Staying healthy with HIV

2007-12-19 00:00

In the foreword to this book, Neil Orr says health is feeling alive rather than just the absence of illness, which is where Positive Health comes in as a guide to boosting one’s health as an HIV-positive person through nutrition and good living. But, as both authors stress, the book it is not about replacing antiretrovirals, but rather about methods which strengthen the body so the necessary medical treatment has the best chance of success.

It is divided into 12 parts, which include advice on how to grow a vegetable garden, what medicine is available, what food should and shouldn’t be eaten when on antiretrovirals, and basic facts about HIV and Aids.

There is little scientific jargon and almost all of the tips are suited for those living on even the most basic incomes and who may be feeling weak.

Positive Health is also a good reference point for those who have family or friends who are HIV-positive, especially the sections on the importance of a healthy mind and soul in boosting a general feeling of wellbeing.

Incidentally, David Patient, one of the authors, has been HIV-positive for 24 years and credits the lifestyle explained in the book for his status as a “long-term survivor”, which lends the book great credibility.

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