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Herbes & Vitamines - Pre Hiv Meds
Jun 25, 2006

Let me begin by saying thank you very much for all the great work you people do - Thank you!

I was diagnosed positive in January 2006 (most likely infected in September 2006 in serious car accident)

I have not yet began any HIV medication. I have been relatively health, although I am suffering from minor skin problems / rashes - but I'm not at the point to start medication.

I've been taking the following vitamins and herbs on a daily bases, i'm wondering what your thoughts are;

B-125 L-Lysine 1000 mg Vitamin C 4000 Mg Flax Seed Oil 500 Mg Aged Garlic 450 Mg Kyloic Mushroom Combo 300 Mg Vitamin E 400 UI Selenium 200 mcg Zinc 50 Mg Alpha Lipoic Acid 100 Mg Omega 3 1000 Mg Niacin 100 Mg Vitamin A 10000 IU Co E-Q10 200 Mg

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I've read a study or two related to B Complex and Selenium, what do you think about these vauge sounding studies?

Thank you every so much. Michael

Response from Dr. Young


Thanks for your post and kind words.

It seems to me that you're taking an awful amount of supplements. I can't tell you if they will be of any benefit in the long run (since many of my patients tried mega vitamins and supplements in the past, prior to ARVs).

If I were you (or you were my patient), I'd focus on making sure that all of my preventive medicine issues were taken care of-- preventive vaccinations, diet, exercise, smoking, safe sex and drugs, etc. Make sure that you've got an experienced HIV care provider-- get periodic monitoring of your CD4 count, viral load and get a baseline HIV drug resistance test.

I hope that this diversionary discussion if of benefit. Best of health to you. BY

PML Survivor
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