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Is is possible to cure AIDS patients by using white blood cells of blood cancer, by fooling HIV to attack a false target?
Is it possible to wrap HIV in a physical boundary, such that it has no interaction out side the wrapper, so the functionality of the cell will not be affected by HIV?. Since all cells in out body are replaced within three years, after 3 years, the HIV affected victim will have fresh HIV free cells.
What would you choose when your treating physician gives you the option: leukemia or antiviral treatment? HIV is not lethal anymore these days, at the least life expectancy can be substantially prolonged. Admittedly, treatment is life long and not a cure, but you'll live.
Leukemia on the other hand, is life threatening and needs immediate treatment. Treatments for leukemia are primarily chemotherapy, and perhaps radiation therapy, biological therapy, targeted therapy, and stem cell transplant, all of which are by no means guaranteed to be curative.
But interestingly: a Berlin leukemia patient with HIV was actually cured after receiving chemotherapy and having received HIV-resistant stem cells to repopulate his white blood cells (Source: Medicine Net). The donor carried the relatively rare mutation called CCR5delta32. People with this mutation lack functional CCR5, the protein that HIV most often uses to enter cells.
Why is this not a standard treatment? The Berlin patient serves as a good example, because the patient suffered intestinal and neurological symptoms due to the chemotherapy. And besides being dangerous in itself, chemo is truly a grueling experience to go through. And in fact, this patient was the only instance in which this approach was followed (Source: Medicine Net).
Massage: Massage has a long history in Eastern and Western cultures as a method of pain relief. There’s not a lot of research specific to HIV/AIDs, but some small studies show that it may ease depression and anxiety. If it helps you relax and feel better, that’s a benefit. Massage may work better when combined with other therapies like meditation and stress relief.
Yoga: Research shows that yoga, which involves different postures, breathing routines, and meditation, may benefit people living with HIV/AIDS by lowering blood pressure, pain, and anxiety. Sticking with an ongoing practice would keep those benefits going.
Meditation and other mindfulness therapies: Several research studies have looked at the benefits of meditation for a wide variety of health conditions. These practices focus on the link between the mind, body, and behavior to improve your health and well-being. When it comes to HIV/AIDS, scientists have found that meditation and other mindfulness training techniques like repeating mantras could lower stress and make you feel happier, and better prepared to manage anger and conflict.
There are two different visions of a potential HIV cure: treatment-free remission and viral eradication.
Treatment-free remission means the virus is controlled without the need for ART drugs, which a person has to take every day for life. Millions of people who have HIV can’t afford ART, so other treatments are needed. This idea of an HIV cure is also called a functional cure.
Treatment-free remission means that you’d:
- Live a healthy life that’s of normal length
- Not have to take ART or any other HIV-related drugs to keep the virus under control
- Not be able to pass on HIV to others
Many therapies are being studied as a way to control HIV without the need for daily ART. These include antibody therapies and therapeutic vaccines. They don’t prevent infection, but stimulate your own immune system to fight it.
Viral eradication is another way of looking at a potential cure. It’s also known as a sterilizing cure. Scientists believe it would take a two-part treatment to wipe out HIV in a person’s body. The first part would involve drugs that make the cells in the HIV reservoir multiply and express proteins that are a like a signal to your immune system. The second part would include drugs that detect those protein signals, then seek out and kill the virus.
Other types of drugs that may be able to seek out and kill HIV include histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, protein kinase activators, latency securing agents, and immunotoxins. These drugs may be used in combination.
Researchers are also testing a new technique called gene editing that may be able to insert the HIV-protective mutation into your genes.
Is There a Cure for AIDS?
While no outright cure has been identified for HIV or AIDS, several treatment options are available. We’ve put together a collection of natural remedies for HIV that have been shown to have a positive effect on the condition. Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and bloodroot are among the most effective treatment options.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Treating HIV with apple cider vinegar functions to balance the pH system in the body, which in turn helps eradicate infection. ACV also contains a variety of essential nutrients that support immune health and restoration. We suggest drinking 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar diluted in water every day.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. Used daily, the oil helps eliminate the underlying infection and supports overall immune health.
Bloodroot is an herbal treatment that supports energy and treats infection. Taken as a daily supplement, bloodroot helps eliminate the symptoms and underlying cause of the condition.
If you are tired of incomplete medical treatment for HIV, give one of these natural options a try, or use one of our many other reader contributed suggestions below.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Supplements, Distilled Water
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I have been HIV positive for three years now. The doctors have been pushing me to start anti-viral drug therapy. I have resisted since my T-cells have remained over 700 and viral around 60,000. I have never felt healthier. I work out 6 days a week, grow my own organic veggies, sleep 8 hours a night, do not smoke or do drugs, and drink very little booze. With the help of internet research, I drink two raw organic apple cider vinegar drinks a day, take Selenium, alot of mult-vitamins/minerals and drink only distilled water. This has worked for me, perhaps this will help some of you.
Hello there. research Spirulina.
Do you know anyone with Aids that takes Spirulina?
Try hydrogen water. Not from the grocery store but with your own device that can be purchased online of course. Read up on it. I recently started that and have tons of energy. My only regret is that I started taking the hiv pills and I so want to stop but I'm worried I'll get very sick like I was 3 years ago when I was diagnosed. Bad cytokines storm and almost died basically.
I too have been positive for 3 years. Back when I first tested positive the docs wanted me to start on the meds urgently, however I didn't see the point in taking extremely toxic medication (according to their own manufacturers for the rest of my life when I felt perfectly healthy. Back then my CD4 was around 350, and VL was 70000. It's been years and I have been fine! I haven't checked my numbers since then, I don't know what they are and I don't care. I just want to be clinically healthy, that's all I care for. And tips here on EC have been GREAT! I have been sick with the flu a few times, and used EC remedies with great success.
Avoid Citric Acid
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I am dying from AIDS. I was healthy with it since 1993. Then 4 months ago I began to drink lemon juice. This activated the virus mycoplasma and my skin began to turn purple. You can live with hiv for a long time if you stay away from citric acid, this is how it grows.
All these cures are toxic and useless.
Eat chicken soup and stay away from citrus and sugar fruit and you will be healthy. But it is the lemon juice that caused my body to break down. I would stay away from Vitamin C also, acidifies the body, no matter what they say. I am living proof.
hey chantell, you have the best defence force in your body your immune system but you have to feed it properly you can have the best engine in the world, you give it bad oil it dies, try this one h2o2,virgin coconut oil(one tbl spoone per day), olive leaf extract(two times two capsules per day,brazil nuts X6 PER DAY(selenium) and super sea veg two times four capsules per day for your 72 trace minerales oh I forgot the ACV head up. All the best
I'm not so sure about the citric acid issue. I drink fresh squeezed oj all the time. And take liposomal vitamin c. I have no problems, but only hiv positive for 3 years now.
Greetings. I am HIV+ and was diagnosed in 1996. The past 4 months I have been off of my HIV meds and I am healthy. I read a recent article about the effectivness of lectin proteins in blocking HIV from infecting T-Lymphocyte cells. Lectins are found in many foods, but are especially high in grains, legumes, potatoes and bananas. Recent discoveries have found that a lectin in bananas termed "BanLec" was very effective in blocking HIV from infecting T-Cells. The way it works is, lectins attach themselves to carbohydrate or sugar containing molecules or anything that contains a sugar property in your blood. HIV has a glycoprotein shell, or sugar coat and attach's to them as well. When the lectins attach to the virus, they block it's receptors from attaching to and infecting T-Cells. So I have been eating plenty of whole wheat bread, beans, bananas and potatoes and so far I have been quite well. When I eat wheat bread, I first mince an entire bulb of raw garlic and then sprinkle it on the bread after putting some butter spread on it. Raw garlic is also powerful against HIV and has been proven to kill HIV in vitro. There are several HIV/Lectin related studies from medical journals you can read online. A certain pharmaceutical is currently looking into making HIV meds from BanLec. I hope that I have been helpful.
1 User Review
Hi, I just wanted to tell people about taking Blood root. I am HIV and I am not taking any treatment for the moment. My state was stable although I was feeling tired all the time and had swollen glands in the back of my neck and behind the ears. I had tried a few natural remedies to try and cope with the virus, but they all seemed so inefficient. Then a friend told me about Bloodroot and how it is used to locally treat some kind of cancers. I said why not. and I ordered the pills, which were hard to find! Every website said that internal use of bloodroot is toxic and dangerous. But I tried anyway, and I took 450mg 3 times a day (and I'm still taking it), it's been 3 weeks since I started and i don't regret it. The lymphs nodes have almost disappeared, I gained some weight on my body and face. The bags under my eyes are gone! And i have so much energy now! It's crazy. I told my doctor about it and he said he'll do a blood test to see if I have a toxicity level in my blood. I'll post you the results.
3 User Reviews
While the word cure is a very final type of word, I would like to say that Coconut oil has been a welcome remedy in my life for the HIV virus. More and more information is becoming available about how the monolaurin and lauric acid in organic virgin coconut oil does its work to literally kill lipid-coated viruses such as HIV. I have been taking VCO off and on and have seen my viral load of 1100 (when 1st diagnosed) digress to 570 6 months later. I will be having another test shortly. My doctor said it was unusual for the virus to digress without medication, letting it not progress is one thing, to have it go backwards is another. Coconut oil remedies so many other ailments too, my skin feels amazing and its the only thing I use on my skin. You shouldn't put on your skin something you wouldn't ingest. Your skin is your biggest organ. I am a loyal user of this product and grateful to hear it endorsed by people like Gary Null.
I have had a patient of mine that is HIV positive using coconut oil as part of the natural therapy, they drink it, cook with it, and use on skin and the cd4 went from 370 to 672 in one week, well I guess it has to be also due in part to the lifestyle change they had to take, viral load is also low, venous blood pH is 7.5 ( normal is 7.35) it's not just using some remedy if you continue to consume average western diet your immunity wouldnt be able to protect you
Just curious, if the viral load went up, what is the big deal? The article says it went from the 300's to the 600's, was that a misprint?
Viral load is NOT the cd 4 count.
In the Philippines, studies have shown that coconut oil can cure HIV. Test subjects were given at least 12 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, and after 6 months, HIV has been cured. I had no time to confirm this report but the story had been featured several times in radio and tv programs.
Hi. I'm a Filipino American just recently diagnosed with HIV few months ago. Can you please tell me your finding about the cure or how does the coconut oil used please. I'm Desperate in need. God bless!
Regarding the coconut oil - I would start with 1 t. of Organic Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil morning and evening for a few days. Then add another teaspoon mid day. If that agrees with you, take 2 t. three times a day for the second week. If that agrees with you move up to 1 Tablespoon three times a day.
Do some reading on Earth Clinic about Apple Cider Vinegar and PH balance. There are many things that may help you body to heal better. As you read other people's stories about dietary changes and supplements they take, it will give you ideas on how you can help your own health, even if the health problems they have are not the same.
Please keep us posted on your progress! God bless you, too!
Please look at this information concerning HIV and the use of low dose naltrexone in combination with HAART drugs. The results are by encouraging. Best wishes.
I know how you feel my friend, but take a deep breath and try to not panic. Are you physically sick or you just have a positive test?
I tested positive 6 years ago. I have never taken meds. My numbers have always been alarming. But since I clinically have never been healthier I decided to ignore them. At one point I just got tired of doctors telling me how sick I am just by looking at a piece of paper, urging me to take chemotherapy for the rest of my life, when I'm perfectly fine.
You shouldn't take your positive test lightly though, it could mean there is a problem you need to address. However bad tests and counts may also be just that if you are clinically healthy. I suggest you get familiar with AIDS Rethinking movement. There are a lot of doctors, researchers, and Nobel Prize winners questioning the existing HIV/AIDS establishment. But they battle a very powerful lobby/industry. Beware of websites attacking people's characters, and not their message. Good luck!
Do you think this is true about coconut oil curing hiv?
D-3 Binding Protein
HIV ERADICATION IN HUMANS
Immunotherapy of HIV-infected patients with Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor (GcMAF).Yamamoto N, Ushijima N, Koga Y.
Division of Molecular Immunology and Immunotherapy, Socrates Institute for Therapeutic Immunology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19126-3305, USA. [email protected]
Serum Gc protein (known as vitamin D3-binding protein) is the precursor for the principal macrophage activating factor (MAF). The MAF precursor activity of serum Gc protein of HIV-infected patients was lost or reduced because Gc protein is deglycosylated by alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (Nagalase) secreted from HIV-infected cells. Therefore, macrophages of HIV-infected patients having deglycosylated Gc protein cannot be activated, leading to immunosuppression. Since Nagalase is the intrinsic component of the envelope protein gp120, serum Nagalase activity is the sum of enzyme activities carried by both HIV virions and envelope proteins. These Nagalase carriers were already complexed with anti-HIV immunoglobulin G (IgG) but retained Nagalase activity that is required for infectivity. Stepwise treatment of purified Gc protein with immobilized beta-galactosidase and sialidase generated the most potent macrophage activating factor (termed GcMAF), which produces no side effects in humans. Macrophages activated by administration of 100 ng GcMAF develop a large amount of Fc-receptors as well as an enormous variation of receptors that recognize IgG-bound and unbound HIV virions. Since latently HIV-infected cells are unstable and constantly release HIV virions, the activated macrophages rapidly intercept the released HIV virions to prevent reinfection resulting in exhaustion of infected cells. After less than 18 weekly administrations of 100 ng GcMAF for nonanemic patients, they exhibited low serum Nagalase activities equivalent to healthy controls, indicating eradication of HIV-infection, which was also confirmed by no infectious center formation by provirus inducing agent-treated patient PBMCs. No recurrence occurred and their healthy CD + cell counts were maintained for 7 years.
The Same (Gc Protein) Gc-MAF has the same results with cancer.
It is certainly well-documented that HIV patients often suffer from drug resistant thrush. It would seem Iodone has been helpful for treating the thrush, and may be helpful for other symptoms, too.
Anti-HIV and anti-inflammatory action of iodine-lithium-%u03B1-dextrin is accompanied by the improved quality of life in AIDS patients
Polymer-iodine inactivation of the human immunodeficiency virus.
Iodine in the Treatment of HIV
The feline immunodeficiency retrovirus (FIV) has a clinical pathology not unlike that of HIV/AIDS, including AIDS-related complexes and chronic immunodeficiency.1?2 In an uncontrolled case study, it was found that an adult cat diagnosed with endstage FIV recovered within eight weeks of treatment with a daily oral gavage of a commercially available iodine solution (tincture of iodine (2.5% w/v), 4 micrograms in 10 ml water, three times daily). Moreover, for at least five years there was no further clinical evidence of disease in this cat. The animal's recovery may have been due to iodine's broad spectrum therapeutic effect on opportunistic infections, or possibly because of suppression of viraemia.
I am uncertain if I fully understand your thread. Are you suggesting taking vitamin D3 supplements? Also, I just wanted to say that it would have been helpful if there were alot of people who have been living with HIV for more than 10 years. I have been diagnosed with HIV for almost 22 years. I have been off my meds for about 2 years now. I feel fine, but I DO notice I have more respiratory? (phlegm, that I MUST cough up and disperse). I take a host of vitamin supplements (some, I cycle) and vitamin D3 is one of them.
I know that there are foods which are not good for me, in accordance to my blood type peanuts, avocadoes, white potatoes, coconut, wheat/gluten, etc. Whenever I eat these foods, my body reacts-very noticeably-as they are HIGHLY inflammatory to my body.
Anyone have any views on bitters and/or oregon grape root?
Finally, many years ago (about 20), I remember a report about removing white blood cells from an infected person, and recycling it? I forget the medical terminology for this method.
All of you. try Chaga Siberian Mushroom, Seven Forest Composition A (Lu Rong Yang Rong Pian) and Olive Leaf Extract (OLE).
Hi all. I have been using Olive Leaf Extract n Comp A for 6 years. 3 months ago I upped the dosage and went in for a test. results. negative. i have never been on meds. now adding chaga mushrooms.. another potent herb.. also known to reduce from positive to negative status. a word of advise. always see ir doctor to check ur CD4 numbers n ur VL every 6 months. esp when using natural treatments only. eat healthy.. fruits and vegs. raw veg juicing helps alot. sleep well. exercise. dont smoke . dont consume alcohol. NO Sugar. safe sex. lets pray chaga mushroom. OLE.. Comp A. can be sort of a functional cure.
Below are the most potent herbs that can reverse any symptoms and boost ur CD4 counts and even reduced ur VL to undetectable levels if taken at a higher dosage. to the extend if tested. can b hiv negative. (remember even negative does not mean u r cured).
OLE.. need higher dose Comp A. contains.. astralagas. licorice.. ganoderma (reshi mushrooms) plus other herbs. really effective even if taken alone. chaga mushroom. russian studies alot . very promising. Jergon sacha (peru plant.. also reduce VL to negative. ) Mutamba (brazil plant) .. also same . good luck.. god bless
One thing I found out. the hard way, with HIV, is that in changing ones life style it also includes ELIMINATING STRESS on ALL LEVELS of your life. With myself, me getting the depression/anxiety under control was (as it seems to me), on the same level of important as eliminating the stress. Again, for me, the depression/anxiety kind of FUELED the stress. Or at least it seemed to me as though it did. But then I imagine the caffeine pills I took contributed to all of it as well. Along with some of the other medications. namely the two I'm on for the HIV (Isentress & Truvada that tend to cause the depression). So, it wasn't just ONE certain thing causing it. But, I've also found that along with trying and changing different vitamin combos (again, for myself) it's been a help getting stress/depression/anxiety under control. Then there's learning to meditate which is a way to promote relaxation, that helps with the stress as well.
Modern Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine: Different Levels of Evidence
Prescription medicines and advances in medical treatment have helped people avoid disability and death caused by disease, lowered overall treatment costs, and has lowered death rates for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other deadly diseases for several decades.
Since 1970, the death rate from heart disease has dropped nearly 60% and deaths from stroke are down 70%. The death rate from cancer has dropped 16% since 1990 and the death rate from HIV/AIDS has dropped more than 75% from its highest point in 1995. In addition, the average life span of Americans increased from 69.7 years in 1960 to approximately 80 years in 2007.
In addition, the 5-year survival rates for cancer have risen by 26% just since 1984. And while HIV/AIDS was the 8th leading cause of death in the US in 1996, today, it’s not even ranked in the top 15.
Moreover, for every $1 spent on statin therapy for heart attack survivors, as much as $9.44 is produced in health gains. For every $1 spent on routine use of beta-blockers for acute heart attack sufferers, as high as $38.44 is produced in health gains. And for every $1 spent on intensive glycemic control in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients, as much as $3.77 is produced in health gains.
The use of newer inhaled corticosteroids for patients (including children) for one year has also reduced the risk of hospitalization by 50%, the number of outpatient visits by 26%, and monthly health care costs by 24% per patient. Additionally, because of the treatments and medicine researched and developed by the pharmaceutical industry, early detection and better treatments have increased overall 5-year cancer survival rates by 36% since the late 1970s. Moreover, life expectancy for people with cancer increased 3 years between 1980 and 2000, and 86% of that gain is attributed to better treatment, including medicines.
Despite the significant gains in health care and quality of living individuals have experienced over the past several decades because of the treatments and drugs created by industry (in collaboration with academia and government), a recent article in The Atlantic conveniently disregards the above data in favor of the “triumph of new-age medicine,” also known as “alternative medicine.”
Specifically, the article asserts that the medical community is growing more open to alternative medicine’s possibilities in large part because “mainstream medicine is failing.” But is it failing? Based on the statistics above, this point is extremely misguided and problematic.
The article focuses on Brian Berman, a physician who is in charge of The Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore. His clinic is focused on alternative medicine, sometimes known as “complementary” or “holistic” medicine.
While there is no official list of what alternative medicine actually comprises, treatments falling under the umbrella typically include acupuncture, homeopathy (the administration of a glass of water supposedly containing the undetectable remnants of various semi-toxic substances), chiropractic, herbal medicine, Reiki (“laying on of hands,” or “energy therapy”), meditation (now often called “mindfulness”), massage, aromatherapy, hypnosis, Ayurveda (a traditional medical practice originating in India), and several other treatments not normally prescribed by mainstream doctors.
The term integrative medicine refers to the conjunction of these practices with mainstream medical care. Interestingly, Berman’s clinic is “hardly unique,” and in recent years, the U.S. has seen about 43 clinics spring up at major academic medical institutions including Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of California at San Francisco, and the Mayo Clinic.
Alternative-medicine experiences can vary widely. It can include a long initial meeting covering many details of the patient’s history a calming atmosphere an extensive discussion of how to improve diet and exercise a strong focus on reducing everyday stress an explanation of how the treatment will unleash the body’s ability to heal itself assurance that over time the treatment will help both the problem that prompted the visit and also general health gentle physical contact and the establishment of frequent follow-up visits.
To some however, such as Steven Salzberg, a prominent biology researcher at the University of Maryland at College Park, alternative medicine is merely “cleverly marketed, dangerous quackery.” He asserted that, “these clinics throw together a little homeopathy, a little meditation, a little voodoo, and then they add in a little accepted medicine and call it integrative medicine, so there’s less criticism.”
Contrary to this approach, Salzberg asserted that there is only “one type of medicine, and that’s medicine whose treatments have been proven to work.” And he pointed out that alternative medicine has not been proven to work, and proponents of the practice will not admit it because “they are making too much money on it.”
Accordingly, Salzberg believes that funding for alternative medicine, such as that received by Berman’s clinic, should be removed. Instead, however, he asserted that alternative medicine keeps being propelled by a handful of members of Congress who are determined to see their faith in alternative medicine validated.
In addition, medical centers are lining up to establish research clinics so that they can take NIH funding for alternative-medicine studies. Aggressive marketing of these clinics can also generate substantial patient demand (even a small integrative clinic can take in several million dollars a year).
Salzberg also pointed out that the successful claims of alternative medicine are misguided because subjective symptoms like pain and discomfort are susceptible to the power of suggestion. These same symptoms also tend to be cyclical, meaning that people who see a practitioner when their symptoms flare up are likely to see the symptoms moderate, no matter what the practitioner does or doesn’t do. Patients simply misattribute the improvement to the treatment.
Consequently, Salzberg noted that the biggest danger of alternative medicine is that patients who see alternative practitioners will stop getting mainstream care altogether. He noted that, “the more time they spend getting fraudulent treatments, the less time they’ll spend getting treatments that work and that could save their lives.”
Alternative Medicine vs. Modern Medicine
About 40 percent of Americans have tried some form of alternative medicine at some point, and some $35 billion a year is spent on it. A certain amount of abuse seems like a given. Nonetheless, says Salzberg, the bottom line is that studies clearly show alternative medicine simply does not work. And at first glance, that contention seems nearly incontrovertible.
The scientific literature is replete with careful studies that show, again and again, that virtually all of the core treatments plied by alternative practitioners, including homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and others, help patients no more than do “sham” treatments designed to fool patients into thinking they’re getting the treatment when they’re really not.
In contrast to alternative medicine, “modern medicine was formed around successes in fighting infectious disease,” says Elizabeth Blackburn, a biologist at the University of California at San Francisco and a Nobel laureate. “Infectious agents were the big sources of disease and mortality, up until the last century. We could find out what the agent was in a sick patient and attack the agent medically.”
The medical infrastructure we have today was designed with infectious agents in mind. Physician training and practices, hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, and health insurance all were built around the model of running tests on sick patients to determine which drug or surgical procedure would best deal with some discrete offending agent. The system works very well for that original purpose, against even the most challenging of these agents—as the taming of the AIDS virus attests.
Yet, medicine’s triumph over infectious disease brought to the fore the so-called chronic, complex diseases—heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other illnesses without a clear causal agent. Now that we live longer, these typically late-developing diseases have become by far our biggest killers. Heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other chronic diseases now account for three-quarters of our health-care spending. “We face an entirely different set of big medical challenges today,” says Blackburn.
“But we haven’t rethought the way we fight illness.” That is, the medical establishment still waits for us to develop some sign of one of these illnesses, then seeks to treat us with drugs and surgery. Instead, the author asserts that the drugs created to treat these chronic diseases have been largely inadequate or worse, pointing to examples such as Avastin and Avandia. As a result, the author tries to draw the connection between a few shortcomings to the fact that America spends “vastly more on health as a percentage of gross domestic product than every other country—40 percent more than France, the fourth-biggest payer.” But what the author fails to realize is that of the percentage we are spending on health care, only 10% or 10 cents out of every dollar is coming from prescription drugs or treatments.
Nevertheless, the author asserts that what is needed is a system that focuses on lowering the risk that these diseases will take hold in the first place. “We need to prevent and slow the onset of these diseases,” according to Blackburn. For those proponents of alternative medicine, they espouse getting doctors to speak to patients about healthy diets, encouragement of more exercise, and measures to reduce stress.
The author goes on to cite evidence that “lifestyle and attitude changes have enormous impact on health is now overwhelming.” For example, the article points out Dean
Ornish, a physician-researcher at the University of California at San Francisco and the founder of the independent Preventive Medicine Research Institute, who has been showing in studies for more than three decades that diet, exercise, and stress reduction can do a better job of preventing, slowing, and even reversing heart disease than most drugs and surgical procedures.
To get patients to follow this “alternative regiment,” physicians have to give patients more attention, meaning longer, more frequent visits that focus on what is going on in a patient’s lives more effort spent easing anxieties, instilling healthy attitudes, and getting patients to take responsibility for their well-being and concerted attempts to provide hope. In other words, conveying to patients that a physician’s commitment to caring for them will endure over time, and to imbue patients with “trust, hope, and a sense of being known.”
Of course, given the current status of payments, reimbursement, and other medical practice issues, it is difficult for doctors to have visits with patients lasting more than 20 minutes. Moreover, studies show that visits average about 20 minutes, that doctors change the subject back to technical talk when patients mention their emotions, that they interrupt patients’ initial statements after 23 seconds on average, that they spend a single minute providing information, and that they bring up weight issues with fewer than half their overweight patients.
Is Alternative Medicine Effective
Steven Novella calls the notion that alternative care’s benefits are rooted in closer practitioner-patient interactions the “touchy feely defense.” Novella, a highly respected Yale neurologist, argued that claims about the practitioner-patient relationship are only intended to draw attention away from the fact that randomized trials have by and large failed to show that alternative treatments work better than placebos.
In response to this argument, Ted Kaptchuk, a Harvard researcher who studies the impact of placebos, noted that, “mainstream medicine uses the placebo effect all the time.” To be approved by the FDA, a drug has to do better than a placebo in studies.” Consequently, the author points to a recent study, which concluded that 85 percent of new prescription drugs hitting the market are of little or no benefit to patients. But what does that mean?
There are very few “new prescription drugs.” More to the point however, the propaganda about lifestyle changes being better than drugs and devices would be believable if lifestyle changes happened. But Americans are getting fatter and lazier all the time, yet, according to economist Frank Lichtenberg, we’re living longer and better.
With systemic costs in mind, it does not even really make sense to ask physicians—who, after all, spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and a decade of their lives becoming trained in anatomy, biochemistry, high-tech diagnosis, pharmacology, and more—to spend long blocks of time bonding with patients. Other sorts of professionals could be better at the healing, bonding, and placebo-selling part, and for less money.
These might include behavioral-medicine therapists, social workers, nurse practitioners, or even some entirely new sort of practitioner specially trained for the task—and working alongside or under the direction of a conventional physician, who could continue to focus on quickly prescribing conventional tests, drugs, and surgeries when they were specifically called for.
Interestingly, the author pointed out that randomized clinical trials are not needed to prove the effectiveness of alternative medicine. Why? Because physicians are able to prescribe products off-label for indications that also do not have good randomized-trial data. Accordingly, the author asserted that while “we may not have great evidence that alternative medicine works, that’s very different from saying it doesn’t work.”
The problem with this assertion is that if you promote a product off label, you are sued by the Department of Justice for billions of dollars, but if you promote alternative medicine without evidence there are little or no consequences.
There is no question that physicians who spend more time with patients and listen more carefully will see benefits. Novella agreed that a caring, bonding practitioner is more likely to get patients to adopt healthier lifestyles, and that these changes lead to better health. And he agrees that many patients do feel better when practitioners actively try to help them deal with vague, hard-to-diagnose complaints such as pain and fatigue, instead of telling them that there’s no diagnosis or effective treatment.
But these aspects of a better patient-practitioner relationship should not be uniquely associated with alternative medicine, and such principles should not attempt to discredit the breakthroughs and innovations from the drug and device industry. Instead, we should look to our doctors to be the nurturing caregivers who take the time to listen to us, bond with us, and guide us toward healthier lifestyles and lower levels of stress. But for doctors outside of academia, this kind of time is hard to come by. Why?
The current system makes it nearly impossible for most doctors to have the sort of relationship with patients that would best promote health. The biggest culprit, is the way doctors are reimbursed. “Doctors are paid for providing treatments, not for spending time talking to patients,” says Victor Montori, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic.
As pharmaceutical companies begin to take more and more of their business to other countries, along with tax revenues, jobs, and discoveries, journalists should be more careful with how they portray the significant breakthroughs and innovations the pharmaceutical and medical device industry have created for Americans. Mainstream medicine is nowhere close to failing. The American health care system is what is failing Americans, while industry is continuing to put more and more money into research and development to find new cures and treatments for chronic diseases and serious illnesses.
If it were not for the discoveries of these companies, many of the people reading the Atlantic as well as this blog would not be here today. The efforts of the industry should not be sacrificed for the ideals of better care from physicians. As noted above, changes in care are more about the reimbursement system, and less about the 10 cents of every dollar spent on health care in America.
Ultimately, if it were not for the declines in death rates from heart disease and stroke, created by the drug device industry, we would lose 1 million more Americans every year. Just ask yourself, what are the chances that you or someone you loved would be in that 1 million, this year or the next.
Treatment of HIV/AIDS is both complicated and expensive. The medications that are available inhibit the reverse transcriptase enzyme, and inhibit an enzyme that helps the virus mature into one that can infect other cells. By using a combination of at least three different medications that are active at these various sites, one can clear the blood stream completely of virus. Once this occurs, the patient's immune system often improves, and in some cases, returns to normal. If the patient takes medications as directed and the virus stays suppressed, there is a chance that the patient may never become ill. The virus, however, is still present in the lymph nodes and probably other tissues. If the patient stops taking medications or takes them erratically, the virus will return to the bloodstream. Once the virus is actively produced again, there is a high probability that it will mutate to a form resistant to the medications that the patient was previously on. When this occurs, especially if the patient has been on more than one regimen of medicines, a virus resistant to all available medications can be selected for. At this point, little else can be done. One major concern about these individuals is that if they are still sexually active or continue to share needles, they will transmit resistant virus. This is being documented more frequently.
New medications are being studied that may be able to overcome this resistance problem by attacking different sites of viral production, or those that are not affected by mutations in the resistant virus. The problems here include the possibility that the patient could die before the new medicines are available that if the patient is still alive, he or she will be unable to tolerate the side effects of the new medicines and, finally, that the patient will be unable to afford the medicines. Anti-HIV or anti-retroviral medications are very expensive, costing over $10,000 per year in the United States. This, plus the costs of blood tests and doctor visits, makes treatment beyond the means of most of the infected people in the world.
HIV/AIDS is and will continue to be one of the greatest medical challenges medical professionals have ever faced. Prevention and education are the only means that public health professionals currently have to stem the tide of this ever-growing epidemic .
An alternate cure for AIDS? - Biology
List of Clinics in the United States
Offering Alternative Therapies
The following doctors, clinics and hospitals provide alternative treatments for cancer in the United States. If you are interested in a clinic outside of the United States, go to Clinics Outside of the US, or to our list of Mexican Clinics, which we have recently put on its own web page. We also have a list of clinics that use a combination of alternative and conventional therapy to treat cancer. If you are interested in working with a naturopath, we have a web page devoted to naturopathic physicians and traditional naturopaths. If you would like to find a homeopath who works with individuals with cancer, go to our page devoted to homeopaths.
Some people find it helpful to visit several clinics before choosing one. There are several companies that offer clinic tours, especially to the clinics in Mexico. If you would like us to put you in touch with these companies, we can help you arrange this.
If you do go to a clinic for treatment, be sure to let us know about your experience. Any feedback you can offer may help others who are trying to decide which clinic to go to or which therapy to use.
Elisabeth-Anne Cole, M.D., Ph.D., in Kenai treats immune dysfunction presenting as cancer-all phases, all tumors, at any location in the body, as well as AIDS, HIV, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn's disease, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and fibromyalgia. She uses nontoxic immune system enhancement and balancing through nutritional supplementation, diet, detoxification, oxygenation, and bioenergetic/electromagnetic strengthening, as well as acupuncture, neural therapy, and sclerotherapy. 907-283-7740.
BioImmune (formerly CancerOption.com) Arnold Takemoto, President
www.canceroption.com (888) 663-8844 or (480) 778-1618. They really aren't a clinic, but they provide protocols to use at home. They can also recommend clinics that are using their protocols. We have heard they have a good protocol for leukemia.
Integrative Health Care, PC, in Scottsdale AZ, is run by Alan Christianson, ND treats almost any type of cancer, even later stage cancers. They use metabolic therapies for those not undergoing conventional care. For those doing conventional treatments, they use intravenous nutrition and botanical meds to prevent side effects and help efficacy of chemo/radiation. Call (480) 657-0003 or go to their website at http://www.integrativehealthcare.com/.
New Hope Medical Center in Scottsdale uses alternative methods to treat immune deficient illnesses such as cancer. Dr. Fredda Branyon, Director, and Dr. Mario Galaburri, NMD, agree that a physician should never just treat the symptoms of the illness, but treat the individual as a whole. Dr. Ronald Peters, MD, MPH, has also joined the New Hope team, reinforcing New Hope Medical Center&rsquos commitment to offer its patients an aggressive, non-invasive approach to the treatment of cancer and other auto-immune diseases. Dr. Peters has 15 years of experience in integrative medicine and nutritional biochemistry, with special emphasis in the treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Phone (480) 556-0182, toll free: (888) 518-7788, or go to their website at http://www.newhopemedicalcenter.com/.
Dr. Michael Uzik, ND. works with Arizona Naturopathic Physicians in Tucson AZ treats a wide range of conditions, including HIV, cancer, MS, chrones, etc. using nutritional IVs, mistletoe, ambrozile (oleander), copper reduction therapy for anti-angiogenesis, chelation, diet, herbs, heavy metal detox, etc. He is also an ND for Southern AZ AIDS Foundation. He only sees patients if they are under the care of an oncologist. 520-546-2321.
Dr. Joe Brown, Naturopathic Doctor, Natural Health Medical Centers 2055 E. Southern Ave., Suite B, Tempe, Arizona 85282, (602) 421-2613 http://www.drjoebrown.com/
For a list of alternative practitioners in Ventura County, go to http://www.cancure.org/alternative_practitioners_ventura.htm. This list includes more than just doctors - it will include massage therapists, Reiki and QiGong practitioners, naturopaths, and more.
Alternative Medicine Associates, in Santa Barbara also treats chronic pain, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. They use Chinese herbs, acupuncture, nutrition, osteopathy, Ayurveda, and QiGong. Phone: 805-569-8825.
American Biologics has an office in Chula Vista, but the clinic is in Mexico.
American Metabolic Institute has an office in San Diego, but the clinic is in Mexico.
Bio-Medical Center (Hoxsey Clinic) has an office in in San Ysidro, but the clinic is in Mexico.
Michael Broffman, an herbalist and acupuncturist works at the Pine Street Medical Clinic in San Anselmo, CA. He uses traditional Chinese medicine with cancer patients as an adjunct to mainstream treatments - (TCM) & supplement program. (415) 485-0484
Casdorph Clinic of Long Beach, run by Richard Casdorph, M.D., Long Beach, mainly treats cardiovascular disease, toxic metal exposure, and practices environmental medicine. He uses EDTA chelation, and nutrition. 562-597-8716
Contreras Clinic (Oasis Hospital) has an office in Chula Vista, but treat in Mexico.
Europa Institute of Integrated Medicine - contact a consultant for the clinic - Dr. Carolyn Bormann, who has an office in Twin Peaks, but the clinic is in Mexico.
Gerson Healing Centers of America has an office in San Diego, but the main clinic is in Mexico at Oasis of Hope. The diet is used to treat autoimmune disorders, CHD, and Type II diabetes using Gerson's Diet, Issel's treatments, and Danopoulos' protocols. They have clinics in Mexico, Canada, and the UK. See our organizations page. 1-888-4-GERSON www.gerson.org.
David Getoff, ND, a Naturopath and Board-Certified Clinical Nutritionist in Jamal, CA. treats cancer and a variety of other conditions with nutritional support. He utilizes numerous modalities from around the world to support your body's ability to heal itself. 619-468-6846 http://www.naturopath4you.com/ca.htm
Harold Manner Center has been temporarily shut down. They are best known for their use of laetrile in treating cancer. The clinic is in Mexico.
Holistic Medical Center in Los Angeles is run by Emil Levin, M.D. He also treats viral infections, parasites, allergies, asthma, hepatitis, diabetes, and more, Therapies include infusion, homeopathic, chelation, and vitamins. Phone: 213-650-1789.
Holistic Resource Center in Agoura Hills, CA - Dr. Alan Schwartz, MD. and a number of holistic practitioners including a chiropractor, naturopaths, homeopath, and a massage therapist. They can do bio-electrical screening, NAET allergy removal, and they provide nutritional support including IVs, diet programs, Poly MVA, PC SPES, homeopathy, and more. 818-597-0966 or fax 818-597-8668.
Institute of Chronic Disease has an office in San Ysidro , with a clinic in Mexico.
International Biocare Hospital is in Mexico - They use the Alivizatos Treatment.
Natural Healing Institute in Encinitas is run by Steven R. Schechter, N.D., Ph.D. He also treats AIDS, CFIDS, Epstein-Barr virus, liver disorders, and environmental disorders using therapeutic herbs, supplements, glandular extracts, enzymes, and nutrition. http://www.naturalhealinginst.com/ 760-943-8485
Oasis Hospital has an office in San Ysidro, but the clinic is in Mexico. It is also called the Contreras Clinic.
Richard A. Kunin, M.D. in San Francisco is also a general medicine practitioner. He uses psychiatry-neurology, nutrient support, diet, detoxification, chelation, magnetic, DMSO, and other approaches. Phone: 415-346-2500.
Preventive Medical Center of Marin, is in San Rafael. It is run by Elson M. Haas, M.D. He is a general family practitioner who also does preventive medicine, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and viral infections. He uses detoxification, osteopathy, nutrition, acupuncture, herbals, bodywork, and psychotherapy. The website is www.elsonhaas.com. Scott Anderson is semi-retired, but still works at the clinic. 415-472-2343
James R. Privitera, M.D. has an office in Covina. He treat arthritis, circulatory problems, preventive medicine, chronic fatigue, and PMS in addition to cancer. His approach is to use nutrition, immunological enhancement, chelation, and darkfield microscope. His website is http://www.nutriscreen.com/. Contact info: Phone: (626) 966-1618 or Toll Free: (888) 220-7888 or toll free: 800-5-PREVENT
Rational Therapeutics, run by Robert Nagourney, M.D. in Long Beach treats blood disorders and solid tumors. His approach is laboratory-based therapy utilizing short form (apoptotic) assays to identify active agents and eliminate inactive agents. Custom tailored, assay-directed therapy, to provide personal cancer strategies based on your tumor response in the laboratory. This eliminates much of the "guess work" prior to your undergoing the potentially toxic side effects of chemotherapy regimens. Contact info: 562-989-6455. Website: http://www.rationaltherapeutics.com/
Sciabbarrasi, Joseph MD in in Santa Monica, CA has a general practice, but he also treats cancer. using orthomolecular approaches, homeopathy, acupuncture, nutritional and herbal therapies. (310) 395-2453.
Simply Healing, run by Alex Strande, N.D., PhD is in Irvine. Alex is a naturopath and PhD microbiologist who has been practicing for over 20 years. He specializes in chronic fatigue, pain, depression and anxieties, difficult and rare conditions. If you've tried everything and you're still not getting well, call Simply Healing at 949-553-1882. www.simplyhealingclinic.com.
Stella Maris Clinic has an office in San Ysidro, with the clinic in Mexico.
Suzanne Skinner, Ph.D., R.N.C., N.D., D.Sc., C.H. has an office in Torrance. She uses Contact Reflex Analysis, nutrition, colonics, homeopathy, herbs, supplements, lymphatic work, and Kineseology to treat cancer and most illnesses. Phone: (310) 518-4555.
Lawrence H. Taylor, M.D., has an office in Chula Vista, but operates his clinic in Mexico.
Valley Cancer Institute in Los Angeles is run by James Bicher, M.D. They treat brain, bone, throat, thyroid, lungs, breast, liver, pancreas, colon, female, prostate cancer, many more. They use primarily hyperthermia and nutrition along with standard conventional therapy. www.vci.org 310-398-0013
Health Quarter Ministries in Colorado Springs is run by Dr. David Frahm, who wrote the book "A Cancer Battle Plan". They offer a 10 day detox retreat, as they believe proper nutrition heals the body at the cellular level, but before nutritional changes can be effective, detoxing the system must take place. There is a very strong "spiritual" aspect to their program. For information, go to http://www.healthquarters.org/, call (719) 593-8694, or fax (719) 531-7884.
Robert C. Roundtree, M.D., practices at the Helios Health Center in Boulder. He works with many patients who use traditional therapies, so he uses nutritional and herbal supplementation to help reverse damage that can result from chemotherapy and radiation. His goal is to build the immune system back. He has been on sabatical.
Ron Schmid, N.D. and Ellen Triplett, C.L.S., run a clinic in Brookfield and one in Fairfield. They treat cancer, autoimmune problems, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis, ulcers, and psoriasis using diet and supplements. Phone: (860) 945-7444 http://www.drrons.com/index.html
Accent on Health in Lake Worth is run by Sheri W. Pinsley, D.O. They treat most cancers, chronic fatigue, immune suppressive diseases, candida, MS, Parkinson's disease, and chronic pain. They use intravenous treatments including chelation, vitamins and minerals, and hydrogen peroxide nutritional counseling stress management and lifestyle modifications. Phone: (407) 547-2770.
Center for Metabolic Disorders in Hollywood is run by E.K. Schandl, Ph.D. He also treats heart disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, lupus, and AIDS. He uses Metabolic-IV, interferon, hyperbaric oxygen, and nutrition. Phone: 954-929-4814 www.caprofile.net (He also runs American Metabolic Labs in Hollywood, FL)
Dayton Medical Center, run by Martin Dayton, MD DO, in Sunny Isles Beach FL integrates holistic, alternative and mainstream conventional medicine to treat cancer, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, neurological disorders including MS, and general conditions. They specialize in preventive medicine including Insulin Potentiation Therapy, Poly MVA, Cantron, QiGong, low dose Naltrexone, chelation therapy, cell therapy, therapeutic nutrition, IV's, and oxidation therapy. Their website is www.daytonmedical.com and their phone number is (305) 931-8484.
Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, FL. They treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, allergies, and more. They use diet, detox, mind/body approaches, nutritional counseling, wheatgrass and juice therapy, nutripuncture, and electro-magnetic treatments. We are not sure if they are set up to treat advanced cancers. www.hippocratesinst.com 800-842-2125
Immuno-Augmentative Therapy Centre has an office in Fort Lauderdale, but the clinic is in the Bahamas.
Panama City Clinic aka Akbar Clinic is in Panama City, FL. It is run by Naima Abdel-Ghany, M.D. She also treats AIDS and chronic degenerative diseases using metabolic therapy, nutrition, enzymes, hyperpyrexia, oxygenation, acupuncture, supplements, and natural immune enhancers. Phone: (850) 872-8122. We have heard very good things about her.
Keith Block, M.D. at the Block Medical Center in Evanston, IL considers it important to use a complete detoxification program along with both conventional and complementary techniques. http://www.blockmd.com or 847-492-3040.
Contemporary Medicine in Burr Ridge uses a Comprehensive Cancer Care model utilizing all of nutrition, mind-body medicine, together with IPT - Insulin Potentiation Therapy. http://www.contemporarymedicine.net/ 630-321-9010
Natural Medicine Clinic, in Naperville is run by Dr. J. Steven Holcomb, who treats any illness when natural medicine is preferred, using nutrition, herbal, QiGong, and acupuncture. Phone: (630) 357-8662.
Ross A. Hauser, M.D., D.C. and Marion A. Hauser, M.S., R.D., C.N.S.D. have a clinic in Oak Park, IL. They also treat chronic pain, allergies, blockages of arteries, and chronic fatigue. They use bio-oxidative therapies (ozone, hydrogen peroxide), IPT therapy, and photoluminescence. www.caringmedical.com (708) 848-7789
The Foxhollow Clinic of Integrated Biological Medicine in Crestwood offers an individualized program that may include intravenous therapies, metal detox, Neuromuscular Restructuring, neural therapy, cupping, juicing, immune strengthening therapies, hormone balancing, stress management, mind/body approaches, nutrition, supplements, and energy balancing - rebalancing the energy "meridians" in your body through homeopathy, oriental medicine, European biological remedies and anthroposophical medicine. They are a partner clinic with Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. Contact info: 502-241-4304, (800) 624-7080, Fax: (502) 241-3935, or www.Foxhollow.com.
Maine Whole Health in Portland Maine is run by Alan N.Weiner, DO, CCN. Alan N.Weiner is certified in clinical nutrition and has experience in treating cancer with a variety of alternative modalities. Devra Krassner, ND also works at the clinic. They guide you in bridging conventional and complementary cancer therapies. They use diet and nutrition programs to enhance the immune system, detoxification, IVs, supplements, homeopathy, herbal and botanical medicine, a complete mind/body approach - Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), and guided imagery. - 207-828-5645 http://www.mainewholehealth.com/.
Ahmad Shamim, M.D. in Laurel, MD also treats heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, diabetes, digestive disorders, yeast-related illnesses, and multiple sclerosis. He uses cleansing, detoxification, immune enhancement, herbals, enzymes, diet, glandulars, supplements, and immune stimulators. Phone: 410-792-0333. We have heard some good things about him.
Paul V. Beals, M.D. also runs a clinic in Laurel. He treats Most nonmetastatic cancers and various degenerative diseases. including heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, multiple sclerosis, and fibromyalgia. He uses diet, metabolic nutrition, IV & oral vitamins & minerals, immunotherapy, laetrile, megavitamins, DMSO, hydrogen peroxide, BCG, and chelation. Contact info: (301) 490-9911.
In Pontiac, Vahagn Agbabian, D.O. does internal medicine using complementary approaches, especially nutritional. Chelation and IPT therapy may also be used. Phone: 248-334-2424. We have had a couple of good reports on him.
Dr. Brodie in Reno includes nutritional and herbal supplements along with strong physical and psychological support and conventional treatments where necessary. www.drbrodie.com 775-829-1009
Nevada Clinic in Las Vegas has good responses with liver metastases, colon, and breast cancers. They also treat lupus and AIDS using homeopathy, chelation, acupuncture and other approaches. Website: www.nevadaclinic.com. 800-641-6661
In Fort Lee, the Center for Nutrition & Preventive Medicine, run by Dr. Gary Klingsberg, D.O., treats breast, colon, prostate, & lung malignancies and cardiovascular diseases using diet, herbs and supplements chelation, and osteopathic manipulation. Phone: 201-585-9368.
Magaziner Medical Center in Cherry Hill is run by Allan Magaziner, D.O., P.C. He mainly treats prostate, breast, lung, and bowel cancers but he also treats Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and heart problems. He uses oral and IV vitamins, minerals, amino acids, oral botanicals, herbs, enzymes, homeopathic remedies, chelation, and detoxification. His website is www.drmagaziner.com. 856-424-8222
Charles B. Simone, M.MS., M.D., in Lawrenceville, NJ, operates the Simone Protective Cancer Center. He feels lifestyle modifications are an important part of therapy. He has a "Ten-Point Plan to Reduce Your Chances of Getting Cancer." His program also uses special nutritional supplements, adjunctive therapies and hormonal treatments. 609-896-2646
Centers for Integrative and Complementary Medicine in New York is run by Dr. Dr. Fred Pescatore, who has worked along side Dr. Atkins. Dr. Pescatore treats patients with AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, and cancer&mdashin addition to addressing more common concerns such as diet and nutrition&mdashby employing a combination of both alternative and traditional medicines. 212-779-2944.
Foundation for Cartilage and Immunology Research uses bovine cartilage is used as a first-line therapy where other modalities are of little or no value, such as cancer of the pancreas, adenocarcinoma of the lung, squamous cell cancer of the pharynx, lung, larynx (metastatic), renal cell carcinoma, and others. It is used as a reserve therapy in malignancies for which there are standard therapies of recognized effectiveness, such as breast, gastrointestinal, or prostate cancer. Phone: (914)763-6195.
Dr. Gonzales in New York treats all cancers, but specializes in pancreatic cancer. He uses a metabolic approach, with high doses of supplements. 212-213-3337 website: http://www.dr-gonzalez.com/
The Hoffman Center in New York also treat muscular degeneration, Lyme disease, HIV, and heart conditions. They use nutrition, chelation, acupuncture, neural therapy, megadoses of vitamins (IV), and Chinese medicine. Phone: (212)779-1744 website: www.drhoffman.com.
Revici Life Science Center, in New York, NY - Emanuel Revici, M.D., until he passed away ran the Revici Life Science Center in NY, NY. Dr. Korin took over until he passed away. It is run for awhile by Dr. Joseph Carozzi. It may now run by Dr. Revici's grandson. They use fatty acids and sterols, enzymes, high-dose selenium, dietary changes, and a "biologically guided" nontoxic chemotherapy. He recommends not taking high dose vitamins without checking how these shift the body's acid/alkaline balance. 212 252-1942
Michael B. Schachter, M.D. of the Schachter Center in Suffren has had good responses with breast, lung, colon, lymphoma, and Hodgkin's. He also treats AIDS, neurological problems, and candida. He uses detoxification, EDTA & DMPS chelation, laetrile, DMSO, coenzyme Q10, hydrogen peroxide, shark cartilage, hydrazine sulfate, biomagnetic, and homeopathy. (845) 368-4700
New patient services: ext. 6 http://www.mbschachter.com
CAM Institute for Integrative Therapies - Tutsis Center is located in Brooklyn, New York. Their phone number is 718-621-0900. They use hyperbaric medicine. Mostly known for treating strokes and brain injuries.
Carolina Center for Bio-Oxidative Medicine is in Raleigh. They treat cancer and also immune system dysfunctions and cardiovascular disease using ozone, EDTA chelation, hydrogen peroxide, minerals, vitamins, diet, detoxification, hydrotherapy, and lymphatic massage. Phone: (919) 571-4391.
In Southern Pines, Carolina Health Quest is run by Keith Johnson, M.D., ASCVD, CAD, PVD. He also treats arthritis, COPD, CFIDS, and hormonal deficiencies. Therapies include chelation, hydrogen peroxide, DMSO, ozone, hormone replacement, and colonics. Phone: 910-695-0335.
Brian E. Briggs, M.D. in Minot gets the best responses with prostate cancer, but he also treats cardiovascular disorders and immune system disorders and uses detoxification, neural therapy, nutrition, chelation IV, amygdalin IV, and supplements. Office 701-838-6011.
Essence Of The Spirit Retreat in Caldwell, Ohio is run by Randy and May Huffman. The retreat is free, but they do accept donations. They use Lee Crock's Energy Stimulator to help the body heal itself. Information on this device is available at http://www.keelynet.com/biology/crock.htm (Note: They do not specifically treat cancer, though some people appear to have been helped by this machine. This is a facility where one can experiment with an approach that has not been evaluated and approved. Guests should be under the care and responsibility of a physician as there are no persons available with the medical knowledge that are permitted to administer any form of medical attention.) They can be reached by phone at (740) 783-0021.
Partners in Wellness in Cincinnati - Leonid Macheret, M.D., is a general practice doctor who treats cancer and also arthritis, cardiovascular disorders, hypoglycemia, metabolic disorders, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and he also does preventive medicine. He uses chelation, acupuncture, nutrition, orthomolecular, ethnic herbs, Ayurvedic, yoga, and osteopathic manipulation. Phone: 513-851-8790.
Alternative Medicine New Hope Health Clinic in Jenks uses a holistic approach to treating cancer and other conditions. Treatment is very thorough and involves finding the underlying causes to the cancer and then working to reverse and remove these causes. Detoxification, immune therapy, homeopathy, naturopathy, ozone therapy, oxidation, chelation are some of the approaches they use. (877) 544-HOPE (4 6 7 3) www.newhopehealthclinic.com
William H. Philpott, M.D. in Midwest City also deals with pain relief, arteriosclerosis, and degenerative diseases using magnetic therapy. He will help you set up a protocol to follow at home, or he can work with your doctor or even put you in touch with doctors he has trained. Phone: 405-390-1444.
Gateway to Health Naturopathic Clinic in Portland, is run by Thomas Lee Abshier, ND. He provides Naturopathic diagnosis and treatment of difficult to diagnose and treat medical symptoms. Treatments may include PC SPES. Ph: 503-255-9500 or visit his website www.naturedox.com/index.html.
Dr. Paul Anderson is a Naturopathic Physician in Salem. His website is http://www.docpaulanderson.com and the phone number to reach him at is 503-365-0377. Dr. Anderson provides health care for the whole family, integrating conventional and alternative health care. He provides intensive treatment to support the immune system, including I.V. treatment, diet therapy, and detoxification. These same therapies may also help traditional therapies (such as surgery and chemotherapy) work better. Each patient is treated as an individual, and personal choices are supported.
Tori Hudson, N.D. of "A Woman's Time" in Portland, OR is well-known for treating cervical cancer. She uses a precise program of herbs, nutrition, dietary change, and special nontoxic treatments. Phone: 503-222-2322 or visit her website: www.awomanstime.citysearch.com/.
Martin Milner, N.D., in Portland at the Center for Natural Medicine, Inc. uses a naturopathic approach with nutritional and herbal supplementation, exercise, stress reduction, and dietary change. 503-232-1100 http://www.cnm-inc.com/
Center for Preventive Medicine and Dentistry in Bala Cynwyd - Howard Posner, M.D., also treats heart disease, arthritis, candida, hypertension, and infertility. He uses megavitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies, ayurveda, detoxification, and shark cartilage. Phone: 610-667-2927 www.docposner.com
Health Achievement Center in Darby also treat arteriosclerosis, arthritis, toxic states, ADD, and chronic fatigue. They use electro-acupuncture, neural, chelation, bio-oxidative, hydrotherapy, and detoxification in their treatments. Phone: 610-461-6225.
Donald J. Mantell, M.D. in Sarver also treats arthritis, allergies, and multiple sclerosis. They use metabolic, diet, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, herbs, homeopathy, DMSO, vitamin C, colonics, electro-acupuncture, and chelation. Phone: 412-776-5610.
In Cranberry Township, P. Jayalakshmi, M.D. and K.R. Sampathachar, M.D. run The Alternative Medicine and Holistic Medical Center. They treat cancer only using nutrition, oral supplementation, chelation, megavitamins, oxidative, colonics, Ayurvedic, and detoxification. Phone: 215-473-4753 Website: www.globeworks.com/alternative_medicine/index.html.
Health Dimensions Clinics located in West Columbia and Spartanburg, South Carolina are run by James Shortt, M.D. The Clinics feature Hormone Modulation, Immune Enhancement, Sports Medicine, Oxidative Medicine, Chelation Therapy, Neural Therapy, Kinesiology, Live Blood Analysis and Longevity and cancer treatments. He uses Oxidative Therapy, Chelation Therapy, DMSO, beta glucan, enzymes, and transfer factors as part of his therapy. (803) 755-0114
Preventive Medicine and Wellness Clinic in Old Hickory, TN is run by Russell W. Hunt, M.D. He treats cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, heart disease, etc. using IPT therapy, chelation, nutrition, IVs, conventional approaches along with alternative approaches. works on immune system 615-541-0400 www.angelfire.com/tn2/preventionmd/
Burzynski Clinic, in Houston is run by S.R. Burzynski, M.D., Ph.D. They have found their best results with brain cancer. They also treat non-Hodgkins lymphoma, prostate, and kidney cancer. Their main therapy is the use of antineoplastons. Therapy is very expensive here. 713-335-5697 www.cancermed.com/
Champlain Center for Natural Medicine in Shelburne, VT is run by Bill Warnock, ND, Lorilee Schoenbeck, ND, and Simon Frishkoff, ND. They treat cancer - all stages, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, arthritis, Wilson's Syndrome and chronic fatigue. They may use a variety of approaches - homeopathic, anthroposophical, acupuncture, botanic, nutritional, bee venom therapies, and mistletoe. They work with patients who want alternative or integrated approaches to help their immune system while doing or after chemo or other conventional approaches. http://www.vtnaturalmed.com (802) 985-8250
Integrated Medical Center in Annandale offers live blood analysis and bio-terrain which show many conditions such as candida, cancer, lymes disease, and parasites. They use chelation, IV vitamin drips, nutrition, acupuncture, Hyperbaric Chamber, colon hydro therapy, and homeopathy. They can be reached at 703-941-3606 or by fax at 703-658-9415.
Patrick Donovan, N.D., at the University Health Clinic in Seattle considers diet and nutritional/herbal supplementation to be critically important. He also feels it is important to understand the psychological side of the disease process. (206) 525-8015
Northwest Natural Health Specialty Care Clinic, Dan Labriola, N.D., in Seattle works with patients who need or want to stay with conventional treatments and uses naturopathic approaches to provide nutritional supplementation to help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and other harsh treatments. 206-2784-9111http://www.nwnaturalhealth.com/
Pacific Center for Naturopathic Medicine in Bellingham is run by Rachelle Herdman, N.D., M.D. They treat cancer and autoimmune, neurological, cardiovascular, digestive disorders, and chronic fatigue. They use nutrition, diet, Ayurveda, homeopathy, botanical medicine and teas, herbal tinctures, plant extracts, and a variety of supplements. Second location in Canada. Phone: 360-734-0045.
The Paracelsus Clinic in Federal Way is run by Dr. Dorman. They treat a variety of conditions, primarily with prolotherapy and chelation. Their website is: http://www.paracelsusclinic.com/ or they can be reached by phone at 253-529-3050.
Waisbren Clinic in Milwaukee, run by Burton A. Waisbren, Sr., M.D., treats carcinoma, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Therapies they use include BCG, Coley's vaccine, lymphoblastoid lymphocytes, vaccines, Interleukin2, and Interferon. www.waisbrenclinic.com 414-272-1929
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If you do go to any of these clinics for treatment, be sure to mention you heard about them through The Cancer Cure Foundation, and be sure to let us know about your experience, positive or negative. Any feedback you can offer may help others who are trying to decide which clinic to go to or which therapy to use.
Wrapping it up
As per statistics, in 2017, India accounted for 2, 100, 000 cases of HIV infection with a prevalence of 0.2% among the people belonging to age group 15&ndash49 years. However, the government and the Ministry of Health And Family Welfare has incorporated various schemes and programs to reach it 90&ndash90&ndash90 targets. The 90&ndash90&ndash90 targets aim that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who know their HIV-positive status will be accessing treatment and 90% of people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads.
While the government is employing its best strategies, on an individual level we all must also adopt some measure to prevent HIV infection. Some of the preventive measures include practising safe sex and avoiding sharing syringes and needles. People who are at high risk should consider pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to reduce the risk and those who have been infected should receive post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to reduce the risk of further transmission.
(Disclaimer: The author, Dr Sophia Jeremiah, General Physician and Skincare Specialist, is a Medical Consultant with Docprime.com. She is a guest contributor and a part of our medical expert panel. Views expressed are personal)
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I Used Myself as a Guinea Pig for 8 Alternative Sleep Aids
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Can't sleep? You're not alone. Some 70 million Americans have chronic sleep problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's about far more than feeling tired all the time. Sleep deprivation is a contributor to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to mental illness to "poor quality of life and well-being."
That explains the explosive market for prescription drugs that help you sleep. Driven by sales of Lunesta, the prescription sleep aid market hit $1.48 billion in 2013, according to IMS Health.
Prescription sleeping pills may be popular, but they can be dicey—the tales of side effects for drugs like Ambien and Halcion are legendary. This has led many to explore herbs, natural remedies, and over-the-counter products that, in theory, have fewer ill effects. But do they work?
I asked Dr. Shanon Makekau, medical director of the sleep laboratory at the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, about supplements like valerian root, melatonin, and tryptophan, and whether they have any legitimate medical value. She's pragmatic. "The bottom line is that the available alternatives are not really rooted in science," she says. "The studies that are out there, particularly on valerian and chamomile, are limited and small in number, and the results are inconclusive. That being said, I generally tell my patients that if they find a sleep aid anecdotally to be helpful and not harmful, I don't see anything wrong with it."
Given some patients' concern with prescription drugs, Makekau understands the desire for alternatives, but stresses caution. "There are effective prescription medications," she notes, "but they are associated with negative side effects. But people need to know that even things over the counter can be harmful." She points to kava (related to severe liver damage) and l-tryptophan (associated with a rare and fatal muscle-jellifying disease called Eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome) as drugs to treat with special caution.
Still, Makekau says most alternative sleep aids are thought to be safe, though they have little scientific backing. The exception is melatonin, which data suggest helps workers who must switch between day and night shifts, and for managing jet lag. "But the effect is very small in comparison to a prescription sleep aid," she says, "and there's no long-term safety data."
"We don't know how these things work, and there's no evidence that the effect will predictable or repeatable from person to person," she says. "If you're looking for something that's not prescription-based, have a conversation with your physician up front. The key is finding something that's safe and doesn't interact with any other medications you're taking."
Given that individuals tend to react differently to these supplements, I wondered how I would fare in a test group of one. I've long had trouble sleeping—rousing a lot during the night and waking much too early. I'm not interested in prescription sleep aids or over-the-counter drugs like diphenhydramine (Benadryl and Sominex) or doxylamine (Unisom), which can lead to tolerance issues if taken regularly. However, the thought of taking a chamomile capsule after dinner didn't seem so bad. So I rounded up eight alternative sleep aids—five single-supplement products and three "cocktails" of a variety of supplements—and took them semi-randomly over the course of about six weeks. The cocktail supplement market is vast, but if you check ingredient labels you'll find that the three I chose are fairly representative.
Clinicians and drug companies alike generally consider three categories when determining the effectiveness of a sleep aid: how much it shortens the time needed to fall asleep, how much it increases the total amount of sleep experienced, and the severity of drowsiness—the "hangover effect"—experienced the next day.
The quality and depth of sleep can be measured with sleep monitoring equipment I used a Withings Aura to measure the amount of REM sleep I was getting each night. I then used this information in combination with a daily sleep log (which I highly recommend even if you aren't experimenting with sleep aids) that I kept throughout the experiment, never taking the same sleep aid for two consecutive nights, and taking nothing at all for many nights to ensure my system was "clean" for the next go-round. In my sleep log, each night I gave the prior night's sleep a "quality rating" from 1 (nonstop insomnia) to 10 (perfect sleep). As a sort of master measurement of the night, I multiplied this rating by the total amount of sleep I achieved in hours, so a total "sleep score" of 80 points—8 hours of level 10 sleep—would be perfect.
It can't be noted strenuously enough that this is a thoroughly unscientific test and my experiences should not be seen as representative of how anyone else may respond to these supplements, or as a benchmark for their effectiveness. Rather, my intent is to investigate how widely variable sleep aids like these can be outside of the lab while offering my own anecdotal evidence about what worked as a baseline for further investigation.
As well, remember that many things can impact how you sleep. What you eat, what you drink, evening exercise, late-night brain stimulation (like watching TV or playing games), pets in the room, temperature, ambient noise and light, and who knows what else can each have a severe impact on how well you sleep. Supplements are only one piece of the puzzle, but the question is whether they can genuinely help to overcome those other elements.
Still, consider those elements before thinking about a supplement. "Look at your overall sleep habits and your environment before you engage with a sleep aid," Makekau says. "Make sleep a priority, get exercise during the day, and avoid things like alcohol and caffeine."
I investigated five single-product supplements. Prices are approximate based on larger capacity bottles.
• Melatonin (4¢/dose). The big name in alternative sleep aids, this is a hormone that builds in the body as it gets darker outside.
• Valerian Root (8¢/dose). A flowering herb that has sedative effects. The root is powdered and put into a capsule.
• Chamomile (10¢/dose). The same stuff that's in herbal tea. The flowers of this plant are used for a wide variety of ailments, including indigestion and anxiety.
• Lemon balm (18¢/dose). Also known as Melissa. It's part of the mint family (not the lemon family) and finds a home in aromatherapy and culinary uses. Tea made from lemon balm is used as a mild sedative.
• L-tryptophan (45¢/dose). An amino acid and a precursor to serotonin and melatonin in the brain. Famously thought to be in high concentrations in turkey (but not really), it's also used to improve mood.
The three "cocktails" I sampled included these products:
• Somnis (30¢/dose). A mix of L-tryptophan, melatonin, and gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA).
• Serenity ($1.33/dose). Valerian root, passion flower extract, magnolia bark, jujube, chamomile, L-theanine, 5-HTP, melatonin, and something called BioPerine (a black pepper extract), plus a smattering of vitamins.
• Luna (73¢/dose). L-theanine, valerian root, chamomile, passion flower, lemon balm, hops flower, L-taurine, and melatonin, plus magnesium.
After weeks of testing, my personal results were far from what I expected. The biggest surprise was that, based on my sleep log and the Aura data, I found Iɽ been sleeping better than I thought, even when I didn't take anything. With no supplement, I was getting a baseline of 6.85 hours of sleep at an average 6.6 quality rating for a total sleep score of 46 points. Not bad, and the Aura reported 1.46 hours of REM sleep each night, which was also surprisingly good.
When looking at the overall amount of sleep I got while using a single supplement, L-tryptophan came out on top. On nights I took L-tryptophan, I got 7.53 hours of sleep, significantly above any other alternative. The downside was the quality of that sleep, which I rated at only a 6.5, for an average sleep score of 49 points. That's all pretty good, but the whole jellied muscles business put me off a bit, so ultimately I'm not sure it's a great option for sustained use.
How about sleep quality? Looking at all the single-product supplements, chamomile gave me the soundest night's sleep—so deep one night that my wife reported she was unable to rouse me during a snoring jag. I gave those nights an average quality rating of 7.3, and the 7.18 average hours of sleep I got was also noticeably higher than the no-meds nights. The net sleep score of 52 points earned chamomile the top spot among the single-supplement products.
Surprisingly, none of the other three supplements were effective for me, and all netted lower total sleep times and lower quality ratings than using nothing at all.
Melatonin was the big surprise. Some of my worst nights I experienced during testing were ones in which Iɽ taken this drug. After melatonin, I tossed and turned in bed, waking repeatedly throughout the night—once close to a dozen times. The next morning I invariably experienced a severe hangover effect, groggy for hours.
Valerian was not much better. On this drug I experienced wild dreams, lots of waking, and extreme next-morning fatigue. The valerian pills also smelled awful, like pungent, wet cardboard, a problem not to be underestimated when you have to choke it down at bedtime. But the absolute worst was lemon balm. The first night I tried it I woke repeatedly with an unbearably full bladder. Three lengthy trips to the bathroom later, lemon balm's apparent diuretic effect started causing significant concern. I discontinued it soon after for fear of kidney damage or worse.
The three cocktails performed better than most of the individual supplements, but only Serenity and Luna did significantly better at giving me extra time asleep, and only Serenity offered any improvement in sleep quality. In fact, Serenity provided some of my best numbers across the board—7.26 hours of total sleep, 1.80 hours of REM sleep (vs. 1.46 hours with no supplement), a 7.7 sleep quality rating, and a total sleep score of 56. The only problem is that, as with valerian, Serenity smells so hideous it is physically difficult to choke down. At $1.33 per dose, it's by far the most expensive solution I tested.
Luna had similar total sleep numbers to Serenity, but provided less REM and only a 6.4 quality rating for a net sleep score of 46, the same as sleeping without a supplement. Somnis's 6.88 total sleep hours made it an also ran—largely thanks to one night where I spent more than two hours trying to get to sleep—with a total sleep score of 43.
What happens now? While I'll probably keep both Serenity and chamomile in my arsenal in case of insomnia—and to attempt to help with jet lag when traveling internationally—I'm not planning to take any of these supplements on a regular basis, as it seems, in the end, I sleep well enough without them. Just remember that if you decide to try any of these for yourself, your mileage will, without a doubt, vary.
A Homeopathic Perspective on AIDS
[Although this article was written in 1995, it is still full of useful and insightful information and perspectives on AIDS and the immune system and homeopathy’s role in dealing with them. People who want more up-to-date information on homeopathy and AIDS will benefit from reading Dana Ullman’s ebook, Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine.
As horrific as the AIDS epidemic is, it has had one silver lining: it has implanted into the awareness of the medical community and the general public the importance of the body’s immune system. Prior to the emergence of AIDS, few people were familiar with or cared about the immune system.
Now more than ever, the general public is interested in exploring ways to bolster immune response to prevent the progression of AIDS, as well as to reduce the number and intensity of opportunistic infections and to improve the overall state of their health. The medical community, however, has focused its AIDS resources on creating antiviral medications, which despite great hope and expectation have not achieved the results anticipated. In fact, the leading AIDS drug, AZT, has been found to prolong the lives of people with AIDS by only seven or eight months, 1 but due to its side effects, the quality of life during this time is not high.
What is yet to be understood by the medical community is that they need to direct more attention and research to ways to augment immune response, rather than ways to inhibit viral replication. By strengthening a person’s own defenses, the body is best enabled to defend itself.
Homeopathy is one way to do this. Although no therapy can or will help every HIV+ person or everyone with AIDS, homeopathy is beginning to develop a reputation for helping people at varying stages of this disease. To understand what homeopathy has to offer, it is necessary to learn something about a different approach to infectious disease than simply attacking a pathogen.
Louis Pasteur, who initially suggested that bacteria cause disease, later realized that bacteria may not necessarily be the “cause” of disease as much as the “results” of disease. 2 Like Claude Bernard, 3 the father of experimental physiology, Pasteur came to realize that the susceptibility of the individual, the “host resistance,” was a greater determinant of the development of disease than the infective agent itself.
Despite the later recanting by Pasteur, he had already set in motion a medical mind set that focused entirely on eliminating pathogens and that ignored exploring ways to augment immune and defense response. Just as physicians and scientists are finally realizing the limitations and problems inherent in antibiotics as antimicrobial agents, antiviral drugs will inevitably suffer a similar fate. While physicians tend to know this both rationally and intuitively, they ignore these obvious problems in their clinical practice, in part because they don’t know what else to do and in part because their biomedical paradigm limits their vision of alternatives to antimicrobial therapy.
As increasing numbers of physicians learn about homeopathic medicine, they will be exposed to viable alternative treatments which can play an integral role in the care and treatment of people with HIV and AIDS. A recent survey of physicians in the Netherlands verified this possibility. The survey showed that 50% of Dutch physicians instigated and supported the use of homeopathic and natural therapies in the treatment of people with AIDS. 4
The best and most certain way to prevent AIDS is to avoid exchanging bodily fluids with people who are HIV+. Exposure to these bodily fluids most commonly occurs through sexual activity, sharing needles, or receiving blood transfusions. However, just because an individual is exposed to a person with HIV does not necessarily mean that the individual will get the virus. And further, just because an individual becomes infected with HIV does not necessarily mean that he or she will get AIDS.
The various factors that influence whether exposure leads to infection and whether infection leads to disease remain unknown. However, as with many infectious conditions, a stronger immune system reduces the chances of getting the disease or at least decreases the chances of complications from the infection. It therefore seems prudent to avoid the factors that inhibit immune response and to utilize those that augment it. The factors that inhibit immune response include an unhealthy lifestyle (i.e., smoking, poor diet, significant stress, sedentary habits) and the use of therapeutic and recreational drugs, while those that augment immune response tend to be a healthy lifestyle and utilizing natural therapeutics, including homeopathic medicines.
While the precise mechanism of action that leads to AIDS isn’t known, a new and significant study suggests that homeopathic medicines may have a dramatic effect on some people with HIV. A study performed by a government research center in India with 129 asymptomatic HIV+ patients (120 male and 9 female) showed that during homeopathic treatment over a period of 3 to 16 months, 11 patients changed from HIV+ to HIV-. 5 No conventional drugs of any type were prescribed to these patients.
The medical literature has on rare occasions reported individual patients who for unknown reasons converted from being HIV+ to being HIV-. This study is the first to report more than one.
It should be noted that this writer acknowledges that it does not initially make sense that people can turn from HIV+ to HIV-, because the tests that determine this status are simply evaluating a person’s antibodies, not the disease itself. It is generally assumed that people who become HIV+ will remain that way throughout their lives. It therefore seems obvious that the work by the Indian researchers should be more carefully studied to evaluate this potentially significant clinical result. It should also be noted that these researchers have elsewhere published more up-to-date data which shows significant improvement in immune panels and blood work in HIV+ and AIDS patients as the result of homeopathic treatment. 6
These same researchers also conducted a study on the immunological status of 34 HIV+ patients. 7 After six months of individualized homeopathic treatment, 23 (67%) of the 34 subjects’ immune profiles improved. Thirteen patients experienced a 0-10% increase in CD4 lymphocytes (a higher number of CD4 lymphocytes suggests a stronger immune response) and 10 patients experienced a greater than 10% increase. Because there is a tendency for people with HIV to have continually decreasing CD4 lymphocytes, this study suggests that homeopathic medicines provided a benefit to the subjects.
A San Francisco Bay Area homeopath, Lawrence Badgley, MD, reported on a six month study of 36 patients with AIDS or HIV whom he treated with homeopathic and other natural medicines. He observed a 13% increase in T4 helper cells and an average weight gain of two pounds. 8 AIDS tends to have increasingly degenerating effects on the body, and improvement in the immune profile and weight gain seem to be rarely experienced under conventional medical treatment.
In addition to what homeopathy offers in the prevention of AIDS, other natural therapies that strengthen the body’s own defense should also be considered. For instance, a recent study of HIV+ patients who were given only a multivitamin/mineral supplement were found to develop AIDS at a substantially slower rate than those who did not supplement their diet. If this simple addition to one’s prevention program is so effective, it isn’t hard to imagine what more individualized nutritional and natural medicine programs can do to slow down onset of this dreaded disease.
Treatment of Acute Illnesses During AIDS
Because of the seriousness of this disease, the treatment of people with HIV or AIDS requires professional health care, even when their ailments are seemingly minor. Ideally, they should receive treatment from a homeopath who is an M.D. or a D.O., but otherwise the best care is one that integrates homeopathic treatment with appropriate medical diagnosis and, in emergency situations, with appropriate medical treatment.
People with AIDS are prone to opportunistic infections due to their immunodeficient state, ranging from fungal infections in the mouth to respiratory infections. The use of conventional drugs can provide valuable temporary relief however, occasional or repeated use of these drugs takes its own toll on their health and immune system, and thus provides short-term relief but longer-term immune complications. Safer therapies that are not as physiologically disruptive as conventional drugs are necessary for the long-term improvement of people with AIDS. Homeopathic medicines can play an important role in the treatment of these opportunistic infections.
One of the advantages of using homeopathy in treating people with AIDS is that they tend to get various unusual symptoms, diseases, and syndromes which evade immediate diagnosis. A homeopath, however, can prescribe a remedy before a definitive conventional diagnosis is made. Because homeopathic medicines are prescribed on the basis of a person’s unique pattern of symptoms, a conventional diagnosis is not necessary for a curative remedy to be prescribed.
Treatment of People with AIDS
Despite the seemingly positive results that homeopathic medicines provide for people who are HIV+, for those with early onset of AIDS, and for those with nonextreme cases of AIDS, most homeopaths do not observe significant improvement in treating people who have advanced stages of AIDS. That said, it should also be noted that there are exceptions to this general rule, and numerous homeopaths find that select patients with advanced stages of AIDS experience dramatic improvement in their quality of life.
The experience of Bill Gray, MD, a homeopath in Davis, California, is typical of many homeopaths. He has had 33 AIDS patients, only three of whom have survived. The remaining three patients were the only ones who insisted on avoiding AZT and ddI (another popular AIDS drug). Dr. Gray has also had 30 HIV+ patients for an average of five years, only one of whom developed AIDS. Although this one patient has suffered from two bouts of pneumocystis pneumonia, he is actually doing quite well under homeopathic treatment.
Dr. Gray and most homeopaths utilize classical homeopathy in the treatment of people with AIDS, using a single remedy prescribed individually to the unique pattern of symptoms experienced by the patient. This highly individualized treatment generally includes the use of homeopathic medicines which are highly potentized (usually higher than the 200th potency).
Because of the urgency of some AIDS patients’ situations, some homeopaths experiment with new homeopathic remedies and with nonclassical approaches to homeopathy. For instance, Dr. Elliot Blackman, an osteopathic physician in San Francisco, occasionally prescribes Cyclosporin in homeopathic doses as an intercurrent medicine (an intercurrent medicine is one that is prescribed after another medicine which is individually determined). In conventional doses, Cyclosporin is an immunosuppressing drug, thus suggesting that it can be effective in homeopathic doses for treating people who have an immunosuppressed condition (this prescription is not “classical homeopathy” because each immunosuppressing drug creates its own unique pattern of symptoms, and the classical use of this drug would be more individualized).
In addition to the nonclassical approach, some homeopaths have been experimenting with giving AIDS patients homeopathically potentized doses of their own blood. The clinical benefit of this approach, however, has not yet been systematically tested.
Alan Levine, MD, a San Francisco physician who integrates homeopathic and other natural medicines with occasional prescription of conventional drugs, has one patient who was so sick with AIDS that he developed dementia, a state of mental deterioration that tends to occur in late stages of AIDS. This patient refused all conventional drugs from Dr. Levine and from all other physicians. Using homeopathic medicines, acupuncture, and herbs, the patient is now very healthy, has no signs of dementia, and has not had a single opportunistic infection in several years.
This case is mentioned because, despite the small chances of surviving late stages of AIDS and despite the generally accepted experience that dementia represents an irreversible neurological change, it is inspiring to know that significant and even substantial improvement is sometimes possible.
It should be noted that people with AIDS occasionally develop a fever shortly after taking the correct homeopathic medicine. This fever is considered a beneficial response of the body to the remedy and should not be suppressed. Physiologists recognize the therapeutic value of fever as a response to infection, and homeopathic medicine seems to be one way to augment this healing response.
Homeopathic Treatment of Infectious Diseases and Immunological Disorders
In order to fully appreciate the potential of homeopathic medicine in the treatment of AIDS, it is useful to get some historical perspective as well as to investigate what homeopathy has to offer in the treatment of viral and immunological disorders.
Homeopathy has an impressive history of successes in treating infectious disease, including many of the most serious and potentially fatal infectious diseases known to humankind. The significant successes of homeopathic treatment of the infectious diseases that raged during the 1800s in the United States and Europe created tremendous support for this natural therapy. Death rates in homeopathic hospitals from cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and pneumonia were commonly one half to as little as one eighth those in conventional medical hospitals. Besides hospitals, prisons and insane asylums that employed physicians who specialized in homeopathy experienced a similar success rate compared to other institutions under the care of conventional physicians.
Just as homeopathy became known in the 19th century for its successful treatment of infectious diseases of that era, based on growing clinical and laboratory evidence, it is likely that it will become known in this era for its results in treating contemporary viral infections.
Although homeopathic medicines are not considered to have traditional antiviral action, their ability to augment the body’s own defenses suggests that they have antiviral effects. One study on chicken embryo viruses showed that eight of ten homeopathic medicines tested inhibited the growth of the viruses by 50 to 100%. 9 A similar study done by the same researchers did find, however, that none of the four homeopathic medicines tested for their effects on a mouse virus had any effect. 10 Taken together, these studies suggest that homeopathic medicines can have significant antiviral effects, but it is necessary to find the individualized remedy for each situation.
Despite this preliminary work, it is conjectured that homeopathic medicines do not have traditional antiviral effects but have immunomodulatory effects (“immunomodulatory effects”
refers to a tonification of the body’s immune system–that is, an ability to augment immune response when it needs to be stimulated and to depress an already overstimulated immune system). One laboratory study showed that the homeopathic medicine Silicea had dramatic effects on stimulating macrophages, an important part of the body’s immune system, by 55.5% to 67.5% 11 . On the othe hand, another clinical trial showed the efficacy of individualized homeopathic medicines on the treatment of people with rheumatoid arthritis, 12 an autoimmune disease, which is when a person’s immune system is overly active, leading the body to attack itself. This study suggests that homeopathic medicines decreased the overly active immune system.
Other studies have shown the immunomodulatory effects of homeopathic medicines, 13 though their description is too technical for this book (See P. Bellavite and A. Signorini, Homeopathy: A Frontier in Medical Science. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 1995).
The history of homeopathy’s successes in treating infectious disease epidemics, the research that suggests the immunomodulatory effects of homeopathic medicines, and the clinical research on HIV+ and AIDS patients that indicates beneficial response to homeopathic medicines should command attention by physicians, scientists, and public health officials. Despite this body of work, it is both surprising and depressing that homeopathic medicine has been consistently ignored as a viable part of a comprehensive program in treating HIV+ and AIDS patients.
Homeopathy is not the only alternative that is being ignored by the AIDS medical community. Even though a large number of people with AIDS, especially long-term survivors, are using one or more alternative treatments, there is little data on their use or success. The leading AIDS organizations are likewise ignoring any serious investigation of their use. Until AIDS activists, the concerned general public, and open-minded health professionals start insisting that research on alternatives be performed, the potentially valuable therapies will continue to be ignored, and the AIDS epidemic will continue to devastate our society. When these alternative therapies are integrated within a comprehensive program which includes public health measures that seek to prevent infection, the AIDS epidemic will finally begin to recede.
1 G.F. Lemp, S. Payne, N. Dennese, et al., “Survival Trends for Patients with AIDS,” JAMA, January 19, 1990, 263, 3:402-6. (One important benefit of AZT is that it seems to prevent the transfer of HIV to infants of infected mothers.)
2 Rene Dubos, The Mirage of Health. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1959, 93-4.
3 Claude Bernard, Principles de Medecine Experimentale. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1947, 160-61.
4 I. Wolffers and S. de Moree, “Use of Alternative Treatments by HIV+ and AIDS Patients in the Netherlands, Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd., February 5, 1994, 138(6):307-10.
5 D.P. Rastogi, V.P Singh, V. Singh, et al., “Evaluation of Homoeopathic Treatment in 129 Asymptomatic HIV Carriers,” British Homoeopathic Journal, January 1993, 82:4-8. The diagnoses of all patients in this study were initially confirmed by the two accepted laboratory analyses, ELIZA and the Western Blot, which were performed by a World Health Organization-recognized center in India. After homeopathic treatment, 12 patients who initially tested HIV+ from the ELIZA test were found to be HIV- later. The initial report on this study showed that only 2 of these 12 patients were tested again through the Western Blot, which opened the study up to criticism because the ELIZA test is known to have errors and requires a confirmatory test with the Western Blot. Because of the extremely atypical result of this study, the editor of the homeopathic journal in which it was published was so startled that he wrote an editorial questioning its authenticity. (P. Fisher, “When to Believe the Unbelievable,” British Homoeopathic Journal, January, 1993, 82:2-3.) However, since this editorial, the authors have confirmed that 9 of the original 12 patients tested negative according to the Western Blot, and an additional two people changed from HIV+ to HIV-. (D.P. Rastogi, “Asymptomatic HIV Carriers,” British Homoeopathic Journal, January 1994, 83:54.)
6 D.P. Rastogi, V. Singh, S.K. Dey, et al., “Research Studies in HIV Infection with Homoeopathic Treatment,” CCRH (The Indian Government’s Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy) Quarterly Bulletin, 1993, 15, 3/4:1-6.
7 V. Singh, D.P. Rastogi, S.K. Dey, et al., “Homoeopathic Drugs as Immunomodulators: A Study of 34 HIV Subjects,” International Conference on AIDS, August 7-12, 1994:10(1):218 (abstract PB0301).
8 Laurence Badgley, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, March 1987, 80:8-14.
9 L.M. Singh and G. Gupta, “Antiviral Efficacy of Homoeopathic Drugs Against Animal Viruses,” British Homoeopathic Journal, July 1985, 74:168-74.
11 E. Davenas, B. Poitevin, and J. Benveniste, “Effect on Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages of Orally Administered Very High Dilutions of Silica,” European Journal of Pharmacology, 1987, 135:313-19.
12 R. G. Gibson, et al., “Homoeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation by Double-Blind Clinical Therapeutic Trial,” British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, September, 1980, 9:453-9.
13 M. Bastide, et al., “Immunomodulatory Activity of Very Low Doses of Thymulin in Mice,” International Journal of Immunotherapy, 1987, 3:191-200. See also V. Daurat, P. Dorfman, and M. Bastide, “Immunomodulatory Actvity of Low Doses of Interferon in Mice,” Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapeutics, 1988, 42:197-206
Dana Ullman, Discovering Homeopathy, Berkeley: North Atlantic, 1991.
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