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Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital say it is too soon to call it a "cure", but they have seemingly eradicated two patients of HIV.

How did they do it?  With bone marrow transplants.  The two patients had the virus for roughly 30 years.  They both developed a type of cancer which required a bone marrow transplant.  After the transplant, HIV was not detectable in either patient.  One patient has been seemingly HIV free for 2 years and the other for 4 years! 

Bone marrow is the place where new blood cells are made and is believed to be a reservoir for HIV.  Both of these patients have since stopped taking their anti-retroviral drugs.

"We have not demonstrated cure, we're going to need longer follow-up.", says Dr. Timothy Henrich.  "What we can say is if the virus does stay away for a year or even two years after we stopped the treatment, that the chances of the virus rebounding are going to be extremely low.

Dr. Henrich states that the virus could still be hiding inside brain tissue or the gastrointestinal track.

Timothy Brown, aka the "Berlin patient", is thought to be the first individual cured of AIDS.  He received a bone marrow transplant from a rare donor who was resistant to HIV.

Dr. Michael Brade, the medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, stated that even though it is too early to say a "cure" has been found, "the case suggests that what happened to Timothy Brown, the Berlin Patient was perhaps not a one-off".

And that's what's good,

Jon

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Papa Joe Aviance hit #6 on the Billboard Magazine Dance Charts with his song “Last night a DJ saved my Life”.  What should have been a happy moment, turned out to be a reality check for Papa Joe when he saw the music video playing on MTV and VH1.  Watching himself in the video, he couldn’t believe how big he had become over the years. 

“I was 450 pounds—I was two cheeseburgers away from diabetes or high cholesterol,” recalls Aviance. “I had been big for pretty much all of my life, and I was sick of hating myself. It was now or never.” 

It got so bad at one point that he recalls drinking a two-liter of mountain dew every day, and at the same time, the local drive-thru employees knew him by name. 

“I cleared everything out of my fridge that was going to get in the way of me losing weight—cookies, candy, sodas,” he says. “I was only going to drink water or unsweetened iced tea, and no more fast food.” 

Joe had the right attitude though and began walking daily and doing his best to eat better.  Times were rough for the artist at the time, so he had to figure out a way to eat on a strict budget.  A friend told him about the local 99-cent store, and Joe was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of healthy foods to choose from.  

“Oatmeal, raisins, nuts, bananas, apples, oranges, bell peppers, spinach, salad dressing, tuna fish, eggs… I was shocked. I was blown away,” recalls Aviance. “It was a huge savings. I literally spent no more than $50 a week on food.” 

After 18 months on his strict diet, Joe had lost an astonishing 250 pounds!  Joe spends his time these days traveling the country encouraging and inspiring people of all ages to live a healthier life.  With a little determination and motivation, anything is possible. 


Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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Most of us could guess that meditation improves relaxation and lowers blood pressure, but to change DNA?!  Woaah, now that's wild!

"Researchers at Harvard found that meditating for just eight weeks dramatically alters gene expression, “turning off” hundreds of genes conducive to the onset of disease while “turning on” hundreds of genes conducive to health." (Journal of Scientific Exploration)

The study went on to say how meditation extends an individual's lifespan.  "...meditation seems to extend lifespan at the cellular level through the action of telomerase, an enzyme that repairs telomeres, the endings of chromosome that provide a biological marker of how long a person will live"

No wonder people have been doing this for thousands of years :)

And that's what's good,

Jon

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