December #54 : Shelf Life - by Bob Lederer and Robert H. Lehmann

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Table of Contents

The AIDS Decade: The 99 Greatest Moments of the '90s

Inside Agitator

Happy Holidays?

It's 10 O'Clock. Do You Know Where Your Meds Are?

Publisher's Letter

Mailbox-December 1999

Your Money or Your Life

Mass Appeal


Parallel Universe


Syph 'N' Spin

Hot Copy

Attention, Shoppers

Where Did HIV Come From?

The Spirit of St. Louis

Splendor in the Pines

Keeping the Faith


Tenement Dreams

10,000 Hemophiliacs

Just Eat It

Food Fight

The Hit List

Compound Interest

When to Treat Hep C?

Hep Help Hurray!

The Scoop on Poop

Could You Have HAD?

Shelf Life

Vintage Gallo

Days of Wine and Doses

Less Is More

Cutting Corners

A Day Without

Catching Up With

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 1999

Shelf Life

by Bob Lederer and Robert H. Lehmann

It Was Probably Something You Ate: A Practial Guide to Avoiding and Surviving Foodborne Illness
By Nichols Fox
(Penguin Books/New York City), $13.95

People with AIDS are much more susceptible to the dangers of food poisoning than "healthy" Americans--it's the great unspoken opportunistic infection of the epidemic. With common sense, readability, great thoroughness and no hysterics, this excellent book will tell you how to avoid the typical, often unsuspected pitfalls of consuming tainted fare. In addition to specific discussions of every major contaminant, the author offers strategies for managing everything from restaurant meals to eating on the road to buying, storing and preparing food. Now go wash your hands!

The Natural Way: HIV & AIDS
By Leon Chaitow
(Element Books/Boston), $5.95

A compact, if sketchy, primer on alternative HIV treatments by a British naturopathic doctor. Densely packed chapters detail the herbs, nutrients, diets and mind/body approaches (such as massage, guided imagery and meditation) that can boost immunity or treat specific infections. An analysis of possible disease-promoting cofactors--from nutritional deficiencies to toxic chemicals to stress--is followed by a self-help list of treatment strategies. Despite the title, there is a brief section on antiretroviral drugs, but it's dated as well as notably negative, as in the comment that HAART's benefits "seem to be short-lived." Overall, though, a useful road map, whether you're traveling the alternative or drugs-plus route to HIV care.

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