In 1995 a protocol for nutritional support of people who were HIV positive was published by a nutrition group headed by Willis H. Reisen, PhD, who received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in the 1950's and was board certified as a clinical nutritionist in the early 1990's. Dr. Reisen, and his colleague David B. Tardy, self-published their short pamphlet, A Decade of AIDS, after a ten-year period during which they claimed that not a single one of the approximately one hundred HIV-positive people following this protocol had gone from HIV-positive to full-blown AIDS. (Both of these good gentlemen have since passed away at a ripe age.)
I am providing the recommendations of their original protocol in a very short form largely for historical purposes, but also to open people's minds to the possibilities of using nutrition to complement conventional medical care. I'm also providing independent scientific references that I have dug up to document the current science backing up their original protocol, which I present below.
A bit of explanation of the supplemental options was also added by me, along with a few examples of modern formulas providing these nutrients more efficiently than those available on the market some 10-12 years ago.
Please remember that this protocol was designed to be used under a physician's care, and should NOT be used as a substitute for medical care!
HIV nutritional support protocol (to be used only under the medical supervision of a physician):
This protocol has traditionally (since 1985) been used by some clinical nutritionists for the nutritional support of people with HIV for nutritional restoration of the digestive and immune systems. Use this protocol only as directed by your physician.
- Probiotics include acidophilus, bifidus, and other ‘beneficial bacteria’ that are healthy for the human gut. If you are not using an antibiotic prescription drug, simply take a good quality, strong probiotic formula as directed on the label. If you are currently taking an antibiotic prescription drug, supplement with a good quality, strong probiotic formula an hour or two after each dose of antibiotic, then continue taking the probiotics for some weeks after the antibiotic course is over.
- Take a good hi-potency multiple vitamin to provide basic nutritional supplementation.1, 2, 17-33, 45
- Take antioxidants to increase detoxification and glutathione production. Cysteine or NAC 3,4, whey protein isolate 34-36, GliSODin ™ 37, 39-44 Silymarin (milk thistle extract) VitaBerry™ or other hi-ORAC antioxidant formula Selenium, preferably selenomethionine, 200-400 mcg/day. 5-8, 39
- Do a Vitamin C flush, maintaining appropriate levels: http://www.askrph3.com/healthcare/article_cflush.shtml 9-11, 38
- Natural carotenoids 46-48 AIDS-related weight loss and chronic diarrhea ("HIV enteropathy") may respond to a gluten-free diet. 12
- Progressive resistance training (weight training) and exercise may be used as an alternative or adjunct to steroids. 13,14
- DHEA may alleviate fatigue and depression (200-500 mg per day for eight weeks). DHEA supplementation had no effect on CD4 cell (helper T-cell) counts or testosterone levels. 15,16
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