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Supplement Found to Boost Production of Anti-HIV Chemicals

The supplement NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) is used to treat people suffering from Tylenol (acetaminophen) poisoning. For some people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs), NAC is also a source of the amino acid cysteine, which the body uses to make its own antioxidant ca...

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Selenium: African Studies Reported at Durban

As usual, the International Conference on AIDS this year was weak on nutrition, but there was information in scattered abstracts and presentations. A search for "selenium" found three abstracts, two of which concerned nutrition.

"Selenium deficiency...

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NIH Study Cautions Use of St. John's Wort With Anti-HIV Drugs

A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found a significant interaction between the popular herbal therapy, St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), and the protease inhibitor, indinavir (Crixivan). Indinavir blood levels were subs...

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Garden Party: Herbal Medicine in HIV/AIDS

When we hear people refer to "herbal" or "botanical" medicine, we know that they are talking about plants used for healing purposes. Some other terms that are frequently used, however, can create some confusion. To clarify:

Herbal medicine involves...

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Improving HAART Naturally

Much of the focus on herbal or supplemental medicines has dealt either with alternatives to anti-retroviral therapy or minimizing the side effects from synthetic medications. Lost in this discussion is the role alternative therapies can play in enhan...

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Micronutrients Part II: Minerals and Phytochemicals

Brazilian fruits Last month, I discussed the various vitamins -- what they do, which ones act as antioxidants, and how to make sure you get enough of each. This month the focus is on the other micronutrients -- so-called because the body needs relati...

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Healing, Naturally: Symptoms and Suggestions

Keeping in mind that holistic approaches treat people, not diseases or side effects, here we offer some suggestions for increasing comfort. This is not meant as medical advice. Although rare, any one of these approaches may cause adverse reactions in...

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The 8 Most Important Supplements for People on HAART

Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Complex. Avoid "once a day" brands as they often are poorly absorbed. Unless you are a menstruating or pregnant female, or a person with diagnosed iron deficiency, chose an iron-free form. Follow the directions on the package;...

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Micronutrients Part I: Vitamins

Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals are called micronutrients because, in comparison with protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water, they are needed by the body in relatively small amounts.

But just because you only need a little does...

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Tinidazole Info Sheet

What Is It?

Tinidazole (or Fasigyn) is an anti-parasitic drug widely used throughout Europe and the Third World as treatment for a variety of amebic and parasitic infections. It is chemically similar to Flagyl -- a drug with some unpleasant side eff...