YOUNG ADULT PROBLEMS: HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) INFECTION and ACQUIRED IMMUNODEFICIENCY SYNDROME (AIDS)

There are some basic facts to establish:

Having HIV does not mean having AIDS.

Human immunodeficiency virus is not proven beyond doubt to be the sole cause of AIDS. • Having HIV in the system may not need to lead inevitably to AIDS.

Taking these three points into account, it is worth examining potential treatments against HIV and AIDS. The HIV is not a particularly aggressive or fast-replicating virus. It affects different people in different ways, which is why some people can contract the virus and die rapidly whilst others are alive and healthy 15-20 years later. The state of the individual’s immune system appears to be very relevant to this observation. Carrying HIV is asymptomatic (without symptoms) but the effects of HIV can be minor or profound.

The virus finds a comfortable home in a subset of the body’s white cell defence mechanisms which are commonly known as T-helper cells. They are so called because they are produced in the thymus and help other white cells to be active in the destruction of other invaders such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. Destruction of these cells allows minor infections that would normally not bother the system to become lethal. Once two or more of these infections are present, then the criteria for a ‘syndrome’ are satisfied and a diagnosis of AIDS is made. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, on the other hand is a life-threatening condition. Symptoms can occur throughout the body but most commonly affect the lungs (Pneumocystis carnii), the skin (Kaposi’s sarcoma and wart infections), the bowel (Campylobacter, Candida) and the nervous system (a variety of infections). It is found all over the world, very often in people with no HIV infection. This is a pedantic point because the majority of AIDS patients have their condition as a result of the association with HIV.

Many scientists and doctors from all over the world, some very eminent, believe that AIDS is not solely associated with HIV. Very acceptable concepts have been put forward to suggest that AIDS will only manifest when the body’s immune system is incapable of keeping the T-helper cells healthy and functional. Human immunodeficiency virus undoubtedly damages this section of the immune system but then so do many other factors. It is feasible that HIV will not be lethal unless associated with other components that damage these T-helper cells. Drugs (both prescription and drugs of abuse), unhealthy lifestyle, infectious diseases such as syphilis, fungi and parasites and environmental pollutants have all been put forward with enough evidence to create scepticism in some scientific areas. Currently there are 29 different illnesses that exist independently, any of which in combination are labelled AIDS, but are these secondary infections possibly part of the cause of the immune system failure?

Many government departments and ‘independent’ watchdogs are financially supported by the pharmaceutical industry who would like to find a compound or compounds that would kill HIV. This means that authorities and the pharmaceutical industry, generally, do not emphase the concept of personal health being relevant in fighting AIDS.

Human immunodeficiency virus is transmitted through some body fluids more than others. Theoretically HIV can survive in most body fluids but, in reality, blood and semen appear to be the main transmitting factors. If transmission has occurred through saliva, sweat or other discharges it is extremely rare and not well documented. The virus needs to be transmitted directly into the recipient’s bloodstream which occurs through punctures and abrasions in the skin and mucous membranes.

The term HIV-positive does not refer to having AIDS. It has been established that there are two viruses (although many others are suspected), namely HIV-1 and HIV-2, both of which have detrimental effects on the T-helper cell population. The phrase ‘HIV-positive’ refers to the presence in the bloodstream of antibodies against these viruses. This phrase does not refer to the presence of HIV. It infers that HIV has at some time been present in the bloodstream because the immune system has produced a defence against them. This is of vital importance because it is a qualitative result (a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to infection) and not a quantitative test (how much virus is in the system). More accurate tests, such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), measure the amount of virus. The PCR is not routinely done because of the expense and the controversy concerning its accuracy. Measurement of the T-helper cell and specifically the CD4 level indicates the amount of damage to the immune system but is not a good predictor of prognosis because the cell count can rise or fall independent of HIV but very dependent on the other factors that alternative practitioners and many scientists think are relevant to the disease process.

One often hears of the CD4/CD8 ratio. The CD8 T cells are immune system inhibitors. They are equally important in normal health because they prevent an overreaction in the immune system. Unfortunately, if the normal balance between the CD4 helper cells and the CD8 inhibitor cells is disturbed, then ill-health will arise.

A most fascinating point of interest is that the speed with which HIV multiplies, infects and then destroys T-helper cells is much slower than the normal replication speed of the T-helper cells themselves. One eminent authority has likened the process to chasing an airline jet on a pedal bicycle. As this is the case, how the orthodox world continues to assume that HIV is solely responsible belies logic.

The carriage of HIV and AIDS is not a homosexual disease. The practice of anal intercourse allowing infected semen directly into the bloodstream through the inevitable abrasions in the rectal mucosa has allowed the spread of HIV to move rapidly in this section of society. The virus, which probably originated in Africa, having mutated from a harmless virus, is also transmitted heterosexually and through accidental injury. The vaginal mucosa is much tougher and less prone to abrasions and the vaginal secretions are much more antiviral than many other fluids. Once the ‘epidemic’ was established and accepted, the ‘safe sex’ practices of male homosexuals stemmed the increase in transmission in many educated parts of the world. Educated or otherwise, the increase in the spread amongst the heterosexual population is now the world’s largest problem. Those who understand about the epidemic have been poorly educated into understanding that heterosexual sex is a danger and in uneducated areas people simply know no better. Contraception is not easily available in many parts of the world and anal intercourse is practised to avoid pregnancy throughout Africa and Asia. The increase of heterosexual HIV carriage is quite alarming in these parts of the world.

Despite hygiene and education being the most likely treatment to work, the orthodox world continues to follow its ‘germ’ theory and spends billions of dollars researching into drugs that can inhibit the growth of HIV. The drugs AZT and more recently DDI and DDT are highly toxic chemotherapy agents that aim at killing the cells in the immune system on the assumption that this will not allow the virus to survive. Most patients placed on AZT will come off the drug because of its side effects and the main study – the Concord Trial – showed that patients using AZT fare worse than those not taking it. It is disturbing that the authorities who allowed such a treatment to be practised are the same people who block the use of naturopathic treatments for exactly the safety reasons that they bypassed for this far more profitable drugs.

Despite the poor outcome of AZT trials, the pharmaceutical industry continues to attack the virus whilst ignoring the commonsense approach, which would be to stimulate the human immune system. Having found that the destruction of infected T-helper cells does not prolong the life of AIDS patients, two new drug groups were focused upon: nucleosides inhibit HIV production and protease inhibitors block the chemical process by which HIV enters new T-helper cells, as well as blocking viral replication. Currently, all AIDS and HIV-carrier patients are being ‘strongly’ advised to use ‘triple therapy’, which includes taking AZT with drugs from both of these new groups several times a day. Those who can tolerate this chemical cocktail certainly show good results initially. I say, initially, because long-term studies have not been completed and one must remain sceptical because the initial findings of AZT were equally promising. Most importantly, before I discuss the options for treatment, be very aware that there are documented cases of HIV infection clearing up. This has been noted in children and was reported most recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, 30 March 1995.

A baby boy born prematurely at eight months was diagnosed as having asymptomatic HIV-1 infection. The child contracted the infection from his mother who had had intercourse with a former intravenous drug abuser. The infant was not well due to his prematurity but showed no evidence of AIDS. Blood tests were done on separate occasions and showed the child to be infected with the virus. Blood tests were repeated at frequent intervals and at the age of 1 year the tests proved negative. They could find no evidence of HIV. The child and his immune system had destroyed and removed all evidence of the HIV. The case was finally reported when the child was aged 5 years and when he continued to remain free of disease.

I believe that AIDS is not caused by HIV alone. Without a doubt this virus is detrimental to the immune system and speeds up the process of disease but is not solely responsible for the ill-health associated with AIDS. More relevant is long-term abuse of the body through poor nutrition, environmental toxins in the air and food chain, the chemicals produced by stress, drugs (both prescription and those of abuse) and frequent exposure to infections and the antibiotics with which they are treated.

Treatment recommendations are based on dealing with all these factors.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Avoid risks. Whether you have contracted the HIV already or not, have ‘safe sex’. Oral sex cannot be considered safe if an individual is carrying HIV.

If you have unhealthy habits or lifestyle, make a change.

Do not fight this battle alone. Find a complementary practitioner with knowledge of AIDS and a group or counsellor specializing in this area.

Discuss with either of the above, or a nutritionist, a suitable diet plan. This is absolutely essential to your well-being.

Remove toxins from your life in the form of drugs (including tobacco and excess alcohol) and foods containing steroids or antibiotics (most meats). Spend times in fresh air out of the cities. Do not ignore this good advice, it is essential.

Ensure food allergy/intolerance testing is undertaken through blood tests or by an experienced bioresonance computer technician.

Deal with or come to terms with the stresses in your life. Excess adrenaline is poisonous to the immune system. Do not underestimate the importance of this factor.

Try to avoid antibiotics, steroids in particular, because they damage the immune system. All infections should be given the opportunity to be treated from an alternative angle.

Do not be surprised if alternative practitioners offer a treatment that they claim may be curative. Ensure with a medical practitioner that the treatment is not in itself poisonous and give it a go. It cannot be as harmful as orthodox drugs. • The use of the ‘triple therapy’ should be considered if good health is not being maintained or blood counts are dropping to low levels. Until long-term studies have been done, I consider these chemicals toxic and should only be used as a last resort.

Dealing with HIV and AIDS is a team process and there is an answer, as in the case described above. Do not give in to the orthodox view of inevitable demise because there is plenty of evidence to suggest that treatment and possible cure are available.

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