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Success Story of Dr. Devdatta Gore

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Dr. Devdatta Gore worked as a surgeon in the small coastal town of Ratnagiri in western India until he got HIV in 1994. The diagnosis shattered his health. His weight dropped from 68 kg to 38 kg. His CD4 count fell to 38, he got opportunistic infections ranging from herpes to cerebral atrophy, and in 1996, his doctor gave him only two months to live.

In 1998, four years after he was diagnosed as positive, Devdatta embarked on a treatment regimen based on a mix of healing traditions: ARVs, yoga, nutrition, breathing exercises, and spiritual healing. It is unusual for a doctor trained in allopathy to turn to other healing traditions, but Devdatta believes that his recovery truly began only once he had found mental peace – the acceptance to be at peace with himself and the world. Since that day, he has been on a sustained path to recovery.

In the last few years, Devdatta’s CD4 count has increased to 273, and his weight is a constant 52–53 kg. He practices as a part–time physician and has set up a group for positive people. His wife, also a doctor, works in a government hospital. Both his wife and daughter are negative.

[1] An antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body.
[2] An antibiotic that treats different types of bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, bronchitis, ear infections, traveler's diarrhea, and pneumocystis carinii pneumonia.
[3] Typically a vaginal yeast infection.
[4] Increase in heart rate. An increase beyond 140 is considered dangerous.
[5] These included chloroquin, ciprofloxacin, streptomycin injections, INH, ethamutol, PZM, parazedenum, Polybion syrup, haematinic syrup Dexorange, capsule Forcam.
[6] A significant weakening of the toe and ankle
[7] A reddish fruit found on the coast of western India.
[8] Hindu priests.
[9] Traditional healers.
[10] Shrinking of the brain.
[11] An anti-herpes drug.
[12] A protease or anti-HIV drug.
[13] Yoga postures.
[14] A yogic breathing technique.
[15] An ancient breathing technique reintroduced by the Art of Living movement.
[16] A form of yoga that prepares the body for the spiritual path via physical and breathing exercises, and asceticism.
[17] A breathing technique where you inhale passively, and exhale actively using abdominal muscles.
[18] A mixture of milk, sugar, honey, curds and ghee.
[19] Saints.
[20] A well known and highly revered Hindu religious site, dedicated to Vithoba, a form of Krishna.
[21] Spiritual mentor or guide.
[22] Repeating of a holy name or muttered charm while turning beads, like a rosary.

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