Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Mainstream researchers conclude that "Early introduction of
non-human milks and solid foods should be strongly discouraged
because it increases the risk of HIV infection for babies of
HIV-positive women and the risk of diarrhea and respiratory
infections for all babies."
By M. Judith Donovan Post
"Blanche et al raise our awareness about a potential
complication of zidovudine (AZT) therapy in this patient population — namely, infant
mitochondrial dysfunction. These investigators challenge
us...to recognize MR imaging abnormalities that might be due to
acquired mitochondrial dysfunction in this particular setting.
They ask us to include AZT-induced mitochondrial dysfunction in
our differential diagnosis of white matter abnormalities, brain
stem and gray matter signal intensity changes, and atrophy seen
on MR images obtained in infants and children."
Drug Used To Prevent HIV Transmission From Mother To Child Damages DNA
mainstream researchers concerns about the long-term health
implications for infants whose mothers ingest AZT during
pregnancy. "The growing body of evidence demonstrates that AZT
readily induces genetic damage" in these children, they
conclude, potentially leading to cancers later in life.
By Neville Hodgkinson
From Mothering magazine, an article by former London Times
science correspondent Neville Hodgkinson on the rarely
discussed dangers of AIDS drug treatment for pregnant women and
Use this link to view a product information sheet on AZT also
known as Retrovir, from the drug's manufacturer. AZT by any
name is a failed cancer chemotherapy still used today as an
anti-HIV treatment. It is commonly given to pregnant women who
test HIV positive, sometimes in combination with other toxic
drugs, and to their newborn babies in syrup form, regardless of
the baby's HIV status.
By David Crowe HBSc, George Kent PhD, Pamela Morrison and Ted Greiner PhD
The international research organization, Another Look at HIV and Breastfeeding, headed by La Leche League, International founder Marian Tompson, posted a new document at its web site which refutes claims that breastfeeding increases the risk of HIV transmission.
“Promotion of breastfeeding has been ranked as the
intervention for child survival, and could prevent
13–15% of child deaths
in low-income countries...To weigh the risks [of
breastfeeding when the
mother tests HIV positive], we need good data, but
such research is fraught
with difficulties. Hoosen Coovadia and colleagues’
study in KwaZulu–Natal, South Africa, published in
today’s Lancet, is a
breakthrough...provid[ing] confidence that exclusive
against HIV transmission.”