So I went for my 6 week follow up on Monday and there was improvement! My Tcells went up from 617 to 638, and my viral load went from 184,000 (yeah, thought it was only 100,000) down to 68,000. So ~ awesome :) ...
I find it a bit interesting. Right before I had my Colonoscopy/Endoscopy few months back, I had the best lab results ever since being on an herbal regimen. My Tcells being 845 and my viral load at 26,449. And I have been pretty steady these past 5 years with my numbers. Tcells ranging between mid 800's to 600's, and my viral between 50,000 to 26,000. Then my labs after my Colonoscopy/Endoscopy were crazy. My viral load shot up to 184,000 & Tcells down to 617!?...
So I wonder.. Having read that the "large intestine is the major viral reservoir and site of persistence" for HIV, I wonder if the Colonoscopy stirred shit up (no pun intended;~) .. If not that, was it the anesthesia?.. Who knows... I'll now try to get my numbers back in check, and better than before! :) ...
Something to add to my story. My appointment was at 2:15pm and I didn't get into the little room til 3:30!! Then 15 minutes later I saw the intern (who I remembered from years back/she's sweet). She said "You look great! and was interested in what herbs I was taking.. ~ And she didn't poo poo it. Thought that was awesome.
Then my doctor comes in to go over everything. She proceeds to tell me she just came back from a seminar & they are now telling the doctors to put everyone positive on a cocktail. Where your numbers are at doesn't matter anymore. The reason being they've done studies on people with HIV that have never been treated and the disease ages the body internally more than people who were treated. She then ask's "How old are you?".. I said "I'm 40", she quickly say's "Then your 60..." lol
I proceed to tell her "I agree I'm 60.. But I'm sorry, if anything has aged me it was the cocktail you had me on for 7 years. While on the cocktail I had odd scary feelings of my sugars being messed with and nausea ~ and, now my joints are bad." She said "well we have better and more mild cocktails now. We've advanced a lot in the past few years.." ... I'm sure they have, but I have no doubt that treating myself with herbal supplementation is a better outcome than some drug that could make me diabetic, give me kidney & liver failure, and advance my lipodystrophy.
And I mentioned I've started back to juicing every morning. I said "I juice carrots, ginger, turmeric, kale, etc.".. She's like " I never knew how much juicing is good for you until recently!". I'm thinking "Really?.... Really? You never knew that?". And I then went on about all the antiviral vegetables like Dandelion, etc.. They were like "oh really!?".. ~ Good Lord...
And this study..?... I would like to read it. I have no doubt that HIV ages the body internally when it's left to go rampant. But I also have no doubt the drugs age the body more & faster.... Aaaaahh.. Anyway, we all have our path & this is mine. And I feel good about it still.
My next appointment with lab work is August 6th. So in the mean time I think I might start trying Antiviral Enemas that I've been reading on. And I'll also switch up my regimen (listed below).
Cell Forte IP-6 & Inositol Ultra Strength Powder: 3 grams in the a.m.
Vitamin C 2000mg time released: 2x's a day
Phyllanthus Complex (2 capsules consists of Phyllanthus Amarus 200mg, Milk Thistle 200mg, & Dandelion Root 200mg): (4 capsules) 3x's a day
Hyssop (Nature's Way): (4 capsules) 3x's a day = 6 grams
ROEX Oleuropein: 1 gram in a.m., 1 gram in middle of day, and 1 gram at night
Multi-Vitamin: 1 in the a.m.