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Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 3 of 3

published: August, 26, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, CATIE, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

Point number one, refined sugar is by and large the worst additive for the immune cells. Refined sugar is immunosuppressive. No mincing words about it

Point number one, refined sugar is by and large the worst additive for the immune cells. Refined sugar is immunosuppressive.  No mincing words about it. To boost your immune system, it is important to try to stay on diet ideally free of foods with refined sugars such as corn syrup and fructose, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, unnecessary additives and preservatives.   Your glutathione level is fastest depleted by toxins, sugar and chemicals ingested into the body.   Glu

Should drug users be of concern? Yes, but not for the reasons of this study.

published: August, 25, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Sexual risk behaviour by injecting drug users doesn’t increase once they have started HIV treatment, a study from Canada has found.

Sexual risk behaviour by injecting drug users doesn’t increase once they have started HIV treatment, a study from Canada has found. HIV treatment can both dramatically increase people’s life expectancy and reduce the chances that they will pass on the virus through sexual transmission. But there have been some concerns that injecting drug users may have difficulty taking their treatment properly (‘adherence’), and also that people might take more risks in their sexual behaviour once th

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV- Part 2 of 3

published: August, 17, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

To build health from within, it is important to understand inflammation and oxidation. Inflammation is believed to be one of the main causes of aging and organ disease in PHAs.

To build health from within, it is important to understand inflammation and oxidation.Inflammation is believed to be one of the main causes of aging and organ disease in PHAs. In the early 80’s there was on going research in gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT).Researchers knew in early HIV infection, the immune cells in the intestinal system are infected and the early symptoms of HIV seroconversion are gastrointestinal (GI) related diarrhoea, wasting, indigestion, and weight loss. However,

Take off in a few days (Monday July 12)

published: July, 01, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

I'm starting to get excited about heading down to Vienna. My task is forcus on new treatment options, but more importantly, non-drug related issues ...

I'm starting to get excited about heading down to Vienna. My task is forcus on new treatment options, but more importantly, non-drug related issues we face around when to start treatment. What are the guidelines? What are the various views on the data? These are topics where there is no one opinion as the guidelines are changing all the time, and individually, we have many contextual influences on when and if we want to  start treatment. I'll be writing short articles and video interview

The Conference is Starting: IAS 2010 Vienna

published: July, 18, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Today the International AIDS Society’s 2010 conference in Vienna begins. While delegates are registering, and planning on what to wear for the opening at 7 tonight, I’m reviewing my narrow focus of when to start treatment.

Today the International AIDS Society’s 2010 conference in Vienna begins. While delegates are registering, and planning on what to wear for the opening at 7 tonight, I’m reviewing my narrow focus of when to start treatment. When I write, “when to start treatment” I’m not stating whether someone should or shouldn’t begin. What I am referring to is what the studies, researchers and those actually living with HIV are referring to as guidelines. It is no secret that what those of us ac

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 1. A chat with Melanie A. Thompson, MD. in Vienna

published: July, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than ...

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel, who took part in my lunch session on when to start therapy, an the IAS guidelines. After the panel discussion, Melanie was kind enough, foot in cast, to take a few m

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 2. Melanie Thompson

published: July, 20, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person tak to than...

IAS-USA 2010 Treatment Guidelines Pt 2. Melanie Thompson

Setting forth on my quest to find out the latest and greatest from HIV medical establishment on treatment guidelines, I couldn’t think of a better person to speak to than Melanie Thompson, the chair of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and chair of the International AIDS Society-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines Panel. These are my final two questions that I had for her. Melanie Thompson Part two Many of us who have taken treatment for a long time have seen the guidelines go from

IAS-USA 2010 Vienna - Where the controversy lies.

published: July, 21, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

Coming to the conference, as I’ve already stated, I wanted to find out what has been said about the guidelines.

Coming to the conference, as I’ve already stated, I wanted to find out what has been said about the guidelines. Time and time again I hear the word controversy, so I want to know what that controversy is, and you can make up your own mind on how to think about the when to start treatment issues. My first tip off that there were many unhappy with these guidelines was at the panel discussion (Starting HAART: When to make the dive) with panelist Mark Harrington, the executive director of Treat

IAS 2010 Vienna - Mark Wainburg, Kate Webster, Tony Di Pede, Shari Margolese

published: July, 22, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // International AIDS Conference , Events, Health, Brian Finch

I realized I should give some context to the videos. I found three people from the "community" while I still was using video. Kate Webster is from Vancouver...

I realized I should give some context to the videos. I found three people from the "community" while I still was using video. Kate Webster is from Vancouver and is associated, but not representing BCPWA.  Tony Di Pede is a long time activist associated with too many organizatioans to mention, one would be the Ontario Treatment Network, and Shari Margolese, also is involved in community and shares a spot of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's Governance Committee over seeing protocol submi

Getting your colours done. Which season are you?

published: August, 05, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

I wrote this for Poziam, a social networking site for folks who are, well you know. Some of it maybe repetitive. I hadn't posted my colour assssement from the conference. I really wanted to post while on the road from my Vienna/Budapest/Bratislava trip. My laptop had other plans for me as it chugged along at an ever-slowing pace. For me to accomplish one post with mostly photos it took me sometimes over an hour.After that frustration I was toast.My goal while at the AIDS 2010 conference was to

Reflections of the Poz Cruise

published: June, 14, 2010 Categories // Health, Travel

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on.

As summer approaches, the Poz Cruise seems eons ago. It was only over a month ago in May, and yet the sweet memories linger on. As it was my first virgin cruise, it was anticipated with much excitement. I was going with my pal Kent and my goal was to take it easy, which is what I exactly did. We boarded our flight to LA and little did we know the excitement was just about to start. I was sitting with a lovely young woman who was traveling with her mom to Las Vegas for Mother Day. As the last

Lubricants may increase risk of contracting STIs

published: June, 19, 2010 Categories // Health, Sex and Sexuality

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex.

For over 30 years we have heard over and over the importance of using lubricants to minimize trauma to the delicate tissues of the rectum when having insertive anal sex. Women who do not have sufficient lubrication are encouraged to use lubricants to minimize trauma to the cells lining the vaginal walls and also when having anal sex. Safer sex workers are out there like busy bees doling out good advice to MSM – wear a condom, use lots of lube before anal sex. All that may be changing soon

Football Fever

published: July, 07, 2010 Categories // Health

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys...

As the football fever rages on, I recall my growing years in Asia when I played football at school. Hard to believe as it may, we 10 to 15 years old boys were out there chasing a ball in exactly the same humidity and heat wave as we have in Toronto. We met around 4.30 pm and played till 6.30 pm –leaving wet and soaked with sweat. We indulged in the game, running across the field, referee blowing his whistle, we boys chasing the ball, diverting and hoping to score a kick into the net. I enj

Dreaming the Impossible – a HIV Cure Is Closer Than Many Think

published: July, 17, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime.

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime. For the past 14 years since 1996, the birth of HAART, HART or ART –however one chooses to call it, we have been sold the idea that HAART is as good as it gets. New drugs are often the reinvention of another drug, with similar crappy side effects and a few novel drugs have made it to the market. Millions of people are employed in the bu

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 1 of 3

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition...

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition, many poz persons have not fully integrated nutrition as part of their health regimen. Unfortunately, many staff and volunteers at ASOs/NGOs in Canada or across then world, who work in treatment or outreach with PHAS have minimal knowledge of impact of nutrition on immune system.   As the Vienna Conference is over, with not a single w

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