April 10, 2000
We may be on the verge of an effective treatment for HIV/AIDS that will cost about $5.00 a month. This could be very good news for 95% of the worlds population that cannot afford the use of pharmaceutical drugs for treating HIV infection. It is estimated that 40 million people worldwide are now infected with the HIV virus. Promising low-cost treatments for AIDS have been languishing for lack of attention and funding for several years. The big question is who will fund controlled studies of vinegar and other promising treatments for HIV [like bee propolis and phytic acid (IP6)] when there is little or no profit to be made from marketing these items? Only the National Institute of Health is in a position to fund and conduct such studies using taxpayers money. It is time for the NIH and major AIDS research organizations across the nation to stop being politically correct and to be more imaginative and daring in the search for practical low-cost answers to this epidemic.
Reducing HIV viral loads to non-detectable levels is a common place event with pharmaceutical drug cocktails. It is a rare event when someone tries an alternative over-the-counter product and obtains the same result - a non-detectable viral load. This once in a blue moon event occurred here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on February 8, 2000.
Around January 31st, I received a phone call from Stephen N., who had moved out of West Allis about 18 months ago and was living on Milwaukees north side. While Stephen had been diagnosed HIV+ several years ago, he had never progressed to full blown AIDS, but had many gastrointestinal problems. Late in January he told me: I cant keep any food down. I have constant stomach cramps. I asked if he was taking any drugs for HIV and he said: how can I, I would just vomit them up.
I asked him if his physician had checked for an intestinal infection. He said they had and that he had been treated for a salmonella infection with antibiotics. He told me the doctor stated they could no longer find any trace of the salmonella. Then I said: there must be some other undiagnosed infection in the intestines. I asked him: Has your doctor prescribed any treatment? Stephen: Nothing other than pain killers. I still cannot keep any food down. At this point I suggested he try apple cider vinegar.
I suggested he use 2 or 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water 3 or 4 times daily. This was on Jan 31, 2000. I told him that vinegar might kill off whatever was bothering him or it might not work at all. I added: I could suggest several other things, but why not start with the vinegar and see if it helps.
Later that evening, Stephen went to a local grocery store and bought a quart of vinegar, choosing the first bottle of vinegar in his sights - a quart of white vinegar. Stephen said: As I walked out (of the store), I opened the bottle and slammed down a mouthful. I said: Full strength? Stephen: Yes, I could feel the vinegar as it traveled through my intestines.
The next day, Stephen would add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a glass and add some water and slam it down. He did this 3 or 4 times a day. A few days after starting on the vinegar, he called and said that his stomach was 80% improved. At the time he called, around Feb. 2nd or 3rd, he did not tell me how much he was actually using. The details described here were not known to me until I had an extensive conversation with him around March 15th. About February 15th, he had called me and said his viral load was non-detectable and that his doctor could not figure out what was happening. Previously he had told me that he was on a drug cocktail last year and I assumed at the time that the drug cocktail was what had brought his viral load down to non-detectable levels.
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Around noon on March 10th, he called to ask if I had any work for him to do to earn a few dollars and I told him I did not at this time. He again brought up the subject of his non-detectable viral load and I said that when people use drug cocktails, non-detectable viral loads are common. I asked him, what was your viral load before the last test?
Mark: When was this test taken?
Stephen: Sometime in December. What you dont understand is that I was not using the drugs.
Mark: When did you stop using the drugs (for HIV)?
Stephen: In October.
Mark: Why did you stop using the drugs?
Stephen: I did not like how they made me feel.
Mark: So what you are saying is that you stopped the drug cocktail in October and in December, your viral load was 170,000. There is nothing unusual about a viral rebound.
At the time I told Stephen that maybe the non-detectable viral load was a delayed reaction to a DNCB treatment he had done a few years earlier. I told him I dont know why your viral load is non-detectable - sometimes things like this just happen and we dont understand why. With this our conversation ended.
Later that evening, I was eating a salad at home and discussing Stephens case with Tim, a mutual friend. As I was pouring some apple cider vinegar on my salad, I suddenly recalled that I had told Stephen late in January or early February to drink some apple cider vinegar for an intestinal problem. I said to Tim: I wonder if the vinegar Stephen used had anything to do with his non-detectable viral load. I got up from the table and started to walk to the phone to call Stephen and the phone rang before I reached it. It was Stephen calling me. I asked him --
When was this test taken that showed that your viral load had become non-detectable?
Stephen: Early in February.
Mark: Do you know the date and was this test before you used the vinegar?
Stephen: No, it was after I used the vinegar. I believe it (the test) was around February 8th.
Stephen: Yes, I had finished using up the quart of vinegar when the doctor called me in for a blood test. That was about 8 or 10 days after I started on it.
Mark: This means that you used about 1/2 cup of vinegar a day for 8 to 10 days before the test. Do you use any drugs (for HIV) between the test in December and the one around February 8th?
Stephen: Only a couple of times I tried but could not keep them down.
Mark: A couple of times could not explain a non-detectable viral load. What happened to your CD4s?
Stephen: They went to 508.
Mark: And what were they in December?
Mark: From 305 to 508, that is incredible. Is there anything else you did differently, any medication or dietary supplement other than the vinegar that you took in the week before you had this test?
Stephen: Nothing I can think of.
Mark: You know that in March of last year, I reported on research in Norway on intravenous heroin drug users who were disinfecting their needles in vinegar and that they had a very low rate of HIV transmission. Also, laboratory tests have found that vinegar can kill the HIV virus. When you took the vinegar, would you say that you used about 2 tablespoons per dose?
Stephen: Yes, about 2 tablespoons with about 1/2 cup of water. I did this 3 or 4 times a day until the quart of vinegar was gone. It was on the day I finished the quart (of vinegar) that I had blood drawn for the PCR test and the CD4 counts.
Mark: Having eliminated all other possibilities, it must have been the vinegar that brought your viral load down to non-detectable levels.
Stephen: I agree, it couldnt be anything other than the vinegar. I did not do anything else differently.
Mark: What did your doctor say?
Stephen: He asked me what I was doing? I told him nothing.
Mark: You didnt tell about your using extreme amounts of vinegar before the test?
Stephen: No, it didnt occur to me. He had me take another blood test on February 25th.
Mark: When will you get those results?
Stephen: In a few days.
Mark: Are you still drinking 1/2 cup of vinegar a day?
Stephen: After I finished the quart, my stomach was feeling fine, so I stopped using the vinegar or I should say I used it a couple of times a week, Id say 2 or 3 times.
Mark: From 3 or 4 times a day to 2 or 3 times a week is quite a drop in usage. If you were on prescription drugs and you reduced your dosage to every other day, just one dose, the viral load would come back quickly. We will see what happens.
Stephen: My viral load is back - at 220,000. However, my CD4s have increased further - now up to 670. My doctor is more confused than ever now.
Mark: Understandably. That is an interesting set of numbers. Your viral load and CD4s are going up together. I know that you dont read my monthly reports, but in December, 1999, I reported that Robert M from Brooklyn, NY, told me that he started taking cayenne and apple cider vinegar orally for two weeks. At the time he was also on a triple drug cocktail for HIV and there had been no upward movement in his T cell counts for the past 6 months. He used cayenne capsules with each meal and took 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before bedtime for two weeks before his last test. His CD4s increased from 224 to 289; CD8s from 500 to 900 and WBCs from 5.5 to 6.9. His viral load remained the about the same declining slightly from 10,600 to 10,300. Robert credited the vinegar and the cayenne for the T cell increases as those were the only two things he did differently.
As I look at your lab results and that of Bobs, I can initially surmise that taking vinegar once a day or once every other day may increase the CD4s but not decrease the viral load, while taking vinegar 3 or 4 times a day may do both - increase the CD4s and decrease the viral load. While using 2 tablespoons of vinegar 4 times a day apparently reduced your viral load to non-detectable levels, I wonder if taking one tablespoon of vinegar 4 times a day would do or taking 2 tablespoons every 12 hours (twice a day) or taking one tablespoon every eight hours (3 times a day) would do to both the CD4s and the viral load.
A third case report comes from Brian V of San Francisco. Around March 17th, I talked with Brian who shared his experiences of the past year. He picked up a copy of Positive Health News, Report No 18, in May, 1999. This was the issue on A Consumers Guide to Immune Restoration. After following much of the dietary and nutritional advice since June, 1999, he contacted me in the past month.
Brian told me that he chose not to go on drug cocktails since his HIV diagnosis last year. He told me that in May of last year, his viral load was 184,000 and this CD4 count was 347. Today he reports a viral load of 31,000 as of Feb., 2000 and a CD4 count of 288 although early in January of this year, he states that the viral load had dropped to 13,127.
Since June of last year his viral load declined first to 113,000 in July; to 45,000 in August; to 36,000 in November; to 32,000 in December and to 13,127 in early January of 2000. Starting in June of last year he reports he consumed 5 to 8 cloves of raw garlic daily but stopped in January as the raw garlic was too hard on his stomach. He switched to a garlic capsule after which his viral load increased from 13,127 to 31,000.
I asked him if used vinegar. He said: it is interesting that you ask. I have used 2 or 3 tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar every day on a salad since last summer. Brian also indicated that he had used olive oil daily for the past two years and since last summer, he has used some Chinese herbs and Reishi mushrooms.
After listening to his protocol, I gave him my interpretation of what happened. I told him that I thought it was the raw garlic and the vinegar that had brought his viral load down from 184,000 to 13,127. When he stopped the raw garlic and went to garlic capsules, he lost the antiviral effect from the raw garlic and his viral load rebounded to 31,000. I then told him I thought that the Balsamic vinegar he used every day had a strong antiviral effect. The reason the viral load did not go to undetectable levels was that he had used the vinegar only once a day.
I explained to him Stephens experience with the vinegar he used 3 or 4 times a day for 8 days that brought his viral load to non-detectable levels. I told him that I thought the secret to effective antiviral therapy against HIV or any other virus was in the timing of the doses to more effectively disrupt the viral replication cycle. I suggested that Brian try one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water 3 times a day and exactly 8 hours apart. I suggested he use the drink upon rising, once in the middle of the day (mid-afternoon) and just before bedtime. Brian can be reached at 415-922-3853 to follow his progress on this new protocol.
The original Marc Correa protocol was written in July of 1997. Earlier this week, I attempted to reach him by phone at his grandfathers home. His grandfather told me that Marc had moved out and he did not know his new phone number. I left my phone number with him and he promised to give it to Marc on his next visit.
For almost 3 years, I have analyzed the Marc Correa protocol looking for the secret of his success and have had two earlier interpretations on this subject. Now I have a third. It is this: It was the timing of the antivirals he took that brought his viral load down to non-detectable levels.
I recall that Marc told me he used the herbal antivirals exactly 3 times a day spaced at the same times he previously used when he was on a drug cocktail that had produced intolerable side effects. As I recall, they were about 8 hours apart. In hindsight, I now regret having not published this small detail that glided right past my conscious mind at the time. I now recall him telling me that he used the whole lemon/olive oil drink at times that would have been about 12 hours apart. While I now recall this information from our conversation, he also failed to include it in the written copy of the protocol he mailed me in July, 1997. if persons with HIV used drugs cocktails like most people have used alternative therapies, most would have failed on these regimens long ago
Last week, I met a friend, Rob, whom I havent seen in years who is a graduate from medical school. To my surprise, he told me he was selling pharmaceuticals. I said: so you are a drug salesman. He said yes, but the legal ones. While we both nursed a beer at a local Pub, I discussed with him the amazing results of the vinegar treatment for HIV as relayed to me by Stephen and we got into the subject of the timing of dosages.
Rob told me that the pharmaceutical companies know that the timing of doses in prescription drugs was critical for treatment success. I asked: Why would timing be important for an antiviral treatment? Rob stated: if the timing between doses is too long, you will have a significant viral rebound. The amount of the drug in the blood has to be kept at a certain level to keep the virus suppressed.
I then said: Why did you not tell me this 7 years ago when we held long talks on all the various alternative treatments for HIV? He replied: I wasnt aware of this 7 years ago and it never occurred to me. You know that the mindset of people using alternative therapies and those using only drugs are at odds. Both sides do not communicate with each other. If persons with HIV used drugs cocktails like most people have used alternative therapies, most would have failed on these regimens long ago
I replied: You are right. Viral rebound does not just occur when you have a lab test, it can occur in any 24 hour period that viral suppression stops. When I look back at the Marc Correa protocol, I now realize that the timing of the doses he took was just as important as what he used. This concept of timing is very simple. I wish I would have thought of this years ago. Many of the alternative treatments that we sent down the pike now need to be retrieved and properly retested on a structured schedule where the doses are properly timed.
On a side note, I asked Rob why the pharmaceutical companies did not come up with more cures for diseases. He said: Cures, there is no money in cures. Most drugs are designed to alleviate symptoms. This way, the patients is dependent on the drug(s) for the rest of their lives. This generates a steady flow of you know what - the bottom line. If you cured every disease that came along, the sales of drugs would crash and so would the profits.
My comment: profits are more important than cures?
Rob: its all about money.
Sometime in February was a short televised evening report on one of the national television networks, either CNN or ABC, about a lady in either New Mexico or Arizona who is 102 years old and still practicing medicine. Her medical practice started in 1928. She was visited by parents with children who drove up to 40 or even 50 miles to see her. At her age, she could walk, talk and function normally like a person 30 or 40 years younger. While I was entranced watching this special, they never spelled out her name, so I dont know who she is or how to contact her.
One part of the interview especially caught my attention. A mother brought a child with an ear infection that several doctors could not get rid of even after several prescriptions of antibiotics. The 102 yr. old physician then prescribed more antibiotics for the child with one important aspect to the protocol - timing. She prescribed smaller doses to be given to the child exactly 3 hours apart 24 hours a day for 3 days. This means that the parents had to wake up the child twice during the night to give the antibiotics. She even said: if you are even 15 minutes late, forget it, it wont work. She said that when antibiotics were first introduced early in this century, this is how they were used, but everyone today has forgotten about it. The news reporter followed up on this report and found that in 3 days, the infection was gone, the child was cured.
As my mind pauses the concepts of her approach, this thought comes forth: I wonder if this timing method of therapy could completely eradicate a virus like HIV in 72 hours? How about other viruses like HHV-6, CMV, EBV, etc. etc.? Let many theories, someone will have to test it to determine if total viral eradication is possible.
CFIDS with HHV-6 infection: One reader called and said she had tried taking apple cider vinegar and cayenne capsules before each meal three times a day and that it had helped her significantly. She said she was up to 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 cayenne capsules before each meal but had to cut back to one tablespoon of vinegar and one cayenne capsule as the higher dose was too strong. With regards to pH and HHV-6, Donald Carrigan told me in March that when the pH is below 6.0, it is very difficult for any lipid envelope to replicate and that would include HHV-6A or B strains.
Several persons with HIV are now trying apple cider vinegar either alone or in combination with other alternative antivirals or in combination with pharmaceutical drug cocktails. Some persons are trying 1 tablespoon of vinegar 3 times a day 8 hours apart or 2 tablespoons 12 hours apart. Two people are trying 2 tablespoons three times a day. You can contact the following persons to monitor their progress:
Marie NaVeaux - 505-242-6305
Brian Vouglas -415-922-3853
Jerry C is on a triple drug cocktail with protease inhibitors and has an non-detectable viral load. He is using apple cider vinegar - 2 Tbsp 3 times a day to increase his CD4 counts. Results should be available in mid-May. Ph No 208-378-8145
Steven Rahn is still on a triple drug combination and has added apple cider vinegar to increase in his CD4s. He can be reached at 559-264-7945
An e-mail message to me on (email@example.com) April 12th stated:
I have been taking the vinegar orally for over a week now, and all I can say is WOW!!! I can feel it doing its work. After the first day, and this may seem unbelievable, I had great results. My stools are much more solid, more than twice their usual size (now normal) and I experience much less frequency and urgency in bowel movements. I am finally getting floaters, too! My bathroom life is actually back to normal, after many years of trouble. I have been taking 2 tablespoons 3 times daily. I dont know the effect on my viral load or CD4s yet. My current plan is to stay on the antiviral drugs for the next 2 weeks, and then quit for at least one month to see what happens. This is great for me! Matt (NY)
Some other readers trying the vinegar treatment for HIV include Gary B, Dennis B, Craig F and Bob M. Gary B, who has never used drug cocktails for HIV, is using 1 tablespoon of vinegar 3X along with bee propolis and IP6. Prior to adding vinegar to his protocol, three capsules of IP6 and 1/2 tsp. of bee propolis twice a day had dropped his viral load from 118000 to 41000 in 6 weeks. In my opinion, had he used the IP6 and bee propolis 3 times a day and 8 hrs. apart, the decline in viral load would have been even greater.
IP6: Scientific researchers have found that IP6 is a transcription inhibitor of the HIV LTR. Three substances (Chrysin, Caffeic acid and Ferulic acid) have been identified in propolis that inhibit or kill HIV. Several other antiviral treatments for HIV need to be retested all over again since no one reading this publication in the past 5 years (with the exception of Marc Correa) has followed a proper time sequence in taking these alternative therapies that include olive leaf extract, curcumin, lomation dissectum (LDM-100), Clarkia-100, coconut oil, elderberry extract plus glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate and others.
Marie NaVeaux was interviewed in the most recent issue of POZ magazine (April, 2000) that had a special edition titled Alternatives 2000.
April 6th: Marie NaVeaux says she has great energy since starting the use of vinegar (around March 10th) - 1 Tbsp 3 times daily 8 hours apart. She says she is also using bee propolis capsules and IP6 3 times a day at the same time. Marie is not using any prescription antivirals for HIV. She is getting labs tests for a viral load and T cell counts in the second week of April, about 14 days after starting on this new regimen and again around May 15th. Her last statistics in Dec., 1999, were: CD4s - 10, viral load 74,000. You can call her for the latest results or check the May 1st monthly message (Voice mail or Progressive Health News on our internet website).
April 7th: New York: Frederic called to report that since he started using vinegar tablets three times daily 8 hours apart that a gastrointestinal problem he has had for some time cleared up in 2 days. He is not currently using any prescription antivirals for HIV. Update: He had two PCR tests for viral load 7 days apart while inbetween he used 10 vinegar tablets daily. Results are expected around May 15th. This will be the first test of vinegar tablets. Results to be announced June 1st.
April 7th: David D used the juice of a whole lemon 3 times a day for 2 weeks but continued to be bothered with swollen lymph nodes behind his neck and under his arm pits. On April 3rd, he stopped the lemon juice and started on 2 tablespoons of vinegar 3 times a day eight hours apart. He phoned me today to report that as of yesterday, all his swollen lymph nodes were gone. He is not using any drug cocktails at this time.
I have several other reports of persons who are failing drug cocktails (viral loads are increasing) who have added either 1 or 2 tablespoons of vinegar 3 times daily to their regimen while continuing on the drugs. Results are being awaited
I received the April issue of Progressive Health News and Lightening sure did strike. When your newsletter arrived, I was in the middle of a digestive attack that has occurred intermittently since last fall. In less than ten minutes, I ingested a mouthful of Apple Cider Vinegar straight out of the bottle. Eight hours later, I took more, only this time, I mixed some water with it. I knew that nothing would happen quickly. I went to bed that night with severe stomach cramps. The following morning I awoke and my stomach was strangely tender. Not cramped, but sore. My bowel movement (BM) that morning was absolutely normal! I continued the vinegar every 8 hours. By noon, 18 hours after I started, my gut, cramps, soreness etc. was all gone! The following morning my BM was putrid black. It is now the 3rd day and my BMs are back to normal, both in color and composition. Something I have not had in at least 6 months. Where they would have lasted up to 2 weeks, the stomach cramps are now totally gone!
Note: Jim H as been on Zerit, Epivir and Naltrexone for the past 5 years. His CD4s are at 800. Last December, he reported a small viral load decline (16,000 to 10,000) when he added one BHT capsule daily while continuing on the drugs. In his letter, Jim also agreed that alternative antiviral therapies need to be used in a time structured sequence to be effective. He thinks that 8 hours apart, 3 times a day is a good timing pattern.
Other reports: My oldest brother, Gary, told me he knows a women who is 96 years old, from Upper Michigan, who drinks a small glass of vinegar each day. He said: Her physician says she has the body of someone half her age.
Milwaukee, WI - April 15th: I seen a friend last night, Chris, who told me his aunt who is 70 years old looks 20 years younger and is always full of energy. He said: She can get out on the dance floor and can polka like there is no tomorrow....I asked her what her secret was .... she told me she drinks apple cider vinegar every day.
Three people including Steven Rahn and Jerry C have been monitoring saliva pH since starting on vinegar. They have all reported normal saliva pH (6.4 to 6.8) with no indication that vinegar is having an acidifying effect on the system, in fact, it seems to be having a normalizing effect so far, like lemon juice. Vinegar may reverse hardening of the arteries. Since vinegar ionizes minerals, drinking vinegar might well dissolve calcium deposits in the arteries and just possibly kidney stones and gall stones as well.
A trial protocol for CFIDS and HIV
1. Apple Cider Vinegar or white vinegar - 1 or 2 tablespoons in 4 to 6 ounces of water three times daily eight hours apart. Optional: with the bedtime drink add 1 tsp. of bonemeal powder to the vinegar and water.
2. Three IP6 capsules or 1/2 tsp. of IP6 powder taken with the vinegar and water at the same time 3 times a day PLUS
3. Two Bee Propolis capsules taken at the same time as the IP6 and the vinegar drink 3 times a day PLUS
4. Two Capsicool capsules (Natures way) taken at the same time 3 times a day.
Spacing the timing of the supplements equally is very important for sustained antiviral effect against HHV-6, HIV and other lipid envelope viruses. The cayenne is Capsicool will reduce IL-6 levels, help normalize body temperature and the Glucomannan in the Capsicool will increase butyrate production. The bee propolis and vinegar have wide spectrum antiviral effects. IP6 is a transcription inhibitor of the HIV LTR.
5. With each meal, sprinkle the juice of 1/2 lemon over the food or place the lemon juice in 4 ounces of water and take probiotics (Vital Biotics, Th-1 Probiotics, Jarrowdophilus, Bio K etc.) with each meal or probiotic powder either sprinkled over the food or mixed in with the lemon juice and water. The idea is to mix both the lemon juice and the probiotics with each meal. Lemon juice mixed with food promotes the growth of acidophilus and bifido bacteria. Eating foods high in fiber and FOS will complete the nutrients needed to promote the friendly flora.
6. ImmuPro (formerly called ImmunoPro) - 10 grams daily (to increase glutathione levels)
7. TH-1 Probiotics - 1 rounded Tsp. with each meal. Last month, I mentioned an alternative to Immunocal that is half the cost and, in my opinion, at least as effective as Immunocal. It is called ImmuPro. For more information, call 619-469-8196 or ImmuPro@aol.com or see ad in this newsletter.
Some health food stores sell vinegar tablets. 500 mg of dried vinegar is equal to one Tablespoon. of liquid vinegar. Depending on how much vinegar is in each tablet, you can determine how many tablets equals one tablespoon of liquid vinegar. The tablets will eliminate the strong taste of the liquid vinegar. Several brands of vinegar tablets are on the market. One made by Natures Life and also sold under the name Theratech contains 250 mg of vinegar per tablet. 250 mg would be equivalent to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of vinegar. Will 2 of these tablets taken 3 times daily be sufficient to bring the viral load down to non-detectable levels or will it take more? Lab results will give us the answer in the coming weeks.
Mix and match. A person could use vinegar tablets during the day when taking liquid vinegar might not be convenient (such as at work on when on vacation) and then take the liquid vinegar in the morning and before bedtime while at home.
At this very preliminary stage of our investigation, there is no reason to assume that any type of vinegar will not have an equal antiviral effect. Beside apple cider vinegar, there is white vinegar, rice vinegar, malt vinegar, balsamic vinegar, wine vinegar and there may also be other types available.
As for liquid vinegar, my personal preference (for flavor, taste and freshness) is Braggs Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. It is sold in Health Food Stores.
In the early 1990s, before the era of PCR and protease inhibitors, interest in Kombucha tea became wide spread in the HIV/AIDS community. Several persons reported significant increases in CD4 counts. Then came along reports that some of the home-made batches had become infected with unfriendly micro-organisms and made some people sick. Since the introduction of protease inhibitors in Vancouver, the use of Kombucha tea has quietly faded away. However, vinegar, commercially made, does not have this drawback of home-made Kombucha tea. Was the acetic acid in Kombucha tea responsible for the CD4 increases?
Published in 1998, by Sterling Co, NY, this 96 page book by Margot Helmiss recommends cider vinegar for a wide range of health conditions including sore throat, cuts, wounds, digestive problems, gum infection, insomnia, poor memory, overweight, weak skin, stomach ache and slow healing wounds.
Helmiss reports that vinegar is both an antiseptic and antibiotic killing many kinds of viruses and bacteria. She also says that the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used vinegar 2500 years ago to treat wounds and intestinal infections.
During the bubonic plague, legend tells us that 4 thieves in France drank daily a potion of vinegar that had raw garlic added and then robbed the graves of the dead without contracting the illness.
Helmiss reports on research by Hans Adolf Krebs who found that the body needs acetic acid (found in vinegar and also produced by bidifo bacteria in the colon) for metabolism at the cellular level and the production of energy in the body. His research has become known as the Krebs cycle. In theory, acetic acid should improve antigen presentation where an infected cell presents viral antigen on the cell surface to signal CD8 Killer T cells that the cell is infected. Antigen presentation and processing, with the help in intracellular glutathione, is the first event needed to trigger a cell-mediated immune response against infected cells. Conclusion: The use of vinegar and the use of a product like ImmuPro that very strongly increases gluthathione levels should be a potent combination.
The book, Natural Healing with Cider Vinegar is sold in health food stores or can be obtained by writing to Sterling Publishing Co, 387 Park Ave So, NY, NY 10016. $10.95 a copy plus $6.00 for shipping and handling.
If vinegar works effectively and consistently in reducing HIV viral loads to non-detectable levels, it will be a real breakthrough for treating tens of millions of persons in poor third world countries where low income prevents the more expensive medicines from being used in treating HIV.
HIV, HHV-6, a and b strains, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes viruses have lipid envelopes. Vinegar is known to cut grease and is used in household cleaning. Vinegar has been used as a preservative in some herbal extracts. A more natural and safe anti-viral and antibiotic is hard to find. Acetic acid is thought to be the active ingredient in vinegar. Acetic acid could work by dissolving the lipids (fats) in the outer envelope of viruses causing the viral envelope to disintegrate and exposing the inside of the virus that will become chow for the next activated white blood cell that comes along. Could vinegar be the answer to our prayers, the Pieta prayers, for a low-cost treatment for both AIDS and CFIDS? Could vinegar be part of a future protocol that leads to total viral eradication and an ultimate cure? As in all such tantalizing and provocative questions, time will tell. We have been down this road several times before and have always ran into a dead end. Perhaps and hopefully, this time, it will be different.
Many of the earlier writers on systemic candida albican infection have advised persons to avoid vinegar as it is a fermented food. Persons were lead to believe that using vinegar might promote candidiasis. In my opinion, these writers have erred on the side of caution. Today, vinegar is sold in drug stores as a vaginal douche to prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections. In fact, there are no carbohydrates or sugar in vinegar to support the growth of candida albicans and candida albicans prefer a neutral or alkaline pH to replicate.
Vinegar, which is very acidic, creates a hostile pH environment that suppresses candida albican activity. So why avoid vinegar? The only reason anyone with candidiasis would want to avoid vinegar is if they actually had an allergy to vinegar. Do such allergies exist? Acetic acid, found in vinegar is part of the Krebs cycle of acids needed for the production of energy in our cells. Both acetic acid and butyric acid are essential nutrients that support gastrointestinal health and that of our individual cells. Both of these acids are produced by friendly bifido bacteria in the large intestines, that is, if you have friendly flora in your large intestines.
While most physicians have observed chronic yeast infections in persons with either AIDS or cancer, there is a third and larger group affected with candidiasis and those are the people with active HHV-6A infection. It is the active HHV-6A infection that disregulates the immune response in favor of TH2 cytokines that allows the candidiasis condition to persist.
As we have reason to believe that vinegar will destroy HHV-6, A and B strains, its benefits should be noticeable within a few weeks. However, persons with candida overgrowth can expect a die-off effect from consuming vinegar and may feel worse before they feel better. Accordingly, start off with a small amount of vinegar and gradually increase the dose and be sure to take an effective product like ImmuPro to increase the glutathione levels and shift the immune response in favor of the TH1 cytokines. This is the path to recovery. The key to get rid of chronic candidiasis is to first effectively treat HHV-6 infection.
Jeffrey Peterson et al writing in the Proc Natl Acad Sci states:
We show that in all cases, GSH depletion inhibits Th-1 associated cytokines production and/or favors Th2 associated responses. Further, by charting the responses of isolated cell populations mixed in vitro, we demonstrate clearly that the decrease in Th1 cytokine production is due to the short-term, readily reversible depletion of APC GSH.
Note: APC stands for Antigen Presenting Cells. The experiments showing that glutathione depletion favors Th2 immune responses was done in mice. When glutathione levels were returned to normal, Th1 responses were favored. (1). Persons with cancer, HIV infection, HHV-6 (CFIDS), candidiasis and chronic insomnia always have a predominance of TH-2 cytokines (i.e. IL-4, IL-6) and a shortage of TH-1 cytokines (IL-12, IL-2 and IFN-gamma).
1. Proc Natl Acad. Sci; March, 1998 published in Immunology magazine
Immunocal introduced by Immunotec from Canada is a cold processed whey protein that has demonstrated in studies to increase intracellular glutathione levels. A competitor product is ImuPlus that also contains undenatured whey proteins. Undenatured means processed without heat. The latest undenatured whey protein to hit the market is ImmuPro (December, 1999)
Dr. Paul Cheney MD who has used all three brands of undenatured whey proteins in treating thousands of patients with CFIDS and is doing a study with ImuPlus has recently commented on ImmuPro in a letter to his constituents using ImuPlus. Here are excerpts from what he wrote: I am writing to inform you of a proposed change in the whey protein study protocol. We have recently received information about a much more powerful whey protein concentrate, which just became available in December. I am convinced that this new product is two to three times more potent than either Immunocal or ImuPlus when compared by sophisticated biochemical analyses. It is manufactured in Europe under contract with a dairy and is less expensive than ImuPlus......Compared to Immunocal, ImmuPro has 5 times more Lactoferrin, 2.5 times more Serum Albumin protein, 3 times more Immunoglobulin. It contains Glycomacroproteins which inhibit viruses and harmful bacteria. Most importantly it contains many more of the small, un-named bioactive protein bound fats which may contribute to the whey protein concentrates effects on glutathione. I propose that we change to ImmuPro and shorten the study to three months rather than the current six. A shorter study is warranted by the greater power of this product.
Reader reactions to ImmuPro: Holly Z (CFIDS and LYME). I feel this product is doing something very beneficial to improve how I feel.
Luke who has had chronic fatigue for 7 years told me: This is powerful stuff. I started off using 1/2 teaspoon a day for the first week. The amount of energy I get from this product is unbelievable. Luke (510-733-0297). I have read letters written by two other persons with CFIDS who are only using 1/2 to 1 tsp. of ImmuPro daily. The recommended dose is 10 grams or about 2 level tablespoons daily.
My personal reaction to ImmuPro. I tried Immunocal and think it is great product but agree with many readers that it is pricey. I find ImmuPro gives sustained energy all day long. A 10 gram serving contains 285 mg of lactoferrin, a natural substance that binds with iron to make it available to the cells and not to viruses. Iron added to dietary supplements promotes both viral and free radical activity in the body. ImmuPro contains 1.3 grams of immunoglobulins per 10 gram serving. It is the most cost effective undenatured protein currently on the market. I was sufficiently impressed with ImmuPro to invite them to place an ad in this issue.
Readers should take note that most whey proteins on the market are byproducts of cheese production and as such, contain denatured proteins. Undenatured whey proteins are the closest thing to raw milk you can find and have the most immunological value of all whey proteins. Pasteurization denatures proteins and transfer factor as well as destroys enzymes in milk.
Note: Persons using ImmuPro should have no need to take NAC, L Cysteine or Reduced Glutathione. In my opinion, anyone who has any kind of chronic viral infection would benefit from undenatured whey proteins like ImmuPro.
Restoring Intestinal Health - Parasite Cleansing by Mark Konlee (Dec. 1, 1999 - excerpts from Progressive Health News)
One area I did not cover in Positive Health News, Report No 19, that affects the immune system is parasites, a problem that affects most persons chronically immune compromised. However, before getting into this months subject of parasites, I have ---
Robert M of Brooklyn (HIV+) called to report these results from taking cayenne and apple cider vinegar orally for two weeks. His CD4s increased from 224 to 289; CD8s from 500 to 900 and WBCs from 5.5 to 6.9. His viral load remained the about the same declining slightly from 10,600 to 10,300. He had been on a triple cocktail that did not include protease inhibitors for the past several months with a slow and gradual increase in viral load - a failing protocol. The only two changes he made was to add cayenne and vinegar to his daily diet. He also reports that his body temperature increased 2 degrees going from 97.8 to 99.8°F. He took one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before bedtime once a day. He took 2 cayenne capsules with breakfast, one for lunch and two with his evening meal. He did not do the daily enemas with vinegar and garlic.
Several persons have called in the past few weeks to report incredible increases in energy and well being since staring on the daily enemas with garlic and vinegar added ( as described in the Report No 19 - the current issue).
Boston, MA. Carl J added a parasite cleanse program to his already intensive self-treatment regimen plus started doing daily enemas with garlic and vinegar added. He reports his CD4 counts increased from 378 to 472, CD8s from 351 to 607 and viral load decreased from 18,500 to 13,100. He did not use the cayenne or VFT extract or, in my opinion, his results would have been even better. A complete copy of his protocol is now available by writing to Keep Hope Alive. Ask for the Carl J protocol.
Note: The most effective way of using vinegar is to use it orally as well as rectally in enema water. The oral use will kill HIV, HHV-6, CMV and other lipid envelope viruses in the small intestines while the enemas will destroy most of these viruses in the large intestines. Vinegar cuts grease and all lipid envelope viruses should dissolve instantly in vinegar plus water.
Suggestion: Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice and add 1/2 cup of water plus 1 tsp. of psyllium powder. Mix this and drink it before bedtime. The aloe will help the vinegar penetrate deeper into the mucus membranes for a greater antiviral effect and the psyllium will create a time-release effects for further penetration into the small intestines. In enemas, try to hold the vinegar/garlic and water mixture about 5 minutes before releasing it as you finish the enema. This will allow for greater penetration in the colon. Aloe or any other substance that makes water wetter will have also enhance the penetrating effects and the antiviral effect.
By targeting the small as well as the large intestines from both ends, we should see even more impressive results that we are presently obtaining. An alternative to the before bedtime drink is to use red wine or apple cider vinegar in salads once a day. Also, dill pickles, green olives and pickled vegetables are additional sources of virus killing acetic acid. Note: do not drink pure vinegar. It is too strong and will irritate the mucus membranes. The trick is to use enough to kill the viruses without using so much as to get side effects. Lemon juice which is also acidic should also kill HIV and other envelope viruses.
CFIDS report: Jim Mayhew (IA) reported phenomenal results with the enemas. He used both garlic and more vinegar that I recommended - 1/2 cup per 1.5 qt enema bag. He said that 3 hours after doing this all his swollen lymph nodes in his neck were 100% gone. Note: Persons are advised not to use more than 3 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar per pint of enema water as too much can be irritating to the colon. Personally I think that 3 tablespoons per 1.5 qt enema bag is sufficient but you might want to try higher doses to see if better results can be obtained if you can tolerate it. You can also use wine vinegar on salads or eat dill pickles, green olives and pickled vegetables as sources of vinegar and acetic acid. I wouldnt drink vinegar straight, however, it needs to be diluted.
One person reported that his stomach could not tolerate taking the cayenne capsules. Suggestion: Use teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of water for each capsule of cayenne you take and you will find few fewer stomach problems tolerating the cayenne. i.e. if you take 2 cayenne caps, take 2 tsps of vinegar in about 4 ounces of water at the same time.
In the current newsletter, I told of a person who has been doing coffee retention enemas 5 times a week for the past 10 years and kept his viral load under 7000 and his CD4s over 600 without ever using any prescription drugs. He used regular coffee made from roasted coffee beans (the grocery store variety). I also reported on published research that has found a new class of anti-HIV drugs in green coffee beans but did not know where to locate the green coffee beans. Thanks to Robert M, a reader in Miami, green coffee beans have been located on the internet at www.sweetmarias.com or by calling 888-876-5917 or 614-294-1816.
No one has yet tried this, to my knowledge. Dont know what to expect. The website has over 30 varieties of green coffee beans. For starters, it would be best to try the Sampler Pak they offer. For persons who are caffeine sensitive, they also have decaffeinated green coffee beans. Since this is all quite new, I advise anyone to use a small amount of coffee made from the green coffee beans and observe its effects before using larger doses. Suggestion: talk to the owner at sweetmarias to see if he is aware of any problems drinking green coffee beans and drink a small amount first before trying the enema. (I was unsuccessful at reaching him earlier today).
Note: A person with CFIDS told me recently that she has been doing coffee retention enemas twice a day for several years and says she could not have survived without them. She says: the coffee retention enemas pull a lot of toxins out of my liver every day. Question: Will the decaffeinated coffee beans have the same effect?
Steven Rahn whom I interviewed last fall called this week with some really great news finally. His viral load has dropped from 800,000 to 1500 in 8 weeks. CD4s increased from 9 to 32; CD8s from 400 to 704. Throughout the summer, I had tried to convince him to go on a good cocktail of Norvir, D4T and 3TC. I told him his immune system was too deteriorated to rely only on diet, nutrition and a few immune modulators on his limited budget. I told him he needed a shot gun approach combining it all together to turn his condition around. I added: after your immune system and T cells have recovered in about 6 months and your viral load is non-detectable, you might want to try the diet, nutrition and immune modulators again without the drugs, but right now, dam the torpedoes (the drugs side effects) and hit it hard with everything that might work.
He followed my suggestion and phased in the 3 drugs using D4T the first week, adding 3TC the second week and Norvir the 3rd week. He gradually increased the Norvir to 10 capsules daily taking 4 with breakfast, 2 with lunch and 4 with a late evening meal. He has tolerated the drugs well and far better than he expected.
He started the drug cocktail in September when it became apparent that his KS lesions were not going to go away on their own. The KS lesions are about 50% gone right now. He also used cayenne, Perfect Plus soluble rice bran, Ionic trace minerals (SGS Research), Methyl B12 and maintains a good diet. He stopped all supplements with B-6 a few months ago when I reported on research linking B-6 to cancer progression in laboratory animals.
One more Item. Late in October, about 6 weeks into the drug combo, his right foot swelled up badly and he could barely walk. The doctors were puzzled and one suggested a possible KS lesion blocking a lymph node in his leg. I told him I had seen this happen in Milwaukee with someone I knew who had KS whose foot swelled up tremendously due to a KS lesion blocking lymph flow in his leg. I suggested that he use up a bottle of Venus Fly-Trap extract at a real high dose - one teaspoon 3 times daily. He had stopped using the VFT extract at the time he started on the drug cocktail about 6 weeks earlier. He immediately started on the VFT extract at this high dose while continuing the drug cocktail and in 3 days, the swelling was reduced by 80%. In 5 days the swelling was completely gone. His latest blood test occurred about the time he nearly finished the VFT extract.
Note: This is the 3rd report on pulsed (intermittent) use of high doses of oral VFT extract that has produced amazing results. These reports suggest the most effective way to use the extract is one week on at a high dose of 1 tsp. 3 times daily (or 1/2 tsp. 6 times daily) and one week off before repeating the cycle. Another way to pulse VFT extract is to use take it at a high dose for 3 days per week (3 days on and 4 days off) and then repeat the cycle.
Anyone who follows a high fiber diet and takes probiotics like B Longum and Vital Biotics and is unable to obtain normal healthy stools in 2 weeks and who find themselves with periods of fatigue should suspect parasites as an underlying problem. Dr. Ross Anderson, one of Americas foremost parasitic infection specialists stated: I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge in the history of the human race is parasites. I realize that this is a pretty brave statement, but it is based on my 20 years of experience with more than 20,000 patients.
Dr. Richard Bowman Pearce has estimated that 80% of gay males are infected with parasites. Millions of Americans not associated with any high risk groups are also infected with parasites and do not know it. Parasites can be picked up from dogs and cats, and especially from kissing pets, undercooked meat and from eating unwashed or not properly washed fruits and vegetables as well as oral/anal sexual activity.
There are many types of parasites including the intestinal flukes, ascaris lumbricoides (estimated to have infected 1/4 of the worlds population), Schistosoma blood flukes, Giardia intestinalis, hookworms, beefworms and many others. Most people infected with parasites do not know they have them.
Symptoms of parasite infection can include any combination of the following: diarrhea, gas and bloating, leaky gut syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity and allergies, depressed immunity, malabsorption of nutrients, itching around anus, joint and muscle pain, skin conditions and rashes, weeping eczema and other skin lesions, depression and anxiety, sleep disturbances and chronic fatigue.
Parasites especially like to live in feces and buildup in the colon. This is why a good high colonic is necessary to remove built-up fecal matter that is a hiding area and feeding ground for parasites. Parasites produce toxins, damage the mucosal membranes and can even get into the blood and infect major body organs. Dr. Shawn Wells, Ph.D. states that 90% of all disease starts in the colon.
An extensive 8 page article on Parasites-Silent Killers by Dr. Shawn Wells was published in Alternative Medicine News, May, 1998, and copies are available by calling 800-388-7012. You can also ask them about a parasite cleanse product called Internally Super Klean.
Low cost suggestion: Before each meal, take 1 or 2 frozen castor oil capsules, 2 or 3 black walnut capsules (from green walnut hulls) and 50 drops of Clarkia 100 in a glass of water. Do this for 21 days. This should eliminate all the parasites. You should notice results in 3 or 4 days. Repeat this cleanse once every 6 months. Dont forget to eat 3 cloves of raw garlic daily.
A prescription drug called Flagyl is also used to kill parasites. One problem is that diagnostic tests from feces often fail to diagnose the presence of parasites and without a diagnosis, a doctor may not give you a prescription.
Welcome to the new millennium. Let us pray that this is the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that will bring forth answers to resolve outstanding issues of the last century. The world needs alternative sources of energy to reduce air pollution and global warming caused by fossil fuels that produce too much carbon dioxide. Debt relief is needed and lower interest rates for all along with a dissolution of economic monopolies.
In a world that values money over virtue, there is little hope that these changes will happen without the aid of Divine intervention. Science marches forward but the inner man, the human heart must change if technology is to bring forth answers to heal a planet under growing stresses. Like the human body, the earth itself needs to be brought back to a point of balance and homeostasis.
We must increase organic farming to reduce the use of toxic chemicals that continue to poison the land and its people. The public, by its own purchasing choices, can move technology and the production of goods in a positive direction - by purchasing organically grown fruits and vegetables, using barter instead of interest-bearing debt to exchange goods and services, automobiles that run on electricity (the fuel cell), solar, hydroelectric, wind power and new technologies that remain to be developed like fusion. Many oil wells will dry up early in this century driving up fuel prices making alternative sources of energy a more viable economic option. Increased use of non-polluting sources of energy will help reduce global warming.
Great storms, earthquakes and asteroids will threaten us but the hand of God will intervene when mankind in on bended knee. In spite of the gathering storms, hope will be kept alive. The Messiah will return, although in spirit, already here.
Like the earth, the human body and spirit is under stresses and needs a return to balance and homeostasis. Dis-ease disturbs the focus of the human spirit by drawing too much attention to self, to personal distress and disrupts the flow of compassion for others that comes from the heart. In the current issue of Positive Health News (Report 19), I have shifted the focus from fighting dis-ease to rebuilding health.
In taking measured steps to build health from the foundation up, the individual no longer feels powerless. The thought itself, of being a builder of ones own health, is liberating. It reduces our dependence on the security blankets of insurance companies and large corporations (both the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement industry). Convinced as I am that the foundation of building health depends on a good appetite, digestion, a healthy colon, gastrointestinal tract and mucosal immunity, I plan to continue focusing on these critical areas in the coming months - areas essential for rebuilding health and restoring maximum natural immunity against all dis-ease.
When the colon is toxic, it is because harmful bacteria that produce scores of toxins have multiplied in great numbers. These toxins are absorbed from the large intestines and go the liver to be broken down. The toxic overload on the liver leads to a depletion of Glutathione levels that then impairs cell-mediated immune function. The toxins also impair the ability of the liver to produce enzymes needed for metabolic functions throughout the body. The immediate result is fatigue and eventually chronic fatigue. The depleted Glutathione levels reduce the ability of the liver to remove heavy metals and more stress is placed on other organs like the adrenal glands and kidneys. In a sequence of events, toxins (poisons) in the large intestines began to adversely affect the entire person.
Some of the harmful bacteria(1) in a toxic colon have been identified as the fungal (hyphaeated) form of Candida Albicans, clostridium, e-coli, staph and strep strains. Other infections of the gastrointestinal tract that have been identified include HIV, HHV-6, herpes simplex, hepatitis B, C and D, CMV, EBV, chlamydiae, shigella, salmonella, campylobacter, mycobacteria, parasites, giardia, cryptosporidium, isopora, amoeba and strongyloides (2).
Just one or more of certain strains of unfriendly flora can produce a variety of toxins including amines, ammonia, skatol, hydrogen sulfide, histamine, indole, phenol and cadaverin (3). The liver has the job of breaking down these toxins and if the liver function is impaired, the toxins circulate and can cause neurological problems. Candidiasis increases Interluken 6 levels, a cytokine that is overproduced in HIV infection, CFIDS and cancer and contributes to the cytokine shift from TH1 to the less effective TH2 immune response.
A toxic colon by contributing to the depletion of Glutathione levels increases the activity of free radicals and oxidative stress that further damages cells and body organs. Unfriendly flora also move the pH of the colon in an alkaline direction creating an environment more favorable to their own survival. No complete or sustained recovery from chronic immune dysfunction is possible without restoring a healthy colon. This is the point of beginning, the foundation for rebuilding health.
Ref: 1. The Garden Within, by Keith Sehnert MD. (Health World Magazine, Burlingame, CA)
2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, by King Homes MD.
3. Gall, LS, Normal Fecal Flora of Man, Am J of Clin Nutr. 23:1457-1465 1970.
Some of the specific byproducts of friendly flora fermentation (bifidobacterium) in the large intestines are butyric acid that help rebuild the mucus membranes of the G.I. tract and heal a leaky gut. B. Longum and other bifidobacterium also produce lactic acid, acetic acid and proprionic acid. Researchers have found that acetic acid and proprionic acid are more effective than lactic acid in killing off bad microbes in the large intestines. Both acidophilus and bifidus fermentation of indigestible carbohydrates in the colon produce short chain fatty acids. These fatty acids cause the stools to float in water. Large diameter floating stools that are golden brown are healthy stools and indicative of a healthy colon whereas the sinkers and small diameters stools are loaded with toxins and harmful bacteria and come from a toxic colon. Little or no odor is emitted from healthy stools and strong or sour odors are emitted from toxic stools. David Webster writes that a floating stool is often an indicator of the existence of a predominately acidophilus flora.(1)
However, Webster states that a diet high in psyllium may produce a floating stool in some persons that is not at the normal acidic colonic pH. (5.6 to 6.8). Also, persons on a high fat diet might have unhealthy floaters if they do not digest the fats properly. Once you think you have healthy floaters, stop taking all B vitamin supplements for 24 hours and watch the color of the urine. It should be a light yellow color, an indication that B vitamins in the colon are being produced by healthy flora.
Published research has found that a diet high in fiber (30 to 35 grams daily) progressively lowers the pH of the colon (2). In vitro research has found that when the pH is a culture medium is below 6.0 that free cell HIV permanently loses its ability to infect cells.
Dr. Sehnert MD reports that acidophilus produces B-complex vitamins including folic acid, niacin, B6, B12, riboflavin, biotin and pantothenic acid (3). He also reports that acidophilus produces lactase enzyme that digest lactose in milk and inhibits the growth of Candida Albicans. FructoOligoSaccharides (FOS) and inulin, indigestible carbohydrates are found in artichokes, chicory, whole rye, bananas, onions, garlic and asparagus. FOS and inulin are potent fertilizers to promote the growth of both bifidus and acidophilus in the large intestines.
On FOS, Martin Feldman MD states: [FOS passes through the system with minimal problems and a low incidence of intolerant or allergic reactions. It is of interest that the digestive system does not break down FOS. Rather, it reaches the lower intestines intact, where it is devoured by the friendly bacteria without significantly assisting the unfriendly bacteria. These properties make FOS extremely beneficial in treating a variety of digestive problems.](4)
Other benefits of good flora like B Longum and bifidus are increased absorption of calcium, magnesium and iron as well as other nutrients. However, it is the butyric acid produced by the bifidobacterium that rebuilds the mucus membranes and heals leaky gut syndrome, a condition directly linked to allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic fatigue, systemic candidiasis, depression, various skin problems, loss of mental clarity, eye floaters and an increase in activated CD4 cells in the intestines. In persons HIV+ persons, a leaky gut increases HIV replication and decreases the CD4 counts when HIV infects the activated CD4 helper cells in the intestinal epithelium. Leaky gut syndrome impairs mucosal immunity. This is why bifidus and B Longum, supported by FOS, are so important for a rebuilding and maintaining a healthy colon and G.I. tract.
In HIV/AIDS, where 86% of the HIV replicates in the intestines, we hope to find the right combination of fiber, probiotics and nutrients to stimulate their growth to restore mucosal immunity and to lower the pH of the colon to a point where HIV replication in the intestines stops and the T cells recover. There is a real possibility that a natural method to stop HIV progression (without drugs) will be discovered this year.
1. Acidophilus and Colon Health, David Webster; Hygeia Publishing, 800-943-0054.
2. Naaeder SB et al, West Afr J Med 1998 Jul-Sep;17(3):165-7
3. The Garden Within, by Keith Sehnert MD. (Health World Magazine, Burlingame, CA)
4. Health Benefits of FOS, by Robert Crayhon; Keats Publishing, New Canaan, CT.
To grow a healthy garden, it takes good soil, good seed and fertilizer among other things. Our internal garden in the colon, to be healthy, depends on fiber (the soil), indigestible carbohydrates (FOS or inulin - the fertilizer) and probiotics (the seed) - good intestinal flora, acidophilus, bifidus and B Longum among others.
The Japanese have been ahead of the Americans in many areas of health for decades. They have used FOS in their foods since 1983 along with bifidobacterium and omega 3 fatty acids from seaweed. About 10 days ago, a phone call from one of our readers, Frank Martorana, (818-509-8113) drew my attention and interest in FOS. He reported that 4 or 5 grams daily of the powder restores normal healthy floating stools in 4 or 5 days. He told me that inulin in chicory is converted by the body into FOS that is used as food by the bifidobacterium.
A search of the medical literature (Medline, NLM) finds no toxic or mutagenic effects even from very large doses of FOS in both animals and humans. Here is a summary of a wide range of benefits being reported in the literature on FOS.
1. Significantly increases the presence of bifidus, B Longum, bifidobacterium (various strains) and acidophilus noticeable 6 days after ingestion of FOS begins.
2. Significantly lowers the pH of the colon and the feces (reportedly to less than 6.0).
3. Reduces toxins in the stools from unfriendly flora.
4. Reduces production of fat by the liver (lowers the bad LDL cholesterol).
5. Significantly increases the absorption of calcium, magnesium and iron (indicating benefits for persons affected by insomnia, poor digestion, osteoporosis and anemia).
6. Produces short chain fatty acids in the large intestines.
7. Significantly increases butyric acid production (reverses mucosal atrophy, rebuilds the mucus membranes and heals a leaky gut) - this will be of immediate benefit to persons with HIV, allergies, MCS, candidiasis and cancer.
8. Reduces free radicals and oxidative stress (should help increase Glutathione levels, the cells main antioxidant used against free radicals and for processing antigen) - thus improving CD8 cytotoxic lymphocyte activity against intracellular infections.
9. Potential health benefits reported (short list) as reducing the risk of colon cancer, noninsulin-type diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and cancer.
10 Protects the liver against many toxins. Reduces the toxins ammonia and amines in the feces.
11. Increases mucosal surface to improve nutrient absorption. Nutrient transport across the epithelium is aided by an increase in calcium in the mucosal membranes. FOS will help reverse wasting syndrome.
12. In animal experiments, FOS inhibited the growth of breast cancer and other tumors.
13. Produces B vitamins.
In persons who are very toxic and use high does of FOS, the most common side effect is flatulence. The other is nausea. These effects are temporary and can be reduced by using smaller amounts of FOS to start with and gradually increasing the dose as you detoxify. The flatulence (lower bowel gas) is a good sign and indicates that the friendly flora are at work multiplying and driving out the bad bacteria. Nausea is caused by toxins released into the liver from bad bacteria that are being destroyed. This process can last from a few days to 2 or 3 weeks and then these side effects will go away and with it a new lease on life begins with greater and longer sustained levels of energy and well being.
Use FOS with a fiber drink and probiotics as the first drink when you get up in the morning. This is because the stomach is empty and the mix will go directly into the large intestines. You can eat breakfast after consuming the drink. Flatulence is a side effect that is common when you first use FOS and indicates bifido bacteria activity in the colon. Persons who are toxic will feel some nausea the first time they use FOS, but this will go away in a few days as the transition from unfriendly to friendly flora takes place in the lower bowel. Probiotics with B Longum and/or other bifido bacteria should always be taken with FOS and preferably with a high fiber meal or fiber drink.
Suggestion: Start off with one capsule or 1000 mg FOS daily or the first week. Mix with a colon fiber mix like Colon Care Formula by Yerba Prima or Perfect Plus (soluble rice bran). Add water and shake in a jar. At the same time you drink this, use your probiotics (Vital Biotics or Nature Biotics plus Bifa 15 or Jarrowdophilus).
In the second week, increase the amount of FOS to 2000 mg daily; 3rd week - 3000 mg daily and 4th week 4000 or 5000 mg daily. A good buy is Twinlabs 4 oz Nutraflora - costs about $15 for a months supply. If you are less toxic, you can shorten the time between dose increases. Listen to your body and increase its use accordingly. It is important to take the FOS with the probiotics and the fiber drink all at the same time for the best effects and to do so on an empty stomach.
FOS and a high fiber diet (25 to 30 grams daily) are essential to restore a healthy colon. For a high fiber bread, go to a health food store and look for a bread made from whole grains and having about 4 grams of fiber per slice. Besides FOS, persons have reported the following have restored normal floating stools;
1. whole lemon/olive oil drink.
2. Two tsps of blue green algae daily and
3. Bee propolis (the antibiotic from the beehive).
Harish Z et al wrote Suppression of HIV-1 replication by propolis and its immunoregulatory effects (1) Harish states that propolis, a non-toxic bee-hive product, suppresses HIV-1 replication and modulates in-vitro immune responses.
He found that at 4.5 mcg/ml, propolis inhibited syncytium formation and decreased p24 antigen by 90 to 100% in a concentration dependent manner. Propolis also enhanced mitogenic responses to Con A.
Harish in-vitro experiments suggest that a possible effective dose of propolis for adults might fall in the range of 1500 to 2000 mg daily. A search of the medical literature finds that propolis contains caffeic acid (also found in green tea, hyssop and coffee) and chrysin, a flavinoid that was the most potent inhibitor of HIV of 27 tested in one study as well as ferulic acid identified in one study as inhibiting HIV. Several published studies have identified caffeic acid as a potent HIV inhibitor. The NIH stated that caffeic acid found in propolis is an integrase inhibitor.
At the Intl AIDS conference in 1994, Konoro Y from Japan presented an abstract on Acupuncture and natural essence therapy. He stated: Application of acupuncture with oral administration of naturally extracted essences, especially propolis, an extract from the beehive...many cases of recoveries from various pathological conditions, including PCP.
Last month I reported on Robert M from Brooklyn and his excellent results adding vinegar and cayenne to his daily regimen. In December, he started taking propolis, only one capsule daily and reported his lymph nodes swelling reduced and his stools then began to float for the first time in 3 years. He also told me of a roommate he had for 2 years who took propolis daily along with other supplements and that his CD4 T cells remained in the 600 range even though he was not using any prescription drugs. He did not recall how much propolis he was using.
Suggestion for persons HIV+: Try 1/2 tsp. powder or 2 capsules 3 times daily - eight hours apart. Report your results to me on viral load and CD4 counts so we can find out how effective Propolis is as a treatment for HIV.
1. Drugs Exp Clin Res 1997;23(2):89-96
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(Feb 1, 2000 - from Progressive Health News) Mark Konlee
An idea that resulted from the Spring, 1999, issue of Positive Health News (No 18) A Consumers Guide to Immune Restoration has finally bore fruit. A special combination of intestinal flora that we asked Jarrow Formulas(1) to produce in May, 1999, that stimulates Th1 cytokines, Interluken 12 and gamma interferon is now available. Each teaspoon of the new formula called, Th-1 Probiotics, will contain 20 billion heat-killed L Plantarum and L Casei plus 2 billion live B Longum. The purpose of the heat killed strains is to provide metabolites that promote certain T cell cytokines without the risk of these live strains passing through a leaky gut and creating problems elsewhere in the body.
Several published scientific studies have established that heat killed Casei and Plantarum are potent stimulators of IL-12, gamma interferon, macrophage activity and Natural Killer cell function. IL-12 is expected to strongly promote a cell mediated immune response against intra-cellular infections though CD8 cytotoxic lymphocytes while the B Longum in the formula will increase IgA to improve mucosal immunity. B Longum will also increase levels of short chain fatty acids, like butyrate, that stimulate mucin and help heal the mucus membranes.
If the product works as expected, based on the science behind it, it should stimulate a strong immune response to reduce viral titers for a wide range of stubborn chronic infections ranging from HIV to herpes to CMV, HHV-6, EBV, hepatitis, spirochetes and other infections that are inside the cells (intra-cellular), a location where antibody responses are not effective. While hopes ride high for this new product, no one will know for certain what effect in decreasing HIV viral loads and other infections the product will have until lab results and a substantial number of anecdotal reports come in. While the suggested dose is one teaspoon twice daily, it is too early to know if the dose is too low to stimulate an effective immune response or will it have to be increased? It is going to take some experimentation to find the effective dosage level and whether the product should be used on a daily basis or in a pulsed protocol like one week on and one week off.
I would be very interested in hearing from persons who are using DNCB topical weekly applications and report after a week or two of using TH-1 Probiotics how the reactions are affected. A stronger response to DNCB would indicate that cell mediated responses and antigen presentation are being stimulated. In short term animal experiments with heat-killed plantarum or casei, immune responses were noticeable in the 3rd day after ingestion.
We will observe how different dosage levels affect us individually and find out together what kind of immunological benefits are obtained from its use. The product costs about $30 for a months supply. Contact a Jarrow distributor for the product.
1. Jarrow Formulas, 1824 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
West Allis: WI. Paul who has CFIDS and candidiasis tried the product Feb. 3rd and is taking 1 rounded tsp. twice daily and reported that in a few hours after first taking the product he feels nauseated, has an increase in mucus he coughs up and a slight burning sensation in his urine. He says these reactions are a die-off of the yeast. His comment: This is powerful stuff. He promised to keep abreast of developments as he continues to use the product. He also told me that the TH1 Probiotics was the only product he added to his regimen in the past 2 days.
Miami, FL. Bob M who has HIV reported that in 3 days of using the product his appetite increased and he feels more energy.
West Allis: My own personal reaction to the TH1 Probiotics is that I feel slightly more tired for a few hours after taking the product followed by a significant rebound in energy and a stronger appetite at the next meal. These are the effects I have felt for the past 4 days. That the first 3 persons who have tried the product are feeling some effects so early is encouraging.
Readers who use TH1 Probiotics are asked to contact me to keep me abreast of the reactions they get and of course any lab results.
My interest in butyrate was awakened last month when a reader with CFIDS reported taking the daily supplement and noticed an immediate improvement her gastrointestinal symptoms. In a healthy colon, butyrate is produced by bifido bacteria that ferment undigested carbohydrates like FOS and inulin. In a toxic colon, stool analysis of butyrate finds that it is consistently low.
As our analysis and logic dictates, restoration of a normal immune system first requires restoration of a healthy intestinal tract and strengthening of the mucus membranes, a prerequisite for restoring mucosal immunity. Restoration of a healthy gastrointestinal tract first requires two events - destroying infections like candidiasis and parasites that damage the mucus membranes and nutrients to rapidly rebuild the mucus membranes. Butyrate is one of the most important fuels for stimulating the growth of new mucus membranes in the intestines. Other substances include L-glutamine, vitamin A, cabbage juice (raw or cultured), buttermilk, kefir, horsetail herb and slippery elm tea. These can also be very helpful but are not a substitute for butyrate.
Butyrate is one of the short chain fatty acids produced by bifido bacterium (B Longum and others) in the large intestines. The growth of bifido bacteria is nourished by indigestible carbohydrates - Fructo Oligo Saccharides (FOS) and inulin, naturally occurring carbohydrates found in high fiber foods but especially in artichokes, chicory, onions, garlic, asparagus and bananas. A bowl of French onion soup or a large baked onion contains about 2 grams of FOS. I reported on the wide ranging benefits of FOS in last months message.
Eden Foods, manufacturers of Bifa-15 a microencapsulated source of B Longum, report that as many as 400 different kinds of bacteria may inhabit the gastrointestinal tract. When the colon becomes the primary feeding ground of unfriendly flora like e-coli and candida, a condition called toxic colon develops and the pH of the colon becomes alkaline. Ammonia, amines and other toxins produced by unfriendly flora impair liver function and immune function more significantly than any other single factor we have discovered to date.
There is another factor to consider - substances like butyrate not commonly found in the diet are used as fuel by colonic cells to keep the intestinal membranes healthy and only the friendly flora, especially the bifido bacteria (i.e. B longum) produce butyrate. As a general rule, most of the unfriendly flora like pH that is alkaline while the friendly flora like an acidic colon. The unfriendly flora produce byproducts like ammonia that keep the colon alkaline while the friendly flora produce a variety of short chain fatty acids (lactic, acetic, proprionic, butyric and even formic acid) that keep the colon acidic. Thus a predominance of friendly flora create an environment that suppresses the bad bacteria.
The reverse is also true - if most of the flora in your gut are unfriendly, they will kill off the friendly flora. This is indeed a war of microbes and we are in the middle of it. The food choices we make daily determines which side prevails - the good flora that keep us healthy or the bad that promote illness. Having a predominance of friendly flora in the colon is not an option for a healthy intestines, normal digestion and a strong immune system, IT IS A REQUIREMENT!
Scientists have found that butyrates increase the production of mucin, a component of mucus, that provides a protective barrier throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract. (1) In experiments on rats, researchers found that three fibers, cellulose, pectin and gum arabic did not increase mucin production. They did find that glucuronic acid, a component of a variety of fibers, did significantly increase mucin production as did sodium alginate, acetate and butyrate. Both acetate and butyrate are byproducts of bifido bacteria fermentation of carbohydrates in the colon.
In animal experiments, scientists have found that butyrate hastens the repair of damage to the mucosal membranes of the colon induced by heat or detergents (2). Scientists have found that butyrate helps prevent colon cancer and induces Glutathione S-transferase to detoxify carcinogens (3). Wheat bran was found to significantly increase butyrate levels (4).
In January, Cheryl Carter, a reader with CFIDS, told me she took 1 butyrate capsule with meals 3 times a day and noticed an immediate improvement in her gastrointestinal symptoms. Over the counter butyrate is available through Ecological Formulas or Nutricology. It comes in the form of calcium butyrate and magnesium butyrate. It is relatively inexpensive. Ecological Formulas recommends 1 to 6 capsules with each meal. Once you have a healthy colon and normal healthy stools (floaters) you will not need to take butyrate as a daily supplement. However, when your colon is toxic (sinkers, stinkers and small diameter stools) butyrate supplementation would be well advised. I would suggest 3 or more capsules with each meal along with supplements like caprylic acid to kill candida and back walnut to kill parasites for a month or longer or until you have normal healthy stools plus bright yellow urine (indicating B vitamin production from the bifido bacteria).
1. Barcelo A et al; Gut 2000 Feb;46(2):218-224
2. Venkatraman A et al; Scand J Gastroenterol 1999 Nov;34(11):1087-92
3. Kirlan WG et al; J Nutr 1999 Oct;129(10):1827-35
4. Compher CW et al; JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr 1999 Sep-Oct;23(5):269-77
Research indicates that glucomannan, a fiber from the Konjac root strongly supports the growth of bifidobacterium as does FOS. Degradation of glucomannan by enzymes and friendly flora in human feces has produced formic acid, acetic acid, proprionic acid and 1-butyric acid. (1) Other researchers have found that glucomannan increases the good HDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides (2)
In January, I tried an experiment on myself by taking 2 glucomannan capsules plus 2 FOS plus 2 Jarrowdophilus capsules. I found that within 2 to 3 hours, the urine was a deeper yellow color than taking FOS alone with the Jarrowdophilus. Deeper yellow urine is thought to be an indication of an increase in B vitamins produced in the colon by bifidobacterium and acidophilus. However, I found that by increasing the amount of FOS taken daily to about 6 grams (1/2 tsp. 3X) I could get the color of the urine to be a bright yellow, without using the glucomannan. The color that healthy urine should be is bright yellow, not clear. Clear urine indicates an absence of friendly flora in the large intestines producing B vitamins. This self-test wont work unless you stop taking B vitamin supplements for 24 hours to see if the urine is still yellow or goes back to being clear (an absence of B vitamins)
1. Matsura Y; J Nutr Sci Vitamiinol (Toyko) 1998 Jun:44(3):423-36
2. Venter CS et al; J Nutr 1990 Sep;120(9):1046-53
Last month, I advised against using FOS with meals and recommended only using it with a fiber drink and probiotics taken all together. I am amending my instructions this month based on ongoing research. I have had reports of some persons who have been chronically ill for years who report they cannot tolerate FOS. I have discovered from published research that about 1 person in 25 absorbs some of the FOS into the blood and it is excreted in the kidneys. What this means is that these FOS absorbers have very severe leaky gut syndrome. The normal and even subnormal gut mucosa will not absorb FOS as the molecule is too large. The FOS then becomes food for the bifido bacteria and acidophilus in the colon. In about 4% of the population with severely damaged gut mucosa, absorption of the FOS occurs and this causes the problem of intolerance.
The solution is for these persons to use high doses of butyrate first (in capsule form) 3 to 6 with each meal 3 or more times daily for about 2 weeks before introducing the FOS. The FOS can be introduced with either a fiber drink or a high fiber meal along with the probiotics like Vital Biotics or Jarrowdophilus. Start off with a small dose and gradually increase until you are using 4 to 6 grams daily.
During the first two weeks you are using the butyrate, try eating 1 cup of cooked onions daily or 1 large baked onion or 2 bowls of French onion soup. You can make your own with beef stock plus chopped onions. You can also use Miso in place of beef stock and make a miso-onion soup. You can top it with mozzarella cheese made from soy or rice milk. A cup of raw or cooked onions yields about 2 grams of natural FOS. The onions are high in sulfur compounds that will inhibit many kinds of pathogenic and unfriendly flora in the large intestines including fungus, yeast and many kinds of viruses. Dont forget to also include other sources of FOS like asparagus and artichokes. One tablespoon of artichoke flour contains about 1 gram (1000 mg) of FOS.
Note: if you use Bifa-15, you still need to take it by itself on an empty stomach. Several readers have highly praised this probiotic. It remains to seen how the B longum in the TH-1 Probiotics formula compares in effectiveness to the B longum in the Bifa-15 formula.
Last month, I talked with 4 people who reported they have been severely constipated for the past 2 or 3 years. As I asked each person to go over the list of supplements they take daily, all 4 persons indicated that they were using from 5000 to 10,000 mg of Vitamin C daily and have been doing this for several years. Acting on a hunch, I asked the last two callers to reduce their Vitamin C intake to 500 mg or less daily. Within a few days, they both called back and said they were no longer constipated. I am waiting to hear from the other two persons who may or may not yet have reduced their Vitamin C intake.
Initially, high doses of Vitamin C will cause diarrhea in most persons. I have no idea why taking high doses of Vitamin C for several years would cause constipation, but it appears there may be a link.
Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6): Two persons have called me within the past month to report complete remissions of cancer using IP6. One lady had ovarian cancer and the other had lung cancer. They used a therapeutic dose of about 7000 mg daily. A lady with ovarian cancer had surgery that did not remove all the cancer. She was scheduled for a second surgery to finish removing the cancer but meanwhile took 7 grams of IP6 daily for 4 weeks before returning for the second surgery. After a detailed examination, the second surgery was canceled as no trace of the remaining cancer could be found. A man with lung cancer had taken chemotherapy that had eliminated most of the cancer. Likewise, he took around 7 grams of IP6 daily and when he was examined several weeks later, no trace of the lung cancer remained.
IP6 is naturally found in rice bran and whole kernel corn. It is sold as an over-the-counter supplement is both capsules and powder form (Jarrow Formulas).
In another case, Gerry K who is on a drug combination of Viracept, Zerit and Epivir for HIV and also does enemas with garlic and vinegar added recently included 1 teaspoon of Venus Fly-Trap extract in the one quart enema that he does daily. He reports a significant feeling of warmth and well being about 1 hour after doing the enema with the VFT extract added.
Two readers have reported significant improvements in how they feel taking an olive leaf extract called Olivex made by Nutriscreen, Inc. The product was developed by Dr. James Privitera MD of Covina, CA. The product that has a green label lists an oleuropean content of 20%, that is 4 times higher than most olive leaf extracts on the market.
Resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skins of red grapes and in Zhang root extract is reported by Dr. William Douglass MD to be a powerful anti-cancer agent that inhibits a dangerous enzyme called cycoloxygenase that suppresses immune surveillance.
I have personally found that Buckwheat pancakes promotes normal floating stools faster than any other gluten-free grain. The problem with pancakes is to avoid the temptation to add syrup and other sources of sugar to it.
A good alternative is Buckwheat muffins with pumpkin added. Hodgkins sells organic buckwheat flour and has a recipe on the box for making Buckwheat/cornmeal muffins. To this recipe add one cup of canned pumpkin. Try eating one of these muffins with each meal and take your probiotics with it and you should see an immediate improvement in the quality of your stools.
Meal suggestion: Buckwheat/pumpkin muffins with a glass of Kefir, a bowl of French onion soup (or a baked onion) and a serving of cooked asparagus. Both onions and asparagus are very high in FOS and there are anecdotal reports that 1/2 cup of cooked asparagus daily has caused some cancers to go in remission.
TH-1 Probiotics, introduced by Jarrow Formulas on Feb. 1st, 2000, and reported in last months message has brought the following comments.
Billy D (SC) who has food allergies reports less sensitivity to the foods that had been giving him problems. He used more than the recommended dose and uses one rounded teaspoon 3 times a day.
Paul M (WI) who had candidiasis stopped all other supplements and has only used the TH-1 Probiotics to evaluate its effects. He says it has given me more energy even though he reports his stools are still sinking. He has also modified his diet according to the latest research in this newsletter in the past 3 months.
Bill M (FL) reports a stronger reaction to DNCB topical solution painted on the skin indicating that antigen presentation and cell-mediated immunity is improving.
I have spoken to several people in the past month who have added a baked onion to their daily diet plus a serving of cooked asparagus. Some have also added marinated artichokes. Everyone is reporting benefits including healthier more normal-looking stools. More yellow color in the urine indicating increased B vitamin production by bifido bacteria in the large intestines. One person cooks up a mixture of sliced carrots, cabbage and onions with a little water. Others are eating home-made French-Onion soup. All of these are really great choices.
In March, 1999, an article published in the Journal of Nutrition (1) by Bovee-Oudenhoven and three other researchers found that in experiments in rats that giving calcium phosphate as a dietary supplement that it increased acidophilus growth in both infected (with salmonella) and non-infected rats.
The researchers found that certain substances present in bile kill acidophilus in the small intestines and cited the work of several other researchers to support their observations. In the course of digestion, the liver sends bile into the small intestines to digest fat. However, the liver also dumps toxins in the bile at the same time. These toxins in the bile have been found to kill off the friendly acidophilus that predominately like to reside in the small intestines. The researchers stated:
Besides reducing the cytotoxicity of the ileal (small intestine) and the concentration of the bile acids and fatty acids of ileal contents and fecal water, calcium phosphate notably changed the composition of the ileal bile acids in a less cell-damaging direction....significantly greater numbers of ileal and fecal lactobacilli were detected in noninfected, calcium phosphate supplements rats.
The researchers found that calcium phosphate not only precipitated the toxic substances out of the bile but actually reduces the amount of bile as well. These actions suggest to me that calcium phosphates action might have been on the liver as a detoxifying agent. If the liver has less toxins, then it should produce bile with fewer toxins. While the rats in this experiment were on a high fat diet, a low fat diet should have produced even better results.
Applying this research to human experiments has not been done. Experiments in animals often are a predictable model of what will happen in humans. It would seem that if persons with chronic candidiasis would supplement their diet with calcium phosphate as well as eat a low fat diet, that together, it would decrease bile and increase the activity of the acidophilus in the small intestines and suppress the prevalence of candida albicans.
A search for calcium phosphate yielded one source locally - Hylands Homeopathic cell salts called Calc Phos 6X which is calcium phosphate which sells for $10 a bottle for 1000 small tablets. This form is found in most health food stores. The daily dose should be significantly higher than what is suggested on the bottle which is 4 tablets per hour. I would suggest about 25 tablets twice a day. A bottle would last about 3 weeks.
Another source of natural calcium phosphate is bovine milk, goats milk and mothers milk. However, most persons with candida are allergic to milk or intolerant to lactose or casein. However, many persons intolerant to milk are able to tolerate low fat plain yogurt and there is bonemeal.
Two undenatured (cold processed) sources of whey are Immunocal and a new competitor called ImmuoPro. These would also be good sources of calcium phosphate. Unanswered is this question: What effect will other forms of calcium like calcium lactate, calcium citrate and calcium gluconate have on neutralizing the toxins in bile? There is no research available on this subject.
Various forms of calcium supplements are available. These include calcium phosphate (found in bonemeal, milk), calcium sulfate, calcium lactate, calcium malate and others. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach dissolves or ionizes the calcium into an absorbable form. With help from vitamin D, the ionized calcium can be assimilated through the intestinal membranes and into the blood. The use of the juice of half a lemon in a small amount of water along with bonemeal will produce an array of ionized minerals including calcium, magnesium + trace minerals.
Another intriguing source of calcium phosphate is IP6. Ip6 is available in health food stores and is bound to a substantial amount of calcium and magnesium. At a therapeutic dose of 6 to 8 grams daily, it is being widely used as a low cost treatment for cancer. Phytic acid is a natural substance found in rice bran, corn and in the bran portion of other whole grains. IP6 is called inositol hexaphosphate and is known as phytic acid. In whole grains, phytic acid binds to minerals in the gut including calcium, iron, magnesium and other minerals. IP6 manufactured from rice bran contains 6 phosphate molecules attached to the B vitamin inositol along with calcium and magnesium. The release of calcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate occurs when the compound (IP6) is broken down in the gut by the enzyme phytase or, after absorption, inside the cells. When the phosphate molecules bound to the minerals are split off, IP6 is reduced to IP5, IP4, IP3, IP2 and finally IP1. IP1 is the most common form that is excreted in the urine (2).
The science of Homeopathy, developed by Virchow, Moleschott and Schuessler, discovered decades ago 12 essential cell salts that feed metabolic processes at the level of the individual cell. Five of these cell salts are in the phosphate form and 3 are in the sulfate form. Besides Calc Phos, Mag Phos and Ferr Phos, there is sodium phosphate (Nat Phos) and potassium phosphate (Kali Phos). The action of IP6 binding to the minerals yields the phosphate form in the small intestines and the natural fermentation process in the large intestines resulting from the bifidus and bifido bacteria splits off the essential cell salts from IP6 and these essential cell salts are then absorbed into the blood in the natural phosphate form.
Coincidentally, 6 grams (6000 mg) of IP6 contains the minimum daily requirements for both calcium and magnesium! Will IP6 increase the growth of acidophilus in the small intestines?
I have reviewed most of the published scientific research on IP6 and have discovered that a failure to absorb minerals that bind to phytic acid (IP6) is caused only when IP6 or phytic acid is used in combination with refined carbohydrates. This is because refined carbohydrates, white flour, white rice and white sugar do not support bidifobacteria fermentation in the large intestines.
As a result, every study that combined sodium phytate with refined carbohydrates has shown a deficiency with mineral absorption. However, all the scientific studies that used whole grains high in phytic acid have not shown a mineral deficiency or failure of mineral absorption. The problem is with the man made diets that use refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates do not support the fermentation activity of the bifido bacteria in the colon that splits off the phosphate form of the minerals from the phytic acid and allows them to be absorbed into the body.
An example of a diet that causes a calcium deficiency is a typical fast food combination of a cheeseburger and a soda with phosphoric acid (Coke, Pepsi etc). Red meat is high in phosphorous and many brand of soda contain phosphoric acid. When calcium in the cheese binds to the phosphorous in the soda or in the red meat, the calcium is excreted in the stools in the absence of bifido bacteria in the colon. When a white bread bun is eaten as part of the cheeseburger, there is no fiber in the white flour to support bifido bacteria and enzyme activity in the colon to help absorb the calcium phosphate. Like the animal experiments with sodium phytate that used refined carbohydrates, the same thing happens in humans with a diet of refined carbohydrates high in refined carbohydrates (white bread, soda). The mineral phosphates are not split off and absorbed.
For several years, many writers of nutritional and alternative therapies thought that phytic acid in whole grains was a mistake of nature and caused mineral deficiencies. If that were truly the case then God erred in his design of creation. All the birds and animals that feed on wild grains would be deficient in minerals. This is not the case. The same writers said all grains should be sprouted to remove the phytic acid before making bread. So today we have whole grain breads made from sprouted grains. Research indicates that sprouting grains reduces up to 39% of the phytic acid. Soaking the grains for 7 hours reduces up to 71% of the phytic acid. while fermentation with friendly flora will reduce it by up to 98%. It is obvious that the key to absorption of minerals bound to phytic acid in whole grains is bifido bacteria activity (fermentation) in the colon. It is not necessary to buy bread made from sprouted grains.
While breads made from sprouted grains are far better than white bread, bread made from stone ground whole grains (not sprouted) may be more desirable as the phytic acid (IP6) is preserved but providing there is sufficient bifido bacteria in the colon to split the mineral phosphates off from the IP6 (phytic acid). Nature has provided in the high fiber foods not only with the phytic acid but the undigested carbohydrates that support bifidus fermentation to assure mineral absorption.
You have two options. 1. If you are going to eat refined carbohydrates, then take the IP6 between meals and on an empty stomach. Otherwise, IP6 will bind to the minerals in your food and neither the IP6 nor the minerals will be absorbed or 2. Take the IP6 with a meal high in fiber and foods with FOS that support the activity of the bifidus bacteria in the colon. If you take it this way, mineral absorption will be normal.
However, if you are not sure that you have sufficient bifido bacteria in the colon, then take it on an empty stomach only. The manufactured form of IP6 is high in calcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate and once inside the cells, enzymatic action will reduce the IP6 to a lower form such as IP3 and split off the calcium and magnesium cell salts for use within the cells. Best time to take IP6 is 30 to 60 minutes before you eat or 3 hours after your last meal. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS WITH IP6.
Two types of white bloods cells, macrophages and neutrophils, are very important for controlling candida albicans and other fungal infections. In the United Kingdom at the Univ of Oxford, P Eggleton found that IP6 enhanced the phagocytosis by neutrophils in the presence of microbial stimuli.
Phagocytosis is the process of a white blood cell surrounding a virus, fungus or bacteria and then destroying it. It is part of an effective immune response against foreign antigens. IP6, by being part of the process of producing calcium phosphate that helps increase acidophilus growth, may also act against candida in another way - by improving the immune response of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that is needed to attack candida albicans.
Other benefits of IP6 reported in medical journals are - activates natural killer cell function that attacks many types of cancer (Colon, Fibrosarcoma, Liver, Lung, Breast and skin), dissolves kidney stones, dissolves calcium deposits in the arteries (hardening of), antioxidant (prevents lipid peroxidation), prevents strokes, heart attacks, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol and is involved in normalizing many metabolic processes inside the cells.
A formula for a therapeutic daily dose for cancer, candidiasis and other chronic conditions is 1000 mg per 25 pounds of body weight or 6 grams daily for a person weighing 150 lbs. There are no known adverse effects - unless you use it with refined carbohydrates or mineral supplements, in which case, it will interfere with mineral absorption and wont benefit you at all. While not as well absorbed as in its isolated purified form, IP6 (phytic acid) is found abundantly in the germ portion of corn, rice bran and sesame seeds and in lessor amounts in all whole grains and legumes.
Group 1 (very high in calcium) are: collard greens, dandelion greens, parsley, beet greens, kale, spinach, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, endive and lambsquarters. (Also milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream). While not necessarily high in calcium, foods high in FOS support both acidophilus and bifido bacteria growth (onions, garlic, artichokes and asparagus).
Group 2 (high in calcium) are: canned salmon, sardines, perch and most kinds of fish, kelp and seaweed, spirulina, blackstrap molasses.
Group 3. (moderately high in calcium) are: Tofu, carrots, squash, pumpkin, buckwheat, cabbage. Wheatgrass, kamut, barley and rye grass powder are good supplements - contain calcium and most of the minerals found in nature.
All three groups are excellent choices. Choose one or more servings from each group daily. For phytic acid (IP6) from natural sources, use whole grains only, brown rice, whole kernel corn, rye crisp. For breads, buy stone ground whole grains used in breads. Do not buy a bread with less than 4 grams of fiber per slice.
Foods to avoid that will create a calcium deficiency and will not support acidophilus growth: all refined carbohydrates (white flour, refined grains, white rice etc), sugar, corn syrup and canned soda. No refined carbohydrates will support the growth or either acidophilus or bifidus.
IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate) - take on empty stomach only with chlorine - fluoride free water OR
Calcium Phosphate (homeopathic cell salts, yogurt, undenatured whey proteins and bonemeal).
Acidophilus (DDS-1 - found in Vital Biotics or other viable strains found in Jarrowdophilus) Take with meals.
Biotin - a B vitamin - suppresses candidiasis. Other good choices are Jarrowdophilus or DDS-Plus.
Very important suggestion for acidophilus growth: For snacks - try a clove of garlic sliced on rye crisp with marinated artichokes 2 or 3 times a day.
An alternative to yogurt is to sprinkle acidophilus and B Longum powder over the foods before you eat it or dissolve 1/2 tsp. of the probiotics in a glass of water and drink it with each meal. Mixing the active cultures with each meal will give you the most desirable effect of rapid implantation of the probiotics in the intestines.
Vitamin A and D - Cod liver oil - 1 or 2 tbs. daily _ use the plain, not emulsified. Sun tanning outdoors or inside in a tanning salon are a great way to increase Vitamin D production and thus calcium absorption..
B Complex vitamins - Dissicated liver and/or Brewers yeast
Vitamin C - Rose hips or Acerola cherries - powder, tablets, extract or tea.
Vitamin E - raw wheat germ - vacuum packed or nitrogen packed to ensure freshness. Refrigerate after opening.
Minerals - Bonemeal (for calcium, magnesium and trace minerals), Seawater concentrate with the sodium removed and blackstrap molasses. Dissicated liver and Brewers yeast.
Whole foods offer more in the way of duplicating the natural process and provide most of the trace minerals and other factors we need in nutrition than most of the manufactured supplements on the market. The problem with many manufactured supplements is that they leave out hundreds of nutritional co-factors that appear in the whole food sources, substances like trace minerals, RNA/DNA etc. Raw vegetables that are high in carotenoids, calcium, trace minerals and enzymes should be made part of the daily diet.
Note: Of all current multi-glandular, vitamin and mineral formulas on the market, Thy-Mate remains, in my opinion, a good choice. Several readers have told me that taking Thy-Mate has lead to complete eradication of the hepatitis B virus after a few months. My own suggestion is to use whole food supplements along with a smaller dose of Thy-Mate than recommended on the bottle. (i.e. 2 tablets twice daily).
An extract from a tree in the rain forest of South America has been used by local natives for decades to treat diarrhea or watery stools from multiple causes, including Cholera, according to Dr. Thomas Carlson MD, MS. The sap, blood-red in color, is derived from the tree, Croton lechleri, and has been used in Iquitos, Peru, for different types of diarrhea.
One of our readers who has HIV reported that the SB Normal Stool Formula that is made from the sap has stopped his diarrhea that has been a chronic condition for the past year. Clinical trials have also shown the extract from the tree found in SB Normal Stool Formula, to be highly effective in stopping diarrhea. More information can be found at the website www.shamanbotanicals.com or by calling 800-987-9920.
In a recent issue of POZ magazine, Lark Lands reported that several HIV+ persons who have chronic diarrhea from using the protease inhibitor, Viracept, have successfully stopped the diarrhea by taking 1000 mg of a calcium supplement daily even while continuing to use the drug.
Ref: 1. Dietary Calcium Phosphate stimulates intestinal lactobacilli and decreases the severity of salmonella in rats; Bovee-Oudenhoven IM et al; J Nutr 1999 Mar;129(3):607-12 2. IP6, by Dr. AbulKalam M Shamsuddin MD; Kensington Books - www.kensingtonbooks.com
Knox and Carrigan open website on HHV-6 It is www.hhv6.com/welcome/html
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The following articles on Acid-Reflux syndrome, Food Allergies, Colitis, Constipation and Diarrhea are excerpted with permission from a newly published book by Conrad LeBeau on intestinal disorders (Natural Remedies.... for Gut issues).
While there are many remedies for Acid-reflux, there has been little light shed in the media on the underlying causes of acid-reflux syndrome, a condition that affects millions of people. While diets high in fat, salt and certain spices can occasionally increase acid production in the stomach, the single most important cause of chronic acid-reflux syndrome is excess histamine production. Histamine, an inflammatory chemical produced by mast cells in the intestines directly increases production of stomach acid. (1, 2)
Excess histamine production is most often caused by food allergies that develop as a result of a leaky gut. Factors that contribute to Acid-Reflux syndrome include a diet high in fat, salt and refined carbohydrates, food allergies, emotional stress, impaired digestion, a deficiency of friendly flora in the colon and eating food when the body is actually calling for more water. A long term deficiency of friendly flora is the primary cause of a condition known as Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) when the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract is damaged.
LGS leads to the development of food allergies that in turn increases histamine production which triggers excess acid production or Acid Reflux syndrome. Excess production of bile, caused by a diet high in fat, can also cause heartburn and lead to ulcers and other kinds of intestinal inflammations. A diet high in fat and low in fiber is a prescription for acid-reflux syndrome.
LGS is a condition of a weakened lining of the wall of the gut that has small pinholes in it that allows some unwanted byproducts of digestion to leak into the blood supply. These unwanted byproducts of digestion, called antigens, trigger an immune response that increases histamine production. Histamines are produced by mast cells that are found in the mucus membranes of the gut and also by a certain type of white blood cell (Basophils).
While over the counter products like Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet and others can block excess histamine production (known as H2 blockers) and thus lower acid production in the stomach, the underlying cause of excess histamine production which is leaky get syndrome and accompanying food allergies remains untreated. Products like calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide and baking soda directly lower stomach acid but do not reduce histamine levels. Drinking a large glass of water lowers stomach acid concentration.
Homeopathic remedies: Calcium phosphate (Cal Phos) and Sodium Phosphate (Nat Phos). Take 4 to 8 tablets under the tongue until relief is obtained. This is not a cure, but it will provide symptomatic relief.
For the cure, you will need to modify your diet: Low fat, no fried foods, no spices, low salt, no white bread, canned soda or refined carbohydrates and drink more water. Avoid taking aspirin. Aspirin reduces the production of mucin, a component of intestinal mucus. Diet must be high in fiber, low in fat, raw and/or steamed vegetables, foods with FOS to support the growth of acidophilus and bifido bacteria (B longum). Avoid stress. When healthy flora are successfully implanted in the intestines, your stools will float on water and your urine will be bright yellow (without taking B vitamins).
Dr. Devi S Nambudripad is the discoverer and developer of the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique or NAET. Various tests are available to detect allergies to food and environmental substances. These tests include the Intra-dermal test, patch test, RAST and Eliza. These tests can identify dozens of allergens, substances that produce allergic reactions.
Dr. Nambudripad is trained and licensed as an acupuncturist, chiropractor, kinesiologist and a registered nurse. She used experiences from these four areas of health-related training to develop the holistic, non-invasive technique. She holds seminars for the public throughout the country and had trained over 3000 health care professionals in her revolutionary methods of treating allergies.
The NAET method of allergy elimination came to my attention from several persons with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who reported incredible results for both food allergies and chemical sensitivities. Some people claim to permanently eliminate specific allergies with just one treatment. Others have had to repeat treatments several times for more stubborn allergic conditions. The technique was developed by Dr. Nambudripad which she first used on herself to eliminate her own allergies.
More information on the NAET treatment and a list of local health care practitioners trained in this technique can be obtained at this website on the internet: www.naet.com or you can write to NAET, 6714 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90621 Fax No 714-523-3068. Ph no 714-523-0800 or 523-8900. If you know someone with access to the internet, it is just a few clicks of a computer to find someone near you who has training in the NAET method of allergy elimination. Most public libraries offer computers with direct internet access.
Persons with Acid-Reflux, Bronchitis, Asthma, and environmental sensitivities would benefit from the NAET treatment for allergies. The immune system is dysregulated in these conditions and NAET helps restore homeostasis or balance. When used in conjunction with methods described in this book to heal a leaky gut and implant acidophilus and bifido bacteria in the intestines, a cure for many of these chronic conditions is possible.
A new product that has helped people with food allergies is called TH-1 Probiotics, by Jarrow Formulas. It contains 20 billion heat killed L plantarum and L casei along with 2 billion live B Longum per 5 grams. The plantarum and casei activate TH1 cytokines like Interluken 12 and gamma interferon that improve cell mediated immune (CMI) responses. CMI immune responses fail in persons affected with CFIDS, candidiasis, HIV and cancer. While antibody responses (TH2) kill infections outside the cells, CMI responses kill infections inside the cells through the CD8 cytotoxic lymphocytes. Natural killer cells (NK) can independently kill infections both inside and outside the cells and also target cancer cells.
Colitis can be caused by viruses like Cytomegalovirus (CMV), other infections or toxic bile or food allergies. Have yourself tested for leaky gut syndrome and food allergies. Use vegetable digestive enzymes with meals, use Vitamin A - 2 tablespoons of plain (not emulsified) cod liver oil daily, butyrate capsules and Sialex (Ecological Formulas). Sialex contains mucin, a component of intestinal mucus. Use 3 capsules or Sialex and Butyrate with each meal. Take acidophilus supplements with each meal and calcium phosphate and follow the diet to increase acidophilus and bifido bacteria in the intestines. Cultured cabbage juice. Use 1/2 cup 2 or 3 times daily. Consider supplememts listed for Leaky Gut Syndrome.
Occasional and mild conditions: high fiber diet and drink more water. Exercise and water will reduce inflammation and help move food through the G.I. tract.
Chronic and severe conditions: Check for food allergies. Avoid food you are allergic to and all refined carbohydrates. Reduce your dependency on drugs that reduce intestinal mucin production. Use Bioplasma homeopathic cell salts. Bioplasma (Hylands) contains all 12 of Dr. Schuesslers essential cell salts - use 20 tablets under the tongue 3 times daily. This will increase moisture in the stools.
Other treatments: Aloe vera juice - 1/2 cup before bedtime. Castor oil - 1 tsp. before bedtime or 6 capsules. A glass of high-fiber prune juice after meals. Try a tsp. of blackstrap molasses in a cup of warm water with meals 3 times daily. Diet - emphasize squash, carrots and pumpkin and foods high in FOS, calcium and fiber that support bifido bacteria growth in the colon. This will increase production of intestinal mucus. Glucomannan, a fiber, also strongly supports bifido bacteria and increases mucin, a component of intestinal mucus.
A lack of production of intestinal mucus is a major cause of constipation. A lack of ionized calcium and magnesium is a major cause of chronic constipation. You need foods high in FOS to increase calcium and magnesium absorption. These foods are onions, garlic, artichokes and asparagus. For the cure, use these along with foods that are naturally high in calcium and fiber. Use plain cod liver oil daily. Cod liver oil is far preferable to taking vitamin A and D capsules. In addition to vitamin A and D, Cod liver oil has an ample supply of DHA/EPA that supports circulation and immune function.
There are three common causes of diarrhea. One is infections of the small and large intestines. The second is metabolic. For infections, see Infections - Intestinal below. For metabolic, a calcium deficiency is a major cause. Eat foods high in calcium, Tofu, plain yogurt, canned salmon and sardines -with the bones in it. Use bonemeal powder - one teaspoon in a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon added once or twice daily. The third cause is food allergies when your immune system rebels against certain foods and literally tries to wash them out of the body. Have yourself tested for food allergies and avoid these foods.
Treatments - temporary - use charcoal capsules - 3 with a glass of water 3 to 5 times daily. Use the charcoal capsules along with a simple diet of black tea, no sugar added and whole grain bread toasted well - with no butter added for one to 3 days until the diarrhea has stopped. You may add Stevia to the tea for a sweetener. Also very helpful is pure citrus pectin (no sugar added) - use one tsp. in a glass of water 3 to 5 times daily. Avoid all sugar and fruits, except for lemons and limes. Add plain yogurt to your diet when the diarrhea has stopped and gradually add items from the diet plan in this book one at a time. Avoid the ones that cause problems.
An extract from a tree in the rain forest of South America has been used by local natives for decades to treat diarrhea or watery stools from multiple causes, including Cholera, according to Dr. Thomas Carlson MD, MS. The sap, blood-red in color, is derived from the tree, Croton lechleri, and has been used in Iquitos, Peru, for different types of diarrhea.
Several persons have reported that the SB Normal Stool Formula that is made from the sap has stopped his diarrhea that has been a chronic condition for a year or longer. Clinical trials have also shown the extract from the tree found in SB Normal Stool Formula, to be highly effective in stopping diarrhea. More information can be found at the website www.shamanbotanicals.com or by calling 800-987-9920.
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