Apr 132014
Bathtubs, concrete cracks, bubble wrapped pills and magnolia blossoms

I’m feeling… something. Older, perhaps? I fear I have so many things I want to accomplish so I can “retire” with some degree of comfort; a bathtub I can actually stretch out and soak in, for example.

I am still recovering from the sudden loss of Gos Blank and watching from a distance as other friends struggle with their own forms of bizarre and crippling health. It makes me feel I have no right or business to complain about my own symptoms and signs.

Higher CD4 count increases risk of ARV adverse effects

 Posted by on 2014-03-01 at 9:02 am
Mar 012014
Higher CD4 count increases risk of ARV adverse effects

Each patient fell into one of three groups: <350 CD4 cells/muL; 351-499; and >500. This last group would be considered “normal” according to AIDS.gov, which lists the range for CD4 counts as 500-1000. Yet, according to this study, this group of so-called “healthy” patients were almost one and a half times more likely to experience a drug-related adverse effect.

The report reinforces another point that I find I must continue to drive home over and over again, and that is the definition of “low CD4 counts”.

Supplemental autopsy for Gos Blank: PCP detected

 Posted by on 2014-02-25 at 9:44 am
Feb 252014
Supplemental autopsy for Gos Blank:  PCP detected

Nearly four months after his death, and a couple of months after the “final” autopsy report was released, Gos Blank’s wife, Lisa, receive additional information in the form of a letter with the subject: “Supplemental Final Diagnoses”. According to this update, dated February 11, 2014, a stain revealed the “presence of multiple cup and/or boat shaped fungal cysts located within foamy amorphous matériai within the alveolar spaces which were characteristic of Pneumocystis jirovecii microorganisms.

Good news, mostly -UPDATED with video

 Posted by on 2014-02-07 at 6:56 am
Feb 072014
Good news, mostly -UPDATED with video

The latest round of OAT, stool and conventional “HIV” surrogate test markers are in, and the news is mostly good. Regardless of which angle one looks at these laboratory test results from, there is evidence to support an evolving thesis that a multi-faceted approach to immune dysfunction might be as efficacious as the current pharmaceutical-based guidelines for treating “HIV/AIDS”, minus the worst of the adverse effects. The not-so-good news is that the continuation of this seven year long experience (experiment?) is being jeopardized by the lack of financial resources. There, I said it, and I won’t mention it again until the end of this post.

construction ahead

 Posted by on 2014-01-30 at 4:24 pm
Jan 302014
construction ahead

Improvements are underway!      While every effort is being made to minimize interruptions during this phase of construction, visitors may experience intermittent or limited access to the blog resistanceisfruitful, or to other content on this site occasionally the next few days. Thanks for your patience and if you experience difficulty, please come back in a few hours. […more]

Did Gos Blank die of AIDS? – UPDATED

 Posted by on 2014-01-13 at 5:10 pm
Jan 132014
Did Gos Blank die of AIDS? - UPDATED

So, did Gos Blank die of AIDS? That was the original question, was it not? That is what both AIDS dissidents and the AIDS apologist trolls are waiting to hear, isn’t it?

I don’t know how it is possible to come to any conclusion that would satisfy both sides. Any answer given would only raise more questions, though not many new ones, really. Before anyone starts dancing on Gos’ grave, let’s examine some of these questions… in Gos’ own words as much as possible. (Unless noted otherwise, all blockquotes from this point on are from Gos’ book)

Jan 042014
Fear of the Invisible & Alive and Well SF websites restored

Janine Roberts may well be my favorite investigative reporter on the topic of AIDS and HIV. She has published several books and produced documentary films, on topics ranging from Aboriginal resistance to British colonialism in Australia, to the shame of deBeers’ diamond mining operations in Africa.

Janine has also written the much more personal story about her life as a transgendered person—The Seven Days of My Creation: Tales of Magic and Gender

The book that has most helped me form an alternative view about what the heck HIV might really be, and its role in the disease most people call AIDS is titled Fear of the Invisible.

A new home at reAIDS

 Posted by on 2013-12-30 at 1:59 pm
Dec 302013
A new home at reAIDS

After more than five years of blogging, resistanceisfruitful.com moved to a new domain: reaids.com. The name is shorter and easier to remember… and to type! 

The transition this past weekend was not a smooth and painless one, but thanks to a tech at inmotion hosting who is also named Jonathan, the job got done.

Other than a different URL in the browser’s address bar, most visitors won’t notice many substantial changes immediately. Oh, I’ve tried to freshen things up a bit by changing the color scheme to a more minimalist look, but all content is still where it was before the move (hopefully).

2014: time to move on beyond AIDS dissidence

 Posted by on 2013-12-20 at 9:51 am
Dec 202013
2014: time to move on beyond AIDS dissidence

As the winter solstice approaches, I am aware of what a noteworthy month this December is for me, in ways that have nothing to do with the holidays. Fifteen years ago this month I was informed that I was “HIV-positive”. Five years ago, I started this blog, primarily to share my experiences with both the diagnosis, as well as previous and new health issues. I will be sharing some exciting news about some changes that will be happening to resistance is fruitful a bit later in this post.

AIDS drugs: when resistance is futile

 Posted by on 2013-12-17 at 11:07 am
Dec 172013
AIDS drugs: when resistance is futile

In nearly every conversation I’ve had with Affecteds who are experimenting with ways to reduce the toxicity of antiretroviral (ARV) regimens, questions about “AIDS drug resistance” comes up. Resistance is often raised as a boogeyman in research trials of monotherapy and intermittent treatment options. While drug resistance—especially bacterial antibiotic resistance to staphylococcus or tuberculosis, for example—is increasingly a problem in modern medicine, one is unlikely to hear drug resistance discussed quite the way it is with AIDS. No other pathogen is described as “sneaky”, “clever”, or more mutable than HIV, despite the fact that retroviruses do not even meet most definitions for being a living entity, let alone have a brain.