So... somehow, despite not even getting so much as the sniffles in years, I have had a shingles outbreak about 7 months ago and now learning that I have one of the many strains of HPV (not the wart kind.. in case you're wondering). What gives?! I am never sick, don't have allergies, don't have gut problems, monitor and read about my health/food/nutrient intake more than anyone I know and I am somehow overrun with these little silent bastards.
Any tips on how to drive them out? Anyone successfully beaten a virus in the past? Anyone tried super high dose vit c ala Pauling?
Anythingggg? I am desperate here. And of course my doc was super non-chalant about the whole thing. Said shouldn't be too worried.. maybe the virus will be gone by next time we test. Oh, okay.. thanks doc!
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on April 19, 2013
at 05:11 PM
Nearly everyone has been exposed to a type of herpes (in your case, because of shingles, the chicken pox). Disturbingly (or amusingly) enough, most people pick up herpes from their families - i.e. "Come kiss Grandma!" Many to most people have also been exposed to HPV (nearly all males carrying any of most HPV strains are asymptomatic carriers).
You have to accept one thing: the viruses themselves aren't going anywhere. Some types of herpes for some people never recur, and some types of HPV never present issues or "clear up." However, the virus remains dormant in the body. (So, barring some amazing new, fictional virus-fighting medical technology, the viruses are yours for good.)
If HPV isn't causing issues, then all your need to do (as a female) is get your usual lady-parts checkups, but make sure to check for cervical displasia, since HPV is linked to cervical cancer. You should make sure your OB/GYN knows that you should be checked regularly.
Shingles does have a vaccine, but I don't know how/when it can be given. I'm guessing it can't be administered right after a breakout - but you should consult your doctor, as I know nothing specific about that vaccine. I have older relatives swear they had a breakout after stretching funny or cracking their back. It is commonly believed that the virus "hides" in nerve cells, so this might actually be the case. Also, it explains why stress may trigger outbreaks.
Summary: you have some stuff to watch out for, but it's manageable. Try to remain calm and happy. :-)
on April 19, 2013
at 05:10 PM
Here is a good synopsis of ideas for chronic bacterial infections from Perfect Health Diet, and I would bet that there's plenty of overlap for chronic viral.
I am sure you already do a lot of these. Some that I have been looking into lately are (1) use of IF to promote autophagy and better immunity, and (2) supplementing glutathione and iodine.
And here's a whole list of posts from them on infectious disease: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/category/disease/infections/
If you haven't read the book, there's a chapter on how we get exposed to various bacteria and viruses throughout life, and how a lot of problems of aging are really the buildup of these chronic, low level illnesses.
on December 11, 2014
at 10:32 PM
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