Step by Step Introduction to the Natural AIDS/CFIDS Therapy
By Jonathan Campbell, Natural Health Consultant [www.cqs.com]
In order to allow your body to heal itself and overcome immune deficiency, the Natural AIDS/CFIDS Therapy floods your body with specific nutrients to both enhance your immune system and also take specific steps to address the actions of the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and/or toxic exposures that are the root cause(s) of your illness.
When you first look at the array of nutritional supplements that you need to take, it may seem overwhelming. Let’s approach this step by step.
Buying nutritional supplements
For economy, I suggest buying all but one of the supplements online from iherb.com or from Vitamin Shoppe stores, as their cost at small health food stores is much higher. For each supplement in the therapy, there is a total daily intake. Buy a few weeks’ supply of each, so that you don’t suddenly run out. It is very important to take the regimen consistently. Get a large, sectioned vitamin box so that you have a handy way of getting each supplement without having a large collection of bottles on the table.
Start slowly, build up
It is important to get to your target dose as quickly as possible, but you don’t need to start all at once unless you have rapidly-progressing AIDS and/or severe immune deficiency (If this is the case you should advance to the highest dosages of each component as rapidly as possible).
In week 1, you can start by taking 2 grams (2000 milligrams) of each of vitamin C, lysine, proline, glycine, and arginine, and 1 gram (1000 milligrams) of green tea extract, along with a 25,000 IU capsule of beta carotene, a multivitamin, and a calcium-magnesium multimineral supplement, at each meal.
In week 2, you can increase the amount of vitamin C at each meal (to 3 or 4 grams – 3000 or 4000 mg), 200 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid, and 400-600 mg of curcumin (turmeric extract) at each meal, add a vitamin E at breakfast, and a zinc tablet between breakfast and lunch (always with a snack and only if the multimineral does not supply sufficient amounts).
In week 3, you can add quercetin (400 mg) and grape seed extract (100 mg) at each meal, which are powerful immune system builders, and the rest of the supplements in the list.
Take aloe juice if you have indigestion (many AIDS/CFIDS patients do), as it is an excellent healing agent, and gingko for peripheral circulation and maintaining blood flow to the brain.
You should stay on the regimen until your white blood cell count is stabilized, all signs of opportunistic infection have subsided, you show no signs of illness or weakness, and your stamina and energy level are completely restored. For maintenance (that is, for the rest of your life) you should stay on a moderated version of this therapy; see the section on Maintenance Regimen for the Natural AIDS/CFS Therapy.
The Natural AIDS/CFIDS Regimen
This regimen is based on the clinical research of Dr. Matthias Rath, Dr. Ian Brighthope, and others, with a few additions from the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine for general immune health.
This should be tailored to your individual case, based on the stage of the disease, and your current health status. Use all components of the regimen for any stage of confirmed active viral or virulent bacterial infection.
If you have difficulty with taking this large number of supplements, you might consider purchasing most or all of them in capsule form and emptying the capsules for the dosage for each meal into the recommended soy protein drink (see below). Some supplements can even be purchased in bulk powder form, and are significantly less costly.
Important Note: daily doses should be divided into 2 or 3 doses taken over the course of the day, preferably at mealtimes. Daily dosage must be consistent. I have indicated with an asterisk (“*”) the most important parts of the regimen if you are on a restricted budget.
1. *Soy protein drink powder, non-GMO or organic, such as Spirutein non-GMO or Naturade Organic – 1/3 manufacturer’s scoop mixed in blender with 8 fl. oz. (250 ml) organic soy milk, such as Silk or Whole Foods, 3 times daily. Now Foods makes a Non-GMO soy protein drink that is about one-half the price of the others, but it has no flavoring, so you will need to add fruit or fruit juice. If you are allergic to soy or have chosen to avoid soy for other reasons, you can use egg white, rice, or pea protein drink powder.
2. *Beta Carotene – 200,000 IU per day, 2 doses of 100,000 IU. Your body makes as much vitamin A as it needs from beta carotene, a natural substance extracted from carrots. (A large carrot provides 25,000 IU of beta carotene.) Excess beta carotene is safely excreted.
3. *Vitamin C – 20-100 grams (20,000-up to 100,000 mg). Use pure ascorbic acid crystals or capsules, or mixed with bioflavonoids. Start at 2 grams at each meal for several days, then take between-meal doses of 2 grams each. Carefully increase frequency and dose (up to 4 grams per dose) towards 20-100 grams per day until you reach your “body tolerance dose” (loose bowels). Take crystals with orange juice; follow all doses with food or something that will coat your stomach, such as soy drink, so as not to upset your stomach.
4. If you have diagnosed as having advanced AIDS/CFIDS or have opportunistic bacterial, viral, or fungal infections, you should consider finding a doctor who is willing to administer intravenous Vitamin C in very large doses – 50-100 grams or more per infusion. Medical centers with chelation labs, such as the Marino Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have both the facilities and medical staff that can prescribe and administer intravenous vitamin C. Infusions of 100 grams or more can be given quite frequently – up to twice or three times per week if necessary – with high oral doses between infusions.
Here is the link to information about this regimen, originally designed for cancer patients, which provides the preparation and administration protocol that you would bring to the clinic: http://www.cqs.com/recnac.htm
5. Lysine – 6-12 grams (6,000-12,000 mg) per day. Combined with vitamin C, this is a natural protease inhibitor.
6. Proline – 6-12 grams (6,000-12,000 mg) per day. Combined with vitamin C, this is a natural protease inhibitor.
7. Glycine – 6-12 grams (6,000-12,000 mg) per day. This is a natural protease inhibitor.
8. Arginine – 6-12 grams (6,000-12,000 mg) per day. This is a natural protease inhibitor and healing agent.
9. Decaffeinated Green Tea Extract – 2-4 grams (2000-4000 mg) per day. Green tea polyphenols are powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents. A good brand is Life Extension Mega Tea Extract, Decaffeinated, available at iherb.com and other online stores.
10. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – 900-1000 mg per day (Do not take if you have amalgam (“silver”) dental fillings or during pregnancy or have other heavy metal toxicity.) Delay taking this supplement for one month after beginning the regimen.
11. Chlorella powder – 1 teaspoon or 3000 mg with every meal, at the very beginning of each meal. Chlorella safely removes heavy metals from the intestinal tract. (Note: Powdered chlorella is much less expensive than tablets.) Start with ½ teaspoon or 1500 mg at each meal, and increase to 1 teaspoon or 3000 mg per meal over several days. Note: some people are sensitive to chlorella. If it causes you stomach or intestinal upset, try using another “green food” such as Natural Factors Enriching Greens or Garden of Life Perfect Food.
12. Acetyl-L-Carnitine – 2000-3000 mg per day.
13. N-Acetyl Cysteine – 1800-2000 mg per day
14. Co-Q10 – 300-2000 mg per day, “high-absorption” type, taken with flaxseed oil or with other food oils. Take the larger dosages if you have serious muscle weakness or chronic fatigue. It is very expensive, so take whatever amount you can afford.
15. AHCC – 3000 mg per day during intensive therapy, or whatever you can afford, as it is quite expensive. AHCC is a complex of shitake and reishi mushroom extracts developed in Japan, shown to enhance immune function generally and increase NK (Natural Killer) cell production.
16. If you have CFS or CFIDS, or chronic fatigue associated with AIDS, take 15,000 mg of D-Ribose, in divided doses with meals.
17. Vitamin E – over several weeks, build up to 1600 IU per day. (Carefully monitor blood pressure and heart rate. Do not take more than 400 IU if you have high blood pressure.)
18. High-dosage multivitamin/multimineral complex per day.
19. Calcium/magnesium – 1000 mg. calcium, 400-500 mg magnesium per day.
20. Glucosamine – 1500-2000 mg per day. Glucosamine helps protect and rebuild cartilage and connective tissue. (Use synthetic glucosamine if you are allergic to shellfish.)
21. MSM – 2000-4000 mg per day. MSM is an oxygen transporter which helps increase energy. It also helps protect and rebuild cartilage and connective tissue.
22. Zinc/Copper – Zinc 50 mg per day with copper 3 mg per day, taken with meals because it can upset the stomach. (Check the zinc and copper content of the multivitamin/multimineral supplement. Take enough to reach 50 mg/3 mg total.)
23. Selenium – 400 micrograms (ug) per day. (Note: some multi-mineral supplements already contain 200 micrograms of selenium.)
24. Lecithin powder or granules – 1 tablespoon per day if powder, 2 tablespoons per day if granules. Mix with soy protein drink. Lecithin provides some of the raw materials for rebuilding cellular membranes. Purchase in granule form from iherb.com or Vitamin Shoppe.
25. Organic flaxseed oil – 2 tablespoons (30 ml) per day.
26. Aloe gel – drink about 4-8 fluid ounces (1/2 – 1 cup, 125-250 ml) per day. I usually do not suggest brands, but the only brand I have found that is consistently high quality is Lily of the Desert.
27. Ginkgo Biloba – 240 mg per day for increasing blood flow in the brain and extremities.
28. Keep fluid levels high by drinking ½ to 1 gallon (8 to 16 cups, 2-4 liters) of fluid per day. This is essential both for the high vitamin intake and also to flush toxins out of the body.
29. Grape seed extract (95% proanthocyanidins): 300 mg/day
30. Quercetin: 800 mg three times a day, about 20 minutes before each meal. Quercetin is a natural anti-inflammatory and histamine moderator.
31. Curcumin (Turmeric Extract): 3000-4500 mg per day with meals (including soy or rice milk), and only if it does not upset your stomach. Curcumin is a powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Can be safely increased to 8000 mg per day for chronic inflammation.
32. Ginger (powder, capsules) – 3000-4500 mg per day with meals (including soy or rice milk), and only if it does not upset your stomach. Ginger is a powerful anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. Can be safely increased to 8000 mg per day for chronic inflammation.
33. If you have a fungal infection such as aspergillus or thrush, or a bacterial infection such as staph, strep, or Lyme Disease, add 10% Oregano Oil capsules (build up to 1500-2000 mg per day) and 10% Olive Leaf Extract Capsules (build up to 1500-2000 mg per day). See note below. Use at these high dosages for a limited time (2-3 weeks), essentially as antibiotics, until the fungal infection is resolved. If unresolved after the first round, you can use several rounds, providing a week off to restore intestinal flora, or alternating each day with intensive probiotics each day.
34. Milk Thistle Extract (1200 mg/day) if there are any liver anomalies such as high ALT or AST counts.
35. If you have hepatitis or cirrhosis, please take the alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and chlorella described above, except if you still have amalgam dental fillings, in which case avoid the ALA.
Note on Lysine, Proline, Glycine, and Arginine
The safety margin for lysine, proline, glycine, and arginine is quite large. If you discover that the nutrients above are not sufficient to restore your health, you can safely increase the dosage of these amino acids to as much as 15-20 grams each per day, provided you increase fluid intake to 3-4 quarts per day. You should also seriously consider pursuing the Riordan intravenous vitamin C therapy, described above in the section on vitamin C.
Note on Olive Leaf Extract and Oregano Oil for fungal infections
If you have an opportunistic fungal or bacterial infection, olive leaf extract and oregano oil are both effective anti-fungal agents that are much safer than pharmaceutical anti-fungal drugs. When you begin using them, you may experience fatigue caused by toxins released by the die-off of the fungus. Increase your vitamin C dosage to counteract these toxins and slightly reduce the dosage of the anti-fungal/anti-bacterial agents until the infection is under control. (Like antibiotics, if used for more than 2-3 weeks continuously, these may cause depletion of intestinal flora in the colon, leading to diarrhea. If this occurs, you can take any probiotic formula, available at all health food stores, to restore intestinal flora.)
Important Note and Disclaimer
Jonathan Campbell is a health and environment researcher and consultant. He is not a physician, and the information, suggestions, and recommendations that he provides are not prescriptions. When you pursue alternative remedies, you are taking full responsibility for your own health decisions, and it is recommended that you consult with a qualified physician supportive of naturopathic approaches to immune enhancement who has access to testing laboratories to monitor your progress. This is especially the case if you currently take any pharmaceutical drugs, as your dosage requirements will likely change as your body heals.
Many patients have used a subset of the therapeutic supplement regimen described above to successfully treat and reverse their disease conditions. However, it is important also to understand that no therapies, no matter how well tested or proven, can be guaranteed to be effective for every case. Advanced AIDS sometimes completely destroys tissue and essential organs vital for life, and no therapy, no matter how effective, can reverse this destruction.
– – – – –