December #160 : Hello, Aloe! - by Shawn Decker

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Our Best Shot

How Stigma Kills

Hero Worship

Staying in Care

Peace of Mind

Hello, Aloe!

Tip Sheet

Fewer C's

New Guides for Kids

And We Quote

Gifts that Give

Spin Cycle

Viewer Discretion

Crimson Tide


Fine(r) China

Muy Bien

Self-Prescribed Therapy


Editor's Letter-December 2009

Your Feedback-December 2009

GMHC Treatment Issues-December 2009

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 2009

Hello, Aloe!

by Shawn Decker

The juice of the aloe vera plant helped me eliminate a bodily function problem. So to speak.

Suddenly last April, my body forgot how to create solid feces. I wasn’t constipated—I had the “liquid blues,” a throwback to the relentless diarrhea I had experienced a decade ago, when I first started taking HIV meds.

By day three I was worried. I would risk dehydration if I didn’t somehow help my body along. I was about to call my doctor when a friend suggested cold-pressed aloe. My wife, Gwenn, ran to Whole Foods and found a pint bottle of Aloe Life orange papaya flavored aloe concentrate ($14). I drank two teaspoons mixed in a glass of water at 8 p.m. and again around midnight. (Cold pressing is said to produce the purest, most nutrient-rich product.)

The next morning I celebrated Earth Day with an actual bowel movement.

The turnaround was amazing. I have no idea what had thrown my body out of whack, but if it happens again, I’ll know what to do. Aloe interacts with some drugs (including some for diabetes), and it can sometimes cause diarrhea. But it saved my (Earth) Day.

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