Vitamin D and AIDS link strengthening

NAM posted an interesting article on a paper today concerning the benefits of vitamin D in HIV patients. Given that my book supports HIV scepticism, I am going to comment on it from an alternate lens.

“Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with poorer CD4 cell recovery among women who start HIV treatment late… After taking into account factors such as viral load, the authors found a significant relationship between low levels of vitamin D and impaired immune reconstitution.”

i.e.  the outcome of a vitamin D system problem is the same as that of HIV infection.

“”Our study found that vitamin D insufficiency is associated with late CD4 recovery after HAART [highly active antiretroviral therapy] initiation,” comment the investigators.

HAART is toxic. Unarguably beneficial intermittently, and in low doses, but it’s still toxic. So CD4 depression isn’t surprising.

Vitamin D has an important role in overall health. Deficient levels have been linked to immune dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, impaired control of infections and depression.”

 

In the study, as you can read from the article, over a 24 month period, CD4 (severe depletion of which is also defined as AIDS in absence of HIV; so HIV is not an essential cause of AIDS even if it may be one) rose in tandem with vitamin D levels.

“Most of the women (60%) were African American and 89% had vitamin D insufficiency prior to starting HIV therapy.”

Ignoring even poverty this explains why Africa is hardest hit.

“Those with vitamin D insufficiency were more likely to aged over 38 years (94 vs 85%) and overweight or obese (98 vs 82%) than women with adequate levels of the vitamin.”

The likelihood of HIV infection increases with age (indeed seniors are shown to be getting it; late sex lives?), and yes, even obesity is associated with HIV infection.

“Follow-up at twelve months after the initiation of treatment showed that an undetectable viral load was similarly associated with a CD4 cell gain of 100 cells/mm3 or more at this time point (OR = 7.68; 95% CI, 3.46-17.03).”

So, again. Is the problem an infection (any infection), or the fact that the immune system is down in the first place?

“There may be biological mechanisms that explain the effect of vitamin D insufficiency on late CD4 cell recovery after HAART initiation,” comment the investigators. “Vitamin D insufficiency could be related to production of naïve T cells.”

HIV is said to kills T-cells but the mechanism is not known. This is like having a man in a room with a dead body. Did Man A kill Man B or is it just a co-incidence?
In this case we have to ask, does HIV kill T-cells or is the problem that they’re not being produced? i.e. Man A shot himself.

On World AIDS Day, consider not supporting a failing paradigm.

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