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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

  • AIDS
    (See also Sexually Transmitted Diseases)



  • Definition

    The occurrence of immune deficiency in previously healthy individuals. There is no specific therapy.


    Causes

    There is no known cause, no specific treatment. Certain groups are esp. at risk of developing this syndrome; including highly active homosexuals and bisexuals; users of drugs of abuse intravenously; and hemophiliacs.


    Symptoms

    Anyone who develops generalized lympadenopathy (swollen lymph glands), unexplained weight loss, and thrush, should be suspected of having this syndrome. Persons at risk of having this syndrome should not donate blood. The AIDS virus invades the T-cells and multiplies, causing a breakdown in the body's immune system, eventually leading to overwhelming infection and/or cancer, with ultimate death. Many of those who die from AIDS have respiratory illnesses that the immune system is not able to fight. At this time, there is no cure for AIDS. 80% of those diagnosed with full-fledged AIDS since 1984 have already died. Many people who are carriers of the virus are not even aware that they have it. They spread the virus primarily through sexual contact or through the sharing of needles during intravenous drug use. When the virus is taken into the body, the white cells can not kill it. AIDS is also passed from mothers with the virus to children during birth. When the virus becomes active, some of the symptoms are non-specific and variable. They include; fever, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, night sweats, skin disorders, and enlarged liver and/or spleen. The first sign may be a tongue that is coated with white bumps. This is oral Candidiasis, or thrush. Candidiasis indicates a compromised immune system.


    Treatment

    None known. At this time, building up the immune system is the best defense for the potential AIDS victim. Correct diet, appropriate supplements, exercise, proper environment, and correct mental out-look all play significant roles in keeping the immune system working adequately. Check with your doctor for diagnosis and new developments in therapy.
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    Nutrients

    Aerobic 07 from Aerobic Life Products or Dioxychlor from American Biologics, 9 drops in water 3 times a day, for tissue oxygenation (kills harmful bacteria). Egg lecithin, 20 m on an empty stomach, divided throughout the day. Garlic tablets, 2 capsules with meals 3 times per day, is a powerful immunostimulant. Germanium, 200 mg. per day, for tissue oxygenation and interferon production. Protein supplement (free form of amino acids), as directed on the label (protein in this form is readily available for the body's use and more easily metabolized. Selenium, 200 mcg. per day, is a free radical scavenger. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) from Biotec Foods, as directed on the label, is a free radical scavenger. Vitamin B complex, 100 mg. 3 times per day (injections by the doctor is more effective), is an antistress vitamin. Vitamin C plus biofavonoids, 10,000 mg. in divided doses per day. Acidophilus, 3 times daily (take a high powered form), supplies "friendly" bacteria for intestinal tract. Coenzyme Q10, 100 mg. per day, supports immune system. DMG (Gluconic from DaVinci Labs, as directed on the label, stimulates the immune system, increasing the T-cell population. Kyo-green, taken as directed on the label, supplies nutrients needed for repair (important to the immune response). Multimineral formula (high potency) with Zinc plus Copper, 50 mg. daily of zinc and 3 mg. of copper, do not exceed 100 mg. zinc, omit iron if fever is present. Proteolytic enzymes, 6 tablets between meals, destroys free radicals and aids digestion. Quercetin plus bromelin, taken as directed on the label, helps prevent allergic reactions (food, pollen, etc.,) and increases immunity. Raw thymus plus multiglandulars including spleen from Arteria, taken as directed on the label, enhances T-cell production (best from lamb source). Vitamin A emulsion, 50,000 IU per day, (use caution if using pill form) reduce dosage if liver damage has been diagnosed. Vitamin E emulsion, 200 IU daily, (emulsions are more readily and easily assimilated), both A and E enhance immune function and destroy free radicals. Aloe vera, as directed on the label, Carrisyn from the aloe plant may work as the drug AZT without the side effects. Essential fatty acids, taken as directed on the label, (unsaturated fatty acids are most important in the diet. Some sources are primrose oil, black currant oil, salmon oil, and linseed oil. L-Carnitine plus L-cysteine and L-methionine and L-ornithine (amino acids), taken as directed on the label, improves immune function. (Do not give children L-ornithine).


    Herbs

  • TB
    • Aloe vera
    • Basil
    • Bayberry
    • Cayenne
    • Chaparral
    • Clover, red
    • Cow-parsnip
    • Currant, black
    • Dandelion
    • Echinacea
    • Flax
    • Garlic
    • Ginkgo bilboa
    • Ginseng, Chinese
    • Ginseng, Siberian
    • Golden seal
    • Gotu kola
    • Juniper berries
    • Mullein
    • Pau d'arco
    • Onion
    • Primrose
    • Radish, black
    • Rose hips
    • St. John's Wort
    • Shiitake mushroom extract
    • Silymarin (extract of milk thistle weed)
    • Suma


    Recommendations

    Never share a needle with drug users. Condoms, along with spermicide, should be used (condoms are 90% effective). This disease is highly contagious. The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that you protect yourself with condoms. Condoms should be used, but they are no guarantee of protection against venereal diseases! Check with your doctor!


    Suggestions

    Do not smoke! Stay away from those who do! Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, colas, sugar and sugar products, as well as red meat. Diet should consist of 75% raw foods plus seeds, nuts, and grains. Lots of fresh air, rest, and sunshine. A lack of quality protein and adequate calories in the diet is a common reason for immune deficiency. Increase intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.


    Sources for AIDS Help

    • AIDS Hot Line: 1-800-342-2437 (open 24 hrs. day, 7 days a week)
    • The Aids Health Project, Box 0884, Dept. P, San Francisco, CA 94143-0884
    • AIDS Atlanta, 1132 Peachtree St., NW, Dept. P, Atlanta, GA 30309
    • AIDS Foundation Houston, 3927 Essex Lane, Dept. P, Houston, TX 77027
    • American Foundation for AIDS Research, Box AIDS, Dept. P., New York, NY., 10016
    • Project Inform, 347 Dolores St., #301, Dept. P., San Francisco, CA 94110
    • AIDS Action Committee, 661 Bolyston St., 4th Floor, Dept. P., Boston, MA., 02116
    • National Association of People With AIDS, 2025 I Street, NW, Dept. P., Washington, DC 20006

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