Nutrition and HIV: A New Model for Treatment / Edition 1

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This reference book offers a sound nutritional model for sustaining and improving quality of life for HIV positive men and women. It outlines an easy-to-follow program for the prevention and treatment of weight loss-a common problem that if left untreated, could lead to serious health decline or even death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Romeyn, a San Francisco internist specializing in HIV and nutrition, posits wasting, or starvation from within, as the enemy in opposing the advance of HIV infection. Already a grandmother when she began her internship in 1988, Romeyn exhibits here a remarkable combination of compassion, common sense and expertise. She explains clearly how HIV infection promotes wasting and why maintaining lean body mass is essential. She provides a self-help program for monitoring one's condition, improving one's appetite, taking the necessary supplements and dealing with special problems. A strong patient advocate and a proponent of aggressive and early treatment, she offers advice on the therapies currently available for fighting both the virus and secondary infections, choosing a doctor and a health-care plan, getting into new drug trials and using computer sources of information. Ten appendixes and a glossary pack in additional useful information. Although its focus is on nutrition, this is a truly comprehensive guide to combatting the ravages of HIV infection. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Romeyn, a San Francisco-based internist and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, states that "HIV is a disease of decreasing nutritional status." Through the loss of nutrients and weight, the body loses the ability to fight off AIDS or opportunistic infectors. Her book arms HIV+ individuals with the knowledge to monitor and control their own nutritional status aggressively and thus maintain better health. Romeyn explains how individuals can perform their own nutritional assessment and preserve body mass through supplements and careful eating habits. Charts, recommendations, and scientific references are included. Special problems, medicines, lifestyle suggestions, and social support for the HIV+ individual are incorporated throughout the text. Although written for the highly educated reader, this book is readable and packed with useful information. Recommended for all health libraries serving HIV+ populations.-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp., Tampa, Fla.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787939649
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/27/1998
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY ROMEYN, M.D., is an internist on staff at St. Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, with a private practice specializing in HIV and nutrition. She has served on the Food and Nutrition Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees of Project Open Hand, and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committees of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and HIV Care. She is a member of the volunteer clinical faculty of the University of California at San Francisco Medical School, and writes and lectures on nutritional aspects of HIV management.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. I Nutrition and HIV
1 A New Model for Treatment 3
2 Understanding the Process of Wasting 11
Pt. II What You Can Do for Yourself
3 Starting Your Own Assessment 21
4 Vitamins, Minerals, and Trace Elements 31
5 Other Supplements That Enhance Immune Response 65
6 Improving Your Appetite 73
7 Improving Your Environment 85
8 Sex, Drugs, and Exercise 99
Epilogue: Your Personal Program 129
Pt. III What You Can Do with Your Doctor
9 Choosing a Doctor 133
10 Understanding Your Health Care Plan 147
11 Monitoring Your Nutrition 161
12 The Wasting Syndrome 171
13 Fighting the Virus 209
14 Secondary Infections 233
15 Special Problems 251
16 Joining Studies 277
17 Women and HIV 285
18 What to Do: Algorithms for Care 299
Pt. IV Taking Charge: How to Direct Your Own Healing
19 Taking Charge of Your Medical Care 321
20 Feeding the Soul 331
App. I 1993 CDC Criteria for a Diagnosis of AIDS 345
App. II Diet Diary and Nutritional Assessment Form 347
App. III List of Caloric Values 364
App. IV Vitamin Supplementation Sources 371
App. V Types of Studies to Evaluate Drug Effects 372
App. VI HIV Flow Sheet 375
App. VII Recommended Schedules for Prophylaxis of Infection 378
App. VIII HIV Intake Physical 381
App. IX Buyers' Clubs and Information Sources 384
App. X Partial List of Feeding Programs 389
App. XI Water Safety 392
App. XII Antiretrovirogram: Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors 395
Glossary 397
Index 407
The Author 427
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    Great book. Needs to be revised.

    This is the best book on the market that I have found related to HIV and AIDS. Dr. Romeyn does a fine job of explaining things in easy to understand terms. With information changing so rapidly, however, this book written in early 1998 is in serious need of a revision.

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