Soil Based Organisms (SBOs) (Bacillus Subtilis and Bacillus Lichenformis) have been shown to inactivate HIV, SIV and other lipid-enveloped viruses, along with mycoplasmas, fungus and bacteria by producing ‘surfactin’ – a lipopeptide antibiotic. Lipid-enveloped viruses include: HIV, HHV-6 (strains A and B), EBV, CMV and herpes.
In one follow-up of the effects of SBOs on 100 people, all but one reported some sort of improvement. SBOs cause a favorable shift in the TH1/TH2 balance. Adverse reactions seem to be limited to excess dosage or a die-off of other organisms as cellular immunity is enhanced. While many noticed improvements in the first two weeks, some required up to 2 or 3 months of use before they found benefit. [ Interview reported in Positive Health News Report No 16 Spring Issue 1998]
Abbreviation for human immunodeficiency virus, a retrovirus associated with onset of advanced immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Any of a vast group of minute structures composed of a protein coat and a core of DNA and/or RNA that reproduces in the cells of the infected host. Capable of infecting all animals and plants, causing devastating disease in immunocompromised individuals. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics, and are completely dependent upon the cells of the infected host for the ability to reproduce.
Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.
Epstein Barr virus
(EBV): A virus that causes infectious mononucleosis and that is possibly capable of causing other diseases in immunocompromised hosts.
(CMV): A member of the herpes virus family which may induce the immune-deficient state or cause active illness, such as pneumonia, in a patient already immune-deficient due to chronic illness, such as cancer or organ transplantation therapy.
Cytokines are chemical messengers that control immune responses. They are secreted by white blood cells, T cells, epithelial cells and some other body cells. There are at least 17 different kinds of interleuken and 3 classes of interferon called alpha, beta and gamma and various subsets. Interleukens and interferons are called “cytokines” and there are two general groupings, Th1 and Th2. Th1 (T-cell Helper type 1) promote cell-mediated immunity (CMI) while Th2 (T-cell Helper type 2) induce humoral immunity (antibodies).
A branch of the immune system which involves direct attack by immune cells often called "T" cells. Antibodies play less of a role.