Thursday, February 21, 2008

New Thoughts and Evidence of Probiotics Benefiting HIV+ populations

Tony Lance unleashed a revelationary paper on the benefits of a high probiotic diet to HIV+ populations. His paper, edited by Dr. Henry Bauer, Dr. Rebecca Culshaw and Darin Brown, highlights intestinal microflora's role in immune modulation and underscores how an imbalance in the gut microflora can lead to GUT DYSBIOSIS which can lead to AIDS-like disease. He supports his theory by referencing

Dr. Kingsley Anukam, a Canada-
based African researcher, published a study in the Journal of
Gastroenterology which found that probiotic supplementation relieved
diarrhea in “HIV+” women and stabilized CD4 counts. He wrote, “This is
the first study to show the benefits of probiotic yogurt on quality of life of
women in Nigeria with HIV/AIDS, and suggests that perhaps a simple
fermented food can provide some relief in the management of the AIDS
epidemic in Africa” (75).

Mr. Lance's article GRID = Gay Related Intestinal Dysbiosis?
Explaining HIV/AIDS Paradoxes in Terms of Intestinal Dysbiosis

can be accessed and downloaded from Dr. Henry Bauer's Blog

The Nigerian research data

Anukam K et al. Yogurt containing probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 and L.
reuteri RC-14 helps resolve moderate diarrhea and increases CD4 count in HIV/AIDS
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology. Published online ahead of print, Jan.2008;
can be accessed here.

The application and study of probiotics in HIV+ populations in Nigeria would be an ideal opportunity for CAMI to provide substantial impact into the HIV/AIDS epidemic.