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The Vitamin Evaluations, or How to Reduce Your Urine Costs! Part One: A Blog Entry by Dave R. Img

The Vitamin Evaluations, or How to Reduce Your Urine Costs! Part One: A Blog Entry by Dave R.

"I always suspected that swallowing a handful of vitamins and minerals with the orange juice every morning was possibly swallowing a whole lot of advertising propaganda at the same time," Dave R. writes. "Eventually, my conscience pricked me enough t...

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FAQs About HIV and Nutrition, Exercise and Supplements

Every day, new questions pour into our "Ask the Experts" Forums from people seeking more information about how to live a healthier life with HIV. We've compiled our experts' responses to many of the most commonly asked questions.

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Daily Dose of D

"Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to many medical conditions, but what does all this research mean for people with HIV?" the good folks at the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange ask. "While there is much left to learn, researchers a...

The Supplement Syndrome: "I'm Not Sure It's Helping but It May Get Worse If I Stop!" A Blog Entry by Dave R. Img

The Supplement Syndrome: "I'm Not Sure It's Helping but It May Get Worse If I Stop!" A Blog Entry by Dave R.

The advent of HIV in our lives coincided with the beginning of a western obsession with alternative self-help and self-medication. Not that HIV was responsible for that but people with HIV were desperate to find ways of improving and extending their ...

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Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D

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What Is Vitamin D and What Does It Do? How Much Vitamin D Do I Need? What Foods Provide Vitamin D? Can I Get Vitamin D From the Sun? What Kinds of Vitamin D Dietary Supplements Are Available? Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D...

D as in "DOG," as in Vitamin D: A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis Img

D as in "DOG," as in Vitamin D: A Blog Entry by Sherri Beachfront Lewis

"Being on the front lines of information and using that education has led me to where I am," blogs Sherri Beachfront Lewis, who's been living with HIV for 25 years (and hepatitis C for 39). "I believe the choices I made back then have helped me maint...

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An Introduction to Dietary Supplements for People Living With HIV/AIDS

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Introduction Why Bother With Supplements? Does Age Matter? Are There Any Risks to Taking Supplements? What If You Can't Afford Supplements? What Nutrients Should You Take Supplements For?

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
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Case Report Shows Gingko May Interact With Sustiva

In a Dutch case study of one individual living with HIV, gingko biloba appeared to interact with the HIV drug Sustiva (efavirenz), causing it to fail in this person. The data were reported in AIDS in June 2009. The 47-year-old man had been on stable ...

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Calcium Supplements: What to Look for

What to Look for in a Calcium Supplement Other Important Things to Consider Combination Products For Your Information

Calcium is essential for many functions in the body, including:

regulating the heartbeat conducting nerve impulses sti...

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Milk Thistle -- Hints of Help for Hepatitis C

The herb milk thistle has been used for millennia as part of traditional European remedies for gastrointestinal and liver illness. This herb contains many compounds, some of which are being studied in lab experiments with cells. In these experiments,...