|What It Is|
NYBC's MAC Pack is a daily regimen of immune system-boosting antioxidants and multivitamins: a powerful, proven adjunct therapy in the treatment of HIV. The formulation is comparable to the popular K-PAX® supplements (see below for more details); however the five component supplements in the MAC Pack are produced independently, each by manufacturers known for quality and purity.
K-PAX®, the popular multi-supplement pack, was developed following Dr. Jon Kaiser’s breakthrough micronutrient study that found an increase in CD4 count among HIV+ individuals using this mix of a potent multivitamin and antioxidants. Before the advent of K-PAX®, Dr. Kaiser was hardly new to the field of nutritional supplementation for people with HIV/AIDS: his book, Healing HIV: How To Rebuild Your Immune System, published in 1998 and based on many years of clinical experience with hundreds of patients, still, in our judgment, has many valuable insights about everything from assessing and managing gastrointestinal problems, to exercise and diet for PWHIV. We here at NYBC are fast friends with Dr. Kaiser and longtime supporters of his work.
At this point, the Medicaid or ADAP formularies of many states include the K-PAX® formula. This validation by the healthcare system can only be seen as a victory for all proponents of nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, some people may not have access to these programs and for them, cost can become an issue. For example, the price for the double strength K-PAX® formula is about $140 per month, not an insignificant amount for anyone on a budget and dealing with the usual extra healthcare-related costs.
That’s why NYBC designed MAC Pack (for Multivitamin Antioxidant Combination), an alternative to the "Double-Strength" K-PAX® formula, based on products currently available through our nonprofit purchasing co-op. Unlike K-PAX®, the components of the MAC Pack are delivered in their original bottles, so “some assembly is required” (it’s one reason we also stock handy, small Ziplock baggies -great for travel). While the NYBC MAC Pack protocol is not a precise, 100% match of the K-PAX® formula, it provides a comparable and comprehensive vitamin, nutrient, and antioxidant regimen-- at a much lower cost.
Price Comparison: MAC Pack vs K-PAX®
The total monthly cost of NYBC's MAC Pack is $62.00,
or about ONE HALF of the cost of the K-PAX®!
Formulation: MAC Pack vs K-PAX
There are several slight differences between NYBC’s MAC Pack and K-PAX® worth noting:
1) Acetyl L-Carnitine: The MAC Pack contains more acetylcarnitine than the double-strength K-PAX®not a bad idea, especially if you believe, as we do, that acetylcarnitine is probably one of the key elements in the multivitamin-antioxidant combination. (Two a day is probably sufficient if you’re just interested in matching the K-PAX® formula, but three or more can help if you’re dealing with neuropathy.)
2) Vitamins: The multivitamins contained in our MAC Pack protocol have somewhat different formulas than those in K-PAX®. Taking an extra Vitamin C tab along with the regular multi would make up for one significant difference. And some might wish to take a bit more calcium and vitamin D3 than Added Protection (the MAC Pack multivitamin) offers, as bone loss remains a concern among people with HIV.
3) Iron: K-PAX® only comes with iron; for those with liver trouble, this might NOT be a good idea. With the multivitamin Added Protection, you can choose whether to take iron or not (as it is available both with iron and iron-free formulas). And Ultra Preventive Beta, another Douglas Labs multi, offers in addition to a standard multivitamin formula, a variety of food-based nutrients, for an additional $3 per month.
For more information
For more information on NYBC’s MAC Pack, or if you’d like help in ordering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 1-800-650-4983, and we’d be glad to assist.
For more information about MAC Pack's individual components, see our Supplement Fact Sheets in our Resource Pages section, All About Supplements.
For more information about Dr. Kaiser's HIV/micronutrient study, click here.