Fear of the Light: How vitamin D science supports* HIV/AIDS scepticism [PowerPoint]

On the 16th of this month I appeared at Maison de la Pierre @ Vers Pont du Gard in Southern France to deliver my talk on vitamin D deficiency as a form of immunodeficiency.

You can now find the unedited PowerPoint presentation online here (the version presented featured a few less slides for brevity).

Video of my talk and those of others should be available shortly [update 21/6/18: videos are appearing on this YouTube playlist. There are more to come as of writing].

You can read my overview of the conference here.


Taking Vitamin D to France

During June 15-17 there will be a conference entitled Challenging Viral Paradigms taking place near Nimes in southern France.

I’m scheduled to appear to give a short talk on the related subject that I have yakked about a lot in writing. I had been pestered by a couple of people to verbalise it (‘put your ideas where your mouth is’!), though the chance to visit Pont du Gard was also enticing.

I feel now is actually quite an opportune time to talk about vitamin D’s role in immunity because there is growing talk within the mainstream about it, even though it should be clearly appropriated by AIDS dissenters. A decade ago you never saw ‘vitamin D’ and ‘HIV/AIDS’ in the same sentence.

I’m not a natural speaker but I’m being trained to give it my best. I apologise to anyone who attends if I fail but it is worth seeing if I can make my point to a new audience and arouse any discussion. I value the opportunity to make my ideas (it’s not ego, I just can’t find anybody else to attribute this to) more prominent.

I am unsure if there will be any videos of the event but I will share my PowerPoint file here shortly after it.

If you’re there and come across me don’t be afraid to say hi.

Prior immunodeficiency leads to immunodeficiency… who’d have thought it?!

In un-shock-horror-news, vitamin D deficiency – a state mumbling-ly acknowledged as immunodeficiency – is thought to help the immunodeficiency caused by “HIV”. But when not deficient, “HIV” has a harder time expressing itself. So, in some cases at least, the core immunodeficiency to worry about is vitamin D dearth; and given that “HIV” is not proven to do anything, vitamin D is one of those things, like good food and clean water access, and abstention from hard drug use, that really makes or breaks the immune system.

Read the article here.

Then buy my book, perhaps?

HIV or vitamin D deficiency?

The aim of the current study was to further assess the short-and long-term prognostic value of vitamin D deficiency for AIDS-defining and non-AIDS-defining events and death and to study the association of vitamin D deficiency with inflammatory markers.

…Although the odds of death were not associated with the baseline vitamin D level, they “decreased significantly by 46% for a 2-fold higher level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D,” Dr. Viard reported.

…”Vitamin D was lower in cases of death than in controls, but only for the latest sample, while interleukin-6 [IL-6] was higher in cases than in controls for all items,” Dr. Viard said.

“Similarly, CRP [C-reactive protein] was higher in cases than in controls at the latest sample for AIDS-events and death, and it was also higher at baseline for people who were going to die.  CD14 levels were higher in cases and in controls for AIDS events and death.”

The percent change in the level of inflammatory biomarkers and the CD4 cell count reflected the vitamin D status. If patients were severely vitamin D deficient (<10 ng/mL), high-sensitivity  IL-6, and high-sensitivity CRP increased by 4.66% per year and by 8.35% per year after adjustment for several variables, including season, sex, age, and region of residency. There was no change in these markers if patients had normal or moderately deficient vitamin D levels.

Soluble CD14 increased regardless of vitamin D status. CD4 counts increased by 7.00% per year for people deficient in vitamin D and by 11.14% per year for people nondeficient in vitamin D (both  P < .01), but not at all for patients who were severely deficient.

Asked for perspective on these findings, session cochair Andrea Antinori, MD, from the National Institute for Infectious Disease in Rome, Italy, who was not involved with the study, told   Medscape Medical News that he found the results interesting because “probably we don’t have much information about the role of vitamin D, and more interestingly, not only its role in bone mineral density and fracture in the long term but even in immune activation inflammatory pathways” that can increase other risks, for example, for cardiovascular disease.

In regards to Antinori’s words, our lack of knowledge on vitamin D’s immune-enhancing effects means that we cannot rule out vitamin D deficiency as a cause of AIDS itself.

It is interesting to note that the article makes no reference to HIV after the headline.

[Source: Medscape]

The author of this blog has written about AIDS and vitamin D in Prescribing Sunshine: Why vitamin D should be flying off shelves.

Vitamin D deficiency high in Ugandan TB (AIDS-defining illness) patients

In the present study, researchers wanted to know if patients admitted to the hospital for tuberculosis in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, were vitamin D deficient or not.

They measured vitamin D levels among other things in 260 consecutively admitted tuberculosis patients. They found vitamin D deficiency was common, despite Uganda close proximity to the equator and having an abundance of sunshine.

…The researchers also noticed that vitamin D deficiency was more common in patients with HIV co-infection, low CD4 cell counts (a type of cell that helps your immune system) and anemia.

What’s the bigger problem: vitamin D deficiency or HIV-positivity?

[Source: Vitamin D Council]