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An effective treatment for AIDS

This article was written in June 2000
and posted during the Internet Discussion
of the South African Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel

Seven principles should be followed in the treatment of AIDS in both the individual and the community:

1. Causes and sources should be pointed out. 2. Diagnosis should be made based on clinical and laboratory findings. 3. Avoid as much as possible exposure to immunological stressor or oxidizing agents. 4. Detoxification of already intoxicated body systems including the immune system. 5. Stimulate the weakened immune system and all other systems that may already be weak. 6. Provide specific treatment for the clinical manifestations of AIDS. 7. Participation of complementary practitioners and indigenous healers must be encouraged.

Let us look at them very briefly:

1. Causes and sources should be pointed out.

To this day the medical establishment and mainstream researchers have offered no effective answers as to how to treat and heal AIDS. They have concentrated their efforts on trying to stop replication of "the virus" that supposedly causes AIDS. Everything seems to indicate that they have been attacking the wrong cause (1-13).

Treatment would be completely different if the cause of AIDS was not HIV but rather immunological stressor or oxidizing agents. The two approaches are antagonistic.

The principles listed here propose treating AIDS as a toxic/nutritional degenerative condition and not as a sexually transmitted viral disease. In my previous postings I provided many scientific arguments demonstrating that AIDS is a toxic-nutritional syndrome caused by the alarming worldwide increment in immunological stressor or oxidizing agents (7-14).

The real causes should be explained in detail to the patient and to the community. Understanding this will contribute effectively to overcoming AIDS. People and patients should know that they can be exposed to immunological stressors through involuntarily conditions of life and through voluntarily life styles (7-12).

2. Diagnosis should be made based on clinical and laboratory findings.

It is absolutely necessary to set aside the CDC/WHO definitions of AIDS, as well as the Bangui definition for African countries, which consider AIDS an infectious and contagious illness (15-17). This misleading approach precludes conducting an objective evaluation of the patient or the community. See my proposal for the definition of AIDS in my posting "The causes of AIDS" (9,12).

The health status of a given patient or community should be evaluated carefully by conventional clinical and laboratory techniques. Complementary or holistic techniques may be useful as well (18-23).

Conventional laboratory tests should be carried out to evaluate the physiologic status of all body systems and especially the immune system. Excretion systems should be capable of guaranteeing the elimination of toxins, a central part of the treatment (21-23).

To confirm the status of the immune system several tests should be done. In addition to counting the CD4 T lymphocytes the various T and B lymphocyte subsets should be counted. It is very important to evaluate the functioning of all immunocompetent cells and phagocytes with tests such as lymphoblastotransformation, inhibition of migration, etc (22,24,25). It is necessary to determine the levels all complement components, betha 2 microglobulin, as well as to check for protein electrophoresis, immunoelectrophoresis, quantitation of serum immunoglobulins (G, A, M, D, E), check for a variety of autoantibodies, circulating immune complexes, and perform skin tests with various antigens (22,26-29).

Evaluation of the nutritional status is critical. Test to determine the levels of macro and micronutrients should be conducted. Levels of B complex vitamins, vitamin A, C, and E, selenium, iron, and zinc should be evaluated (30-32).

The clinical status of the main endocrine glands ¾ pituitary, thyroid, adrenals, gonads ¾ should be evaluated. Tests determining liver and kidney functioning are also important. Endocrine glands, liver, and kidneys all play important roles in the detoxification and healing processes (21-23).

It is necessary to search clinically and through laboratory tests for the presence of the clinical manifestation of AIDS; opportunistic infections, tumors, and metabolic disturbances. The number and severity of these should be evaluated (21-23,33,34).

It is absolutely necessary to evaluate the level of intoxication or degree of oxidation of the immune system and of all other body systems (24,35). Since AIDS is a condition caused by an excess on free radicals, especially oxidizing species, it is absolutely necessary to evaluate the oxidative status by means of the modern tests available to determine the biomarkers of oxidative stress (36-43).

If so called "tests for HIV" – ELISA, Western blot, P 24 antigen, PCR, or viral load – are performed, their reactivity should be interpretated to mean intoxication rather than meaning "infected with HIV". See my posting: "Tests for HIV are highly inaccurate" (13).

3. Avoid as much as possible exposures to immunological stressor or oxidizing agents.

When treating AIDS, present and past exposure to immunological stressor agents should be investigated with meticulous care (see my posts on "The Natural History of AIDS" and "Co-factors cause AIDS" for a list of the main immunological stressors in the groups at risk for AIDS in developed and underdeveloped countries).

Detailed explanations on how and why to avoid exposure to these agents should be given to the patient and to the community (8,9,11,12).

It is absolutely necessary to convince the patient and the community that they are not infected with "the virus that causes AIDS". The feeling of being infected with the virus that supposedly causes AIDS, in addition to being an immunological stressor, blocks participation of brain and mind in the healing process (44-49). The "HIV/AIDS hysteria" must be stopped immediately.

It is critical to convince the patient and the community that AIDS is no longer a mortal disease, as has been said for so many years, and that it is both easy and absolutely possible to cure it and to recover from it (50-52). Logically, healing and recovering processes depend on the degree of deterioration of tissues, organs, and body systems.

4. Detoxification of already intoxicated body systems including the immune system.

There is today a flowering of natural non-toxic measures to detoxify patients with AIDS through complementary, holistic, or alternative therapies (53-59).

Following are some of the measures that have been reported to have benefits in the detoxification process of patients with AIDS:

· Antioxidants: The role of oxidizing agents in the genesis of AIDS has been pointed out in scientific detail since the beginning of the epidemic (1-3,8,11,60-83). As a consequence, several antioxidant substances and compounds, such as vitamin C, A, and E, gluthatione, cysteine, zinc, selenium, etc., have been used with success in the treatment of AIDS (54,60,84-95).

· Nutrition: The correction of any nutritional abnormality and disturbance may be achieved in order to overcome AIDS in the patient and in the community. Several diets and nutritional interventions have been used in AIDS with success (96-103).

· Other therapies: Following are some of the non-toxic therapeutic approaches that have been reported to have substantial benefits in the treatment of AIDS; acupunture, digitopunture, Chinise traditional medicine, herbal medicine, Indian ayurvedic medicine, hyperthermia, oxygen therapy, massage therapy, homeopathy, naturopathic and colon therapy, music therapy, color therapy, gem therapy, aromatherapy, hypnosis therapy, light therapy, yoga, magnetic field therapy, orthomolecular medicine, cell therapy, and spiritual care (54,104-111).

5. Stimulate the weakened immune system and all other systems that may already be weak.

Several immunomodulators and immune system stimulants have been used with success in the treatment of AIDS (112,113).

Several of the most often used are: interferons, interleukines, and growth factors, (112); B-complex vitamins (114); lithium (115,116); herbs such as ginsengs, eleuthero, sarsaparilla, sassafras, ashwagandha, Chinese cucumber, curcumin, catharanthus, podophyllum, pacific yew, mistletoe, echinacea, Aloe vera, garlic, Uncaria tomentosa (58,90,105,113).

Coping with mental stress is critical to both detoxification and stimulation of the weakened immune and other systems (46-48,117).

There are excellent publications that may be useful as guides for the effective treatment of AIDS (20,50,51-54,59,60,78,95,102).

6. Provide specific treatment for the clinical manifestations of AIDS.

Once the diagnosis of any of the opportunistic infections, tumors or metabolic conditions proper or common to the different groups of people at risk for AIDS has been made, the specific treatment available for them should be provided.

An optimal nutritional status for the patient or the community is absolutely necessary to overcome AIDS. Several publications can guide us in this important matter (96-102).

7. Participation of complementary practitioners and indigenous healers must be encouraged.

The medical establishment and mainstream researchers have concentrated their efforts on trying to stop replication of "the virus" that supposedly causes AIDS. On the other side, complementary practitioners and indigenous healers have been dealing with AIDS since its beginning from a different perspective. It is mandatory to consider these complementary approaches.

Besides, the popularity of complementary or alternative therapies in AIDS is exceeding all estimations. This is one of the reasons that the Unites States National Institutes of Health was compelled to establish the Office of Alternative Medicine [OAM] in 1991 (118).

For example, Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, is an accredited educational institution that is getting founds from the Federal Government of The United States to search for alternative treatments for AIDS. The Natural Health Clinic of Bastyr University uses hyperhermia treatment for detox and to treat AIDS successfuly (20).

Any country that is serious and consistent in its commitment to overcoming AIDS should permit and stimulate the participation of indigenous natural healers in research and clinical fields. Indigenous healers should be a part of the teams treating and preventing AIDS.

Possible clinical trials

If there remain doubts about the treatment of AIDS, the following trial is suggested to determine whether treatment with non-toxic measures is or is not more effective than the current official treatment with anti-retroviral medications.

Two groups of AIDS patients will be necessary: a) a group of patients will be treated with the official anti-retroviral treatment and; b) a second group will be treated by the non-toxic measures suggested in this post. Patients at different stages of AIDS would be necessary.

Both groups should be followed up for several years with clinical and laboratory evaluations of their health status.

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