Epstein-Barr Virus – The Kissing Disease
Chances are, you’ve heard of mononucleosis, the so-called kissing disease. And you laughed, then took comfort in the accepted belief that it’s a minor inconvenience that goes away pretty quickly.
But not everybody has a “quick and easy” experience. Sometimes this minor illness brings major problems, and now we’re learning it doesn’t just go away.
So, if you have unexplained health problems, they could go back to mono.
Mononucleosis comes from the Epstein-Barr virus and spreads via saliva. It usually strikes people in their teens to early twenties. Given the ages and method of transmission, you can see how it came to be called the “kissing disease.” Maybe the name is accurate, or maybe it isn’t, but that’s what it’s called. Or, for short, mono.
Some people never realize they have mono, while others get really sick-swollen glands, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, etc.
Once you get mono, the Epstein-Barr virus lives in your body permanently. They used to think you got over it, with no aftereffects, and you were immune from it for the rest of your life.
Then they decided, no, it stays in your body, but it’s dormant.
Then they realized this dormant virus would sometimes reignite, making you contagious. You didn’t feel sick, but you could pass the virus on.
And they recently discovered the virus doesn’t go dormant; it just plays hide-and-seek in your body. Antibody tests are supposed to be able to tell if you still have the virus or not, but they’re iffy. Well, who knew a virus could be so wily and elusive?
Since 95% of the adult population-and 50% of kids older than five-harbors the Epstein-Barr virus, you might as well just assume you have it.
Health problems that can be caused by the Epstein-Barr virus
• Lymphomas, cancers of your immune system
• Digestive problems and cancers
• Loss of brain function leading to Alzheimer’s
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (There’s a huge argument and lots of finger-pointing here.)
• Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s and a whole list of other autoimmune diseases
• Continuing fatigue that nothing helps
• POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) in which standing up makes your heart race.
• Adrenal fatigue
• Nervous system problems
• Lyme disease
• In fact, I have a list of 109 health problems caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)
So, Bette, are you suggesting we abandon all hope? No, but learning how to fight back would be a really swell idea.
A solid, nutrition-filled diet can make your health sparkle and shine. As usual, I’m not talking about the one-size-fits-all diets we read about in magazines and so forth, but a diet based on what your individual body actually needs.
In fact, by listening closely to our bodies we can wage war on Epstein-Barr virus and, it’s now believed, actually kill it dead. Well, WooHoo!
Known risk factors encouraging Epstein-Barr complications
• Low Vitamin D levels – Most of us are way low in vitamin D, and the RDA isn’t high enough to buff up a toe nail.
• Low Vitamin C levels – Humans can’t make their own vitamin C, and today’s food supply doesn’t even come close to providing enough, so we have to supplement. As in big time.
• Low zinc levels – But we can’t look at zinc levels alone; zinc and copper have to be in a proper ratio to keep things going along smoothly. If you have a really good sense of smell, your zinc levels are probably fine.
These are deficiencies you can easily fix. Why allow an enemy to roam around your body causing mischief when you don’t have to? Especially since good nutrition stomps all over viruses.
There was a day when I suffered from frequent colds and flu, both, of course, caused by viruses. Once I discovered real nutrition, those days ended. Viruses don’t mess with me anymore.
I recommend you get my vitamin/mineral book, Pep for the Pooped: Vitamins and Minerals Your Body Is Starving For and dig into the nitty-gritty of providing the balanced nutrition your body needs. Learn how to put together a program that supports your whole body.
My Moving to Health program includes Pep for the Pooped and a whole lot more. If you’ve been dragging along for years, I’d highly recommend the program, but even by itself, Pep for the Pooped can do you a world of good.
Bottom line: If you need the sun to start shining, give your body the help it needs.
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.