HIV=AIDS?: A Civil Discussion

HIV/AIDS denialists, sometimes called  AIDS Dissidents or AIDS Re-Thinkers, are a very small but vocal group of scientists, researchers, activists, and journalists who question the causal link between HIV and AIDS. Because I have been featured in several documentaries about HIV that have a decidedly ‘Dissident’ editorial slant. I get a lot of emails about my own views on the so called AIDS Dissident Movement. My personal view is that a variety of factors or cofactors affect the health of an HIV+ individual, but HIV is the primary cause of AIDS and there is over thirty years of research to back this up. more »

Modern Yoga Gurus

The following gurus and masters are largely responsible for bringing yoga in its various forms to the west.  These sometimes controversial spiritual leaders, have written a virtual library of books.  This is but a sampling of their more popular writings.   Mata Amritanandamayi (AKA Amma or ‘Mother’) 1953-Present- • About Love Is the Answer Volume 1 by Mata Amritanandamayi Love is the Answer Volume 2 by Mata Amritanandamayi   Amrit Desai 1932-Present • About Amrit Yoga: Explore, Expand, Experience the Spritual Depth of Yoga by Yogi Amrit Desai Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-in-Motion, Book 1 by Yogi Amrit Desai Kripalu Yoga: Meditation-In-Motion – Focusing Inward, Book 2 by Yogi more »

I Just Tested Positive, Now What?

If you just tested HIV positive, you are probably freaking out. The weeks and months that follow that news can be very disorienting. There are all new questions to answer for yourself. Questions about dating, whom to tell and what to do to keep yourself healthy are all new. The following are points to consider as you begin this new leg of your journey. In time you will learn to live with HIV and to have a wonderful and productive life. For now, just allow yourself to take things slowly. 1. Take a deep breath and try to relax. You more »

Nutrition & Supplements for HIV

Everyone needs proper nutrition to be healthy including macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).  HIV+ people, however, need to pay special attention to nutrition so as to support the immune system an help detoxify the body.  Generally speaking, one should be able to get ample amounts of nutrition from a diet rich in whole foods, but given the high staks associate with not getting enough of a given nutrient, adding supplements is often a good insurance policy. Below is a list of supplements that may be helpful in supporting your body’s efforts to stay healthy with HIV and to help counter some more »

Living Well with HIV: A Ten-Point Plan

By Darren Main Develop a meditation practice. The first thing I recommend a person do when they test HIV+ is to meditate. If they don’t know how, I teach them or recommend that they learn from someone in their area. The mind can be the greatest enemy or the greatest ally in the quest for health. Learning to quiet the ego mind will help a person make more rational decisions about their health, their diet and their future, while at the same time giving the body the space it needs to find balance and wholeness. Meditation is really the foundation more »

HIV & The Mind-Body Connection

By Darren Main • Fall 2000 For many, the mind and body are two distinctly different and separate forces. For them they co-exist peacefully at best. At worst they are at odds with each other, in strong conflict. In either case, there is a strong tendency to see them as separate with each having little or no effect on the other. In this column, I suggest we take a look at a more holistic view of healing by recognizing connections between the mind and the body. In this model, the mind and body are not seen as separate but rather more »

Learning to Sit: An Introduction to Meditation

By Darren Main Reprinted From Inner Tranquility: A Guide to Seated Meditation The Buddha was once asked which meditation technique was the most effective. The master’s response was both simple and profound. “The one you practice.” Therefore, start your practice with this simple technique and explore others as well. The important thing is that you get started and that you practice consistently. Sit in a comfortable upright position. Some people sit cross-legged, and others prefer to kneel. It is also acceptable to sit in a straight-backed chair. Allow your body to relax and take a few deep full breaths to shift more »

HIV Treatments: An Interview with Jon Kaiser, M.D.

By Darren  Main • Spring 2001 NOTE:  Because this interview was conducted in 2001, standard treatments for HIV  have changed and evolved.  Please consider that as you read this article.  Please consult your physician or contact Dr. Kaiser directly for the most up-to-date treatment options available if you our someone you know is HIV+. Over the past few weeks, my email box has been flooded with questions about HIV treatment in response to the U.S. Government’s new recommendation that people with HIV wait to start Antiretroviral cocktails.  As a result, more and more people are interested in learning ways to keep their more »

Pranic Breathing

Advanced Breathwork for the Modern Yogi By Darren Main Here in the West the primary focus on yoga is physical with most of the styles falling under the umbrella of Hatha yoga.  Hatha yoga is really a blending of two larger styles of yoga, Kundalini, which focuses on the energy body and classical yoga (Ashtanga or Raja Yoga) which is rooted in the Eight limbs outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.   In classical yoga there are eight limbs in total, but the defining quality in a Hatha practice is its use of the third and fourth limbs, asana more »