By Rhonda Jones – About four years ago I visited a naturopathic doctor due to extreme and deliberating fatigue. The doctor did a series of blood test that showed I had hypothyroidism but also indicated that I had some type of chronic viral infection. The doctor reasoned that my fatigue was probably due to low thyroid and decided to take a wait and see approach. Unfortunately, I soon moved from the area and this was not explored further.
Several months later, new symptoms began showing up. These included pins and needles prickly feelings around my torso. My brain or top of my head often felt like it was on fire or there was a feeling of cold water floating on top of my head. Sometimes it felt like someone was burning my legs intermittently with a laser torch. And although my thyroid was now in the normal range, I still felt extreme tiredness.
From Doctor to Doctor
I continued to go from doctor to doctor trying to find answers. Why doctor to doctor? Because no one really took me seriously. I heard things like, “Well you look healthy,” or “Are you sure you’re just not depressed?” It was as if they wanted me to be depressed so they could subscribe anti-depressants and just get rid of me. I always said, “No, I’m not depressed but I am upset because I can’t find any answers.”
On several occasions the burning in my head was so bad, I actually went to the emergency room. When this happened, I would usually spend several days in bed as this condition was somewhat debilitating. I suffered for many years thinking I had everything from multiple sclerosis to fibromyalgia. I even had all of the silver fillings removed from my teeth, fearing I had heavy metal poisoning. After numerous requests, one doctor finally gave me a CAT Scan which came out normal; however, after some research I found that CAT Scans don’t always detect some illnesses and MRIs are much better at detecting brain and spinal cord disorders.
Needless to say, suffering all these years without any diagnosis was disheartening. I also wanted to go back into teaching, but knew with my low energy levels there was no way I could do it. All the research I had done hadn’t gotten me any closer to what was wrong with me.
Not long ago I learned about the gluten and brain connection and how detrimental gluten (wheat protein) was to our health. The authors of “Why Isn’t My Brain Working?,” “Help for Hashimotos,” “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: Root Cause,” assert that gluten was toxic to the body and people with thyroid problems should avoid it like the plague. I went on a strict gluten free diet and am happy to say that I did see an improvement in my symptoms. Hashimotos is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid and causes hypothyroidism.
Dr. Tent’s Lectures on Virus and Vaccinations
About four months ago I began listening online to a health practitioner named Dr. Tent. Why his videos showed up in my “What to Watch” on YouTube, I’ll never know, but it certainly was a God-send. Dr. Tent who is also a chiropractor with over 30 years in the healthcare field happens to be an expert on many health conditions as well as auto-immune diseases. It was the first time that I ever heard about the virus called Epstein Barr.
According to Dr. Tent, this virus is suspect in most auto-immune diseases, cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and many other degenerative illnesses. In his lectures, I learned that as children most of the population has been inoculated with virus-ridden vaccinations. His videos are both enlightening and fascinating as he uncovers the history of viruses specifically EBV. Unfortunately, he practices in Missouri, but does Skype appointments.
Natures Amazing Mononucleosis Cures
During this same time, I also purchased an eBook on Epstein Barr Virus titled Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures by Elizabeth Noble, Naturopath, Member of the Complementary Medicine Association and the Director of Wholistic Therapy Centre. Epstein Barr Virus is the same virus associated with the kissing disease, mononucleosis; however, from my memory I never suffered from this particular illness. Ms. Noble wrote the eBook after dealing with her own bout of EBV. The eBook contains suggested remedies, supplements, and natural cures for dealing with EBV. I learned that most of the time this virus just lies dormant in the body until our immune system is compromised and it becomes activatived, as in my case.
After reading the eBook, I requested a blood test for the Epstein Barr Virus. The results came back positive. In fact, the doctor said that I had a chronic case and that I’ve had it a long time. Finally, a diagnosis! Why didn’t someone test me for this 4-years ago? The doctor then went on to tell me that there was no cure for it, just symptom management. I wasn’t surprised as that is the answer for most of modern medicine, no cure, just mask the symptoms. That didn’t matter to me anyway as I never had any intention of following any traditional medicine protocol that would most likely make matters worse. I only wanted a diagnosis so I could seek out natural cures or remedies.
I purchased a number of supplements recommended in the eBook, which I will list later in this article, and within several weeks I felt noticeable improvement, my energy returned, and honestly, several months later, I have never felt better. I feel like a new person. I continue to eat an almost gluten-free diet and added a more active exercise routine to my weekdays. The supplements I take suppress the virus and strengthen my immune system.
Why this Article?
The reason I am writing this article is that auto-immune diseases, cancer, dementia and other mysterious illness have skyrocketed. Even healthy people, those who eat right and exercise, are dying all around us. Many people are treating these illnesses with traditional medicine and just getting worse. Both my cousin’s wife and daughter were diagnosis with MS and a rare disease last year. I wanted to share with you a possible alternative that worked for me and might also work for you. If you are suffering from an autoimmune disease or mysterious illness, I want to encourage you to watch some of Dr. Tent’s videos (I’ll post at the end), find out if you have the Epstein Barr Virus (from a simple blood test), and if so, consider purchasing the eBook, try some of the anti-viral supplements I listed, or make a Skype appointment with Dr. Tent. Another thing I like about Dr. Tent’s videos is he shows lots of case studies with positive results. The videos are kind of long, but well worth your time.
So how does EBV affect the body? What’s happening is that the virus lives in the body’s tissues and the body begins to attack itself. That is basically what auto-immunity is all about, the body attacking itself. But why would it do that? Because it is trying to destroy foreign substances (the virus) that don’t belong there which have embedded themselves in our tissues and organs. Below you will find a few more details about the Epstein Barr Virus.
More About EBV
Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) sometimes referred to as the virus that causes mononucleosis, is one of the most common viruses found throughout the world. Scores of research studies indicate that approximately 90-95% of all adults have been infected with the virus at one time or another, as antibodies against the virus have been found in their systems. The virus was named after Dr. Michael Anthony Epstein and Dr. Yvonne Barr, two renowned pathologists who were the first to discover and document the complex virus in the early 1960s.
What Does the Epstein Barr Virus Do?
Although EBV is most commonly recognized as a leading cause of mononucleosis (a.k.a. glandular fever), it has also been associated with various types of cancer such as Burkitt’s lymphoma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Infection with the virus has been associated with higher risk factors for various autoimmune disorders such as HIV, dermatomyositis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. EBV has also been recognized as a contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a debilitating disorder that produces extreme fatigue or exhaustion as well as various physical pains and ailments.
How Do You Get EBV?
EBV is mainly transmitted by way of close human-to-human contact, saliva, or even sex. Dr. Tent suggests in his videos that EBV is primarily contracted through various vaccinations beginning with the polio vaccine in the early 50s and many travel vaccines today. EBV can also be spread by coming into contact with unsterilized blood transfusion equipment. An EBV infection can exist as a subclinical condition, which means that a person can carry the virus but not display any overt symptoms. Other people experience EBV as a clinical condition, displaying the typical symptoms that are associated with whichever particular disorder the virus may have enacted. EBV is a complex virus, and much of how it operates is still yet to be fully understood. One fact that has been established, however, is that after an EBV infection has been neutralized, the virus remains latent in the person for the rest of his/her life.
How Do You Treat EBV?
The main objective behind any treatment of Epstein Barr Virus is to neutralize the growth of the virus and to fortify the immune system so that the body can utilize its own defense systems in fighting off the infection. There are a number of prescription anti-viral drug treatments available for EBV such as Zovirax and Valtrex. These drugs are designed to alter the DNA of the virus so that it cannot replicate, but their main disadvantage is that the alteration activity happens at a very late stage, which means that most of the damage done by the virus has already taken place. Another disadvantage of prescription drugs is the fact that they carry the risk of various side effects, which can “break one thing while fixing another.”
Many researchers believe that the best treatment options available are those that employ natural methods. It has been repeatedly proven that antioxidant-rich vitamins such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A (as beta-carotene) are highly effective in maintaining a strong and healthy immune system. These vitamins stave off the effects of free radical damage to cells and bolster the body’s natural defense mechanisms. Eating generous portions of fresh fruits and vegetables each day is a great way to get these vitamins into your system. You can also take various multivitamin supplements in tablet, capsule or liquid form.
A major component of a natural EBV treatment regimen is not only what food you put in your body, but also what you don’t allow into your body. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol and foods with high sugar content will do wonders towards maintaining a robust immune system. Another often neglected component of healthy immune function is simply getting enough sleep each night. Most people are chronically under-slept, but in order for your immune system to function at optimal levels, it is critical for you to get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night. High stress levels can also inhibit your immune system from being at its best, so any measures you can take to reduce or eliminate stress will definitely be instrumental in keeping your body primed for defending against illness.
As there are no proven prescription drug treatments for the Epstein Barr Virus, it can be argued that the natural treatment options for the virus are just as effective (if not more so) than synthetic treatments. No matter which treatment option you choose, the focal point should always be the health and strength of the immune system, because that is the main aspect of the body that comes under attack when EBV rears its ugly head. Whichever route you take, it is recommended that you consult with a health professional in order to design a treatment program that is right for you.
Below are the main supplements I take for treating EBV. I actually take more but these have the biggest anti-viral properties. If you want to find out about the full treatment from eBook, see the link below. The eBook is $49.95 and includes 1 month of email consultations with the author. In my case, the author was really prompt at returning emails.
I take about 12 supplements a day. The four that I believe help EBV most are below. You’ll find the other suggested supplements in the eBook, but you can start with these. I would do some google research on each of these. Dr. Tent recommends several different supplements that he shares in his videos.
- Sun Brand: Monolaurin from Raw Coconuts
- Olive Leaf Extract from Swanson Vitamins
- Astragalus from Swanson Vitamins
- Liver Tone Detox Liver Formula from Swanson Vitamins
Below are several videos by Dr. Tent that will give you additional information about the history of autoimmune disease and his treatment of the EBV.
The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic – Dr. Tent – It’s Not Autoimmune, you have Viruses
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