AIDS and HIV
It is a disturbing and widespread myth that HIV (human immunodeficiency
virus) and AIDS, the usually fatal condition believed to be caused by HIV,
no longer pose a grave public health threat. The Centers for Disease
Control estimates that 5 million Americans are considered to be at high
risk for HIV infection. Half of all new cases of HIV occur in people under
the age of twenty-five. Although scientists have discovered several
treatments that extend the life span of people with the virus, there is
still no cure. Even grimmer is the news that AIDS rates, after a short
period of decline, are on the rise. Gay men were once thought to be the
group most at risk for contracting HIV, but statistics show that
heterosexual teenagers, both male and female; Hispanics; blacks; and women
are now contracting the disease in rapidly increasing numbers.
HIV is transmitted via vaginal or anal sex or by blood-to-blood contact. It
is vitally important for everyone to practice safe sex, preferably in the
form of a monogamous relationship with an HIV-free partner, and to abstain
from intravenous drug use. Don't rely solely on condoms to protect you, as
they sometimes let HIV and other viruses pass through. Intravenous drug
users are at a high risk: if you have an addiction, you should seek help,
but at the very least you should never share needles with anyone.
The virus may also be passed from mother to child during birth or
breastfeeding. It is possible to greatly reduce the chance of transmitting
the disease during birth. Pregnant women should be tested for HIV as soon
as possible so that they and their unborn children can receive vital
treatment. HIV is sometimes contracted by healthcare workers who are stuck
with infected needles. Also, be aware that the virus cannot be transmitted
through casual contact, such as coughing, sneezing, shaking hands, or dry
Like all viruses, once HIV has entered the body, it seeks to replicate
itself. What makes HIV far deadlier than, say, a cold virus, is that it
takes a particularly aggressive tactic within the body: once it invades a
cell, it reprograms that cell's genetic material. Normally, a cell will
reproduce by dividing and creating a copy of itself. In this way, the body
regenerates itself at the most basic level. But when cells that are invaded
by HIV divide, they don't create copies of themselves-the create copies of
the virus. Those copies then invade other healthy cells, so that,
eventually, the virus cells far outnumber the healthy ones. To make matters
worse, HIV attacks a particular kind of immune cell, called a Helper T-cell
(these lymphocytes have a receptor protein called CD4+ in their outer
membrane and so are also referred to as CD4+ lymphocytes). As more and more
CD4+ cells are destroyed, the body's ability to fight off infections is
Most people do not notice any symptoms when HIV first invades the body.
People with HIV will usually go for years without knowing it, unless they
are tested for the disease. Before AIDS develops, many will begin to
experience symptoms such as night sweats, fatigue, fevers, diarrhea, weight
loss, enlarged lymph nodes, thrush, herpes, mouth ulcers, and bleeding
gums. Later, as the number of T-cells continues to decrease, their bodies
will be highly vulnerable to infection by viruses and bacteria.
HIV-positive people might contract a variety of diseases that are otherwise
rare, such as Kaposi's sarcoma (a kind of skin cancer characterized by
raised purple welts), the Epstein-Barr virus (also known as chronic fatigue
syndrome), neurological problems, eye infections (including
cytomegalovirus, which can cause blindness), toxoplasmic encephalitis (a
brain infection), and systemic candidiasis (yeast infection). Other
infections are those we usually consider common, such as pneumonia and
various respiratory ailments.
Acquired immunodeficiency virus (AIDS) is the most severe form of HIV
infection. A person with HIV infection is considered to have AIDS when at
least one complicating illness develops or the person's ability to defend
against infection significantly declines, as measured by a low CD4+
lymphocyte count. Since the number of CD4+ lymphocytes in the blood helps
to determine the ability of the immune system to protect the body from
infections, it is a good measure of the degree of damage done by HIV
infection. A healthy person has a CD4+ lymphocyte count of roughly 800 to
1,300 cells per microliter of blood. Typically, 40 to 60 percent of CD4+
lymphocytes are destroyed in the first few months of infection. After about
six months, the CD4+ count stops falling so quickly, but it continues to
decline. If the CD4+ count falls below about 200 cells per microliter of
blood, the immune system is susceptible to severe, life-threatening
It is important to note that while all people with AIDS are HIV-positive,
not all people with HIV develop AIDS. Most HIV-positive people develop AIDS
within eight to twelve years after first contracting the virus, but some
develop it much faster, and many others still remain healthy decades after
contracted HIV. It appears that people who are able to ward off full-blown
AIDS are those whose immune systems are the strongest. Therefore,
complementary therapies for HIV and AIDS work to bolster the ability of the
immune system to fight infection.
If you contract HIV, you need to work with a doctor who knows about the
latest treatments available for the disease. Although a cure has yet to be
found, research is producing new therapies on an almost monthly basis. In
addition, you will need medication to combat any infections that might
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 7 vitamins and supplements have shown to help
AIDS and HIV:
Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and
Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
Phyto Greens - Super Greens
- LifeSource Product Take an organic super
green food, such as chlorella or spirulina, or a mixture of
super green foods each day. It supplies a host of nutrients
and antioxidants. Take as directed on the container. Take
Capsules or Powders.
Super Prescription # 2
Multivitamin – High Potency
– LifeSource Vitamins
Take a high-potency multivitamin and mineral formula daily,
as it will contain a strong base of the antioxidants and
other nutrients that improve immune function. See all of
our Liquids, Powders and Pill Form.
Super Prescription #3
- LifeSource Product
Take 25 grams daily or as directed by your doctor. It helps
prevent tissue wasting and repairs the digestive tract. We
have all versions of Grass Fed Organic Whey Protein.
Super Prescription #4
Super Antioxidant formula
- LifeSource Vitamins - Many studies have
shown that people with HIV have a greater need for
antioxidants. Take a combination antioxidant formula, as
directed on the container.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource Vitamins -
Take a 50 mg complex twice daily. Many people with HIV have
deficiencies of the B vitamins, which can impair immune
Super Prescription # 6
Vitamin C –
Take 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily. It supports immune function.
Super Prescription #7
Probiotics / Dophilus
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Take a daily probiotic supplement that contains at least 4
billion active organisms. Probiotics are used to replenish
healthful bacteria that fight intestinal infection and
Multivitamin Supplementation May Help Reduce AIDS
Mortality - Article
There are no symptoms during the early stages of HIV, except perhaps a
fever when the virus first invades the body. As the virus continues to
invade, the following symptoms can occur:
Enlarged lymph nodes
Thrush (mouth fungus)
Several conditions are associated with full-blown AIDS. Following are
some of the most common:
Kaposi's sarcoma (a type of skin cancer characterized by raised purple
Eye problems (often related to cytomegalovirus, which can cause
Toxoplasmic encephalitis (a brain infection)
Pneumonia and other respiratory ailments
Cancer of various organs
Anal or vaginal sex with an infected partner
Blood-to-blood contact with an infected person (such as from sharing
needles for intravenous drug use)
Transfusions of infected blood (in the United States, blood donations
have been screened for HIV since 1985)
In the womb, at birth, or during breastfeeding
To reduce the risk of toxins entering your body, food should be as clean
and pure as possible. If you cook meat and poultry at home, reduce your
risk of food poisoning by keeping preparation areas sanitary and by cooking
at high-enough temperatures. Eat organic food, if it is available. If
organic products are not an option, at least wash your food with pure water
to get rid of pesticides and other toxins.
If you have HIV or AIDS, you absolutely must eat well. A good basic diet
will include plenty of raw vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, fresh fruit,
and lean protein from quality sources. As the virus continues to invade
your body, you may find that you lose your appetite, but try to keep eating
healthful meals; an adequate intake of calories is more important now than
ever. Protein is particularly important to prevent weight loss and maintain
optimal immune function. Try to consume 2.0 grams for every 2.2 pounds of
body weight. A high-quality whey protein is helpful in attaining this goal.
Garlic and onions have natural antibiotic effects, so use them often.
To fight HIV or AIDS, include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli,
cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and others) in your diet.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. Make sure the water is
from a good source, to avoid bacteria and parasite infection.
The "good" bacteria in your digestive tract help fight infection, so
maintain their presence by eating yogurt with live cultures, especially
Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidus. This is especially important if you
are taking antibiotics, which kill the good bacteria along with the bad. If
you cannot tolerate yogurt, take probiotic capsules.
If you have HIV, it is strongly advised that you invest in a good juicer.
Live juices will help your weakened system absorb a maximum amount of
nutrients. Drink several glasses daily of a variety of juices, especially
those made from cruciferous vegetables, black radishes, cabbage, greens
(such as wheatgrass), and carrots. Foods to Avoid
Do not consume raw eggs; unpasteurized milk, cheese, or cider; or rare
meat. All of these products can contain harmful bacteria. In people who
have compromised immune systems, these bacteria can lead to septicemia, an
extremely dangerous and often fatal condition.
Cut out junk food, fried food, sugar, and alcohol, all of which suppress
your immune system and tax your entire body.
Find out now if you have any food allergies or sensitivities because they
cause the immune system to attack itself.
Every month consider doing a juice fast. Juices made from carrots, cabbage,
greens, and apples help cleanse the body. Green drinks are another
excellent way to purify the blood.
Get plenty of rest and fresh air.
Regular exercise will counteract stress and help keep you healthy but
don't overdo it. A daily morning walk is a good idea. Weight lifting
helps to maintain muscle mass.
Try to get early morning sunlight on your skin, but make sure to stay
away from the harsh or bright sun. People with HIV have a heightened
vulnerability to skin cancer.
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