Potatoes, Poppycock and HIV/AIDS 31 January 2005
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Tony Floyd,
Medical Student
Newcastle University

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Re: Potatoes, Poppycock and HIV/AIDS

From a South African newspaper (1) comes:

"A new study published this month by Aids, one of the world's leading HIV journals, said that the African potato (Hypoxis hemerocallidea) might significantly weaken the power of anti-HIV medicines (antiretrovirals or ARVs) by altering their concentration in the bloodstream."

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, the South African Minister of Health has long advocated a concoction of garlic, olive oil and this very potato whilst failing to treat her people.

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References:

(1) Study casts doubt on African potato remedy. Sunday Independent. South Africa. January 30 2005

Competing interests: None declared