You Can Avoid Shingles – Here’s Help
Having shingles is about as painful as having a baby, but it goes on longer and instead of ending up with a prize, you end up with scars and lingering pain.
Well, now, see, this is not good. And it’s hard to understand why anybody would volunteer for this pointless pain, but we do.
What? You didn’t know you were waving your hand in the air to volunteer? Surprise! Surprise!
Shingles is a rash-from-hell that shows up unexpectedly, limiting itself to one side of your body-which is more than enough, thank you very much.
The rash is ugly and usually fairly large, but that’s nothing compared to the pain. The pain shoots off the charts as nerve endings just under the skin scream, at top volume, for mercy. And the pain can last for a long, long time after the rash goes away.
I’ve had shingles twice, and take it from me, this description is an understatement. More about my adventures later.
Here’s how it goes. Both chicken pox and the chicken-pox vaccine leave behind a virus. A virus which never leaves. (Who needs a faithful virus?) Given the opportunity, this virus causes shingles, so you risk getting shingles for the rest of your life. The. Rest. Of. Your. Life.
Poobahs once claimed the chicken-pox vaccine, available since the 1990s, eliminated the possibility of shingles, but that was wishful thinking. In fact, the vaccine makes shingles more likely-and more severe. Sometimes as an immediate result of the vaccination.
A five-year-old with shingles is exactly what nobody needs. Not the child. Not the parents. Not anybody. But it’s happened.
But, but, but, Bette, you said you were going to talk about avoiding shingles. How can I do that with a time-bomb ticking away inside me?
You can’t avoid the possibility of shingles, but you can “head it off at the pass.” Yes, the virus lurks forever, but it can’t work its woe unless you give it the opportunity it needs.
I was in my twenties the first time shingles struck. In the early stages of realizing that I would never get the help I needed from doctors and beginning to look into nutrition, I hadn’t yet turned my information into action. And shingles roared in.
Holy, moley! Talk about pain, misery and woe!
The shingles showed up on my back, around and in my left armpit. Assigned to a high stress situation at IBM, in a group attempting the nearly impossible, I was awarded with lots of “atta girl” squeezes around my shoulders. Yikes! I set a goal to look appropriately appreciative and not pass out from the pain their friendly gesture caused.
Passing out is not a career builder. Nor is whimpering, so I soldiered on.
The pain continued at full strength for months, then gradually eased to nothingness over the next few years.
Some years later, in another high-stress time, shingles came back. I immediately recognized it. The doctor verified I had shingles and offered various nostrums.
But I had been working on my vitamins and mineral levels, so on this second trip to shingles, I simply ramped my nutrition up, and the whole business went away in a day or two.
What made the difference between eye-crossing pain that lasted for months and a minor reminder that took a hike as soon as I fought back?
Nutrition. Vitamins, minerals diet, etc. And you wonder why I talk about nutrition with such fervor?
What does nutrition have to do with shingles?
You get shingles when your immune system goes south. What makes the immune system falter and fail? Years of following conventional diet wisdom. Vaccines. Fluoride. And so on.
Medicine believes faltering and failing is the immune system’s normal lot in life. Because they ignore nutrition, they have no idea how to revive the immune system and keep it healthy.
But good nutrition is how you avoid shingles — and a lot of other disasters, too.
So listen to Mother Bette, take advantage of her years of research, then go and do likewise.
I would suggest you join my Moving to Health program below, which covers all of health, but whatever you choose to do, help your body. It needs you.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.