Absolutely must-read story in the LA Times about researchers from San Francisco who are studying HIV+ positive folks who ain't sick. They used to be called, "Long-term non-progressors;" now they are called "Elite Controllers." To explain this phenomenom, these
bean-counters scientific researchers are speculating that these folks have "defective viruses" or super-duper immune systems.
Au contraire, mon frere. Check out these choice tidbits from the 2 central characters of the piece: Matt Traywick and Kai Brothers:
Traywick was diagnosed 21 years ago and has been healthy ever since, despite never having taken anti-HIV medications
Not knowing his future, he quit his job and cashed in his 401(k) account to travel in Europe. On his return, he learned his infection-fighting T-cells — HIV's target — had dipped slightly below the normal range, and his doctor wrote him a prescription for AZT, the first effective HIV drug but one with often dreadful side effects.
Dreadful side effects!!! That's what we been saying ,folks!
"I decided I was not going to get it filled," Brothers recalled. "Something instinctively told me not to. I decided to wait it out."
Good for you! You probably just saved your own life.
Wait he did, and although his T-cells occasionally dipped, he also declined to use the effective multi-drug HIV cocktail when it became available in 1996. A man of moderate habits, Brothers took to practicing safe sex — although researchers think it unlikely that controllers can infect others, he has taken no chances — and listening more closely to his body when it requested food or rest or exercise.
Allright! Declined the cocktail too!
So, lemme summarize it for these genius researchers at UCSF and Massachusetts General Hospital.
THESE. FOLKS. ARE. HEALTHY. BECAUSE. THEY. DON'T. TAKE. AZT. OR. THE. COCKTAILS!
Ahh. I feel much better getting it off my chest!
Finally, a nice note from Dr. Jay Levy, who among the orthodox true believers has glimmers of compassion and common sense.
Essentially, controllers show that the human immune system is capable of containing HIV naturally, Levy said. "This has been a long time coming, but in my opinion we can look forward to long-term survival without toxic drugs."
You got that right, Jay.