Vitamins - Supplements

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

As the Inauguration Day of His Awfulness approaches, Ed Wolf draws on diverse sources of inspiration to help maintain the balance between hope and despair.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for July: what would Woody do?

Woody Guthrie New Year’s resolutions .  Photo from the internet  Day 53. What Would Woody Do? We’re not going to have to figure out how to resist Trump and his cronies by ourselves. We can always look back at the strategies women and men have used to get through difficult times before. One of my favorites is Woody Gutherie’s “New Years Rulin’s.” Taking number 17 and 33 to heart. Photo of no beginning, no end by Ed Wolf.  Day 54. Happy You Near!   Photo of intensive care s

Calming the flames

published: November, 04, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

From CATIE's Positive Side, Pamela Fergusson on how diet can help cool chronic inflammation.

Calming the flames

Inflammation is a hot topic right now, especially for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions. Simply put, inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection or injury. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. With acute inflammation (a hangnail, for example), injured or infected cells signal the immune system to respond with a cascade of healing chemicals. The site of the infection or injury may get swollen, warm and sore as the chemical processes of inflam

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Yoga, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Vitamins - Supplements

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

Eating to be well

published: April, 19, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Peterborough’s Rick Schack about how changing to a healthy diet can help ward off medication side effects and lead to a longer and better quality of life

Eating to be well

Bob Leahy: I know you have a passion for health and nutrition. I wanted to ask you where does that come from and how does it relate to your own journey with HIV.  Rick Schack: Well, when I got my diagnosis in 1996 they said I had four to seven years to live . .  So you started paying attention.  No, for the first three years I partied my butt off, I went to raves, I did lots of drugs. If I was going to die I wanted to live.  So what changed things?  Well three years in, I went and g

Strong Enough

published: October, 19, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Vitamins - Supplements

Guesting UK blogger Leigh from Reimagined_Me with an exceptionally told tale of being newly diagnosed with HIV. In part three he talks about life after discharging himself from hospital, splitting up with his partner and getting on with life’s challenges

Strong Enough

Welcome to London So I had been living in London less than four months and I had been given the biggest slap in the face I have had in many years. Pleased to be out of hospital and now at home. Confused and feeling alone. Shaken up by recent events and not sure where my head was. So much information to take in. How would my life be different now? One thing I knew was that my life was now going in a different direction to where I thought it was going just a few months or even a few weeks befo

A vitamin a day

published: February, 19, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Alternative Therapies, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV

CATIE’s Chatty CATIE column asked four people with HIV to tell them which supplements they swear by.

A vitamin a day

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Iris Budd, 67 Guelph, Ontario HIV+: 8 years Volunteer at AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County I am a firm believer in supplements and I know they work for me because of the positive effects they have on my overall health. (Also, I research everything.) I used to take more supplements, but I had to cut back severely for financial reasons, so now I d

Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs

published: August, 15, 2012 Categories // General Health, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Daniel Uy on popping pills, doing acid, and drinking back big gulps of chemical delights.

Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs

Since Sex was such a popular column, I thought perhaps drugs may be appealing too.  There was a time in my life when I had to recognize that food was not enough for me.  I’m not the best cook, nutritionist or dietitian in the world, or probably even on my block, but I would like to say I that I have some basic idea of how to get food into me.  But never enough of the right stuff, it seems.  And when that included juggling medications and two hours before or one hour after and with food

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

published: November, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

With winter’s dark days approaching, CATIE tells you what you need to know about the sunshine vitamin. À l’approche des journées sombres de l’hiver, CATIE vous révèle ce que vous devez savoir sur la vitamine-soleil

Vitamin D (Le français suit)

Dark_Sun.jpg credit: By Scrumshus, via Wikamedia Commons Our fearless leader here on positivelite.com, Brian Finch, recently wrote about his first visit with his new naturopath. In it he comments on the improvements he's felt since he upped his intake of vitamin D. CATIE is not above riding on the coattails of fearless leaders, so in this posting, we are going to talk about vitamin D and what you should know as a person living with HIV. Vitamin D has been in the news repeatedly ov

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

published: September, 19, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Mental Health, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, Brian Finch

Going to this Naturopath was the best decision I've made in a long time

Taking the next step: My first visit to my Naturopath.

When it was recently suggested that I go see a naturopath a couple months ago, I shrugged it off. I’ve gone this route before and It’s been helpful and I’ve learned a lot from those visits. But in the end I’d slide back into my old ways and some of the underlying issues didn’t seem to get dealt with  - such as my lack of energy. When I picked up this nasty bug from Italy and had to take Flagyl, a drug with warnings that it is possibly carcinogenic, at it’s maximum dosage, it f

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 3 of 3

published: August, 26, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, CATIE, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

Point number one, refined sugar is by and large the worst additive for the immune cells. Refined sugar is immunosuppressive. No mincing words about it

Point number one, refined sugar is by and large the worst additive for the immune cells. Refined sugar is immunosuppressive.  No mincing words about it. To boost your immune system, it is important to try to stay on diet ideally free of foods with refined sugars such as corn syrup and fructose, hydrogenated oils, trans fats, unnecessary additives and preservatives.   Your glutathione level is fastest depleted by toxins, sugar and chemicals ingested into the body.   Glu

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV- Part 2 of 3

published: August, 17, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

To build health from within, it is important to understand inflammation and oxidation. Inflammation is believed to be one of the main causes of aging and organ disease in PHAs.

To build health from within, it is important to understand inflammation and oxidation.Inflammation is believed to be one of the main causes of aging and organ disease in PHAs. In the early 80’s there was on going research in gut associated lymphoid tissue (GALT).Researchers knew in early HIV infection, the immune cells in the intestinal system are infected and the early symptoms of HIV seroconversion are gastrointestinal (GI) related diarrhoea, wasting, indigestion, and weight loss. However,

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 1 of 3

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition...

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition, many poz persons have not fully integrated nutrition as part of their health regimen. Unfortunately, many staff and volunteers at ASOs/NGOs in Canada or across then world, who work in treatment or outreach with PHAS have minimal knowledge of impact of nutrition on immune system.   As the Vienna Conference is over, with not a single w