Most Americans have this sneaky virus—do you?


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Most Americans have this sneaky virus—do you?

It may be an unsettling thought, but 95 percent of Americans have a sneaky virus that in best cases lies dormant and doesn’t cause much of a problem…but in others, well, it’s a different story.

I’m talking about Epstein-Barr virus.

Here’s what you need to know about this sly virus that may be affecting you more than you realize.

Epstein-Barr—a herpes family member

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was first discovered in 1964 when Sir Michael Anthony Epstein and Ms. Yvonne Barr found it in a lymphoma cell line.

EBV is part of the herpesvirus family—specifically, human herpesvirus 4 (HHV-4).  It is the virus that causes mononucleosis (aka “mono”).    

Here are the other herpes family members and the issues they can cause:

  • Herpes simplex type I (HSV-1)—commonly manifests as oral herpes
  • Herpes simplex type II (HSV-2)—genital herpes
  • Varicella-zoster virus (HHV-3)—chickenpox and shingles
  • Cytomegalovirus (HHV-5)—may cause disease in almost every organ of the body including pneumonia, hepatitis, encephalitis, colitis, uveitis, retinitis, and neuropathy
  • Herpesvirus type 6 (HHV-6)—typically causes roseola (a very common illness marked by a high fever and a rash) in children
  • Herpesvirus type 7 (HHV-7)—may also cause roseola
  • Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (HHV-8)—associated with cancers and lymphoma; rates are low in the US

Don’t poke the bear

Most people are not even aware they have EBV and are just symptom-free carriers.  And when it does “make an appearance” as mono, once you recover after a few weeks the “bear” typically goes back into hibernation.

Unless something pokes it into action.

Reactivation of EBV may be seen in people going through major life changes such as the death of a loved one, a major relocation, job loss or menopause.  It can also happen during other times of chronic stress. 

When EBV is triggered back into action, symptoms can include persistent fatigue, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and flu-like symptoms. It can even cause depression. 

EBV has also been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune diseases such as lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

To diagnose EBV, your doctor can do an Epstein-Barr Virus Panel to include: Viral capsid antigen (VCA)-IgM, VCA-IgG, D early antigen (EA-D) and Epstein-Barr nuclear antigen (EBNA).

Engage the power of your immune system!

The typical treatments for EBV (steroids and anti-viral medications) are not really “treatments” at all because they just aim for symptomatic relief while coming with a long list of side effects to boot. 

Your most reliable protection against Epstein-Barr virus is what Nature gave you—a strong functioning immune system!

Here are ways you can engage the power of your immune system to help prevent contracting EBV or to help keep it at bay if you’ve got it:

Eat immune-supportive foods

Have a healthy diet including plenty of dark green leafy vegetables, carrots and sweet potatoes, dark blue and blackberries, nuts and seeds and good quality proteins such as organic chicken, beef, and eggs.

At the same time, avoid refined carbs and sugars, as these feed harmful yeasts and microbes in your gut which in turn can weaken your immune system functioning.

Supplement with the best immune-supportive superstars

When it comes to immune support, nothing beats vitamin D and probiotics!

Vitamin D helps to tame inflammatory immune actions such as those seen with autoimmune disease.  Since it’s a common deficiency, daily supplementation with a top-notch product like Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B® can help ensure your body maintains health supportive levels of this crucial nutrient.

And probiotics like Super Shield are your gold in terms of immune support!  Seventy percent of your immune system resides in your beneficial gut bacteria, so having a healthy population of friendly flora is vital to a healthy immune system!

Consider acupuncture

Many acupuncturists can help your body achieve a “detox” and get on the road to healing from the effects of Epstein-Barr.  If you have known EBV, I highly suggest you seek out a skilled acupuncturist in your area.  There is a reason that acupuncture has been around for centuries, and its benefits to your body are almost limitless. 

See how a strong functioning immune system can help your fight against EBV, as well as support total optimal health!

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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  • @Christine – Here is a link to our Acid Reflux information and suggestions page: Thanks for reaching out!

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  • @Sherry
    What did you take for your acid reflux?

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  • @Christine – We offer a wonderful probiotic that’ll be helpful, it’s called Super Shield and it is right here on our website under the products tab at the top of the page. Thank you!

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  • Sherry,
    Please tell me which probiotics help leaky gut and AS. Thank you for such helpful information over the years. You cured my acid reflux about 8 years ago.

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  • @Bob – Thank you for reaching out! Probiotics have been shown to be extremely helpful in counteracting SIBO. But the key is that it’s important to use a formula which contains both bifidobacterium species (for the large intestine) and lactobacillus species (which reside in the small intestine).

    And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is up to these important challenges.

    Super Shield can help enhance digestion and fight SIBO-induced symptoms safely and naturally from within by helping to restore and maintain the bacteria balance in both your small and large intestines.

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