Nov 19 2012

Epstein Barr Treatment and Mold (Biotoxic Illness)

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Did you know that Epstein Barr treatment may be ineffective if you do not consider your exposure to mold?.

Biotoxic illnesses are inflammatory conditions that are triggered by micro-organisms like mold, fungi, algae and bacteria. Symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, respiratory distress, swollen glands and malaise are typical and can be hard to discern from those caused by EBV.

Your Epstein Barr treatment plan must look at your immediate environment. Are you exposed to visible mold in your home or work place?. Is there a musty smell when you enter a room? Do your shoes or clothes get moldy in your cupboard? Has your home been exposed to flooding or water damage? Do you feel noticeably worse in certain places or do colleagues talk of “Sick Building Syndrome”?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then mold could be comprising your recovery from EBV.

During Epstein Barr treatment, diagnosis of mold illness begins with a comprehensive medical history and blood tests that are readily available from commercial labs. An extremely useful test is a measure of functional vision called “visual contrast sensitivity”. Ninety two percent of those who are sick from mold exposure will have a positive visual contrast sensitivity test, indicating a deficit in the neurologic function of vision.

If you are diagnosed with mold illness then the next step is eliminating all mold in your home and work environment. This may mean throwing away all your moldy items, fixing leaks or damp basements and getting a mold expert into your home to eradicate mold spores. During Epstein Barr treatment it is not advisable to do this cleaning up yourself as it may make you sicker.

Your doctor may prescribe cholestyramine, a rarely used cholesterol drug that binds to the toxins produced from molds and other biotoxic microbes. According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker, a recognized expert in the treatment of biotoxic disease, about 75 percent of patients experience a 75 percent reduction of symptoms with cholestyramine alone (provided that they are still not exposed to a moldy building). This medication should be taken at least a couple of hours away from your Epstein Barr treatment supplements to ensure effective absorption of your nutrients.

If you are undergoing Epstein Barr treatment then please consider your immediate environment and your exposure to mold. For a good summary of Dr Shoemaker’s strategy please read the article
“Effective Strategies to Identify and Correct the Inflammation Caused by Mold Exposure” on Mercola .com July 22 2012.

For further information on natural Epstein Barr treatment including vitamins, minerals, herbs, foods, liver cleansing, homeopathy, acupuncture, stress reduction and graded exercise please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” By qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.

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Mar 10 2010

Sarcoidosis Cure – The New “Aden Protocol”

Sarcoid is an inflammatory disease that targets the lungs, lymph nodes, liver, skin and heart. The exact cause of the disease is unknown but it is believed that microbes like Epstein Barr virus may be implicated in its development.

 

Most doctors will tell you that there is no sarcoidosis cure. Drugs like steroids can disguise the symptoms however the disease often returns once the drugs are stopped. Some of the uncomfortable symptoms of sarcoid include lung pain, breathlessness, coughing, skin rash, inflammed eyes, fever, weight loss, and swollen glands.

 

Sarcoid is considered an autoimmune disease whereby the body over-reacts to a trigger like a bacteria, virus or irritant. Conventional medicine’s approach is to suppress the immune system with steroids which will control symptoms temporarily. However this offers no cure and can lead to serious long term side effects like osteoporosis, high blood pressure and frequent infections.

 

Fortunately recent research reveals a promising sarcoid cure based on natural therapies. This program called the “Aden Protocol” has been developed by Dr Jani Hajjri – a medical doctor with experience in treating thousands of patients over 22 years. Dr Hajjri’s program aims to heal the body and protect it from further damage with the use of a cleansing diet, nutrients, healing herbs, anti-inflammatory foods and enzymes.

 

Amazingly the sarcoidosis cure rate on the Aden Protocol is about 82%. This natural sarcoidosis cure is effective as it cleanses the body, quells inflammation naturally, and protects the body from further damage.

 

For further information on a natural sarcoidosis cure please visit the sarcoidosis website .  If you are suffering from the pain, discomfort and frustration of this debilitating disease then this may be the answer to regaining your health and life.

 

 

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Apr 06 2009

Epstein Barr Disease – A Natural Approach

Published by Elizabeth under Epstein Barr Treatments

Epstein Barr Disease is triggered by the Epstein Barr virus, the same virus that causes mononucleosis or glandular fever.

This virus is a member of the herpes family of viruses. Once you have had it, the virus remains in the body for life, and it can be re-activated when the body’s defences are lowered.

The virus resides in the salivary glands and is transmitted during the active phase of the illness. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with virus-infected saliva, mainly through kissing, although it can be picked up from shared drinks or eating utensils, or through blood transfusions. In some people, the virus is shed intermittantly throughout life, even though the carrier may show no symptoms.

Epstein Barr Disease has been associated with some rare conditions including nasopharyngeal sarcoma, Hodgkin’s disease, B cell lymphoma, Burkitt’s lymphoma and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Although the mechanism of how these diseases are triggered is still unclear, it appears that they are more likely in immunocompromised patients like post-transplant patients who undergo immunosuppressive treatment.

Symptoms of Epstein Barr Disease

A sore throat, fever, swollen glands and fatigue are cornerstones of the illness. In some patients there may be a skin rash, headache, muscle pains, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, respiratory symptoms and enlargement of the liver and spleen.

Who gets this disease?

It is most common in young adults ages 15-19. 90% of the population have had the virus by the age of 40.

What is the incubation?

Symptoms of the illness usually appear 30-50 days after exposure to the virus.

How long does this disease last?

Symptoms normally last 1 – 4 weeks, although in some cases the disease can last months or in rare cases years.

Can people get the virus twice?

Generally people only get the virus once, however some people do experience a cyclical reactivation of the virus.

How is it diagnosed?

Diagnosis is based on a person’s age, symptoms and a physical exam. Confirmation is made by blood tests which look for antibodies to the virus.

What is the conventional medical treatment for the disease?

Doctors commonly prescribe rest, plenty of fluids and painkillers to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics are of no use in treating a virus like Epstein Barr, but may be prescribed if there is a secondary bacterial infection like strep throat.

What are the complications of the virus?

Rare complications can include rupture of the spleen, heart inflammation, liver problems, anemia, nerve damage, a reduction in blood platelets, pneumonia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and some rare cancers.

What is the natural treatment for Epstein Barr Disease?

Alternative treatment is aimed at boosting the immune system, relieving symptoms and getting you back on your feet as fast as possible. Treatment is based on re-building the immune system and repairing the adrenal glands with high dose nutrients, herbs, homeopathics, essential oils and stress management. Liver cleansing may be needed in order to ensure a complete recovery.

Some of the most effective natural treatments are nutrients like high dose vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and the B complex. Herbs like echinacea, oregano, olive leaf extract and astragalus are excellent adjuncts used to support the body in fighting the virus.

A healing diet needs to be based around an abundance of fresh vegetables, low carbohydrate fruits, quality protein, essential fats and plenty of pure water. Anti-inflammatory foods like fish oils, garlic, ginger and turmeric are useful in relieving symptoms like a sore throat and swollen glands. Antioxidant rich foods like green leafy vegetables, berries, carrots, beetroot and lemons are a useful addition to an immune-boosting diet.

Other natural therapies which are showing promise are homeopathy, essential oils, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, oxygen therapy, graded exercise and stress management.

For detailed information on Epstein Barr Disease treatment, please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.

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Mar 22 2009

Epstein Barr Home Remedies

Published by Elizabeth under Epstein Barr Treatments

Are you stuck at home, trying to recover from a bout of Epstein Barr virus? If so, there is an abundance of Epstein Barr home remedies that can help relieve the painful symptoms of sore throat, swollen glands, debilitating fatigue, fever and body aches.

Most of these Epstein Barr home remedies you should be able to find in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet (or maybe you can borrow them from a neighbour!).

Epstein Barr home remedies from the kitchen

Sea salt.

A salt water gargle is a great way to relieve the pain of a sore throat. Just add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle for a couple of minutes. Adding a pinch of cayenne pepper will make it even more effective, as cayenne temporarily numbs the nerve receptors in the throat.

Garlic

Garlic is a well known anti-microbial often recommended as an effective Epstein Barr home remedy. I tell my patients to eat at least a clove of garlic a day – preferably raw or added to soups, teas or dressings.

Ginger

Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory that can soothe inflamed tissues like a painful sore throat, muscle aches and an enlarged liver, which are associated with Epstein Barr. Ginger is best used raw but can also be obtained in a powder, capsule or preserved form. I love adding raw ginger to my vegetable juices – it gives them a nice tang. Added to soups, teas and stir frys, it has a warming effect on the body.

Turmeric

Turmeric is lovely yellow spice with powerful anti-inflammatory actions. It is traditionally used in curries and stir frys but can be added to teas, soups and casseroles as well. Some of my patients mix a teaspoon of turmeric into a teaspoon of Manuka honey, and then sip it slowly to relieve a sore throat.

Lemons

My favorite of all the Epstein Barr home remedies would have to be lemon juice. Lemon juice is a very alkalising drink to help cleanse your liver and blood, and to bring relief from a sore throat. Simply squeeze half a lemon into a cup of warm or hot water and sip slowly. For added punch, add some grated ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper.

Coriander seeds

Coriander seeds are a renowned Eptein Barr home remedy for reducing a high fever which is common in the early stages of this illness. Crush 2 teaspoons of seed and soak in boiling water for 20 minutes before drinking.

Chicken soup

Chicken soup, chicken broth and chicken stock are famous Epstein Barr home remedies used to bring relief from congestion and discomfort. Scientifically chicken soup has been shown to be high in the amino acid cysteine which helps thin mucous and expel it from the body. So dig up grandmother’s old recipe, cook it up and enjoy!

Vitamin C

One of the most popular Epstein Barr home remedies is the use of vitamin C. Most homes will have a supply tucked away somewhere. Take at least 3-5 gram a day to strengthen your immunity.

Epstein Barr home remedies from the bathroom

Epsom salts

Epsom salts are naturally high in magnesium so are used to ease painful muscles and help relax the body before bedtime. Add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a hot bath and enjoy a relaxing soak for at least 20 minutes.

Essential oils

Lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus oils can be used in a bath, vaporiser or in a steam inhalation to clear congested sinuses, throat and lungs and make breathing easier. You only need to add a few drops to hot water, then breathe deeply for a few minutes to get the best results.

Epstein Barr home remedies from the bedroom

A quiet nurturing room

One of the simplest, most effective Epstein Barr home remedies is a good night’s sleep. You should aim for at least 8-10 hours of deep, unbroken sleep. Make sure your room is dark, quiet and restful. If your room is noisy, then use ear plugs. If it is too bright or glarey, then put heavy drapes on the windows or use an eye mask. To establish a healing, nurturing sanctuary, you can add a few drops of lavender oil on your pillow, or add some fresh flowers to your room.

If you are having problems getting to sleep then some relaxing music, a good book or a meditation tape can be invaluable.

Some patients are woken from sleep by the pain of a sore throat or breathing difficulties from a congested nose. If this is the case, sleep with two pillows or elevate the head of your bed with a couple of books placed under the bed legs. A heat bag can be applied to your throat or chest area, and a lozenge sucked on to ease the sore throat.

These Epstein Barr home remedies are a simple and cost-effective way to help your recovery from this dreadful illness. If you would like more information on Epstein Barr home remedies and recipes then please refer to the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by qualified naturopath Elizabeth Noble.

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Oct 22 2008

Recurrent or chronic Glandular Fever?

Why do some people get recurrent or chronic glandular fever?

The bottom line is how healthy your immune system is. The Epstein Barr virus that causes glandular fever or mononucleosis is a latent virus. The virus can be reactivated when your body is run down or under stress.

If you still get recurrent sore throats, swollen glands, muscle aches or fatigue, it is Nature’s way of telling you that something is wrong with your immune system.

Your immune system may be suppressed from poor eating habits, stress, smoking or a chronic underlying disease or secondary infection. Your genes can also make you more susceptible to disease.

More recently there has been a resurgence in the belief that illness is our body’s expression of limiting beliefs and ideas.

According to Louise Hay, author of “You can heal your life”, the Epstein Barr virus that causes glandular fever, is a stress virus caused by pushing beyond one’s limits, and a fear of not being good enough. The illness can also be caused by anger at not receiving love and attention.

These emotional blocks are often seen in people who live their lives for others. These people are always trying to please their mother / father / husband / children / friends / boss etc. Talking with a counselor or psychotherapist is a good step in clearing these emotional blocks.

Fortunately, through general lifestyle practices like a healthy diet, stress reduction, regular exercise and taking some immune boosting supplements, you can strengthen your immunity and keep the symptoms of chronic glandular fever at bay. See my e-book for further information on these treatments.

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