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
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.
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 kissing.
viruses, once HIV has entered the body, it seeks to replicate
itself. What makes HIV far deadlier than, say, a cold virus,
is that is 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 dramatically weakened.
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.
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 infections.
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.
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 arise.
** All of
these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your
doctor when taking any and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – HIV / AIDS
Prescription #1 Phyto
Greens - Super green food supplement - LifeSource
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.
Prescription # 2 High-potency
multivitamin - LifeSource
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.
Prescription #3 Whey
Protein - LifeSource
Take 25 grams daily or as directed by your doctor. It
helps prevent tissue wasting and repairs the digestive
Prescription #4 Super
Antioxidant formula - LifeSource
Many studies have shown that people with HIV have a greater
need for antioxidants. Take a combination antioxidant
formula, as directed on the container.
Prescription #5 B-complex -
Take a 50 mg complex twice daily. Many people with HIV
have deficiencies of the B vitamins, which can impair
Prescription # 6 Vitamin
C - LifeSource
Take 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily. It supports immune function.
Prescription #7 Probiotic
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
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:
conditions are associated with full-blown AIDS. Following are
some of the most common:
sarcoma (a type of skin cancer characterized by raised purple
problems (often related to cytomegalovirus, which can cause
Toxoplasmic encephalitis (a brain infection)
Pneumonia and other respiratory ailments
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
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.
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 ever 2.2
pounds of body weight. A high quality whey protein is helpful
in attaining this goal.
and onions have natural antibiotic effects, so use them often.
HIV or AIDS, include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower,
cabbage, brussels sprouts, and others) in your diet.
glass of clean water every two waking hours. Make sure the water
is from a good source, to avoid bacteria and parasite infection.
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
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
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.
junk food, fried food, sugar, and alcohol, all of which suppress
your immune system and tax your entire body.
now if you have any food allergies or sensitivities, because
they cause the immune system to attack itself.
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.
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 harsh or bright sun. People with HIV have
a heightened vulnerability to skin cancer.
Please consult your Doctor before taking any supplements.