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On HIV: Science, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Government and Media
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Science, Medical, Pharmaceutical, Government and Media
by Bradford McIntyre

August 2003


"Disputing the overwhelming evidence that HIV causes AIDS is not only unscientific, but also inexcusably derails the only known approaches that can stop the terrible pandemic of AIDS. While the best approaches to improving health in settings with limited funds and substantial epidemics can be debated, the results of the studies conducted in the last sixteen years are indisputable: HIV causes AIDS. The presence of HIV infection is the only factor that is strongly and consistently associated with the conditions that define AIDS."

The Principal Investigators of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)

"The higher the amount of HIV in the blood, the greater the risk of developing AIDS."

Annals of Internal Medicine 1997; Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 1999

"When therapies that prevent HIV from replicating were used to drastically reduce the amount of HIV in a patient's blood, there was also a dramatic and unprecedented decrease in the incidence of AIDS and death."

Journal of the American Medical Association 1998

"Even in individuals infected with the virus that causes Kaposi's sarcoma, Kaposi's is extremely unlikely to occur without the immunosuppression caused by HIV infection."
Journal of Infectious Diseases 2000

With HIV infections going on without anyone knowing, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus known as HIV went around the world. We only started to see HIV cases cropping up in 1981. It was even longer before any real understanding of the situation occurred. From the start, people seemed to be dying quite rapidly. We really didn't know how long they had been infected. We didn't have any treatment!

I remember when the AIDS virus was reported on the news by using a picture of the world to show the countries where the virus existed. When we realized there were many strains of HIV, these different strains were marked on a map of the world. Letters from the alphabet were used to identify the different strains. In the beginning, some countries showed one strain, maybe two strains. People were unaware of being infected long before getting tested. Now, mutated strains and multiple exposures have taken place all over the world. We scrambled to learn about HIV, trying to come up with ways to treat infected people.

From the early beginnings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic when HIV first hit the gay community, no treatment forced people into action! People infected sought out complementary therapies and supplements and created a network, - a network for wellness! More people collaborated, sharing experiences and the information network spread, providing anecdotes on immune boosters, vitamin supplements, herbs, botanicals and tinctures. The understanding grew and people acknowledged how important it is to keep the body strong and healthy. Information included incorporating: traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, homeopathy and naturopathy. Also, the positive effects of: MIND, BODY, SPIRIT connection, using prayer, meditation, visualization, Reiki, reflexology, massage, cranio-sacro, body rebalancing, yoga and many others were being realized as more people opted to try these methods.

In many cases, taking responsibility for their life and health has been overwhelmingly effective. Many people infected with HIV did not die! There are people who have lived the last 20 years without health problems. Others have gone without HIV related drugs and dealt with some of the same health issues as those on the drugs, with great success! Certainly, there are many individuals experiencing the benefits of the HIV/AIDS drug treatments available. Voicing the successes of people not on any of the HIV treatment drugs and the fact those people are doing so well, must be accounted! There is very little mention or recognition given by the government, medical profession, pharmaceutical companies or media, of the successes of people who are not on HIV medications and who are addressing their health through vitamin supplements, herbs and botanicals, complementary therapies and/or naturopathic medicine.

Having lived infected with HIV, without antiretroviral combination therapies, suggests that nutrition, vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals can be used to protect the body's healing system and boost the immune system. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for regulating cell function and HIV infection increases the need for vitamin supplements. It is these (not the HIV medications), which are more readily available and being used by millions of people worldwide. With remarkable results! Creating longevity for a happy healthy life!

HIV infects immune cells called CD4

"Healing this disease requires an equal emphasis on vanquishing a viral enemy and strengthening the body's natural defenses. Microbiologists have recently shown that exposure to HIV initiates a long, drawn-out power struggle between invader and host. Over the course of many years, what appears to be a quiet truce in an otherwise healthy person is anything but. Immune 'soldier' cells in the body are constantly fighting to stay ahead of HIV as it reproduces itself.
HIV positive people can outmanoeuvre the virus by strengthening their immune defenses with diet, supplements, herbs, exercise and mind-body medicine. It's up to the individual to take great measures to support their immune systems in that fight. That includes getting enough protein and nutrients while conserving energy and reducing stress.
These efforts enable patients to achieve what I call a 'dynamic equilibrium'. That's when the immune system keeps pace with HIV, preventing active infection and keeping the viral load, as we call it, at low or modest levels."

Dr. Jon Kaiser, author of 'Healing HIV: How To Rebuild Your Immune System'.

How many people have to voice this united understanding? How many letters, articles, research studies, books and web sites devoted to complementary therapies does it take before we recognize and implement the necessary changes in health care? There are scientists, doctors, naturopathic physicians, nutritionists and all those in the healing arts using complementary therapies, including patients who have healed, all expressing the positive results, outside of pharmaceuticals, when it comes to health and healing!

HIV is NOT solely responsible for every health issue facing individuals infected!

When a person tests positive for the HIV virus or a person who is HIV positive goes to the doctor because of feeling unwell, physicians most often recommend anti-viral therapy in both situations. The physician recommends blood work. The blood work is then regarded as a marker for which treatment is prescribed. The underlying concern is for those individuals who may not be having trouble with the virus in their system, as much as having some other factor affecting their health.

Manufacturer's statement in the leaflet accompanying the Western Blot (HIV) test kit, states:
"Positive tests do not prove AIDS or pre AIDS disease status
nor that these diseases will be acquired."

...positive attitudes are not simply 'moods'

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