NYBC to Continue!

JOIN OUR EFFORTS TO REVITALIZE!

Dear New York Buyers’ Club member,

You may have received an email from us last month informing you that we had made the painful decision to close the purchasing co-op component of the New York Buyers’ Club after ten years.

BUT NOW WE HAVE A PLAN FOR CONTINUING AND EXPANDING THE CO-OP!
A longtime member with significant nonprofit experience and passion about NYBC’s mission, Bob Lederer, has presented a plan that the board has accepted, to lead an effort to revitalize the organization. Bob will spend the next 3 months fundraising for and conducting a needs assessment of current and former Club members. To the extent the fundraising is successful, he will then spend up to another 7 months researching ways to strengthen the Club’s online and in-person marketing, and exploring partnerships in NYC and nationwide with healthcare organizations and groups representing people with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Bob estimates that this work, and a very necessary upgrade of our software to a state-of-the-art online commerce site so we can better compete with supplement retailers, will require a total of about $100,000.

We have already begun to receive generous contributions and pledges. So we have decided to keep the purchasing co-op open, even as we continue to reorganize, and, most importantly, as we continue our fundraising campaign to stabilize and strengthen NYBC. Please spread the word to your friends! (Order through our website or (800) 650-4983).

We don’t know whether this revitalization effort will succeed, but we want to give it our best shot. Key to the plan’s success will be the involvement of our members. That’s where you come in. There are several ways you can get involved, whether you are in New York or ANYWHERE.

Please email us at contact.nybc@newyorkbuyersclub.org and tell us how you can help us revitalize by:

Joining us at the first of a series of NYBC Membership Meetings on Thursday, July 17 at 6:00 PM at DC 1707 (the union that houses us), 420 W. 45th St., in Manhattan, bet. 9th & 10th Aves. (room to be announced). Refreshments at 6 PM, meeting promptly at 6:30. We will put forward our preliminary analysis of fiscal and technological challenges that we face, as well as our initial revitalization plans, seek your input and suggestions, and break into working groups to begin the tasks of outreach, fundraising, and marketing that are necessary to revitalize this grassroots organization! We are also arranging for remote participation using conference call, Google Hangout (somewhat like Skype), and perhaps other online methods – details to follow. Please RSVP.

Making a donation. Please be as generous as you can. We are grateful to those who have already stepped forward.

Reaching out to your friends and colleagues to raise funds. But note that while we always welcome any contributions that people can comfortably afford to give, at this time we are focusing on obtaining major donations of $1,000 or more. So we’d welcome any introductions to such potential donors. We can send a board or staff member along with you to a meeting with such folks if you’d like.

Helping with:
o grant writing
o writing/editing educational or marketing materials
o doing design/layout work
o computer work
o outreach to other health and community organizations about our services.

Offering suggestions either for fundraising or marketing to expand the pool of people we serve.

Sending us a short testimonial (1 to 4 sentences) that we can use publicly about why NYBC’s services and/or particular products have been particularly important in maintaining your health or staving off symptoms or side effects.

Joining us in a follow-up briefing/work session by conference call and/or online services such as Google Hangout, to be held later in the summer (details to be announced).

You the members are our strength. Together, we can save and grow NYBC!
Thanks for all you’ve done,

George Carter, NYBC Administrator/Education Director
and the Board of Directors of NYBC

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Movie preview: Dallas Buyers Club

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Image Credit: Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features
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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

NAC + Alpha Lipoic = ThiolNAC

That’s the equation that sums up NYBC’s combination antioxidant supplement, which includes both NAC (N-acetylcysteine) and alpha lipoic acid. These two are among the most researched antioxidant supplements, with studies of NAC covering issues such as pulmonary function, liver function, HIV, while alpha lipoic acid (sometimes called “thioctic acid,” hence the “thiol” part of our product name) has been investigated for liver health, neuropathy, diabetes, HIV. As a combination, they appear in such products as K-PAX and SuperNutrition’s Super Immune Multivitamin.

NYBC’s combination product ThiolNAC was designed to meet the needs of those who can benefit from supplementation with both of these antioxidants. By combining the two in one supplement, there is also a significant savings in cost as well–always one of the main goals of the nonprofit co-op.

For more information, see the NYBC entry on ThiolNAC:

http://nybcsecure.org/product_info.php?products_id=169

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.

Boston Buyers’ Club members welcomed by NYBC


The New York Buyers’ Club would like to extend a welcome to former members of the Boston Buyers’ Club, a nutritional supplements co-op that recently closed after twelve years of service to the community.

BBC members are invited to make use of the New York Buyers’ Club purchasing co-op and information services by going to

www.newyorkbuyersclub.org

or by calling NYBC toll-free at 800 650-4983 and requesting our information packet for former BBC members.

If you have questions, feel free to email us at contact@newyorkbuyersclub.org

Or you can even reach us by snail mail at:

NYBC
75 Varick Street, Ste. 1404
New York, NY 10013