SUPPLEMENT Returns: Spring 2014 Edition now available

SUPPLEMENT: Newsletter of the New York Buyers’ Club is back again and feeling the love – thanks to those who made our recent indiegogo campaign a success! All articles are archived here on our blog, or you can download the printer-ready version.

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Dallas Buyers Club (The Movie) Meets New York Buyers’ Club (The Reality)

Some ask: Why do we need a buyers’ club, given that HIV meds have advanced so much in the past 20 years? What need does New York Buyers’ Club fill today?

New Research on Depression, and a New Look at Supplements for Mood & Sleep Disorders

New findings turn conventional wisdom on its head, suggest that insomnia can be a cause of depression rather than just a symptom or side effect

We Be JAMA! Report: Multivitamin + Selenium Slows Early-Stage HIV

The findings are especially relevant for early-stage HIV infection, where the combination proved its value in cutting risk of progression


Heartbleed Virus Concerns? NYBC’s Online Store Scores an “A” for Secure Shopping

Shopping online with us is both secure and private. See how we scored! (Link will open independent website testing/security site) You can also verify current SSL security from our site.


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Spring 2014 • Issue No. 26

 

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Top Ten Reasons to Support the New York Buyers’ Club

As we reach the finish of the New York Buyers’ Club fundraiser, we thought it was time to circulate the “Top Ten Reasons” to support NYBC–in case there are those of you out there who aren’t familiar with the unique contributions this nonprofit co-op and information exchange makes to the lives of people with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.

Learn more and make your donation at

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/empower-people-with-hiv-hep-c-to-thrive

TOP TEN REASONS TO SUPPORT THE NEW YORK BUYERS’ CLUB

1. ThiolNAC. NYBC is the only source for this formula combining two widely recommended and well-researched antioxidants, alpha lipoic acid and NAC (N-acetylcysteine). ThiolNAC is especially useful for people with HIV and those with liver disease. NYBC’s combination formula reduces both cost and pill count.

2. NYBC stocks a unique lineup of high quality, specially formulated multivitamins, including Added Protection and Ultra Preventive Beta from Douglas Labs, and the Super Immune Multivitamin and Opti-Energy Easy Swallow from SuperNutrition, Member pricing for these multis is very low—in fact, Douglas asked us to hide the Member price from the general public!

3. NYBC’s MAC Pack and Opti-MAC Pack provide a mix of antioxidants and micronutrients very similar to those in K-PAX®, but at half the price. (Included in many formularies, K-PAX®, is based on Dr. Jon Kaiser’s 2006 journal article that reported an increase in CD4 count for people with HIV taking the nutrient combination.)

4. NYBC stocks a wide selection of Traditional Chinese Medicine supplements, from suppliers like Health Concerns, Pacific Biologic, and Zhang. (NOTE: Zhang products are available only if you log into the NYBC website as a Member.)

5. PharmaNAC®. This effervescent, extremely stable form of NAC (N-acetylcysteine) supports respiratory and immune function. In particular, it holds promise for people with cystic fibrosis, according to recent clinical trials conducted at Stanford. NYBC has stocked an effervescent form of NAC since 2004, based on its well-supported usefulness for chronic conditions.

6. NYBC specializes in probiotics like Florastor® and Jarro-Dophilus EPS. Probiotics support gastrointestinal health, a foundation for general health. And, a recent review in the Journal of the American Medical Association found probiotics effective for preventing and treating antibiotic-related diarrhea, a common side effect.

7. NYBC monitors and presents to its Members the latest research on supplements to support cardiovascular health, including fish oil, CoQ10, plant sterols, and Vitamin D.

8. NYBC annual membership is a tremendous bargain at $5 (low-income, unemployed), $10 (middle-income), or $25 (higher income). Do you know of any other organization that offers annual memberships as low as $5, yet gives you such significant savings?

9. The NYBC Blog alphabetically indexes more than 400 informative posts, providing the latest research news about supplements in an easy-to-read online format.

10. Yes, you can talk to a live person at NYBC! Our Treatment Director, George Carter, has two decades of experience with supplement research, especially for people with HIV and/or liver disease. Reach him at our toll-free number 800-650-4983.

NYBC Fundraising Campaign Almost There – Please Donate Today to Take Us Over the Top!


The New York Buyers’ Club, your community-minded nutritional supplements co-op, provides access to low-cost, high-quality supplements especially selected for people with HIV, Hepatitis C and other chronic conditions. NYBC also reports on the best and most useful scientific information on using supplements to stay healthy–see, for example, our previous post on a ground-breaking November 2013 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which points to an important role for multivitamins and selenium as a means to slow progression of HIV.


Please help us continue our important work—donate today:


DONATE TO NEW YORK BUYERS’ CLUB


(NYBC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization recognized by the IRS, so your contributions are tax-deductible!)


You can also visit the NYBC website and online catalog at

http://www.newyorkbuyersclub.org/

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

DONATE TO NYBC

DONATE TO THE NEW YORK BUYERS’ CLUB TODAY

Dear Friends of the New York Buyers’ Club,

We urgently need your help to continue the important work of the New York Buyers’ Club, your nonprofit supplements co-op and source of information on supplements for people with HIV, hepatitis and other chronic conditions.

NYBC gives tremendous value to the HIV+ community. You may have attended our March 28, 2013 event “HIV & Aging: Living Long and Well” with Steve Karpiak, Ph.D., which offered some eye-opening perspectives on the growing population of HIV+ people over 50. And you may have read the feature article about NYBC in the April 24, 2013 issue of Gay City News: “HIV+ Wellness Can Be a Cooperative Push”–a great story if you want to understand the crucial role of a nonprofit co-op like NYBC in helping people survive and thrive through the AIDS epidemic.

PLEASE MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TODAY by going to our website’s DONATION PAGE. You’ll be helping the New York Buyers’ Club continue its mission of supplying a unique catalog of low-cost supplements to people with HIV. You’ll be helping us continue offering information-rich, life-enhancing events like “HIV & Aging.” And you’ll be helping us provide careful reporting of research about supplements on our website and Blog, information that’s been essential to many in maintaining and improving their health and quality of life.

YOU CAN ALSO MAIL YOUR DONATION TO US:

NYBC
c/o DC1707
420 W. 45th St
New York, NY 10036

Remember, your contribution to NYBC is tax-deductible because we are a 501c3 nonprofit, recognized by the IRS.

Many thanks for your support.

The New York Buyers’ Club

NYBC Welcomes Nelson Vergel • Friday March 30

New York Buyers’ Club presents
A Conversation with Nelson Vergel:
The Latest on Living Healthy with HIV

Friday, March 30, 2012

5:30 – 7:30pm • 420 West 45th St, NYC

Free admission; light refreshments will be served

Nelson Vergel holds a chemical engineering degree and has over 20 years of experience in health education. He has been HIV+ since 1983.

He is the author of the books Built to Survive: A Comprehensive Guide to the Medical Use of Anabolic Therapies, Nutrition and Exercise for HIV + Men and Women and Testosterone: A Man’s Guide. He is the founder of the Body Positive Wellness Clinic in Houston, and serves as a member of the DHSS’ HIV treatment guidelines review panel, and moderates PozHealth, one of the largest online HIV health discussion groups.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to ask a peer expert questions that can change your life!

RSVP on Facebook or via email

June 24: NYBC 5th Anniversary Birthday Party!

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New York Buyers’ Club Presents:

 “Supplements and Other Smart Strategies for Longer Living”

 A Free Panel Discussion with Experts on Both Eastern and Western Approaches to Treating HIV
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DATE: Wednesday June 24th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
PLACE: The Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York City
MORE INFO: www.NewYorkBuyersClub.org/5

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The New York Buyers’ Club (NYBC), a nonprofit nutritional supplements information exchange and purchasing co-op, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a free public forum entitled “Supplements and Other Smart Strategies for Longer Living.” Co-sponsored by Gay City News and POZ magazine, this event promises to be both informative and lively, with panelists including Sunil Pant, the first openly gay Member of Parliament in Nepal and an internationally recognized advocate for people with HIV/AIDS; Tim Horn, President and Editor-in-Chief of AIDSmeds.com; noted NYC physician Paul Bellman, who has specialized in caring for people with HIV since 1986; Ann (“Alex”) Brameier, a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist; and George Carter, Director of the Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research and Treatment Director of NYBC. The forum will be moderated by NYBC President Carola Burroughs, who has worked in the field of HIV education for two decades.

Since its inception in 2004, NYBC has been a source of information on alternative and complementary therapies, especially for people with HIV and/or hepatitis (see its comprehensive website at http://www.NewYorkBuyersClub.org). It has also functioned as a buyers’ co-op, making a unique catalog of supplements available to its US and international membership at very low cost. NYBC endorses a holistic approach to health and healing, embracing both traditional bodies of botanical knowledge and modern evidence-based research findings, and in general stressing the need to integrate diet/nutrition, mental health and physical health, appropriate supplementation and standard pharmaceuticals. Like its predecessor DAAIR (Direct Action Alternative Information Resources), NYBC also believes that everyone has the right to actively engage in researching and understanding their healthcare options, and that we all gain by learning to critically evaluate healthcare information provided by the media, the government, “Big Pharma,” or supplement manufacturers.

After statements from the participants and a moderated panel discussion, the floor will be open for a Q&A session, followed by champagne (or cider) and cupcakes in celebration of New York Buyers’ Club’s fifth anniversary.

Supplements and Other Smart Strategies for Longer Living
Wednesday June 24th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York City
http://www.NewYorkBuyersClub.org/5

Meet the Panelists:

Guest of Honor Sunil Babu Pant is the first openly gay Member of the Constituent Assembly (Parliament) of Nepal, and the Founder and Director of the Blue Diamond Society (BDS), a community-based organization that has worked for the rights of sexual minorities and people with HIV since 2001. BDS played an active role in Nepal’s transition from a conservative (and homophobic) monarchy to a federal republic in 2006-7, and subsequently has been successful in several advocacy campaigns, including the effort to legalize gay marriage, making Nepal the first Asian country to do so. Now counting more than 150,000 members, BDS continues to provide care and support to Nepalis with HIV/AIDS, while also working to reduce stigma and discrimination against the Himalayan nation’s sexual minorities. In 2007, BDS received the Felipa de Souza award from the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, which called it “one of the most effective human rights groups in the world.”

Paul Curtis Bellman, MD is a physician whose private practice in Greenwich Village, New York, has specialized in caring for HIV-positive patients since 1986. Dr. Bellman is a board certified internist and currently an associate attending in the Department of Medicine at St. Vincent’s Manhattan and a senior lecturer in the Department of Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. He is a 1982 graduate of the New York University School of Medicine and has been involved in the clinical care of HIV-positive people since the epidemic began. Bellman actively participates in clinical research as well as the clinical practice of HIV medicine.

Ann Brameier, L. Ac. (known by all as Alex) is an herbalist and acupuncturist, licensed in New York since 1992. Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, she practices an individualized combination of acupuncture, acupressure, tuina and Chinese herbal medicine. Says Brameier: “Combining these modalities can address a myriad of health complaints to achieve a speedier resolution of the patient’s issues than might be achieved by application of only one of these ancient traditions.”

NYBC’s George M. Carter is the Director and Co-Founder of the Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research (FIAR), and has been an AIDS activist for nearly 20 years. His work has focused on research on the use of integrative, traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine therapies for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, as well as the pathogenesis of HIV disease. Mr. Carter has attended numerous national and international conferences on HIV/AIDS, and has served as a civil society delegate for UNGASS sessions at the United Nations. Mr Carter serves as Treatment Director for New York Buyers’ Club.

Tim Horn is president and editor-in-chief of AIDSmeds.com. He has worked as a writer, editor and educator for a number of other AIDS organizations, including Physicians’ Research Network (PRN), the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the AIDS Treatment Data Network, and the PWA Health Group. Tim is a member of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition and has also done an extensive amount of HIV education and advocacy-related work in Mexico, where he lived for 18 months, and was a founding board member of Aid for AIDS. He has been living with HIV since 1992.