New York Buyers’ Club Unveils Revamped Website and Blog, Launches 2015 Revitalization Campaign

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Advances in treatment for HIV, hepatitis C, and other serious illnesses have been made over the last decade, and that’s good news! Many people also utilize nutritional supplements and other forms of integrative medicine to complement standard medical treatments, ameliorate adverse side-effects, and maintain health and well-being. However, many lack information and evidence about those approaches, and have difficulty affording them, since health insurance doesn’t usually provide coverage.

Two decades ago, in the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic, patients and their allies took action: we researched all kinds of possible treatments that might help – some proved helpful, others not. We also formed “buyers’ clubs” to provide information about and distribute experimental drugs, vitamins, and herbs. Thousands of lives were extended and saved. The award-winning film, “Dallas Buyers Club,” tells a story of one of them. Today, only one of these groups survives: We are New York Buyers’ Club.

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 Campaign by February 21!

Since 2009, New York Buyers’ Club has been:

  • Making available fully vetted, high-quality nutritional supplements at the lowest possible prices, and
  • Researching, simplifying, and disseminating the latest on how supplements can be powerful tools to reduce symptoms and drug side effects, and educating people about the most effective ways to use them – information accessible via our website, blog, newsletter, and social media.

NYBC offers online mail orders of more than 200 nutritional supplement products. Over the past decade, thousands worldwide have become Club members and benefited from our purchasing co-op and educational services. Our members especially value our personalized customer service to answer or research anyone’s questions.

New York Buyers’ Club is a vital resource for many people with serious illnesses such as HIV and hepatitis C.  We have much potential to serve many more with other diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The evidence mounts daily about the power of nutrients to enhance health and well-being, and reduce the adverse side effects of standard medical treatments.

Your support for NYBC’s 2015 Indiegogo campaign will enable us to:

  • Compile more of the latest research on using nutrition to support people with chronic illnesses
  • Publish our SUPPLEMENT newsletter on complementary care more often
  • Mount a national campaign to promote membership in our purchasing co-op
  • Continue to improve our use of state-of-the-art digital technologies to put forth clear nutritional info
  • Engage various disease groups to build partnerships
  • Expand our efforts to attract major donors for new projects
  • Develop new efforts to address the crisis in access to affordable hepatitis C medicines

Your contributions are fully tax-deductible. We are the ONLY remaining non-profit buyers’ club in the USA helping people with serious illnesses. Thank you for your support to keep us going and growing!

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Movie preview: Dallas Buyers Club

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Last night we had the chance to preview the astonishing and inspiring new movie, Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. It’s the story of Ron Woodroof, a Texas rodeo rider and electrician who tested positive in 1986, and went on to fight the medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies, searching for alternative treatments throughout the world and setting up a buyers’ club to make these alternatives available to others with HIV/AIDS.

We were astonished by the movie because, having labored for a decade (or two decades, for some of us at NYBC) in the field of buyers’ clubs for people with HIV, we weren’t prepared to think of our work as material for a Hollywood production. If you looked at the NYBC probiotics that have helped people keep their digestive systems functioning thru years of taking HIV meds, or the MAC-Pack that has helped HIV+ people keep up CD4 counts, or supplements that have helped support liver function–it didn’t all add up, in our minds, to a Hollywood movie starring Matthew McConaughey!

We do want to give credit to the movie’s creators for doing an excellent job in depicting that moment, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when people with HIV decided to fight a slow-moving, closed-minded FDA that was blocking access to alternative treatments and even to some of the early HIV meds that were becoming available elsewhere in the world.

We particularly liked the early scene in Dallas Buyers Club, when the Ron Woodroof/Matthew McConaughey character, who’s been told by a Dallas hospital doctor that he has 30 days to live, drives down to Mexico, and finds an off-the-grid AIDS clinic run by a American doctor who’s had his license revoked. At that point, Ron Woodroof looks in pretty bad shape, and the clinic doctor tells him that first of all he needs to start taking a “multivitamin with zinc, plus some essential fatty acids.” That’s the starting point for Ron’s new treatment quest, which discards the side effect-ridden AZT being pushed by Pharma and mainstream doctors, and scans the world for alternatives. (The Mexican clinic is also importing DDC, an early line HIV med from France, not approved at the time in the USA.)

There’s a lot going on in Dallas Buyers Club: the homophobic Ron Woodroof undergoes a big change of heart as he sets up the buyers’ club with help from the drag queen played by Jared Leto. At one point you’ll catch a glimpse of a TV news story about ACT-UP storming the FDA to protest the glacial pace of HIV med trials. You’ll also see a fight in a supermarket over whether to buy the typical American junk foods, or some real nutrition. And there’s quite a bit of money changing hands as the buyers’ club takes off (the Dallas Buyers Club was NOT a nonprofit, unlike NYBC!). And we should advise that some of the drugs that Ron Woodroof imported for his buyers’ club were promising starts, while others today we’d have to dismiss. In the end, though, we’ll take Dallas Buyers Club for what it’s meant to be: an inspiring tale about how buyers’ clubs brought treatment alternatives to people with HIV/AIDS, even when that quest ran against most of the conventional medical wisdom. And we’d add that while the treatments have certainly changed over the years, we at NYBC still identify with the need for treatment alternatives, and still don’t want to settle for just the conventional medical wisdom.

So—come on down and visit us at http://www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/. We do recommend that you see the movie, too, when it opens on November 1. And if you support any or all of our convictions about the importance of buyers’ clubs for people with HIV, why not make a donation to NYBC at

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