Dissident AIDS Database

Co-factorsStressPsychological stressWasting syndrome
Neurotoxicity of glucocorticoids on the primate brain.
 Uno H et al.
  "Wild-caught vervet monkeys... occasionally showed a syndrome of cachexia associated with persistent diarrhea, anorexia, and dehydration that usually proved fatal. Those animals appeared to be socially subordinate and to have suffered an atypically high rate of social harrassment and attack from their peers. Two animals died as early as one month under such conditions, and others died after six months to 4 years in captivity... The fatal outcome, caused by severe prolonged social stress, induced classic pathology associated with stress, including gastric ulcers and adrenal hyperplasia. In these animals we also found unique insidious degeneration and resultant depletion of neurons in the hippocampus (the area of the brain that controls learning and memory)... Similar degeneration was also found in cortical neurons." This phenomenon was observed both in wild-caught animals subjected to severe social stress by their peers, as well as in animals injected with synthetic analogues of cortisol.
  Horm Behav, 1994, 28(4):336-348.1994
The nocebo effect: History and physiology.
 Benson H
  Severe social and psychological stress can cause a fatal wasting syndrome in animals, humans, and non-human primates that is very similar to AIDS.
  Preventive Medicine 1997, 26; 612-615.1997
Psychosocial predictors of sudden death: a review and critique.
 Binik YM
  Severe social and psychological stress can cause a fatal wasting syndrome in animals, humans, and non-human primates that is very similar to AIDS.
  Soc Sci Med; 1985; 20(7):667-80.1985
Stress: Prodrome to immune deficiency.
 Cecchi RL
  Severe social and psychological stress can cause a fatal wasting syndrome in animals, humans, and non-human primates that is very similar to AIDS.
  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1984 437; 286-289.1984
Voodoo death, the stress response, and AIDS.
 Cohen SI
  Severe social and psychological stress can cause a fatal wasting syndrome in animals, humans, and non-human primates that is very similar to AIDS.
  Adv Biochem Psychopharmacol; 1988; 44:95-109.1988
Voodoo death in Australian aborigines.
 Eastwell HD
  Severe social and psychological stress can cause a fatal wasting syndrome in animals, humans, and non-human primates that is very similar to AIDS.
  Psychiatr Med; 1987; 5(1):71-3.1987