July #49 : The Holistic Truth

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Table of Contents

The Power of One

The Power of One: Senegal

The Power of One: Uganda

The Power of One: Zimbabwe

The Power of One: Zambia

World Weary

South Africa's Moment of Truth

Back to the Roots

Chain Reactions: Medicine Woman

Chain Reactions: Poetic Justice

Chain Reactions: Ray of Hope

Chain Reactions: Reluctant Witness

Guest Editor's Letter

To the Editor

Bath Sides Now

Walk the Talk

Rubber Suit

Memo Demo

Dread Locked

PWAs vs. Y2K

Jail Break

Say What

Gender Agenda

Simon Nkoli

Obits

POZarazzi: Spring Sprung

License to Kill

Keep HOPE Alive

POZ Picks

Show & Tell

The Holistic Truth

Get Over It

Sugar on Top

Cheer to Adhere

Gene Pool

Cream Puff

The Protease Prison

Out in Africa

Where to Find It

Grandma’s Recipe

Grace Under Pressure



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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July 1999

The Holistic Truth

Sometimes the most valuable insights come from far away. A large study in Zimbabwe found that PWAs advised by traditional healers about herbs, nutrition and the soul lived longer and fared better than those treated in hospitals. Granted, in Zimbabwe, as in much of Africa, most hospitals have little to offer, largely because government austerity programs forced by Western bank debts have stripped them of drugs and supplies. But growing evidence suggests that strategically chosen herbs, diet changes and spiritual healing—the main tools available to African PWAs—can improve and extend lives (see “Back to the Roots"). So whether in Africa or the developed world, the fight for better HIV treatment is not just about getting more drugs, but also about achieving a more holistic approach.
 



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