AIDS Data Shows Decreasing Trend

Within a report published inside the June 8th 1999 publication of the Washington Times comes a tale that reports over a 20 % drop in AIDS cases from 1997 to 1998. Based on the Times article, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta posted the amount of AIDS cases as going from approximately 60,000 in 1997, to 48,000 in 1998. This astounding change represents a 20% decrease in one year.

These details comes in stark contrast for the dire predictions made earlier. The Times article highlighted several dooms-day claims listed below. "There might be nobody left (without massive federal aid)" Donna Shalala, HHS secretary. "By 1991, 1 in 10 babies could be AIDS victims." USA Today 1988. In 1987 Oprah Winfrey stated on the show that a fifth of heterosexuals could be dead of AIDS by 1990.

Within the last twenty years, the media has definitely blown the alarm of warning about AIDS. As history indicates over thousands of years, diseases possess a cyclical pattern where they first attack more violently in the beginning. This can be accompanied by a decrease in the strength and number of instances of the disease. This isn't to mention that we shouldn't be concerned. But you should be conscious of the facts. Below is a listing of facts on AIDS as published within the Washington Times article depending on information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

* AIDS cases droped from 60,000 in 1997 to 48,000 in 1998.
* There was 6700 non I-V drug using cases of heterosexual patients with AIDS in 1998.
* Teenagers represented only 0.6 percent of cases in 97 & 98
* The amount of AIDS babies went from 671 in 1996 to 473 in 1997 to 341 in 1998.
* Women contaminated with AIDS dropped from 13,000 in 1997 to 11,000 in 1998.

These decreasing numbers ought to be viewed in light of the fact that there isn't any medical treatment or prevention that cures or prevents AIDS. Good sound judgment may be the most efficient technique of prevention.

From the chiropractic perspective, studies have been conducted on AIDS patients to determine the result of specific chiropractic adjustments on certain measures of the immune systems of patients with AIDS. With this study the result of specific upper cervical adjustments on the immune system CD4 cell counts of HIV positive individuals was measured by CD4/mm3 in the blood. In patients struggling with immune deficiency a greater CD4 count represents an increased immunity. These tests were performed by the patients independent medical center where they were under medical supervision for the condition. The measured CD4 counts in the regular group were dramatically increased over the counts of the control group. A 48% increase in CD4 cells was demonstrated over the six-month duration of the study for the group receiving chiropractic adjustments. The control group experienced a 7.96% decrease and the adjusted group experienced a 48% increase in CD4 cell levels.

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