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Monday, March 2, 2009

Some serious stuff--HIV/AIDS

I was enduring a long and boring day of orientation for a new/old job today, and as my mind is prone to do, it wandered.  It was wandering in the direction of trying to come up with a blog topic. I haven't posted for a while, so it's about time I got off my duff and did something about it.

**side note: if you work with me, no, I'm not leaving. I just caved into the pressure from a couple of people and am picking up an ER shift or two a month at another hospital.  If you don't work with me, you probably don't give a dang that I picked up a "spare job."**

Anyway, as I sat there with my mind meandering, beginning to despair of my totally idea free inspiration zone, my phone buzzed.  I checked it at the next break, and it was Luvvie's blog post on my email.  Of course I read it immediately.  What better cure for interminable boredom than that? Leopard print leggings....oh my damn!  But it wasn't the leggings that got me, it was the public service announcement about the upcoming National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10 and the RED PUMP PROJECT.   In this PSA there is inspiration to write about what I know......

I'm a nurse, and one of the hats I wear at my "real job" is Infection Control and Prevention.  I'm a card carrying member of the Southern Illinois Chapter of APIC (Association of Practioners of Infection Control).  This is the most active and influential professional association of it's kind. ( I admit to being a microbiology geek.  Deal with it, I have.)  They write standards of care for every situation you can imagine based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Infectious disease is something that gets me riled up.  So here goes my rant on HIV/AIDS.   

In the years since HIV/AIDS first landed on the world with both feet, there has been a continuum of response ranging from no reaction to over reaction, ignorance and ignoring to fear and alienation, and just about everything in between.  I remember at one time feeling safe and isolated from the big bad bug because I lived in the middle of a cornfield in the middle of the country, and this was a Big City, fringe of the nation, fringe of society problem.  And at that time, that was the message we were getting from the media.  I was in maybe 8th or 9th grade at the time, it was the early 80's and AIDS was a "gay men's" problem.  Then more information came out, the bug crossed gender and orientation lines, and the panic set in.  (If you really want the scoop on the mishandling of the early days of HIV/AIDS, read And the Band Played On:  Politics, People and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts.  And if you're not pissed off before you're halfway through, screw ya!)

Anyhoooo.....  what I've been seeing in my cornfield lately is an increase in people being treated for AIDS and the opportunistic infections that go hand in hand.  I had gone 4 years as a nurse in this area and actually cared for only a smattering of HIV positive patients.  The last 6 months or so, however, has provided my total clinical experience with HIV with exponential growth!  I can't say it's making a "comeback" because it never went anywhere.  Not really.  It just lost attention because the antiviral cocktails slowed the mortality rate.  People are still dying, just not as fast and furiously as before the drugs were developed.  But that slow down, the discovery that babies could be spared the virus if the HIV positive mom was on the meds during pregnancy, and the acceptance that casual contact didn't spread the virus all contributed to a change in perception of HIV/AIDS.  It kinda fell off the radar, but it didn't fall out of existence.  And new cases are on the rise again.  And most of these new cases are women.  And, as Luvvie pointed out, most of these women are black--66%.  

So, I'm thinking, if I go 4 years and see 2 cases of HIV in my cornfield, then see 3 cases in the last 7 months...... what the hell is going on in the Big City?  What is the new infection rate like in high density population areas like NY, LA, DC and Chicago?  What are the chances that we aren't going to see a frightening upsurge in new cases in the near future?

The science behind preventing the spread of HIV hasn't changed in a decade, really.  The fact that AIDS kills hasn't changed...it just takes a little longer.  What has changed is the general attitude towards it.  It used to be a BIG DANGED DEAL, and now, it's not, in many people's minds.  Well, dammit, it NEEDS to be.  Get tested.  Be careful.  Use condoms.  Quit acting like it has gone away, because IT'S BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME!!!  Quit ignoring HIV/AIDS.  It's as much a part of our world as the oceans, the forests and the fields.  Open your eyes, and deal with it.

For more information on the Red Pump Project http://tinyurl.com/afcrx2




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5 Comments:

Blogger The Pretty Brown Girl said...

Awesome post Amy! I love your professional point of view. This is serious biz and we need to REMAIN aware.

March 3, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger apostleshadamishe said...

THE CURE for HIV/AIDS.......AMBUSH

THE IDEA that AMBUSH cures AIDS
is being proven by the more than 400 individuals who have taken a dose of 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. The result is that AMBUSH 'KILLS' the virus by causing the protein envelope to rupture and the viral particles are discarded by the white blood cells. AMBUSH is able to 'KILL' the virus that are 'hiding' in the lymph system by its 'natural radioactive' properties. This process allows the body to 'return to normal health' with a corresponding immunity to that or those strains of the virus.

What is AMBUSH ?
AMBUSH is a radioactive isotope of uranium that is found in the 'palm' plant of which there are more than 3000 species. When ingested, AMBUSH causes the body temperature in the trunk area to rise to about 102 degrees when the individual is sleeping. The preparation takes four hours per batch, which is then given to the individuals for consumption 60 ml three times daily for 21 days. AMBUSH is a herbal preparation in this form but it contains an active ingredient which is a 'NEW' crystalline substance, a drug from the 'palm plant' similarly to ASPIRIN originating from the willow tree bark

RESULTS:
After 21 days on AMBUSH, ALL the individuals experienced a decrease in viral load to undetectable, an increase in cd4, increase in RBC, an improvement in general health such as more color to the face, decrease in Buffalo hump, an increase in gluteal muscles, a decrease to having no joint pains whereby individuals can bend to touch their toes, and walk up steps are but a few examples. There is also a dramatic increase in their sexual appetite beginning after the first week of therapy

DISCUSSION:
In any plant concoction such as percolated 'tea', there are 30-40,000 compounds, whi ch would take the scientific community twenty years to isolate one particular ingredient if they knew what they were looking for. The LORD GOD has given me seven steps to isolate the active ingredient, which is soft and metallic in nature and has a carbon- uranium-sulfur-(classified)-phentolamine configuration or structure. This is similar to Federick Kekule and the discovery of the benzene ring where he dreamt the structure.

As an antiviral and 'natural radioactivity' producing agent, AMBUSH is also effective against leukemia, lupus and HPV. Here I am saying that I have 'GIVEN' AMBUSH in the same 'strength' and dosage to patients with leukemia, lupus and HPV. A 35 year old male with HIV found it difficult to impossible to urinate was put on 'green tea' and water while the doctors contemplated prostrate surgery. One of the doctors gave him my number , I sent him a supply of AMBUSH an d he has not been given any more ARV's, since taking AMBUSH 18 months ago, is in 'good' health and has expressed a willingness to be examined by HIV investigators like many others who have taken AMBUSH.

I have sent this 'IDEA' to most HIV research agencies, scientist of the field, universities, hospitals, clinics, politicians and news agencies to which it is REJECTED because the name of THE LORD GOD is mentioned. He has steered me scientifically through the processes such as which plant and how to produce the active ingredient. What are the odds of a Florida Pharmacist picking a plant would contain the CURE for HIV/AIDS ?
I have never charged any of the people for their supply of AMBUSH but a life saving has been spent on the project with NO renumeration from any sources because AMBUSH falls outside the walls of modern medicine and research.

PROPOSAL:

My proposal is that I PROVE that AMBUSH CURES HIV/AIDS by giving it to a number of END-STAGE or DRUG-RESISTANT people and the scientific community watches their recovery. This proposal addresses the problem in that I have already outlaid the results to be obtained.

This IDEA is unconventional in that the scientific community has rejected AMBUSH because I say it is GOD given. Secondly if I wrote it according to certain standards, then it might be peer reviewed. However, THE LORD GOD has also shown me that there are five enzyme systems associated with the virus, reverse transcriptase, protease, fusion and two more of which causes the virus to be AIRBOURNE. This means that without DIVINE intervention mankind and ALL warm- blooded mammals will be extinct in a number of years.

The PROOF of what I am saying is found in scientific papers wherein it is found that when the protease cuts the viral strands, it cuts it at DIFFERENT lengths EVERY time, to which it should always be a valine at the end but is a different amino acid every time. This is why it is IMPOSSIBLE to produce a VACCINE.

Since this is NOT a hypothesis but there are about 400 individuals who have taken AMBUSH, here lies a vast area in which to check, recheck and confirm that AMBUSH CURES AIDS. Let it be mentioned that during the HIV reproductive cycle, reverse transcriptase converts viral RNA into DNA compatible to human genetic materials. Thus the human DNA has been 'hijacked' and since each person has a DIFFERENT DNA, then the new viral copy is unique to that person which shows that each individual has a DIFFERENT STRAIN of the virus. Consider two HIV positive people swapping viral strains and increasing its complexity with multiple partners.
It can also be proposed that they be revisited as proof that the strain or strains that they had were 'killed' at the time of taking AMBUSH considering that a person can catch as many different strains as there are people who are infected by HIV.
I am also willing to work with the scientific community in identifying those individuals who took AMBUSH and wish to be identified with this process notwithstanding that some are stigmatized while others are jubilant,

Once AMBUSH is verified as being able to accomplish that which is aforementioned then the next stage might be the natural and artificial synthesis of the substance.

Finally, if this is accepted or not, believed or not, THE LORD GOD always wins and this is the heavenly truth to which AMBUSH was divinely given to mankind for the CURE of HIV/AIDS and it will be here forever. Apostle Shada Mishe.

apostleshadamishe@gmail.com

Here is a video taped presentation that I gave at t he Martin Luther King library in Washington

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V53D1w__Po
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPwuwlVBOV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejptOwMTzQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqcTgIAhrhc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7HPKcT_iwY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9iQfgiYAnw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RzRS6tJDM

March 4, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger amymay said...

Ok, I don't know that I agree with your position or assertions. In fact, to be honest, I remain skeptical. I am a science geek by nature, and I need independent studies with controls and blinds. In other words, show me evidence based research, empirically reproducible studies and data, or I'm a no sale. I moderate my comments, and I published this out of a sense of fairness, because just as I am not convinced or even swayed, really, I cannot prove that it isn't true. I ran it past an Epidemiology/Infectious Disease doc that I work with, and she was a little more blunt. She flatly refuted it, but again, she didn't cite any independent studies from researchers with no vested interest in the subject at hand.

Allow me to point out, that there have been innumerable case studies involving HIV/AIDS patients on the antiviral, antiretroviral meds who have at one point or another had their viral load come back as a zero.... unfortunately, one unobliterated viral particle can quickly regain lost ground when the meds are stopped. So, postitive antibody, negative viral load, does this mean the person is cured? No, because maintenance meds are required to remain at a zero viral load. And unfortunately, it would seem, sooner or later, the virus mutates. Just like influenza, many strains of HIV already exist.

In a perfect world, you would be right, and I would be wrong and there would be a cure for HIV. However, I'm afraid this is not a perfect world. Allow me to also insert the near world wide obliteration of small pox. We vaccinated the globe nearly and thought we had it whupped. But the virus still exists, and vaccination no longer occurs routinely, and there are cases of small pox being reported again.

HIV exists. And it will continue to exist. And common sense tells us that prevention is more practicable that cure. We need to focus on awareness and prevention of the spread of HIV. Cure would be wonderful. My heart and all of my good thoughts and prayers go out to those with HIV...We need to rock our Red Pumps 365 days of the year to provide support, research, comfort and resources to help people with the virus to live full, happy, love-filled, productive, long lives. We also need to rock them to raise awareness, provide information, promote prevention and slow the spread of HIV.

So, readers, take my opinions and viewpoints for what they are worth, and take all comments into consideration. Do independent research into the latest studies, data and statistics. Then make up your own mind.

Peace and Blessings

March 4, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Luvvie said...

Amy, you rock my socks! Thank you so much for Rocking the Red Pump!!! We truly appreciate your participation in the Red Pump Project. :-D Much love!

Luvvie

March 10, 2009 at 1:30 AM  
Blogger amymay said...

Awwww.... shucks!*blush*

March 11, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

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