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Author Topic: The New York Buyers Club Supplement FAQ Sheet - Discusses Why and What  (Read 2997 times)

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Offline risred1

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The link below provides much of the commentary I would liked to have provided in answer many questions of Why and What Supplements for various conditions one might be experiencing with HIV and/or Meds.

http://www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/resources/all-about-supplements/FAQ.html

They fully disclaim that you should always talk to a doctor about any supplement you would take.

And for information about the New York Buyers Club - http://www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/faq.html

Here is an extract of the first four topics discussed.

What are supplements?
   A nutritional or dietary supplement (or just plain supplement), as defined by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, is “a product (other than tobacco) that is intended to supplement the diet and that contains one or more of the following: vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, or any combination of the above ingredients,” and can be taken in tablet, capsule, powder, or liquid form.

NYBC specializes in supplements for those with HIV, hepatitis C, and other chronic conditions; see our Supplement Fact Sheets for information on specific supplements.

Why take supplements?
   Supplements can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions, providing the body with things that it cannot itself produce. In people affected by chronic conditions such as HIV, hepatitis C, and cancer, the body's natural defense mechanisms come under attack; supplements can help to restore and rebuild the immune system, offsetting the effects of both the condition itself and the (potential) problems caused by the medications used to treat them.

For those with HIV, supplementation has been proven to be key in restoring the body's immune system, as evidenced by many studies, the most notable of which being Dr. Jon Kaiser's HIV Micronutrient Study, which showed dramatic increases (26%) in the CD4 counts of the subjects who maintained a supplement regimen in addition to their regular medications. NYBC now offers MAC Pack (Micronutrient - Antioxidant Combination), a product very similar to the one used in the study, at a price more affordable than K-Pax, Dr. Kaiser's company's popular product. Learn more about NYBC's MAC Pack.

Are supplements considered “medicine”?
While supplements may have medicinal properties, they are not regulated in the same way that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, and are therefore accompanied by the disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
The fact that supplements are not regulated naturally gives rise to concerns about purity, efficacy, and safety – so it’s good to have a knowledgeable ally like NYBC, with our many years of nutritional supplement experience, on your side!

Are supplements "safe"?
   While supplements are regulated less stringently than prescription and OTC drugs, all have been evaluated for safety, and many (mainly herbal supplements) have been used safely for centuries.

If you decide to start taking supplements, consult with your doctor(s) first, and tell them exactly what you plan on taking, as there may be negative interactions with medications you are taking, or the particular supplement may not be a wise choice due to other health concerns.

Here are just a few examples of potentially dangerous supplement-medication interactions (from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's website) - further proof that consulting with your physician is crucial:

   St. John's wort can increase the effects of prescription drugs used to treat depression. It can also interfere with drugs used to treat HIV infection, to treat cancer, for birth control, or to prevent the body from rejecting transplanted organs

   Ginseng can increase the stimulant effects of caffeine (as in coffee, tea, and cola). It can also lower blood sugar levels, creating the possibility of problems when used with diabetes drugs

   Ginkgo, taken with anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs, may increase the risk of bleeding. It is also possible that ginkgo might interact with certain psychiatric drugs and with certain drugs that affect blood sugar levels

Of course, doing your own "homework" is also encouraged. Be sure to bring any notes or printouts from your research to share with your healthcare provider. That way, you'll both be literally on the same page.

risred1 - hiv +
02/07 CD4 404 - 27% - VL 15k
10/07 CD4 484 - 31% - VL 45k
05/08 CD4 414 - 26% - VL 70k
01/09 CD4 365 - 23% - VL 65k
05/09 CD4 291 - 23% - VL 115k - Started Meds - Reyataz/Truvada
06/09 CD4 394 - ?% - VL 1200 - Boosted Reyataz with Norvir and Truvada
07/09 CD4 441 - ?% - VL 118 - Boosted Reyataz with Norvir and Truvada
09/09 CD4 375 - ?% - VL Undetectable - Boosted Reyataz with Norvir and Truvada
12/09 CD4 595 - ?% - VL Undetectable - VIT D 34 - Reyataz/Truvada/Norvir

Offline Dachshund

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While supplements may have medicinal properties, they are not regulated in the same way that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, and are therefore accompanied by the disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Just remember that kiddies.

I still need to find that site I stumbled across dedicated to slamming and seeding and breeding and start a thread. Unbelievably there are people out there who are negative looking for people to infect them and there are positive people out there willing to oblige them. If that isn't bizarre enough they had a discussion going on about what supplements to use after you became infected. Sorry for the hijack, guess I just need to post the link.

thanks for the info...again. ;D
« Last Edit: May 16, 2008, 03:37:58 PM by Dachshund »

Offline shadowfluid

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While supplements may have medicinal properties, they are not regulated in the same way that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, and are therefore accompanied by the disclaimer: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Just remember that kiddies.

I still need to find that site I stumbled across dedicated to slamming and seeding and breeding and start a thread. Unbelievably there are people out there who are negative looking for people to infect them and there are positive people out there willing to oblige them. If that isn't bizarre enough they had a discussion going on about what supplements to use after you became infected. Sorry for the hijack, guess I just need to post the link.

thanks for the info...again. ;D

ohhhhhh snap.
Jan 08       321/23%  VL 92,000 (very mild shingles)
Feb 1 08    Start Truvada+Viramune
March 08    470/33%  VL 320
mid-May     Start Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada
June 08      571/ 40%     VL   80
August 08   585/ 33%     VL >50
Nov  Lab error!!!!!!!!wah.
Jan 09        535      Undetectable
March 11     756

 


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