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Diet, Nutrition and Exercise


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"Concerns about medication toxicities and side effects run high with anyone infected with an infectious disease. Multiple medications are being prescribed not just for HIV infection, but also for prevention and treatment of other infections, high cholesterol and fat accumulation, diabetes, heart, liver, kidney, and digestive diseases, cancer, hormonal deficiencies, pain syndromes, and mental health concerns. Nutritional risk factors, such as poor quality diet, weight loss, mild to moderate nutrient and hormonal deficiencies, dehydration, high levels of oxidative and emotional stress, and substance use aggravate these conditions and worsen toxicities. Seldom addressed by primary care providers, alternative therapies flourish in this environment, with susceptible consumers searching for anything from a prayer to a cure. Limited income dollars are spent on supplements that may be covered by state Medicaid or ADAP programs, on products that are irrelevant or on formulations that contain inadequate levels of nutrients. Use of extreme "detox" diets and enemas is also common practice.

Research suggests that aggressive nutrition support boosts the immune system and detoxification, improves digestion, and produces positive health outcomes. Eastern approaches such as traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine focus on the value of whole food choices and mind-body practice as the basis of healing and longevity. These concepts are integrated with a harm reduction philosophy that relates success to the continual cycle of involvement and motivation for personal change, growth, and development.

—Nutrition for Health and Healing in HIV By Jan Zimmerman, M.S., R.D.


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Drugs, Diet, and the Liver  One of the most common causes of liver problems is drugs, of both over-the-counter and prescription variety. These can affect the liver in predictable and unpredictable ways. Many herbal or alternative remedies taken for medicinal purposes can also cause liver damage.  

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