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Can Wasting Kill You

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Wasting Syndrome

Hormone levels can affect the metabolism. HIV seems to change some hormone levels including testosterone and thyroid. Also, cytokines play a role in wasting. Cytokines are proteins that produce inflammation to help the body fight infections. People with HIV have very high levels of cytokines. This makes the body produce more fats and sugars, but less protein. Unfortunately, these factors can work together to create a "downward spiral." For...
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killing muscle cells

Hi Cade,Do you believe there are cases where a person has no problem with absorption, caloric-protein intake, diarrhea, fatigue, reduced strength or physical ability, yet, still has muscle wasting due to HIV actually infecting and then killing off...
Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

Response from Cade Fields-Gardner M.S., R.D.

The Cutting Edge
I wandered through a bit of literature to check it out and didn't find anything that suggested your theory has been investigated. There was some information on the potential for HIV to affect the activities of smooth muscle cells (like you find... Read more »

I think telling my mother about my HIV status will kill her

Hi Nelson,Thank you very much for your help!As I live with my parents, I think I need to tell them, because I just found out I am HIV positive, and think few following weeks will be harsh. So they will definitely notice that something is wrong with...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
I am going to make several assumptions since you did not give me much information: you are young and you live in the United States.I know how you feel. It took me 8 years to tell my mother that I was HIV+. But it was easier for me since I was... Read more »

Dr Rob. Please Help me..Why won't you answer me????, I will do anything. I have sent this everyday since January, it will probaly help others. It kills me that you won't answer me.

dr rob, i sware I have HIV, I remeber learning about it when i was 16 (24 now) and i felt like it was my destiny, i have always over-reacted to it and swore no matter what it would happen to me. Well even though i am scared to death it didn't...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Is there an HIV phobia?" Yep and you have one of the more impressive cases Ive seen in a while. You need more than Paxil. You need to see a psychiatrist. From what youve told me, you have only 2 real medical problems 1. smoking I... Read more »


Hey Dr. Bob,I know you always say to check the archives first, but I doubt you've ever had a question about a crazed hooker who might have deliberately tried to infect her clients!!!!My buddy sys this happens all the time and now I'm...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi Marvin,Wacky questions about psychotic hookers trying to infect their clients? Sure! See below. Your buddy is either paranoid or just trying to scare the pants off you (or should that be scare the pants on you?!).Dr. BobHIV-HEP-C, ECT...Dec 13,... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Live with your choices............or make different ones................

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Doubt Kills

Posted by estmedicina, 3 Replies
A few years ago while in my anatomy course my professor would always advise us we should ask all possible questions before touching a patient because he always said that DOUBT KILLS.
Since my exposure and the outcome of my symptoms those words have... Read more »

Propolis kills HIV virus

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Contrary to the opinion of your 'expert' on this site, bee propolis has been shown to kill the HIV virus:

"With a little alcohol, Gekker extracted a tincture from Dressens raw propolis, and began treating her cold. And thats when the unbidden thought... Read more »