Category Archives: Micronutrients

Is the AIDS CD4 T-Cell Test a Measure of Fat?

RTB: We’re pleased to present another research essay by Cal Crilly. Cal has provided some truly groundbreaking work in understanding ‘Why retroviruses appear in autoimmune disease, cancer and Aids,’ and we recommend that you read his entire oeuvre, or body of work here at RTB, to follow his often whimsical journeys into wonderful and remarkable insight.

The AIDS CD4 T-Cell Test: A Measure of Fat?

by Cal Crilly

Well I swap the odd message with a HIV+ lady in Europe when I get to a net cafe every couple of weeks as I don’t know if anyone else does.

In her last couple of messages she said she “was worried about her CD4 count going down as the doctors would then harass her to take antiretrovirals” which in the past made her very sick. She also said that while her CD4 went down she felt better and heather than ever…

So I looked.

I have been an observer of the AIDS story for a good 13 years now, if I wander into a net cafe it’s because I noticed something you need to know.

I may be wrong about these observations but if I don’t mention them then no one else will say it….

So to me it looks like CD4 is mainly a marker for cholesterol and arterial plaque not the immune system. CD4 and CD8 counts goes up with cholesterol and nicotinamide will make cholesterol and CD4 go down because it’s a fat metaboliser. CD4 cells gather at the areas of arterial plaque and tell white blood cells to come and gobble up the cholesterol. Continue reading Is the AIDS CD4 T-Cell Test a Measure of Fat?

Six Ways to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Nutrition by Cal Crilly

I see a tumour as acting like a foetus, this is not new as many researchers both mainstream and alternative descibe cancer in exactly the same way….The Trophoblast Theory of Cancer is now over a hundred years old, this theory describes Cancer cells as behaving like the invasive Trophoblast cells that occur during pregnancy.

by Cal Crilly, reposted from


Pineapple flower – by Sepp Hasselberger  (Bromelain is obtained from unripe pineapples)

This is dedicated to Jacquie, my loving ex-mother in law who was a surrogate mum to me for a good decade. If I had known these things 5 years or so ago she might be still with us now but when I press send on this button here I know she’ll be behind me with the biggest cheesiest grin and she’ll be happy.

I’ve been giving dietary advice to various friends who have been passing this information on to relatives with differing forms of cancer. So far all the ones who have taken this advice are alive and also free of cancer, this is over a period of 3 years, 2 had surgery first and no more, one had surgery and chemo, one had chemo and radiation.

Writing this is an attempt to get a my interpretation of the cancer phenomena out of my head, to describe with proof what I think the data means and to come up with simple, affordable and doable self treatments that can be used with whatever other therapy is chosen. I’d like to see the work of oncologists who treat cancer get easier. I also want to see people get better and get on with their lives.

All I tell them to do is take up to 2 grams of Bromelain with meals. To get some form of Selenium food either from 3-4 Brazil nuts a day or from Broccoli and Garlic. I now recommend a bottle of Cod Liver Oil a week (I do this for psoriasis, it’s not recommended if pregnant). I suggest Green Tea as Green Tea and Cod Liver Oil work synergistically. Some Lysine tablets, at least 3 grams worth with cancer. Vitamin C, preferably from food such as lemons though Sodium Ascorbate powder will do. I haven’t advised people to take B3 or Nicotinamide but I now think I should.

So here’s why… Continue reading Six Ways to Prevent and Treat Cancer with Nutrition by Cal Crilly


RTB: We are pleased to present Cal Crilly’s patent submission (which is yours for the taking, should you want to take it up), for the treatment of HIV – which is, in reality a group of human endogenous retroviral sequences, which are activated in damaged or nutrient-starved cells. The sequences, aligning with the AIDS industries ‘gag, pol and env,’ gene-encoding regions, are really long terminal repeats in our own human DNA, which are expressed when they are no longer properly methylated (bound by methyl groups and restricted from over-production).

This work, if we at RTB may be so forward, is the future of AIDS research.

Patent for HERV and Methylation Activity Ratio Test,
by Cal Crilly
Continue reading Cal Crilly’s HIV (HERV) and METHYLATION ACTIVITY RATIO TEST

Quitting Drugs Is Not Enough

Some folks who have read my story about quitting AIDS drugs and nearly two dozen other prescription drugs seem to think I attribute my improved health to that choice alone.

It isn’t that simple.

There is no doubt in my mind that taking so many prescription drugs, even under the care of physicians, was damaging me and my health. Quitting them was one essential step–among several–that I had to take just to recover my wits enough to move forward.

Good health, or improving one’s poor health, also requires attention to what we put into our system and how we maintain it. In my case, it also led me to rethink just about everything I thought I knew about medical care and health.

I’m only going to summarize here some highlights of the path I’ve followed to address my seriously declining health. The details and sequence of actions are vague, because each individual’s plan must be customized to fit their needs. Do as much research as possible for yourself (thank goodness for the Internet).

Good alternative or wholistic practitioners can be difficult to find, but may prove invaluable, especially early on. Seek out healers, not just doctors. When dealing with serious illnesses such as cancer, autoimmune disorders (including auto deficiencies), MS, “AIDS”, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and others, it is important to make significant changes immediately to halt the decline of health. Once recovery is underway there will be time to review and evaluate each of these areas of change to determine which ones should be made permanent.

What follows is based on my personal experience. While it is not intended as medical advice, I do hope some readers might find some valuable suggestions to improve their health. Continue reading Quitting Drugs Is Not Enough

Glutathione Inhibits Tuberculosis in HIV Positives and Negatives

RTB: Glutathione, a nutrient found in whole foods, is lacking in patients given the AIDS diagnosis; supplementing with glutathione improves health and reduces concurrent TB infections.

Glutathione and Growth Inhibition of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Healthy and HIV Infected Subjects

Vishwanath Venketaraman, Tatanisha Rodgers, Rafael Linares, Nancy Reilly, Shobha Swaminathan, David Hom, Ariel C Millman, Robert Wallis and Nancy D Connell; AIDS Research and Therapy 2006, 3:5doi:10.1186/1742-6405-3-5

20 February 2006


Intracellular levels of glutathione are depleted in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in whom the risk of tuberculosis, particularly disseminated disease is many times that of healthy individuals. In this study, we examined the role of glutathione in immunity against tuberculosis infection in samples derived from healthy and human immunodeficiency virus infected subjects. Our studies confirm that glutathione levels are reduced in peripheral blood mononuclear cells and in red blood cells isolated from human immunodeficiency virus-infected subjects (CD4>400/cumm).

Furthermore, treatment of blood cultures from human immunodeficiency virus infected subjects with N-acetyl cysteine, a glutathione precursor, caused improved control of intracellular M. tuberculosis infection. N-acetyl cysteine treatment decreased the levels of IL-1, TNF-?, and IL-6, and increased the levels of IFN-? in blood cultures derived from human immunodeficiency virus-infected subjects, promoting the host immune responses to contain M. tuberculosis infection successfully.

The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

Nutritional Alterations in Drug Abusers With and Without HIV

RTB: This study tells the public what they already know: heroin and cocaine are bad for you. The bottom line, drug addiction causes illness, major weight loss, and increased death rates. What’s the difference between a person given the HIV test result who is a drug addict, and someone who is not? The person given the HIV test result is given even MORE heavy drugs, adding to weight loss, body deformation, diarrhea and malnutrition, even though the polyreactive HIV tests themselves are reactive with proteins produced in people people who abuse drugs and alcohol.

Nutritional Alterations in Drug Abusers With and Without HIV
Janet E. Forrester

Many studies have found that drug abusers have nutritional deficits, including weight deficits. The most plausible explanation for these deficits is dietary insufficiency. However, studies using objective measures of the dietary intake of drug abusers have failed to provide evidence of dietary insufficiency. Other mechanisms have rarely been examined. This article reviews the published literature on the nutritional status of drug abusers with and without HIV, with emphasis on dietary energy and macronutrient intake.
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New Trial Claims Nutrients Significantly Slow Decline Into AIDS

RTB: Micronutrients help AIDS patients to recover, without killing the patient.

(NaturalNews) A cocktail of nutrients can improve the quality of life in those diagnosed with HIV infection and markedly slow deterioration into full-blown AIDS, according to the results of a new trial conducted at the Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.
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AIDS: A Treatable Combination of Nutritional Deficiencies

RTB: This review from finds that AIDS immune deficiency rests heavily on nutritional deficiency – and can be reversed by strong supplementation and rebuilding of essential micronutrients in patients.

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, April 26, 2006



(OMNS, April 26, 2006) New clinical reports from Zambia, Uganda and South Africa indicate that AIDS may be stopped by nutritional supplementation. A number of members of the medical profession have observed that high doses of the trace element selenium, and of the amino acids cysteine, tryptophan, and glutamine can together rapidly reverse the symptoms of AIDS, as predicted by Dr. Harold D. Foster’s nutritional hypothesis. (1) Continue reading AIDS: A Treatable Combination of Nutritional Deficiencies


Southern African Development Community (SADC) Health Meeting
Johannesburg, South Africa, November 28 and 29, 2002

By Roberto Giraldo *


1. Nutritional immunology.

2. Nutritional deficiencies and HIV/AIDS.

3. Nutritional deficiencies and the progression of HIV-positive individuals to AIDS.

4. Nutritional deficiencies and the “transmission” of HIV/AIDS.

5. Oxidative stress and HIV/AIDS.

6. Nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies in the pathogenesis of AIDS.

7. Nutritional and antioxidant therapy for the prevention and treatment of AIDS.

8. Conclusions.


Kenya – Food and Water Shortages After Election

KENYA: Alice Wanjiru, “Now it’s no meat, less ugali”
Source: IRIN News.

Photo: Julius Mwelu/IRIN
Alice Wanjiru

NAIROBI, 16 January 2009 (IRIN) – With the UN World Food Programme already feeding up to 1.2 million hungry Kenyans, hundreds of thousands more – the urban poor and those in drought-affected areas – are grappling with shortages, high food prices and the impact of post-election violence in early 2008, which contributed to a reduction in food production in the country’s agricultural areas.

On 15 January, IRIN spoke to Alice Wanjiru, 44, a resident of Nairobi’s largest informal settlement, Kibera, who survives by selling vegetables in the sprawling slum:

“The prices of most foodstuffs have almost doubled since last year; my husband, our three children and I have had to make changes in what we eat and the quantities of food. Instead of using the whole 2kg packet of unga [maize meal] we now use a half or three-quarters to make ugali [porridge made out of maize meal]. And now we never eat meat.
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by Henry Bauer on Friday, 16 May 2008

Linus Pauling created an astonishing number of significant advances in the chemical sciences, including the theory of chemical bonding and the physicochemical basis of biological activity, and he was the first to discover the molecular basis of a disease, the misshapen structure of hemoglobin in sickle-cell anemia.

Pauling’s political activism against the testing of nuclear weapons in the atmosphere made him something of a pariah in political circles, and his insistence on the dangers of the radioactive fallout produced in the tests was pooh-poohed by the expert white-coated gurus of the establishment. For a long time now, of course, his view on that has been the mainstream consensus, though I am not aware that there’s ever been a public acknowledgment that Pauling had been right and that the Government and its experts had been wrong.

Vitamin E and selenium could reduce mercury toxicity

By Stephen Daniells, 02-Feb-2006

Taking vitamin E and selenium supplements could reduce the toxicity of mercury from fish, indicates an animal study. If replicated in humans, the findings may mean pregnant women could consume more fish, and their babies benefit from more omega-3.

The debate between the benefits of omega-3 intake from oily fish versus the potential toxicity of methylmercury is ongoing, with some researchers claiming that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to better foetal development, cognitive function, and heart health.
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Selenium pills may slow HIV progression, says study

By Stephen Daniells, 23-Jan-2007

Daily selenium supplements, in combination with traditional anti-retroviral therapy, may control the viral load associated with HIV and boost the numbers of immune cells, says research.

The study, published in the latest issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, highlights the need of further research into the role of micronutrients in AIDS management, but it should be stressed that the selenium are not a replacement for standard antiretroviral drugs, but a potential supplement.
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The role of nutrition in living with HIV/ AIDS

By Stephen Daniells, 01-Dec-2008

Related topics: Research, Antioxidants, carotenoids, Minerals, Probiotics and prebiotics, Vitamins & premixes

Nutrition and HIV/AIDS are intricately linked. To mark World AIDS Day, looks at the science behind the role of nutrition and nutrients for people living with HIV and/or AIDS.

Infection with HIV can lead to malnutrition, and studies have shown that progression of the disease can be increased by a poor diet. There is clearly great potential for nutrition and nutritional supplements to help improve the lives of millions of people around the world who live with the disease.
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