are right for ME.
I love you, you brave, contrarian, soul.
You are forever in my heart,
I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss. For we have lost “one of us”. We are so few, those intelligent and brave enough to seek, find, and stand up for the truth. I feel a little more alone today. Though I’m an activist for truth about vaccines, I recognized so many things in Christine that are true of all of my activist friends, no matter what their cause. She was an incredible woman whom I will always admire. Robin and Charlie, my warmest thoughts are with you. You’ve been through so much already. May memories one day give you comfort and allow you to smile. My hope is that Christine, Eliza Jane, and my dear Hailey are together somewhere safe from the incredible hostility this world seems to harbor against truth. The world was left a better place because of you Christine. Thank you for all of your years of fighting the good fight. And thank you Robin and Charlie for supporting her along the way.
Such a sad passing. This woman was one of the first people I spoke with while diagnosed pregnant. I was trying to figure out what I believed because after living in Africa for three years I had already deduced that things didn’t add up. I met her days after my diagnosis and a month prior to celia farbers article. I was coersed, manipulated, and somewhat harassed to take drugs that I did not need. I continually refused due to the help of a few strong people. Inside I truly felt these drugs could harm me, the number of other drugs they tried to prescribe me while pregnant was also appalling. The miraculous state of my health was not even explained to me while they did this… though was later expressed by other professionals. I had no viral load, was in immaculate health, did not even need the drugs, and the only person who helped relay this to me was Christine.
When they held my child for refusing the medications she connected me with an attorney. The attorney never had to step in cause it seems they were just hoping they could scare me into complying. My child is negative, her nor I needed the drugs, they very well could have harmed my immaculate health and I have found 94 studies at the NIH since that time that prove they could have been very detrimental to my child. I truly feel I owe this woman my life and that of my childs. Over the course she was a great friend, and powerful source of encouragement, inspiration and information. She will be terribly missed!
Rest in Peace, Christine was a champion and an inspiration
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