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A Note On Naltrexone For Cal Cohen
Nov 16, 1999

Dear Doctor, Before you flippantly dismiss "Dr. B's approach to treating HIV infection, you ought to know that he has one of the largest AIDS practices in New York and hasn't had a patient die in about 6 years. And,oh yes,they all take naltrexone. Sincerely, Rick S.

Response from Dr. Cohen

Thanks for the update. Didn't mean to be flippant - more that I want all meds - whether mainstream or alternative - to be on equal footing in terms of proving whether they contribute to doing well. In the case of naltrexone - we just don't have any info about what that particular medication contributes to the wellness you describe. Does it deserve some of the credit? All of it? Or none of it?

And there are straightforward ways to find out. That is why we do research - to go beyond our best guess - to figure it out. Since - if the naltrexone is doing some of the work - we should all know it and use it. But we can't tell yet - and that is the problem... since other practitioners also have their own unproven inside knowledge - and it is just not clear whose guess is the one to go with.

But it appears to be a safe choice - and am glad people are doing well when taking it. Thankfully many are doing well - even without the naltrexone. If only we knew...

CC



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