Hi, I am looking for information about Paleo nutrition benefits in regards to HIV and AIDS. Any articles that speak on the interaction of HIV medications, dietary concerns with regards to HIV coinfections (yeast infections, candida, toxoplasmosis, gout, etc) and auto immune issues would be great. Thanks for any help, this will greatly benefit the population I work with.
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on June 23, 2011
at 03:15 AM
Sandor Ellix Katz the Author of wild fermentation is positive and may have some specific recommendations. I don't believe he is paleo maybe more WPF/nourishing traditions. I imagine he may be good to contact personally as I think he would be more than happy to help you out.
on June 29, 2012
at 03:19 PM
i have been hiv+ for a little over 5yrs now, 3yrs ago i stopped eating grains and tubers as well (and 1.5yrs ago cut out fruits as well), and just recently started meds. here's some experiences i had.
my cd4 was always lower than 200 and in fact it was 120 to start five yrs ago and then in the last yr it was below 100. but i didn't get pcp which as u should know a lot of pos ppl with low cd4 should get. i would like to think is the diet that was helping me because i didn't even get much opportunistic infections - no open sores, no opportunistic bleed infection (MAC), etc. but because of my vegan past combined with a few too many rounds of antibiotics, i do have candida and been fighting it since 3yrs ago when i stopped eating grains and such. when my cd4 was 30-40 (2-3 months ago), my pharmacist, upon meeting me for the first time to register me for meds, said to me, "wow, u look pretty good for someone who has such a low cd4." i was eating lots of animal fat (mostly lard) and secondary fatty beef twice a day (two meals a day, two something thousand cals a day combined).
in terms of hiv meds interaction with paleo, there unfortunately is one that i know of. fatty meals intensify the side effects of most meds but just the dizziness and the "stoned" feeling of it. and it greatly depends of when did u have ur meal and when r u taking ur meds. (i'm on atripla if u were wondering)
i feel that i'm really lucky knowing this diet because it really feels like it's helping me making my body stronger (remember i said "feel", not "know" though lol) and because supposedly this diet is easy on the body i feel like my liver and kidneys will have a better chance for surviving the meds' toxins over time.
my doctor is checking my cholesterol with every blood test and it's fine. except my HDL is a little tiny bit LOW lol
if u have any more question, just leave a message here and i'll try to come back and check :))
and i just wanted to say, if alot of ur clients r pos and u'r trying to spread the paleo knowledge, that is just awesome! thank you so much! :))
on June 30, 2011
at 12:39 AM
I have found the following link about a study done on Coconut Oil and HIV Viral Loads, in case anyone is interested.
on June 23, 2011
at 03:10 AM
Paleo supports most of the hormones in the human hypothalamus. GH deficiency is a big issue in AIDS patients on their meds. They also cause lipodystrophy themselves. Also vitamin D levels need to be maximized and leaky gut minimized to get better sleep and maximize immunity. All in all I think Paleo eating is ideal for those with HIV. I do think however that hormone optimization is a big deal as well for optimization in HIV. Good Luck and great question. Plus one.
on June 23, 2011
at 02:49 AM
Bee doesn't talk about HIV, but she does go in depth concerning healing candida and viruses through proper diet. (no grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dairy)
That will get you rolling. good luck!
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at 10:35 PM
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