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July 01, 2004

Harvard Research in Tanzania Confirms: Multivitamin Slows AIDS Progression

As reported today in the Boston Globe, a research program undertaken by Wafaie Fawzi, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, has found that a multivitamin supplement containing vitamins of the B Complex with C and E was effective in slowing the progression from 'HIV infection' to the clinical picture of AIDS. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine and can be accessed here.

Fawzi said this week that the Harvard researchers have begun sharing their findings with other medical units caring for AIDS patients in the developing world, in the hope that multivitamins can be incorporated routinely into treatment. Although the study was limited to pregnant women, AIDS specialists said they believe the findings demonstrate the importance of offering vitamins broadly to people infected with HIV in developing countries.

That's already happening in treatment campaigns presided over by Columbia's El-Sadr in Africa and Thailand, as well as in clinics in India where researchers from the Tufts University School of Medicine work.

This ties in with an article I published yesterday about David Patient, a long time AIDS surviver who found that nutrition, among other things, helped him avoid becoming ill with AIDS, although he had been diagnosed as HIV infected over twenty years ago. Patient is active in Mozambique, where he runs - together with psychologist Neil Orr - a program that combines nutrition with other basic techniques of better living for the poor to stave off what has called the AIDS epidemic.

There are serious doubts both about AIDS statistics in Africa and about the reliability of the HIV test to determine whether an individual is infected, but certainly there is a need to improve basic nutrition and living conditions on the African continent.

Patient says that

"Nutrition is only one component of a much larger process, which includes empowerment (individual and group), the basics of HIV/AIDS, basic immune function, health motivations, behaviour change, nutrition where there are no resources, sustainable farming, the basics of psycho-neuro-immunology, basic counselling skills, basic therapy skills, stigma and discrimination, assessing needs, caregiver issues, orphan care, mobilising one's community into action, AIDS activism, home-based care where there are no resources, working with the dying, grief therapy and multiple losses."

Harold Foster, a scientist in Canada, who has written a book titled "What really causes AIDS" which you can download for free from his site, is in agreement that nutrition is important, but Foster has found a different set of nutrients to be important. Here is what he said in a recent e-mail:

There is nothing really surprising about HIV-positive people not developing AIDS because they are eating the correct diet. AIDS is a nutrient deficiency disorder caused by a virus. If you eat higher than normal amounts of the four nutrients that HIV is removing from the body (selenium, cysteine, tryptophan and glutamine) you never develop deficiencies and, therefore, remain AIDS free. Conversely, if you have AIDS, but eat the correct amounts of the four nutrients all symptoms disappear and you can be back at work in a month.

Here is a copy of the article in the Boston Globe that reports on Wafaie Fawzi's work:

Multivitamin found to slow pace of HIV

(original here)

Study examined Tanzanian women

By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff
July 1, 2004

A simple multivitamin taken once a day dramatically slowed the progression of HIV in pregnant women in Tanzania, Harvard researchers report today, a finding that could herald a low-cost option for reducing disease and prolonging life in countries where more expensive treatments remain out of reach.

The study from the Harvard School of Public Health offers the most robust evidence ever that nutritional supplements can help keep the AIDS virus in check and delay debilitating symptoms.

It is also an illustration of how, in the quest to find novel treatments, scientists sometimes overlook off-the-shelf products that come with few side effects and modest price tags.

AIDS researchers hailed the report in the New England Journal of Medicine as an important moment in the battle to control HIV in Africa. They hastened to emphasize, however, that vitamins are most beneficial for patients in the earliest phase of infection and should not serve as a substitute for initiatives to bring potent, but expensive, antiretroviral drugs to the developing world.

"It's a major advance and hopefully can have an impact on the lives of people who don't have access to other medications," said Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, an HIV specialist at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health who was not involved in the study. "This is very exciting work."

The Harvard team began its work in 1995 in Tanzania, a nation where the burden of HIV is steep: In a population of 36 million, an estimated 2.5 million to 3 million have the AIDS virus. Believing that vitamins might strengthen the immune system's defenses against the virus, the researchers set out to test whether a daily dose of vitamins could keep pregnant women and their infants healthier and stave off common manifestations of the disease, including oral infections, nausea, and fatigue.

The researchers focused their study on pregnant women because they also wanted to examine health issues related to the transmission of HIV from mother to child, the subject of earlier reports.

The study's findings are bolstered by both the number of participants -- 1,078 women were enrolled -- and its duration, with women monitored on average for nearly six years. Women were given either a single pill containing vitamins B, C, and E; the multivitamin along with vitamin A; vitamin A alone; or a placebo, an inactive dummy pill.

Researchers found that the patients taking vitamins B, C, and E fared best of all: They were 30 percent less likely to progress to the latest stage of HIV infection or to die during the study than women who received the placebo. And they were substantially less likely to develop painful mouth inflammations, rashes, and fatigue.

Blood tests showed that women on the multivitamin had higher levels of vital disease-fighting cells and lower levels of the AIDS virus. 

A year's worth of multivitamins for an individual in Africa costs $15. An annual supply of antiretroviral medications in the developing world costs 20 times as much.

Studies from the World Health Organization have estimated that about 25 million people with HIV live in Africa, although the Globe reported last month that some authorities now believe those figures may be inflated.

"The results from the study clearly provide support for a recommendation of providing multivitamins as supportive care to those infected with HIV," said Dr. Wafaie W. Fawzi, the lead author of the study. "The multivitamins would be useful in earlier stages of HIV disease, in order to delay the time until these antiretroviral drugs are necessary."

That's important not just because of the cost difference, but because use of the vitamins allows doctors to keep in reserve the powerful antiretroviral drugs, which can cause side effects and require patients to be strictly compliant in taking their medication, said Fawzi, a specialist in international nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Researchers said that they don't know how long the salutary effect of multivitamins persists, but that they believe that in addition to helping prime the immune system of patients, the pills provide broader nutritional benefits.

"This study shows you buy time, but you don't cure HIV, and you don't stop it forever," said Dr. Calvin Cohen, research director for Community Research Initiative of New England, an HIV research organization. "You help the body fight back a little longer, which is a significant accomplishment."

Fawzi said this week that the Harvard researchers have begun sharing their findings with other medical units caring for AIDS patients in the developing world, in the hope that multivitamins can be incorporated routinely into treatment. Although the study was limited to pregnant women, AIDS specialists said they believe the findings demonstrate the importance of offering vitamins broadly to people infected with HIV in developing countries.

That's already happening in treatment campaigns presided over by Columbia's El-Sadr in Africa and Thailand, as well as in clinics in India where researchers from the Tufts University School of Medicine work.

Specialists said they are not prepared to recommend that patients in the West should begin taking extra vitamins. In part, that's because Western patients tend to get more vitamins from their diets and because many already take supplements.

The discovery regarding multivitamins was reported as other researchers are demonstrating that low-cost approaches can be as effective as pricey brand-name pills in treating common conditions such as heart disease. But conducting studies of inexpensive, generic treatments is a costly proposition and not typically undertaken by pharmaceutical companies more interested in the substantial profit that can be derived from creating blockbuster drugs that demand top dollar.

Instead, researchers hoping to evaluate fixtures of the medicine cabinet rely on financial support from government agencies, which was the case with the Harvard study, bolstered by a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.

"Of course, we can't study every oddball idea that comes down the pike," said Dr. Sherwood Gorbach of Tufts, who studies the interaction between nutrition and HIV and is editor of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

"But on the other hand," he said, "if you can develop some scientific rationale for investigating the efficacy of a treatment, then it should be put to the test."

Stephen Smith can be reached at stsmith@globe.com
© Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.


Study as published in the New England Journal of Medicine

Multivitamins 'slow HIV progress' - BBC News

Other references on Aids:

HIV/AIDS Nutritional Supplement Donation Initiative
Sadly, this initiative dose not include Selenium, a key ingredient, hopefully will could be supplied separately until such time the formulation is upgraded. The Fawzi study mentioned below might have had a significantly stronger outcome had this not been overlooked...

Selenium Status Is Associated with Accelerated HIV Disease Progression among HIV-1–Infected Pregnant Women in Tanzania

Selenium Conquers AIDS?

AIDS Prevention:The Missing Key Component

AltHeal - Access to scientific, verifiable, alternative information about HIV/AIDS and immune boosting treatments for health that most AIDS organizations do not make available.

AIDS Test 'Is Not Proof Of Infection' - The "Aids Test", which was originally developed to make the blood supply safe and has only been really licensed for that use, is not a test that can give certainty of infection of any individual.

Aids Test Unscientific: Test Kit Makers Sued in Kansas - The test kits used to determine "HIV positive" status in patients are deeply flawed - they were developed on the basis of faulty scientific methodology and assumptions and are without value in determining whether a person suffers from "HIV Aids"...

HIV-Aids: A Tragic Error - Despite more than $100 billion spent on AIDS by US taxpayers alone, scientists have not been able to ascertain how HIV causes the AIDS syndrome. Predictions about the course of the epidemic have proved inaccurate.

South Africa: Traditional Medicine to Fight AIDS, Poverty - The South African Health Minister says that the use of African traditional medicines may eventually replace anti-retrovirals in the treatment of HIV and Aids.

Survey confirms - Aids Numbers in Africa overestimated - As reported in the Daily Telegraph today, a recent report by the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey puts the number of HIV infected persons in that country at about one million, a third of the previous estimates of close to three million.

A book discussing a nutritional hypothesis for immune deficits written by Harold D. Foster titled "What really causes AIDS" can be downloaded - free - from his site. The January/February 2004, and March/April 2004 issues of Nexus Magazine also contain recent articles written by Dr. Foster about the treatment of AIDS. These articles are available at
AIDS - The Seleno-Enzyme Solution (Part I/Part II)

Controversial AIDS vaccines are 'plausible'
12:49 28 September 04 - NewScientist.com news service
A report detailing a controversial “cure” for HIV, as well as a vaccine that prevents against infection with the virus, has been published in a leading scientific journal.

Zambia tests HIV 'herbal remedy'
Zambia has begun trials of three herbal medicines to see if they can be used to treat HIV/Aids, it says. Twenty-five people with HIV will take part in the three-month trial, which the health minister said conforms to World Health Organization guidelines.

Selenium for AIDS - CBC Interview
(Video taken off YouTube)
CBC interview with Norman Sartor, HIV positive, who takes Selenium and amino acid supplements in accordance with discoveries by Dr Harold Foster, author of "What really causes Aids", a freely downloadable book.


 


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Thursday July 1 2004
updated on Tuesday December 21 2010

URL of this article:
http://www.communicationagents.com/sepp/2004/07/01/harvard_research_in_tanzania_confirms_multivitamin_slows_aids_progression.htm

 


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Readers' Comments


Megavitamins slow down so-called HIV or mitigate AIDS? So nice to be so ahead of the times. In my 2 earlier and little-known studies on AIDS (AIDS: TERROR, TRUTH, TRIUMPH, l986; and AIDS: HOPE, HOAX, HOOPLA, l989, l990) and based on our caseload at a Mexican hospital and my own research, we made just such a connection and have used all manner of nutrients in so-called HIV/AIDS for all these years. But who believes us quacks? Good to see medical orthodoxy, some 23 years after the delineation of HIV/AIDS is getting at least part of the message. A few of our patients have been "positive" for HIV (if that means anything) for l8 to l9 years without dying of so-called AIDS. M L CULBERT ScD

Posted by: M L Culbert, ICHF on July 1, 2004 04:43 PM

 


Information sent by Anthony Rees from South Africa:

July 12 2004 at 07:03PM

The Medicines Control Council (MCC) has changed its mind on the use of nevirapine to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV from mother to child.

"Council believes that the risk-benefit profile of nevirapine monotherapy has changed and therefore no longer recommends its use for the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV," the medicines regulator said in a statement on Monday.

The announcement follows on the heels of Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang saying at her arrival at the 15th World Aids conference in Bangkok, Thailand, that there was "ever-growing resistance against the prescription of nevirapine" for pregnant women who are HIV positive.


She also said there was a growing body of evidence that breast-feeding might be a better feeding option for HIV-positive women than the formula milk that government provided as part of its programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of the virus.

'Council's decision applies to all monotherapy interventions'

At a meeting on July 2, the MCC recommended that nevirapine and zidovudine (AZT), previously approved for monotherapy in PMTCT, only be used in combination therapy.

"The approval of nevirapine as monotherapy for this indication, in April 2001, was conditional upon monitoring of resistance and its impact on efficacy," the MCC added.

The MCC said significant numbers of mothers and babies built up resistance to Nevirapine when exposed to it as a monotherapy to reduce the risk of the child contracting HIV from its mother during birth.

Recent studies conducted in South Africa, using nevirapine as a monotherapy for this purpose, showed up to half of patients treated became resistant to the medication, the MCC said in a statement.

"The clinical significance of these findings needs further investigation as the efficacy of future treatment options in mothers or babies who have nevirapine-resistant HIV may be compromised," the regulator added.

"Council's decision applies to all monotherapy interventions when used to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV from mother to child during labour. Council is of the view that combination therapy should be considered for this indication."

It was not immediately clear from the statement what impact the decision would have on the health department's Comprehensive Plan for Management,Care and Treatment of HIV and Aids. - Sapa

Posted by: Sepp on July 13, 2004 05:59 PM

 


Here is a letter published in the Canadian Medical Post:


HIV: Could treatments be on the wrong track?

Although we live in an unparalleled age of communication, particularly in the field of medical science, I continue to be amazed at how blinkered the average physician is to the field of nutritional and alternative medicine.

I was quite interested in the general response to my letter, "Why not adopt AIDS patients?" (the Medical Post, June 1), dealing with, among other issues, how cheaply AIDS patients could be treated in many developing countries. Among the replies was a brief nod to the work of Dr. Harold Foster PhD; (www.hdfoster.com), raising a concept that was interesting but
seemed somewhat in left field.

Serendipitously, a study by Dr. Wafaie Fawzi, "A randomized trial of multiple vitamin supplements and HIV disease progression and mortality" in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (July 1) made me rethink Dr. Foster's concept.

Malnutrition is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa and decreases resistance to AIDS, which in turn severely reduces the body's ability to combat any infection. The wasting of AIDS has given rise to the colloquial term "slim disease." The current working hypothesis is that AIDS is associated with wasting as in any chronic illness; however, is there a more specific reason?

This, I feel, is where Dr. Foster's concept should be looked at. In an abstract, the concept states that HIV-1's genome includes a gene that is identical to that found in humans that encodes for glutathione peroxidase. This means HIV diverts the key ingredients that make glutathione peroxidase from human nutrition. These key ingredients are selenium, cysteine, glutamine and tryptophan. This means that over a number of years, a shorter period if one is already suffering from malnutrition, simultaneous nutritional deficient diseases appear with AIDS, or slim disease.

Dr. Foster has put this concept to open study in hospices in South Africa, Kenya, Botswana and Zambia with startling recovery in general health; not HIV-free, but able to look after themselves and work in a short period of time. Quoting from his work, "The effects are rather like giving insulin to a diabetic."

What is needed is a double-blind study. If we ignore this possibility without at least medical testing, we deserve to be crucified by physicians of the future for having not investigated the greatest viral genocide in the history of our planet. - Dr. Alan Russell, Brampton, Ont.


Thanks to Chris Gupta for having forwarded this information.

Posted by: Sepp on August 9, 2004 08:11 PM

 


The following is a reply to a comment posted on another article - South Africa: Traditional Medicine to Fight AIDS, Poverty, copied here because of its relevance.


Dear Mabasa Sasa,

thank you very much for your comment. I am happy that my site is providing a window into a world that, as you say, is (still) in a shadowy backwater when it comes to academic debate and policy making at a national and international level. My hope is, that by stimulating that debate - and here help from journalists such as yourself would be very welcome - the issue will indeed emerge into public consciousness and scientific debate will ensure we progress from highly toxic remedies to actual prevention and real cures.

Perhaps it would be best for you to link up with some of the people who are discussing the scientific aspects of AIDS and who, for now, are frozen out of the policy making debate.

I am copying this response to some of these people in the hopes that you may get in direct contact with them, and see what they have to say. My role in this can only be to stimulate. Others are dedicating much more time to the issue and may be able to supply you with more "ammunition" in this matter.

Christine Maggiore is a long time aids surviver and has a website:

http://www.aliveandwell.org/

Harold Foster is a Canadian scientist who has written a book on how to reverse aids by the use of some simple nutrients that are deficient in most or all aids patients. His site:

http://www.hdfoster.com/

Joan Shenton is a British journalist who has been writing and making films about the aids issue. You can see references to some of her work at this site:

http://www.virusmyth.net/aids/index/jshenton.htm

Liam Sheff is a US journalist who has exposed the experiments done on children in New York:

http://www.altheal.org/toxicity/orphans.htm

Neville Hodgkinson is another UK journalist who has investigated the aids epidemic and written an excellent overview of the science on aids and hiv:

http://www.altheal.org/overview/scivircatastrophe.htm

and on the flaws in aids testing:

http://www.altheal.org/tests/business.htm

Robert Giraldo is a medical doctor and has written much on aids. His informative website:

http://www.robertogiraldo.com/

David Rasnick is a scientist who has done much work on aids. Some links are on this site:

http://www.virusmyth.net/aids/index/drasnick.htm

Robert Laarhoven is the webmaster of what is perhaps the most informative site on aids issues:

http://www.virusmyth.net/aids/

Val Turner is an emergency Physician at the Perth Royal Hospital and works with what is known as the Perth Group, a group of scientists challenging conventional aids wisdom:

http://www.theperthgroup.com/

Not to forget Mark Griffiths, aids surviver and initiator of a very informative site on aids - AltHeal:

http://www.altheal.org/

Posted by: Sepp on August 9, 2004 10:29 PM

 


A letter from Zambia to Prof. Harald Foster, who provided the nutrients he proposes to use in AIDS treatment for experimentation there:

Prof. I wanted to find out something, where else have you sent these products around the world? I am asking becuase they are doing wonders. But how I wish your product could be known to all the people so that we can 'Preserve/Prolong' lives of people whilst a permanent solution is being sought.

The ARV's and the TB drug have a lot of negative side effects on some people but to others they work well, but for this supplement it makes a sick patient look brighter, the skin changes and goes back to normal. For instance there is this parent who is still on TB and ARV's when I went to visit him the other day, he looked brighter, he could even walk around in the living room when initially he was bed ridden. Another boy who is about sevn years was on TB drug and the effects were that he started looking like an old man, It was a sorry site. He started taking these at half the dosage on the container, he has really improved and he looks his age now.

Believe me, everyone will be looking for this wonderful margic supplement very soon.

Good day

Ivy

Posted by: Sepp on August 31, 2004 11:06 AM

 


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HIV children benefit from zinc supplements: study

LONDON (Reuters) - Zinc supplements could be a simple and safe way to reduce illnesses such as diarrhea in children infected with HIV, researchers said on Friday.

Zinc is an essential mineral for development and a healthy immune system but there has been concern about the safety of supplements for HIV patients because the virus that causes AIDS also needs it to function and replicate.

But scientists from the United States and South Africa, who studied the effect of the supplements in 96 children, said they are safe for children with HIV, which weakens the immune system and make sufferers more vulnerable to infections and illnesses.

"Zinc supplementation could be a simple and cost-effective intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality in children with HIV infection," said Dr William Moss, of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

In a study reported in The Lancet medical journal, Moss and doctors from Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa said the supplements did not produce any adverse effects in the children.

Youngsters who took the supplements for 6 months had less diarrhea than children who had been given a placebo, or dummy pill.

Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has improved access to antiretroviral drugs in poor countries, Moss said the treatments are not available for many children.

"Consequently more than half of these children die before the age of 3 years, most commonly of respiratory tract infections and diarrheadisease," he said.

An estimated 40.3 million people, including about 2.3 million children under 15 years old, are living with HIV, according to the latest figures released by UNAIDS.

The UN agency leading the global battle against HIV/AIDS said about 570,000 children died from AIDS in 2005.

Moss and his colleagues said there are few interventions to reduce AIDS deaths in children.

"Programs to enhance zinc intake in deficient populations with a high prevalence of HIV infection can be implemented without concern for adverse effects on virus replication," Moss added.

Posted by: Sepp on November 25, 2005 11:10 PM

 


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Posted by: Godfrey Woiso on June 16, 2006 09:53 AM

 


Preventing, Treating AIDS with Ayurveda

A group in India has started treating "HIV positive" people with traditional ayurvedic medicine. Here is what they say:

We have started a unique, effective way for HIV positive patients in Pune, India. It's very effective, we treat patients with the help of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, without any side effect. We take classes and provide training for HIV positive patients "How to Be Healthy and Fit, on body and mind level for lifetime". If you have patients in huge quantity, We can travel to your city to provide these training sessions to them. You can send sponsor letter to our trust.

Regards
"Shriram Seva bhavi Sanstha" (Regd. with Goverment of India)
Regd. No. : 1118/2003 Maharastra.
Addr:- Vishwa Aids jagruti Abhiyan
near somnath temple, somnath nagar,
Vadgaonsheri, Pune- 411014
Maharastra, India
Email: vishvaaidsabhiyan@yahoo.co.in or vishvaaidsabhiyan@rediffmail.com
Tel:- 00912032314556
Mob:- 00919370189743

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