Nutrition and HIV: A New Model for Treatment

Nutrition and HIV: A New Model for Treatment

by Mary Romeyn
     
 
Treating HIV with Nutrition

Nutrition and HIV addresses the issues of nutrition and HIV from the perspective of the patient as well as the physician. Everyone who is interested in the problems of--and solutions to--nutritional therapy in HIV owes it to themselves to read this book.

--Paul A. Volberding, M.D., director, Center for AIDS Research, San

Overview

Treating HIV with Nutrition

Nutrition and HIV addresses the issues of nutrition and HIV from the perspective of the patient as well as the physician. Everyone who is interested in the problems of--and solutions to--nutritional therapy in HIV owes it to themselves to read this book.

--Paul A. Volberding, M.D., director, Center for AIDS Research, San Francisco

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.

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.
From the Publisher
"Nutrition and HIV addresses the issues of nutrition and HIV from the perspective of the patient as well as the physician. Everyone who is interested in the problems of—and solutions to—nutritional therapy in HIV owes it to themselves to read this book." (Paul A. Volberding, M.D., director, Center for AIDS Research, San Francisco)

"Thoroughly researched, readable, and compelling. An important new resource for people with HIV and for those who care for them." (Ronald Baker, Ph.D., editor, BETA (Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS), San Francisco AIDS Foundation)

"So the bottom line is this: HIV is a disease of decreasing nutritional status; people die of wasting when their nutritional status can no longer support life; we already have ways which can delay or limit that decline, and more are on the way. In the race against HIV, there are new ways we can buy more time. And for some of us, the goal to 'Be Here for the Cure' may actually be within our grasp.'' (Mary Romeyn, M.D.)

''As a nutritional consultant for our feeding programs, and now with this book, Mary Romeyn has taught us that our 'Meals with Love for People with AIDS' constitutes important treatment for this disease.'' (Tom Nolan, executive director, Project Open Hand)

''Hunger hurts... with Dr. Romeyn's book a person living with HIV now has the ammunition to fight this battle we call AIDS. Nutrition and HIV: A New Model for Treatment is a comprehensive guide to AIDS management through nutrition.'' (Easter M. Armas-Mikulik, founder and executive director of A Loving Spoonful)

"This book can be a useful tool for HIV-infected patients and their dietitians." (Journal of the American Dietetic Association)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780788157110
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Pages:
353

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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